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It's no joke – the robots will really take over this time

If capitalism can outsource low-paid jobs, why can't it replace the middle classes with automatons?<p>Not often do you hear a <i>Newsnight</i> presenter using an arcane mathematical term, but last week was an exception. The culprit was David Grossman, who made an excellent film for <i>Newsnight</i> about the threat …

Rolling Rosphere Robot Can Travel Over Virtually Any Terrain

A team at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain has designed and developed a rolling spherical robot that could be used in a wide range of …

A Simple Experiment Shows How Hard It Is To Get Robots To Behave Ethically

If we want robots to be the complex autonomous agents promised to us in sci-fi movies, they need to be able to interpret the (often complicated) subtexts of situations they might encounter in the course of carrying out their duties.<p>Footnote reports on an interesting experiment that explores a …

Robotics

Insects With Tiny Glasses Could Help Robots See in 3D

Praying mantises with 3D specs will help us understand the algorithms of stereo vision.<p>Image: Jenny Read/Newcastle University<p>Neuroscientists are giving praying mantises 3D glasses, in research that could help give robots 3D vision. There are many things about this idea that I love, first and …

Insects

Here's The Percentage Odds That Your Job Gets Replaced By A Robot

Last year Oxford associate professor Michael Osborne, along with coauthor Carl Frey, published a paper called "The Future Of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerisation?"<p>Their central premise: "The secular price decline in the real cost of computing has created vast economic incentives …

The Arts

Tyson Foods Drops Pig Farm Over Video Of Alleged Animal Abuse

The graphic video, which activist group Mercy For Animals posted to its website, showed workers at West Coast Farms kicking pigs and slamming piglets to the ground.<p>NBC News showed the video to Tyson Foods, the nation's largest meat producer, and the company immediately terminated its contract with …

Animal Abuse

Ten Stray Dogs From Sochi Arrive in U.S. for Adoption

The dogs will stay at a D.C. animal shelter until they get new homes.<p>Ten dogs rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia, arrived at the Washington (D.C.) Animal Rescue League Thursday evening on their way to new homes in the U.S.<p>The stray animals' transfer was arranged by Russian billionaire Oleg …

Convicted Drug Dealer Indicted for Selling Rhino Horns

Undercover investigation nets alleged wildlife trafficker with ties to former Medellín drug cartel.<p>"This is Lu," the email began. "I got the giraffe from you."<p><b>That email, say U.S. Justice Department officials, written to a confidential informant regarding a taxidermied giraffe, would initiate an</b> …

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CONFINED, CHAINED & ABUSED: <b>CANADIAN VEAL INDUSTRY EXPOSED</b><p>Crated <b>CRUELTY</b><p>A new undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals Canada at a Quebec veal …

Temple Grandin

These aerial shots of factory farming look like bloody zombie wounds

America’s heartland! Place of milk and honey! Where cows frolic happily in fields full of corn, butterflies, and maple syrup (just go with it). Or …

Global warming will cut crop harvests by 2% each decade, researchers say

Decline in predicted crop yields is larger than first thought and could endanger food security, unless CO² emissions are cut<p>Climate change will cause bigger falls in crop yields than previously thought, exacerbating food insecurity, a new study has found.<p>The research, conducted by Australian, …

Scientists Sound the Alarm on Global Warming, But Americans Sleep In

Gallup released the results of a new poll on Americans’ opinions about climate change earlier this month. For those concerned about global warming, …

Climate Change

The End of Spring in a Warming World

The first day of spring is finally here, even if it doesn’t feel that way in much of the still frigid East. Of course, the official beginning of …

Climate Change

Global warming to hit Asia hardest, warns new report on climate change

Flooding, famine and rising sea levels will put hundreds of millions at risk in one of the world's most vulnerable regions<p>People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, climate experts will warn this week. Hundreds of …

Mary Landrieu Is Paying — and Getting Paid Big — for Her Stance on Global Warming

Environmentalists need Mary Landrieu, but they don’t love her — and they’re proving it with their checkbooks.<p>Louisiana’s Democratic senator and …

Warming World Threatens Us All, Warns U.N. Report

There have been thousands and thousands and thousands of studies published on climate change since 2007, when the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on …

Climate Change

Global Warming Could Affect Crops Sooner Than We Thought

A new report by scientists at the University of Leeds shows that global warming may affect crops much sooner than originally thought. The study …

IPCC Insider Rejects Global-Warming Report

The Alfie Evans saga continues to roil the U.K., and it is increasingly looking like the Terri Schiavo case. One huge difference: Instead of an …

Black Panther

Scientists Want to Tax Meat to Cut Methane Emissions, Slow Global Warming

A group of scientists aren’t waiting for the world to follow Al Gore’s lead by going vegan to save the planet. Instead, they want to tax meat in …

Global Warming: Do We Have to Sit and Take It?

Do you know the difference between the terms "climate change" and "global warming? Which of these is more ominous? They are often used interchangeably, with "climate change" somehow seeming more politically correct. Perhaps it's because "climate change" is a more natural, slow moving, and benign …

Global warming can't be blamed on CFCs – another one bites the dust

Nuccitelli et al. (2014) rebuts the argument that global warming is due to chlorofluorocarbon rather than carbon emissions<p>A paper published in the <i>International Journal of Modern Physics B</i> by the University of Waterloo's Qing-Bin Lu last year claimed that solar activity and human chlorofluorocarbon …

Moore Equals Less in Global Warming Denial

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- "There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the …

Settled Science: Corn Ethanol Worse for Global Warming than Gasoline

The Alfie Evans saga continues to roil the U.K., and it is increasingly looking like the Terri Schiavo case. One huge difference: Instead of an …

Ethanol

A Stunning Finding; Higher Food Prices Reduce Poverty

Via Dani Rodrik we get this finding from Derek Headey. That higher food prices appear to reduce poverty among the absolutely poor. This really isn’t what we would expect at all but I think that it’s possible to explain it in simple terms.<p>The paper is here and here is the main claim from it:<p>Standard …

Poverty vs. Democracy in America

50 years after Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, tens of millions of second-class Americans are still legally or effectively disenfranchised.<p>Richard says he is done being a criminal—but the law isn't done with him. Ever since he completed his four-year prison sentence for armed robbery, …

The War On Poverty Was Designed To Fail

As explained here, the War on Poverty, which turned 50 this year, wasn’t merely a failure. It was a fiscal, social, and moral catastrophe.<p>The War on Poverty failed because it was <i>designed</i> to fail. The progressive welfare state that grew out of the War on Poverty cannot be reformed. It must be ripped …

World Bank says growth alone can't end poverty

Bank urges developing countries to 'enhance growth with policies that allocate more resources to the extreme poor'<p>The World Bank has urged developing-world countries to fund social security programmes to lift the incomes of their poorest people, ending a reliance on growth to end poverty.<p>In a …