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India’s political parties have mined voters’ psychographic data for years

The Cambridge Analytica controversy is unlikely to die down soon as it touches a series of important democratic nerves. First, it concerns our ability to freely exercise our civic rights and duties. The fear of manipulation through data casts a cloud of suspicion over the sanctity of elections, …

Cambridge Analytica

There may be five types of diabetes

Diabetes is currently said to exist in essentially two variations: Type 1 and Type 2. But a group of medical scientists believe that division is overly simplistic.<p>Writing in a study published by <i>The Lancet: Diabetes & Endocrinology</i> this month, a team of international researchers propose that there …

Georg Cantor and the Beauty of Infinity

Georg Cantor (1845-1918)<p>On March 3, 1845, German mathematician <b>Georg Cantor</b>, creator of the set theory was born. <b>Set Theory</b> is considered the …

The Women Who Made the Internet and Other Stories

<b>Broad Band:</b> The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet<br>by Claire L. Evans.<br>Portfolio, 2018 ($27)<p><b>In the earliest days</b> of computing, rooms of …

Oxford University

You Can Find the Gravitational Constant with String and a Mountain

There are quite a few fundamental constants. These are things like the speed of light (<i>c</i>) the charge on an electron (<i>e</i>), and the Planck constant (<i>h</i>). …

Google's Waymo Demonstrates Why You Shouldn't Fear Self-Driving Cars, In 360 Degree VR

Self-driving cars are a controversial topic in that they’re essentially robotics that replace an otherwise completely human function. Humans, generally speaking, have an aversion to trusting machines with jobs that involve critical execution, and especially with respect to safety. It’s frankly just …

Autonomous Cars

Waymo's new 360-degree video uses incredible visuals to explain how its self-driving tech works

By now, most of you have probably know of Waymo, Google's (or should I say Alphabet's) self-driving tech company. You probably also know that …

Conservators race against time to save film cels of classic Disney characters

Researchers are analysing material on which early Disney cartoons were inked to find best way to save and store the animations<p>Hands clasped, silver slippers together and with an air of gentle condescension, Snow White looks like the epitome of a Disney princess. Except there’s a hitch: across her …

Alice In Wonderland

What Scientists Learned From Strapping a Camera to a Polar Bear

Hours of film showed the animals just living life—and suggested that, in the age of climate change, their day-to-day existence may get much harder.<p>You may have seen a recent viral video that showed a polar bear in the throes of suffering. The beast seems to be in the final hours of its life—its …

Global Warming

Whales can mimic human speech, and you have to hear it to believe it

We’ve known for some time that orca whales are incredibly intelligent creatures, capable of advanced social behaviors and coordinated hunting …

China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out

China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year.<p>According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal. The team of Chinese and American …

Renewable Energy

Oldest human fossil found outside Africa rewrites migration timeline

The origin story for modern humans is constantly being revised, but the general gist is that <i>Homo Sapiens</i> first arose several hundred thousand years …

Quantum Computers and Quantum Physics

A quantum computer is a computer design which uses the principles of quantum physics to increase the computational power beyond what is attainable by …

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline?<p>Get moving.<p>A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that any type of exercise that raises your …

The Brain

Trump's deeply worrisome New York Times interview reveals a lawless president

<b>Washington:</b> US President Donald Trump's extended, rambling new interview with <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> provides perhaps the clearest picture yet of his …

Donald Trump

'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

<b>Cows have shown an "insane" and "mind-blowing" ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers.</b><p>In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV.<p>It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their …

Immunotherapy

7 Work Habits of the Rich and Genius

What constitutes success in the workplace? The habits of some of the nation’s top leaders might surprise you. For example, if you’re anything like …

Oprah Winfrey

To Comprehend Trump, Read This

Three books and two magazine articles shed a lot of light on the president's baffling behavior.<p>It's happening more and more: The phone rings and there's an old acquaintance on the line, often a mainstream Republican, asking, "What's wrong with Donald Trump?"<p>Instead of ranting in response, as I’d …

Donald Trump

Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook

Just when the cybersecurity world thinks it's found the limits of how far Russian hackers will go to meddle in foreign elections, a new clue emerges …

Here's The One Thing You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Be Super Successful

Success is measured and defined in a number of ways, and there is no one clear path to achieving greatness. You will be most successful in the areas that you put the most energy, and there are multiple strategies to keep yourself on the right track.<p>In order to be successful, you need to achieve …

Time Management

5 Inspiring TED Talks That Will Free You to Be Happy and Successful

What’s the secret to happiness and achievement? Sometimes it’s not so much what you do as what you stop doing. That’s the lesson behind some of the …

Stay safe online: Experts reveal 10 ways to protect yourself and your business from hackers

On the back of last year's success, WIRED Security returns to King's Place in London on September 28. The one-day event brings together policymakers, …

Cybersecurity