Category: Science & Technology

How the shady world of the data industry strips away our freedoms

In the past decade, the Australian government has commissioned data analytics projects worth more than A$200 million. We have little information about what they involved.

/ August 10, 2020
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Australia’s cybersecurity strategy: cash for cyberpolice and training, but the cyberdevil is in the cyberdetail

The Australian government's new cyber security plan moves in the right direction, but success will depend on how it's executed.

/ August 7, 2020
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We can’t let STEM skills become a casualty of COVID-19

We need our scientists now more than ever to help us grow the high-value industries that will secure our future jobs and prosperity.

/ August 7, 2020
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Curious Kids: how did the first person evolve?

The oldest known skeleton of our species _Homo sapiens_ is about 300,000 years old. But there was a time when humans didn't exist at all and the world was covered in nothing but slime.

/ August 6, 2020
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The Wirecard Fraud – A $2 Billion Disaster

The heavily requested video on the wirecard scandal. How can $2 billion just go missing? This story raises many questions about the regulatory bodies we all trust to keep the business financial system in line. --- About ColdFusion --- ColdFusion...

/ August 6, 2020
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In northern China, scientists have found what may be the 2 billion-year-old birthmarks of Earth’s first supercontinent

A big dip in the Earth's crust may record an ancient continental collision from the dawn of plate tectonics.

/ August 5, 2020
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These dogs are trained to sniff out the coronavirus. Most have a 100% success rate

Shutterstock What does a pandemic smell like? If dogs could talk, they might be able to tell us. We’re part of an international research team, led by Dominique Grandjean at France’s National Veterinary School of Alfort, that has been training...

/ August 4, 2020
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Microsoft’s takeover would be a win for TikTok and tech giants – not users

If a new deal between Microsoft and ByteDance goes through, the Chinese company may withdraw ownership of its TikTok operations in not only the US – but also Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

/ August 3, 2020
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Don’t know what day it is or who said what at the last meeting? Blame the coronavirus

When home and work life look the same, events tend to blur into a single unmemorable blob. And that's when we start to forget things.

/ August 2, 2020
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In a world first, Australia plans to force Facebook and Google to pay for news (but ABC and SBS miss out)

If the ACCC takes one of the tech giants to court for breach of the code, the penalty could be more than $10 million.

/ July 31, 2020
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10 things we do that puzzle and scare horses

Patting, shoeing, grooming, feeding, and even putting them in a stable - the list of seemingly benign human interactions that can confuse or upset horses is surprisingly long. On the eve of the official Horse's Birthday, we explain why.

/ July 31, 2020
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Data privacy: stricter European rules will have repercussions in Australia as global divisions grow

An EU decision on international data movements shows Australia's rules for safeguarding personal information may need a rethink.

/ July 30, 2020
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Perseverance: the Mars rover searching for ancient life, and the Aussie scientists who helped build it

Australian scientists have been working on NASA's latest Mars mission for years.

/ July 29, 2020
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Worst Phone Failures in History

Lets take a look at some of the wild events and bad/ interesting designs in mobile history. Music Video for the Closing Song: https://youtu.be/vomjz_kEn6U Mr. Mobile Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOZi-7V11k8&t=50s --- New Thinking Book written by Dagogo Altraide --- This book was...

/ July 29, 2020
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The ACCC is suing Google for misleading millions. But calling it out is easier than fixing it

Following a privacy policy change in 2016, Google has collected users' data from third-party websites and apps. The ACCC argues users were misled into signing away their privacy.

/ July 28, 2020
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Science publishing has opened up during the coronavirus pandemic. It won’t be easy to keep it that way

Shutterstock Scientific publishing is not known for moving rapidly. In normal times, publishing new research can take months, if not years. Researchers prepare a first version of a paper on new findings and submit it to a journal, where it...

/ July 27, 2020
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Learning from nature: a new flapping drone can take off, hover and swoop like a bird

Reverse-engineering birdflight helped researchers create a powerful new kind of drone. Shutterstock We have developed four-winged bird-like robots, called ornithopters, that can take off and fly with the agility of swifts, hummingbirds and insects. We did this by reverse engineering...

/ July 26, 2020
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Chief Scientist: women in STEM are still far short of workplace equity. COVID-19 risks undoing even these modest gains

RAEng/Unsplash, CC BY The events of 2020 are reshaping the way we live, work, teach and learn. And while we have all been affected differently, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women has been particularly significant. A recent report...

/ July 25, 2020
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QAnon believers will likely outlast and outsmart Twitter’s bans

QAnon conspiracists think Trump's 'secret war' against an elite celebrity 'deep state' network will eventually lead to a day of reckoning where his opponents will fall.

/ July 24, 2020
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As if space wasn’t dangerous enough, bacteria become more deadly in microgravity

Bacteria can become more deadly and antibiotic-resilient in space. And while more research is needed to figure out how severe the risks are, they could be catastrophic.

/ July 23, 2020