Science, Technology and Innovation

Facebook complies with Turkey page block order

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The BBC has learned that Facebook has complied with a Turkish court order demanding the blocking of a page it said offended the Prophet Muhammad. If the social media platform had refused, the court had threatened to block access to the entire site. The site is believed to have around 40 million members in Turkey. Facebook declined to comment but ... Read More »

Dementia ‘linked’ to common over-the-counter drugs

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A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia. ( BBC ) All of the types of medication in question are drugs that have an “anticholinergic” effect. Experts say people should not panic or stop taking their medicines. In the US study, in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, higher doses ... Read More »

Attorney-General George Brandis says metadata limits jeopardise criminal investigations

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Australian internet firms are wiping some customer “metadata” immediately or within days, causing problems for law enforcement including an investigation into a potential child rape that had to be abandoned. The Age – David Wroe, National security correspondent As it steps up its contentious push to force internet providers to retain metadata, the federal government has provided examples of how metadata is used ... Read More »

Lego Pompeii creates less pomp and more yay in the museum

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Lego Pompeii was painstakingly recreated from more than 190,000 individual blocks across 470 hours for Sydney University’s Nicholson Museum – it’s the largest model of the ancient city ever constructed out of Lego blocks. The Conversation – Craig Barker There is a mix of ancient and modern elements within the model’s narrative; displaying Pompeii as it was at the moment ... Read More »

Whose Tomb? Greece Wonders


Alexander the Great’s Legacy Stirred Up by Excavation Rachel  Donadio The New York Times Call it “CSI: Alexander.” For months, the excavations at a large ancient tomb in northern Greece have gripped the country. First, a marble slab wall was unearthed. Then, through announcements and leaks from the Greek Culture Ministry meted out with the pacing of a good mystery series, ... Read More »

A rare frilled shark has been caught in Australia

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This two-metre-long shark has 26 rows of teeth and belongs to a genus that’s 80 million years old, and it was just found off the southeast coast of Australia. Hello, nightmare fuel. ScienceAlert – FIONA MACDONALD This extremely rare frilled shark has unfortunately been pulled out of the water by a fishing trawler near Lakes Entrance in Victoria’s Gippsland region. Once you ... Read More »

Ebola treatment centre for pregnant women opens


Tulip Mazumdar – BBC The medical charity Medicines Sans Frontieres has opened its first Ebola treatment centre specialising in care for infected pregnant women. MSF says the death rate for expectant mothers is extremely high, and health workers treating them, particularly during childbirth or miscarriage, are especially vulnerable to catching the virus. The BBC’s Tulip Mazumdar has been given access ... Read More »