Science, Technology and Innovation

Russian subversion of Western democracies is old news

Russian hacking - AEI

The media hullabaloo notwithstanding, the alleged “revelations” about the Russian hacking of the US presidential election have revealed precious little that is substantively new. Leon Aron AEI Which is precisely why we should be concerned. The hacking of the DNC was… Russian subversion of… Read More »

Climate change: Fresh doubt over global warming ‘pause’

Climate - BBC

A controversial study that found there has been no slowdown in global warming has been supported by new research. Matt McGrath BBC News Many researchers had accepted that the rate of global warming had slowed in the first 15 years of this century. But new analysis in the… Climate change: Fresh… Read More »

From Hands to Heads to Hearts

IBM - NYT

Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying… From Hands to Heads to… Read More »

How can the US regain its mojo on R&D?

Innovation - Asia Times

In the first of a three-part series looking at innovation in the US economy on the cusp of a new era, Orla O’Sullivan asks whether the government ought to do more Orla O’Sullivan Asia Times While the US has never spent more on research and development, the government’s share has never been less. That’s a risky… How can the US… Read More »

Donald Trump makes top Republican fear environmental future

Environment - BBC

A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. BBC News Roger Harrabin Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. And she warned that… Donald Trump makes… Read More »

There are over 100 definitions for “life” and we are all wrong

Life - BBC

It is surprisingly difficult to pin down the difference between living and non-living things Josh Gabbatiss BBC News Most of us probably do not need to think too hard to distinguish living things from the “non-living”. A human is… There are over… Read More »

Humanity may self-destruct, but the universe can cope perfectly without us

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Chances are that the cosmos neither treasures nor regrets humans. Lionel Shriver The Guardian It permits us, with marvellous neutrality, and could do without our interference. In a Scandinavian hotel a… Humanity may self… Read More »

China going cashless thanks to fintech boom

China - Asia Times

The surge of fintech services is a growing headache for traditional banks which have been left far behind Asia Times Johan Nylander Standing in line at a Starbucks in downtown Shenzhen, I suddenly realize that no one in front of me is paying with cash. They aren’t paying… China going cashless… Read More »

We’re living through the first world cyberwar – but just haven’t called it that

Tech - The Guardian

Nation states have been attacking each other electronically for a decade or more. Historians will eventually give it a name and a start and end date The Guardian Martin Belam The job of the historian is often to pull together broad themes and trends, then give them a snappy title that people will easily recognise and understand. That’s how we end… We’re living through… Read More »

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

Hip - bbc

Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. BBC Smitha Mundasad And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at even greater risk. They studied 300 specimens from… Hip pain may be ‘hangover from… Read More »

The iPhone at 10: How the smartphone became so smart

iPhone - BBC

On 9 January 2007, one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet announced something new – a product that was to become the most profitable in history. BBC News Tim Harford It was, of course, the iPhone. There are many ways in which the iPhone has defined the modern economy. There is the sheer… The iPhone at 10: How… Read More »

Kenyan creativity broadens employment horizons for disabled people

Kenya - The Guardian

A digital tool that helps disabled people find jobs and a convertible electric wheelchair that solves access issues could foster greater diversity in the Kenyan workplace The Guardian Kate Hodal Finding a job has never been an easy task for Frederick Ouko. Despite university degrees… Kenyan creativity broadens… Read More »

Arctic heatwave could break records

Arctic - BBC

Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave. BBC Victoria Gill Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change. Temperatures throughout November… Arctic heatwave could… Read More »

The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

Childbirth - BBC

There is a long-standing idea that it is because we walk upright, but new research suggests that might not be the whole story BBC News Colin Barras Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates… The real reasons why childbirth is so… Read More »

Losing sleep over discrimination? ‘Everyday discrimination’ may contribute to sleep problems

Eurek Alert

December 22, 2016 – People who perceive more discrimination in daily life have higher rates of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. Eurek Alert Wolters Kluwer The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Discrimination is an important… Losing sleep over… Read More »

Winter solstice: Why do people go to Stonehenge on the shortest day of the year?

Stonehenge - Express

THE Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the start of astronomical winter, but why do people go to Stonehenge to celebrate? Express Reiss Smith When is the winter solstice 2016? This year’s solstice falls… Winter solstice: Why do people go… Read More »