Science, Technology and Innovation

Killer robots: Tech experts warn against AI arms race

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BBC - More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have written a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons. In the latest outcry over “killer robots”, the letter warns that “a military AI [artificial intelligence] arms race is a bad idea”. Among the signatories are scientist Stephen Hawking, entrepreneur Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The letter ... Read More »

Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet

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Higher temperatures are melting Greenland ice directly, but also indirectly via increased rainfall The Guardian – John Abraham Greenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms. Scientists are working hard to deepen their understanding of this ice sheet’s behavior so that we can predict ... Read More »

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

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The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think. The New York Times – By PETER ANDREY SMITHJUNE Eighteen vials were rocking back and forth on a squeaky mechanical device the shape of a butcher scale, and Mark Lyte was beside himself with excitement. ‘‘We actually got some fresh yesterday — freshly frozen,’’ ... Read More »

“Ottomans Were The First to Reach The Moon,” says Turkish President

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Istanbul| Ottomans were the first to walk on the surface of the moon, not Neil Armstrong, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, yesterday, during an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner hosted by the Turkish Green Crescent. World Order Report - by Barbara Johnson Mr. Erdoğan claimed that Muslim explorers reached the Moon more than 300 years before the beginning of the Appolo program, vowing to build a mosque “in the ... Read More »

Can Religion and Science Coexist?

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A new book by the evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne tackles arguments that the two institutions are compatible. The Atlantic Jeffrey Tayler In May 1988, a 13-year-old girl named Ashley King was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by court order. She had a tumor on her leg—an osteogenic sarcoma—that, writes Jerry Coyne in his book Faith Versus Fact, was “larger than ... Read More »

Cancer patient becomes Colombia’s first legal euthanasia case

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A 79-year old Colombian man has become the first person in the country to die legally by euthanasia. BBC – Ovidio Gonzalez was suffering from terminal throat cancer and said he had been suffering unbearable pain. Colombia’s Catholic Church has said euthanasia is morally unacceptable and it has threatened to close its hospitals across the country. Colombia is one of ... Read More »

Woman’s death first from measles in US since 2003

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Seattle: A woman in Washington state died from measles in the northern hemisphere spring, the first measles death in the US since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said. The woman lacked some of measles’ common symptoms, such as a rash, so the infection was not discovered until an autopsy, Washington state Department of Health spokesman ... Read More »

Miniaturisation will lead to ‘smart spaces’ and blur the line between on and offline

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Lenovo, the Chinese firm that has bought up IBM’s cast off PC business, has announced a miniaturised computer not much larger than a smartphone, which can be connected to any screen via an HDMI connection. The Conversation - Ahmad Lotfi * Advances in electronic components manufacturing processes and integration have resulted in large-scale miniaturisation of computer systems. This has enabled ... Read More »

Archaeologists digging in search of common people

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In Angkor Wat research, the focus has long been on temples and high society. A new project there is taking a different approach, laying the foundation for a new understanding of the iconic empire. The Phnom Penh Post – Brent Crane A team excavating a dirt mound at Angkor Wat is hoping to shed light on one of the enduring ... Read More »

Greenhouse gas blamed for ‘climate expulsion’ driving temperature rises across Pacific nations

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Australian Bureau of Meteorology study finds temperatures across 13 Pacific nations will keep climbing, even with radical cuts to greenhouse gas emissions The Guardian – Graham Readfearn @readfearn Sometime in the mid 1990s, probably unnoticed by anyone, a region of the Pacific that is home to more than a dozen nations experienced something known as a “climate expulsion”. That was the ... Read More »