Science, Technology and Innovation

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

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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.

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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

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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 »

Meet Zealandia, the underwater continent that New Zealand sits on

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Scientists have for the first time clearly defined Zealandia, a continent that sits to the east of… Marcus Strom The Sydney Morning Herald And before you start thinking about a trek around the continent, you’ll need to realise that 94 per cent of it is below the Pacific… The bits that aren’t waterlogged are commonly referred to as New Zealand and New… Meet Zealandia, the… Read More »

In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant

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A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future George Monbiot The Guardian In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are… In an age… Read More »

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

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A statuette which Greek archaeologists are calling a “7,000-year-old enigma” has gone on show in the National Archaeological Museum in… BBC The bird-like object was carved from granite – without the benefit of metal tools, as it dates from the Final Neolithic… The 36cm (14in) statuette has a pointed nose, round belly and… Greece displays ‘7,000… Read More »

Fear of missing out means I can’t ditch the thumbs up

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There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of self-admiration. Clodagh Finn Irish Examiner The problem with Facebook’s pervasive ’thumbs up’ is not that it puffs up egos, but that it completely punctures them, writes Clodagh Finn COULD it be that… Fear of missing… Read More »

Fueling the Gold Rush: The Greatest Public Datasets for AI

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It has never been easier to build AI or machine learning-based systems than it is today. Luke de Oliveira Medium The ubiquity of cutting edge open-source tools such as TensorFlow, Torch, and Spark, coupled with the availability of massive amounts of computation power through AWS, Google Cloud, or other cloud providers, means… Fueling the Gold… Read More »

The Chinese companies’ rise

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The IDC released a report on China’s 2016 smartphone market on Monday, where the most surprising result sees Apple losing market share for 4 percentage points on 2015, ending the 2016 with a… ALBERTO SPERINDIO, Xi’an Jiaotong University Asia Times The real market giants have been Oppo and Vivo, two sister companies based in Guangzhou, even… The Chinese companies… Read More »

The Donald Trump Effect Is Reviving The Media He Claims To Target

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We live in an era of controversy, sensationalism, and ‘fake news.’ It could encourage more Americans to pay for high-quality journalism. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist People have been saying that journalism is dying—or dead—for a while now. Since the Internet… The Donald Trump… Read More »

Congress Investigates Federal Climate Study After Whistleblower Exposes Fake Science

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The scientific community and media outlets that claimed Trump will silence scientists are now attacking one of their own for speaking up. Julie Kelly The Federalist Congress is ramping up its investigation into a key climate study, now under further scrutiny after a federal whistleblower raised more questions about it this week. The scandal some… Congress Investigates Federal… Read More »

Research suggests wearing police uniform changes the way brain processes information

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New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists at McMaster suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status. McMaster University Environmental News Network The study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, raises important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and about how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these… Research ... Read More »

Quinoa genome could see ‘super-food’ prices tumble

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Scientists have successfully decoded the genome of quinoa, one of the world’s most nutritious but underutilised… Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent BBC The South American grain is a hugely popular “super-food” because it is well balanced and gluten… However, prices for quinoa have rocketed in recent years as demand exceeded… Quinoa genome could… Read More »