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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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Ex-Tropical Cyclone Alfred makes landfall, weakens to tropical low

06:58 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Alfred has weakened to a tropical low as it begins to make landfall on the Gulf of Carpentaria's southern coast.

Cyclone Alfred forms in Gulf of Carpentaria prompting evacuations at Borroloola

06:34 EDT

Some homes in the community of Borroloola on the Gulf of Carpentaria were evacuated with 74 residents sheltering elsewhere, as they waited for Cyclone Alfred to make landfall about sunrise on Tuesday.

Kimberley wet season causing havoc but creating tourism opportunities

21:33 EDT

WA's Kimberley is in the midst of one of its biggest wet seasons on record, causing headaches for emergency services, remote communities and cattle stations cut off by flooding, but it has not been all bad news for the region.