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Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and increasingly, we’re monitoring our pets’ behaviour. Shutterstock

Careful surveillance and pet wearables: at home with animals

Australians are keen pet owners and increasingly, we're monitoring the behaviour of our domestic animals. Webcams, GPS tracking, dogs joining Skype calls ... pets are becoming entangled with technology in myriad ways.
Route mapping apps such as Strava are popular with cyclists, but you need to protect your privacy. Shutterstock/antb

Protecting your privacy if you use a route mapping app

If you use one of the many apps to map your walking, jogging or cycling route then you could be giving away information that could be abused by others.
The government’s proposed changes are good, and evidence based, but whether they will work in practice is another thing. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Time for better chronic disease management in primary care

Living with a chronic disease is hard work. Today the federal government announced its intention to “revolutionise" the way chronic diseases and complex conditions are cared for.
Drivers make some suboptimal routing decisions when they’re traveling around town. A. Lima et al. J. R. Soc. Int. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0021

Recalculating! By not driving the optimal route, you’re causing traffic jams

No wonder you're always late. Drivers use a route that minimizes travel time on only a third of their trips. Here's how real-world data can help planners fight traffic congestion.
A conceptual variable-rate fertilization system that would use sensors to determine how much fertilizer to apply in real-time. R Sui and J A Thomasson

Farmers of the future will utilize drones, robots and GPS

Precision agriculture harnesses technology to help farmers grow more food using less water, fertilizer, pesticide, fuel and labor.
GPS is used in many devices to help us navigate. Flickr/daveynin

Predicting daily space weather will help keep your GPS on target

It’s well known that severe space weather events – which are quite rare – can have a negative impact on our use of Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices. But our research, published in Geophysical…
It’s a storm, but not as we know it. NASA

Why we’re preparing weather forecasts … in space

We’ve all been caught out by a thunderstorm or freezing winter morning down on planet Earth, but up in space things are rather different. Fluctuations in the weather up there won’t make you cold or damp…
A US Chinook similar to the one involved in the gun battle of Takur Ghar. Flickr/The U S Army

Bad space weather may have caused fatal Afghan gun battle

Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study. Space weather is normally…
Still no signal. EPA/Luong Thai Linh

If we’d used the cloud, we might know where MH370 is now

As the biggest ever hunt for a missing plane continues, many are beginning to wonder if we will ever know what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. If the plane has crashed, it has been suggested…

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