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- May 4, 2021 2 MIN READ
Chinese space junk about to collide with Earth? Somebody call Bruce to fix it

Welcome to Tuesday! 

Here’s stuff that’s happening


Chinese rocket crashing back to Earth

Last week China sent a March 5B rocket into space with a 22 tonne space station module, which did its bit, but now the core stage is going to reenter Earth’s atmosphere some time in the next week and no one’s sure where.

SpaceNews reports: “It will be one of the largest instances of uncontrolled reentry of a spacecraft and could potentially land on an inhabited area.”

Unlike Skylab, which crashed in the Australian outback in the 70s, New York, Madrid, Beijing, southern Chile and New Zealand could all be under the debris, but the good news is the odds of being hit are apparently one in several trillion.


Gates left open

Sad news today that one of the world’s great tech partnerships is over, with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his philanthropist wife Melinda ending their marriage after 27 years.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said on Twitter. “We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”

Bill, 65, and Melinda, 56, have given away more than US$50 billion through the foundation bearing their name. No news on its future.


FinTech Australia’s new director

FinTech Australia has appointed former federal Coalition government advisor Harry Godber to its board as an independent director. Godber is Flare’s Head of Strategy, and previously served under Minister Jane Hume and played a key role in the establishment of the Australian Space Agency.

“I look forward to sharing my passion and experience with the Fintech Australia team to champion our ecosystem’s ingenuity and diversity. With the right policy and regulatory settings in place, fintech is poised to lead Australian consumers and business through our economic recovery,” he said.

The appointment comes as FinTech Australia prepares to launch its annual fintech conference, Intersekt at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, May 19-20.

MYOB’s female software internship

MYOB has partnered with RMIT University’s STEM College to create a new education model for MYOB’s DevelopHer program, a paid full-time internship for women seeking a career in software development.

DevelopHer participants are paid to study alongside RMIT cohorts, and receive additional exclusive tutorial and coaching sessions, earning either a Graduate Certificate of Application Development or credits toward a Computer Science Degree from RMIT, plus full-time employment at MYOB as a graduate developer.

Helen Lea, MYOB’s Chief Employee Experience Officer said the program is open to women of all ages, backgrounds and skillsets.

Details, including how to  apply, are available here.


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