Science, Technology and Innovation

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. BBC Smitha Mundasad And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at even greater risk. They studied 300 specimens from… Hip pain may be ‘hangover from… Read More »

The iPhone at 10: How the smartphone became so smart

On 9 January 2007, one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet announced something new – a product that was to become the most profitable in history. BBC News Tim Harford It was, of course, the iPhone. There are many ways in which the iPhone has defined the modern economy. There is the sheer… The iPhone at 10: How… Read More »

Kenyan creativity broadens employment horizons for disabled people

A digital tool that helps disabled people find jobs and a convertible electric wheelchair that solves access issues could foster greater diversity in the Kenyan workplace The Guardian Kate Hodal Finding a job has never been an easy task for Frederick Ouko. Despite university degrees… Kenyan creativity broadens… Read More »

Arctic heatwave could break records

Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave. BBC Victoria Gill Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change. Temperatures throughout November… Arctic heatwave could… Read More »

The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

There is a long-standing idea that it is because we walk upright, but new research suggests that might not be the whole story BBC News Colin Barras Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates… The real reasons why childbirth is so… Read More »

Losing sleep over discrimination? ‘Everyday discrimination’ may contribute to sleep problems

December 22, 2016 – People who perceive more discrimination in daily life have higher rates of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. Eurek Alert Wolters Kluwer The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Discrimination is an important… Losing sleep over… Read More »

Mobile phones, wifi and power lines

What is non-ionising radiation? Non-ionising radiation is a specific type of radiation. Cancer Research UK Most non-ionising radiation has less energy than ionising radiation, this means it doesn’t have enough energy to change our cells in the same way as ionising radiation. Non-ionising radiation is used in a wide range of communications, electronic and other devices, including mobile phones, radio and TV. Different types of non-ionising radiation – such as microwaves, radio frequency waves and electromagnetic fields – are linked with ... Read More »

Apple’s rotten appeal

Rather than addressing the merits of the case, the tech giant is playing the pity card. Politico Richard A. Epstein On Monday, an angry Apple appealed against an August ruling by the European Commission ordering the company to pay Ireland some €13 billion in back taxes, plus interest. Disappointingly, the Silicon Valley tech giant failed to… Apple’s rotten… Read More »

More Africans at risk of chronic illness: WHO

NAIROBI Daily Nation City life and its modern trappings have brought bad habits to developing African nations that will see more die of chronic illness than infectious diseases by 2030, a study showed Tuesday. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey of… More Africans at risk of chronic… Read More »

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 »