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A Brief History Of Beer

Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience seemingly since the dawn of civilisation. Around 10,000 years ago, mankind began to move away from living life as nomadic hunter gatherers, and began settling down in one spot to farm the land. Grain, a vital ingredient in beer making, was cultivated by these new agricultural societies.


NBN Co Just Demoted Its Chief Fibre Architect

There’s a new nail in the coffin of fibre to the premises NBN today. The chief architect behind the original FTTP plan for the National Broadband Network has been removed from his planning position, and his network planning responsibilities have been assumed by a new appointee.


Powdered Alcohol: Three Important Things You Should Know

Over the last several days, you might have heard that a company called Palcohol has been cleared to market powdered alcohol in the United States. It sounds exciting! And scary! Are we all going to be drowning in boozy Ovaltine soon? Maybe. Maybe not.


Explore The World Of Game Of Thrones As If It Were On Google Maps

If you’re desperate to understand the world from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, here’s your chance. The lands of Westeros and Essos have been given a full Google Maps-style treatment, so you can explore them in detail.


The Best Action Camera: Q2 2014 Edition

You can’t just do something dangerous and insane these days without filming it for posterity. And while action cameras let us relieve these life-highlights over and over, they aren’t all created equal. We decided to see for ourselves which one could handle your extreme adventures best.


Earth 2.0: What We Know About The First Earth-Sized Planet In A Habitable Zone

When you’re looking for alien life, the best place to look is somewhere like Earth; the only place we know of that life exists. Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star, is the best bet we’ve ever found.


How A Simple Design Error Could Have Toppled A NYC Skyscraper

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.


Report: Nike Is Killing The FuelBand

Nike has fired the majority of the team responsible for its FuelBand fitness tracker according to a report from CNET today, which also claims that the company is jettisoning wearable hardware for good. An anonymous source says that roughly 55 employees were let go from Nike’s Digital Sport hardware team, which covers industrial design and engineering for wearables.


Google's Free New App Lets You Control Your PC From Your Phone

Remote desktops are nothing new, but Google has now released a slick app that makes the process a pleasure rather than wildly frustrating. The new software will let you control your Mac or PC from any Android device.


Apple Mac Pro: Australian Review

There hasn’t been a properly new Mac Pro for a very long time. The original Mac OS X workstation for creative professionals — video editors, commercial photographers, 3D animators — was released in 2006, and the giant cheese grater suffered a ploddingly slow upgrade cycle that meant that plenty of its former fanboys jumped ship to iMacs, MacBooks Pro or Windows boxes. But the Mac Pro is back, it’s better, and now there’s actually no reason not to buy one.