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Yes, collectors are still revisiting, and sharing, some of their favourite old films Here are some links to films, from golden oldies to more recent. Some of them are only available for a short time, so get in quick to your favourite category:





The Rainmaker (1982) Tommy Lee Jones, Tuesday Weld, TV Movie, Romance

“Traveling rainmaker Starbuck arrives at the drought-ridden Curry place, promising rain for the farm and perhaps a romance for ‘spinster sister’ Lizzie

Director John Frankenheimer

Writer N. Richard Nash(play)

Stars Lonny Chapman James Cromwell Tommy Lee Jones


Tyrone Power & Myrna Loy: The Rains Came (1939)

In India, a married British aristocrat is reunited with an old flame, but she truly has her sights set on a handsome surgeon.

Director Clarence Brown

Writers Philip Dunne(screen play) Julien Josephson(screen play) Louis Bromfield(novel)

Stars Myrna Loy Tyrone Power George Brent

Won 1 Oscar


Bequest to the Nation 1973

“Young George Matcham visits his uncle Lord Nelson and the vulgar Lady Hamilton. With the clear eyes of youth, he measures Nelson’s stature and notes his feet of clay. And yet, Nelson is a hero, a great man. How can this be resolved? Meanwhile, the combined French and Spanish fleet puts out to sea.

Director James Cellan Jones

Writer Terence Rattigan(play)

Stars Glenda Jackson Peter Finch Michael Jayston


Jane’s House (1994) James Woods | Anne Archer – Family Drama HD

“Paul Clark and his children are really down-hearted after the death of Jane, Pauls wife. He falls in love with the business- woman Mary, a former tennis-player. They decide to live together. That appears to be very difficult. Their characters are totally different, and so are their lifestyles. Mary’s continuously reminded of the deceased Jane.

Director Glenn Jordan

Writers Robert Kimmel Smith(novel) Eric Roth(teleplay)

Stars James Woods Anne Archer Missy Crider


INTERLUDE” Oskar Werner, Virginia Maskell, Barbara Ferris, Donald Sutherland. 5-17-1968

“A famous conductor gives an interview to a pretty young reporter. He speaks a bit too frankly and finds he’s given himself an unwanted sabbatical from conducting. He begins an affair with the young reporter during his interlude and the accumulation of differences in their ages and background begins to mount up.

Director Kevin Billington

Writers Lee Langley(original screenplay) Hugh Leonard(original screenplay) James M. Cain(1957 screenplay)

Stars Oskar Werner Barbara Ferris Virginia Maskell


Soldier Of Fortune (1955) – Full length movie

“After Jane Hoyt’s journalist husband disappears, she arrives in Hong Kong determined to find him but instead meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.

Director Edward Dmytryk

Writer Ernest K. Gann(novel)

Stars Clark Gable Susan Hayward Michael Rennie


The Winter of Our Discontent (1983) Donald Sutherland, Tuesday Weld, Teri Garr, TV Movie, Steinbeck

“This story tells those self-denials of an honest man what necessary to reach his object of life.

Director Waris Hussein

Writers Michael De Guzman John Steinbeck(novel “The Winter of Our Discontent”)

Stars Donald Sutherland Teri Garr Tuesday Weld

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy


So Goes My Love 1946 Full Movie

“Country girl Jane Budden goes to the big city determined to find and marry a wealthy man. Instead, she meets and marries Hiram Maxim, a struggling inventor. After their marriage, his inventions become successful. Their happiness is complete when they have two children and Maxim’s portrait is given a place in the National Hall of Science.

Director Frank Ryan

Writers Hiram Percy Maxim(story “A Genius in the Family”) Bruce Manning(screenplay) Clifton James(screenplay)

Stars Myrna Loy Don Ameche Rhys Williams


Anthony Hopkins / THE EDWARDIANS / Lloyd George (1973)

“The paradox of a politician who was a force for social change, a negotiator and untiring philanderer.

Director John Davies

Writer Keith Dewhurst

Stars Anthony Hopkins Annette Crosbie Thorley Walters


It’s Love Again (1936) | Full Movie | Jessie Matthews | Robert Young | Sonnie Hale

“Elaine Bradford is a young singer and dancer, looking for her big break. Peter Carlton is a gossip columnist facing a deadline and a blank page. So, Peter invents “Mrs. Smythe-Smythe”, a mysterious Englishwoman who spends her days hunting tigers in India, jumping out of airplanes, and generally driving men mad with her beauty. Since no one in London has ever seen Mrs. Smythe-Smythe, Elaine decides to impersonate the lady, in hopes that the publicity will land her the big break she’s been looking for.

