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Australia Finally Has A Science Minister

It has been a pretty dark time for Australian science, but after a horror year of cuts, low morale and no representation, we’re finally getting a Science Minister installed in the Abbott Government.


The Tiny Model Town Where The Military Trains For Cyber Warfare

In an undisclosed location in New Jersey, there’s a tiny little town that’s used as a training grounds to prepare the military for cyber warfare. No, tinier than that. Think more like model train sized. It’s called CyberCity, and WNYC’s New Tech City recently paid a visit.


Intel, Cisco And Other Tech Companies Come Out Against Net Neutrality

More than 60 huge tech companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Cisco and IBM have written a letter to leaders in US Congress and the FCC opposing net neutrality. The free and open internet isn’t going to happen without a fight.


US Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until At Least 2017

It looks like we’ll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the US Aviation Administration admitted it’s going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government Accountability Office now says the rules won’t be done until 2017 — at the earliest.


Australian Copyright Reform: Pirate Sites Blocked, Users Not Punished For Torrents

Living in fear of Hollywood hunting you down for torrenting Game of Thrones? An extremely cut-down copyright law reform proposal spearheaded by government Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis could remove the possibility of direct or financial penalties on Australians who illicitly download copyrighted files.


The Government Is Slowly Working To Boost Mobile Phone Coverage Around Australia

Having great mobile phone coverage in the city is one thing, but as you get deeper and deeper into this great land of ours, you notice that bars of signal become shorter and shorter. The Federal Government is now working to fix that.


Why The FAA Isn't Worried About Drones Invading Privacy Right Now

Drones have a privacy problem. As more and more domestic drones take flight in the United States, more and more people are worried that these airborne cameras will be peeking in their windows and watching them drive around town — and rightfully so. Yet the federal agency overseeing the growing industry apparently doesn’t think this is a pressing concern.


Proceeds Of Crime: How Polymer Banknotes Were Invented

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and CSIRO’s 20-year “bank project” resulted in the introduction of the polymer banknote — the first ever of its kind, and the most secure form of currency in the world.

The project commenced in 1968 and continued until 1988 with the release of the A$10 bicentennial commemorative banknote. But it’s the story behind this story – a personal note of forgeries, underworld figures and CSIRO – that is just as impressive.


US State Department Computer Systems Hit By Hackers

Yesterday, the US State Department announced that it’s had to temporarily shut down its email system and public websites following a breach of its computer systems. The Associated Press reports that the security breach didn’t ultimately affect its classified systems.


The City Of Sydney's LED Lights Saved $370,000 And Cut Power Usage By 34 Per Cent

LED lights are great. They’re more energy efficient than incandescents, they provide better quality light than sodium and tungsten lamps and they’re less prone to failure than fluorescents. (Although Hollywood movies will never look the same.) The City Of Sydney has installed over 4000 LED globes in city street lights so far, and the results speak for themselves.