Opal takeover as most paper tickets axed

Jacob Saulwick 12:12 PM   No paper public transport tickets beyond single and return tickets will be sold from next year, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said on Tuesday morning.


Australian boy's bright idea

Will Grame, from St Edmunds College, has entered his bright idea into Origin's littleBIGidea competition with his invention called 'the striper' which disposes of blood glucose testing strips.

Lin Yin   William's​ desire to get out of trouble has led to an invention that could win him a trip of a lifetime.

Oh humanity, you are so terminated

An Arnold Schwarzenegger-style Terminator destroying humanity is an extreme scenario.

Peter Munro   Doomsday scenarios might seem science fiction. But super-intelligent technology has gone mainstream. And despite the positive potential of AI, fear of a future featuring self-aware machines looms large.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife expecting first baby

Mark Zuckerberg announced his wife

Emma Partridge   Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has shared a brutally honest truth about pregnancy in the hope it will help others through dark periods.  

How long will we need Opal card?

 Opal card: it may be losing its shine as technology moves on.

Jacob Saulwick   Is Sydney's new integrated public transport card already obsolete?


New computer memory 1000 times faster than current standard

Intel and Micron say they have developed unique material compounds and a new kind of chip architecture to allow memory 10 times denser, 1000 times faster than the current standard.

Mysterious 3D Xpoint the first new memory technology to come to market since 1989.

Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach US computers

Russian Moscow Kremlin, bridge and Moscow river dfadf

Joseph Menn   Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile US government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign.

ANU nets share of world wide web development

Dr Armin Haller, manager of the W3C Australian office which will be involved in the development of the world wide web, looks into eye-tracking cameras at the ANU.

Emma Kelly   ANU along with the likes of Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft wants to shape our computer habits.


'Impossible' propellantless engine appears to work

The original EmDrive was invented nearly 15 years ago, but its use has been consistently ridiculed as scientifically impossible.

Tim Biggs   Scientists confirm electromagnetic propulsion engine, which could supposedly take a ship to Mars in 70 days without the need for rocket fuel, does produce thrust. But they can't explain how.

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Why we must stop killer robots before they are built

AI will do some great things for humanity, but its militarisation would spark an arms race.

Toby Walsh   More than 1000 of the leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have today signed and published an open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons, also known colloquially as “killer robots”.

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Google forced to apologise after contractor threatens to remove gay bars from search engine

Still listed: The Shift Bar & Club on Google Maps.

Michael Koziol   For a company that prides itself on being a pride ambassador, this was an awfully embarrassing gaffe at the hands of a contractor thousands of kilometres away.


Stephen Hawking in Reddit AMA to promote call to ban killer robots

Physicist Stephen Hawking will answer AI questions on Reddit after supporting a call for researchers to tread carefully.

Abby Ohlheiser   Hawking joins Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak in warning against development of autonomous weapons, launches a Reddit AMA.


Labor to rethink support for data retention

Bill Shorten

Hannah Francis   The opposition has agreed to review its support for the controversial legislation as internal ructions spill over.

Running hot – the Australian taking 3D printing from the lab to the factory

Engineer Michael Fuller's 3D-printed heat exchanger.

John Elder   What Michael Fuller pulls from his briefcase looks like a small piece of plumbing – like something that catches hairballs – but may well represent a levelling of the playing field in manufacturing.


Future of 3D printing lies in space, with an added fourth dimension

Concept design of a lunar base that could be made with 3D printing.

Hamza Bendemra   There are still a few things holding back 3D printing from any mass production over other manufacturing methods, but it is the technology’s application beyond Earth that it is showing real promise.

CEO worth $1 billion but lives in a trailer park

Tony Hsieh’s unconventional move came as no surprise to those close to him.

Peter Holley   With a net worth of $US840 million, Tony Hsieh could have a Caribbean island or a palatial estate overlooking an ocean vista all to himself. Instead, the Zappos.com chief executive has set down roots in a less exclusive locale: a dusty Las Vegas trailer park.


SpaceX rocket explosion caused by tiny metal strut

'A passing grade is 100 per cent every time': Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

Dana Hull   Part's failure the technical cause of explosion, but company's complacency to blame as well, Musk says.


Moore's Law is 50 years old, but will it continue?

The rate of growth in computing power predicted by Gordon Moore (pictured) could be slowing.

Jonathan Borwein, David H. Bailey   It’s been 50 years since Gordon Moore, one of the founders of the microprocessor company Intel, gave us Moore’s Law. This says that the complexity of computer chips ought to double roughly every two years.

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iSperm turns your iPad into a home fertility test for men

Pig farm owner Sam Wang demonstrates how to use an iSperm kit in Yunlin, central Taiwan.

Michael Gold   Gadget uses a tiny microscope and the camera on an iPad to calculate sperm count and motility.


Train tunnel phone coverage stuck in a loop

Out of range... City Loop

Beau Donelly   Plans for mobile phone services in the City Loop have been dealt another major blow, with the project delayed for a second time in 12 months.