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Electric Car Show rolls in 2013

By 20 August, 2013

[ 12 October, 2013; ]

The ACT Electric Vehicle Council is making it known that their big shindig is on again this year, albeit after a restructure:

Since 2009, Canberra has hosted the annual Canberra International Electric Vehicle Festival produced in partnership with the Australian Electric Vehicle Association Inc. (AEVA) and the ACT Electric Vehicle Council (EVC). Since its inception, [...]

ANU claiming crack-proof encryption

By 19 August, 2013

Courageous ANU Researchers are claiming to have perfected encryption:
Current encryption systems have flaws – as ASIO and Sony can no doubt tell you. But QuintessenceLabs – a cyber security company developed by ANU researchers – has invented a crack-proof encryption system that has been attracting attention from some of the world’s largest organisations.
Secret codes [...]

ANU Three Minute Thesis Final

By 19 August, 2013

[ 18 September, 2013; 6:30 pm; ] The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: 80,000 word research projects presented in just three minutes!

Join us for an evening of education and entertainment.

Come along to ANU for an hour and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by PhD students.

On the night, watch eleven [...]

Respite for the leccy leechers at Canberra Hospital

By 19 August, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has a nod to modernity in the form of Chargebars going in across Canberra Hospital thanks to Dry July:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today welcomed the addition of mobile phone Chargebars across several areas of Canberra Hospital.
The mobile phone Chargebars were installed as a result of donations from Dry [...]

Maker Meetup!

By 16 August, 2013

Australians have always loved fiddling in their sheds (if only as an excuse to get away from the wife), but now Maker culture is a growing way to be a bit more sociable about it, and learn from the experience of others.
Canberra’s Maker space, Make Hack Void in Downer has a meetup coming up where [...]

Fibre to the node

By 8 August, 2013

Living the Liberal parties future of the NBN, fibre to the node, right now. My ADSL2 speed has received a major rev up with the fibre to the node which has been laid out in the inner north. One can only think how fast an actaul fibre to my house would deliver
Now all I need [...]

National Science Week launch at Questacon

By 8 August, 2013

I just returned from the launch of National Science Week at Questacon.
There were several impassioned speeches from members of the Government and of the scientific community, however it was the live demonstrations and hilarious antics of Science Communicator Graham Walker and Excited Particle David Cannell along with emcee Alison McGregor which best captured the spirit [...]

$42 million bonus to communications technology

By 7 August, 2013

The Government have announced that National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) will be receiving a further $42 million in funding over 2015 to 2016, according to governmentnews.com.au.
Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy, is pushing the financial top-up for the research house as an essential element to boost the so-called digital economy [...]

ANU links language problems with mental health

By 6 August, 2013

ANU researchers have linked childhood language impairments with the development of mental health issues later in life.
Using data sourced from research articles dating back to the 80′s, ANU researchers Shaun Goh and Richard O’Kearney found that young children with specific language impairments (SLI) were over twice as likely to be diagnosed in their later childhood [...]

Do we need a Space Agency here in Canberra?

By 6 August, 2013

Ten reasons why Australia urgently needs a space agency
By Andrew Dempster
There is a hole in the Australian public administration where a space agency should be. That was the clear lesson from the Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) project delivered at the end of June this year.
In 2008, the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Economics produced [...]

Go Brumbies Wallpaper!

By 2 August, 2013

Following on from yesterday’s news that the ACT Government computers are all being switched over to a Brumbies theme a reader has sent in the above.
Now you can all join in, and no one needs to feel left out.

Australia’s most powerful super computer unveiled

By 31 July, 2013

The ANU have revealed their new super computer and I have some serious tech-envy.
It’s called the Raijin, it’s the most powerful computer in Australia, and I want one.
The nation’s most powerful computer was officially launched today at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at The Australian National University [...]

Jurors and social media: is there a solution?

By 31 July, 2013

By Lorana Bartels, University of Canberra
actually excited for jury duty tomorrow…it’s gonna be fun to tell the defendant they’re GUILTY – Facebook post, 2010

Guilty guilty…I will not be swayed. Practicing [sic] for jury duty. – Twitter post, 2010

These are just two examples from the United States of jurors apparently prejudging the outcome of [...]

Calvary ED going paperless

By 27 July, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that Calvary has rolled out a new paperless system:
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at Calvary Hospital are now using an electronic clinical information system following the successful rollout of the new ICT system MetaVision, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced today.
“MetaVision is [...]

Web Page Basics in Canberra?

By 17 July, 2013

Given the poor economic climate, by necessity I have been fortunate to come up with a product that could well save my business.
I would appreciate the opinion of the hive mind on who, how, and at what sort of cost I should expect to put up a one or two page web page to [...]

Where was Canberra 165 million years ago?

By 5 July, 2013

A team of researchers at the ANU have been having a second look at the movements of Australian, Indian and Antarctic tectonic plates though out history and have determined that the ideas we had about the shape of Gondwana, and Australia’s position in it, were not entirely correct.
“We used a simple technique of matching [...]

