Science, Technology and Innovation

She’s two years old, works in restaurant – inexperience shows

Jie Jie’s flashing eyes and can-do attitude belie the fact that she’s quite possibly the worst waitress in the world Johan Nylander Asia Times Her name is Jie Jie, she is two years old and works in a suburb of the city of Guangzhou in southern China. She’s mostly dressed in… She’s two years old, works in… Read More »

Beyond borders

The Asian giant’s area of national interest is no longer confined to its continental region – a fact that has serious geopolitical implications, Roger Bradbury writes Roger Bradbury Asia Times Paul Keating’s analysis of China’s geopolitical strategy, offered in his 24 December interview with veteran political journalist Paul Kelly, was at once fascinating and provocative. But it was built on… Beyond borders… Read More »

Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

When Ali Andrew Li was born on Jan. 7, he was gently placed on his mother’s chest, where doctors cleaned and examined him and covered him with a warm blanket. npr “I just loved it,” his mother, Salma Shabaik, a family physician who lives in Los Angeles, says. “It was really nice to… Kangaroo Care Helps… Read More »

Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant Otter Species In China

Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China’s Yunnan province. Merrit Kennedy npr That’s according to new research from a team of scientists who discovered a well-preserved cranium of the newly-discovered species in an open lignite mine in 2010. They recently published their… Scientists Discover Prehistoric… Read More »

Innovation is critical for the next generation of farming

Agriculture must produce enough to feed a growing world population while minimizing its ecological footprint. Bernd Naaf Politico Several times a year, when I am able to spend time in the fields with them, I simply marvel at the abilities of modern farmers to provide the food we all need to live. On a per capita… Innovation is critical… Read More »

Major health and environment impacts as unwanted gadgets pile up

As incomes rise and technology rapidly become obsolete, the amount of hazardous e-waste in Southeast Asia is soaring Logan Connor Southeast Asia Globe Magazine Discarded electronic devices are piling up across Southeast Asia, and risky methods of disposal are causing major environmental and health concerns, a UN report has revealed. The amount of e-waste in… Major health and environment… Read More »

Yahoo hack: How did hackers compromise senior politicians’ private email accounts?

Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a clandestine dataset. Benjamin Sveen ABC Extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials in the departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, AusTrade, Immigration, the Federal Police and many other sensitive… Yahoo hack: How did hackers… Read More »

These Are the Biggest Global Risks for 2017

If you go outdoors you could get hit by lethal hurricanes, floods, tremors and terrorists. Alex Morales Bloomberg Stay inside huddled over your computer and you could lose your data and your identity. And, in the minds of some… These Are the Biggest… Read More »

How to treat an opioid epidemic

The grim faces of the nation’s opioid epidemic—an overdosing parent slumped in the front seat of a car, mouth agape, with a neglected child in the rear seat—have become too familiar in recent years. Sally Satel AEI More babies are now being born with narcotics in their systems, foster care is strained, and growing numbers of grandparents are raising the children of their own addicted children. With an estimated 2.6 million… How to treat an opioid… Read More »

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

Europe kills the cookie monster

Commission’s proposed e-Privacy Regulation would restrict how companies listen in on calls and messages. Laurens Cerulus Politico Ever clicked “Yes” to an online pop-up banner that read, “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” — even though you didn’t and had no idea what would happen to your personal data? This regulation is for… Europe kills the cookie… Read More »

New candidate for ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core. Rebecca Morelle BBC News They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel. Now by recreating the… New candidate for ‘missing… Read More »