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More than 90% of top mayoral roles 'likely to be held by white men'

Electoral Reform Society says English devolution risks becoming ‘plaything of old boys’ club’ on its current trajectory<p>More than 90% of most powerful positions in the new English mayoralties and their cabinets are likely to be held by white men, according to analysis by the Electoral Reform Society.<p>…

Email Privacy: Judge Rejects Settlement For Google's Email Scanning Practices

On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco rejected a proposed legal settlement from Google and class action attorneys over Google's practice of …

What Is Fracking? Regulations May Have Helped Decrease Earthquakes In Central U.S., Study Says

Regulations on fracking may be helping to decrease the amount of earthquakes cause by the natural gas extraction technique and the waste produced by …

Losing Jobs To Robots? Virginia Legalizes Delivery Machines

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed a law allowing robots to deliver goods in the state, according to Engadget. Starting July 1, …

Fact-checking isn’t enough. To fight the far right, the media must spread the truth | Martin Belam

Donald Trump has accused the ‘dishonest’ press of under-reporting terrorist attacks. To counter this narrative, we must be more effective in reflecting reality<p>Donald Trump’s assertion that the media was “under-reporting” terrorist attacks was roundly scorned by the press, even more so when the …

Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers'

Reform thinktank says sector could be ‘the next Uber’ and staff should embrace the gig economy amid rise in automation<p>Almost 250,000 public sector workers could lose their jobs to robots over the next 15 years, according to a new report which claims machines would be more efficient and save …

SkillsFuture Singapore's goal for 2017: Reach more Singaporeans

380,000 Singaporeans benefitted from programmes under the SkillsFuture movement last year, 30,000 more than the year before. But SkillsFuture …

This chart reveals why Super Bowl ads are so expensive

More than 100 million people will tune into Super Bowl LI - some estimates reach as high as 116 million. With this large a viewership comes a high price tag on advertising. A 30-second ad costs $5 million this year - a price that has risen almost every year since 1967.<p>Despite a drop last year of …

Super Bowl Ads

Here's the Average American's Annual Medicare Bill

How much do Medicare beneficiaries pay for healthcare?<p>The short answer is that the average American with "original Medicare" (Parts A and B) can expect to pay a total of $7,620 out of pocket for healthcare expenses this year. However, that number doesn't tell the whole story. Some of this amount …

We’re over the digital revolution. This is the age of experience | Simon Jenkins

The web has upended all our lives. The return of books, vinyl and Kodak film shows we long to employ technology as a servant, not a master<p>Stepping outside the bubble of gloom this week I noticed something surreal. Kodak was reviving its Ektachrome film range to meet a surging demand for high-end …

Scientists have created the first human-pig 'chimera'

Cells from a human have been combined with those of a pig for the first time to create a hybrid chimera. The work could eventually lead to the …

Stem Cells

Consumers drive UK economy, defying expected Brexit vote hit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s free-spending consumers again confounded warnings that June’s Brexit vote would cause an immediate slowdown in the country’s economy, driving robust growth in the final three months of 2016, data showed on Thursday.<p>Gross domestic product rose at a quarterly pace of 0.6 …

UK Economy

DeepMind’s elusive third cofounder is the man making sure that machines stay on our side

DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence (AI) lab bought by Google for £400 million in 2014, was cofounded by three people in 2010 but one of them remains relatively unknown.<p>Shane Legg, DeepMind's chief scientist, gives significantly fewer talks and far less quotes to journalists than his …

Artificial Intelligence

Utopia? Kathleen Ngale is 85 years-old and living in conditions I can only describe as hell | Marcus Waters

Four years after the John Pilger film lifted the lid on outback communities, what has changed? The horrors are still with us<p>In 2013 John Pilger’s documentary Utopia opened to rave reviews internationally, CineVue referred to it as “an examination of injustice” and “essential viewing”. Metro stated …

After Trump's election one in 3 Californians want their state to exit the US

One in every three California residents supports the most populous U.S. state's peaceful withdrawal from the union, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, many of them Democrats strongly opposed to Trump's ascension to the country's highest office.<p>The 32 percent support rate is sharply …