—Dan Navarro

Director Victor Saville

Writers Marion Dix(scenario) Austin Melford(additional dialogue) Lesser Samuels(screenplay)

Stars Jessie Matthews Robert Young Sonnie Hale


Kept Husbands – Full Movie | Clara Kimball Young, Joel McCrea, Dorothy Mackaill, Mary Carr

“Daughter of a wealthy family decides to marry a poor working man.

Director Lloyd Bacon

Writers Louis Sarecky(by) Forrest Halsey(adaptation and dialogue) Alfred Jackson (adaptation and dialogue)

Stars Clara Kimball Young Joel McCrea Dorothy Mackaill


Mary 4 Mayor (2020) | Full Movie | Cameron Protzman | Corbin Bernsen | Amanda Pays | Vincent Duvall

“Running for mayor against her incumbent mayor father, an eighteen-year-old young woman learns valuable life lessons that not only are the building blocks to saving her family, but also the town she lives in.

Directors Chris Aronoff Corbin Bernsen

Writers Annmarie Aronoff (Writer) Corbin Bernsen Sean Gaffney

Stars Corbin Bernsen Amanda Pays Cameron Protzman


That Uncertain Feeling – Merle Oberon

That Uncertain Feeling (1941) Merle Oberon Full Movie

“A psychoanalyst causes a woman to doubt her happy marriage.

Director Ernst Lubitsch

Writers Donald Ogden Stewart(screenplay) Walter Reisch(adaptation) Victorien Sardou(from a play by)

Stars Merle Oberon Melvyn Douglas Burgess Meredith

Nominated for 1 Oscar


Not Cinderella’s Type (2018) | Full Movie | Paris Warner | Tim Flynn | Tanner Gillman

“Indy/Cinderella lives with her uncle, aunt and 2 cousins/evil stepsisters. One day, her cat’s run over by Bryant. She avoids him and his apologies at high school. Will they get to know each other etc.? What about her friend, Maxton?

Director Brian Brough

Writers Jenni James Brittany Wiscombe

Stars Paris Warner Tim Flynn Tanner Gillman



The Thief of Baghdad (1978)

“A resourceful thief helps a handsome Prince fight an evil wizard, and win the hand of a beautiful Princess.

Director Clive Donner

Writers Andrew Birkin(adaptation) AJ Carothers

Stars Roddy McDowall Kabir Bedi Frank Finlay


Danny – Full Movie | Horse Movies for the Family (1977)

“A young girl’s special love for a horse helps them both.

Director Gene Feldman

Writers Gene Feldman Suzette Winter

Stars Page Feldman Rebecca Page Janet Zarish


The Red Fury (Full Western Movie, English) Entire Feature Film, Original Language, Free, HD

“Lost and alone, a young Indian boy travels through the wilds of the Old West. He finds shelter with a widowed horse trainer, who names him Frankie and teaches the outcast the tricks of the trade.

Director Lyman Dayton

Writers Joe Elliott(screenplay by) Douglas J. Stewart(screenplay by) Royce Lerwick(screenplay by)

Stars Will Jordan Katherine Cannon Cal Bartlett




English Without Tears (1944) – Michael Wilding, Margaret Rutherford, Penelope Dudley-Ward -Feature(Comedy, Romance, War)

Her Man Gilbey Original title: English Without Tears 1944

“While Lady Christabel Beauclark (Dame Margaret Rutherford), a bird fancier, is scurrying about demanding certain territorial rights for British birds from other countries, Her Ladyship’s niece is falling in love with the family butler, Tom Gilbey (Michael Wilding). The birds are forgotten when war breaks out, and Gilbey now finds himself in love with the niece whose love was previously unrequited.

—Les Adams <>

Director Harold French

Writers Anatole de Grunwald Terence Rattigan

Stars Michael Wilding Margaret Rutherford Penelope Dudley-Ward


The More the Merrier (1943) Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn

“During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director George Stevens

Writers Robert Russell(screen play) Frank Ross(screen play) Richard Flournoy (screen play)

Stars Jean Arthur Joel McCrea Charles Coburn

Won 1 Oscar


Genevieve 1953 car film

“Two British couples pit their vintage automobiles against each other in an exciting cross-country race.

