Science, Technology and Innovation

Major health and environment impacts as unwanted gadgets pile up

As incomes rise and technology rapidly become obsolete, the amount of hazardous e-waste in Southeast Asia is soaring Logan Connor Southeast Asia Globe Magazine Discarded electronic devices are piling up across Southeast Asia, and risky methods of disposal are causing major environmental and health concerns, a UN report has revealed. The amount of e-waste in… Major health and environment… Read More »

Yahoo hack: How did hackers compromise senior politicians’ private email accounts?

Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a clandestine dataset. Benjamin Sveen ABC Extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials in the departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, AusTrade, Immigration, the Federal Police and many other sensitive… Yahoo hack: How did hackers… Read More »

These Are the Biggest Global Risks for 2017

If you go outdoors you could get hit by lethal hurricanes, floods, tremors and terrorists. Alex Morales Bloomberg Stay inside huddled over your computer and you could lose your data and your identity. And, in the minds of some… These Are the Biggest… Read More »

How to treat an opioid epidemic

The grim faces of the nation’s opioid epidemic—an overdosing parent slumped in the front seat of a car, mouth agape, with a neglected child in the rear seat—have become too familiar in recent years. Sally Satel AEI More babies are now being born with narcotics in their systems, foster care is strained, and growing numbers of grandparents are raising the children of their own addicted children. With an estimated 2.6 million… How to treat an opioid… Read More »

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

Europe kills the cookie monster

Commission’s proposed e-Privacy Regulation would restrict how companies listen in on calls and messages. Laurens Cerulus Politico Ever clicked “Yes” to an online pop-up banner that read, “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” — even though you didn’t and had no idea what would happen to your personal data? This regulation is for… Europe kills the cookie… Read More »

New candidate for ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core. Rebecca Morelle BBC News They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel. Now by recreating the… New candidate for ‘missing… Read More »

On the Trump Russia intel Twitter hysteria

Do please relax a bit. Yes, though I no longer have a security clearance, it seems abundantly clear Russia did all it could to help Donald Trump win the US election. Danielle Pletka AEI But even the intel community doesn’t say it won it for him. He won it, and… On the Trump Russia… Read More »

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. Matt McGrath BBC A long-running rift in the Larson C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Larsen C is the… Huge Antarctic iceberg… Read More »

Russian subversion of Western democracies is old news

The media hullabaloo notwithstanding, the alleged “revelations” about the Russian hacking of the US presidential election have revealed precious little that is substantively new. Leon Aron AEI Which is precisely why we should be concerned. The hacking of the DNC was… Russian subversion of… Read More »

Climate change: Fresh doubt over global warming ‘pause’

A controversial study that found there has been no slowdown in global warming has been supported by new research. Matt McGrath BBC News Many researchers had accepted that the rate of global warming had slowed in the first 15 years of this century. But new analysis in the… Climate change: Fresh… Read More »

From Hands to Heads to Hearts

Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying… From Hands to Heads to… Read More »