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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: What you need to know about Hubble's 25th anniversary

That young whippersnapper the Hubble Space Telescope has now made a quarter of a century. Just when you’d think it’d be settling down and having kids, or at least dating more, it’s still rampaging around the skies looking for dazzling things.

Op-Ed: IBM Cognitive Cooking — Watson turns chef?

Sydney - IBM’s cognitive computing is a new area of computing. The software learns. Watson has been variously described as the most undersold idea of all time, a major innovation… etc., etc. “Undersold” is my take on it.

Op-Ed: Apple — A hell of a place to work? Ex-employee allegations

Singapore City - Allegations by a former Apple employee have created a very different picture of Apple to that of its iconic cultural leader, Steve Jobs. The allegations include continuous bullying, a poisonous management culture, and other issues.

Op-Ed: NASA funding new fast engine that can get to Mars in 39 days

Webster - In a very apt kick in the teeth to the detractors of the VASIMR engine, NASA will be funding a development program. The engine was successfully tested in 2013 and has been given the OK for $10 million in funding over three years.

Op-Ed: Rolling Stone fake rape case — Setup, or what?

New York - The very public retraction by Rolling Stone of a rape story it ran last year has raised some big issues. The finding of an investigation into an alleged rape at the University of Virginia was that the article failed on all basic editorial levels.

Op-Ed: Crunch time — Governor orders 25% cut in California water use

Los Angeles - California’s big drought has been a big issue for years, but the big cut in water usage ordered by California Governor Jerry Brown is an obvious, essential move. The state’s growth has added to the water woes.

Op-Ed: Turn your smartphone into a real tricorder? New tech delivers

The famous Star Trek tricorder was the basis of so many story lines. The new take on tricorders uses a “hyperspectral” approach to analyze materials. As a scientific event, this is like inventing the first optical lens.

Op-Ed: China’s artificial islands in South China Sea – Major own goal?

Sydney - China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. Nations in the region are furious, and international business is worried that these new islands dominate major shipping lanes.

Op-Ed: Madonna versus BBC1 — Too old for radio?

BBC1 has dropped Madonna from its playlist. Her new single won’t be played. She is not happy, but the question is now who’s out of touch? If the modern music market is currently saturated with easy bake pop songs, where do you draw the line?

Op-Ed: Taylor Swift buys ‘taylorswift.porn’ domain, raises big questions

Sydney - She may not be famous for her intellectual songs, but Swift is showing a lot of genuine business savvy in recent times. Her latest is to shut down the possibility of anyone starting taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult sites by buying the name.

Op-Ed: Inheritable Genetic Modifications for humans? It’s here, now

Berkeley - It sounds like a eugenicist’s dream. The ability to pass on genetic modifications to generations of humans, called “genome editing”, is a mix of fabulous science and hideous risks.

Op-Ed: Super-fast liquid media 3D printing with light and air (video)

Chapel Hill - A new approach to 3D printing has put an end to the downside of slow line by line conventional 3D printing, using liquid media and plain old light and air. This is a true game changer, and will make 3D printing infinitely more flexible and efficient.

Op-Ed: Anonymous vs Kanye West? Not a good move

Sydney - An Anonymous group has decided to target Kanye West for, well, being Kanye West. Apparently the group has taken issue with Mr West’s shall we say self centered mode of existence and modes of expression.

Op-Ed: Van Gogh weather — multiple cyclones hit Pacific, Australia

Sydney - The weather map looks like it was done by Van Gogh. Two cyclones, Nathan and Pam, are bearing down on eastern Australia. Aother gigantic swirl appears just over the equator, parallel to Cyclone Pam. Cyclone Olwyn is crossing the western coast.

Op-Ed: Artiphon — New ‘play anything’ MIDI instrument democratizes music

Nashville - Thousands of years ago, the basic lyre, a simple stringed instrument, was the “people’s instrument”. It could be played by anyone. The Artiphon is a MIDI instrument which looks like a slide guitar and includes a full suite of musical instruments.

Op-Ed: Trashy Instagram account humiliates Sydney homeless

Sydney - An Instagram account called “Murder Mall” has decided to go Nazi by picking on homeless people as targets in Sydney. Social workers are furious, and local media is less than impressed.

Op-Ed: The new arms race — Hypersonic missiles and the doomsday racket

Sydney - …And now the good news. It’s not just economists and corporations trying to destroy humanity. Those lazy military industrial complexes have found a nice money spinner — Hypersonic weapons. Yeah, dance in the streets, the doomsday racket is back!

Op-Ed: Anonymous — The complexities of a role of conscience and media

Sydney - Anonymous started as “hacktivists”, but soon enough became a lot more. This amorphous group of people is now the front line of effective progressive action. A role of conscience in this world is no simple thing.

Op-Ed: Micro Apartments — Your personal space is shrinking

New York - The new horizon for humanity is about 3 metres away, or 5 metres away, depending on where you look. A combination of lack of space and exploitable markets has created the new micro apartments.

Op-Ed: Greece given 4 months, but EU double standards continue

Athens - Greece has been given an extra 4 months to “present reforms” to the EU. The reforms are described as “tackling tax evasion, corruption and dealing with the humanitarian crisis.” What, the one caused by the EU?
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