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Switzerland rules that you must stun your food before you kill it

January 27th, 2018 at 1:40 am » Comments Off

The culinary world isn’t lacking in controversial practices. To produce the delicacy foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed corn, and the calves used for veal are kept virtually immobile for their entire lives. Now, Switzerland has released an order to ban another controversial cooking practice: boiling lobsters alive.



China is the new world leader in renewable energy

January 20th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

A new report from the IEEFA is positioning China as a world leader in renewable energy investment. The country has put $44 billion in clean energy projects around the world.



India wants panic buttons on mobile phones to keep women safe—will it work?

January 8th, 2018 at 2:55 pm » Comments Off

The Indian government has a hack for women’s safety: a panic button. Come Jan. 26, a pilot project to test a panic button feature on mobile phones will be launched in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Maneka Gandhi, the union minister for women and child development, said on Jan. 02.



High-speed broadband will be a legal right for homes and businesses in the UK

December 24th, 2017 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

The UK Government has announced that homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, says that 10 Mbps is the minimum speed needed to meet the requirements of an average family. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has […]



An inside look at the world’s first nation with a minister for artificial intelligence

December 20th, 2017 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

From robots that can flawlessly perform backflips to electric cars that can go over 950 km (600 miles) on a single charge, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future is far closer than we may have previously thought. If the missteps of the industrial revolution are any indicator, we need to start planning for […]



Estonia, the digital republic

December 17th, 2017 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?



Worlds first floating city to emerge in the Pacific Ocean by 2020

December 3rd, 2017 at 7:25 pm » Comments Off

The concept of floating cities may sound like something from a science fiction novel, but it could become a reality by 2020. Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has been developing this idea since the foundation of the organization in 2008, and it has reached an agreement with the government of French Polynesia to begin […]



China’s “social credit system” will rate how valuable you are as a human

December 3rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm » Comments Off

A Citizen Score in China In a contentious world first, China plans to implement a social credit system (officially referred to as a Social Credit Score or SCS) by 2020. The idea first appeared in a document from the State Council of China published in June 2014. It is a technological advancement so shocking to […]



Will cryptocurrencies trash cash? ‘Fedcoin’ could do it

December 1st, 2017 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

The cryptocurrency hype train obviously has no brakes. But could it eventually replace cash in the US? According to the thinking of economists cited by the Bank for International Settlements, it just might. And to the chagrin of the anti-establishment types that fueled bitcoin’s early rise, it will likely be run by the Federal Reserve.



Asgardia, the world’s first ‘space nation’, takes flight

November 27th, 2017 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

The world’s first “space nation” has taken flight.



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