Science, Technology and Innovation

The controversial plan to tunnel beneath Stonehenge

Stonehenge

For engineers, boring a tunnel can be fairly straightforward. Jon Excell BBC News But when that tunnel goes beneath one of the world’s most heavily protected ancient sites, it becomes a lot more complicated. It’s one of… The controversial plan… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

The biggest energy challenges facing humanity

IN SPACE - APRIl 5: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (NO SALES) This handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows the Unired Kingdom, northern France and Belgium with the northern lights further to the north, in an image taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station on April 5, 2016. ESA astronaut Tim Peake is performing more than 30 scientific experiments and taking part in numerous others from ESA's international partners during his six-month mission, named Principia, after Isaac Newtons ground-breaking Naturalis Principia Mathematica, which describes the principal laws of motion and gravity.  (Photo by Tim Peake / ESA/NASA via Getty Images)

Getting power to people where and when it’s needed could rewrite the geopolitical rulebook Richard Gray BBC News Every day, our species chews its way through more than a million terajoules of energy. That’s roughly equivalent… The biggest energy… Read More »

The assisted suicide project – a never ending story

Opinion

In June last year the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament released its report in the matter of the ‘Inquiry into End of Life Choices’. Paul Russell On Line Opinion Recommendation 49 of that report called upon the Victorian Parliament to legislate assisted suicide for people, “suffering from a serious and incurable condition which is causing enduring and unbearable suffering” and that… The assisted suicide… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

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In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

No space is safe when even our TVs are spies

Tech - The Guardian

‘I’m in a Guildford hotel room, afraid, at 5.45pm. There’s a smart television mounted on the wall behind me’ Stewart Lee The Guardian I only got a “smart” television set 18 months ago, so I have already avoided years of covert surveillance by the CIA, the FBI, MI5, CI5 and NWA. No one is… No space is… Read More »

Drivers of change

Women - Asia Times

Asia Times chats to industry leaders, Katryna Mojica and Tan Le, on their perspectives on gender in the workplace, and what is needed to improve lives for all Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times For International Women’s Day this year, Asia Times interviewed two women leaders who have blazed trails in different fields – public relations and telecommunications. Katryna Mojica, Chief… Drivers of… Read More »

Gum disease link to Alzheimer’s, research suggests

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Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, early stage research has… Dominic Howell BBC The small study, published in PLOS ONE, looked at 59 people who were all deemed to have mild to moderate… It is thought the body’s response to gum inflammation may be hastening the… Gum disease link… Read More »

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

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Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

Google’s Eric Schmidt: ‘Big data is so powerful that nation-states will fight’ over it

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If big data really is the “new oil,” does that mean countries will fight over… Rob Price Business Insider  This is what Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, suggested in a speech at the company’s Google Cloud Next conference on… “I think that big data is so powerful that nation-states will fight over how… Google’s Eric Schmidt… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

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Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

What our backyards can tell us about the world

Backyards - The Conversation

Our backyards are home to many scuttling, slithering and scampering creatures, which are often the subject of fascination. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert The Conversation But they can also play a key role in tracking the changes in the world around us – for science. Science is a… What our backyards… Read More »

Europe’s Silicon Valley problem

Tech - AEI

Why doesn’t Europe have its own Silicon Valley? Dalibor Rohac AEI After all, the old world has plenty going for it: good universities, a large talent pool and lots of startups. Many important innovations… Europe’s Silicon Valley… Read More »

Is there a test children can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson says?

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During an exchange with journalist Barrie Cassidy on Insiders, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested there are tests available to see if children will have an adverse reaction to vaccinations. Kristine Macartney, Julie Leask and Nicholas Wood ABC It’s not clear what kind of test Hanson was referring to. (The Conversation contacted her office to ask, but didn’t hear back before deadline.) The Conversation asked… Is there a… Read More »

Big data’s power is terrifying. That could be good news for democracy

Data - The Guardian

Online information is already being used to manipulate us. George Monbiot The Guardian We must act now to own the new political technologies before they own us Has a digital… Big data’s power… Read More »

Volcanoes could erupt much more, thanks to climate change

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On the face of it, climate change and volcanic eruptions are completely unrelated. Vivien Cumming, Dan John and Adam Proctor BBC News But in fact our warming world could trigger extra volcanic eruptions   In the frozen… Volcanoes could erupt… Read More »