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Excavating the role of Africans in the creation of the modern world

Europe would have been a marginal player in world history without the continent’s natural resources and centuries of cheap African labour The post Excavating the role of Africans in the creation of the modern world appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Coffee, Europe, Books, Science, Technology, Guns, Opinion, Africa, Wealth, Cotton, Web, Development, History, War, Diplomacy, Christianity


Social media’s ‘queer tax’ is exhausting, unfair, and unavoidable

A colleague recently sought my advice on covering a queer-related tech topic and I’m not ashamed to admit I advised them against it. I’m queer. I made the decision to come out in my professional life after a lot of consideration and long discussions with my family. In the time since, I’ve learned that millions of people who’ve never met me hate me. They despise me for existing. They think I should go away, shut up, and stop being who I am. I offend them. That’s not something I experienced before...
Tags: Startups, Science, Opinion, Social Media, Tech, Neural, Next Featured


How the laws of physics could prevent us from ever meeting aliens

Where are the aliens? Italian physicist Enrico Fermi posited the idea that aliens may not exist simply because, if they did, there should be some evidence for them. Fermi wasn’t a troll. You can believe in aliens and also recognize that science requires actionable data. But what if both Fermi’s paradox and the alien enthusiasts are correct? What if we posit a sort of Fermi’s Alien where, like Schrodinger’s Cat, the creature exists in two paradoxical states that are simultaneously true. Fermi’s A...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Fermi, Schrodinger, Enrico Fermi, Neural


How atomic time-travel could reveal the mysteries of dark matter and more

Physicists from the University of Colorado have created an atomic clock so precise it can measure gravitational time dilation over distances as small as one millimeter. This record-breaking measurement could have implications reaching as far as redefining exactly how long a second is or discovering where all the dark matter in our universe is hiding. Up front: Einstein figured out that time functions differently depending on how close to a “gravity well” the observer is. So, for instance, if you...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Earth, Einstein, University Of Colorado, Neural, Next Featured


US ‘very concerned’ despite China denials over hypersonic missile

Disarmament ambassador casts doubt on ability to defend against technology after reports of test The United States is “very concerned” about China’s development of hypersonic technology, US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood has said, after reports that Beijing had recently launched a hypersonic missile with a nuclear capacity.“We are very concerned by what China has been doing on the hypersonic front,” Robert Wood told reporters in Geneva. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Beijing, United States, Asia Pacific, Weapons technology, Financial Times, Robert Wood, Geneva Continue


Google CEO says companies that fail to go carbon-free will lose the talent war

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Beck Diefenbach/Reuters Google wants to be the first Big Tech giant to run entirely on clean energy sources 24 hours a day. But going carbon-free isn't just about climate change, CEO Sundar Pichai told Bloomberg - it benefits recruiting too. He said Gen Z won't want "to work for a company which they feel is polluting." Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the tech giant's ambitious goal to eliminate carbon and shift to 100% renewable energy sources is about m...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Science, News, Microsoft, Climate Change, Careers, Trends, Sustainability, Bloomberg, Renewables, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Big Tech, Tech Insider


China denies report claiming it launched hypersonic missile

Beijing says FT report was inaccurate and that exercise was merely a test of reusable technologyChina has denied a report that claimed it had recently launched a hypersonic missile, saying its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be reused.The Financial Times reported on Saturday that Beijing had launched a nuclear-capable missile in August that circled the Earth at low orbit before narrowly missing its target. Citing multiple sources, the FT claimed the ...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, World news, US news, Earth, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Weapons technology, Financial Times


How did Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin fail to dominate the billionaire space race?

The company employs the world’s top engineers and has access to unlimited money but is plagued by safety concerns and toxic workplace cultureThe billionaire space race is only a race by name. In actuality, there is SpaceX – and everyone else.Only the company founded by Elon Musk nearly two decades ago has sent a rocket booster into orbit and landed it safely again. Only SpaceX has landed a rocket the size of a 15-storey building on a drone ship in the middle of the ocean. Only SpaceX has carried...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Nasa, US work & careers, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin


Lost in translation? The one-inch truth about Netflix’s subtitle problem

Subtitling is an essential art form. So why, as the streaming giant scores more global hits with shows like Squid Game and Call My Agent, isn’t it trying harder to find the right words?“Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” So said the director Bong Joon-ho, as he accepted his best picture Oscar for Parasite in 2020, in a not-so-subtle dig at the dominance of English language content. The success of Netflix’s Korean serie...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, Science, Television, Media, Film, France, Russia, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Language, US television, TV streaming


Scientists may have discovered a way to make us forget bad memories

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered a protein in the brain of mice that may act as a biomarker for malleable memories. In other words, they may be able to determine which memories we can erase and which we are, for whatever reason, stuck with. Up front: The researchers conditioned laboratory mice by simultaneously shocking them and making a clicking noise. The mice naturally associated the sound with the shock and, thus, developed a fear response. Because the mice remembered bein...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Cambridge University, Neural, Next Featured


We're One Step Closer To Uncovering Secrets Of Ancient 'Centaur' Comets

Comets are a frequent and gorgeous occurrence in outer space, and a study recently outlined plans for how scientists could watch them be created in real-time. As it's been proven time and time again, the mysteries of space are continually fascinating. Planets in our Solar System have many stories to tell, faraway galaxies hold countless other secrets, and there's a constant drive in the science community to uncover as many of these as possible. Thanks to constantly advancing technology, each...
Tags: Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, University Of Chicago, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Seligman, Darryl Seligman, Neptune Between


William Shatner in tears after historic space flight: ‘I’m so filled with emotion’

Star Trek actor, 90, says ‘I hope I never recover from this’ after becoming oldest human in space on Jeff Bezos rocket New ShepardThe Star Trek actor William Shatner declared himself “overwhelmed” at becoming the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, broke ...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, James Kirk


William Shatner completes flight on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Star Trek actor, 90, made a real-life leap into the stars, as Amazon owner Bezos aims to dominate space tourism industryThe Star Trek actor William Shatner has become the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, was invited by the private space company’s found...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, James Kirk


William Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Famed Star Trek actor, 90, set for real-life leap into the starsAmazon owner Bezos bids to dominate space tourism industryWilliam Shatner, the veteran actor who spent four decades playing the fearless commander of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, is set for a real-life leap into the stars early on Wednesday on the next stage of billionaire Jeff Bezos’s quest to dominate the fledgling space tourism industry.The successful completion of the 11-minute flight alongside three civilian crew mates, with lif...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, Shatner, Van Horn Texas


NASA Develops ‘Internet’ For The Moon And Beyond

NASA developed LunaNet, an ‘internet’ network for the Moon and the Artemis missions. Artemis is NASA’s program to establish a long-term human presence on the Moon. The international moon program is the tip-of-the-sword of the US in the new space race, however, Artemis II has been delayed due to a legal lawsuit over a lunar landing module awarded to SpaceX by NASA and questioned by Blue Origin.Artemis I is set to launch in November, sending a crew-less Orion spacecraft to our natural satellite. ...
Tags: Science, US, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Orion, Mars, Artemis, DTN, Moon The Artemis Base Camp, LunaNet


Classical physics make time travel impossible. But what about ‘timeless’ travel?

