Science, Technology and Innovation

Brexit, no sector left unscathed

A photo-illustration shows a European Union (EU) flag as it burns near Manchester, northern England on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 tomorrow.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain's formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

How Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will affect every policy area from fisheries to transport. Politico Brexit threatens to wreak havoc in many of Europe’s biggest sectors, throwing doubt on everything from fish supplies to greenhouse gas-cutting measures to student exchange programs. While British Prime… Brexit, no sector… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

Gender pay gap - Atlantic

For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

Africa - The Conversation

Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. Martin Hall The Conversation This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa. The Internet of… How to ... Read More »

Why you should mostly trust what science tells you

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Scientists often change their minds or make mistakes, so why is it a good idea to believe what they say? Adam Becker BBC News Science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker explains how science really works to BBC Earth’s Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at Pomona Pictures. Join over six… Why you should… Read More »

Larry Summers: The robots are coming, whether Trump’s Treasury secretary admits it or not

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As I learned (sometimes painfully) during my time at the Treasury Department, words spoken by Treasury secretaries can over time have enormous consequences, and… Lawrence H. Summers The Washington Post In this regard, I am very surprised by two comments made by Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his… In reference to a question about artificial intelligence… Larry Summers: The… Read More »

Technology-facilitated abuse: The new breed of domestic violence

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Domestic violence is a serious issue in Australia and globally. Hadeel Al-Alosi ABC It is an inherently gendered crime. Research consistently shows… Technology-facilitated abuse… Read More »

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 60 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)

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Darwin’s revolutionary, humane and highly readable introduction to his theory of evolution is arguably the most important book of the… Robert McCrum The Guardian When Charles Darwin first saw On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in book form, he is said to have remarked that he… Actually, the book, composed in a hurry to forestall his… The 100 best… Read More »

Utopian thinking: In my school I’d teach human values, not British Values

Education - The Guardian

Rather Theresa May’s picture accompanied by a list of British values there’d be one of an ape – to remind us of who we really are and where we come from Jules Howard The Guardian It seemed slightly ghoulish seeing her hanging there, in a school. A framed portrait of Theresa May, looking down on the children in the school hall, watching over them Just About Managing not to shuffle their bottoms or pick their… Utopian thinking: In… Read More »

Archaeologists uncover stunning town built by Greeks in Italy 2,500 years ago read

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Palatial building and luxurious imports signal that the Greek founders of Poseidonia in Italy were living high on the hog from pagan… Philippe Bohstrom Haaretz The discovery of a monumental building and priceless ceramics imported from Greece in excavations at Poseidonia shows for the first time how rich its… The founders hailed from… Archaeologists uncover stunning… Read More »

Why It’s A Problem That Reading Is At 30-Year Lows, And How ‘Digital Temperance’ Can Help

Literature - The Federalist

Americans’ interest in literature has dropped to a three-decade low. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist The fact is, many don’t know what they are missing—and they don’t care. I could spend… Why It’s A… Read More »

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

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In 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the very worst risks of a hotter planet. Brad Plumer VOX See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century. One problem with… Scientists made a… Read More »

2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories.

Memories and news

A psychologist explains how easy it is to form false memories — and what that means for the future of our shared reality. Brian Resnick VOX Here’s a reasonable fear: 20 years from now, very few people are going to agree on the details of our shared history. Recently, I spoke… 2016 didn’t just… Read More »

The Real Danger To Speech Is Corporate

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You have the right to free speech as an American – you have no right to use YouTube to do it. Ben Domenech The Federalist Fear of crackdown on free speech is a bipartisan thing these days. In the run-up… The Real Danger… Read More »

Did I make the right decision? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Dice - The Guardian

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Anouchka Grose The Guardian Our writers answer some of the commonest queries This has to… Did I make the… Read More »

Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of ‘big data’

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The ‘digital revolution’ continues to change the world in profound ways. Samuel Alexander On Line Opinion Everyday computers and other information technologies reach further into our lives, often in subtle ways, reshaping global society so swiftly that the deepest impacts can easily escape notice. But whereas the… Democracy at risk… Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »