Science, Technology and Innovation

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 »

Research suggests wearing police uniform changes the way brain processes information

New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists at McMaster suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status. McMaster University Environmental News Network The study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, raises important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and about how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these… Research ... Read More »

Quinoa genome could see ‘super-food’ prices tumble

Scientists have successfully decoded the genome of quinoa, one of the world’s most nutritious but underutilised… Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent BBC The South American grain is a hugely popular “super-food” because it is well balanced and gluten… However, prices for quinoa have rocketed in recent years as demand exceeded… Quinoa genome could… Read More »

Massive ancient undersea landslide discovered off Great Barrier Reef

Scientists were amazed to find remains of 300,000-year-old sediment slip while conducting 3D mapping of deep sea floor… Australian Associated Press The Guardian Evidence of a massive undersea landslide that took place more than 300,000 years ago has been discovered off the Great Barrier Reef… Massive ancient undersea… Read More »