Science, Technology and Innovation

Technology-facilitated abuse: The new breed of domestic violence

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Domestic violence is a serious issue in Australia and globally. Hadeel Al-Alosi ABC It is an inherently gendered crime. Research consistently shows… Technology-facilitated abuse… Read More »

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 60 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)

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Darwin’s revolutionary, humane and highly readable introduction to his theory of evolution is arguably the most important book of the… Robert McCrum The Guardian When Charles Darwin first saw On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in book form, he is said to have remarked that he… Actually, the book, composed in a hurry to forestall his… The 100 best… Read More »

Utopian thinking: In my school I’d teach human values, not British Values

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Rather Theresa May’s picture accompanied by a list of British values there’d be one of an ape – to remind us of who we really are and where we come from Jules Howard The Guardian It seemed slightly ghoulish seeing her hanging there, in a school. A framed portrait of Theresa May, looking down on the children in the school hall, watching over them Just About Managing not to shuffle their bottoms or pick their… Utopian thinking: In… Read More »

Archaeologists uncover stunning town built by Greeks in Italy 2,500 years ago read

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Palatial building and luxurious imports signal that the Greek founders of Poseidonia in Italy were living high on the hog from pagan… Philippe Bohstrom Haaretz The discovery of a monumental building and priceless ceramics imported from Greece in excavations at Poseidonia shows for the first time how rich its… The founders hailed from… Archaeologists uncover stunning… Read More »

Why It’s A Problem That Reading Is At 30-Year Lows, And How ‘Digital Temperance’ Can Help

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Americans’ interest in literature has dropped to a three-decade low. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist The fact is, many don’t know what they are missing—and they don’t care. I could spend… Why It’s A… Read More »

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

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In 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the very worst risks of a hotter planet. Brad Plumer VOX See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century. One problem with… Scientists made a… Read More »

2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories.

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A psychologist explains how easy it is to form false memories — and what that means for the future of our shared reality. Brian Resnick VOX Here’s a reasonable fear: 20 years from now, very few people are going to agree on the details of our shared history. Recently, I spoke… 2016 didn’t just… Read More »

The Real Danger To Speech Is Corporate

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You have the right to free speech as an American – you have no right to use YouTube to do it. Ben Domenech The Federalist Fear of crackdown on free speech is a bipartisan thing these days. In the run-up… The Real Danger… Read More »

Did I make the right decision? You asked Google – here’s the answer

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Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Anouchka Grose The Guardian Our writers answer some of the commonest queries This has to… Did I make the… Read More »

Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of ‘big data’

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The ‘digital revolution’ continues to change the world in profound ways. Samuel Alexander On Line Opinion Everyday computers and other information technologies reach further into our lives, often in subtle ways, reshaping global society so swiftly that the deepest impacts can easily escape notice. But whereas the… Democracy at risk… Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

The Earth Is Flat? Check Wikipedia

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Fake news has been, well, in the news a lot lately. Anya Kamenetez npr It seems no claim is too absurd to be aired. For example, NBA… The Earth Is… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

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The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

How Aristotle Created the Computer

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The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world. Chris Dixon The Atlantic The history of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II. In fact, it… How Aristotle Created… Read More »

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

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The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Rania Fakhoury The Conversation Privacy is no longer a social norm, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, as social media took a leap to bring more private information into the public domain. But what does… Can social media… Read More »

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

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As Jewish and Sassanid troops marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christian residents of village on main pilgrimage route hid their valuables; now, nine copper coins hidden in a niche have been… ILAN BEN ZION The Times of Israel As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the… Hoard of coins… Read More »