Director Henry Cornelius

Writer William Rose(story and screenplay)

Stars Dinah Sheridan John Gregson Kay Kendall

Nominated for 2 Oscars




Kangaroo (1952) Adventure, Drama, Western

“In turn-of-the-century Australia, two criminals ingratiate themselves with a rancher in order to swindle him. However, the two partners become rivals for the affection of the rancher’s beautiful daughter.

Director Lewis Milestone

Writers Harry Kleiner(screenplay) Martin Berkeley(story)

Stars Maureen O’Hara Peter Lawford Finlay Currie


The Outlaw Josey Wales

“Missouri farmer Josey Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director Clint Eastwood

Writers Forrest Carter (book “Gone To Texas”) Philip Kaufman(screenplay) Sonia Chernus(screenplay)

Stars Clint Eastwood Sondra Locke Chief Dan George

Nominated for 1 Oscar




Signed Sealed Delivered Mysteries – The Road Less Traveled

“The Postables take a road trip in an old Winnebago in order to track down a small boy who they fear may have been kidnapped. The discovery of a 1980’s era instant camera and the unusual photographs it contains, send our team on a wild ride across Colorado using the pictures as a guide.

Director Kevin Fair

Writers Martha Williamson Brandi Harkonen

Stars Eric Mabius Kristin Booth Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe


The Russian Job (Black Rose 2014 ) R

“A Russian Police Major is enlisted by the LAPD to help solve a series of gruesome murders perpetrated against young women by a sadistic sociopathic killer on the mean streets of Hollywood.

Director Alexander Nevsky

Writers Brent Huff George Saunders

Stars Alexander Nevsky Kristanna Loken Adrian Paul



“Hunters Are for Killing

A man comes home after serving time in prison to claim his share of his deceased mother’s estate. However, his stepfather, who holds him responsible for his own son’s death, intends to fight him for everything.

Director Bernard Girard

Writer Charles Kuenstle(screenplay)

Stars Burt Reynolds Melvyn Douglas Suzanne Pleshette


WHITE HOUSE HOSTAGE (Loyal Opposition 1998)

“When the U.S. President decides to negotiate with a terrorist, a general takes him prisoner in order to launch a military offensive instead. The only one who can stop him is the female Vice President.

Director Mark Sobel

Writers Jeffrey Wynne(story) Richard Gitelson(story) Aaron Phirstchance(story)

Stars Joan Van Ark Nick Mancuso Rick Springfield


SARGE — The Badge or the Cross ( 1971 TV-movie pilot )

“After his wife is murdered, a veteran cop quits the police department and becomes a priest. Several years later he is assigned to a parish where he meets the man who killed his wife–and discovers that the killer was gunning for him instead.

Director Richard A. Colla

Writer Don Mankiewicz

Stars George Kennedy Ricardo Montalban Nico Minardos


Fake (2010) – Full Movie R

“Daniel Jakor is one of the most prolific and successful artists the world has never heard of. Struggling to sell his art, he soon finds his true genius lies not in the creation of his own work but in the forgery of the great masters.

Director Gregory W. Friedle

Writer Gregory W. Friedle

Stars Robert Loggia Fisher Stevens Blanche Baker


THE BLUE KNIGHT — 1975 TV-movie pilot

“A street cop in his last week on the force before his retirement investigates the murder of his partner.

Director J. Lee Thompson

Writers Albert Ruben Joseph Wambaugh (novel “The Blue Knight”)

Stars George Kennedy Alex Rocco Glynn Turman


Red, Hot and Blue (1949)

“An aspiring actress finds herself in a jam when a gangster, who is backing the show she is in, is found dead in her apartment.

Director John Farrow

Writers Hagar Wilde(screenplay) John Farrow(screenplay )Charles Lederer(story)

Stars Betty Hutton Victor Mature William Demarest


Adventure in Manhattan (1936) Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea

“A reporter meets an actress whose producer is a presumed-dead thief, and stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.

Director Edward Ludwig

Writers Sidney Buchman(screen play) Harry Sauber(screen play) Jack Kirkland(screen play)

Stars Jean Arthur Joel McCrea Reginald Owen


Vendetta (1999) Christopher Walken – True History HD

“Based on a true tale of power, corruption and murder, Christopher Walken stars in the story of the largest lynching in American history…

Director Nicholas Meyer

Writers Richard Gambino(book) Timothy Prager(teleplay)

Stars Christopher Walken Luke Askew Clancy Brown


The Inner Circle (1946) Film-Noir, Mystery

“A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.