United States

Trump reimposes ban on international aid to groups that discuss abortion

President Trump swung U.S. global policy on family planning sharply to the right Monday, reimposing a ban on government support for international aid groups that provide or counsel women on abortion services.<p>The move to reimpose the so-called global gag rule, a longtime priority of abortion …

Family Planning

Human rights now face their gravest threat – Trumpism | Natalie Nougayrède

With a populist in the White House, only resistance can protect rights the world struggled to enshrine<p>Remember the 1990s? Anyone who cares about human rights must now recall the era with a knot in their stomach. Compared with what’s happening today, that decade feels like a lost era of …

Nipah: fearsome virus that caught the medical and scientific world off-guard

Nipah will be among the first diseases to be targeted by a new initiative aiming to prevent epidemics. But what is it, and why is it so dangerous?<p>In 1998, with no explanation or signal of danger, a fearsome disease took off in Malaysia. Pigs died in large numbers and then men slaughtering infected …

Bill Gates is teaming up with world leaders to stop the next deadly pandemic

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 18.<p>Governments from Germany, Japan, and Norway have pooled funds along with the Gates Foundation to raise a total of $490 million so far. The target is $1 billion, …

Artificial robotic heart muscles keep pigs alive after heart attacks

For many people with weakened hearts, one solution is a mechanical pump connected to the organ. Tubes carry blood from the heart and help it move …

Indiana bill would allow police to shut down protests 'by any means necessary'

Opponents in Indianapolis argue the proposed law, simply labelled Senate Bill 285, or SB 285, would give police power ‘even to the point of costing lives’<p>A bill that would require public officials in Indiana to dispatch law enforcement swiftly to remove any protesters blocking traffic by “any means …

Rights & Freedoms

Civil rights groups urge Facebook to fix 'racially biased' moderation system

A coalition of more than 70 social and racial justice organizations urged Facebook to adopt reforms that would better target abusive content and harassment<p>Facebook allows white supremacists to spread violent threats while censoring Black Lives Matter posts and activists of color, according to civil …

Unilever: ‘Advertising holds back progress when it relies on gender stereotypes’

Compelled by a recent purge of stereotypes from its own advertising, Unilever conducted a global study that found the industry is preventing progress …

U.S. lobby says China protectionism fueling foreign business pessimism

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 80 percent of members of a U.S. business lobby in China say foreign companies are less welcome than in the past, a survey released on Wednesday showed, with most saying they have little confidence in China’s vows to open its markets.<p>The American Chamber of Commerce in …

China

New York Times report: ‘The Internet is brutal to mediocrity’

By Erik Wemple<p>, Media critic<p>In a new strategy document, the New York Times is taking aim at a staple of journalism — the forgettable news story. “Journalism That Stands Apart” is the product of the newspaper’s 2020 group, which is a team of seven New York Times journalists charged with plotting a …

Journalism

Being a black man in white America: a burden even Obama couldn't escape

If you want to know what white male privilege looks like, look at the podium on inauguration day. No black man could be elected with Trump’s life story<p>In his 2014 grand jury testimony over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson described Brown …

Woman Dies From Bacteria Resistant To All Antibiotics: Why Don't More People Care?

Welcome to the future…a bad future. In September 2016, a female in her 70s died from an infection caused by carbapenem-resistant <i>Enterobacteriaceae</i> (CRE), bacteria that was resistant to all available antibiotics. Yes, resistant to <i>all</i> available antibiotics. Yes, doctors could do nothing to stop her …

Trump's long-awaited news conference quickly turns combative

NEW YORK (AP) — A shouting match with a reporter. A long unexplained prop. An unexpected interlude from a lawyer.<p>Donald Trump's raucous first news …

Donald Trump

Trump's trainwreck press conference ushers in a shambolic presidency | Richard Wolffe

It’s safe to say that the Trump administration already looks clueless – and it hasn’t even started yet<p>Donald Trump is not what he seems. The supposed master of media manipulation stumbled so often at his first press conference, it is hard to recall why anyone thought the TV star was good at this …

Donald Trump

Obama's right: Social media has damaged our democracy

It’s time to burst social media bubbles before they swallow democracy whole.<p>In his presidential farewell address Tuesday night, Barack Obama—the …