On behalf of Australia, Happy 285th Birthday to the first President of the United States George Washington! Learn more about Washington's history: [ Whitehouse.gov Link ] #GeorgeWashingtonsBirthday
A newly discovered snail from a remote Tasmanian forest has been named after a giant of the conservation world - Sir David Attenborough. The colourful red and green mollusc was named Attenborougharion rubicundus by the Australian Museum after being discovered by two of the museum's scientists in rainforests on the Tasman and Forestier peninsulas.
The Australian Embassy in Washington DC will be closed on 20 February 2017 for the Presidents' Day Holiday. If you are Australian and need emergency consular assistance, please call 1-888-239-3501. Mount Rushmore
The American University Eagles men's basketball team is heading down under this summer. The embassy was thrilled to share a little bit of Australia with fans at their game today. #EaglesDownUnder #sportsdiplomacy
#DYK Australia is heading north, turning sideways, rising up and down - with entire cities are moving apart [ Ab.co Link ]

What we know about Australia thanks to supermassive black holes

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Australian scientist, David Officer, from UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia, is studying soybeans as a low-cost renewable source of carbon in the process of graphene production. Co-author Dr Zhao Jun Han of CSIRO says the process is more energy-efficient and could cut the cost of production ten-fold. #Graphene is the thinnest compound known to man (at one atom thick) as well as the...
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Scientists cook up super-strong material out of soybean oil

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Today we were delighted to speak to the students participating in North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) from U of D Jesuit High School and Academy, Saint Ignatius High School and Albemarle High School (Virginia) about Australia/US relations.
Aussie Basketball Day is this Sunday, 19 February, at the American University in Washington DC! Because the Eagles are heading down under this summer, American University is offering all friends of Australia a discount on seats to their home game against Holy Cross. Use the code AUSTRALIA when you buy your tickets here. [ Aueagles.tix.com Link ]. Australian themed food will be available...
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The Australian Embassy co-hosted an idea exchange with Washington Performing Arts and DC Public Schools Office of Global Programs for 75 diplomats and global partners participating in DCPS Embassy Adoption program. Our Embassy has been involved in the program since the mid-1970s. Learn more about it: [ Dcps.dc.gov Link ]

Embassy Adoption Program | dcps

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On February 13, the Australian Embassy hosted an educational program with the Cultural Treasures Foundation and the University Club of Washington, DC. Henry Skerritt, curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection presented a discussion entitled “Treasures Shared: Aboriginal Australian Art in the World” and offered guests the opportunity to view “No Boundaries“ - the Embassy’s current...
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Have you taken our passport survey? If not, vote now to help us decide which US cities to visit in 2017 for Australian passport interviews. We can’t visit every state, but your vote shows us the regions with the greatest need. Go to [ Ow.ly Link ] and take the two minute survey.

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey?

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Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Congrats to Aussie producer Flume for scoring his first #Grammy award last night for best dance/electronic album ! [ Abc.net.au Link ]

Flume scores Grammys glory | Music News | triple j

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Swim with whale sharks and wild dolphins, dive coral reefs - or wander through limestone spires in the Pinnacles Desert. Here are nine remarkable experiences along Western Australia’s stunning coral coast. Image: Blue Media Photography
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Find out more about Johnny Mullagh. 150 years ago he led Australia’s first international #cricket team, made up of #Aboriginal players. [ Ab.co Link ]

The forgotten history of the Aboriginal XI, Australia's first touring team

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March is a big Aussie month at Birchmere Music Hall w/ Tommy Emmanuel: 3/7 & 8, Colin Hay: 3/13 & Kasey Chambers 3/23 Tix: The Birchmere
Canberra is a fascinating mixture of urban and natural scenery. In just 48 hours, a power-packed trip can offer many unique experiences. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Traveling Canberra In 48 Hours? Find Out How!

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Australia is a world leader in medical science. Now bio-medical engineers at UNSW (The University of New South Wales) have successfully created a bone tissue-mimicking "smart fabric".

Australian Scientists Just Made 'Smart Fabric' That Mimics Bone Tissue

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New Australian #technology could save lives and help clinicians world-wide in the fight against fast-spreading #epidemics like the #Zika virus. A new test, as simple as a home pregnancy test, could detect multiple #diseases simultaneously with results returned inside an hour. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Diagnosing deadly epidemics

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Australia Day was celebrated at the Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA on January 26.
Approximately 100 US personnel from the JSpOC, HQ JFCC Space and HQ 14th AF attended the event. Airforce Space Command Commander, General John Raymond made a guest appearance along with Commander JFCC Space/14th AF, Lt Gen David Buck, Deputy Commander JFCC Space RADM Brian Brown,...
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