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What CPU To Choose For Your New Laptop: Energy Efficiency And Portable Processing Power

Thinking of buying a new notebook or thin and light laptop? The most important piece of hardware inside any portable PC is its CPU — the chip that runs the whole show. But they’re not all created equal, so these are the things you need to remember when you’re getting ready to choose a new laptop.


Emirates' Flight Catering Food Factory In Dubai Produces 175,000 Meals Per Day, And It's All Fresh

Ever wondered where your airline meal comes from? If you’ve ever flown through the Middle East, it probably came from here.

This one building provides the fresh food, drinks and other amenities for every Emirates flights leaving Dubai, at a rate of one every two or three minutes, to hundreds of different destinations around the world. And the only preservative used is a bit of lemon juice. (56K and mobile warning: 15MB of images ahead!)


What Makes A Popular Science Video On YouTube

Hundreds of hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and hundreds of millions of hours are viewed daily, including many that cover areas of science. Despite this, if you want to use YouTube for science communication, reaching an audience is not always guaranteed.


Electric Vehicle Makers Need To Agree On Standards

Standards are a key part of technical progress and for the increased use of renewable energy. Solar power provides an obvious example — if a photovoltaic unit is used to put power back into the electricity grid, then the power needs to satisfy the standards for the grid in terms of voltage, cycles-per-second, and so on.


How 'Clean' Was Sold To America 

The average American’s daily hygiene ritual would have seemed unusual — nay, obsessive – to our forebears a hundred years ago. From mouthwash to deodorant, so many of our hygiene products were invented in the past century and so too, you could say, the necessity for them. Americans had to be convinced their breath was rotten and theirs armpits stank. It did not happen by accident.


The Rabbits Of Christmas Past: A Present That Backfired For Australia

On Christmas Day 1859, the Victoria Acclimatisation Society released 24 rabbits for hunting, to help settlers feel more at home. Given the millions of dollars in damage to agricultural productivity that ensued, as well as the impacts on biodiversity as the rabbits bred and spread to cover 70 per cent of the continent, this could be seen as Australia’s worst Christmas present.


At Christmas Time, Check Your Power Boards And Double Adaptors

With Christmas lights and glowing decorations already up in houses across the country, this is the time of year that we bring out those rarely-used extra power boards and overload them with double adaptors on top of other adaptors. The ACCC wants you to check those boards for defects, though, with over 200,000 unsafe power boards and double adaptors sold across Australia within the last few months.


How One Company Spent Millions On A Gaming Mouse

There’s a room on Logitech’s bright, modern-looking campus in Lausanne, Switzerland full of contraptions specifically designed to torture PC hardware.


Photos: Inside Tesla Motors' First Australian Showroom

Tesla Motors’ first Australian showroom, in Artarmon on Sydney’s north shore, is about to throw open its doors to the public. Ahead of its official opening, we got the chance to take a look inside and snap some photos.

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Is Stephen Hawking Right? Could AI Lead To The End Of Humankind?

The famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has revived the debate on whether our search for improved artificial intelligence will one day lead to thinking machines that will take over from us.