Hospitals across Melbourne were put on emergency alert on Monday night as thousands of people called ambulance services, reporting breathing difficulties and other severe symptoms. Emergency rooms were so strained that day units were opened to handle the overflow. It was a severe outbreak of the phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" — but how does an emergency like this actually happen?
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If you suffer from itchy eyes, a runny nose, headaches and excessive sneezing this time of year, you’re certainly not alone. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to pollen and affects one in six Australians. But when you combine high pollen counts with thunderstorms and warm weather, a much more serious phenomenon can unfold: thunderstorm asthma attacks.
The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web — those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing — are not for the faint-hearted or untrained. With the right tools, however, there's little to fear and plenty to discover. Here's how you can start exploring the deep web without having to worry about your digital well-being.
In terms of morning comfort food, nothing approaches the pancake. It's literally a food blanket that says "come here, my child, and let me wrap you in my warm, carby body. You are safe now." Almost every culture seems to have its own version of the breakfast staple, and we've rounded up some of the most delicious ways to eat them, whether you call them "flapjacks," "pancakes," or "crepes."
The issue of how universities are funded across their different courses has been an ongoing but unresolved debate over the past decade. It has again come to the fore as the Commonwealth government considers responses to its consultation paper for ideas about how best to reform higher education in Australia. Here are the details.
You've probably seen mention of the Raspberry Pi in your travels across the internet, but what exactly is this compact piece of circuitry? What can you do with it and why would you want to? If you're new to the life of Pi then we're here to explain everything you need to know and then some.
Neither the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull nor opposition leader Bill Shorten was able to claim victory on election night last weekend. With uncertainty surrounding whether either party will be able to secure a majority of lower house seats, talk has now turned to whether Australia will again have a minority government and a “hung parliament”.
So, what is a hung parliament? And what is the procedure for determining who will form the next government? We explain the basics.
If you use Google's Photos app, Microsoft's Cortana, or Skype's translation function, you're using a form of artificial intelligence (AI) on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work.
Today, Opera added a free virtual private network (VPN) to the developer version of its browser. Among other things, this can be used to remove geo-blocks on overseas content — which means you can access Netflix's entire US library in Australia without paying anything extra. Here's a step-by-step guide to get your free VPN up and running.
Netflix Australia has announced plans to add 100 hours of High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming by August, with another 50 hours slated to appear by the end of 2016. If you're not a card-carrying videophile, you might be wondering what this announcement means and how it affects your Netflix viewing experience. We explain everything you need to know.
The phrase "cognitive computing" is often bandied about when discussing artificial intelligence, data mining and deep machine learning. But what does it actually mean? During Nvidia's GTC technology conference, IBM Watson's chief technology officer Rob High gave a perfect distillation of this complex topic.