Science, Technology and Innovation

Make car makers, not drivers, pay for the diesel crisis, experts say

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German and French governments have already required that manufacturers fix vehicles spewing high levels of toxic pollution but UK is ‘doing… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis should be solved by making motor companies recall and upgrade the dirty cars they sold, experts said on Wednesday. Make car makers… Read More »

Evidence of ancient ‘geological Brexit’ revealed

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The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier… Rebecca Morelle BBC They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient Britain to Europe was… The researchers believe a large lake overflowed 450,000 years ago, damaging the land link, then a later flood fully opened the… Evidence of ancient… Read More »

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

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One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines did before it. Matt Weinberger  Business Insider Make no mistake: We’re still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we’re all cyborgs by 2027, I’ll happily eat my words. Assuming we’re still eating at all, I… Yet, piece by piece, the… The smartphone is… Read More »

Is the American Dream killing us?

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It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but the recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (wife and husband, both of Princeton University) comes close. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post You may recall that a few years ago, Case and Deaton reported the startling finding that the death rates of non-Hispanic middle-aged whites had gotten worse — they were dying younger. The results were… Is the American… Read More »

Jeb Bush warns robots taking US jobs is not science fiction

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Sunday that people “should be marching in the streets” to demand changes to “antiquated” education systems that… DANIEL CHAITIN Washington Examiner “The looming challenge of automation and artificial intelligence and the rapid advancement of technology brings great benefits but also creates huge challenges,” Bush… The threat of a… Jeb Bush warns… Read More »

50 grand challenges of the 21st Century

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We asked experts from the world of science and technology to describe the societal challenges that they think matter in 2017 and… Bryan Lufkin BBC Read the full list of responses… Over the past month, Future Now has been covering the “grand challenges” we face as a society in a series of articles, videos and… We polled a… 50 grand challenges… Read More »

April Fool’s Day: Why are some people more gullible than others?

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Homo sapiens is probably an intrinsically gullible species. Joseph Paul Forgas ABC We owe our evolutionary success to culture, our unique ability to receive, trust and act on stories we get from others, and so accumulate a shared view about the world. In a way… April Fool’s Day… Read More »

Trump, Trumpism, and the Conservatives’ challenge

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If President Donald Trump really wants to bring the House Freedom Caucus to heel, he will probably have to escalate his attacks on them. Ramesh Ponnuru AEI Tweets about the group of 30 or so of the most conservative Republicans in the House won’t do it. He will have… Trump, Trumpism, and… Read More »

World Agrees To Just Take Down Internet For A While Until They Can Find A Good Use For It

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NEW YORK—Saying the global computer network will cease to be available to users as of midnight tonight, the people of the world announced plans Wednesday to shut down the entire internet… Godaddy The Onion According to the earth’s 7.5 billion inhabitants, the internet—a technology that allows every human on the face of the planet to communicate and share data with every other human—seemed like an… World Agrees To… Read More »

Enter the Matrix: ‘Humans are transforming into a new technological species’

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Humans and computers are going through a transformative time, but there are still many more questions than answers. Nick Bostrom, Oxford Martin Programme Founder, and Gray Scott… RT Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is backing a new idea that seeks to explore the possibility of connecting the human brain with artificial intelligence (AI). Not everybody agree… Enter the Matrix… Read More »

Brexit brings nuclear (con)fusion

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The world’s biggest active nuclear fusion project could lose EU funding just as it gears up for its grand finale. Sara Stefanini Politico CULHAM, England — Just as European scientists here gear up to put decades of experiments to the test and try to bottle up the nuclear reaction that powers every star in the universe, Brexit is… Brexit brings nuclear… Read More »

Brexit, no sector left unscathed

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain's formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

How Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will affect every policy area from fisheries to transport. Politico Brexit threatens to wreak havoc in many of Europe’s biggest sectors, throwing doubt on everything from fish supplies to greenhouse gas-cutting measures to student exchange programs. While British Prime… Brexit, no sector… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

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For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

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Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. Martin Hall The Conversation This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa. The Internet of… How to ... Read More »

Why you should mostly trust what science tells you

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Scientists often change their minds or make mistakes, so why is it a good idea to believe what they say? Adam Becker BBC News Science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker explains how science really works to BBC Earth’s Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at Pomona Pictures. Join over six… Why you should… Read More »

Larry Summers: The robots are coming, whether Trump’s Treasury secretary admits it or not

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As I learned (sometimes painfully) during my time at the Treasury Department, words spoken by Treasury secretaries can over time have enormous consequences, and… Lawrence H. Summers The Washington Post In this regard, I am very surprised by two comments made by Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his… In reference to a question about artificial intelligence… Larry Summers: The… Read More »