The exclusive home of Melbourne Zoo's newest resident sounds a bit like a reality TV star's pad. The every move of Vanessa, a critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insect, is monitored by camera in a climate-controlled $100,000 glasshouse built just for her at the Parkville zoo. It has under-floor heating, automated vents, evaporative cooling and a steam humidifier. Vanessa, who is 12 centimetres long, is fed from a tea tree species – Melaleuca howeana – grown just for her.
It's a little like the Jamaican bobsledding team. This sextet of Siberian huskies live in Perth, so for most of the year they have to be content to practise and compete in sled dog racing on gravel or dirt. But for two glorious weeks each winter, owners Markus and Ursula Israng drive them 3400 kilometres to compete on snow, at Victoria's ski resorts. Mr Israng never tires of watching it. "It's like seeing them in their natural habitat," he says. "They absolutely love it.
News of a teenage boy's legs being treated as dinner by flesh-eating sea critters as he took a dip at a Melbourne beach has brought back all-too-vivid memories of the frenzied feasting in 1970s flick Piranha. Social media and radio talkback was awash on Monday with members of the public vowing never to swim in the sea again after 16-year-old Sam Kanizay emerged from a dip at Brighton beach on Saturday night with his lower legs covered in blood and tiny bite marks.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".