H0D_G writes: Six high-tech science and technology teams from four continents have been named finalists in the inaugural Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010). Teams from the United States, Turkey, Japan and Australia have been selected by the U.S. and the Australian departments of defense to compete this spring in Australia in an effort to develop the next generation of fully-autonomous ground robots.
H0D_G writes: THE CSIRO's WiFi patent saga has taken a new twist, with the science agency deciding to draw the US's top three mobile carriers into the fray — AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. Court filings have revealed that the CSIRO is suing the three carriers for alleged infringements of its WiFi patent in eastern Texas's US District Court. Slashdot has covered these lawsuits before
H0D_G writes: The Red Square Nightclub in Adelaide has become the first venue in South Australia to install facial recognition and ID scanning at the door. From the article: Club owner Tony Tropeano says those details will be stored for 28 days- "People that get scared by having their ID taken, we don't want them anyway"
H0D_G writes: The Rudd Government has just announced the appointment of a new chief scientist. Professor Penny Sackett will take up the position from November, replacing the former Howard government-appointed scientist Dr Jim Peacock. Dr Peacock recently came under fire for his support of a controversial pulp mill to be built in Tasmania
H0D_G writes: Republican Candidate John McCain has proposed to lift the 27-year ban on offshore oil drilling in the US. From The Article "Energy conservation is no longer just a moral luxury or a personal virtue," he said. "We must also address the concerns of Americans who are struggling right now to pay for gasoline, groceries, and other necessities of life." Rival Barack Obama has responded, saying"plans to allow offshore drilling would offer limited benefits to drivers because no oil would be produced for at least a decade and even then "the effect on prices would be negligible" http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23882956-601,00.html
H0D_G writes: The Australian reports that reduced greenhouse emissions could actually kill the rainforests. The report, published in Nature and also reported on in Newscientist shows a correlation between increased sulphur dioxide levels in the atmosphere and increased rainfall. with the reduction of sulphur dioxide from coal emissions set to increase due to climate change concerns, the amazon may experience drought conditions. Kind of ironic, that stamping out pollution may not in fact save the rainforests.
H0D_G writes: "The ABC reports that the genome of the platypus has been decoded. From the article "It is much more of a melange than anyone expected...by mapping the genome, the scientists also found the platypus has an unusual genetic sexual make up" http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/05/08/2238461.htm"
H0D_G writes: "The BBC have posted an interview with Kaz Hirai, leader of Sony's console division. In the interview, he draws attention to the projected lifespan of the PS3, and it's network features. Whether this strategy is conducive to long term business is an exercise left to the reader. http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/technology/7387628.stm"
H0D_G writes: "The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the world's first cloned sniffer dogs have begun their training in South Korea. The dogs, cloned from a successful golden retriever sniffer dog, were the result of a $320,000 AUD project."