Australian research voyage to investigate how life in the Southern Ocean captures and stores carbon from the atmosphere — ScienceDaily

A fleet of new-generation, deep-diving ocean robots will be deployed in the Southern Ocean, in a major study of how marine life acts as a handbrake on global warming.

The automated probes will be looking for ‘marine snow’, which is the name given to the shower of dead algae and carbon-rich organic particles that sinks from upper waters to the deep ocean.

Sailing from Hobart on Friday, twenty researchers aboard CSIRO’s RV Investigator hope to capture the most detailed picture yet of how marine life in the Southern Ocean captures and stores carbon from the atmosphere.

Voyage Chief Scientist, Professor Philip Boyd, from AAPP and IMAS, said it would be the first voyage of its kind to combine ship-board observations, deep-diving robots, automated ocean gliders and satellite measurements.

“The microscopic algae in the ocean are responsible for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as much as the forests on land

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New Australian telescope maps millions of galaxies at record speed

Australian scientists have used a powerful new telescope to map about 3 million galaxies at record-breaking speed — creating what they say is a “Google Map of the universe.”

a group of clouds in the sky: The ASKAP telescope is a collection of dishes across the remote Western Australia desert.

The ASKAP telescope is a collection of dishes across the remote Western Australia desert.

The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a radio telescope located in outback Western Australia, mapped the galaxies in just 300 hours, or 12.5 days. This is a significant increase from previous surveys, which have taken years.


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The result is a new atlas of the universe, according to Australian science agency CSIRO, which developed and operates the telescope.

“ASKAP is applying the very latest in science and technology to age-old questions about the mysteries of the universe and equipping astronomers around the world with new breakthroughs to solve their challenges,” said CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall in a statement on Tuesday.

It marks

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Australian Telescope Maps Deep Space at Record Speed | Top News

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A powerful new telescope in outback Australia has mapped vast areas of the universe in record-breaking time, revealing a million new galaxies and opening the way to new discoveries, the country’s national science agency said on Tuesday.

The radio telescope, dubbed the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), was able to map about three million galaxies in just 300 hours. Comparable surveys of the sky have taken as long as 10 years.

“It’s really a game changer,” said astronomer David McConnell, who led the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) study of the southern sky at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia.

What makes this telescope unique is its wide field of view, using receivers designed by CSIRO, which allow it to take panoramic pictures of the sky in sharper detail than before.

The telescope only needed to combine 903 images to map the sky,

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Australian telescope maps new atlas of the universe in record speed | Astronomy

A powerful new telescope developed by Australian scientists has mapped three million galaxies in record speed, unlocking the universe’s deepest secrets.

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (Askap) broke records as it conducted its first survey of the entire southern sky, mapping approximately three million galaxies in 300 hours.

Scientists used the telescope at an observatory in outback Western Australia to observe 83% of the sky.

The result is a new atlas of the universe, according to the telescope’s developer and operator, Australian science agency the CSIRO.

The survey – the Rapid Askap Continuum Survey – has mapped millions of star-like points; most are distant galaxies, the CSIRO says. About a million of those distant galaxies have never been seen before.

The CSIRO’s chief executive, Larry Marshall, said the survey had unlocked the deepest secrets of the universe.

“Askap is applying the very latest in science and technology to age-old

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Oracle secures Australian whole-of-government deal

Oracle has signed a whole-of-government services agreement with the Digital Transformation Agency to make it easier for government agencies to purchase Oracle products and services.

Under the arrangement, agencies will have access to Oracle’s entire hardware, software, cloud and services offerings, including applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain, and manufacturing, plus its cloud infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database.

Oracle’s cloud regions in Sydney and Melbourne will also be provided to agencies under what the DTA has dubbed as the “new coordinated approach to buying Oracle”.

“The arrangement gives agencies better value for money, consistency, and flexibility when sourcing Oracle products and services,” the DTA touted.

While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, the agency said: “The coordinated approach to digital sourcing will make it easier for agencies to buy technology, drive innovation, and get more value out of their investments”.

