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One step closer to artificial intelligence: Scientists create cells replicating human brain processes
Australian scientists have for the first time developed an electronic long-term memory cell that mimics the work of a human brain. Researchers say the discovery is a step towards creating a bionic brain.

12.05.2015 19:43

Domestic pets to be replaced by robotic imposters by 2025?
Robotic pets could replace the real things in a few decades, according to an Australian based researcher. An increasingly urbanized population could mean real animals remain only for the super-rich, and robotic imitations could become the norm.

12.05.2015 07:39

Snowden says Australia watching its citizens ‘all the time,’ slams new metadata laws
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accused Australia of undertaking mass surveillance of its citizens and passing laws on the collection of metadata that he says do not protect society from acts of terrorism.

09.05.2015 13:32

Climate change is UN-led hoax to create 'new world order' – Australian PM's adviser
The Australian prime minister's chief business adviser says that climate change is a ruse led by the United Nations to create a new world order under the agency's control. The statement coincided with a visit from the UN's top climate negotiator.

08.05.2015 10:14

'Web-sharing censored!' Activists unite to 'Save the Link' from restrictive laws
Over 50 groups are collaborating in an attempt to save the internet from “breaking” by standing up against laws on censoring hyperlinks or charging fees for linking. They warn laws such as the one mulled by the EU would stifle freedom of expression.

07.05.2015 03:41

7.4 quake, aftershocks hit Papua New Guinea prompting tsunami scare
A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck the southern coast of Papua New Guinea, US Geological Survey reported. A tsunami warning was issued for an area within 300 km of the epicenter, including the Australian coast, before being downplayed.

05.05.2015 01:59

‘White powder’ hazmat threat prompts lockdown at Indonesian embassy in Australia
A bomb squad and a hazardous materials team have been deployed to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra, Australia, after staff received a suspicious package containing “white powder”.

04.05.2015 03:32

Asia's arms race – look whose interest is being served
As mutual distrust drives the growing military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region, bigger powers like the US will use this regional competition to settle scores with its most formidable Asian irritants - North Korea and China.

29.04.2015 13:32

Australia holds off deporting migrant with autistic child after public outcry
The Australian government refused to reissue a work visa to a nurse from the Philippines because her 9-year-old son suffers from autism. After her petition online gathered over 100,000 signatures, the mother was issued a three- month visa.

29.04.2015 16:18

'Nationalist drinkers & gamblers': Aussie sports reporter fired for tweet tirade on war deeds
Australia’s SBS channel sacked one of its top football commentators, Scott McIntyre, for a series of tweets on Anzac Day doubting the wisdom of glorifying Aussie troops in any theater of war.

27.04.2015 10:14

Aussie doc says ISIS needs medical 'brothers & sisters' in ‘jihad’ against West
A young Australian doctor has appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video calling on medical "brothers and sisters" from around the world to come to Syria to join the "Jihad for Islam" against the West.

26.04.2015 06:02

Top Google executive killed in Nepal quake, 100s of foreign tourists missing
The head of privacy at the secretive Google X facility was one of the 18 people killed in an avalanche at Mount Everest, triggered by the Nepal earthquake. Hundreds of foreign nationals are also feared dead or are missing.

25.04.2015 23:30