Science, Technology and Innovation

‘Haters like to pick on China’: Huawei exec defends video surveillance

Shenzhen: China’s use of video surveillance on its citizens has been defended by a senior Huawei executive, who said it was critical to catching criminals, and the media attention on the country’s policing was “anti… Jennifer Duke WAtoday Huawei’s global chief public safety scientist, Hong-Eng Koh, a former Singapore police officer, said there was video surveillance “everywhere” and criticised “anti-Chinese” media companies for attacking China specifically for using the… “Excuse me, video surveillance started in New York and London long ... Read More »

Facebook bans Britain’s far-right hate groups

London: Facebook has banned far-right groups including the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) from having any presence on the social network for violating the… By Martyn Landi Brisbane Times The banned groups, which also includes Knights Templar International, Britain First and the National Front as well as key members of their leadership, have been removed from both Facebook and… The social network’s policy does not allow groups or individuals which engage in “terrorist activity, organised ... Read More »

How fake news gets into our minds, and what you can do to resist it

Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for societies across the world. Julian Matthews The Conversation Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt a conversation, and at extremes it can have an impact on democratic processes, including elections. But what can we do to avoid fake news, at a time when we could be waiting a while for mainstream media and social networks to step up and address the problem? ... Read More »

Leonardo joined art with engineering

Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable capacity for careful observation made him an astonishing artist and a brilliant scientist. Ben Shneiderman The Conversation He was able to compare the speed of a bird’s wing movement downwards and upwards. He noticed the differences between arteries carrying blood from the heart and the veins bringing the blood back, so as to draw accurate models of the human circulatory system. His portrait paintings were groundbreaking because Leonardo was the first to show accurate musculature in ... Read More »

China takes Australia’s Huawei 5G ban to global trade umpire

Beijing: China has complained to the World Trade Organisation about Australia’s ban on Huawei participating in the 5G network. Kirsty Needham WAtoday The complaint, made at a WTO meeting in Geneva on Friday, does not mention Huawei by name but refers to Australia’s “discriminatory market access prohibition on 5G equipment”, according to the meeting’s agenda seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The complaint has been lodged with global trade umpire as the federal government has entered caretaker mode ahead of the ... Read More »

Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole

Assembling data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, astronomers created the picture showing the violent neighborhood around a supermassive black hole, the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorized by Einstein more than a century ago and… WASHINGTON- The Associated Press Hurriyet It looked like a flaming orange, yellow and black ring. “We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a blackhole. Here it is,” said Sheperd Doeleman of Harvard. Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and… Scientists reveal first… Read More »

Another Country Just Fell In Love with the F-35 (China Won’t Be Happy)

But will Singapore really go ahead with a purchase? Michael Peck The National Interest F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin will have to demonstrate that the Lightning II can operate in Singapore’s tropical climate. Singapore’s next fighter jet may be the F-35 – and China won’t like that. (This first appeared several months ag0.) Singapore’s Ministry of Defense recently announced that the F-35 is the best candidate to replace the island-nation’s 60 aging F-16 fighters. “The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) ... Read More »

The fate of the Earth? We discovered the remains of a planet following the violent death of its parent star

If it weren’t for the sun constantly showering us with energy, there would be no life on Earth. Christopher Manser The Conversation But eventually stars like it run out of fuel, expand into red giants and finally collapse into small, faint objects called white dwarfs. So what will happen to us and the other planets in our solar system when the sun dies? It’s not been entirely clear. Now my colleagues and I have spotted the possible core remnant of ... Read More »

‘Serious concerns’: New study reveals how heatwave hit Shark Bay dolphins hard

Shark Bay was hit hard by a marine heatwave which swept through the World Heritage-listed area in 2011, but new research released this week reveals the heatwave also had a devastating impact on the local dolphin population, raising “serious concerns” for its future. Cameron Myles WAtoday The research, released in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology on Monday, showed how the survival rates of newborn Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the area dropped by more than 12 per cent in the wake of the ... Read More »

India’s anti-satellite missile test may have created 6,500 eraser-size pieces of space junk near Earth, according to a new simulation

India fired a missile into space on Wednesday, struck one of its own satellites, and destroyed the spacecraft. Dave Mosher Business Insider Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the successful test as “an unprecedented achievement” that makes India “a space power.” But these anti-satellite missile tests leave behind large debris fields in space that can threaten other satellites. India’s Defence Research and Development Organization downplayed that risk, telling Reuters that the debris field “will vanish in no time” and “should ... Read More »

The dying art of conversation – has technology killed our ability to talk face-to-face?

What with Facetime, Skype, Whatsapp and Snapchat, for many people, face-to-face conversation is used less and less often. Melanie Chan The Conversation These apps allow us to converse with each other quickly and easily – overcoming distances, time zones and countries. We can even talk to virtual assistants such as Alexa, Cortana or Siri – commanding them to play our favourite songs, films, or tell us the weather forecast. Often these ways of communicating reduce the need to speak to ... Read More »

Coders or carers: What will the jobs of the future be?

Innovation is happening in Australia – but it’s no thanks to the federal government. What skills do we need to foster to make sure the future really is an exciting time to be alive? By John McDuling The Age Ever since Malcolm Turnbull’s Ideas Boom flopped with voters in key marginal seats at the 2016 election, there’s been a sense that innovation policy has fallen off the radar in Canberra. Many in the tech community would argue that it’s actually even ... Read More »

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018, International Energy Agency says

Greater demand for energy and more extreme temperatures saw global carbon emissions reach a record high in 2018 partly because of higher coal use, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Sue Lannin ABC Carbon emissions rose by 1.7 per cent in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion tonnes, with coal making up one third of the total increase, according to the IEA’s Global Energy and C02 Status Report. That is despite energy generation from wind and solar farms growing ... Read More »

More fish, more fishing: why strategic marine park placement is a win-win

Australia has some of the most spectacular marine ecosystems on the planet – including, of course, the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Authors: The Conversation Many of these places are safe in protected areas, and support a myriad of leisure activities such as recreational fishing, diving and surfing. No wonder eight in ten Aussies live near the beach. Yet threats to marine ecosystems are becoming more intense and widespread the world over. New maps show that only 13% of the oceans ... Read More »

Super worm moon – in pictures

Wednesday night’s rare occurrence of a super worm moon coincided with the equinox. Matt Fidler The Guardian  The name is a nod to the emergence of worms from the soil around the time of the March full moon The super worm equinox moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York. Photograph: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu/Getty Images… Super worm moon – in… Read More »

Huge fish found washed up along the Coorong near mouth of the Murray River

A sunfish has been found washed ashore near the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia over the weekend, and one expert believes it is the Mola mola species. By Camron Slessor ABC The gigantic fish is known for its sheer size and odd body shape, often distinguished by its flattened body and fins. A photo of the creature was posted on social media on Monday, with two fishermen standing over it on the sand. Linette Grzelak, who posted the ... Read More »