tech / science

United States

Behold The Google-Facebook Duopoly

Google tried and failed to play the social media game. But that's not necessarily a bad thing...

Spain

Inside Facebook’s Top Secret Moderation Center

BARCELONA — It’s a large, bright open space, in which 80 people work, sitting behind brand new desks. The grey of the carpet is still pristine, the walls too white, impersonal. Except for a large ...

Argentina

In Tierra Del Fuego, Findings Of A Unique American Biologist

In far southern Argentina, writer Pablo Bizón recalls a chance encounter with a woman who ...

India

Beyond Nobel: In Search Of A Better Way To Measure Science

NEW DELHI — In an article in The Atlantic, Patrick Collison and Michael Nielsen express their concerns about the perceived slowdown of scientific progress. With “more scientists, more funding for ...

China

Is Human Gene Editing Simply Scientific Progress?

Ethical concerns about last week's CRISPR breakthrough in China are valid. But they can evolv...

Germany

Autobahn Alternative? A Peek At Germany's First Solar Road

A visionary engineer and his two-person company have a plan to pave the country's roads with ...

Germany

German Police Deploy Controversial Silicon Valley Surveillance Tool

Critics worry that by partnering with Palantir, a Silicon Valley company with ties to the CIA, po...

France

AI In Healthcare: New Battleground For Big Tech And Startups

PARIS — What if the GAFA quartet (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple) also became giants in the healthcare sector? Google first tried to put on the white coat more than a decade ago. After "Google ...

Colombia

Solar Power: Researchers Map Out Colombia's Sunshine Hotspots

Engineers in Antioquia decided to cross-reference data on solar radiation and cloud cover to enco...

India

Archeology Or Apathy: Digging For Dinosaur Relics In India

Unlike countries like the US or even China, India doesn’t have a national repository to sto...

India

When Buddhist Monks Meet Quantum Physicists

Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists gathered in Gangtok, India earlier this month for an unlikely me...

Canada

How Canada Is Using AI To Help Decide Immigration Cases

Algorithms can certainly speed things up. But are they an appropriate tool processing residency a...

United States

Why AI Is Now The Key Ingredient For Modern Productivity

-Analysis- CARACAS — Artificial Intelligence is opening up new opportunities for the economy and society. But it will also affect millions of human jobs, and thus poses a huge challenge for ...

China

Helping China's Elderly Catch Up With Our Information Age

BEIJING — A video is making the rounds across China's internet. On a bus in the western city of Xi'an, an elderly man is seen shouting at a pregnant woman that she should give up her seat. "I am ...

Netherlands

Boyan Slat, A (Nicer) Elon Musk To Save Our Oceans

The project "The Ocean Cleanup" wants to use its system to rid the oceans from plastic waste. The...

Colombia

Meet The Tardigrade, Maxi Resistant Mini Species With Medical Potential

Scientists from the University of Magdalena in Colombia discovered six new species of tardigrades...

Germany

Grimm Choices: How Energy Transition Threatens A Fairy Tale Forest

Wind power has its drawbacks, especially in central German region of Hesse, where developers want...

United Kingdom

Is Empathy Determined By Genes?

Education and experience certainly play a role in how well an individual understands other people...

China

Google Or Baidu? Chinese Have Their Say In Short-Lived Survey

The U.S. web giant may be planning a return to China. But would web users there actually embrace ...

Germany

Welcome To The Metadata Society — And Beware

There's a potentially sinister side to the crush of data we unwittingly feed into systems lik...

China

In Beijing, The Chilling Job Of "Stability-Maintenance"

China's efforts to maintain control over citizens now include implementing volunteer "stabili...

Germany

Europe, Trapped Between U.S. Protectionism And Chinese Ambition

-Analysis- MUNICH — As far as industrial strategies and international competition are concerned, there’s no greater contrast than that between Europe's resignation and China's iron ...