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After AI, automation and robots, we can have a working future, says tech guru

Assertions that technological change will create massive unemployment are wrong, says Australia's top tech adviser.

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Mario + Rabbids: strategy combat mashup shouldn't work, but it does

Super Mario is one of the most iconic characters in gaming, and while he's appeared in all manner of games — from sports and racing titles to his favoured running-and-jumping style adventures — I never expected to see him wielding a rifle and tak

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Uber's lesson: Silicon Valley's startup machine needs fixing

Overlearning the lesson of Steve Jobs' first fall at Apple - and of founder-led hypersuccesses at Google and Facebook - Silicon Valley's investors created a culture where founders are given carte blanche.

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ATO systems crash again, disrupting pay deal vote

Another crash and burn of Tax Office's internet systems

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Stephen Hawking calls for a return to the moon as Earth's clock runs out

Humans are overdue for a return trip to the moon, Stephen Hawking has just opined.

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Elon Musk reveals plans for 'fun' Mars city: 1m people and pizza joints within 50 years

​In new plans, SpaceX's CEO says a "Mars Colonial Fleet" of more than 1000 cargo ships would depart "en masse".

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The 400-year-old Kepler Conjecture that your local greengrocer knows how to solve

How to stack oranges: it's something that every greengrocer knows but it has eluded some of the greatest minds in mathematics.

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Sea of Thieves: pirate crew simulator continues to impress

For the second year in a row, Microsoft's online pirate fantasy game was one of the most purely fun experiences on show at E3.

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Acupuncture as useful as painkillers in emergency departments: Study

Getting jabbed with tiny needles can be as effective as taking painkillers when it comes to treating back pain or a sprained ankle.

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Bug Lab: Giant insects and spiders from Weta Workshop invade Melbourne Museum

The Bug Lab exhibition, which opens in Melbourne on June 23, shows off the skills that insects and spiders use every day, from mind control to swarm intelligence and precision flight. Even the "bugnostic" will be swayed.

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Deep sea trawl finds never-seen fish, faceless fish and the shortarse feelerfish

Scientists have plucked some unknown species from depths of the abyss off Australia's east coast.

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Solar paint prototype to offer endless energy from water vapour

Making clean fuel out of sunshine and thin air?

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Chinese quantum satellite Micius breaks record for distribution distance of quantum entangled photons

China has "set the standard" for the world to aspire to.

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Tinder users: Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths knows who you should marry

Attention, denizens of Tinder: cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths has a name for your dating life.

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How cracking the sex-change code in bearded dragons could help them survive

Scientists say they've cracked the code on why reptiles change sex under the stress of extreme temperatures.

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Giant flying turkeys once roamed Australia, Flinders University research confirms

A giant, kangaroo-sized flying turkey roamed Australia more than two million years ago.

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Google targets travel market with Flights service

Google has officially launched the Flights service today in Australia that lists available flight options between global destinations from a quick search query.

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Digital currency frenzy crashes Coinbase exchange

New York: Digital currency exchange Coinbase said on Monday it was experiencing an outage due to an increase in traffic and trading volume.

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Apple iPad goes Pro with new high-spec 10.5-inch model

The iPad Pro is better than any iPad before it, but is it pro enough to be a laptop replacement?

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E3 2017: Minecraft 'Better Together' update makes game more accessible than ever before

Microsoft and developer Mojang have announced a significant update to Minecraft that will let people play and create together regardless of whether they're using mobile phones, game consoles or PCs.

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Foxtel Now: everything you need to know about the new streaming service

Foxtel has announced a revamped high-definition video streaming service dubbed Foxtel Now - and it's priced competitively with Stan and Netflix.

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Analysis of Morocco fossils puts emergence of Homo sapiens back 100,000 years

The story of humanity has been extended at least 100 millennia with this latest finding.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2017) review: brighter, faster, better

Updated desktop Mac is noticeably nicer than the machine it replaces, especially when it comes to the screen.

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Apple's Macs risk falling behind with the mainstream

Apple's stubbornness means new Macs will still only appeal to enthusiasts with very specific needs.

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Foxtel Now streaming box to challenge online rivals

Along with Chromecast support, the pay TV giant's Foxtel Now high-def revamp includes a tiny streaming media player to bring Game of Thrones into more Aussie lounge rooms.

