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Teaching machines to understand – and summarize – text

Teaching machines to understand – and summarize – text

We humans are swamped with text. It’s not just news and other timely information: Regular people are drowning in legal documents. The problem is so bad we mostly ignore it. Every time a person uses a store’s loyalty rewards card or connects to an online service, his or her activities are governed by the equivalent […] … learn more→

Results from the first global brain wave measurement show power, not money, is the new religion

Results from the first global brain wave measurement show power, not money, is the new religion

Modern societies are usually defined as relatively unreligious, dominated by money and power rather than belief in gods. This idea marks them out as modern when compared to traditional societies as well as highlighting the many issues of modernity including capitalism, growth, overproduction and climate change. But why are we so sure that secularisation and […] … learn more→

How cutting-edge microscopy is changing science

How cutting-edge microscopy is changing science

You’ve probably used a microscope before: usually, the sort of low-power microscope that pervades grade schools and simple collegiate science labs put together just to fulfill the most basic of requirements to graduate. But these days, high-end microscopy is changing science, allowing researchers to see and study things never-before seen in new and fascinating ways. […] … learn more→

Humans evolved 100,000 years earlier than we thought – and not just in east Africa

Humans evolved 100,000 years earlier than we thought – and not just in east Africa

According to the textbooks, all humans living today descended from a population that lived in east Africa around 200,000 years ago. This is based on reliable evidence, including genetic analyses of people from around the globe and fossil finds from Ethiopia of human-like skeletal remains from 195,000–165,000 years ago. Now a large scientific team that […] … learn more→

How much cancer research is fake?

How much cancer research is fake?

It seems every month or so there’s another “breathtaking breakthrough” in cancer research, with a miracle cure just around the corner. As a cancer survivor, I pay attention to such things, because nothing predisposes someone to cancer than having already had cancer…one of those breakthrough treatments might be used on me, after all. Thing is, […] … learn more→

Cyber threats: what you & your organization need to know

Cyber threats: what you & your organization need to know

Cyber threats are at an all-time high, growing in their frequency and sophistication. These threats cover a wide range of malicious activity in cyberspace including malware, espionage, theft of intellectual property and website defacement. Cyber attacks are often difficult to prevent, because hackers only have to find a single system vulnerability. To ward off the […] … learn more→

Our ‘selfish’ genes contain the seeds of our destruction – but there might be a fix

Our ‘selfish’ genes contain the seeds of our destruction – but there might be a fix

The human race is in so much trouble that it needs to colonise another planet within 100 years or face extinction. So says the physicist Stephen Hawking in an upcoming BBC documentary, Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth. According to Hawking, “with climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly […] … learn more→

Israel - the country leading Cannabis research. Here's why.

Israel – the country leading Cannabis research. Here’s why.

CBD oil has been headlining medical news for the past few months. Researchers and scientists in the US are trying to keep up with evidence showing cannabidiol oil’s potential benefits. The most recent news regarding this miracle strain? Studies have shown that regular application of CBD inhibits cancerous cell growth in rats. CBD oil is […] … learn more→

The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction?

The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction?

Uber has shaken up the taxi industry and is trying to put driverless cars on our roads. Now the company aims to have flying ride-sharing vehicles in our skies by 2020. Uber is not alone in working towards flying cars. But is this realistic, or just marketing hype? To many of us, the concept of […] … learn more→

What happens when scientists stand up for science

What happens when scientists stand up for science

The 2017 March for Science was a powerful political statement by scientists. The marchers opposed political interference, budget cuts and lack of support for science at a government level. More commonly, though, scientists stay in their labs and avoid the public political spotlight. CSIRO scientist John Church – who initially acted as an individual (not […] … learn more→