Home News Life Review 18 December 2018 From advances in mind reading and medical procedures to AI law enforcement and CRISPR controversy, 2018 was a year of highs and lows. Here are our highlights January Airborne fire starters? At the beginning of the year, we broke the news of the first documented evidence that falcons and kites seem to deliberately spread wildfires. Eyewitness accounts in Australia suggest they drop burning twigs into new areas to flush out prey. Birds may exhibit similar behaviour in Africa, the Americas and South Asia. February This month, we revealed that five children born with underdeveloped ears had been given new ones made from their own cells. The technique involved was similar to the one used in the 1990s to create … Advertisement Trending Latest Video Free Dogs really can smell your fear, and then they get scared too We thought the Incas couldn't write. These knots change everything … [Read more...] about The most eye-catching science and tech news stories of 2018
Tesla boss Elon Musk is eyeing 2019 for a major expansion of the Supercharger network in Europe and beyond. Musk tweeted the news on Thursday in response to a question from a driver in Ireland asking about plans for more chargers there. The CEO promised that Supercharger coverage will “extend to 100 percent of Europe next year. From Ireland to Kiev, from Norway to Turkey.” In Europe, most of Tesla’s 3,200-plus Superchargers are currently concentrated in nations to the west, with far fewer located in eastern European countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. There are none at all in Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, and Ukraine, so the company’s plan to fill out the desolate spots in the next 12 months should give it a decent chance of scoring a few more car sales over time. One note of caution, though. Musk’s stated aims regarding Superchargers sometimes fall short, evidenced by the promise in mid-2017 that Tesla would have … [Read more...] about Elon Musk promises 100 percent Tesla Supercharger coverage for Europe in 2019
On Wednesday morning, media outlets were running the story that President Donald Trump had failed to visit U.S. troops at Christmastime. By Wednesday afternoon, the media claimed Trump had made his visit to a war zone obvious in advance. In between, media outlets that had earlier trumpeted Trump’s supposed non-visit to the troops were spinning the news that he had, in fact, visited by noting that it was his first visit to a war zone since taking office.Left-wing Salon.com, for example, reported initially that Trump had failed to visit the troops during Christmastime, then changed its story and headline, but retained the anti-Trump spin. “Trump sets new Christmas record: Finally makes first visit to combat troops,” it reported, adding that “Trump’s loyalty to his country has been called into question since the beginning of his presidency” because of allegations — still unfounded — of Russia “collusion.” Other, less overtly … [Read more...] about After Fake News Reports, Media Now Claim Trump’s Christmas Visit to U.S. Troops Was Obvious
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Personal Tech | Digital Privacy Is a Big Concern in Europe. For This Reporter, Too. Supported by Tech We’re Using When the investigative journalist Matt Apuzzo moved from Washington to Brussels, he noticed that distrust had a different focus. And he adjusted some of his own tech tools. ByMatt Apuzzo Dec. 26, 2018 How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Matt Apuzzo, an investigative correspondent in Brussels, discussed the tech he’s using. What are the most important tech tools for you as an investigative journalist? As with most people these days, my go-to device is my phone, which in my case is an iPhone X. I don’t use it for anything particularly unique to journalism, except maybe document scanning. Sometimes, I might have only a … [Read more...] about Digital Privacy Is a Big Concern in Europe. For This Reporter, Too.
The Yellow Vest movement that swept across France over the past six weeks has provoked intense debates over elitism, economic inequality, and the nature of protest in this country. But it has also put platforms such as Facebook and Twitter under a microscope. Without a doubt, the Yellow Vests (or “gilets jaunes”) were initially propelled by Facebook groups. But the question now is whether we are seeing a repeat of past abuses or manipulations of social media by outside groups? France-based researchers who have been studying these questions have come to surprising conclusions. In spite of a growing sense that social media is often used in nefarious ways, these researchers believe that in this case such outsider influence has been minimal and served mainly as an excuse to delegitimize the protests. The data was compiled by a team of associate professors at the University of Toulouse: Nikos Smyrnaios, Brigitte Sebbah, Lucie Loubère, Natacha Souillard, and Laurent … [Read more...] about Researchers downplay role of fake news and bots in France’s Yellow Vest protests