This image obtained from the US Coast Guard on April 11, 2024 shows a "Help" sign on the beach made with palm leaves by three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. The crew of a Hawaii-based HC-130J Hercules aircraft makes contact with three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, after dropping them a radio on April 8, 2024. The aircrew was able to inform the mariners that USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) would arrive on April 9 and be able to transport them home to Polowat Atoll. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received a distress call from a relative of the three mariners on April 6, 2024, reporting her three uncles departed Polowat Atoll, Chuuk State, Easter Sunday for Pikelot Atoll, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest, and had not returned prompting the search. (Photo by US COAST GUARD / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US COAST GUARD" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Castaways saved by sign on sand

After spending eight days shipwrecked on a Pacific desert island, stranded sailors have been rescued thanks to crafting a giant HELP sign made out of palm leaves that was visible from the air

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Magpie Molly makes it home

Their fame put authorities under pressure when Molly the magpie was removed from his carers, until the QLD Premier himself stepped in to help get the native bird returned to best buddy Peggy

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: People gather to view the solar eclipse at the Empire State Building on April 08, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

Millions pause to see rare eclipse

About 180 million North Americans stopped what they were doing and looked skyward as the shadow of the moon blocked out the sun in a rare solar eclipse lasting an hour-and-a-half

Giant panda Fu Bao eats bamboo at Everland amusement park in Yongin on March 3, 2024. Fu Bao, a female giant panda born in South Korea's Everland amusement park and turning four years old this year, will be transferred to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province in early April under an international agreement. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun / POOL / AFP)

Korea farewells its firstborn panda

South Koreans have braved the rain to bid an emotional goodbye to the first ever giant panda born in the country, as Fu Bao heads to her natural homeland of China to be with her own kind

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Biggest Taiwan quake in 25 years

Rescue efforts have pushed ahead after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the island of Taiwan, toppling buildings and prompting tsunami warnings across Japan and the Philippines

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Zombie cicadas. Picture: West Virginia University Photo

Plague of ‘zombie’ pee champions

Two regions in the US are about to be overtaken by trillions of noisy periodical cicadas in the biggest plague since 1803 – but why are these so-called ‘champions of pee’ turning into zombies?

In the heart of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, escalating violence has become a grim reality. In less than two weeks, this violence has led to the displacement of 2,500 people, with most of them being women and children.To address the urgent needs of children and families displaced by the recent armed violence in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF and its partners have established a nutrition site in Delmas.  Picture: UNICEF/ Herold Joseph

Young poets pen pleas for peace

Haitian students have shared heartfelt poems full of hope for peace in their ‘sweet country’, following years of conflict and a growing humanitarian crisis since bandits overtook the capital

In this March 16, 2024, image courtesy of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, surgeons perform the world’s first genetically modified pig kidney transplant into a living human. A team of surgeons have successfully transplanted a pig kidney into a living patient for the first time, the hospital said on March 21, 2024. The four-hour-long operation was carried out on March 16 on a 62-year-old man suffering from end-stage kidney disease, the hospital said. (Photo by Michelle ROSE / Massachusetts General Hospital / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Massachusetts General Hospital/Michelle ROSE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

First human receives pig kidney

In a groundbreaking medical advance, a 62-year-old man has made history as the first human to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Members of the public photograph a recent mural which has appeared on the side of a building in Islington on March 18, 2024 in London, England. The  'Banksy' artwork appeared on a North London street on Sunday. A mass of green has been painted behind a bare tree to look like foliage, with a stencil of a person holding a pressure hose next to it. The green paint used matches the colour the council uses on Islington road signs. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Banksy mural sprouts in London

Graffiti artist Banksy is back with a green theme, claiming responsibility for a new wall mural that appears to bring bare boughs to life, prompting some to find an environmental message

TOPSHOT - This handout picture released by the Icelandic Coast Guard on March 16, 2024 shows billowing smoke and flowing lava pouring out of a new fissure, during a surveilance flight above a new volcanic eruption on the outskirts of the evacuated town of Grindavik, western Iceland. A volcanic eruption started on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland on Thursday, the third to hit the area since December, authorities said. (Photo by HANDOUT / Icelandic Coast Guard / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /HANDOUT/ICELANDIC COAST GUARD " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Iceland volcano still spewing lava

A 3km fissure that opened up late last year in Iceland continues to spew spectacular fountains of lava after a volcano near the capital erupted for the fourth time since December

This photo shows an Olympic tryptic tapestry created for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, designed from a drawing by French-Iranian graphic novelist and illustrator Marjane Satrapi, during its unveiling at the Mobilier National (National Furniture) in Paris on March 12, 2024. The tapestry will be exhibited at the Hotel de la Marine from June 21, 2024. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

Olympic tapestry unveiled in Paris

As a stunning Olympics tapestry is unveiled ahead of the Paris Games, we take a look at the history of this ancient art and where you’ll find some of Australia’s most magnificent examples 

The surprising history of chocolate

The surprising history of chocolate

 Before being used to make chocolate, cacao was used by ancient tribes for cooking and medicinal purposes, finds a new study tracing the history of the world’s favourite ingredient 

MUSWELLBROOK, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Liddell Power Station stands next to Lake Liddell as chimneys at the Bayswater Power Station seen emit water vapour on April 27, 2023 in Muswellbrook, Australia. Liddell Power Station, one of Australia's oldest coal-fired power plants, will shut down on Friday, 28 April, after 52 years in operation. The AGL-owned facility opened in 1971 and was once the most powerful generating station in Australia. With Australia making the transition from coal power to renewables, the site will be transformed into a new low-carbon industrial energy hub. Demolition of the plant will begin next year, with more than 90 per cent of the materials to be recycled, AGL says. The closure of Liddell Power Station will stop 8 million tonnes of Carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere every year, media reported. (Photo by Roni Bintang/Getty Images)

Strange new idea to cool Earth

US scientists are studying whether we could cool the planet to counteract global warming by injecting ice into the atmosphere, as Australia swelters into autumn on the other side of the globe

TOPSHOT - View of gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) penguins at the Paraiso island in the Gerlache Strait -which separates the Palmer Archipelago from the Antarctic Peninsula, on January 20, 2024. Scientists and researchers from various countries are collaborating on projects during the X Antarctic Expedition aboard the Colombian research vessel 'ARC Simon Bolivar,' designed exclusively to develop scientific projects. These initiatives involve analyzing the current condition of the Antarctic sea, studying atmospheric pressure, and monitoring the species inhabiting this region of the planet. (Photo by JUAN BARRETO / AFP)

Bird flu strikes mainland Antarctica

Bird flu has spread to Antarctica for the first time as international scientific agencies confirmed the presence of the virus in skua seabirds found near the Argentinian base