Science, Technology and Innovation

Zika virus strain ‘imported from the Americas’ to Africa 

The Zika virus strain responsible for the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa for the first time, the World Health Organization says.. The WHO said it was concerned that the latest strain was spreading and was “on the doorstep of Africa”. It is currently circulating in Cape Verde, an archipelago off the north west coast of Africa…. Source: Zika virus strain ‘imported from the Americas’ to Africa – BBC News Read More »

Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika

Nobody should be surprised when the present House of Representatives, dominated by penurious reactionaries, produces a stingy response to a danger that calls for compassionate largess. But for sheer fecklessness it’s hard to top the House’s response this week to the Zika virus. The salient feature is that in providing money to fight one health menace, it steals from other funds meant… Source: Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika – The New York Times Read More »

Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams

As we come to the end of National Consumer Fraud Awareness Week, I can’t help but reflect on my own work researching this difficult and often fraught area. Imagine if you had a close friend or relative who went online looking for a relationship. They find someone special, spend weeks, months and even years dating, communicating via email, Skype, telephone and text… Source: Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams Read More »

Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner

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Patients, like my son Ben, don’t have time to wait. Catherine Jacobson, Neuroscientist, director of clinical research at Tilray The debate can no longer be about whether to provide access.. In 2012, when other parents were trading stories about the difficulties of balancing homework with football training or swimming lessons, I was in my garage… Source: Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner Read More »

750-year-old skeletons will give picture of medieval Aberdeen

How an Aberdonian would have looked around 750 years ago is to be reconstructed by one of the world’s top forensic anthropologists.. Professor Sue Black, director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University, is in talks with city chiefs on the project after a mass haul of medieval skeletons was made in the city centre earlier this year… Source: 750-year-old skeletons will give picture of medieval Aberdeen – The Scotsman Read More »

Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan

Öndörkhaan| Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of many dozens of human corpses lying upon a large rudimentary stone structure. Forensic experts and archaeologists were called on… Source: Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan – World News Daily Report Read More »

The UK’s network of secret fuel pipes that helped win WWII

A huge, little-known network of underground pipes spans the UK – officially still a state secret, and bringing fuel to the plane that takes you on holiday.. By Stephen Dowling If you flew over it, you’d have no idea it was there. One of the great British engineering projects of the 20th Century is completely hidden from view, traversing hundreds of miles across the country. There’s no trace of it except for a.. Source: BBC – Future – The UK’s ... Read More »

‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power?

Australian projects are viable already – now the industry needs investors willing to take a risk on large-scale renewable energy.. Companies working on large-scale solar thermal projects in Australia say they are tantalisingly close to achieving the dream of building plants big enough to replace coal-fired energy in Australia… Source: ‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian Read More »

‘Dismay’: NASA appeals to CSIRO not to cut global climate efforts

EXCLUSIVE A top scientist from US space agency NASA has appealed to CSIRO to abandon plans to cut a key monitoring program that it says will undermine Australia and the world’s ability to monitor and predict climate change. The cost to our international reputation is immense Kim Carr, ALP’s shadow science minister Brent Holben, the project scientist in charge of NASA’s Aerosol Robotic Network, urged CSIRO to reconsider any plans it had to cut or withdraw its contribution to the… Source: ... Read More »

Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years

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IN the week of Scott Morrison’s first budget, 330 scientists in Hobart were focusing on the astonishingly rapid shift in global ocean chemistry. The fourth international conference on “the ocean in a high-CO2 world” looked at how rising carbon dioxide levels are affecting oceans… Source: Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years | The Mercury Read More »

End of World: May 9 transit of Mercury

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A NEW theory has emerged to suggest the transit of Mercury overnight was linked to the Bible’s prophecy of destruction. Shame it held no merit.. YouTube channel The Prophetico released a video last week analysing the correlation between the alignment of the planets and star constellations, suggesting this natural phenomenon could be of grave significance… Source: End of World: May 9 transit of Mercury Read More »

Greece looks to international justice to regain Parthenon marbles from UK

As 200th anniversary of artefacts’ removal approaches, Greek culture minister says government will appeal to courts and the likes of UN.. Greece has not abandoned the idea of resorting to international justice to repatriate the Parthenon marbles and is investigating new ways in which it might bring a claim against the British Museum… Source: Greece looks to international justice to regain Parthenon marbles from UK | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

The Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort Of) Rattled the Scientific Community

An improbable tale of how a British maverick harnessed crowdsourced meteorological discoveries to reveal the poetic wonders of the sky.. Gavin Pretor-Pinney decided to take a sabbatical. It was the summer of 2003, and for the last 10 years, as a sideline to his graphic-design business in London, he and a friend had been running a magazine called The Idler. The Idler was devoted to the “literature for loafers.” It argued against busyness and careerism and for the ineffable value ... Read More »

Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward

Watching loved ones with dementia slowly fade away is heartbreaking, but the use of doll therapy is emerging as a powerful way to put a sparkle back in patients’ eyes by giving them something to care about and hold close. Some may find the thought a family member or patient caring for an… Source: Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward Read More »

Weasel stops biggest scientific instrument in the world

The Large Hadron Collider – the world’s biggest, most powerful particle accelerator – is going to be out of commission for a few days. Scientists are blaming a weasel. No, they’re not using old-timey slang to accuse their fellow researchers of subterfuge. It was an actual weasel. “The #LHC will be down for at least a week because a weasel chewed into a 66kV transformer near LHCb, causing an LHC-wide power cut. #CERN,” a Tweet from scientist Becky Douglas announced… ... Read More »

BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology

BP’s new super fuel could signal better times ahead for the troubled oil giant.. Analysts have given a cautious thumbs-up to its Ultimate brand with ACTIVE technology, a dirt-guzzling compound that works with vehicles of all ages, cleaning and prolonging engine life, improving performance and cutting consumption… Source: BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology | City & Business | Finance | Daily Express Read More »