Technology Archive

What’s inside your mobile phone and why you may want to recycle them

What happens when you recycle an old phone? Why should you bother? As e-waste collection bins spring up throughout Australia, there’s a good reason why you may want to fill them. An estimated 23 million unused mobile

Gardener plugs in to 1960s CIA interrogation technique to get her plants to sing

Gardeners have long espoused the benefits of playing music to plants, but a West Australian musician and seamstress is looking to turn the tables by having her plant “sing” to her. Tamara Jarrahmarri discovered the practice of

Why do robots need to do backflips?

Bipedal humanoid robot Atlas can jump, do a backflip and stick the landing. Created by US robotics company Boston Dynamics, a video of the two-legged humanoid performing impressive athletic feats — for a robot — recently went

Finland fireball: Time-lapse video shows night turned to day as bright object blazes across the sky in Lapland

A time-lapse camera has captured eerie footage of a “fireball” lighting up the winter night sky over Finland’s northernmost region, Lapland. When Tony Bateman set up his camera to record the northern lights, he suddenly heard a

Alan Finkel pushes for more energy storage to keep bills down and maintain reliability

Power bills will go up and energy supply will be less reliable unless Australia develops better storage systems, according to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel. Key points: Report emphasises batteries and other storage solutions including turbines and demand

SA Government announces $2 million digital gaming development fund

Adelaide could soon be home to some of the world’s largest game developers once a digital hub is built in the CBD. The State Government has announced a $2 million fund which will help build a digital

Drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases

Drones that scatter swarms of sterile mosquitoes over wide areas are being developed to help stop the spread of diseases such as malaria. Sterile male mosquitoes cannot produce offspring when they mate with females. By crowding out

Scientist finds UK water companies use ‘magic’ to find leaks

Water companies are using divining rods to find underground pipes despite there being no scientific evidence they work, an Oxford University scientist found. Sally Le Page said her parents were surprised when a technician used two “bent

More than 480 web firms record ‘every keystroke’

Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested. The technique – known as session replay – is used by companies to gain an understanding of how

Telepresence robot helps terminally ill Canberra schoolgirl return to classroom

A terminal illness has kept Freyja Christiansen out of her kindergarten class, until now. Freyja has a form of cancer called clear-cell sarcoma, which among other things, weakens her immune system to the point she cannot enter