Director Philip Ford

Writers Dorrell McGowan(screenplay) Stuart E. McGowan(screenplay) Leonard St. Clair(radio script)

Stars Adele Mara Warren Douglas William Frawley


THE IMMORTAL (TV movie pilot ) starring Christopher George

“A professional race-car driver discovers that there are certain properties in his blood that will make him, basically, immortal. A dying multi-millionaire also finds out about the racer’s blood, and is determined to get it to keep himself alive.

Director Joseph Sargent

Writers Robert Specht(teleplay) James Gunn(book “The Immortals”) Lou Morheim (uncredited)

Stars Christopher George Jessica Walter Barry Sullivan


0x00 Regan Pilot (the sweeney)

“A flying squad officer is led a merry dance by gangsters from a London pub and, although he survives a brutal beating ‘get rid off this filth,’ he subsequently dies. Enter John Thaw’s vengeful and unconventional copper ‘Regan’.

Director Tom Clegg

Writer Ian Kennedy Martin(by)

Stars John Thaw Dennis Waterman Lee Montague


Inspector Morse – First Ever 1 Episode: – The Dead of Jericho

“Anne Stavely, a friend of Morse’s, ostensibly commits suicide at her home in Jericho, though Morse isn’t convinced.

Director Alastair Reid

Writers Anthony Minghella(screenplay) Colin Dexter(novel)

Stars John Thaw Kevin Whately Gemma Jones


I Became a Criminal (1947) Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

“After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman’s murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge.

Director Alberto Cavalcanti

Writers Jackson Budd(novel “A Convict Has Escaped”) Noel Langley(screenplay)

Stars Sally Gray Trevor Howard Griffith Jones


1949: Manhandled (Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden & Dan Duryea)

“The secretary to a psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient’s wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

Director Lewis R. Foster

Writers Lewis R. Foster(screenplay) Whitman Chambers(screenplay) L.S. Goldsmith (story “The Man Who Stole a Dream”)

Stars Dan Duryea Dorothy Lamour Sterling Hayden


Suddenly (1954) | Full Movie | Frank Sinatra | Sterling Hayden | James Gleason | Nancy Gates

“In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director Lewis Allen

Writer  Richard Sale (written for the screen by)

Stars Frank Sinatra Sterling Hayden James Gleason


Woman On The Run 1950 Film Noir Ann Sheridan Dennis O’Keefe

“Frank Johnson becomes an eyewitness to a murder. He’s pursued around San Francisco by his wife, the police, and the killer.

Director Norman Foster

Writers Alan Campbell(screenplay) Norman Foster(screenplay) Sylvia Tate(original story)

Stars Ann Sheridan Dennis O’Keefe Robert Keith


A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery – A Beautiful Place To Die

“A retired Boston PD detective and the acting medical examiner at Martha’s Vineyard work together to solve the murder of a mysterious young man.

Director Mark Jean

Writers Philip R. Craig (based on the “Martha’s Vineyard Mystery” series by) Kraig Wenman(story) Teena Booth(teleplay)

Stars Jesse Metcalfe Sarah Lind Eric Keenleyside


Chronicle Mysteries – Helped to Death

“Alex and Drew investigate a self help retreat and the controversial life coach who oversees it.

Director Jason Bourque

Writer Melissa Salmons

Stars Alison Sweeney Benjamin Ayres Kristian Alfonso


Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – How to Con a Con

“When one of Aida Teagarden’s real estate clients is found murdered, her sleuthing daughter, Aurora sets out with her fiancé, Nick, to solve the murder.

Director Tony Dean Smith

Writer Teena Booth

Stars Candace Cameron Bure Niall Matter Marilu Henner




Sundown (1941) | Full Movie | Gene Tierney | Bruce Cabot | George Sanders | Harry Carey

“In 1941, a mysterious Somaliland native woman helps the British against the Nazis.

Director Henry Hathaway

Writers Charles G. Booth(adaptation) Barré Lyndon(screenplay)

Stars Gene Tierney Bruce Cabot George Sanders

Nominated for 3 Oscars


X Marks The Spot Film Noir 1942 Dick Purcell

“It’s 1942, rubber is a valuable commodity during WW2. Eddie Delaney is a second lieutenant in the army, but also a private detective. Eddy swings into action, when his father, police-sergeant Timothy J. Delaney, is gunned down by rubber racketeers. With the help of his brave friend and radio disc jockey Linda Ward and police-lieutenant William ‘Bill’ Decker, Eddy goes after the racketeers…

Director George Sherman

Writers Stuart Palmer(original screenplay) Richard Murphy(original screenplay) Mauri Grashin (based on story by)

Stars Dick Purcell Helen Parrish Neil Hamilton


The Heat of the Day

“In World War II England, a woman is approached by a man claiming to work as an intelligence agent who has found out her lover is a spy. He promises to not arrest him if she’ll have a relationship with him.

