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X-rays

The portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that has a very short wave length. It has a wavelength longer than gamma rays, yet shorter than visible light. X-rays can penetrate various thicknesses of all solids, and when absorbed by a gas, can result in ionization.

Xenon

An inert gas that occurs at extremely low concentration in the atmosphere.

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Drought-hit Channel Country cattle producers welcome floodwater from weather system that devastated neighbours

19:02 EDT

Light planes, helicopters and even jet skis are being used to push cattle to higher ground as floodwater, which came from the same weather system that killed as many as 500,000 animals across Queensland's north and central-west, moves south.

One South Australian community is taking drought relief into its own hands

18:08 EDT

After a season of drought and gale force winds, Cowell's grain silos are nearly empty.

Cyclone Oma weakens to a sub-tropical low as it turns from Queensland coast

16:41 EDT

Some of surfing's biggest names are making the most of the massive waves being caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oma, but other board riders are being warned to stay out of the water.