Category Archives: Technology

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On board the ‘super science ship’ uncovering secrets of the deep.

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Take a tour of Australia’s newest research vessel—the 94-metre-long, 10-storey, $120 million RV Investigator. It’s as if this ship has invisible cat’s whiskers extending off her hull. Pricked and at the ready, they sense the weather, the temperature, the density … Continue reading

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Five reasons the brain is more idiot than super computer

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As our understanding of the human brain increases, so too does our reverence for its abilities. But neuroscientist and comedian Dean Burnett says our dearly-held belief that the brain is a “super computer” doesn’t quite stack up.  Dr Burnett is … Continue reading

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Star Wars’ R2-D2, dies aged 81.

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Kenny Baker, the British actor who starred as plucky robot R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 81.  Mr Baker, who measured one metre tall, played the resourceful droid known for his whistles and beeps … Continue reading

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HMAS Sydney: 3D reconstruction reveals more details of Australia’s biggest naval disaster

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The most powerful supercomputer in the southern hemisphere is being used to create a 3D reconstruction of the two shipwrecks involved in Australia’s greatest naval disaster. After a short but fierce battle with the German raider Kormoran, HMAS Sydney sank … Continue reading

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The 14-year-old boy who turned down $44 million

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Taylor Rosenthal is a budding Bill Gates. The 14-year-old’s start-up company is so hot, he’s already turned down a $44 million takeover offer. The high-school student from Alabama is the creator of RecMed, a vending machine that dispenses first aid … Continue reading

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Cow activates EPIRB triggering response involving Canberra, NT authorities

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A cow has managed to activate an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), setting in motion a response by Canberra authorities and Northern Territory Police. About 6:00pm on Saturday, monitors in Canberra detected an EPIRB signal emanating from an area north … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology self-cleaning clothes are on the way

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People could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine, thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being developed by RMIT University researchers. The researchers have been working on self-cleaning textiles, by growing nanostructures on textiles … Continue reading

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The “Seabin” Project – a simple solution to our oceans pollution

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We have created an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil 24/7 We are excited to introduce our new invention helping to solve, educate and prevent our oceans pollution problems. The Seabin is a revolution in … Continue reading

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Driverless cars ‘could be on roads by 2020’, Volvo predicts ahead of first Australian trial

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A milestone event in automotive technology is underway in Adelaide, with the first driverless car trial in the Southern Hemisphere held on the Southern Expressway. A modified Volvo XC90 is using driverless software for the trip, with some analysts predicting … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse 2 aircraft lands in Hawaii after completing historic flight in quest to circle the globe

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The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii after the most arduous leg of its journey. The sun-powered plane, piloted … Continue reading

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Leap second: Is a one-second difference in time too much?

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Question: When is a minute not a minute? Answer: At 2359 Greenwich Mean Time today (9:59am AEST Wednesday), when the world will experience a minute that will last 61 seconds. The reason for the weird event is something called the … Continue reading

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Google working with Levi Strauss to make smart clothes.

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Google has announced it is working with US jean maker Levi Strauss to make clothing from specially woven fabric with touch-screen control capabilities. The internet giant revealed the technology, dubbed Project Jacquard, at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Are you ready for Google’s Mobilegeddon

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Google has announced it will prioritise companies that have “mobile-friendly” websites when people use the search engine on their smart phones or tablet computers as of Wednesday. As a result, businesses with desktop-only websites may find themselves plummeting in Google’s … Continue reading

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Japanese train sets new world speed record, hits 603kph in test run

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Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train has set a new world speed record in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train – short … Continue reading

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The 12 most likely causes of the Apocalypse.

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Intelligent computers that take over the world and an incurable virus that kills off the human race might sound like plots worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster – but scientists insist they are real threats. They are just two of the … Continue reading

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MH370 search: New video released nine months after plane disappeared with 239 aboard

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Organisers of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have released a video of their work mapping about 200,000 square kilometres of the floor of the Indian Ocean. The search for MH370 is continuing in the southern Indian Ocean nine … Continue reading

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Monster Machines: New Super-Yacht Aims To Break Toughest Records In Sailing

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A speedy new vessel owned by tech-billionaire Jim Clark is set to make some waves at next month’s Sydney to Hobart sailing race. Not only is his super-yacht super fast, it’s one of the most technologically advanced ships on the … Continue reading

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First homes on the Moon will be created by robotic 3D printers

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The European Space Agency may have solved the issue of getting building materials to the distant rock – using what is already there. Mankind has taken one small step closer to colonising the Moon after the European Space Agency (ESA) … Continue reading

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Kiwi craft leads the way in drone industry.

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Movie-making and rescue services among areas targeted by companies Good old Kiwi ingenuity on a shoe-string budget could see the world’s first unmanned aerial vehicle for long-range search and rescue operational within the next two years. The Coastguard has been … Continue reading

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Apple-1 computer sold by Steve Job could fetch $600,000

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A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents’ garage in 1976 for $600 is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars when it hits the auction block in December. Christie’s auction … Continue reading

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Floating farms in the sky:

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Singapore concept design shows possible future of sustainable farming. In a post-apocalyptic future, where sea levels have swallowed the ground, food will be grown in great towers floating on the sea. It sounds like something from science fiction, but a … Continue reading

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$1.5 million buys the ‘ultimate ride’

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A master surfboard maker has sold a handcrafted board to a New Zealand buyer for a staggering $1.5 million. Roy Stuart, from Putaruru in Waikato, has been crafting wooden boards in his workshop, refining designs and striving for “the ultimate … Continue reading

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Floating Microcountries

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US seasteading group plans floating ‘microcountries’ with ‘start-up governments’ [Editor: Hey I always wanted to sail down the main street ! 🙂 ] A US organisation is hoping a plan to create cities which float on the ocean will see … Continue reading

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Find products you never knew you needed !

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Provide your friends with a subtle guiding path to your beach party with the “follow me, bring beer” message sandals. Each sandal leaves an imprint telling others to follow your footsteps and bring lots of ice cold nectar of the … Continue reading

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Timeline: 25 years of the World Wide Web

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After 25 years – and with internet usage approaching 3 billion people – the web has become a crucial part of commerce, social relationships, science and learning. As web inventor Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet users to “take the web … Continue reading