Director Christopher Morahan

Writers Elizabeth Bowen(novel) Harold Pinter(screenplay)

Stars Michael Gambon Patricia Hodge Michael York


– (QESP Editor’s Note: If anyone has a favourite old film to share, send the link to me at . Thanks, Ted )




How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic

Bots filing bogus applications in bulk, teams of fraudsters in foreign countries making phony claims, online forums peddling how-to advice on identity theft: Inside the infrastructure of perhaps the largest fraud wave in history.

by Cezary Podkul July 26, 2021


Channa Prakash AgBioWorld · Jul 2

Biological control at work. Friendly lady bird beetle munching on aphids, crop pests


ACARA mathematics open letter

The following is an open letter about the draft changes to the maths component of the Australian Curriculum. You may view a list of signatories here.

“Open letter to Mr. David de Carvalho, CEO of ACARA, and the ACARA Board

On 29 April 2021, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) released its draft revisions to the Australian Mathematics Curriculum, with a consultation period ending on 8 July 2021. We are a group of mathematicians, mathematics educators, educational psychologists, parents and members of the public who take an active interest in mathematics education and in the curriculum. We agree that the Mathematics Curriculum desperately requires reform; it is repetitious, disconnected, unambitious and is lacking in critical elements. We are pleased that efforts to reform the curriculum are underway. We are profoundly concerned, however, with the structure of the current draft and with many of the proposed changes within.”


Gambay: a map of Australia’s first languages

First Languages Australia in partnership with local language centres across Australia have developed an interactive map to display and promote the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The map, titled Gambay, translates to “together” in the Butchulla language of the Hervey Bay region in Queensland.

Gambay showcases over 780 languages, using data contributed by regional language centres and programs working directly with language communities around Australia.

Find out more about the map on Gambay website.  Teachers’ notes are also available to use with the map compiled to assist teaching about Australia’s first languages across the curriculum.





John Daley’s parting gift should be read by every senior public servant, staffer, journalist and minister

By Bernard Keane Monday July 26, 2021

“For years now, the commentariat has lamented the dearth of good public policy reform in Australia, comparing the current generation of politicians with greater figures from the 1980s and 1990s — Hawke and Keating, and John Howard in his first two terms. It’s been much more rare for that lamentation to actually result in a serious analysis of why governments, both at the federal and state levels, are no longer as reformist as they used to be.


John Daley, one of Australia’s best public policy thinkers, has done exactly that in his final report for the Grattan Institute, which examines what failed and successful reforms of the last ten years have had in common — and what that tells us about impediments to reform in Australia. It’s a cracker of a report that should be bookmarked by every senior public servant, staffer, journalist and minister, even if they won’t necessarily like his conclusions.”





The amazing free money fountain that too few people are talking about — still

The government’s cashflow boost program is pumping billions into small businesses. Why has the media showed so little interest?



Hayne gets last laugh as “Your Future Your Super” laws deliver for small punters over big bank pals

by Harry Chemay | Jul 7, 2021 | Economy & Markets

‘The new “Your Future, Your Super” legislation avoided the most egregious of changes proposed by the LNP Government. YFYS will simplify and streamline the $3 trillion super system, fix “zombie accounts” and spark fund takeovers, writes Harry Chemay. The changes go some way to addressing a key question posed during the Hayne Royal Commission: “what do trustees do in the dark with our super?” ‘



Weird signs and ominous warnings as Australia’s millionaire ranks grow wildly

“Australia is positively brimming with millionaires. That’s good, right? But what’s behind the boom, and what lies ahead wealth-wise?

If you’ve got more than a million dollars, here’s the bad news: that’s no longer special. Australia is a nation of millionaires now. Our national wealth is exploding, and the average Aussie household holds $1 million in assets ($1.02 million to be precise), according to the ABS.

Millionaires, millionaires, everywhere you look. We have more millionaires per capita than everywhere except Switzerland. This chart measures wealth in US dollars and tells us that almost one in every 10 Australians has more than US$1 million in assets.”


(QESP Editor’s Note: see also the articles on Crimes Against Humanity, Even Worse Crimes and Can COVID Conquer the Billionaires? )




A wet winter, a soggy spring: what is the negative Indian Ocean Dipole, and why is it so important?

