Science, Technology and Innovation

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 »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

Hello, again, Dolly

Twenty years ago the world met the first adult clone, a sheep called Dolly. Her legacy lives on.. The Economist IN THE summer of 1996 Karen Mycock, a cell biologist, was attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands. Returning to her hotel to change her hat, she found a fax pushed under her door.. It said: “She’s been born and… Hello, again, Dolly… Read More »

It’s more than just climate change

A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models… Lee Tune Phys.org The most important inadequately-modeled variables are inequality, consumption, and population… It’s more than… Read More »

Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations leveled at the social network in the wake of the bitter U.S. election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg It shows that Facebook — launched, in Zuckerberg’s own words five years ago, to “extend people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships” — is turning into something of an extraterritorial state run by a small, unelected… Facebook Plans to… Read More »

The sheep that changed the world

How the science of cloning has progressed since Dolly the sheep was unveiled 20 years ago The Economist TWENTY years ago Dolly the sheep, the first animal clone, was revealed to the world. She caused a… The sheep that… Read More »

Meet Zealandia, the underwater continent that New Zealand sits on

Scientists have for the first time clearly defined Zealandia, a continent that sits to the east of… Marcus Strom The Sydney Morning Herald And before you start thinking about a trek around the continent, you’ll need to realise that 94 per cent of it is below the Pacific… The bits that aren’t waterlogged are commonly referred to as New Zealand and New… Meet Zealandia, the… Read More »

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

A statuette which Greek archaeologists are calling a “7,000-year-old enigma” has gone on show in the National Archaeological Museum in… BBC The bird-like object was carved from granite – without the benefit of metal tools, as it dates from the Final Neolithic… The 36cm (14in) statuette has a pointed nose, round belly and… Greece displays ‘7,000… Read More »

Fear of missing out means I can’t ditch the thumbs up

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of self-admiration. Clodagh Finn Irish Examiner The problem with Facebook’s pervasive ’thumbs up’ is not that it puffs up egos, but that it completely punctures them, writes Clodagh Finn COULD it be that… Fear of missing… Read More »

Fueling the Gold Rush: The Greatest Public Datasets for AI

It has never been easier to build AI or machine learning-based systems than it is today. Luke de Oliveira Medium The ubiquity of cutting edge open-source tools such as TensorFlow, Torch, and Spark, coupled with the availability of massive amounts of computation power through AWS, Google Cloud, or other cloud providers, means… Fueling the Gold… Read More »

The Chinese companies’ rise

The IDC released a report on China’s 2016 smartphone market on Monday, where the most surprising result sees Apple losing market share for 4 percentage points on 2015, ending the 2016 with a… ALBERTO SPERINDIO, Xi’an Jiaotong University Asia Times The real market giants have been Oppo and Vivo, two sister companies based in Guangzhou, even… The Chinese companies… Read More »