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Digital farmhand: robot could be game changer on the land

Digital farmhand: robot could be game changer on the land

Greater Sydney growers will be the first to get a glimpse of a newly developed “digital farmhand” robot. A live demonstration of the low cost prototype robot developed by The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) will be the highlight of an upcoming field day later this month. The workshop, to be run by Greater Sydney Local Land Services, will focus on managing soil borne disease on veggie farms using the robot prototype. Senior Land Services officer (irrigation) Matthew Plunkett said the prototype was designed to benefit small scale farming. “This machine could potentially be a game… Read more »

Why our young people face brand new challenges

Why our young people face brand new challenges

Young people today face a completely new set of challenges in getting the education, training and skills they need to get a good, stable job from those faced by any previous generation, writes MP GREG WARREN: The days are long gone when anyone could leave school after year 10, enter the workforce and remain in the same job until retirement. In our rapidly changing economy, technological advancements and innovations are seeing more blue-collar jobs being lost to automated processes. This is particularly so in manufacturing and similar sectors, where Australian job numbers have declined steeply over the past two or… Read more »

Local engineers to reach for the stars in aid of national security

The stars really are the limit for Western Sydney University researchers who have been awarded a Department of Defence grant to build an advanced star mapping system that will transform the way we monitor moving objects in space. A team from the Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) program [within the MARCS Institute] have received a share of $5.7 million and 12 months to build a new prototype vision system for a satellite that could one day assist to identify and disintegrate rogue space pollution. Western Sydney University was one of just 22 national universities to receive funding under the prestigious… Read more »

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Digital farmhand: robot could be game changer on the land

Greater Sydney growers will be the first to get a glimpse of a newly developed “digital farmhand” robot. A live demonstration of the low cost prototype robot developed by The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) will be the highlight of an upcoming field day later thisRead more »

MP Greg Warren at the recent Science and Engineering Challenge at Thomas Reddall High School.

Why our young people face brand new challenges

Young people today face a completely new set of challenges in getting the education, training and skills they need to get a good, stable job from those faced by any previous generation, writes MP GREG WARREN: The days are long gone when anyone could leave school after year 10, enterRead more »

Tech Savvy Seniors program will offer sessions in Cantonese

Program helps seniors stay connected in our digital world

Technology skills are essential for anyone who wants to keep in touch with family and friends across the country and around the world. Covering basic computer skills, email and the internet, Campbelltown City Council’s free Tech Savvy Seniors program offers small group training at local libraries over four weeks, withRead more »

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Solar power growing fast in our sun drenched continent

We don’t need statistics or surveys to tell us that we Australians love solar power. Wherever you go in the south west Sydney region solar panels on roofs of houses seem to be multiplying like mushrooms. Especially in new housing estates, but owners of older homes are getting in onRead more »

James Wright, a bio-medical engineer with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University.

Can we trust machines is something worth thinking about

Here’s some food for thought as you get ready to enjoy the Easter break: machines are watching us, they are listening to us, living with us and soon they will be living inside us. As the world comes to grips with an ever growing technological society, a question that isRead more »

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Beware of online scams landing in your email inbox

Have you been scammed online lately? The NSW Police Force is warning the community about emails circulating the state purporting to be from a financial institution. The emails claim to have a message for the recipient, which is accessible by a link in the email. The link contains malware andRead more »

Property transactions, including conveyancing, are headed down the online path.

E-conveyancing is here to stay, says Marsdens Law Group

Marsdens Law Group are one of just five firms in NSW taking part in a pilot program to electronically settle the sale and purchase of homes – known as e-conveyancing. PEXA Software enables settlements to occur instantly rather than the old school method that has been in place for moreRead more »

Learning internet skills can be fun

Stay calm: mastering the internet with bikkie and a cup of tea

Do you want to learn more about how to use email, basic internet, social media and other technologies? Campbelltown City Library Services’ free computer and information technology (IT) sessions may just be what you’re looking for. The IT & Biscuits workshops resume on Thursday, February 2. They offer participants aRead more »

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FeralScan monitoring, mapping program wins award honour

The FeralScan community pest animal monitoring and mapping program has taken out one of Australia’s top environmental honours, receiving the Minister’s award for a cleaner environment in the field of research and science excellence. The award, sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, was announced during theRead more »

Safety messages delivered in podcasts.

Safety messages delivered via audio podcasts

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released the first suite of heavy vehicle standards audio podcasts to assist with making modifications safer. Director of safety Daniel Elkins says the podcasts outline minimum design, construction, installation and performance requirements for modifying heavy vehicles outside the manufacturer’s specifications. “These podcasts coverRead more »

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