A pair of scientists from the UK recently published a pre-print research paper discussing the theory of a universe with no beginning. Imagine it: our universe has always existed. The Big Bang either never happened or it was simply another event in the infinite history of… itself. On the surface it sounds counter-intuitive. According to the researchers, a quantum physics paradigm called a “causal set” structure makes it possible for the universe to exist beyond its perceived origin. Per the duo’s...
Tags: Startups, Space, UK, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured


Blue Origin postpones William Shatner’s space flight by a day

William Shatner is heading to space on October 13th | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic  Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin said Sunday it will postpone the flight that is slated to fly William Shatner to space due to forecasted high winds at its launch site. The flight of the company’s New Shepard spacecraft is now scheduled for 9:30AM ET on October 13th, a day later than originally planned. It’s targeted to lift off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in Texas. A stat...
Tags: Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Star Trek, William Shatner, Blue Origin, Mark, Bezos, James T Kirk, Shatner, New Shepard, Wally Funk, Medidata, Chris Boshuizen, Oliver Daeman


Neuroscientists Claim to Have Pinpointed The Brain States Unique to 'Team Flow'

At some point in life, you have probably enjoyed a 'flow' state – when you're so intensely focused on a task or activity, you experience a strong sense of control, a reduced awareness of your environment and yourself, and a minimized sense of the passing of time. It's also possible to experience 'team flow', such as when playing music together, competing in a sports team, or perhaps gaming. In such a state, we seem to have an intuitive understanding with others as we jointly complete the...
Tags: Science, Tech, Aep, Mohammad Shehata


Pluto's Atmosphere Is Dying, Showing Us How Earth May Eventually Die

  Poor Pluto can't seem to catch a break! Scientists have realised that the dwarf planet in our solar system is undergoing changes that are causing Pluto's atmosphere to disappear. Situated 4.8 billion kilometres away from Earth, the icy planet became observable to scientists when it crossed paths with a star in 2018. As it moved in front of the star, Pluto appeared backlit, offering scientists a glimpse into the planet's physical properties. The research, undertaken by a pool ...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Tech, Earth, United States, Pluto, Southwest Research Institute SwRI


What happens if quantum physicists can prove reality isn’t real?

You’re probably not reading this right now. That’s not a philosophical statement about the number of non-readers a given news article has. It’s a declaration of the literal. This article might not exist. You, me, TNW’s Neural vertical for artificial intelligence news and analysis, our offices in Amsterdam, your favorite T-shirt: it’s quite possible that none of these things actually exist. Or that they all exist but the reality they exist in doesn’t. It’s complicated. But it’s not as counter-int...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Amsterdam, Neural, Next Featured


Google and YouTube will cut off ad money for climate change deniers

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google will no longer allow advertisers, publishers, and YouTube creators to monetize content that denies the existence of climate change. The company detailed the changes on Thursday.“Today, we’re announcing a new monetization policy for Google advertisers, publishers and YouTube creators that will prohibit ads for, and monetization of, content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change,”...
Tags: Google, Science, Youtube, Tech, Alex Castro


A Brilliant Demonstration of Magnets & the Promise of Levitating Trains (1975)

For a brief time in the 1980s, it seemed like trains powered by maglev — magnetic levitation — might just solve transportation problems everywhere, maybe even replacing air travel, thereby eliminating one of the most vexing sources of carbon emissions. Maglev trains don’t use fuel; they don’t require very much power by comparison with other sources of high speed travel; they don’t produce emissions; they’re quiet, require less maintenance than other trains, and can travel at speeds of 30...
Tags: Facebook, UK, New York, Science, Technology, College, China, Germany, Beijing, Washington Dc, Shanghai, Imperial College London, Birmingham Airport, Josh Jones, Germany Japan, Dave Hall


Scientist Recruitment in Ministry of Earth Sciences 2021

Scientist Vacancy Recruitment in Ministry of Earth Sciences 2021  Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) invites online applications in the prescribed format from eligible candidates for the recruitment of the following various 12 Sarkari Naukri Vacancy for Scientists on direct recruitment basis in its organisations. (Advt. No. MoES/A-12024/1/2021-Estt). MoES Scientist Recruitment 2021 Vacancies  Scientist - 'C' : 09 vacancies, Pay Scale: Pay Level-11... Please Click on the Title to Read Full ...
Tags: Science, Technology, Jobs, Engineer, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Mathematics, Delhi, Scientist, Manisha, Government Job, Group-A


