Science, Technology and Innovation

No space is safe when even our TVs are spies

Tech - The Guardian

‘I’m in a Guildford hotel room, afraid, at 5.45pm. There’s a smart television mounted on the wall behind me’ Stewart Lee The Guardian I only got a “smart” television set 18 months ago, so I have already avoided years of covert surveillance by the CIA, the FBI, MI5, CI5 and NWA. No one is… No space is… Read More »

Drivers of change

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Asia Times chats to industry leaders, Katryna Mojica and Tan Le, on their perspectives on gender in the workplace, and what is needed to improve lives for all Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times For International Women’s Day this year, Asia Times interviewed two women leaders who have blazed trails in different fields – public relations and telecommunications. Katryna Mojica, Chief… Drivers of… Read More »

Gum disease link to Alzheimer’s, research suggests

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Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, early stage research has… Dominic Howell BBC The small study, published in PLOS ONE, looked at 59 people who were all deemed to have mild to moderate… It is thought the body’s response to gum inflammation may be hastening the… Gum disease link… Read More »

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

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Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

Google’s Eric Schmidt: ‘Big data is so powerful that nation-states will fight’ over it

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If big data really is the “new oil,” does that mean countries will fight over… Rob Price Business Insider  This is what Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, suggested in a speech at the company’s Google Cloud Next conference on… “I think that big data is so powerful that nation-states will fight over how… Google’s Eric Schmidt… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

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Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

What our backyards can tell us about the world

Backyards - The Conversation

Our backyards are home to many scuttling, slithering and scampering creatures, which are often the subject of fascination. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert The Conversation But they can also play a key role in tracking the changes in the world around us – for science. Science is a… What our backyards… Read More »

Europe’s Silicon Valley problem

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Why doesn’t Europe have its own Silicon Valley? Dalibor Rohac AEI After all, the old world has plenty going for it: good universities, a large talent pool and lots of startups. Many important innovations… Europe’s Silicon Valley… Read More »

Is there a test children can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson says?

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During an exchange with journalist Barrie Cassidy on Insiders, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested there are tests available to see if children will have an adverse reaction to vaccinations. Kristine Macartney, Julie Leask and Nicholas Wood ABC It’s not clear what kind of test Hanson was referring to. (The Conversation contacted her office to ask, but didn’t hear back before deadline.) The Conversation asked… Is there a… Read More »

Big data’s power is terrifying. That could be good news for democracy

Data - The Guardian

Online information is already being used to manipulate us. George Monbiot The Guardian We must act now to own the new political technologies before they own us Has a digital… Big data’s power… Read More »

Volcanoes could erupt much more, thanks to climate change

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On the face of it, climate change and volcanic eruptions are completely unrelated. Vivien Cumming, Dan John and Adam Proctor BBC News But in fact our warming world could trigger extra volcanic eruptions   In the frozen… Volcanoes could erupt… Read More »

Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

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The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the… David Shukman BBC A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the… Four major citie… Is there a… Read More »

Google si Directing the French Election Campaign

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Since February 28, 2017, Google News Lab and the European Journalism Center (EJC) have coordinated French and foreign companies for the duration of the French presidential election campaign. Voltaire Both organizations rely on the experience of ProPublica, which directed the media against Donald Trump during the US election campaign. They not only… Google si Directing… Read More »

Federal Ban Is Barring Access To Medical Marijuana For Veterans

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Medical marijuana laws are expanding in states across the U.S., but veterans are still struggling to access programs due to the continued… Steve Birr The Daily Caller A growing chorus of veteran groups are petitioning the government to ease restrictions on federal marijuana… The continued classification of marijuana as a… Federal Ban Is… Read More »

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

Euthanasia - The Conversation

The Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. Andrew McGee The Conversation That follows the South Australian Parliament’s decision to knock back a voluntary euthanasia bill late last year, and the issue has also cropped up in the run-up to the March 11 Western Australian election. With the issue… In places where… Read More »

Doctors vs. Industry 4.0: who will win?

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Change happens all the time, but we tend to realize its full scale only once it concerns our personal lives. Alexander Brezina European Sting In the so called “4th Industrial Revolution”, meaning the ever increasing automatization of complex processes. Hence ,a lot of people might lose their jobs, be it taxi drivers to self-driving cars or waiters to sophisticated robots. As medical students… Doctors vs. Industry… Read More »