Society

Facebook shares brain-control ambitions

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Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our… Dave Lee  BBC It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute, it… The project, in its early stages, will require new technology to detect brainwaves without needing invasive… “We are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” assured… Facebook shares brain… Read More »

This ancient building material could fuel a future infrastructure boom

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Last month, Bangladesh’s capital city became home to the world’s first cell tower constructed entirely out of bamboo — proof that emerging… Nyshka Chandran CNBC Developed by Malaysian infrastructure services firm edotco and the Bangladesh University of Engineering, the tower took just 12 days to build, versus… Bamboo boasts a low carbon footprint as it… This ancient building… Read More »

Secret aid worker: we’ve lost our humanity to jargon and statistics

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Aid workers are referred to as humanitarians, but acronyms and infantalising policies mean that is not a worthy description of our… Secret aid worker The Guardian I can’t stand it when people refer to my work as humanitarian Any humanity has long disappeared from the aid and development… Somewhere along the way, with our technical jargon, sophisticated statistical… Secret aid worker… Read More »

‘Need to protect interest in Exclusive Economic Zone’

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CM also appeals for steps to safeguard fishermen from attack by Sri Lankan… TAMIL NADU The Hindu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday urged that the Indian fishermen must be protected from attacks (by Sri Lankan Navy) and called for safeguarding the maritime interests of the… Speaking at an event on board INS Chennai , which was dedicated to the… ‘Need to protect… Read More »

In Turkey, the Victims Change but the Regime Remains the Same

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Some 51.4 percent of the more than 58 million Turks who turned out to vote on April 16 said yes to the ruling Justice and… Uzay Bulut PhilosProject With that vote, they decided to shift to an executive presidential… It is debatable if the government would still have won if it had not detained thousands of political dissidents, imposed a… In Turkey, the… Read More »

Minister: Watch over EEZ

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IT is imperative to stay alert and keep a close watch over our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), says Minister for Fisheries Semi… Alisi Vucago Fiji Times He said monitoring our territorial waters was imperative to not only monitor illegal fishing, but also other activities including the trafficking of drugs and… “We need to plan for the future and secure our expansion in… Minister: Watch over… Read More »

How Western civilisation could collapse

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Some possible precipitating factors are already in place How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer. Rachel Nuwer BBC The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward… How Western civilisation… Read More »

Why Don’t All Jobs Matter?

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President Trump is still promising to bring back coal jobs. But the underlying reasons for coal employment’s decline — automation, falling electricity demand, cheap… Paul Krugman The New York Times Meanwhile, last week the Treasury Department officially (and correctly) declined to name China as a currency… So will the Trump administration ever do anything substantive to bring back mining and… Why Don’t All… Read More »

Stressed out Scots teachers ‘turning to drink and drugs’

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Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships break down, according to a… SARAH BRADLEY The Scotsman The NASUWT survey indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff in the UK (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on… Union leaders have also… Stressed out Scots… Read More »

China factories put weight behind forecast-busting 6.9% GDP

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Economic growth accelerates in first quarter as signs emerge of recovery taking broader… STEVE WANG and BEN RICHARDSON Asia Times China’s economic growth accelerated for the second straight quarter, beating expectations as a robust performance by the nation’s manufacturers weighed in… Growth in the secondary sector of the economy — manufacturing and… China factories put… Read More »

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

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Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

A moment that changed me: rejecting the white ‘prettiness’ ideal

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It was on the bus, of all places, that fate decided to throw my internal programming into reverse and free me from racist beauty… Eliza Anyangwe The Guardian It’s 2007, and I’m standing on a platform at London Bridge station willing myself not to stare at people’s… To look would mean to compare, and in the battle for pert posteriors, mine always comes up… A moment that… Read More »

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died?

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Today some claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his… Dr Simon Gathercole The Guardian How confident can we be that Jesus Christ actually lived? The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and… Within a few decades of his supposed lifetime, he is mentioned by Jewish and Roman historians, as well as by dozens of… What is the… Read More »

Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

Good Friday essay: Passion plays and the ethics of spectacular violence

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In 1985 Filipino carpenter Ruben Enaje fell three storeys and remarkably, survived. Paul Megna The Conversation To give thanks for this good fortune, he has, for the past 30 Good Fridays, dressed up as Jesus and allowed actors portraying Roman soldiers to nail his hands and feet to a… Passion plays are dramatic renditions of Christ’s arrest, trial, lashing, and… Good Friday essay… Read More »

An atheist at Greek Easter

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The paradox. I do not believe in god, yet I can never escape him on Πάσχα, Pascha, Pesach or Easter. By Fotis Kapetopoulos Daily Review The bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt last week on Palm Sunday is one more sectarian atrocity in the Middle… However, the considered silence from much of the Left as Christians burn in the Middle East angers… An atheist at… Read More »