Top 10 news stories of 2011
We’ve taken a look back at a big year and put together our top news stories of 2011:
1. Silkworms made to spin coloured silk
By feeding them mixtures containing dyes, researchers have helped silkworms spin fluorescent, coloured silk.
2. World’s hottest chilli grown by Aussies
Some brave Australians have created a scorching chilli that’s too hot to handle without protective gear.
3. Birds of a feather talk together
Pet parrots, such as cockatoos, that are let loose in the wild are teaching native birds to talk.
4. Great white sharks attracted by AC/DC hits
A shark cage tour operator has found that great white sharks are attracted to music by Aussie band AC/DC.
5. Drunken parrot season begins in Darwin
The season for drunken lorikeets has begun in the Northern Territory, but no-one knows what causes it.
6. Dinosaur tracks found in Victoria
Palaeontologists have discovered the most extensive cache of dinosaur footprints in southern Australia.
7. Free-floating planets found unbound to stars
Ten planets the size of Jupiter have been found which do not appear to orbit any star.
8. Boil water to charge your mobile
In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, a Japanese company has invented a simple way to charge mobiles.
9. Brisbane floods: did the dams work?
As Brisbane cleans up its murky waters, the community wonders how well the dams worked.
10. Amazon tribe has no language for time
A tribe of people in the Amazon live their lives by events rather than time and have no word for ‘week’ or ‘year’.