Science, Technology and Innovation

Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas. The New York Times – THOMAS KAPLAN  Fracking, as it is known, was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities along New ... Read More »

North Korea was ‘centrally involved’ in Sony Hacking, US officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’ computers, a determination reached just as Sony on canceled its release of the comedy The Interview, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth Senior administration officials, who ... Read More »

Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed

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Life uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition has been analysed by scientists. Rebecca Morelle – Science Correspondent, BBC News, San Francisco The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) found microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan. The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbon compounds and have a very slow metabolism. The findings ... Read More »

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

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Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests The Guardian – Anne Chemin In the past few days you may well have scribbled out a shopping list on the back of an envelope or stuck a Post-it on your desk. Perhaps you added a comment to your child’s report book or made a ... Read More »

Australian Ebola hospital opens but returning senator calls for greater contribution

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Australian doctors and nurses will begin treating Ebola patients this week but a Greens senator who has returned from the infection zone in West Africa says Australia should double its human contribution. The Sydney Morning Herald - Heath Aston Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the taxpayer-funded field hospital operated by Canberra-based Aspen Medical is just days away from accepting its ... Read More »

Between Dream and Archaeology

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The exhibition “Greece of Origins: between Dream and Archaeology” is taking place at the National Archaeological Museum of France on October 5 – January 19. The exhibits feature unpublished archive documents and contemporary photographs from the collections of many French museums that illustrate how the ancient Greek past was interpreted during theBelle Époque period. Moreover, visitors will the chance to ... Read More »

When the Art Is Watching You

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Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts – The Wall Streer Journal - ELLEN GAMERMAN - COMMENTS One morning last week, a team of experts at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum searched for hidden spots in the rotunda to conceal tiny electronic transmitters. The devices will enable the museum ... Read More »

Peru to take legal action over Greenpeace stunt at ancient Nazca lines

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Government plans to file charges of attacking archaeological monuments after activists set up banner near famed drawings Associated Press in Lima – The Guardian Peru will seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who it says damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert during a publicity stunt. “It’s a true slap in the face at everything ... Read More »

Cuba’s extraordinary global medical record shames the US blockade

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From Ebola to earthquakes, Havana’s doctors have saved millions. Obama must lift this embargo Four months into the internationally declared Ebola emergency that has devastated west Africa, Cuba leads the world in direct medical support to fight the epidemic. The Guardian – Seumas Milne The US and Britain have sent thousands of troops and, along with other countries, promised aid – ... Read More »

UAE among targets of Iranian hackers, investigators say

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WASHINGTON // Hackers working for Iran have targeted at least 50 companies and government organisations, including institutions in the UAE. The hackers infiltrated the computer systems of commerical airlines and their contractors in the Emirates, Pakistan and South Korea, the US cyber-security firm Cylance said in a report based on a two-year investigation. They broke into the computers of companies ... Read More »