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BioBits: Teaching synthetic biology to K-12 students

By on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Educational kids bring fun, hands-on experiments to classrooms without costly lab equipment (QESP Editor’s Note: The following is a reprint of a August 1st, 2018 article in Science Daily. The original, including links to related articles,  is available at As biologists have probed deeper into the molecular and genetic underpinnings of life, K-12 schools […]

Another day, another data breach – what to do when it happens to you

By on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Reports of data breaches are an increasingly common occurrence. In recent weeks, Ticketmaster, HealthEngine, PageUp and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission have all reported breaches.

It is easy to tune out to what is happening, particularly if it’s not your fault it happened in the first place.

But there are simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of the problem progressing from “identity compromise” to “identity crime”.

Redactio ad absurdum?

By on Saturday, June 30th, 2018

(QESP Editor’s Note: Freedom of Information Act (FOI Act) requests to the Australian Public Service are often heavily redacted but a recent US blog suggests their redactions are even worse. This tongue in cheek post by Kathryn Rubino, an editor at Above the Law, shows that comic book characters have privacy rights too. ) (QESP […]

Australian and global MOOCs

By on Friday, May 25th, 2018

Our May 2018 article on MOOCS deals with the use of maths MOOCS to change students’ mindsets. However there is a wide range of other free Australian and global MOOCs on subjects including Education in a Changing World (EduChnge), Big Data for Better Performance (BigData) and Computing and Information Technology. One site offers “1300 Free […]

78 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications

By on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Accounting 1. FrontAccounting Replaces QuickBooks Plus ($50 per month), Sage 50c Pro ($439 per user per year or $44.08 per user per month) Designed for small businesses, FrontAccounting combines basic ERP functionality with a fully functional accounting system. Key features include purchase orders, sales orders, invoices, general ledger, stock tracking, fixed asset tracking and more. Operating System: OS Independent 2. GnuCash […]

The Fun Theory 1 – an initiative of Volkswagen: Piano Staircase.

By on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The Fun Theory – an initiative of Volkswagen. This is one of a series of experiments for a new brand campaign of VW. Have a look – the piano stairs are really funny. Fun can obviously change behaviour for the better.

“It pays to be paranoid.”

By on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

“It pays to be paranoid.” A 14-Feb-18 video shows how a cybersecurity expert spots a fake ATM machine. See Fake ATM Machine 11.

Shields up! And other modern security operation centre (SOC) myths

By on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

A 9 Jan 2018 blog by Clem Colman from the Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) debunks some myths and gives some tips on running a modern security operation centre (SOC). See Shields up! And other modern security operation centre (SOC) myths.

Incredible Expand furniture

By on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Talk about creative design? This video shows some mind-boggling ways to revolutionize your home.