Science, Technology and Innovation

Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom


SYDNEY (Reuters) – The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia’s government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security. Australia is increasingly concerned over the number of its citizens heading to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside radical Islamists, and police ... Read More »

How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago


In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them – mass graves are being dug up and a laboratory in Sarajevo is helping to identify the bodies. Forty years ago, Maria Georgiadis (above in the white dress), lost her whole family – her mother, her father, her ... Read More »

Former Archbishop Arrested for Child Porn Kept Massive Cache of Files on his Vatican Computer


A former archbishop placed under house arrest by the Vatican on Tuesday allegedly had 100,000 child pornography videos and images hidden on his work computer at the Holy See’s compound in the Dominican Republic, according to a report in Italy’s Il Corriere della Sera newspaper. The Vatican arrested Jozef Wesolowski on Tuesday under allegations of paying for sex with minors while serving papal ambassador in the ... Read More »

A Warning in China: Beware the ‘Blue Fatty’ Cat


As Hong Kongers rally for the right to choose their own chief executive over Beijing’s pick, tens of thousands of mainland Chinese are participating in a one person, one vote online opinion poll that asks whether China should boycott a blue Japanese cat. Nothing seems more harmless than the plump-faced Japanese cartoon robot cat, Doraemon, who does not even have claws. ... Read More »

Will Afghanistan Rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan?


There is a movement to rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan, destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, in order to promote tourism in Afghanistan, reports Roads and Kingdoms. One local man, Mohammad Reza Ibrahim, is leading the efforts to entice foreigners back, and show them that his country has much to offer in areas removed from conflict. “Bamiyan has a great potential for tourism,” ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei explores human rights and freedom of expression in exhibition at Alcatraz


SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Featuring seven new sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz explores human rights and freedom of expression in the context of this iconic historic site. Installed across four locations on Alcatraz and on view from September 27, 2014, through April 26, 2015, the exhibition is inspired by the island’s ... Read More »

Woodside invests $10 million in UWA’s engineering zone

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Woodside and The University of Western Australia have today announced a $10 million investment in the University’s revolutionary engineering research, teaching and learning facility project, known as EZONE UWA. UWA’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson, said EZONE UWA was critical to the future of engineering in Western Australia and was a major aspect of the University’s New Century Campaign. EZONE UWA will deliver new ... Read More »

Citizen scientists classify storms for the Cyclone Center

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Massive crowdsourced identifications of cyclones are helping scientists classify storms  Jump to comments Taking measurements of the Earth’s weather and climatic state is challenging in many ways. One challenge is that we just don’t have sensors everywhere all the time. Sometimes we can use automated sensors (like Argo ocean floats or satellite imagery). But other times, scientists have to put ... Read More »

The new Socrates? Artist Tino Sehgal sets up talking shop in Athens agora

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Tino Sehgal’s latest interactive artwork in Athens pays tribute to the masters of philosophy – hopefully without the same deadly end result  Jump to comments How do you keep ancient Greek civilisation alive in the 21st-century? Tino Sehgal’s new show – or event, or whatever this artist of social interaction’s work ought to be called – is at the Roman agora in Athens. ... Read More »