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France

Population Control, The Environmental Fix No One Wants To Talk About

Climate change is a real and alarming problem. But there's another — and intimately rel...

Venezuela

Venezuela, The Promise And Pitfalls Of Digital Government

The digital revolution is shifting how societies are structured, and may lead to greater public o...

Chile

How The Smartphone Revolution Hit The Retail World

Smartphones have upended communication and consumption, leaving retailers to transform themselves...

United States

Femtech Finance: Why Women Founders Must Fight To Find Capital

MUNICH — Most investors just don't understand what it's all about — and so the scenario almost always plays out the same: Sophia Yen enters a room full of venture capitalists, almost all older ...

Italy

Virtual Viaggio: Italian Is First To Wear VR Headset For A Month

A programmer in Turin decided to enter into a digitally-enhanced universe of his own creation &md...

United States

Facebook, A Black Market For Five-Star Amazon Reviews

SAN FRANCISCO — On Amazon, customer comments can help a product surge in popularity. The online retail giant says that more than 99 percent of its reviews are legitimate because they are written ...

China

China's BAT Tech Giants Giving GAFA Run For Their Money

Upstarts no longer, the so-called BAT companies — Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent — are a ...

Switzerland

Behold Tomorrow! Meet The Professional Futurists

GENEVA — One day last October, during the morning talk show on Swiss state broadcaster RTS, still groggy viewers were brutally awakened by a sentence dropped live on-air: “Schools train children ...

France

Brace Yourself For The Digital Counter-Revolution

The world has mostly embraced technological advances. But as fallout over the Facebook data-breac...

Argentina

It's Time To Stop Demonizing Big Data

Information gleaned from digital sources must be used in strict accordance with the law. But it&#...

United States

Live From The Blue Ridge Mountains, Where Facebook Stores Its Data

FOREST CITY — It was slow at the thrift shop, and manager Stephanie Henderson, 38, was looking at her laptop, trying to discover all that Facebook had collected on her: the posts, the memes, the ...

United States

Got AI? Connected Cows, Artificial Intelligence, Your Milk

"Cow Fitbits" and artificial intelligence are coming to the dairy farm, but some farmers aren'...

Switzerland

Design And Ecology, An Ugly Truth About Green Energy

Alternative energy projects might be good for the environment. But with a few exceptions, they...

Argentina

Why Did Dozens Of Dolphins Die In Argentina?

Scientists are investigating why 68 dolphins — most of which were dead —washed ashore...

United States

Europe To Silicon Valley: Time To Pay For Your False Promises

-OpEd- MUNICH — We are making the world a better place: That has been a central promise that helped Silicon Valley's Internet giants seduce the public, on their way to gaining unprecedented ...

India

Women In Science, A Brand New Formula Needed In India

NEW DELHI — A recent photo posted on Facebook by the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Ashutosh Sharma, featured 41 heads of Indian educational and research institutions. It ...

Russia

Putin's Toughest Challenge: A High-Tech Future For Russia

MOSCOW — Rumor has it that Vladimir Putin is something of a techie. Though the man in charge at the Kremlin has been vague about his economic priorities after the March 18 presidential election, ...

Norway

Russia And China Lead New Rush To The Arctic

With the melting of the ice, maritime traffic is growing, which means new economic opportunities,...

United States

Our Self-Driving Future: Can We Trust Artificial Intelligence?

-Essay- WASHINGTON — As I was driving back to Washington last Christmas, I needed the navigation smartphone application Waze to get me out of Brooklyn, onto the Verrazano bridge, then across ...

France

Channeling Jules Verne, A Measure Of Elon Musk's Ambitions

-Analysis- PARIS — He is “a man of about forty-two years of age, of large build, but slightly round-shouldered. His massive head momentarily shook a shock of reddish hair, which resembled a ...

Switzerland

Kinder Laws Of The Jungle: Understanding Altruism In Animals

LAUSANNE — Is wildlife a world of bullies? We like to imagine the relationships among living beings as a no-holds-barred struggle for survival, a twisted vision of Charles Darwin's theory of ...

Italy

Italian Revisited, Pinocchio Translated Into Emoji Language

Researchers at the University Of Macerata used volunteers and online bots to help translated the ...