Aborigines not such heavy smokers: data

Aborigines not such heavy smokers: dataTobacco smokers in remote Aboriginal communities burn through fewer cigarettes than other Australian smokers, even though indigenous people suffer far higher rates of smoking-related illness.

New data published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health on Wednesday indicates the indigenous population may smoke half as many cigarettes as those in the broader community.

Aboriginal Leader Is Finally Laid To Rest After 170 Years

Aboriginal Leader Is Finally Laid To Rest After 170 YearsFollowing more than 170 years of controversy, the final remains of one of Australiaís greatest Aboriginal leaders, the Noongar chieftain, Yagan, was laid to rest during a traditional ceremony in Western Australia on Saturday.

The native leader, who was killed in 1833 whilst leading the resistance against the British colonisation of Western Australia, was posthumously decapitated and his head, along with a portion of skin from his back, was sent to England for display at a British museum.

A Scientist Takes On Gravity

A Scientist Takes On GravityItís hard to imagine a more fundamental and ubiquitous aspect of life on the Earth than gravity, from the moment you first took a step and fell on your diapered bottom to the slow terminal sagging of flesh and dreams.

Amazon River Dolphins Being Slaughtered for Bait

Amazon River Dolphins Being Slaughtered for BaitThe bright pink color gives them a striking appearance in the muddy jungle waters. That Amazon river dolphins are also gentle and curious makes them easy targets for nets and harpoons as they swim fearlessly up to fishing boats.

Now, their carcasses are showing up in record numbers on riverbanks, their flesh torn away for fishing bait, causing researchers to warn of a growing threat to a species that has already disappeared in other parts of the world.

Amazon Storm Killed Half a Billion Trees

Amazon Storm Killed Half a Billion TreesA violent storm ripped through the Amazon forest in 2005 and single-handedly killed half a billion trees, a new study reveals.

The study is the first to produce an actual tree body count after an Amazon storm.

An estimated 441 million to 663 million trees were destroyed across the whole Amazon basin during the 2005 storm, a much greater number than previously suspected.