Science, Technology and Innovation

A guide to humanity’s greatest challenges

Over the next month, BBC Future Now will explore the biggest issues of our age – informed by a panel of 50 experts. Douglas Heaven BBC News What’s the biggest challenge facing the world today? In many ways… A guide to… Read More »

Time For A Balanced Approach To The “Climate Change” Hype

Democrats, the self-proclaimed “party for the middle class,” raise the middle-class cost of living by raising energy prices with their regulatory meddling. Ron Hart The Daily Caller Regulations cost consumers $1.8 trillion per year, which means higher bills for utilities, gas and transportation for the average person. Another example of… Time For A… Read More »

Game theory says publicly shaming cyberattackers could backfire

Know your enemy, the saying goes. Chelsea Whyte New Scientist But when it comes to cyberattacks, a game theory model suggests that just knowing the perpetrator and pointing the finger at them might not be the best tactic, and could even play into the hands of the attacker. Attributing cyberattacks to Game theory says… Read More »

How your brain makes articles go viral

Activity in the self-related, mentalizing, and positive valuation regions of the brain combine unconsciously in our thoughts to determine what we want to read and share, such that brain scans from a small group of people can predict large-scale virality University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert It is a question that has mystified countless people: Why does one article spread like wildfire through social media and another — seemingly similar — doesn’t? How does your… How your brain… Read More »

A Diabetes Drug Has Shut Down Cancer’s Primary Way of Making Energy

A WELCOMED SIDE EFFECT While the typical side effects noted along with medications include upset stomach, headache, and difficulty operating heavy machinery, one medication used to treat diabetes has shown a… Author: Dom Galeon Editor: Kristin Houser Futurism Researchers have observed that diabetic patients whose diabetes was being treated with the… A Diabetes Drug… Read More »

Women aren’t failing at science – science is failing women

Widely held views that talented females are less productive than men in almost all academic disciplines is false, a study shows Lorena Rivera Leon Asia Times Female research scientists are more productive than their male colleagues, though they are widely perceived as being less so. Women are also… Women aren’t failing… Read More »

Most wood energy schemes are a ‘disaster’ for climate change

Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming. Matt McGrath BBC News That’s according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal. Subsidies for biomass… Most wood energy… Read More »

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it’s raising intriguing questions about the future of the world’s largest religion. Chris Stokel-Walker BBC News When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had been… How smartphones and… Read More »

Flights of fancy or reality?

Few people think of commercial development beyond earth, or the two Poles, but China is exploring the potential in space with its lunar program Peter J. Brown Asia Times When one thinks of development few would even consider anything beyond earth, or the extremes of the North and South Poles. But just like… Flights of fancy… Read More »

The tech solutions to end global hunger

(CNN) – What do you do when you see or hear something strange and want to learn more? Meera Senthilingam CNN Perhaps no one around you knows, so you go online or turn to social media. Within minutes, you… The tech solutions… Read More »

Why algorithms won’t necessarily lead to utopian workplaces

Using computer algorithms to make decisions about employees might seem like an objective management strategy, but it could actually give an inaccurate picture of productivity and compromise employees’ rights in the process. Uri Gal The Conversation Many businesses are turning to algorithms to make decisions about hiring and firing employees, assessing their performance and enhancing their productivity. This practice, known… Why algorithms won’t… Read More »

Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world’s most dangerous pathogens

Maximum-security biolab is part of plan to build network of BSL-4 facilities across China. David Cyranoski Nature A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and… Inside the Chinese… Read More »

NASA Just Found A Solar System With 7 Earth-Like Planets

Astronomers just announced a breaking discovery that has a monumental impact on life beyond Earth: A planetary system with a number of Earth-sized planets that could host liquid water and… Futurism AN OCEAN OF WORLDS Today, scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA announced a… NASA Just Found… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »