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Your data needn’t be lost even if your phone is. Your data needn’t be lost even if your phone is. Pickpocket by Africa Studio/Shutterstock

App to remotely wipe phones leaves police in tech arms race with thieves

Police play a proverbial cat-and-mouse game with those they pursue, but also with the technology of the day they use. This game of one-upmanship, of measure and countermeasure, sees one or the other side…
Not ideal to make music videos. Not ideal to make music videos. NASA

Explainer: how hostile is space?

Space may seem calm, but it is a more hostile environment than that on Earth. Invisible radiation is a big problem for space enthusiasts and scientific instruments. Substituting electronic devices to do…
You’ll still have to put your tray table up, though. You’ll still have to put your tray table up, though. simone.brunozzi

Good news, flyers: ‘flight mode’ is safe during take-off and landing

Earlier this year, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) put together a panel of aviation experts to look at whether personal electronic devices (PEDs) could be used on planes without compromising safety…
Not everyone heeds the advice to turn their phones off during take-off – but should they? Not everyone heeds the advice to turn their phones off during take-off – but should they? Jetstar Airways

What a turn-off: why your phone must be powered down on flights

It’s a fact of life for anyone boarding a plane: all electronic devices need to be turned off during take-off and landing. Most airlines have had this rule in place for more than a decade now, even though…
Imagine a magic prism for the entire range of electromagnetic waves. Imagine a magic prism for the entire range of electromagnetic waves. TORLEY

Explainer: what is the electromagnetic spectrum?

Visible light forms part of the electromagnetic spectrum. So do emissions from TV and radio transmitters, mobile phones and the energy inside microwave ovens. The X-rays used in diagnostic imaging and…
A rooftop ‘E-bomb’ could wreak havoc on critical infrastructure and electronic devices nearby. A rooftop ‘E-bomb’ could wreak havoc on critical infrastructure and electronic devices nearby. Shane Brennan Productions

I advised NCIS: LA on ‘E-bombs’ but they’re not a work of fiction

In tonight’s episode of NCIS: Los Angeles airing on Channel Ten, the program’s protagonists try to locate a stolen electromagnetic bomb before detonation. I know this, because I was the scientific advisor…
Mobile phones raise body temperature, but only by a tiny margin. Mobile phones raise body temperature, but only by a tiny margin. AMERICANVIRUS/Flickr

Scaremongering on Today Tonight: the truth about wireless radiation risks

In a recent episode of Channel Seven’s current affairs program Today Tonight, it was claimed that wireless devices in the home – such as cordless phones and routers – can cause a range of negative health…

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