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Telegram: The secret 'app of choice' for terrorists

Australian authorities are struggling to crack the encrypted messaging service for hosting information-sharing "channels".

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Hands on with Sony 4K HDR short-throw laser projector

For homes where you want a big picture in a small space, Sony's short-throw VPL-VZ1000ES projector has you covered.

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From history's page: original native flora prints come home to the State Library

Hundreds of "superbly scientific" artworks have been acquired by the State Library of Victoria, completing one of the most significant collections of early Australian botany.

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Chess master Garry Kasparov still 'a sore loser' two decades after Deep Blue

Chess master says artificial intelligence isn't a threat - we should be more worried by the "level of intelligence in the White House".

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Dubai's Robocop rolls onto streets to fight real crime

A robotic policeman which can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence has joined Dubai's police force and will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government programme aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines.

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Australian experts help LIGO open new eyes on universe using gravitational waves

Latest discovery shows gravitational-wave astronomy has arrived as a new window on the universe.

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The magic of mystery video game tournaments

When you enter a gaming tournament, you usually know what you're in for. Unless you're entering a mystery game tournament. Do that, as dozens of people did at the Combo Breaker event in the US state of Illinois last weekend, and you're playing the no

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After the laughs about Trump's 'Covfefe' tweet come the security concerns

Trump's next Twitter misfire could be deadly serious if his account isn't better protected.

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After the laughs about Trump's 'Covfefe' tweet laughs come the security concerns

Trump's next Twitter misfire could be deadly serious if his account isn't better protected.

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Nadi X: high-tech yoga pants correct your pose for you

Australian tech clothing company WearableX has created smart yoga pants that give you the feedback you need to make any adjustments yourself.

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ACCC expects to take NBN providers to court over slow broadband

Consumer watchdog may drag several providers to court for dudding customers with slow internet.

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Where's government's support for Australia's world-class video game industry?

As the global games industry grows, the government seems willing to be left behind in the last century, and is not doing its part to support Australian creators.

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The hottest pitches at CeBIT 2017

Techpreneurs are trying to solve real life problems.

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Facebook user is found guilty of defamation for 'liking' posts

The man 'liked' a post accusing another man of anti-Semitism and racism has been convicted of defamation.

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How China may be outsmarting the West in artificial intelligence

Soren Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany and seemed set to continue his work in Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence was pioneered and established. Instead, he went to China.

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Crisis over, Samsung can enjoy the power of habit

Forgiveness is a wonderful thing, though in reality what Samsung may be enjoying is the power of habit.

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I threw away $4.8 million in Bitcoin

Five years ago, I threw away a hard drive. An utterly generic 250GB portable hard drive, already a few years old, with a couple of dings and scratches in its shell and with the beginnings of an audible click that would have eventually killed it. It h

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Scientists inadvertently helping poachers to find rare species

Revealing rare species' habitat through scientific papers is making it easier for poachers to target them.

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'Everything is weird': NASA's Juno mission reveals a much more complex Jupiter than we imagined

The giant of our solar system has shown there are still plenty of surprises left much closer to home. 

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China's DJI unveils $859 Spark drone that flies from your hand

This small camera drone can take off from your palm and aims to capture a wider market with prices from $859.

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Ultimate Lightning McQueen: Taking Disney and Sphero's talking, racing Cars toy for a test drive

Just in time for the release of Cars 3, Disney-Pixar has unveiled a talking, racing, robotic iteration of the franchise's main character, and it looks, acts and sounds eerily like the animated version.

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Cassini: Looking back, heading down

The end of the epic Cassini mission is nigh.

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Baxter the Robot and Accenture Liquid Studio in world first

Life could have been so different for Baxter the Robot. A product of US company, Rethink Robotics, Baxter was designed to perform any dull, repetitive tasks no human would ever want to undertake.

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CSIRO's ASKAP telescope detects fast radio burst in just four days of operation

Australian astronomers have discovered an object six to eight billion light years away that - in about a millisecond - ejected the same amount of energy that our sun releases in 2½ years.

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China to partly fund new CSIRO climate research centre

CSIRO's re-embracing of climate change research will be stressed on Monday when the national science agency announces a new centre partly funded by Chinese interests.

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