Father of the Cyborgs review – the Indiana Jones of neuroscience

This film exploring the ideas of Dr Phil Kennedy, who had an electrode implanted in his brain, throws up interesting prospects for the human futureDr Phil Kennedy is regarded by many as the Indiana Jones of neuroscience: a Limerick-born doctor who became a bioengineering trailblazer, making people excited – and then nervous – by the way he worked outside the system. Then finally, sensationally, he experimented on himself by having an electrode implanted inside his brain in a Belize clinic that s...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Film, Neuroscience, World news, Culture, Ireland, Indiana Jones, Kennedy, Belize, Limerick, Phil Kennedy, Documentary films


Biology nerds have made proteins play Chopin-esque tunes

With the right computer program, proteins become pleasant music. There are many surprising analogies between proteins, the basic building blocks of life, and musical notation. These analogies can be used not only to help advance research but also to make the complexity of proteins accessible to the public. We’re computational biologists who believe that hearing the sound of life at the molecular level could help inspire people to learn more about biology and the computational sciences. While cre...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Insider, Chopin, Next Featured


"Unbreakable" glass developed, say researchers

McGill University researchers say they've developed an "unbreakable" glass inspired by the inner layer of mollusk shells. As resilent as plastic yet as hard as nacre, it could "improve cell phone screens in the future, among other applications." The scientists took the architecture of nacre and replicated it with layers of glass flakes and acrylic, yielding an exceptionally strong yet opaque material that can be produced easily and inexpensively. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Science, News, Tech, Materials Science, McGill University


Amazon prominently touts work by anti-vaxxers and COVID conspiracy theorists, even after other platforms cut them off

A sample of four books on the first page of a search for "COVID" on Amazon.com's bookstore. Amazon/Insider Anti-vaxx and COVID-19 conspiracist books loom large in Amazon search rankings. As social media companies increasingly shun anti-vaxxer material, Amazon has done little. Experts and campaigners told Insider this is having a real-world impact on people's health. See more stories on Insider's business page. Books pushing COVID-19 and anti-vaxxer misinformation are displayed...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Publishing, Science, Technology, Media, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Canada, New York Times, News UK, Ahmed, Adam Smith, Democratic, Joseph Mercola


William Shatner confirms he will go into space on Blue Origin rocket

90-year-old actor who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek will become the oldest person to reach spaceWilliam Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek, has confirmed that he will go to space this month at the age of 90, thereby becoming the oldest person ever to escape the confines of Earth.Shatner will take a seat on Blue Origin’s second launch from west Texas on 12 October, the space flight company owned by Jeff Bezos said. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, World news, US news, Star Trek, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Blue Origin, Kirk, James T Kirk, West Texas, Shatner


Robots: stealing our jobs or solving labour shortages?

From fast food to farming, Covid-19 has accelerated the rise of the worker robots. This in turn will put more jobs at risk and makes the need to reframe society ever more urgentAs the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world last year, businesses increasingly turned to automation in order to address rapidly changing conditions. Floor-cleaning and microbe-zapping disinfecting robots were introduced in hospitals, supermarkets and other environments. Some enterprises found that, given the new empha...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Technology, US, Eu, Work & careers, Robots, White Castle, Artificial intelligence (AI, UK Brexit, Coronavirus, Supply Chain Crisis


Jeff Bezos’s space flight firm ‘rife with sexism’, employees’ letter claims

Open letter by current and ex-staffers alleges ‘consistently inappropriate’ behaviour by Blue Origin leadersA group of current and former employees at Blue Origin, the space flight company owned by the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, has accused the business of operating a work environment that is “rife with sexism” and prefers “breakneck speed” to safety.An open letter written by Alexandra Abrams, the former head of employee communications at Blue Origin and 20 other current and former workers, say...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Science, Technology, World news, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Alexandra Abrams



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