Science, Technology and Innovation

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

The marbles were created for the Parthenon in Athens

Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

Scientists Say We’re About to Enter a New Epoch in Human History

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The news: Scientists are gathering in Berlin, Germany today to debate whether humanity’s impact on the planet (think global warming) is drastic enough to merit a new name that will mark the reign of humans: the Anthropocene. The interdisciplinary body of 30 scientists, called the Anthropocene Working Group, has a self-imposed deadline, 2016, to submit a formal proposal that would make the ... Read More »

Are we free?

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Neuroscience gives the wrong answer For several millennia, people have worried about whether or not they have free will. What exactly worries them? No single answer suffices. For centuries the driving issue was about God’s supposed omniscience. If God knew what we were going to do before we did it, in what sense were we free to do otherwise? Weren’t ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin’s new fusion reactor can change humanity forever

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This is an invention that could change civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It’s the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works claims it will be operative in 10 years. Aviation Week had exclusive access to their secret laboratories and ... Read More »

Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list

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Concern over development projects prompts request for a monitoring mission This Friday, 17 October, is the final deadline for environmental comments to be submitted to the Italian government regarding its desion to deep-dredge a channel through the lagoon so that the vast cruise ships can enter the port of Venice without sailing through the city. Since the decision was announced ... Read More »

Can George Clooney’s Wife Rescue the Elgin Marbles?

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Greek heritage officials have pulled a PR ace from their sleeve in a bid to win one the longest running cultural disputes over the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles, currently on display in London’s British Museum, the Guardian reported. The Anglo-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney finally traveled to Athens on Monday to advise the Greek government on the reclamation of its cultural ... Read More »

Stunning Mosaic Floor Uncovered in Greece’s Mystery Tomb

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A large section of a stunning mosaic floor showing a chariot in motion has been unearthed in the burial mound complex at Amphipolis in northern Greece, the Culture Ministry announced on Sunday.  Made from small white, black, gray, blue, red and yellow pebbles, the mosaic emerged as archaeologists led by Katerina Peristeri removed dirt and soil filling the tomb’s second ... Read More »

Spies can access my metadata, so why can’t I? My 15-month legal battle with Telstra

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The RSPCA, councils and other law-enforcement agencies can obtain reporter Ben Grubb’s internet and phone metadata but Telstra won’t release it to him. Here he details his 15-month fight for access. COMMENT I’m in a non-descript building in Sydney’s central business district. In a hearing room inside are 13 people. Five work for Telstra, six work for the privacy commissioner, ... Read More »

Google’s Eric Schmidt on NSA spying: ‘We’re going to break the Internet.’

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Silicon Valley executives worry the fallout of surveillance revelations could be severe. Google chairman Eric Schmidt lobbed harsh criticism at NSA surveillance on American citizens. “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it,” Schmidt said during a hearing in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The hearing on Wednesday came weeks before ... Read More »