Science, Technology and Innovation

Brexit may be just what the doctor ordered — for Ireland

epa05022786 Simon Harris (R), the Irish Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, arrives for the start of a European Budget Council session in Brussels, Belgium, 13 November  2015. The negotiations on the 2016 EU budget will be to respect the expenditure ceilings of the EU's multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 while to provide the necessary means for a number of priority actions, notably for tackling the refugee crisis and promoting growth and creating jobs, according to the EU Commission.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

One way Ireland is trying to benefit is becoming host of the European Medicines Agency, which faces leaving London. Helen Collis Politico DUBLIN — Brexit might be good for Ireland after all. The Irish government, which… Brexit may be just what the… Read More »

Yahoo hack: How did hackers compromise senior politicians’ private email accounts?

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Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a clandestine dataset. Benjamin Sveen ABC Extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials in the departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, AusTrade, Immigration, the Federal Police and many other sensitive… Yahoo hack: How did hackers… Read More »

These Are the Biggest Global Risks for 2017

Bloomberg

If you go outdoors you could get hit by lethal hurricanes, floods, tremors and terrorists. Alex Morales Bloomberg Stay inside huddled over your computer and you could lose your data and your identity. And, in the minds of some… These Are the Biggest… Read More »

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

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A group of scientists is gathering today in the U.K. to discuss a slab of ice that’s cracking in Antarctica. npr The crack could soon split off a frozen chunk the size of Delaware. On glacier scientist, Heidi Sevestre… An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In… Read More »

Amazon is seeking permission to run mystery experiments involving wireless communication

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Amazon is preparing to test experimental wireless communications technology, including mobile devices and fixed base stations, in rural Washington and in Seattle, the company disclosed in government filings this… Eugene Kim Business Insider The filings do not specify what the tests are for, but hint at a… Amazon is seeking… Read More »

How to treat an opioid epidemic

Addiction - AEI

The grim faces of the nation’s opioid epidemic—an overdosing parent slumped in the front seat of a car, mouth agape, with a neglected child in the rear seat—have become too familiar in recent years. Sally Satel AEI More babies are now being born with narcotics in their systems, foster care is strained, and growing numbers of grandparents are raising the children of their own addicted children. With an estimated 2.6 million… How to treat an opioid… Read More »

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

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HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years

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Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. The Conversation Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the… Aboriginal Australians co… Read More »

Europe kills the cookie monster

Students of the Catholic University of Lyon use laptops to take notes in a classroom, on September 18, 2015 in Lyon, eastern France. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD        (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Commission’s proposed e-Privacy Regulation would restrict how companies listen in on calls and messages. Laurens Cerulus Politico Ever clicked “Yes” to an online pop-up banner that read, “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” — even though you didn’t and had no idea what would happen to your personal data? This regulation is for… Europe kills the cookie… Read More »

New candidate for ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

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Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core. Rebecca Morelle BBC News They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel. Now by recreating the… New candidate for ‘missing… Read More »

On the Trump Russia intel Twitter hysteria

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Do please relax a bit. Yes, though I no longer have a security clearance, it seems abundantly clear Russia did all it could to help Donald Trump win the US election. Danielle Pletka AEI But even the intel community doesn’t say it won it for him. He won it, and… On the Trump Russia… Read More »

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

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An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. Matt McGrath BBC A long-running rift in the Larson C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Larsen C is the… Huge Antarctic iceberg… Read More »

Russian subversion of Western democracies is old news

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The media hullabaloo notwithstanding, the alleged “revelations” about the Russian hacking of the US presidential election have revealed precious little that is substantively new. Leon Aron AEI Which is precisely why we should be concerned. The hacking of the DNC was… Russian subversion of… Read More »

Climate change: Fresh doubt over global warming ‘pause’

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A controversial study that found there has been no slowdown in global warming has been supported by new research. Matt McGrath BBC News Many researchers had accepted that the rate of global warming had slowed in the first 15 years of this century. But new analysis in the… Climate change: Fresh… Read More »

From Hands to Heads to Hearts

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Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying… From Hands to Heads to… Read More »

How can the US regain its mojo on R&D?

Innovation - Asia Times

In the first of a three-part series looking at innovation in the US economy on the cusp of a new era, Orla O’Sullivan asks whether the government ought to do more Orla O’Sullivan Asia Times While the US has never spent more on research and development, the government’s share has never been less. That’s a risky… How can the US… Read More »