Free Public Lecture by NASA Astronaut

By 4 July, 2013

[ 25 July, 2013; 6:30 pm; ] The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society proudly presents a free public lecture entitled

LIVING AND WORKING ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION: OUR GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE

by Dr Greg Chamitoff – NASA Astronaut & Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney

Date: Thursday 25 July 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Theatre 1, Manning Clarke [...]

Canberra Science & Innovation Precinct wants your input

By 3 July, 2013

The ANU and CSIRO are working together to create the Canberra Science and Innovation Precinct (CSIP) and are looking for individuals and organisations to lend their perspectives on how it should work with an online survey.
CSIP is a collaboration between ANU and CSIRO, with assistance from the ACT Government under the Strategic Opportunities Funding program.
This [...]

Questacon running workshops these school holidays

By 2 July, 2013

Questacon is running some school holiday workshops at their new shiny QTLC centre, and they sound pretty awesome.
Does your child have a bright idea?
Check out our newest facility, the Questacon Technology Learning Centre (QTLC) in Deakin and sign the kids up to a workshop these ACT school holidays.
These two innovation workshop experiences are for young [...]

Testing a NASA rover in a harsh environment. Belconnen…

By 28 June, 2013

This in from Kazza the Blank One:
because.. what the ??
as seen in belconnen mall yesterday morning…
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Southern Cross Ten: broken?

By 26 June, 2013

Anyone else having reception issues with Southern Cross Ten / Eleven / ONE?
I know no one actually watches Ten, but thought someone might have noticed when flipping channels to avoid sitting through ads. It seems to have been playing up since yesterday arvo.

Radar sick again?

By 25 June, 2013

Is there something funny going on with the Captain’s Flat radar again?
Just that there has been an area of heavy rain centred over the radar for several hours (since 11 am or so).
It doesn’t seem to be moving.

Geoscience Australia Open Day 2013

By 24 June, 2013

[ 18 August, 2013; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]

Geoscience Australia’s Open Day is always wildly popular with our readers.

They’ve sent in some information on this year:

Geoscience Australia will host its annual Open Day on Sunday 18 August 2013 as part of National Science Week.

A range of science talks, tours and activities for all ages throughout the day highlighting Geoscience Australia’s broad [...]

NBN rollout starts in Belconnen

By 18 June, 2013

Andrew Leigh is celebrating the start of NBN work in the Belconnen area:
Construction has commenced to bring the NBN to hundreds of households in the Belconnen area, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh said today.
Andrew Leigh today welcomed the release of detailed maps by NBN Co, showing where construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) [...]

Crowd funding for sugar glider research

By 18 June, 2013

Dr. Clare Holleley from UC is making history by being the first person to use the crowd sourcing phenomenon to gain funds for academic research.
Holleley is hoping to raise funds to research the world most adorable flying mammals, the sugar glider.
With just under half of her $8,200 goal raised and 44 days left to [...]

Innovation Grant recipients announced

By 17 June, 2013

$150,000 will be split between eight organisations to help fund projects with the goal of improving the lives of people in Canberra.
Today Joy Burch announced the eight recipients.
“These new strategies, concepts and ideas put forward by the grant recipients have the potential to promote positive change in our community,” Ms Burch said.
“Innovation can take many [...]

Worksafe kiboshes NBN in Canberra

By 13 June, 2013

The ABC has the news we were waiting for that the NBN rollout in Canberra has been halted while they figure out what the contractors are messing with in Telstra’s asbestos raddled pits:
ACT work safety commissioner Mark McCabe says work in the Territory has been halted until a thorough management strategy has been reviewed and [...]

Wifi for the Hospital

By 10 June, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a trial of free wifi in Canberra hospital:
A new trial of free public wifi at The Canberra Hospital has started which aims to make the stay of patients and their families a little bit easier, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The trial will include free public [...]

iANU?

By 7 June, 2013

CIO Australia has a moderately interesting story on ANU’s iPhone app intended to help dozy students find their lecture theatre.
In the first of a series of articles on new technology in tertiary education, CIO Australia spoke to Peter Nikoletatos, CIO at the ANU, about the mobile initiatives that are enhancing the services the university offers [...]

AGIMO going open

By 4 June, 2013

Government News has an intriguing story on a push for the Open Document Format in Government word processors:
The once mighty proprietary influence of Microsoft over government software and operating environment standards has been dealt a further blow after the Australian Government Information Management Office revealed that it now wants the Open Document Format to [...]

Decent phones coming for pubes?

By 3 June, 2013

itNews has the thrilling prospect of senior public servants joining the third millennia with access to a decent smartphone through work:
Samsung has submitted three of its mobile devices to the Australian Signals Directorate in an attempt to have them accepted for use in the workplace by government officials.
The security posture of the Samsung Galaxy [...]

Canberra Winter Gemcraft and Mineral Show

By 30 May, 2013

[ 1 June, 2013 to 2 June, 2013. ]

If you love sparkly gems and jewellery, collect rocks and minerals, facet or fossick, you’ll be sure to find something of interest at the Canberra Lapidary Club’s Winter Gemcraft and Mineral Show.

The Show will be held in the Conference Centre Parkes Room at EPIC (Exhibition Park off the Federal Highway, Canberra) on Saturday 1 [...]

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