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Inside the fascinating, bizarre world of Doomsday preppers

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Caitlin Dewey 11:38 AM   It's a sign that the much-maligned prepper movement has finally gone mainstream.

The cunning chimp who brought down a drone

Tushi, a chimpanzee at Burgers' Zoo in The Netherlands, examines the drone after bringing it down with a stick.

Rachel Feltman 7:46 AM   Researchers say an attack on a drone by a zoo chimpanzee was premeditated.

IFA 2015: Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray players coming to Australia in 2016

Long-awaited Ultra HD Blu-ray disc players are finally coming to Australian lounge rooms thanks to Samsung.

Adam Turner 7:12 AM   Berlin: With Hollywood finally agreeing on a new disc standard, Samsung will offer bandwidth-poor Australians their first taste of Ultra HD content early next year.

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Sex sites off limits, public service love rats warned

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd has laid down the law on the use of Commonwealth government email addresses to create accounts on the cheating site.

Noel Towell   Marriage vows are one thing, but the public service Code of Conduct, that's serious.

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Undersea cable would connect Sunshine Coast directly to internet

A plan would bring Australia's sixth undersea communications cable to the Sunshine Coast.

Tony Moore   A plan to make the Sunshine Coast a vital internet gateway is luring Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the area on Friday to view the proposal in person.

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Human Services' computers keep disabled out of work

A screenshot of one user's attempt to login to the MyGov online portal, which has left clients blocked from the system for up to two weeks.

Noel Towell   Disabled workers are caught in bureaucratic limbo by problematic computer systems.

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'UNSW is drunk': university's Facebook page hacked

UNSW The University of New South Wales website which would appear to have been hacked

Harriet Alexander 10:16 PM   UNSW staff are scrambling to contain an embarrassing outbreak of undergraduate humour, after the university's Facebook page was hacked on its annual open day.

Why Twitter's most famous feature is its biggest flaw

Twitter's 140-character limit was accidental.

12:22 PM   As with so many of the technologies that are now part of our digital furniture, one of Twitter's most famous features - the 140 character limit - was incidental and also largely accidental.

Robot to destroy starfish on Great Barrier Reef

COTSbot, the starfish killer.

An autonomous robot that can administer a lethal injection is set to be the latest weapon in the fight against the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef.

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IFA 2015: Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray players coming to Australia in 2016

Adam Turner 7:12 AM   Berlin: With Hollywood finally agreeing on a new disc standard, Samsung will offer bandwidth-poor Australians their first taste of Ultra HD content early next year.

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Teens choose 'real' friends over Facebook friends

Laura Demasi   Australian teens no longer live and breath Facebook, turning instead to messaging apps like WhatsApp and Kick to create micro networks of "real" friends where they can say what they want in private, away from the ever present eyes of hundreds of "friends" – including their parents.

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For one school, from small things big things grew

Garry Barker   One school in Britain transformed itself and the lives of many people in its community by putting the right technology in the hands of its students.

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The art of the image in politics

Terry Lane   The striking thing about the photos in Political Vision is that they are all taken by a photographer standing in exactly the right place at the right time.