Britain Sent Thousands of Its Convicts to America, Not Just Australia

The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the land down under. America’s dirty little secret? The same exact thing was happening here. In fact, experts estimate that over 52,000 British prisoners were shipped off to… » 5/29/15 1:23pm Yesterday 1:23pm

Learning From Australia's Drought Lessons to Avoid a Mad Max Future

The drought is no longer a California problem. The Colorado River, which supplies water to one-eighth of the country’s population, is reporting record low water levels due to overallocation. The US needs a little perspective when it comes to how bad this is going to get. Luckily we have one: Australia. » 5/15/15 12:00pm 5/15/15 12:00pm

Personal Details of World Leaders Leaked Due to Outlook Autofill

It was all fun and games at the G20 Summit in Australia—until somebody accidentally leaked highly personal details of the world's most powerful leaders—including the names, passport numbers, birth dates, and visa details of everyone from Barack Obama to Vladimir Putin. The cause of the leak? Microsoft Outlook's… » 3/30/15 10:30am 3/30/15 10:30am

Nobody would have believed this 70 years ago

Looking at this picture it is hard to believe that the United States and Australia were in a bloody no quarter war against Japan only 70 years ago: Spot the Mitsubishi F-2 escorting a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the direct heir of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. » 2/25/15 1:31am 2/25/15 1:31am

That Time Two Americans Won a Contest to Build Utopia in Australia

Eleri Harris has a new comic on Medium about the utopian plan for Australia's capital city of Canberra. Two idealistic American architects, Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin, won a competition to design what they believed could be the greatest planned city in the history of the world. » 9/25/14 2:41pm 9/25/14 2:41pm

The Anti-Skyscraper Law That Shaped Sydney, Australia

When we look at visions of the future from the 20th century we often imagine the lone inventor or solitary artist concocting the fantastical world of tomorrow in isolation. But it's amazing how frequently both government regulation and the lack of regulation can influence the future of a given city in ways we don't… » 8/13/14 5:44pm 8/13/14 5:44pm

Here's a satirical glimpse of Earth's dystopian future

Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet, cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they're during a nuclear winter. » 7/23/14 11:17pm 7/23/14 11:17pm

Super-Specific Artisanal Goods Might Be Bad for the Economy

You'd think a renewed focus on handmade products would be good for a country's economy. That's not the sentiment in Australia, where a new report is claiming that handcrafted industries which require more employee hours, like bread baking and winemaking, are to blame for the country's sagging productivity. » 5/04/14 3:00pm 5/04/14 3:00pm

This guy's job pays him $94,000 to have as much fun as possible

Stuck in your cubicle? Dreading work tomorrow? Wish you could go out, have fun, spend money, not work and still get paid? Then you (and every other person in this world) want to trade places with Andrew Smith. His job is Chief Funster for New South Wales in Australia. As in his job is to have fun. Seriously. » 4/10/14 10:16pm 4/10/14 10:16pm