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Staghorn and tabular corals suffered mass die-offs, robbing many individual reefs of their characteristic shapes. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Mia Hoogenboom

How the 2016 bleaching altered the shape of the northern Great Barrier Reef

The 2016 bleaching event resulted in 30% mortality on the Great Barrier Reef, with many corals dying of the heat before they bleached and the loss of branching corals creating less complex reef structure.
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Curious Kids: Why do sea otters clap?

Sea otters can break the shell on a shellfish by hitting it against a stone resting on their belly. This can look like clapping. Some even have a favourite stone they carry around in their armpits.
Which council has Australia’s best-tasting water? Arthur Chapman/Flickr

Why does some tap water taste weird?

Every year councils around Australia compete to prove they have the best-tasting tap water in the country.
Dogs don’t follow the rules on larger animals living longer. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Curious Kids: Why don’t dogs live as long as humans?

Dogs don't follow the rules on larger animals living longer. A 70kg Great Dane is lucky to reach seven years, but a 4kg Chihuahua can live for 10 years or more.