8 Dumb Quotes About Science From New NASA Overseer Ted Cruz

The new Republican-led Congress is currently busy picking people to chair its many committees and subcommittees. Guess what! Tea Party hero Senator Ted Cruz is the new chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness. That means he will oversee NASA. Yep — the climate-denying Tea Party hero who tried to defund NASA is now in charge of NASA.

Manus Island Support Staff Recall Having Their Phones Tapped After Being Hired Through Facebook Ads

The shocking state of the Manus Island detention centre is being analysed by a Senate Inquiry this week, and each revelation is worse than the last. Two former Salvation Army workers have told the inquiry that they got their jobs on the island with no relevant experience and no training, landing on Manus just three days after answering an ad on Facebook.

The Secret Solid Marble Bathtubs In The US Senate's Boiler Room

In 1869, the bathtubs in the basement of the US Capitol building looked something like the painting below.

NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

This week, NBN Co released its quarterly results, and posted a $1.1 billion operating loss. Newly inducted CEO Bill Morrow says that the company needs to concentrate on educating and connecting consumers and businesses as well as building out the network, but things aren’t exactly looking rosy for the future of the NBN.

NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

It has been a week of conflict with the National Broadband Network. As we’ve come to expect, nothing much of substance happened with the roll-out of the actual fibre, but there was plenty of spirited debate when it came to public policy.

Here's Who Is Running With Julian Assange In The Wikileaks Party

Julian Assange’s bid for a Federal Senate seat is going smoother than can be expected, after the Australian Electoral Commission reportedly accepted his enrolment as a foreign elector and the registration of the Wikileaks party. Here’s where he’s running and more importantly who he’s running with.

Julian Assange Preps For Australian Senate Race

Getting yourself on the docket for an election is tough no matter where you are. I’d say it would be tougher for a political refugee like Julian Assange, though. Assange recently flagged his intention to run for the Federal Senate, and now despite the adversity, Assange is on his way to the race.

Julian Assange Will Run For An Australian Senate Seat

Ain’t no party like a WikiLeaks Party ‘cos a Wikileaks Party don’t stop! Ahem. That’s right, voters: Julian Assange is forming an Australian political party and having a crack at a Federal Senate seat in 2013.

White House To Simulate NYC Power Grid Attack

The US Executive branch — in cooperation with FBI, NSA, Homeland Security and Justice Department — will undertake an exercise this US summer (Aussie winter) to illustrate the need for stronger federal oversight for companies deemed critical to US national and economic security. These oversights would, in part, require companies to initiate tougher security protocols and stems from last year’s attacks on Citigroup and LockHeed-Martin.

Carrier IQ Gets Hit With US Senate Investigation

Carrier IQ, root-level software that tracks every action many Android phones take is creepy and scary, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But the US Senate can, and Senator Al Franken just sent the company a nastygram.