Science, Technology and Innovation

Kenyan creativity broadens employment horizons for disabled people

Kenya - The Guardian

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

Arctic - BBC

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

Childbirth - BBC

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

Eurek Alert

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?

Stonehenge - Express

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

Africans - Daily Nation

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

N Korea - Asia Times

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

Optimism - The Guardian

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

thesaturdaypaper

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 »

Robots lending a helping hand on Australia’s farms

Robots - Al Jazeera

Are robots the cost-saving innovation that will help Australia’s farmers stay in business? Al Jazeera News Smriti Daniel For a change, Kevin Sanders has decided to let someone, or more accurately, something else count the apples in his orchard. This isn’t the first time his idyllic… Robots lending a helping hand on… Read More »

SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find place on earth where GRAVITY hardly exists

Gravity - Express

THE mystery surrounding a strange place on earth where gravity barely exists has finally been solved by a crack team of scientists. Express Patrick Christys For more than 40 years experts were baffled by an “anti-gravity zone” surrounding the Hudson Bay are in Canada, with some conspiracy theorists even claiming the spot might be a portal into another dimension. Scientists conducting a global gravity… SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find… Read More »

DR Congo blocks social networks as Joseph Kabila’s term expires

Social Media - Daily Nation

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered that social networks including Facebook and WhatsApp be blocked soon before President Joseph Kabila’s mandate expires, three internet providers said Thursday. Daily Nation Congo’s telecoms regulator issued an order, seen by AFP, demanding that providers cut access to social media services from 11:59 pm (2259 GMT) on Sunday. Political tensions are running high in the… DR Congo blocks social networks as… Read More »

Blocking access to illegal file-share websites won’t stop illegal downloading

Internet - The Conversation

The Australian Federal Court ruled today that TPG, Optus, Telstra and other internet service providers (ISPs) must take “reasonable steps” to stop customers accessing file-sharing websites The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, TorrentHound and Torrentz. The Conversation Paula Dootson, Kylie Pappalardo and Nicolas Suzor In total, Australian ISPs must block access to 61 domains registered to these four websites, or to the IP addresses specifically listed in the orders. The court also ordered that addresses… Blocking access to illegal file-share… Read More »

Yahoo says information from over 1 billion users has been stolen

Yahoo - abc

Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider. ABC The California company was also home to what is now most likely the second largest hack in history, one that exposed 500 million Yahoo accounts. The company disclosed that… Yahoo says information from over… Read More »