Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could spew fridge-sized boulders, experts warn

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could spew fridge-sized boulders, experts warn

Posted May 11, 2018 09:18:15 Photo: Nobody lives in the immediate area of Kilauea’s summit crater, which is a national park. (US Geological Survey via AP) If Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano blows its top in the coming days or weeks, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size …

Murray-Darling water licence rethink putting farmers’ mortgages in question, experts warn

Murray-Darling water licence rethink putting farmers’ mortgages in question, experts warn

Updated May 04, 2018 08:29:50 A former senior public servant has warned the financial calculations for a lot of mortgages in the Basin may be on shifting ground, because the Basin Authority is carrying out a re-valuation of water licences. One expert estimates at least 70 per cent of farmers …

Government’s facial recognition scheme could be abused, lawyers warn

Government’s facial recognition scheme could be abused, lawyers warn

Updated May 03, 2018 17:47:20 A national facial recognition scheme could be misused for social surveillance and cracking down on traffic infringements unless tightly controlled, the Law Council has warned. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has introduced legislation that would allow his department to store Australian’s biometric data in a …

Catholics warn against ‘winner-takes-all’ approach on marriage equality | Australia news

Senior Australian Catholics have warned that marriage equality should not be a matter of “winner takes all” five months after unsuccessfully advocating a no vote in the postal survey which led to its legalisation. Fourteen years after the Howard government defined marriage in the civil law as exclusively between a …

Facebook’s data changes will hamper research and oversight, academics warn | Technology

A group of the world’s leading internet academics say Facebook’s decision to tighten access to user data in reaction to the Cambridge Analytica scandal will actually hamper genuine research and oversight of the platform. An open letter, signed by 27 researchers and published on Wednesday, said while the privacy changes …

Australian public hospitals cannot meet rising demand for obesity care, experts warn – Health

Australian public hospitals cannot meet rising demand for obesity care, experts warn – Health

The vast majority of Australians living with clinically severe obesity cannot access specialist healthcare in the public hospital system, a study has found. Of the small number of specialist obesity services available, patient access is limited by strict entry criteria, prolonged wait times, lack of regional and rural services and …

Healthcare data a growing target for hackers, cybersecurity experts warn – Science News

Healthcare data a growing target for hackers, cybersecurity experts warn – Science News

In 2016 a Californian hospital desperately paid $US17,000 in bitcoin as ransom to a hacker who had seized control of its computer systems. But in making the payment, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Centre unwittingly helped make the healthcare sector a growing target for hackers, says a leading cybersecurity expert. “They …

World should prepare for military conflict in outer space, experts warn

World should prepare for military conflict in outer space, experts warn

Posted April 10, 2018 00:01:10 The threat of war in space is no longer just the stuff of science fiction, according to academics who are warning of the inevitability of armed conflict beyond Earth. Key points: Conflict in outer space not a case of “if” but “when”, university dean of …

Rum Jungle uranium mine rehabilitation jeopardised by NT Resources Department, traditional owners warn

Rum Jungle uranium mine rehabilitation jeopardised by NT Resources Department, traditional owners warn

Posted April 03, 2018 07:59:44 Photo: Contamination in the Finniss River can turn the water green. (Supplied: Department of Mines and Energy) Related Story: Rum Jungle uranium mine in NT still polluting environment Related Story: Fixing old Rum Jungle uranium mine to cost $200m The long-awaited $300 million rehabilitation of …

Adelaide groundwater supply more limited than thought, researchers warn

Adelaide groundwater supply more limited than thought, researchers warn

Posted March 23, 2018 06:30:15 Photo: Adelaide’s groundwater levels have decreased significantly since the 1950s. (ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach) Adelaide’s groundwater may be more susceptible to overuse than expected, researchers have warned, after an investigation into recharge mechanisms unearthed surprising results. Flinders University researchers have published a paper establishing …