Science, Technology and Innovation

Everybody Is Talking About Blockchain, And Here Is Why You Should Care

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New technologies with all kinds of interesting names are popping up every day, but few of them are as hyped as the word “blockchain.” Sami Rusani HuffPost This technology has the capability to reinvent the Internet and technology as we know it. From startups disrupting trillion dollar industries, to massive crowd funding campaigns raising over 100 million dollars in a few hours, to solving social inequality – blockchain is on fire! To understand why it’s becoming such an important part ... Read More »

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

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More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. JEAN M. TWENGE The Atlantic One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with ... Read More »

More than Myth: Ancient DNA Reveals Roots of 1st Greek Civilizations

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The Minoans and Mycenaeans were the first advanced, literate civilizations to appear in Europe. They left archaeologists with a wealth of material to pore over: palaces, golden jewelry, wall paintings, writing (some of it still undeciphered) and, of course, burials, in what is today Greece. Megan Gannon LiveScience Now, new research on Bronze Age skeletons could shed light on the origins of the Minoan and Mycenaean people. The study of ancient DNA suggests that there is genetic continuity between the ... Read More »

Ancient DNA reveals origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans

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The mysterious Minoans descended primarily from local Stone Age farmers, as did their cultural successors, the Mycenaeans — and their descendants still inhabit Greece today. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN HISTORY EurekAlert! The Minoan Civilization and its counterpart on the Greek Mainland, the Mycenaean Civilization, were Europe’s first literate societies and the cultural ancestors of later Classical Greece. However, the question of the origins of the Minoans and their relationship to the Mycenaeans has long puzzled researchers. ... Read More »

WA doctors warns falling morale could impact patient care

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Western Australia’s doctors are chafing at poor management and a workplace culture that discourages speaking out, according to the state’s medical lobby. David Allan-Petale WAtoday In the wake of a damning independent review of staff morale at Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital, AMA WA is sending out surveys to its membership in the state to create a bigger picture look of morale in the state’s health system. Since the survey’s publication in June, AMA WA state president Omar Khorshid said the ... Read More »

Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution

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Humans should embrace the change smart machines offer society, says former chess world champion Garry Kasparov. BBC In a speech at Def Con in Las Vegas he said the rise of artificially intelligent machines would not be a huge threat to humanity. However, he said, there was likely to be huge social change as the “shaky hands” of humans were replaced. Mr Kasparov welcomed the change and said it would be good if the effects could be accelerated. Creative destruction ... Read More »

Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness

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The study, led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School, suggests that using money to buy free time– such as paying to delegate household chores like cleaning and… University of British Columbia EurekAlert! “People who hire a housecleaner or pay the kid next door to mow the lawn might feel like they’re being lazy,” said study lead author Ashley Whillans, assistant professor at Harvard Business School who carried out the… “But our results suggest that ... Read More »

Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

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Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. BBC The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier than previously thought. It was made after sophisticated artefacts were excavated from a rock shelter in the Northern Territory. Researchers unearthed what they say are the… Australia human history… Read More »

Tasoula Hadjitofi – from refugee to icon hunter

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A refugee’s quest to reclaim her nation’s stolen heritage Tasoula Hadjitofi will discuss her experiences of war and injustice; her ongoing campaign to preserve cultural heritage worldwide and her tireless work to combat art trafficking. In 1974 Tasoula Hadjitofi and her family were forced to flee their home in Famagusta, Cyprus during the Turkish invasion. As a refugee living in the Netherlands, Tasoula devoted her life to infiltrating and exposing the shady underworld of art traffickers. It all began when ... Read More »

Screening those at risk of psychosis may help prevent violence, reduce stigma

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Study shows that violent ideation before first psychotic episode highly correlates with violent acts Columbia University Medical Center EurekAlert! A new study of young persons at clinical high-risk of developing psychosis has identified measures of violence potential that may be useful in predicting both the increased risk of future violent behavior and… The article, A Longitudinal Study of Violent Behavior in a Psychosis-Risk Cohort, by Gary Brucato, PhD, Ragy Girgis, MD and colleagues at… Screening those at… Read More »

Major German Universities Cancel Elsevier Contracts

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These institutions join around 60 others that hope to put increasing pressure on the publishing giant in ongoing negotiations for a new nationwide licensing… Diana Kwon The Scientist In Germany, the fight for open access and favorable pricing for journals is getting heated. At the end of last month (June 30), four major academic institutions in Berlin announced that they would not renew their subscriptions with the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier once they end this… Then on July 7, nine ... Read More »

What is net neutrality and why should I care?

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It may not stop traffic – of either the vehicular or digital kind – but there is a huge protest taking place in the United States today and, unusually, this one is being staged by many of the… Keith Breene World Economic Forum Many of the major names on the internet including Google, Facebook and Amazon will hold virtual hands with hundreds of other sites that peddle everything from post-it notes to porn to… The mass action is expected to ... Read More »

Viewpoints: should euthanasia be available for people with existential suffering?

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Euthanasia debates often focus on people experiencing unbearable physiological or psychological… Xavier Symons Udo Schüklenk The Conversation But research suggests “loss of autonomy” is the primary reason for requesting euthanasia, even among patients with terminal… There have also been suggestions existential suffering could be one of the main motivations behind such… Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a… Viewpoints: should euthanasia… Read More »

Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays

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Scientists have cracked the secret to Roman water-based structures’ strength – and findings could help today’s… Nicola Davis The Guardian Their structures are still standing more than 1,500 years after the last centurion snuffed it: now the Romans’ secret of durable marine concrete has finally been… The Roman recipe – a mix of volcanic ash, lime (calcium oxide), seawater and lumps of volcanic rock – held together piers, breakwaters and… Moreover, in contrast to modern materials, the…. Why Roman concrete… Read More »

Scientists Say Octopus DNA Does NOT Belong To Our World!

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Scientists have concluded that octopuses have alien DNA after the latest research carried… NewWorldWow These animals’ genome is way more complicated than any other genomes that have been seen until now, with 33,000 protein-coding… The oceans of the world still have lots of unsolved mysteries and we are now looking up at the sky to answer the questions on our minds, maybe in… Scientists Say Octopus… Read More »

Who is responsible if a brain-controlled robot drops a baby?

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Neuroethics: Neurotech experts call for new measures to ensure brain-controlled devices are beneficial and safe Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering EurekAlert! Wyss Center, Geneva, Switzerland – As brain-controlled robots enter everyday life, an article published in Science states that now is the time to take action and put in place guidelines that ensure the safe and… Accountability, responsibility, privacy and security are all key when considering ethical dimensions of this emerging… Who is responsible… Read More »