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'The Weasel and the Woodpecker' show takes flight online

Weasel taking on a woodpecker

Su-Lin Tan 7:45 AM   "The Weasel and the Woodpecker" could well be the name of the next English classic fantasy story to follow the likes of Harry Potter and Brer Rabbit.

Virgin Mobile introduces data rollover for mobile plans

Virgin will now allow customers to have any unused data roll over to the next billing month.

Ben Grubb 9:34 PM   Virgin Mobile has responded to a push by consumer groups and their customers to allow ever-precious mobile phone data to roll-over to the next month.

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Cyber bullying laws teetering on the edge of government overreach: Cory Bernardi

An anti-bullying mural at Swansea High School.

Elise Scott 3:54 PM   Outspoken Liberal senator Cory Bernardi is not happy about law that cleared the Senate on Wednesday.

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Google challenge to iPhone opens modular door for Toshiba

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Pavel Alpeyev and Takashi Amano 2:39 PM   Google's key ally in its challenge to the smartphone status quo is a company that Apple's iPhone drove out of the market.

Bulletproof results reveal rush to public cloud services

Australan businesses are increasingly taking to the cloud.

Stuart Corner   As an ASX listed company, Bulletproof offers one of the few insights into the financials of the expanding Australian cloud computing market.

Dollhouse to encourage more girls into engineering

Alice Brooks, an engineering graduate of Stanford University,created the ultimate geek doll house Roominate  to get more girls into an engineering and science career. 3 March 2015. The Age NEWS. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Stathi Paxinos   Mechanical engineer Alice Brooks has come up with a way to put learning about building and electronics into a context most six-year-old girls will appreciate.

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Science community begs government to continue funding vital research infrastructure

Great Barrier Reef: A communications tower, part of Australia's ocean observing system, IMOS, that may be forced to shut down in June.

Andrew Holmes and Alan Finkel 10:56 AM   Imagine if the Australian government said it would stop paying train drivers. There would be a public outcry as hundreds of thousands of commuters were left high and dry while the trains were left to gather dust and rust. It's hard to think of anything more wasteful.

US documents from Edward Snowden detail Australia-NZ spying on Indonesia communications

mobile phone tower

Philip Dorling 9:01 AM   Australian spies are targeting Indonesia’s largest mobile phone network as well as the telecommunications systems of Australia’s small Pacific Island neighbours, according to documents obtained from the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Billion-dollar research facilities on verge of closure without promised funds

An IMOS ocean glider surfaces in water north-west of Western Australia to transmit data.

Nicky Phillips 1:53 AM   Australia's research community has implored Tony Abbott to deliver the $150 million he promised to a group of world-class research facilities in the last federal budget, warning many facilities are preparing to close, a situation that will have "immense" consequences for the country's research effort.

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Presto and Stan sweeten their deals as Netflix unleashes the dogs of war

Adam Turner 2:07 PM   With Netflix only days way, newcomers Presto and Stan are scrambling to win a foothold in Aussie homes.

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Don’t blame Facebook – the narcissists have always been there

Laura Demasi   Laura Demasi looks at the me-media world and asks the questions worth pondering over.

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User support a core issue

Garry Barker   Despite aiming for simplicity, our linked-in world of increasingly complex devices requires sophisticated help.

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Return to film smells like teen spirit

Terry Lane   The day we left the darkroom and closed it for good, rescued for all time from toxic fumes, our lungs breathed a sigh of relief.