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Understanding algorithms

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Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

Algorithms are increasingly impacting our everyday lives. Many are designed to predict and even alter human behaviour. A range of organisations use algorithms including Google to rank the web pages we view, Amazon to recommend books for us to read, banks to assess our credit worthiness for a loan and online dating sites to find our perfect match. 


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Drone technology

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:00

From delivering packages to tracking hurricanes, drones are increasingly part of our everyday lives. These unmanned aerial vehicles are not a passing fad as their potential uses continue to skyrocket. As drone technology becomes less expensive and more user-friendly, sales are predicted to soar.


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Orbiting satellites

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Monday, 10 April 2017 09:00

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 - the Soviet probe that became the first man-made object to reach space. In the years since Sputnik 1 first beeped its way around our planet, more than 6,000 satellites have been launched. Of these, it’s estimated that 3,600 are still in orbit, but only about 1,100 are operational.


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Housing boom

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Monday, 03 April 2017 09:00

In Australia, home ownership is becoming increasingly unattainable. Younger people and low income families in particular view the property market as impenetrable. These two demographic groups have been severely impacted by surging home values and have been priced out of the market. Affordable housing is now a political hot potato.


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Immigration Politics

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Monday, 27 March 2017 09:04

Few contemporary issues are more controversial than immigration. It emerged as a top issue in the 2016 US presidential election campaign. It was a driving force behind Brexit and the desire to restrict entry into the UK. And it has propelled right-wing parties in France and elsewhere that campaign on a “no more immigrants” platform.


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