500 Students Evacuated Over 'Extremely Pungent' Rotten Fruit at Australian University

A misplaced fruit prompted the evacuation of around 500 students from a Melbourne university this weekend, BBC News reports. On Saturday, Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade was called to RMIT University after a gas smell was reported in the library. As the library houses potentially dangerous chemicals, there were…

Australia Pledges $379 Million to Help Save the Great Barrier Reef, But It Won't Be Enough

The government of Australia announced on Sunday a plan to spend 500 million Australian dollars (roughly $379 million) on saving the Great Barrier Reef—the largest single investment ever committed towards the reef’s future, but that environmental activists say is still too little to preserve it in the face of climate…

Just 53 People Used the App That Let Cambridge Analytica Swipe Data From Up to 311,127 Australians

The vast majority of Facebook user data that was harvested by Cambridge Analytica came from Americans. But smaller countries are actually better at demonstrating just how big the problem got. Access to just 53 users in Australia reportedly allowed data firms to potentially capture information on over 310,000 people.

Australian Biohacker Who Implanted Transit Pass in His Hand Was Convicted for Not Using Valid Ticket

Digging through your purse or pockets every time you enter public transit can be a hassle, so last year Australian biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (yes, that’s his legal name) had a chip from a transit pass implanted in his hand. The chip allowed him to tap on or off of trains in Sydney with a wave of his…

Discovery of Extinct Burrowing Bat Tells Mysterious Story About New Zealand

All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years ago—and all three of those native mammal species are bats. But a newly discovered bat fossil suggests that there may be more species hiding in the isle’s ancient rock. Perhaps the mammal-poor…

Movie Theater Chain Kills Uber-Style Surge Pricing After Internet Backlash

An Australian movie theater chain said it has ended “dynamic pricing” trials on Wednesday after Redditors complained of “price gouging.” Last week, an anonymous user uploaded an internal memo from Village Cinemas describing concession stand increases during busy periods. After images of the memo circulated online,…