Science, Technology and Innovation

Can we replace politicians with robots?

If you had the opportunity to vote for a politician you totally trusted, who you were sure had no hidden agendas and who would truly represent the electorate’s views, you would, right? What if that politician was a robot? Not a human with a robotic personality but a real artificially intelligent robot. Futures like this have been… Source: Can we replace politicians with robots? Read More »

NASA’s Mission to Europa

A new generation of probes will look for signs of life in the liquid plumes that shoot out from Jupiter and Saturn’s moons. The oceans offered humanity’s first passage beyond the boundaries of the known world. Ships brought people to unfamiliar shores on voyages of discovery, often just because they… Source: NASA’s Mission to Europa – The Atlantic Read More »

GM debate lost in EU

BAYER board member Kemal Malik has painted a gloomy picture about the state of play in Europe for Genetically Modified cropping and the technology’s future. Mr Malik is responsible for innovation with a budget of 4 billion Euro per year (AU$5.9b) on Research and Development in the company’s… Source: GM debate lost in EU – Agriculture – General – News – Farm Weekly Read More »

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

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How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? BBC News Georgina Kenyon Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon. In 1979, a secret… The man who studies… Read More »

Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

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A neurologist explains the power of your microbiome to heal and protect your brain Your brain’s health is dictated by what goes on in your gut David Perlmutter, MD Experience Life That’s right: What’s taking place in your intestines affects not only your brain’s daily functions, but also determines your risk for a number of neurological conditions in the future. Your intestinal organisms, or microbiome, participate in a wide variety of bodily systems, including immunity, detoxification, inflammation, neurotransmitter and vitamin ... Read More »

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature. By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside in green, natural spaces than people did several generations ago. City dwellers also have a… Source: How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain ... Read More »

Why India Went to Mars

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On Wednesday, having travelled four hundred and ten million miles, India’s Mangalyaan probe settled into orbit around Mars. Samanth Subramanian  The New Yorker It will linger there for only six months—about a fifth of the time that it took to build the spacecraft and dispatch it to the Red Planet. The orbiter’s scientific agenda appears to be skimpy. It will send back images of a surface that was first photographed up close by the Mariner 4 spacecraft, in 1965, and it ... Read More »

Reborn

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We have always been told there is no recovery from persistent vegetative state – doctors can only make a sufferer’s last days as painless as possible. But is that really the truth? Steve Boggan The Guardian Across three continents, severely brain-damaged patients are awake and talking after taking … a sleeping pill. And no one is more baffled than the GP who made the breakthrough. Steve Boggan witnesses these ‘strange and… Reborn… Read More »