Science, Technology and Innovation

Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted

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Federal Government departments — that are not currently permitted to access the metadata of Australians — have attempted to work around the restrictions established in last year’s Data Retention Bill by requesting the Australian Federal Police (AFP) do the searches for them. By the National Reporting Team’s Benjamin Sveen The departments include the… Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted… Read More »

Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows

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A palm-sized robot dubbed Kirobo Mini has been unveiled in Japan, designed to be a companion for the growing number of women left childless by the country’s aging population crisis. The robot, created by Toyota Motor Corp, aims to emulate a human baby and even “wobbles” like a infant “which hasn’t fully developed the… Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows… Read More »

Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus

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Zika has hit Florida and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendations on pregnancy, sex and the risk of Zika virus. by MAGGIE FOX Zika’s steady spread across Latin America and Pacific island nations — and its inevitable arrival in parts of the continental U.S. — has many people worried. Here are… Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus… Read More »

10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression

I thought I could just “think positive” myself out of it, and when that didn’t work I tried to make myself as perfect as I could. Puja Uppal I was fooling myself. Publicly I wore a mask of the cheery girl I used to be, privately I was barely keeping m… Source: 10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression | Puja Uppal Read More »

Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests

Few animals have a worse reputation than the humble cockroach, but almost everything we think we know about them is an urban myth By Henry Nicholls Reputation: Yuck. Cockroaches are filthy, immortal scavengers that are unaffected by radiation. In a post-apocalyptic world, it will be these dirty little critters that survive. We would be better… Source: BBC – Earth – Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests Read More »

Is it possible to eradicate all diseases?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife want to tackle all diseases by the end of the century. Just how feasible is this aim? Pledging $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade, Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan said their ultimate goal was to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”. By any reckoning, it’s a… Source: Is it possible to eradicate all diseases? – BBC News Read More »

375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat

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John Abraham: 375 National Academy of Sciences members sign an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change John Abraham Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the… Source: 375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

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Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their… Source: Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

World Leaders to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

If you are not already concerned about the rise in antimicrobial resistance undermining the world’s precious antibiotics, this week’s discussion at the United Nations is a wake-up call. By Anna George The analysis at the General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on 21 September provides impetus to drive important global reforms around the use of antibiotics. Our public health experts have been developing and… Source: World Leaders to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance – AIIA Read More »

Child sex abuse doesn’t create paedophiles

A popular misconception is that most child sex offenders were once victims themselves. Xanthe Mallett  The theory is based on the erroneous assumption that they’ve become paedophiles – those preferentially sexually attracted to prepubescent children – because of their victimisation. This is a tidy explanation for a minority of offenders. But for… Source: Child sex abuse doesn’t create paedophiles Read More »

Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru

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Archaeological research has identified the use of cultivated cotton ( Gossypium barbadense ) in the ancient Andes dating back to at least 7800 years ago. Because of unusual circumstances of preservation, 6000-year-old cotton fabrics from the Preceramic site of Huaca Prieta on the north coast of Peru retained traces of a blue pigment that was analyzed and positively identified as an… Source: Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru | Science Advances Read More »

Knowing you’re being manipulated doesn’t stop it from happening

By Simon Oxenham Brain Scanner is Simon Oxenham’s monthly column that sifts the pseudoscience from the neuroscience Do subtle attempts to change your actions still work when you know they’re happening? It was thought that it’s easier to manipulate people who are kept in the dark, but it now seems we don’t mind being clearly “nudged” to behave in… Source: Knowing you’re being manipulated doesn’t stop it from happening | New Scientist Read More »

Are swarms of jellyfish taking over the ocean?

For years we have been told that jellyfish are growing in numbers and will swarm the oceans. But this may not be true. By Martha Henriques Are the jellyfish coming? For the last decade there have been regular reports of jellyfish invading beaches across the world. These “jellyfish blooms” have also caused serious problems for power stations. What’s more, many… Source: BBC – Earth – Are swarms of jellyfish taking over the ocean? Read More »

A day with Facebook’s trending topics: celebrity birthdays and Pokémon Go

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From a hurricane to Brock Turner’s release, a lot happened last week. Megan Carpentier But Facebook calculated that a celebrity losing some weight was more important Last week, I decided to spend an entire day getting my news solely from Facebook’s trending topics. Surely the wisdom, culture and intellectual curiosity of the… Source: A day with Facebook’s trending topics: celebrity birthdays and Pokémon Go | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean

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Shaul Chorev, Mary Landrieu, Ami Ayalon, Seth Cropsey, Charles D. Davidson, Douglas J. Feith, Arthur Herman, Ron Prosor, Gary Roughead & Eytan Sheshinski Authoritarian politics, energy and computer technology and war are rapidly transforming the Eastern Mediterranean.Political instability — triggered by the Arab Spring — has made the region extraordinarily violent. Syria is disintegrating; millions of refugees from the conflict have spread across the… Source: Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean – by Shaul Chorev Mary Landrieu Ami ... Read More »

Human trials on Earth are the key to how we will survive on Mars

Life on Earth has its challenges but what about life on Mars? Can humans ever survive on our neighbouring red planet, fourth from the sun? To help answer that, an international crew of six people spent a year living inside a solar-powered dome on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. The place is starkly red-brown, dramatically rocky, barren of plant life – a lot like Mars… Source: Human trials on Earth are the key to how we will survive ... Read More »