DTA said non-corporate

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Australian government develops its own metrics and ranks NBN highly

A year after NBN decided it didn’t like the idea of speed tests as a broadband measurement, the viewpoint has spilled over to the Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research (BCARR).

In the case of the BCARR, it has paid PricewaterhouseCoopers to develop metrics that are more suitable to it. On the hit list was tossing out perennial chart-toppers like South Korea and Singapore.

“No country is easily comparable to another. For example, by global standards, Australia is wealthy and highly urbanised, but our population is also spread across a vast landmass,” the BCARR said.

“Our income and geography mean that Australia is more readily comparable with Canada than with city states like Singapore, or densely-populated countries such as the United Kingdom.”

With Singapore on the outer, the list of comparable countries included a country only 17 places higher in a ranking of places by geographic size, Qatar. The

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Refreshed Australian digital transformation strategy to focus on people and reusable tech

The federal government has doubled down on its plan to use public sector staff and reusable technology to usher in the digital service of the future, with a refreshed digital transformation strategy vowing to “invest in people”.

“In the next five years it is critical we continue to build on our progress and focus on developing the people capability essential to achieving digital transformation,” the Digital Transformation Strategy 2.0 discussion paper [PDF] reads.

As detailed over the last fortnight during the Digital Transformation Agency’s Digital Summit, the paper says the Australian government is “moving from siloed capabilities to a landscape of connected platforms and services”.

Read this: Cyber, data, identity: Canberra’s approach to delivering an ‘integrated urban plan’

“The vision is to enable better design and investment for connected government services and capabilities for Australia through initiatives such as sourcing reforms and a whole-of-government architecture,” it says, pointing to the

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Department of Industry stands up Australian Public Service Blockchain Network

The Australian government in February published a National Blockchain Roadmap centred on opportunities across the economy that it believed could be seized and enabled by the use of blockchain technology.

The roadmap contains 12 “signposts”, with one seeing the establishment of a group comprised of a bunch of government blockchain users.

Signpost four dictates the group would be created to discuss the learnings from existing government use cases, promote and diffuse these learnings across government, and identify further government use cases.

Speaking at the Digital Transformation Agency’s 2020 Digital Summit on Thursday, Chloe White, who is part of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ Emerging Technologies team, said this group has been focused on continuing to build capability in blockchain within government.

See also: Blockchain: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic)

“Our goal is really to set up a network to uncover who are the public servants that are interested

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Australian government warns of possible ransomware attacks on health sector

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The Australian government has issued a security alert today urging local health sector organizations to check their cyber-security defenses, and especially their controls for detecting and stopping ransomware attacks.

The Australian Cyber Security Center said it “observed increased targeting activity against the Australian Health sector by actors using the SDBBot Remote Access Tool (RAT).”

While the ACSC has not provided any details about what the “targeting activity” means, the SDBBot RAT has been almost exclusively distributed by a cybercrime group known as TA505.

The group relies on massive email spam campaigns to target companies and infect workstations with malware. The group has been seen dropping various malware strains on infected systems, but since September 2019, TA505 has often deployed the SDBBot payload as a means to access infected hosts remotely.

“SDBBot is comprised of 3 components,” the ACSC explained. “An installer which establishes persistence, a loader which downloads additional components,

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Australian media face trial over Cardinal Pell’s child sex abuse case reporting

By Sonali Paul

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A trial began on Monday alleging dozens of journalists, editors and media companies breached an Australia-wide court suppression order in reporting on ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell’s child sex abuse conviction in 2018.

Breaches of suppression orders can be punished with up to five years jail and fines of nearly A$100,000 for individuals and nearly A$500,000 for companies.

Pell was convicted in December 2018 of abusing two choirboys but reporting on the trial and the conviction was gagged by the County Court of Victoria to ensure the cardinal received a fair trial on further charges he was due to face.

Overseas publications, including the Washington Post and Daily Beast, reported the news shortly after the verdict. Some of them geoblocked access to Australia, but others did not.

After that, some Australian media published articles saying they were unable to report major news regarding an unnamed

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