Science, Technology and Innovation

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

What our backyards can tell us about the world

Our backyards are home to many scuttling, slithering and scampering creatures, which are often the subject of fascination. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert The Conversation But they can also play a key role in tracking the changes in the world around us – for science. Science is a… What our backyards… Read More »

Europe’s Silicon Valley problem

Why doesn’t Europe have its own Silicon Valley? Dalibor Rohac AEI After all, the old world has plenty going for it: good universities, a large talent pool and lots of startups. Many important innovations… Europe’s Silicon Valley… Read More »

Is there a test children can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson says?

During an exchange with journalist Barrie Cassidy on Insiders, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested there are tests available to see if children will have an adverse reaction to vaccinations. Kristine Macartney, Julie Leask and Nicholas Wood ABC It’s not clear what kind of test Hanson was referring to. (The Conversation contacted her office to ask, but didn’t hear back before deadline.) The Conversation asked… Is there a… Read More »

Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the… David Shukman BBC A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the… Four major citie… Is there a… Read More »

Google si Directing the French Election Campaign

Since February 28, 2017, Google News Lab and the European Journalism Center (EJC) have coordinated French and foreign companies for the duration of the French presidential election campaign. Voltaire Both organizations rely on the experience of ProPublica, which directed the media against Donald Trump during the US election campaign. They not only… Google si Directing… Read More »

Federal Ban Is Barring Access To Medical Marijuana For Veterans

Medical marijuana laws are expanding in states across the U.S., but veterans are still struggling to access programs due to the continued… Steve Birr The Daily Caller A growing chorus of veteran groups are petitioning the government to ease restrictions on federal marijuana… The continued classification of marijuana as a… Federal Ban Is… Read More »

Doctors vs. Industry 4.0: who will win?

Change happens all the time, but we tend to realize its full scale only once it concerns our personal lives. Alexander Brezina European Sting In the so called “4th Industrial Revolution”, meaning the ever increasing automatization of complex processes. Hence ,a lot of people might lose their jobs, be it taxi drivers to self-driving cars or waiters to sophisticated robots. As medical students… Doctors vs. Industry… Read More »

Why discovering new Earth-like planets matters

Seven years ago, no one – even an astronomer – could tell you whether any planets that might be like Earth existed. Lucianne Walkowicz Al Jazeera News From across the Galaxy, just shy of 40 light years away, seven long shadows sweep across our planet. These shadows belong… Why discovering new… Read More »

Life may actually be getting better at evolving

The networks of genes in each animal is a bit like the network of neurons in our brains, which suggests they might be “learning” as they go Chris Baraniuk BBC News In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was… Life may actually… Read More »