Science & Technology

Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

We may covet gemstones for their beauty, but their real value lies in what they tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground.
Photograph: M. Shanley/American Museum of Natural History
Source: The New York Times

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Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet.
Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian
via Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan | Technology | The Guardian.

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Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame

Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better
Photograph: Enterprise/Rex/Shutterstock
Source: The Guardian

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The complex web behind the siting of power plants

Politics, vested interests, historical dependencies and even mythology can trump the most logical and efficient power-grid plan.
Credit: Sébastien Thibault
Source: Nature

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Electric cars already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel – study

Pure electric cars cost less over four years than petrol or diesel cars in the UK, US and Japan, researchers say, but China is set to lead the market
Photograph: Cyril Zingaro/EPA
Source: The Guardian

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Experts Break Down The Difference Between Google Home and Amazon Echo

“‘They’re playthings. But they’re fun, useful, awesome, maybe slightly privacy-problematic playthings.’”
via Experts Break Down The Difference Between Google Home and Amazon Echo | HuffPost.

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Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

“But real books, records and bricks will take us back with open arms.”
Source: The New York Times
 

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How recycled roofs are transforming homes in slums

“An engineering graduate who had returned to his home town, Mr. Ganatra decided that there must be a better way to construct roofs. A sustainable and cost effective way, that would allow residents to be comfortable in their homes.”
Source: BBC News

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How your electric car could be ‘a virtual power station’

If electric cars really are the future, where is all the electricity to power them going to come from?
Source: BBC

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US telecoms regulator unveils sweeping plans to dismantle net neutrality

FCC to reverse Obama-era rules designed to protect open internet.
Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images
Source: The Guardian

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Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: ‘The system is failing’

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news.
Photograph: Charles Krupa
Source: The Guardian

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Beware: this Russian cyber warfare threatens every democracy

Kremlin-inspired interference is about much more than skewed elections. It’s the world of mind control imagined by George Orwell.

Photograph: Andrew Harnik

Source: The Guardian

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‘Way too little, way too late’: Facebook’s factcheckers say effort is failing

Journalists fighting spread of fake news raise concerns over possible conflicts of interest and say site has refused to disclose needed data.

Source: The Guardian 

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Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to influence elections, drive agendas and counter critics, says report.

Source: The Guardian

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Russian parliament votes for law that could list CNN as ‘foreign agent’

Parliamentary bill championed as answer to similar demands by US of Russian state-funded RT television channel.

Source: The Guardian

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Russian hackers targeted UK media and telecoms firms, confirms spy chief

Head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre says Russia is ‘seeking to undermine the international system.’

Source: The Guardian

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US military leaders would reject illegal order for nuclear strike, senators told

As senators raise concerns about ‘unstable’ Donald Trump’s decision-making, former commander says military is ‘not obligated to follow illegal orders.’

Source: The Guardian

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Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core – NYTimes.com

A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.

Source: The New York Times

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