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The Population Bomb Has Been Defused

March 19th, 2018 at 7:56 am » Comments Off

The Earth and humanity will survive as fertility rates fall almost everywhere. Some of the most spectacularly wrong predictions in history have been made by those who claim that overpopulation is going to swamp the planet. Thomas Malthus, a British economist writing in the late 1700s, is the most famous of these. Extrapolating past trends […]

How Did Astronaut DNA Become ‘Fake News’?

March 18th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

For a brief moment, NASA found itself at the center of a digital misinformation campaign. “After year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly no longer has same DNA as identical twin,” the headline of a story on the Today show’s website, published Thursday, declared. Seven percent of his DNA, the story says, “has not returned to […]

The grim conclusions of the largest-ever study of fake news

March 9th, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. A large megaphone projects lies, fake news, falsehoods, and images of Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, and Hillary Clinton. A smaller megaphone projects truth.

Baidu’s new A.I. can mimic your voice after listening to it for just one minute

March 8th, 2018 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

We’re not in the business of writing regularly about “fake” news, but it’s hard not to be concerned about the kind of mimicry technology is making possible. First, researchers developed deep learning-based artificial intelligence (A.I.) that can superimpose one person’s face onto another person’s body. Now, researchers at Chinese search giant Baidu have created an […]

All 50 states ranked for retirement from worst to best

March 6th, 2018 at 1:52 am » Comments Off

The best place to retire depends on what you value. When deciding the best place to retire, it’s important to consider affordability, quality of life, and health care. Minnesota is the best for quality of life and healthcare, but has low affordability for retirees. Florida is the best state for retirees, not surprising considering it […]

The top 10 breakthrough technologies and the key players leading the charge, according to MIT Technology Review

February 28th, 2018 at 2:12 am » Comments Off

Every fall, MIT Technology Review’s editors get together to begin the months-long process of reviewing their coverage. The goal? To create a list of the top ten technological advances from the last year that will have the greatest longterm global impact on consumers.

Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?

February 26th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.

Airlines could soon start charging different fares for different people

February 24th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Fares based on your travel habits? Welcome to the future.

Study: For those over 90, alcohol better than exercise for longevity

February 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Cheers to life – seriously. When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas.

These are the world’s most miserable economies

February 20th, 2018 at 4:27 am » Comments Off

Rising prices are more of a threat to the global economy this year than joblessness, according to Bloomberg’s Misery Index, which sums inflation and unemployment outlooks for 66 economies. Venezuela, South Africa seen as world’s unhappiest economies Thailand, Singapore remain ‘least miserable’ in rankings

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