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The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction?

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Uber has shaken up the taxi industry and is trying to put driverless cars on our roads. Now the company aims to have flying ride-sharing vehicles in our skies by 2020 writes Jonathan Roberts and Michael Milford. Uber is not alone in working towards flying cars. But is this realistic, or just marketing hype? To many of

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Backyard skinny-dippers lack effective laws to keep peeping drones at bay

Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy. This was certainly the case for Darwin resident Karli Hyatt, who on Tuesday explained to the ABC’s Law Report how a drone invaded the security and privacy of her

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Pokemon Go players are happier, friendlier, study finds

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Pokemon Go people are happy people. That’s the finding of media researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016.

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Augmented Reality: Getting under the skin

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Pokémon Go pushed Augmented Reality, or AR, into the mainstream, sending 500 million people around the world chasing cartoon characters on their phones. But now, in a unique multi-disciplinary collaboration, it’s making the leap from entertainment to education writes Dr David Kelly, Dr Thuong Hoang , Martin Reinoso and Zaher Joukhadar.

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Virtual reality to alleviate stress for chemotherapy patients

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A fantastic new project is underway showcasing how virtual reality (VR) can be used as a tool to help ease psychological stress and provide a form of “distraction therapy” during typically arduous chemotherapy treatments.

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News: research reveals older Australians prefer online banking

St.George Bank is calling on seniors to drop by their local NSW branch this week for a cup of tea, a chat, and tips on how to get tech savvy with internet banking.

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Human bodies frozen – can science wake them up?

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It’s 50 years on since James Bedford was the first human to be cryonically preserved — frozen and stored indefinitely in the hope that technology would one day revive him.  The science of cryonics has been widely touched by science fiction films and TV shows (remember Forever Young, the 1992 film starring Mel Gibson?), as

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Can Facebook help you make your home more sustainable?

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By Tim Forcey, University of Melbourne Facebook has always been controversial, with many users worrying about how the information they post might be used. Lately, the social media behemoth has also been criticised for facilitating the spread of fake news. But over the past 18 months I have learned that the technology of Facebook groups offers

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Fridge apps to reduce food waste and save money

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I have never been good at sticking to New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s to floss my teeth more or to join a gym, I just don’t manage to keep them up. But this year I am setting myself a better goal – one that will save me money, time and be good for the planet.

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Video: How good are your Christmas Lights?

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We know at this time of the year many people are enjoying the benefits of their local Christmas Lights show. One Shepparton (Victoria) resident is setting the Australian standard in Chrissy Lights displays with this very special ACDC “Thunderstruck” themed Christmas Light Show. Greg Jaeschke created the display and we are led to understand that Greg

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