Top 10 news stories of 2010

By AG Staff 19 December 2010
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From dwarf planets to drunken parrots, relive the year that was through our most read news articles.

Exclusive moonwalk video revealed

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Remastered footage of the 1969 Apollo 11 moonwalk has been shown publicly for the first time.

Bird rock art could be world’s oldest
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A rock painting that appears to be of a bird that went extinct about 40,000 years ago has been discovered in northern Australia.

False memories easily implanted
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Detail from another person’s version of events can easily be absorbed into our own memories, researchers find.

Vast asteroid crater found in Timor Sea
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The crater’s discovery may answer questions about a period of significant global cooling 35 million years ago.

Drunken parrots falling from sky
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Parrots intoxicated by a mystery substance are dropping out of the sky near Darwin.

Dwarf planets accumulate in outer Solar System
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Pluto may be demoted again, as researchers work to properly define dwarf planets.

Tiny new kangaroo: “spectacular find”
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What may be the smallest member of the kangaroo family is among a batch of new species discovered in the remote forests of New Guinea.

NZ quake caused by unknown faultline
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Scientists say that the largest earthquake to hit New Zealand in 80 years was “very unusual” and caused by a newly identified faultline.

Why we shorten barbie, footy and arvo
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New research looks at why Aussies use abbreviated slang terms.

Aurora Australis light show
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If spectacular views of Earth aren’t enough, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been treated to a display of nature’s own light show.

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