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The Men Who Invented the Internet
August 28th, 2011

It’s not like the cochlear implant or black box flight recorder. The Internet had a long, varied and occasionally ad hoc genesis, as Drew Turney learns. Befitting the tool that revolutionised human communication in the latter years of the 20th century, the Internet wasn’t the result of a lone, dedicated inventor sitting in a lab […]

OCR Grows Up
September 16th, 2011

Forget space shuttles, nanobots and large hadron colliders, the yardstick for human technological development may just be the Star Trek tricorder. Convention geek jokes aside, a good deal of 20th century sci-fi reveals an innate desire for a platform- and information-agnostic device we can point at anything to learn all about it (for when we visit alien worlds).


Translation technology
September 16th, 2011

The resulting text will be submitted as another search string and will give you the answer as quickly as a normal text search. Translate it back to English and repeat until satisfied, then shake hands, bow or lightly touch your right fingertips to your forehead and go along your way.

The Australian mobile spectrum
September 16th, 2011

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a digital storm of data coming, and it won’t have anything to do with Gmail, Facebook or apps for pasta recipes. The age of machine to machine communications is rising.


Skylab Goes Down
July 1st, 2009

NASA managed to re-establish contact in the final days to adjust Skylab’s angle for as smooth a re-entry as possible, and final calculations predicted a trajectory across the Southern Ocean and a sparsely populated tract of Western Australia.

The first quantum computer?
September 16th, 2011

Quantum computing takes the mind-boggling possibilities that matter doesn’t have to occupy only one state or another. It looks and works like a computer, but the quantum bit (or qubit) on your chip can be on, off, or both at once.






OCR Grows Up Think you know what optical character recognition's for? As Drew Turney discovers, ...
September 16th, 2011

The first quantum computer? It's hogging so many headlines, you can expect the Hollywood techno-thriller about ...
September 16th, 2011

Translation technology You're lost in a foreign country and you've forgotten that little card ...
September 16th, 2011

Google Backs the NBN During a recent industry confab in Japan, Google bigwig Eric Schmidt said ...
September 16th, 2011

Crowd Science Watch a mob in any news or sports footage and they'll ...
June 13th, 2011

Your Personal Eye in the Sky Miniature remote controlled aircraft are nothing new, so just what makes the ...
March 15th, 2010


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