Science, Technology and Innovation

Is the Universe a Hologram?

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Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions Science today is more a process of collaboration than moments of individual “eurekas.” * By Adolfo Plasencia * Foreword by Tim O’Reilly * The MIT Press Overview This book recreates that kind of synergy by offering a series of interconnected dialogues with leading scientists who are asked to reflect on key questions and concepts about the physical world, technology, and the mind. These thinkers offer both… Is the Universe… Read More »

Theresa May wants sweeping new powers to control the internet

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants sweeping new powers for her government to seize indiscriminate control of the internet. RT Towards the bottom of the Tory manifesto published on Thursday, there is a technology section that clearly states the party’s intent to control the online world through new… “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” the manifesto… Theresa May wants… Read More »

Vast set of public CVs reveals the world’s most migratory scientists

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Scientists are migratory beasts. It’s just the nature of the job: You spend your days at the border of human knowledge. John Bohannon Science Depending on the topic, only a dozen people may deeply understand your research—let alone help you push it further—and they are scattered across the world. For many, completing a Ph.D., doing postdoctoral research, and landing a permanent job all in one country is… And so you… Vast set of… Read More »

A Patient With Diabetes No Longer Needs Insulin After Receiving A Bioengineered “Pancreas”

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A year after receiving a new type of islet cell transplant to treat her severe diabetes, a patient continues to do well and no longer needs insulin injections to manage her disease. Kristin Houser Futurism Even the most exciting breakthrough medical treatment can be rendered obsolete by a particularly insurmountable obstacle: time. A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY If a treatment only works temporarily, it has… A Patient With… Read More »

UCI doctor’s plan to stop superbugs is widely used. At her own hospital, it didn’t work

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By the end of December, a lethal bacterium had swept through UC Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit, sickening seven infants. Melody Petersen Los Angeles Times Dr. Susan Huang, the hospital’s infection control expert, had a plan. The strategy — which she had promoted so successfully that most U.S. hospitals now use it — included bathing all infants in the ICU with a powerful disinfectant, and swabbing inside their noses with an… UCI doctor’s plan… Read More »

There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone else

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When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. Ann Gibbons Science The village of Sumte, population 102, had to take in 750 asylum seekers. Most villagers swung into action, in keeping with Germany’s strong Willkommenskultur, or “welcome culture.” But one self… There’s no such… Read More »

Microsoft president blasts NSA for its role in ‘WannaCry’ computer ransom attack

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A Microsoft executive sharply criticized a U.S. spy agency Sunday for its role in weaponizing a weakness in Windows and allowing it to be stolen by hackers and used to launch history’s largest ransomware attack. Chris O’Brien Los Angeles Times “This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of… He compared it to the… Microsoft president blasts… Read More »

Global Cyberattack Reaches ‘Unprecedented’ Scale

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More than 150 countries have been hit by the coordinated hack, with some of the world’s largest institutions still struggling to recover. ARIA BENDIX The Atlantic Friday’s global cyberattack on businesses, universities, and health systems has reached new size, with large institutions and security experts hurrying to address a breach that has now affected more than… The cyberattack was first identified in the… Global Cyberattack Reaches… Read More »

Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware ‘by accident’

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A UK security researcher has told the BBC how he “accidentally” halted the spread of ransomware affecting hundreds of organisations, including the UK’s NHS. Chris Foxx BBC The man, known online as MalwareTech, was analysing the code behind the malware on Friday night when he made his discovery. He first noticed that the software was trying to contact an… Global cyber-attack… Read More »

Brazil Declares an End to Its Zika Health Emergency

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The country launched a major campaign that included genetically modified mosquitos, and now reported cases are down 95 percent. J. WESTON PHIPPEN The Atlantic Brazil has announced the end of its public health emergency over Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that became a global concern just 18 months ago. Brazil launched a major mosquito eradication program last year, and the health ministry said that from January to April 2017 there were 95… Brazil Declares an… Read More »

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Regular Roofs & Have “Infinity Warranty”

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Last night, Elon Musk announced that Tesla’s solar roofs would be on sale starting today. Futurism At the time, he also stated that more information on the panels was forthcoming. Now, he has unveiled key details about Tesla’s “infinity warranty.” A NOTABLE ANNOUNCEMENT Last night, Elon… Elon Musk: Tesla’s… Read More »

Data availability report presents compromised rights for consumers

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A promising inquiry into how data is used in Australia has proved disappointing, with consumers being offered few new protections. Jessica Lake The Conversation Released this week, the Productivity Commission’s final report, titled Data Availability and Use, represents a major shift in the legal landscape of data rights. The report makes a number of recommendations. Most importantly, it… Data availability report… Read More »

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

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A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose? by Carole Cadwalladr The Observer “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.” ... Read More »

Anti-Vaxxers Brought Their War to Minnesota—Then Came Measles

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MINNEAPOLIS — ON the first Saturday this May, residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood socialized in the shadows of their towering public housing complexes. wired Chattering men sat for haircuts while head-scarved women shopped the stalls lining the blue-bricked Riverside Mall. At nearby Currie… Anti-Vaxxers Brought… Read More »

Data is giving rise to a new economy

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Fuel of the future How is it shaping up? AN OIL refinery is an industrial cathedral, a place of power, drama and dark recesses: ornate cracking towers its gothic pinnacles, flaring gas its stained glass, the stench of hydrocarbons its heady incense. The Economist Data centres, in contrast, offer a less obvious spectacle: windowless grey buildings that boast no height or ornament, they seem to stretch to infinity. Yet the two have much in… Data is giving… Read More »

What happens when scientists stand up for science

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The 2017 March for Science was a powerful political statement by scientists. Brian Martin  The Conversation The marchers opposed political interference, budget cuts and lack of support for science at a government level. More commonly, though, scientists stay in their labs and avoid the public political spotlight. CSIRO scientist John Church – who initially acted as an individual (not a… What happens when… Read More »