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Jobs held by men are most at risk from the robot worker

August 20th, 2015 at 6:05 pm » Comments Off

The world is on the brink of a new industrial revolution in which advances in the field of artificial intelligence will obsolete human labor, according to many economists and technologists today. Two Oxford researchers recently analyzed the skills required for more than 700 different occupations to determine how many of them would be susceptible to automation in […]



Travel nightmare: Airline to begin weighing passengers

August 17th, 2015 at 5:50 pm » Comments Off

One airline is creating an even greater travel nightmare: weighing passengers.  In order to figure out calculate the gross weight of an aircraft before it takes off, Uzbekistan Airlines has announced it will be weighing both passengers’ luggage and their bodies before they board flights. Yes, weighing people. On scales. In the airport.



Hacking for a cause is today’s growing trend in cyber security

August 13th, 2015 at 5:08 pm » Comments Off

What is the overriding theme that all of the following data-breach headlines have in common from the past year? The Sony Pictures hack: Everything we know so far; Anonymous hackers release emails ordering bear cubs be killed; Hackers threaten to release names from adultery website; How Latest Snowden Leak Is Headache for White House; How DID hackers steal celebrities’ private […]



U.S. gas stations under attack by hackers

August 13th, 2015 at 4:09 pm » Comments Off

Trend Micro researchers Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt decided to take a closer look at gas station monitoring systems after one was hacked earlier this hear. They set up fake internet-connected systems called “GasPots” — honeypots that mimic the real ones — in several countries to track hackers’ movements.  



The growing problem of space junk

August 8th, 2015 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

Forty-five years ago, Ernst Stuhlinger, the associate director of science at Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center, an original member of Wernher von Braun’s Operation Paperclip team, was asked by Sister Mary Jucunda, a Zambia-based nun, how he could suggest spending billions of dollars on spaceflight when many children were starving on Earth.



Robotic surgery involved in 144 deaths in the U.S. since 2000

July 27th, 2015 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Between 2000 and 2013, robotic surgeons were involved in the deaths of 144 people, according to records kept by the FDA. There are some forms of robotic surgery that are much riskier than others: the death rate for head, neck, and cardiothoracic surgery is almost 10 times higher than for other forms of surgery.



Illegal drugs are easy to order on China’s open online drug market

June 24th, 2015 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Illegal drugs from China are as easy as typing on a keyboard to order. More than 150 Chinese companies sell alpha-PVP, according to  guidechem.com. alpha-PVP is also known as flakka, a dangerous stimulant that is illegal in the United States but not in China, and was blamed for 18 recent deaths in one Florida county.



With many college graduates unemployed or underemployed, is college worth it?

June 11th, 2015 at 3:50 pm » Comments Off

Many college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, leading some to speculate whether college is worth it, in our post-2008/2009 slow growth recovery.  Is some of the planning for college just plain wrong?  How does the future look for millions of unprepared, untrained, or misdirected job seekers?  



The leapfrogging continent

June 8th, 2015 at 2:40 pm » Comments Off

In the dusty khaki scrubland of South Africa’s inhospitable Northern Cape province, brightly polished mirrors flash light across the landscape as they rotate slowly to follow the sun, producing electricity for 80,000 homes.  



A growing list of retracted scientific studies

June 1st, 2015 at 8:01 pm » Comments Off

The latest prominent withdrawal of research results from scientific literature is the retraction by Science of a study of changing attitudes about gay marriage.  And it is very likely it will not be the last.  A study by Nature in 2011, found an increase of 10-fold in retraction notices during the preceding decade.  



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