Science, Technology and Innovation

Humanity may self-destruct, but the universe can cope perfectly without us

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Chances are that the cosmos neither treasures nor regrets humans. Lionel Shriver The Guardian It permits us, with marvellous neutrality, and could do without our interference. In a Scandinavian hotel a… Humanity may self… Read More »

China going cashless thanks to fintech boom

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The surge of fintech services is a growing headache for traditional banks which have been left far behind Asia Times Johan Nylander Standing in line at a Starbucks in downtown Shenzhen, I suddenly realize that no one in front of me is paying with cash. They aren’t paying… China going cashless… Read More »

We’re living through the first world cyberwar – but just haven’t called it that

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Nation states have been attacking each other electronically for a decade or more. Historians will eventually give it a name and a start and end date The Guardian Martin Belam The job of the historian is often to pull together broad themes and trends, then give them a snappy title that people will easily recognise and understand. That’s how we end… We’re living through… Read More »

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

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Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. BBC Smitha Mundasad And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at even greater risk. They studied 300 specimens from… Hip pain may be ‘hangover from… Read More »

The iPhone at 10: How the smartphone became so smart

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On 9 January 2007, one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet announced something new – a product that was to become the most profitable in history. BBC News Tim Harford It was, of course, the iPhone. There are many ways in which the iPhone has defined the modern economy. There is the sheer… The iPhone at 10: How… Read More »

Kenyan creativity broadens employment horizons for disabled people

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A digital tool that helps disabled people find jobs and a convertible electric wheelchair that solves access issues could foster greater diversity in the Kenyan workplace The Guardian Kate Hodal Finding a job has never been an easy task for Frederick Ouko. Despite university degrees… Kenyan creativity broadens… Read More »

Arctic heatwave could break records

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Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave. BBC Victoria Gill Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change. Temperatures throughout November… Arctic heatwave could… Read More »

The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

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There is a long-standing idea that it is because we walk upright, but new research suggests that might not be the whole story BBC News Colin Barras Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates… The real reasons why childbirth is so… Read More »

Losing sleep over discrimination? ‘Everyday discrimination’ may contribute to sleep problems

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December 22, 2016 – People who perceive more discrimination in daily life have higher rates of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. Eurek Alert Wolters Kluwer The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Discrimination is an important… Losing sleep over… Read More »

Winter solstice: Why do people go to Stonehenge on the shortest day of the year?

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THE Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the start of astronomical winter, but why do people go to Stonehenge to celebrate? Express Reiss Smith When is the winter solstice 2016? This year’s solstice falls… Winter solstice: Why do people go… Read More »

Apple’s rotten appeal

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  The Apple logo is displayed on the back of an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Rather than addressing the merits of the case, the tech giant is playing the pity card. Politico Richard A. Epstein On Monday, an angry Apple appealed against an August ruling by the European Commission ordering the company to pay Ireland some €13 billion in back taxes, plus interest. Disappointingly, the Silicon Valley tech giant failed to… Apple’s rotten… Read More »

More Africans at risk of chronic illness: WHO

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NAIROBI Daily Nation City life and its modern trappings have brought bad habits to developing African nations that will see more die of chronic illness than infectious diseases by 2030, a study showed Tuesday. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey of… More Africans at risk of chronic… Read More »

Hacks show N. Korea not quite the digital backwater reported

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Pyongyang’s “intranet” is vanishingly small, although larger than recently intimated. Asia Times David Volodzko Its cyberwarfare capacity, though, should not be taken lightly Araid last week by South Korean… Hacks show N. Korea not quite… Read More »

Troubled times make it hard to be an optimist. But I don’t plan to stop

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Optimists like me read the news and know all the dire things happening in the world. But we also get up each day determined not to accept a bad fate The Guardian Mary Elizabeth Williams Here’s what nobody ever tells you about being an optimist: it’s not as much fun as it looks. Especially lately. I do not come from a… Troubled times make it… Read More »

The new untruth of political campaigns

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As a leading polling company is revealed to be behind an activist website ostensibly linked to Medicare, bipartisan support emerges for rules on disclosure. The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton Recently, an employee in the Department of Defence received a text message on what was a private, work-related mobile number. The message was political… The new untruth of… Read More »

If we made contact with alien, how would religion react?

The sky and the chapel in the city of Tiangu?, Sierra Ibiapaba. The chapel is part of the script of religious processions in northeastern Brazil.

The discovery of life on another planet might seem incompatible with faith in a deity. BBC News Brandon Ambrosino Yet many theologians are already open to the existence of extraterrestrials, argues the writer Brandon Ambrosino. In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the… If we made contact with… Read More »