Monthly Archives: February 2013


Well, thanks to Russia’s corrupt cops and dodgy insurance, we have an abundance of footage of the most damaging (and spectacular) meteorite impact in at least a century: Inevitably, there is a bigger, more damaging asteroid out there with our … Continue reading

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Failure, perhaps. But costly?

This kind of headlinedrives me more and more up the wall: Gillard’s school plan a costly failure A $16 million federal Labor commitment to stem the shortage of maths and science teachers by fast-tracking bankers, accountants and engineers into classrooms … Continue reading

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Future of housework 6 – bin night

This is a simple one – but, nevertheless I reckon it could be very useful. Taking the bins out, and bringing them back in again, is a pretty simple task, one that children the developed world over are tasked with. … Continue reading

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Now, anybody (with $17,000) can be a sniper

Warning: this post is about a new type of gun. I’ll explain what it is and how it works before discussing the moral questions it poses. Firing a rifle accurately, even over relatively short ranges, isn’t easy. Firing a rifle … Continue reading

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Future of housework 4 – kitchen robots

In Part 3, I noted that one of the most time consuming tasks in the modern kitchen is simply moving objects from place to place; the utility of high-performance but specialized kitchen tools is limited by the time it takes … Continue reading

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