Science, Technology and Innovation

Ebola Virus Could Spread Worldwide, Experts Warn

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. The virus has also spread to Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria Reuters

The deadly virus of Ebola could spread worldwide, experts have warned. The revelation came as infected Liberian passenger Patrick Sawyer brought the virus into Nigeria on a flight to Lagos on 20 July, spreading to the fourth African country. Sawyer died in a Nigerian hospital five days later. The virus, which first spread in Liberia in January, has also hit ... Read More »

Can Google Build the Perfect Human Being?

Google is plotting a massive data-gathering operation to cure disease. Mark Blinch/Reuters

First there was Google Glass—now, Google Genetics? Yesterday The Wall Street Journal announced Google’s plans to create the ideal, holistic example of what a healthy human should be like. Entitled the Baseline Study, the project will collect molecular and genetic information from people—175 at first this summer and thousands more later on—to build an extensive database aimed at preventing and treating diseases. Andrew ... Read More »

Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime


Published on 17 Jul 2014 Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with Physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where ... Read More »

Parkes and Narrabri telescopes may shut within two years, CSIRO warns

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Budget cuts of $114m have raised pressure on the sites and will need external funding to survive, Australia’s space chief says  Jump to comments The radio telescopes at Parkes and Narrabri may shut within two years “without substantial, long-term external investment”, the chief of the CSIRO’s space research division has warned. It was expected that funding for the telescopes would ... Read More »

World’s Largest Solar Boat @ Corinth Port

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The world’s biggest, exclusively solar-powered boat is the “MS Tûranor PlanetSolar,” which is Swiss-flagged, and it sailed into Corinth yesterday (24.07). The 31-metre-long catamaran will stay docked in Corinth for three days before continuing its journey to the Ermioni area to take part in an underwater archaeological investigation. This joint archaeological mission -conducted by Geneva University in collaboration with the Swiss School of Archaeology, ... Read More »

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

Handout photo released by Nasa Earth Observatory on June 7, 2011 and taken from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows the Sun unleashing a solar flare, radiation storm and a coronal mass ejection

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Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space ... Read More »

Automattic’s Planned Gravatar App Morphs Into a Selfies App for Android

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Earlier this year, Automattic’s Toni Schneider asked Gravatar users what platform should be first to receive the Gravatar mobile app. No details on the purpose of the Gravatar app were revealed at the time but it turns out that the team has been busy developing a photo app. While working on the Gravatar app, they realized that people don’t want to change their gravatars ... Read More »

Back in the Paleolithic Era: The First Mariners

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As a breakthrough of experimental archeology can be viewed the team project “First Mariners,” who built a raft by using only organic materials and copies of Paleolithic tools, and travelled on it from Kythira to Crete island, thus confirming archaeologists’ assumptions that Paleolithic populations were able to cross large shipping distances with their own makeshift boats. The First Mariners’ team started its journey with the ... Read More »

After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World


June 2014, and an unusual three-day conference is taking place in the basement room of New York University’s School of Law. The 200 or so attendees that have hurried their way across sunny Washington Square include FBI agents, lawyers, auction house heads, art dealers and collectors who buy and sell multi-million–dollar items. Waiting, sharp-suited, is -Brooklyn-born conference organiser Chris Marinello, ... Read More »