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One of the world’s filthiest industries just agreed to clean up its act

April 20th, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

The shipping industry sets sail toward a carbon-free future. Cargo-shipping regulators have struck a historic deal to set their dirty fuel-burning industry on a low-carbon course. On Friday, the International Maritime Organization agreed for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping. The nonbinding deal marks a critical shift for the sector—which, […]



More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

April 19th, 2018 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

Children walking to school wearing smog pollution masks in Britain. Residents in many developing countries are exposed to toxic air both outdoors and inside their homes. More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least […]



Face-swapping videos could lead to more ‘fake news’

April 15th, 2018 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Fake news has been a problem swamping the internet. Now there is a way to make fake videos with nothing more than your laptop. FakeApp can be used to make fake videos of people using images or other videos of them. Several social media platforms are filled with these deepfakes. While the technology still needs […]



28 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer

April 12th, 2018 at 8:30 am » Comments Off

Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease. It fundamentally affects the way our cells grow and divide, changing them in perverse ways. All cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. The nasty, debilitating class of diseases spreads through a body like […]



We’re on the Brink of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Survive It?

April 9th, 2018 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

It’s better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late One of the most interesting things I discuss in my book Mapping Innovation is what I call the new era of innovation, which will create profoundly new technologies, classes of data and business […]



Japan’s prisons area haven for elderly women

April 8th, 2018 at 2:29 pm » Comments Off

Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost twice the share in the U.S.), has been dealing with one it didn’t foresee: senior crime. Complaints and arrests […]



A third of Millennials aren’t sure the earth is round, survey finds

April 8th, 2018 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

CBS Local — A new survey has found that a third of young millennials in the U.S. aren’t convinced the Earth is actually round. The national poll reveals that 18 to 24-year-olds are the largest group in the country who refuse to accept the scientific facts of the world’s shape.



Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

March 22nd, 2018 at 10:10 pm » Comments Off

LONDON — What will our future look like — not in a century but in a mere two decades? Terrifying, if you’re to believe Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author of “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” a pair of audacious books that offer a sweeping history of humankind and a forecast of what lies […]



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 […]



Platform power is crushing the web, warns Berners-Lee

March 17th, 2018 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

On the 29th birthday of the world wide web, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has sounded a fresh warning about threats to the web as a force for good, adding his voice to growing concerns about big tech’s impact on competition and society. The web’s creator argues that the “powerful weight of a few dominant” […]



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