Category: Technobabble

Meet the ‘Hercules parrot’ from prehistoric New Zealand – the biggest ever discovered

Say hello to Heracles inexpectatus, a parrot the size of a human child. But don’t worry, you won’t meet one face to face. Our new discovery, published today, lived around 20 million years ago in what is now New Zealand...

/ August 6, 2019

The Gap in State Gun Laws, Apple Card Is Sorta Here, and More News

A report outlines the link between gun laws and mass shootings, Apple's new credit card has arrived for a select group of users, and WIRED has some pocket camera suggestions for you. Here's the news you need to know, in...

/ August 6, 2019

How to Reduce Gun Violence: Ask Some Scientists

President Trump doesn’t often ask scientists for help, but on Monday he seemed to be breaking from tradition. In a speech Monday about the deadly mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso last week, the president pitched a couple ideas...

/ August 6, 2019

Curious Kids: why is air colder the higher up you go?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why is air colder the higher up you go? Shouldn’t it be hotter as you’re...

/ August 6, 2019

AI is here to stay. Now we need to ensure everyone benefits

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already in use in many sectors. Its contribution is expected to rise steadily, driven by advances in data storage, computer processing power and connectivity. Following last week’s report on AI by the Australian Council of Learned...

/ August 5, 2019

Australian media regulators face the challenge of dealing with global platforms Google and Facebook

With concerns growing worldwide about the economic power of digital technology giants such as Google and Facebook, there was plenty of interest internationally in Australia’s Digital Platforms Inquiry. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiry was seen as undertaking...

/ August 5, 2019

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

If you want to get a rosy view of the future of virtual and augmented reality, ask a company that works in the space. If you want to get a pessimistic view, ask an investor. But if you want a...

/ August 5, 2019

Buffet buddies: footage reveals that fierce leopard seals work together when king penguin is on the menu

Some people don’t like sharing their food – we all have a friend who gets cranky when you steal a chip from their plate. For wild animals, this makes sense, because any food shared is energy lost that could otherwise...

/ August 5, 2019

Think your metadata is only visible to national security agencies? Think again

It was bound to happen, and it did. Poorly crafted legislation – designed to allow national security agencies to collect information with the aim of protecting Australians from terrorists – is now reportedly being exploited by a range of different...

/ August 5, 2019

The Wrong Way to Talk About the El Paso Shooter’s Manifesto

Less than 20 minutes before a mass shooting in El Paso that left 20 people dead and dozens more wounded, the alleged gunman appears to have published a manifesto on 8chan, the notorious internet forum. If verified, it will be...

/ August 4, 2019

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three

Always on the lookout for gorgeous galaxies, the Hubble Space Telescope sometimes it catches one at just the right angle, as we can see in this photo of NGC 3169. Located 70 million light years away, NGC 3169 is tilted...

/ August 3, 2019

Netflix’s ‘Dark’ Is Mind-Melting Sci-Fi at Its Very Best

The Netflix science fiction show Dark, a multi-generational saga set in small-town Germany, is one of the best shows on television. But TV writer Rafael Jordan notes that the show requires your full attention. “It really might be the most...

/ August 3, 2019

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple’s Siri Snoopers, and More News

An invasive bug is destroying vineyards at an alarming rate, Apple contractors are listening to your Siri conver­sations, and we've got the earbuds for your next workout. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to...

/ August 2, 2019

An astronomy expert explains how The Bachelor’s research will help us discover new planets

As an astronomer, I’m used to talking about the stars - the ones above, the distant suns and the worlds that orbit them. But this week, I’ve been swept along in discussions of an entirely different kind of star -...

/ August 2, 2019

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

Reality TV is meant to trick the eyes. The high drama of housewives bickering about who said what over a bottle of wine. Cast members secretly scheming to avoid elimination off the island. Contestants blatantly lying to rig the game...

/ August 1, 2019

Best Sonos Setup: Which Speakers, Soundbars Should You Buy?

Here at WIRED, we like Sonos speakers. We really do. Throughout the last eight years, we’ve reviewed all of the company's wirelessly connectable speakers, from its small Play:1 to its Beam soundbar, and we've recommended every one of them. But...

/ August 1, 2019

Australia can pick up its game and land a Moon mission

Now all the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing have died down it’s worth considering where we are with future lunar missions half a century on. Australia has long played a role in space exploration beyond helping...

/ August 1, 2019

Guardian Firewall iOS App Automatically Blocks the Trackers on Your Phone

The data economy has too often betrayed its customers, whether it's Facebook sharing data you didn't even realize it had, or invisible trackers that follow you around the web without your knowledge. But a new app launching in the iOS...

/ July 31, 2019

Breeding Thoroughbreds is far from natural in the race for a winner

Happy birthday to each and every Australian Thoroughbred racehorse, as today (August 1) is considered their official “horse birthday” in the southern hemisphere, no matter what date they were actually born. (The “horse birthday” date is January 1 for Thoroughbreds...

/ July 31, 2019

Curious Kids: can Earth be affected by a black hole in the future?

If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au. Can Earth be affected by a black hole in the future? – Rakovi, age 12, Dimapur, India. That is a great question. As you know,...

/ July 31, 2019