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Facebook Portal video chat screens raise privacy concerns

Facebook is launching two video call machines for the home in the midst of its latest data breach scandal. The Portal products automatically zoom in on users and follow them as they move, to offer a superior experience to existing smartphone and...

BBC, 8 October 2018
 
Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Microsoft has paused the October update of its Windows 10 operating system after reports that some users found their documents disappeared once it was installed. On its support page, the firm asks affected customers to use their device as little as...

BBC, 8 October 2018
 
Can you solve it? I've got a little (logical) list

Can you solve it? I've got a little (logical) list

Hi guzzlers, (i) People who are logically minded like to list things. (ii) These two logic puzzles celebrate this fact. ONE Which of the following statements is/are true? 1. Exactly one of the statements in this list is false. 2. Exactly two of the...

Guardian, 8 October 2018
 
Genetics research 'biased towards studying white Europeans'

Genetics research 'biased towards studying white Europeans'

People from minority ethnic backgrounds are set to lose out on medical benefits of genetics research due to an overwhelming bias towards studying white European populations, a leading scientist has warned. Prof David Curtis, a geneticist and...

Guardian, 8 October 2018
 
Country diary: pearl mussels settle down for a ripe old age

Country diary: pearl mussels settle down for a ripe old age

Hidden from sight within the meandering lower reaches of the Torridge, one of Britain’s most endangered species is clinging on to life, holding fast among the rocks in the ever-changing flow. By a secluded wooded section of the bank, the two of us...

Guardian, 8 October 2018
 
World leaders told they must act over climate change 'cliff-edge'

World leaders told they must act over climate change 'cliff-edge'

Political leaders have been urged to act on the landmark special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has warned that strong efforts would be required to prevent disastrous consequences from dangerous levels of climate...

Guardian, 8 October 2018
 
Global warming must not exceed 1.5C, warns landmark UN report

Global warming must not exceed 1.5C, warns landmark UN report

In a stark new warning, the world’s leading climate scientists have shown that global warming must be kept to a maximum of 1.5C to lessen the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The authors of the...

Guardian, 8 October 2018
 

Starwatch: Arcturus offers a glimpse of our sun's future

Starwatch chart 8 October 2018 This week, shortly after sunset look west for the orange star Arcturus hanging low in the sky. It is by far the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the ploughman. The chart shows its position at 19:30 BST on 8...

Guardian, 7 October 2018
 
Monkeypox cases put UK's tropical disease response to the test

Monkeypox cases put UK's tropical disease response to the test

Late on a Friday night Dr Mike Beadsworth left the Royal Liverpool hospital after a “pretty hellish couple of weeks”. The clinical director of tropical and infectious diseases and his team had spent weeks trying to save the life of a Middle Eastern...

Guardian, 7 October 2018
 
The Apollo programme: first steps into space, 50 years on

The Apollo programme: first steps into space, 50 years on

Fifty years ago this week, the first Apollo spacecraft to carry humans into space was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The sequence of missions begun by Apollo 7 would eventually see American astronauts land on the moon nine months...

Guardian, 7 October 2018
 
Five women who missed out on the Nobel prize

Five women who missed out on the Nobel prize

Last week, Donna Strickland (above) was awarded the 2018 Nobel prize for physics jointly with Arthur Ashkin and Gérard Mourou for their work on high-intensity lasers. It’s the first time in 55 years that a woman has won this prestigious prize, but why...

Guardian, 7 October 2018
 
How the Finnish liftestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge

How the Finnish liftestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge

It’s been a long day: one meeting after another. You leave your office, happy the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t appeal. What you need, more than anything, is to relax and...

Guardian, 7 October 2018
 

Software to seek out rule-breaking adverts as more Scots complain

Online adverts placed by Scottish companies are to be trawled by automated software to proactively seek out commercials which break regulations. The automated technology is part of a new strategy to be unveiled next month by the Advertising Standards...

Scotsman, 7 October 2018
 

Tom Devine: Revisiting the Clearances

There had been two main revolutions in the history of Scottish rural society before the more recent mechanisation of production on the land. One was the transformation in early times of hunter gatherers into farmers. The other was the triumph of...

Scotsman, 7 October 2018
 
Want to live forever? Flush out your zombie cells

Want to live forever? Flush out your zombie cells

In a lab just south of San Francisco I am looking at two blown-up images of microscope slides on a computer screen, side by side. The slides are the same cross-sections of mouse knees from a six-month-old and an 18-month-old animal. The older mouse’s...

Guardian, 6 October 2018
 
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