Science, Technology and Innovation

Most wood energy schemes are a ‘disaster’ for climate change

Wood - BBC

Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming. Matt McGrath BBC News That’s according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal. Subsidies for biomass… Most wood energy… Read More »

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

Christianity - BBC

Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it’s raising intriguing questions about the future of the world’s largest religion. Chris Stokel-Walker BBC News When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had been… How smartphones and… Read More »

Flights of fancy or reality?

Moon - Asia Times

Few people think of commercial development beyond earth, or the two Poles, but China is exploring the potential in space with its lunar program Peter J. Brown Asia Times When one thinks of development few would even consider anything beyond earth, or the extremes of the North and South Poles. But just like… Flights of fancy… Read More »

The tech solutions to end global hunger

Famine - CNN

(CNN) – What do you do when you see or hear something strange and want to learn more? Meera Senthilingam CNN Perhaps no one around you knows, so you go online or turn to social media. Within minutes, you… The tech solutions… Read More »

Why algorithms won’t necessarily lead to utopian workplaces

Algorythms - The Conversation

Using computer algorithms to make decisions about employees might seem like an objective management strategy, but it could actually give an inaccurate picture of productivity and compromise employees’ rights in the process. Uri Gal The Conversation Many businesses are turning to algorithms to make decisions about hiring and firing employees, assessing their performance and enhancing their productivity. This practice, known… Why algorithms won’t… Read More »

Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world’s most dangerous pathogens

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Maximum-security biolab is part of plan to build network of BSL-4 facilities across China. David Cyranoski Nature A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and… Inside the Chinese… Read More »

NASA Just Found A Solar System With 7 Earth-Like Planets

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Astronomers just announced a breaking discovery that has a monumental impact on life beyond Earth: A planetary system with a number of Earth-sized planets that could host liquid water and… Futurism AN OCEAN OF WORLDS Today, scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA announced a… NASA Just Found… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

Aleppo - Al Jazeera

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »

How modern technology is reshaping Thailand’s ancient animist beliefs

Thailand - SEA Globe

Mass urbanisation and an increasingly interconnected world are pushing animism to embrace the 21st century David Hutt Southeast Asia Globe Magazine In a cramped café in Bangkok’s Nak Niwat precinct, the coffee could be cursed. Not because the… How modern technology… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

Malaysia - Asia Times

Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

Can’t unplug? Here’s how to navigate your digital anxiety

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We know it’s unproductive to waste time online, but the problem is growing. Alina Dizik BBC News Disconnecting completely, even for short periods, can help you build better habits. When David Erickson… Can’t unplug? Here’s… Read More »

Europe’s last pirate

Pirate - Politico

Julia Reda came to change Brussels. Chris Spallane Politico Brussels changed her. This is the year… Europe’s last… Read More »

Hello, again, Dolly

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Twenty years ago the world met the first adult clone, a sheep called Dolly. Her legacy lives on.. The Economist IN THE summer of 1996 Karen Mycock, a cell biologist, was attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands. Returning to her hotel to change her hat, she found a fax pushed under her door.. It said: “She’s been born and… Hello, again, Dolly… Read More »

It’s more than just climate change

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A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models… Lee Tune Phys.org The most important inadequately-modeled variables are inequality, consumption, and population… It’s more than… Read More »

Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.

Facebook - Bloomberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations leveled at the social network in the wake of the bitter U.S. election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg It shows that Facebook — launched, in Zuckerberg’s own words five years ago, to “extend people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships” — is turning into something of an extraterritorial state run by a small, unelected… Facebook Plans to… Read More »

The sheep that changed the world

Science - The Economist

How the science of cloning has progressed since Dolly the sheep was unveiled 20 years ago The Economist TWENTY years ago Dolly the sheep, the first animal clone, was revealed to the world. She caused a… The sheep that… Read More »