Science, Technology and Innovation

Troubled times make it hard to be an optimist. But I don’t plan to stop

Optimists like me read the news and know all the dire things happening in the world. But we also get up each day determined not to accept a bad fate The Guardian Mary Elizabeth Williams Here’s what nobody ever tells you about being an optimist: it’s not as much fun as it looks. Especially lately. I do not come from a… Troubled times make it… Read More »

The new untruth of political campaigns

As a leading polling company is revealed to be behind an activist website ostensibly linked to Medicare, bipartisan support emerges for rules on disclosure. The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton Recently, an employee in the Department of Defence received a text message on what was a private, work-related mobile number. The message was political… The new untruth of… Read More »

If we made contact with alien, how would religion react?

The discovery of life on another planet might seem incompatible with faith in a deity. BBC News Brandon Ambrosino Yet many theologians are already open to the existence of extraterrestrials, argues the writer Brandon Ambrosino. In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the… If we made contact with… Read More »

Robots lending a helping hand on Australia’s farms

Are robots the cost-saving innovation that will help Australia’s farmers stay in business? Al Jazeera News Smriti Daniel For a change, Kevin Sanders has decided to let someone, or more accurately, something else count the apples in his orchard. This isn’t the first time his idyllic… Robots lending a helping hand on… Read More »

SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find place on earth where GRAVITY hardly exists

THE mystery surrounding a strange place on earth where gravity barely exists has finally been solved by a crack team of scientists. Express Patrick Christys For more than 40 years experts were baffled by an “anti-gravity zone” surrounding the Hudson Bay are in Canada, with some conspiracy theorists even claiming the spot might be a portal into another dimension. Scientists conducting a global gravity… SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find… Read More »

DR Congo blocks social networks as Joseph Kabila’s term expires

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered that social networks including Facebook and WhatsApp be blocked soon before President Joseph Kabila’s mandate expires, three internet providers said Thursday. Daily Nation Congo’s telecoms regulator issued an order, seen by AFP, demanding that providers cut access to social media services from 11:59 pm (2259 GMT) on Sunday. Political tensions are running high in the… DR Congo blocks social networks as… Read More »

Blocking access to illegal file-share websites won’t stop illegal downloading

The Australian Federal Court ruled today that TPG, Optus, Telstra and other internet service providers (ISPs) must take “reasonable steps” to stop customers accessing file-sharing websites The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, TorrentHound and Torrentz. The Conversation Paula Dootson, Kylie Pappalardo and Nicolas Suzor In total, Australian ISPs must block access to 61 domains registered to these four websites, or to the IP addresses specifically listed in the orders. The court also ordered that addresses… Blocking access to illegal file-share… Read More »

Yahoo says information from over 1 billion users has been stolen

Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider. ABC The California company was also home to what is now most likely the second largest hack in history, one that exposed 500 million Yahoo accounts. The company disclosed that… Yahoo says information from over… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

Sign-ups for 2017 Affordable Care Act health plans run slightly ahead of last year

The number of Americans signing up for 2017 health plans through HealthCare.gov is running slightly ahead of a year ago, even as President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress prepare to dismantle the law that provides the coverage. The Washington Post Amy Goldstein Customers new to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces account for just 25 percent of the enrollment so far, however, compared with almost 40 percent at about the same time last year, according to figures released… Sign-ups for ... Read More »

Drug gives lung cancer patients four extra months

Most lung cancer patients survived four months longer on an immunotherapy drug than those treated with chemotherapy, according to trial results published Monday. Daily Nation Importantly, they also experienced fewer side-effects, researchers reported in The Lancet medical journal. Patients with non-small-cell lung… Drug gives lung cancer patients four… Read More »

New Study Casts Doubt On A Key Metric For Predicting Global Warming

New research suggests scientists may be wrong about a key measurement for projecting man-made global warming. The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch Meteorologist Anthony Watts and amateur scientist Willis Eschenbach released new research suggesting “global climate sensitivity to increased carbon dioxide, and the potential feedback mechanism of increased water vapor in… New Study Casts Doubt On A Key… Read More »

The British ‘Snoopers Law’: Implications for the US and government surveillance worldwide

Almost lost in the turmoil over Brexit and the fraught negotiations for the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, the British Parliament several weeks ago passed the most sweeping government surveillance and internal spying law thus far legislated by any Western nation. AEI Claude Barfield The Investigatory Powers Law, dubbed the “Snoopers Law” by its many critics, was passed after many months of debate and a few amendments aimed (unsuccessfully) at mollifying its vociferous dissenters among civil… The ... Read More »

Egypt pivots to medical tourism

“Tour n’ Cure, what are you waiting for?” Al Monitor Ahmed Hidji With these words, English journalist and documentary filmmaker Tim Coleman ended a video message June 12, in which he relays his journey to being treated for the hepatitis C virus in Egypt, after having contracted it over 30 years ago. Coleman said in the video that his particular.. Egypt pivots to medical… Read More »

Children as young as five have unsupervised internet access

ISPCC report shows grooming is a main concern for parents The Irish Times Rachel Flaherty The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (ISPCC) annual review showed young people often looked at violent, pornographic and age inappropriate material online. Grooming was found to be a particular concern as… Children as young as five have unsupervised… Read More »