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18.09.2019

Artificial Intelligence used for mass surveillance in 75 countries

Artificial Intelligence used for mass surveillance in 75 countries

By Steven Feldstein A new report from The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace finds that at least 75 countries are using facial recognition and other forms of artificial intelligence in order to surveil massive numbers of people. A growing number of states are deploying advanced AI surveillance tools to monitor,… »

16.09.2019

Five climate change science misconceptions – debunked

Five climate change science misconceptions – debunked

Mark Maslin, UCL for The Conversation The science of climate change is more than 150 years old and it is probably the most tested area of modern science. However the energy industry, political lobbyists and others have spent the last 30 years sowing doubt about the… »

09.09.2019

Linking brains to computers: how new implants are helping us achieve this goal

Linking brains to computers: how new implants are helping us achieve this goal

Yunlong Zhao, University of Surrey for The Conversation Cyborgs are no longer science fiction. The field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) – which use electrodes, often implanted into the brain, to translate neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external systems such as a computer or robotic arm –… »

07.09.2019

Teamwork behind first picture of black hole gets recognition

Teamwork behind first picture of black hole gets recognition

Although computer scientist Katie Bouman’s was the face that most appeared on the  internet because she designed an algorithm that produced the image, the extraordinary team that produced the first picture of a black hole was one of three working closely together on one particular aspect of this project. »

04.09.2019

Russia, United States attempt to legitimize killer robots

Russia, United States attempt to legitimize killer robots

Russia and the United States are continuing their losing fight against the inevitable treaty that’s coming for killer robots. Most states participating in the diplomatic talks on lethal autonomous weapons systems have expressed their strong desire to negotiate a new treaty to address mounting concerns. At this week’s Convention on… »

31.08.2019

Bananas Could Purify Water in the Amazon

Bananas Could Purify Water in the Amazon

During World Water Week, we spoke with changemaker Maricela Granda, a 25-year-old environmental biotechnology engineer from Ecuador who is developing a way to purify water using banana waste. Granda comes from the Sucumbios province in the northern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, known for its oil production. Her community is… »

28.08.2019

[Research] Seeing it both ways: Visual perspective in memory

[Research] Seeing it both ways: Visual perspective in memory

A report on Science Daily  explores the ways images from memory are represented either as seen as they were experienced, that is, through our own eyes, or observed as a third person. “If memory was simply an exact recollection of our experiences, one would think that we would recall our… »

23.08.2019

Futurology: how a group of visionaries looked beyond the possible a century ago and predicted today’s world

Futurology: how a group of visionaries looked beyond the possible a century ago and predicted today’s world

Max Saunders, King’s College London for The Conversation From shamanic ritual to horoscopes, humans have always tried to predict the future. Today, trusting predictions and prophecies has become part of daily life. From the weather forecast to the time the sat-nav says we will reach our destination, our… »

19.08.2019

‘Nuclear-powered’ missile accident in Russia – what really happened?

‘Nuclear-powered’ missile accident in Russia – what really happened?

Claire Corkhill, University of Sheffield for The Conversation A missile engine exploded at a naval test range, west of the city of Severodvinsk on Russia’s northern coast at 9am on August 8. At least five people were killed and several others injured. As it is associated with… »

29.07.2019

Nuclear power ‘seven decades of economic ruin’, says new report

Nuclear power ‘seven decades of economic ruin’, says new report

New research has found that almost all nuclear power plants built since the nuclear industry’s inception have generated large financial losses. The report by the German Institute for Economic Research examines 674 nuclear power plants built since 1951. Its authors found that typical nuclear power plants averaged… »

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