Science & Technology

Homo Naledi: new human-like species discovered in South Africa

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A new ancient species related to humans has been discovered deep inside a South African cave, scientists reported today. And, like humans, this creature also appeared to bury its dead, forcing experts to rethink the course of evolution. The new species — described in the scientific journal eLife — has been named Homo naledi, in honor of the …

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Australian data retention laws end online privacy

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The digital privacy of Australians ends on Tuesday, October 13. So, the fact that you visited a porn site or infidelity site Ashley Madison or ‘jihadi’ content sites, may in effect be discoverable without the need for a warrant. On that day this country’s entire communications industry will be turned into …

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Science discovers the secret to happiness

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A recent study at Cornell University found that spending money on experiences is more likely to bring you lasting happiness than spending money on material objects. The reason being that people “adapt” to physical objects – meaning the things you’ve bought will bring decreasing amounts of happiness as time goes on …

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‘Independent’ GMO researcher received $25K grant from Monsanto

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In January of 2015, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Oakland organization U.S. Right to Know requested email records between academics, scientists, and representatives of Big Agriculture. The FOIA requests were sent to 14 scientists at four public universities, requesting information on communications and email records. The FOIA findings included …

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EM drive: travel to the Moon in 4 hours, Mars in 70 days

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Day trips to the moon could soon be a reality after scientists confirmed a new propulsion drive, once thought “impossible” to build, actually works and could take punters to the lunar world in just four hours. The electromagnetic propulsion drive (EM Drive) was developed by British scientist Roger Shawyer in …

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Fluoridation may not prevent cavities, scientific review shows

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If you’re like two-thirds of Americans, fluoride is added to your tap water for the purpose of reducing cavities. But the scientific rationale for putting it there may be outdated, and no longer as clear-cut as was once thought. Water fluoridation, which first began in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and …

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Planned Parenthood taped discussing sale of aborted baby body parts

Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby body parts

An undercover video shot last summer by a new pro-life organization called Center for Medical Progress purports to show the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of America talking on camera about how to abort a child intact so the child’s body parts can be transferred for medical and scientific research. The video was …

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Wind power generates 140% of Denmark’s electricity demand

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So much power was produced by Denmark’s windfarms on Thursday that the country was able to meet its domestic electricity demand and export power to Norway, Germany and Sweden. On an unusually windy day, Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind turbines yesterday evening. By 3am on …

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Australia passes tyrannical internet laws

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Ostensibly designed to stop you illegally downloading new episodes of Game of Thrones, they may have far broader implications for online freedoms. On Monday afternoon, Labor and Coalition senators voted together to wave through legislation rolling out a new Australian internet filter. The law is intended to stop the circumvention …

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