Nicky Wright, University of Sydney; Andréa S. Taschetto, UNSW; Andrew King, The University of Melbourne

“Last week the Bureau of Meteorology declared a negative Indian Ocean Dipole — a natural climate phenomenon set to bring wet weather. Let’s look at what you can expect, and the role of climate change.”


Open Source Modeling Approach Cracks Code of Simulating Low-Inertia Power Systems

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

July 20, 2021

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of California, Berkeley have developed an open source computation analysis method for modeling utility-level renewable power systems. The Scalable Integrated Infrastructure Planning (SIIP) framework employs Julia, a dynamically typed programming language, to deliver open source tools offering consistent, high-performance data models for utility-scale power systems. The framework also integrates three modeling packages. NREL’s Clayton Barrows said, “The goal of SIIP is to create a common platform for electrical engineers to represent new technologies, computational scientists to develop algorithms, and analysts to conduct applied studies.”


University of Vermont. “Scientists create tool to explore billions of social media messages, potentially predict political and financial turmoil.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 July 2021.

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST). “New study presents transformative metasurface based on zerogap embedded template.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 July 2021.


Bar-Ilan University. “A novel method for the rapid repair of peripheral nerve injuries: Researchers have developed nerve guidance conduits filled with smart gel that accelerate regeneration of torn nerve fibers.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 July 2021.


Chatbot Can Explain Apps, Show How They Access Hardware or Data

Aalto University (Finland)

July 1, 2021

Researchers at Finland’s Aalto University, the University of Luxembourg, and Germany’s University of Bayreuth developed a chatbot that can help designers and developers create new apps and explain apps to end-users. Hey GUI (Graphical User Interface) answers questions with images, screenshots, and simple text phrases. Aalto’s Kashyap Todi said, “Hey GUI eliminates the need for coding skills or technical expertise. Anyone can use it to search for information on, for example, which one of my apps is asking for permission to use the camera, or where is the search button on this screen.” The researchers surveyed more than 100 people to determine the most desirable chatbot features, and how users preferred to interact with chatbots. Said Todi, “This is an important first step towards developing chatbots that can help users find information about apps using simple conversations.”


Hiroshima University. “Virtual learning may help NICU nurses recognize baby pain.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 July 2021.


University of Sussex. “Mathematicians develop ground-breaking modeling toolkit to predict local COVID-19 impact.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 July 2021.




Adriana is not a number’: Sydney accounting student, 38, the latest NSW coronavirus death

By Fergus Hunter July 25, 2021


“Eradicating smallpox: the global vaccination push that brought the world ‘arm-to-arm’

Michael Bennett, University of Tasmania

“The major problem in Britain and elsewhere was complacency. The early success in suppressing smallpox, and indeed eliminating it in some places, led parents to neglect vaccination.”


ATAGI Statement, Response to NSW COVID-19 outbreak 24th July 2021

A statement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) in response to the NSW COVID-19 outbreak.

ATAGI Statement, Response to NSW COVID-19 outbreak 24th July 2021


Kyoto University. “Quantum physics helps destroy cancer cells: Researchers have found a way to enhance radiation therapy using novel iodine nanoparticles.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 July 2021.



Vaccine but not herd

(QESP Editor’s Note: The Australian Government Department of Health gives a daily update on herd immunity.)

“What percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated to have herd immunity to COVID-19?

Herd immunity from immunisations refers to when somewhere around 60% to 70% of the population have some degree of protection. The Government is closely monitoring data on COVID-19 vaccines to understand how herd immunity will work, and what that means for Australia.”



As video of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket firing into space was watched by people around the world yesterday, it was hard to not notice one thing: the shape. As it was more delicately put in the iconic comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: “I don’t know, sir, but it looks like a giant…” before cutting to a different scene with jet pilot named Dick.




QESP Editor’s Note: MARIA POPOVA discusses Art and Aliveness: Willa Cather on Attention and the Life of the Senses as the Key to Creativity

“Art is a matter of enjoyment through the five senses. Unless you can see the beauty all around you everywhere, and enjoy it, you can never comprehend art.”




ACOSM 2020: Responsible Business Conduct

ACOSM 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be advised when the restrictions have been lifted.


Quote of the Day

“I asked my brother-in-law, the father of four boys, ‘If you had it to do all over again, would you still have kids?’ ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘Just not these four.’” —Sheila Lee


Quote from Yesteryear

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey



Ted Smillie

QESP Chair