Forget the light rail - what about sky rail for Canberra?

Tom McIlroy   1:42 PM   Could suspended two-person vehicles, elevated on the median strip be the answer to Canberra's public transport woes?

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Iraq now censoring websites critical of government

Researchers have found that six new websites have been filtered on three large Iraqi ISPs since June 20

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai   11:20 AM   As the terrorist group known as the Islamic State began its march through Iraq, the government blocked large social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Now it seems to be taking advantage by censoring others.


Citizen spies take to web to uncover MH17 intel

An armed pro-Russia militant stands guard at the MH17 crash site.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai   The citizen journalist known as Brown Moses, with the help of his Twitter followers, was able to pinpoint the location of a Buk launcher while it was being transported through a pro-Russian rebel-held town in Ukraine, using only open source information like Google searches and YouTube videos.


Samsung supplier in labour probe

Debt collectors gather outside Dongguan Shinyang Electronics factory in China.

James Pomfret   Production indefinitely halted at Chinese supplier to Samsung after factory suspected of using child workers.

Sorry sight for Australian spectacle manufacturing

Timna Jacks   There is little future in sight for spectacle manufacturing in Australia.

How Sverker Johansson became Wikipedia's most prolific author

Sverker Johansson whose bot has authored over 2.7 million Wikipedia articles

Eryk Bagshaw   Swedish physicist Sverker Johansson is, arguably, the world's most prolific writer.


Drones pose growing privacy risk: report

Fancy flyer

Ben Grubb   New privacy laws might be needed to protect against a wave of drones, according to a federal parliamentary committee.

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Scientists develop phase-changing robot material


Lance Ulanoff   New material that can switch between pliable and solid could give future robots shape-shifting capabilities.


Boy found to be allergic to his iPad, and he isn't alone

Allergen: Does the iPad or any other Apple device contain nickel?

Do you or your child have an unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet may contain one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.


Internet makes us stupid: study

Is the internet making us stupid? That's the question researchers from Wellington's Victoria University asked in a study on people's reading behaviour.


Robots take the field in RoboCup

Humanoid robots dressed in the colours of Germany and Brazil at the Institute for Computer Science at the University of Bonn ahead of the 2014 RoboCup.

Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years.


Finger device reads to blind

MIT's prototype for a device to help blind people read non-brail texts.

MIT scientists developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired.


Intervention: Sydney schools are trialling an app that helps students monitor their social media interactions.

Lucy Cormack   You've tried Dry July, Ocsober and maybe you even give up sugary temptations through Lent. The question is, could you give up Facebook for 99 days?


Where's Rupert? Murdoch's Twitter account lays dormant on politics

Rupert Murdoch's Twitter stream has remained quiet on Australian politics for months.

Henry Belot   It’s one of Twitter's most scrutinised accounts and its clout has been applied to subjects as diverse as Australia politics and religious disputes in the Middle East.


$6.6m in Samsung devices stolen

Flatbed: Bandits made off with truckloads of Samsung gadgets after attacking a factory in Brazil.

Bandits attack Samsung factory in Brazil and hold workers hostage while they make off with truckloads of smartphones, tablets and notebooks.


Drone operators involved in athlete's injury referred to Director of Public Prosecutions

Raija Ogden is taken away on a stretcher.

Ben Grubb   The operators of a drone involved in injuring an athlete in a West Australian triathlon have been referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.


NASA space robots get smarter - with Google's help

Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites  floating in zero-gravity in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station.

Android smartphones will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the space station.


Self-healing, transforming jets

BAE's transforming jet.

Jets with 3D printers on-board could heal themselves, spawn drones and split apart mid-air.

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China deploys drones to combat illegal polluters

People ride through the smog in Daqing, Heilongjiang province.

Kari Paul   Equipped with infrared cameras, the drones can detect illegal pollution from factories at night, allowing for round-the-clock inspection.

Europe's journalism disappearing down Google's court-ordered memory hole

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Nick Miller   Across Britain, news stories are disappearing from the internet.