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Now even climate-change believers count as ‘deniers’

Al Gore recently had a telling altercation with a journalist. The Spectator’s Ross Clark wanted to ask him about Miami sea-level rises suggested in …

Internet firms shift stance, move to exile white supremacists

SAN FRANCISCO: Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against neo-Nazi groups in the United States on Wednesday (Aug 17) as more technology …

Rights & Freedoms

Incentivising sustainable fishing through certification

Rupert Howes, CEO, The Marine Stewardship Council<p>Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Share via Email<p>Our oceans are in trouble. Acidification, plastics and other pollution, and climate change present enormous challenges, and we have little time to act to avoid pending catastrophe for humanity and …

Sustainability

I ran Clinton's campaign, and I fear Russia is meddling with more than elections | Robby Mook

Vladimir Putin wants to extend his influence beyond the ballot box and into the very fabric of our public life. We must take action before it’s too late<p>The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being treated too much like a novelty …

Bannon says he’s a Leninist: that could explain the White House’s new tactics

Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s chief political strategist and, after Trump, the most powerful man in Washington, once declared proudly: “I am a Leninist.” He was talking to a New York university academic who had written extensively on communism and the former Soviet Union. “What on earth do you …

Donald Trump

Police Say High-Profile Fatalities, Protests Have Made Their Jobs Harder

A Pew survey of police officers across the U.S. found that most officers believe their jobs have grown more difficult and more dangerous following a series of high-profile deaths of black citizens during encounters with police.<p>The survey also uncovered sharp disparities between the perceptions of …

Obama's right: in an age of unreality, democracy is in peril | Jill Abramson

In his farewell speech, the president addressed the danger of the new information age. With the Trump dossier, we have a perfect example of it<p>George Orwell, no doubt, would have approved of President Obama’s farewell speech. Underneath the hopeful rhetoric of “Yes We (Still) Can” and list of the …

Donald Trump

Inmates are kicking off what could be the biggest prison strike in America

On September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot, inmates from 40 prisons in 24 states are attempting to bring America's multibillion-dollar prison economy to a grinding halt in a coordinated effort to highlight the injustices of prison labor, strike leaders told Mother Jones.<p>If the …

The shocking murder of trans activist Hande Kader says much about Turkey today | Elif Shafak

The death of the LGBT activist is not a side issue to the dark and turbulent times the country is living through – it is a symptom of them<p>In the course of only a couple of months, citizens of Turkey have endured rising political tension, a series of terror attacks, and a horrific coup attempt that …

Middle East

16-year-old South African girl invents drought-fighting super material from orange peels

In the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history, one Johannesburg schoolgirl has created a super absorbent polymer that could change …

North Korea 'feeding workers crystal meth' to speed up skyscraper project

North Korean workers are being given a methamphetamine-based drug in the hope it will speed up a major construction project, according to reports.<p>Project managers in the city's capital of Pyongyang are said to be under so much pressure to finish the job on time that they have resorted to openly …

North Korea says new 3D printer can make bones for surgery and dentistry

The country’s state media broadcasts footage of machine that it claims can reassemble a human jaw, NK News reports<p>North Korea has unveiled the latest in its range of medical inventions: a 3D printer to reproduce bone that can be used in cosmetic surgery and dentistry.<p>A news segment on KCTV claimed …

Dentistry

Singapore on alert after 6 terror suspects arrested in Batam over rockets plot

Malnutrition will not end by 2030, warn campaigners

Save the Children tells Rio nutrition summit that despite global pledge to end malnutrition by 2030, millions of children will be malnourished far into the next century<p>Millions of children will continue to suffer far into the next century from physical and mental stunting as a result of …

A Bar Owner in The UK Has Built a Faraday Cage to Stop Customers Using Their Phones

Commitment.<p>The owner of a cocktail bar in the UK has turned to physics in an attempt to force his customers to actually talk to other instead of just …

Electromagnetism

Hacking the farm: How farmers use 'digital agriculture' to grow more crops

The world's population is growing at a shocking rate, with an expected 1.2 billion more mouths to feed by 2030, according to the United Nations. Meanwhile, the amount of arable land is decreasing, and farmers face mounting challenges.<p>Climate Corporation aims to take the guesswork out of issues like …

Farming

This Elevated Chinese Bus Is the Future of Public Transportation

The innovative bus designed to cruise above traffic launched its first-ever trial run<p>In May, an online video showing the model of a massive futuristic bus passing above lines of car traffic, all while transporting passengers, generated a lot of buzz. The technology was exciting, but many viewers …

UN condemns 'barbaric' Boko Haram violence in Nigeria

<b>The United Nations has accused the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram of "almost unimaginable" violence and brutality in Nigeria.</b><p>Stephen O'Brien, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator, said the militant group's actions had forced thousands to flee and left unprecedented numbers in need.<p>The UN estimates …

REPORT: Google is secretly working on an augmented reality headset

On Saturday, Engadget reported that the Californian technology giant is building the head-mounted computer that will work independently of smartphones and desktop PCs.<p>Recode recently reported that Google had "nixed" a project to build a more conventional virtual reality headset in the vein of …

Tesla Autopilot wasn't created so cars could drive themselves

Two federal-government agencies are investigating the tragic incident, along with other nonfatal accidents involving Autopilot.<p>The crash has also set off a debate about what the future holds for driverless cars.<p>But much of the discussion around Tesla's response to the incident is missing the point …

'At least 35,000' Venezuelans cross border to Colombia to buy food and medicine

Similar border opening last week led to dramatic scenes of the elderly and mothers storming Colombian supermarkets<p>Tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured into neighbouring Colombia to buy food and medicine on Saturday after authorities briefly opened the border that has been closed for almost a …

'How can a girl become a taxi driver?': defying India's caste and gender taboos

Young women are challenging traditional roles to train as taxi drivers, part of a programme to empower children from marginalised families<p>It’s three months into her driving course and Zahida is still getting used to her new uniform - navy blue trousers with a matching zip jacket. As the 19-year-old …

Food waste: harvesting Spain's unwanted crops to feed the hungry

Spain’s gleaning movement has grown rapidly in response to austerity, harvesting imperfect fruit and veg - that would otherwise be wasted - for food banks. Now its own line of jams, soups and sauces is taking off too<p>Under a blazing Catalan sun, Abdelouahid wipes the sweat from his brow in a cabbage …

Your CEO's an Extrovert? Why Science Says That Could Be a Problem

Do certain personality traits suggest a CEO has big weaknesses? New Stanford research says they might.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Are the best CEOs all of a type?<p>Should they be forceful, determined, slightly narcissistic …

Psychology

Florida mosque is removed as a polling site after complaints and threats

For years, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, Fla., served as a polling station for Palm Beach County voters.<p>Since at least the year 2010, citizens have cast their votes within the pastel green walls of the mosque, whether it was for a presidential primary, a municipal election or a special …

Policing takes a major mental health toll on officers

Among those who do not share that confidence, the view of the police seems to have shifted from from those who "serve and protect" to those who "unnecessarily kill."<p>What are the circumstances that got us to this point? People come into police work with the goal of public service but often leave in …

PokéMon Go Is Reportedly Helping People With Their Depression

Gotta catch 'em all.<p>Since Pokémon Go started dominating our lives last week, it's had some surprising impacts. People are feeling strange sensations …

Pokémon Go

UAE tells citizens to avoid national dress while abroad after man held in US

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when travelling abroad, …