Antonia Bundy has worked as a dispatcher since 2016. Picture: Lafayette Police Department

This little boy, struggling with his homework, called 911 for help

April 22, 2019

When life gets tricky, sometimes it’s best to call in the big guns. Literally. A young boy, living in the US state of Indiana, had spent the afternoon struggling with his mathematics homework when he suddenly had an idea. In his moment of desperation, he decided the best thing to do would be to place […]

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These 90s snacks would never feature in a modern lunch box

March 17, 2019

THE 1990s was a golden era for the Australian lunch box. As the nation marched bravely towards the new millennium, the advent of the internet opened up a whole new world of mass media marketing directed at kids. My friends and I were totally engrossed in Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, and food […]

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The committee held a hearing on ‘Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices’. Picture: Alex Wong

Google CEO grilled over why Trump turns up when you search ‘idiot’

January 15, 2019

If you type the word “idiot” into a Google Image search, one man’s face will be staring back at you. He is arguably the most powerful person in the world, US President Donald Trump. Results like this have fuelled a conspiracy theory held by some Republican leaders in the US — and espoused by Mr […]

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No, half of The Last Jedi haters were not Russian trolls

December 22, 2018

If you’ve spent any time online, you’ve no doubt heard the news: Research shows that a huge majority of fan hostility toward the oft-maligned The Last Jedi was the work of Russian bots and trolls. In this day and age, embroiled as we are in the ‘culture wars’, it’s tempting to take this news at […]

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Elon Musk hiring a Monty Python-style guard for his watchtower

October 17, 2018

  If you can say ‘Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries’ with a French accent, you’re probably qualified to apply for a new job opening with Elon Musk’s tunnel-digging Boring Company.  ‘The Boring Company is building a watchtower in LA out of dirt bricks and we need a knight to yell […]

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A cyber attack on parliament raised concerns about the security of our own electoral process.

Facebook reveals plan to safeguard election

July 26, 2018

  Facebook is today pledging to prevent misuse of its platform and protect the integrity of the coming Australian election, amid mounting global criticism of its performance. The social media giant will temporarily ban all political advertisements purchased outside Australia, and has promised to “shine a brighter light on advertising”. Facebook will introduce third-party fact […]

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This man spent ,000 of his own money to put Zimbabwe on Street View

June 4, 2018

Zimbabwe is too far for many people to visit, but 37-year-old Tawanda Kanhema grew up there before moving to the United States. Thanks to Kanhema, though, you’ll soon be able to play virtual tourist, thanks to his work and the magic of Google Street View, Kanhema, who left the country to study journalism and documentary […]

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