Google’s Android phones have started detecting earthquakes to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor. The alerting feature is being first rolled out in California. Japan, Mexico and California already use land-based sensors to generate warnings, aiming to cut injuries and property damage by giving people […]
COVID-19 affected Facebook’s ability to remove harmful and forbidden material from its platforms, the social media giant says. Sending its content moderators to work from home in March amid the pandemic led the company to remove less harmful material from Facebook and Instagram around suicide, self-injury, child nudity and sexual exploitation. Sending its human reviewers
Federal politicians could debate virtually during the upcoming sitting fortnight despite ongoing squabbling between the major parties over videoconferencing. The Morrison government remains concerned about technology and potential implications on the legal protection of parliamentary privilege. The coalition is also worried the proposal could lead to MPs and senators
Australia’s top science agency has pledged at least $100 million each year towards helping the nation recover from coronavirus. CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has outlined key missions the agency will focus on so science and technology can bolster the nation. The areas include boosting preparedness and resilience for pandemics, helping farmers with food security,
Fears robots will take workers’ jobs may have been premature, with new research raising concerns about business investment in technology. The Australia Institute’s Centre For Future Work has released a report suggesting the pace of automation is lagging behind other industrial nations. The report, called The Robots are NOT coming, found business investment in new […]
Some skin, eggs and tissue samples are all that remain of Malaysia’s last rhino, Iman, who died last November after years of failed breeding attempts. Now scientists are pinning their hopes on experimental stem cell technology to bring back the Malaysian variant of the Sumatran rhinoceros, making use of cells from Iman and two other […]
Russia says the first batch of what it claims is the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out within two weeks and has rejected as “groundless” safety concerns aired by some experts. The vaccine, called “Sputnik V” in homage to the world’s first satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, has yet to […]
Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world’s first digital photograph, has died aged 91 at his home in Portland, Oregon. Pixels, the digital dots used to display photos, video and more on phone and computer screens, were not an obvious innovation in 1957, when Kirsch created a small […]
Australia’s consumer watchdog says identity theft has dramatically increased during COVID-19. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, with more people working and socialising online, we have unfortunately seen a sharp increase in scammers seeking personal information,” Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said in a statement on Monday. Once a
Temperatures in California’s Death Valley skyrocketed to a blistering 54.4 degrees Celsius (130 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday – possibly the highest mercury reading on Earth since 1913. If the National Weather Service’s recording is correct, it would also be among the top-three highest temperatures to have ever been measured at the site, a desert valley […]
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