Tue May 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Three Years In A Row, Australia Named Happiest Place By OECD

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 10:13 am

The sails of the Sydney Opera House are illuminated for the Vivid Sydney festival on May 24, in Sydney, Australia.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

If you lived in Australia, you'd be much happier.

At least that's what you can glean from the latest Better Life Index issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which ranked Australia the world's happiest nation for a third year in a row.

Because we know you're wondering: The United States is ranked No. 6, behind Australia, Sweden, Canada, Norway and Switzerland.

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Sat May 25, 2013

Clairy Browne's Rock 'N' Soul Bus Rolls To The U.S.

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 7:03 am

Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes' new album is called Baby Caught the Bus.
Stephanie Bailly Courtesy of the artist

Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes are an Australian band whose sound is a little bit of soul fused with blues, doo-wop, jazz and R&B. That musical diet, rich in harmony, is the same one lead singer Clairy Browne grew up on.

"My dad had a band in South Africa in the '60s called Browne, and so he really brought that into our home," she says. "We were always around the kitchen table with a guitar and four-part harmonies, playing on late into the night.

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Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Implosion Interruptus: Silo Needs Extra Push To Come Down

Like a Weeble, she wobbled but wouldn't fall down. This silo was supposed to implode Sunday near Brisbane, Australia. But the explosives didn't quite do the trick. Heavy machines had to give a push.


Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

What Did 'Prisoner X' Do? There May Be An Answer

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:28 am

The story of "Prisoner X" is dominating the media in both Australia and Israel.
William West AFP/Getty Images

If you've followed the story of "Prisoner X," the mysterious Israeli-Australian national, who allegedly committed suicide in an Israeli prison after being secretly held, you have no doubt asked yourself: What did Ben Zygier, who worked for Israel's spy agency, do for the country to imprison him and then keep everything about his arrest — or even his existence — secret for years?

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Mon April 22, 2013

This Scientist Aims High To Save The World's Coral Reefs

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 7:52 pm

Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science takes a water sample during his experiment on part of the Great Barrier Reef. The water is slightly pink because his team is using a dye to trace an acid-neutralizing chemical as it flows across the reef.
Richard Harris NPR

Most scientists find a topic that interests them and keep digging deeper and deeper into the details. But Ken Caldeira takes the opposite approach in search for solutions to climate change. He goes after the big questions, and leaves the details to others.

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