Science, Technology and Innovation

The Earth Is Flat? Check Wikipedia

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Fake news has been, well, in the news a lot lately. Anya Kamenetez npr It seems no claim is too absurd to be aired. For example, NBA… The Earth Is… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

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The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

How Aristotle Created the Computer

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The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world. Chris Dixon The Atlantic The history of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II. In fact, it… How Aristotle Created… Read More »

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

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The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Rania Fakhoury The Conversation Privacy is no longer a social norm, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, as social media took a leap to bring more private information into the public domain. But what does… Can social media… Read More »

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

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As Jewish and Sassanid troops marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christian residents of village on main pilgrimage route hid their valuables; now, nine copper coins hidden in a niche have been… ILAN BEN ZION The Times of Israel As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the… Hoard of coins… Read More »

Harvard Scientists Say Aliens May Be Using Giant Radio Beams To Travel The Cosmos

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Thousands of civilizations could be flying on interstellar sails. Lee Speigel The Huffington Post Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the… FRBs are extremely bright flashes of radio waves that last for only a thousandth of a… Harvard Scientists Say… Read More »

A Clinical Trial Just ‘Reversed’ Type 2 Diabetes in 40% of Participants

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Type 2 diabetes, a disease wherein the body is incapable of producing sufficient levels of insulin or doesn’t respond to insulin correctly, can be a lifelong… Written by: Author: June Javelosa Editor: Christianna Reedy  Futurism   It leads to the build up of blood sugars and in the cell’s inability to receive the energy it needs to function… It’s also more likely to afflict people over the age of 40, those who… A Clinical Trial… Read More »

Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science

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Many bibliometricians and university administrators remain wary of Google Scholar citation data, preferring “the gold standard” of Web of Science… LSE Anne-Wil Harzing, who developed the Publish or Perish software that uses Google Scholar data, here sets out to challenge some of the misconceptions about this data source and explain why it offers a serious alternative to Web of… In addition to its flaws having been… Google Scholar is… Read More »

How To Be A ‘Woke’ White Person: Join The Alt-Right

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Why is it that the rules for being a good anti-racist white person are so eerily similar to the behavior of the racist ‘alt-right’? Robert Tracinski The Federalist An image has been circulating around the Internet listing “10 Ways You Can Actively Reject Your White Privilege.” Take a read… How To Be… Read More »

Financial technology making app-based banks the future

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The world is changing rapidly. Nigel Green Asia Times This is primarily because of new technologies becoming ever more integrated into our lives. Perhaps this is… Financial technology making… Read More »

Why won’t YouTube and Google consider moderators to tackle online hate?

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There’s no easy fix of course, but it would help if internet companies faced up to their responsibilities as publishers, and tried the human approach Keith Kahn-Harris The Guardian In preparation for an article I am writing, I spent much of the other day researching neo-Nazi music. I explored the… Why won’t YouTube… Read More »

The controversial plan to tunnel beneath Stonehenge

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For engineers, boring a tunnel can be fairly straightforward. Jon Excell BBC News But when that tunnel goes beneath one of the world’s most heavily protected ancient sites, it becomes a lot more complicated. It’s one of… The controversial plan… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

The biggest energy challenges facing humanity

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Getting power to people where and when it’s needed could rewrite the geopolitical rulebook Richard Gray BBC News Every day, our species chews its way through more than a million terajoules of energy. That’s roughly equivalent… The biggest energy… Read More »

The assisted suicide project – a never ending story

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In June last year the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament released its report in the matter of the ‘Inquiry into End of Life Choices’. Paul Russell On Line Opinion Recommendation 49 of that report called upon the Victorian Parliament to legislate assisted suicide for people, “suffering from a serious and incurable condition which is causing enduring and unbearable suffering” and that… The assisted suicide… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

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In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »