Year in events: Top 10 news stories of 2012
These stories made up our most popular news headlines for 2012:
1. Mass spider webs cover flood-affected areas
Spiders are weaving mass webs after being forced to higher ground in the wake of the NSW floods.
2. Australians awarded top photography prizes
Photographs from two Australians have been named winners in the prestigious Loupe Awards for 2011.
3. Broken Hill hosts giant LEGO garden
LEGO celebrates its 50th anniversary with a display of giant pine trees and flower clumps in outback NSW.
4. Plants can talk to each other
Plants are known to respond to light, but they can respond to – and produce – sounds as well, new research says.
5. New Gouldian finches found in Kimberley
Conservationists in WA’s Dampier Peninsula have discovered a breeding population of the rare Gouldian finch.
6. Darwin boy’s find could rewrite history
A 500-year-old Portuguese gun has been found on an NT beach, and may suggest Europeans arrived earlier than thought.
7. Clouds part for 2012 solar eclipse in Queensland
The clouds in far-north Queensland parted just in time for a view of the total solar eclipse.
8. Napoleon’s fascination with Australia revealed
Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and European conqueror, had a fondness for Australia, a new exhibition reveals.
9. Black hole caught swallowing red giant star
A supermassive black hole has been caught in the act of swallowing up a red giant star.
10. Huge national park declared in Northern Territory
Remote Limmen NP, on the Gulf of Carpentaria, has stunning sandstone formations, rare species and wild river systems.