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The Tasmanian tiger had a brain structure suited to a predatory life style
Scientists have used an imaging technique to reconstruct the brain architecture and neural networks of the thylacine—better known as the Tasmanian tiger—an extinct carnivorous marsupial native to Tasmania. The study, published in PLOS ONE, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to scan postmortem specimens of two thylacine brain specimens, both of which were about 100 years old.

The results, when compared to the Tasmanian tiger's closest living relative, the Tasmanian devil, suggest that the larger-brained thylacine had more cortex devoted to planning and decision-making.

"The natural behavior of the thylacine was never scientifically documented," says Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and the lead author of the study. "Our reconstruction of its white matter tracts, or neural wiring, between different regions of its brain is consistent with anecdotal evidence that the thylacine occupied a more complex, predatory ecological niche versus the scavenging niche of the Tasmanian devil."

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Australia owns Vegemite once again!
Vegemite bought by Bega from US food giant Mondelez International
Vegemite is set to return to Australian ownership after dairy company Bega announced it would buy most of Mondelez International's Australia and New Zealand grocery and cheese business.
"This acquisition will be value accretive in its own right, strategically important and company making," executive chairman Barry Irvin said.

"These iconic brands alongside the Bega brand are strong building blocks to enable Bega Cheese to become a great consumer goods business."

#vegemite #australia #food 

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Melbourne Jogger Has Emergency Surgery After Kangaroo Attack
”He ripped me to pieces,” Mrs Urquhart said.
“He just kept on kicking into me and I was trying to crawl away.
“He left me for a bit and I thought he was going to come back and kill me.”
Mrs Urquhart miraculously escaped without any broken bones and stayed in hospital until 4pm yesterday (Sunday).
She narrowly avoided plastic surgery and received 20 stitches in her right upper arm, 10 stitches in her right shoulder, and five stitches in three places on her buttocks, along with several other nasty wounds.

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The Castle house saved with plans to relocate it to New South Wales
The suburban Melbourne house used to film The Castle may have been saved from the threat of being demolished, with a proposed plan to move it to New South Wales.

Federation Council administrator Mike Eden said the house would likely find a new home in Corowa, not far from Albury.

"It is a pretty important part of Australian film history and Australian comedy history, so [the move would be] a really good result if we can make it happen," he said.


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Darwin Author Donates Proceeds to Children in Need
Darwin author +Margaret Lambert has published a new book and is giving all the proceeds to +ChildFund Australia to support children in need.

Longing to Live Mindfully: Little Words that Make a Difference leads you step by step, day by day on the journey towards self-love and self-worth. This handy size book can be used as your daily companion and guide to self-growth. The inspirations contained in the book encourage your own reflections and action steps towards self-love and self-growth.

You can read excerpts and purchase the book from Margaret's website in both hard copy and Kindle:

#children #mindfulness #live #love #self

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Slice of serenity: home from The Castle up for rent but demolition risk remains
Darryl Kerrigan’s Strathmore home on market for $380 per week but inquries to rent the house have been slow

It’s not a house, it’s a home – and it’s also a case of life imitating art. The “castle” that the Kerrigan family sought to save in the much-loved Australian comedy is at risk of demolition.

The three-bedroom house in Melbourne’s north that featured in the 1997 film is up for rent, billed as a chance to inhabit “a part of Australian movie history”.

With one bathroom, a lounge, a kitchen with “ample cupboard space” and a “sun room” – Darryl Kerrigan’s beloved pool room – it is “waiting for someone to call it home ... Sorry, jousting sticks not included.”

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Here's another plug for Northern Territory author +Margaret Lambert's latest book "Longing to Live Mindfully - Little Words That Make a Difference. It would make a great last minute gift for a loved one.

Often our minds play out all sorts of scenarios or ruminate over past events, which therefore take us away from living fully in the present moment and appreciating what we have.
Longing to Live Mindfully - Little Words That Make a Difference
My new book is available in both print & ebook formats and the Kindle version is only $0.99! Considering that proceeds go to +ChildFund Australia though, it's worth paying a bit more for the print version. It would make a great Christmas gift!

When we grow in self-love, we become more compassionate and peaceful people. This undertaking is not only of benefit to ourselves, but is a gift to the whole world.

Read more on the website:

#mindfulness #christmas #gift 

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Longing to Live Mindfully
Longing to Live Mindfully: Little Words that make a Difference leads you step by step, day by day on the journey towards self-love and self-worth. This handy size book can be used as your daily companion and guide to self-growth. The inspirations contained in the book encourage your own reflections and action steps towards self-love and self-growth.

Proceeds from the sale of this book go to +ChildFund Australia helping to reduce poverty for children in the developing world.

The Kindle edition is just $0.98!

If you are interested, you can read more about the book and purchase it from my website:

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Tasmanian tiger sightings: 'I represent 3,000 people who have been told they’re nuts'
“When you’re looking at something that’s not meant to exist, it tends to make you not believe your eyes, I suppose,” he says.

“A lot of people, when they describe a sighting to me, they say, ‘I couldn’t believe what I was looking at … They’re not meant to exist, but I’ve seen them.’”

Not only are Waters and his supporters convinced the last thylacine did not die in 1936, they say it is even more prominent in mainland Australia, where it is believed to have become extinct at least 2,000 years ago.

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Teeth of Diprotodon, a rhinoceros-sized wombat, found in dig at Lancefield Swamp
Archaeologists have uncovered teeth from the extinct Diprotodon, a giant wombat-like marsupial, at a swamp north of Melbourne.
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