Cooler weather helps firefighters contain huge bushfire in Australia

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SYDNEY — Cooler conditions on Sunday were helping hundreds of firefighters working to contain a massive wildfire that had forced thousands of people to flee their homes in southern Australia.

A dozen homes have been destroyed by the fire in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, with another 20 also feared lost, state Premier Jay Weatherill said. Twenty-two people have been injured, though none seriously, Weatherill said.

Hot and windy conditions that had fanned the flames since Friday eased on Sunday, prompting officials to lower the fire’s danger rating from the highest level. Firefighters were working to clear roads and police hoped to return some residents to their homes Sunday morning, Police Commissioner Gary Burns said. Read more…

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This is ecstasy: Professor can’t contain her emotions at Rosetta landing

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The emotion in this video shows what the successful Rosetta mission means to the world

Professor Monica Grady, from Open University, was overcome by sheer joy as the European Space Agency (ESA) completed one of the biggest space feats in history. The Rosetta spacecraft dropped the Philae lander onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and it landed safely at 8:03 a.m. AEDT on Thursday.

At the ESA’s mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, there were ecstatic celebrations as Philae landed on the comet, which was flying between Jupiter and Mars at 64,400 kilometres per hour (40,000 miles per hour). It is the first time humans have landed a robot on a comet. Read more…

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