This week, Cadbury attempts to sweeten diversity and the Great Barrier Reef gets a natural makeover. We also look at a new rival for Snapchat, the safety of silent cars and a croc fight for the ages.
1. CADBURY'S DIVISIVE ATTEMPT AT UNITY
Cadbury has released a new 'Unity Bar' in India, designed to promote diversity and bring together "people of different castes, creed, languages, regions and religions." The limited edition sweet treat includes a mix of dark, blended, milk and white chocolate in one block, and while delicious, it has left a bitter taste for some with critics claiming Cadbury is simply 'virtue signalling'.
In current events, a Manhattan-sized pumice 'raft' is floating towards the Great Barrier Reef and is expected to revitalise the struggling ecosystem. First discovered in Vanuatu, the pumice rocks are the debris from a recently erupted, undersea volcano near Tonga. Scheduled to hit Australian shores in about eight months, the rocks will bring billions of marine animals which will help renew the reef.
3. SILENT CARS
The Australian government is sounding its horns over road safety and going full speed ahead with the ‘Acoustic Vehicle Alerting system’. With more than 35% of vision-impaired people experiencing collisions with electric/hybrid vehicles, the government's new rules address the cars' near silence when travelling at low speed by mimicking the noise of regular engines.
4. SNAPCHAT'S RIVAL
Look out Snapchat, Instagram is currently testing a new messaging app, 'Thread'. Designed as a companion app to Instagram, Thread allows users to communicate intimately with their 'close friends' list. Users will be able to automatically share their location, speed and battery life as well as use the typical Direct Messaging features of text, video and image.
5. CROC FIGHT
David and Goliath, Rocky vs Creed, and now the Northern Territory vs Queensland. The NT News has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the Sunshine State's Cairns Post to a croc off over a video published showing a pair of crocs fighting in the Daintree River. NT News retaliated with a video of 'Dominator' and 'Brutus' battling it out. Which was the ultimate fight? We'll let you be the judge