Harrowing story behind a solitary blue tree in... Leaking dam threatens to wipe out a dozen homes as locals... 'We're going to be left with nothing': Pauline Hanson... … [Read more...] about Life flows downstream: Locals catch fish and celebrate along the banks of the Barwon River as it starts flowing again after severe drought
It's understood the prolonged drought may have caused the dam's clay liner to dry out and crack leading to a breach in the wall with 300 mega litres ready to spill of the wall collapses … [Read more...] about Leaking dam threatens to wipe out a dozen homes as locals are evacuated for a second night
"They've kicked out thousands. They're the kick-out kings," says Kokavulu Lumukanda, 67, observing a street of Victorian-style houses from the top step of his wooden porch. A former bookshop owner who has seen neighbours evicted and forced out by rising rents, he is referring to corporate landlords, but in his view the young techies who subsequently moved in were equally culpable. "They come here to play the cultural poseur. It's like dominos falling. Whites move in, blacks move out." (Oakland has lost a quarter of its black population over the past decade, though on the whole it has been latinos, not whites, who have replaced them.) … [Read more...] about Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost
The design process is easier than you may think, as the software, like the machines, has being simplified. Until recently the only option was professional CAD (computer assisted design) software, which is expensive to buy and hard to master, but now there are alternatives such as Google's Sketchup! which is user-friendly and free to download. "Design is getting more and more accessible," says De Bruijn. "There are a number of websites that don't even have to install software – you can just start drawing straight away. Or if you don't want to create your own design, you can download one of 11,000 online. There is a massive sharing culture with 3D printing, which is forming the building blocks for a new age of design." … [Read more...] about Could 3D printing end our throwaway culture?
Still, there's something to be learned by considering not just the evolutionary history of our planet, but its short-term future. We are now building digital devices that can process information at blistering speeds. Our computers double in capability on timescales of only a few years. It's hardly outrageous to believe that we will successfully develop thinking machines within a handful of decades, or at most a century or two. … [Read more...] about Alien life – but not as we know it