Robert Rowe

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Basic Excel Driving with Python

Now it’s getting interesting. Reading and writing spreadsheets with XLRD and XLWT is sufficient for many tasks, and you don’t even need a copy of …

What is Code?

Today I read perhaps the single best article I’ve ever read on programming.Paul Ford has written the definitive guide for explaining a profession …

Women in Tech

5 Myths to Know Before You Learn How to Become a Software Developer

<b>Fundamentally, to learn how to become a software developer is the same as to pursue any career path</b>: hard work will truly determine success, not …

Coding by the Book: The 7 Books Every Software Developer Should Read

Just like programming trends and languages, programming books come and go. But these seven classics have stood the test of time. Some are newer than …

Americans worry about the Terminator Robot Apocalypse but what about a Japanese Sexbot Apocalypse ?

There are interesting cultural differences between Americans and Japanese. Americans fear the Terminator movie scenario of a robot or Artificial …

Why the BBC’s preaching on global warming is getting louder

The global 'climate treaty' many are so desperate to see signed in Paris next December is just not going to happen<p>In wishing you all a happy Easter, I was planning to discuss what exactly the fact that this Easter we have fewer primroses in Somerset than usual has to do with “climate change”. But I …

Developed Countries

Code as a Second Language – And Why It Matters

Is coding an alternative to learning a second language? Learn how coding can activate your brain, and help you develop a broad range of other skills.

Language

Penn Jillette ridicules supporters of anti-gay Indiana law: You’re not being forced to “engage in gay sex”

“There is more to gay sex than cake and flowers”<p>Comedian Penn Jillette may be an avid libertarian, but when it comes to anti-gay discrimination, his pro-gay views win out over the libertarian instinct to leave the market to its whims.<p>Appearing on a CNN panel last night to weigh in on an Indiana law …

Penn Jillette Discusses Religious Freedom Bills on CNN Panel, Much to the Chagrin of a Christian Guest

April 3, 2015 by Rachel Ford<p>On Wednesday, CNN Host <b>Don Lemon</b> hosted a panel to discuss the Indiana and Arkansas “religious freedom” laws that have …

Religion

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.<p>An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …

Archaeology

An Easy and Quick Way to Grade Quizzes on Google Drive Using Super Quiz Tool

February 22, 2015<br>Super Quiz is an excellent Google Sheets add-on that allows teachers to add some amazing functionalities to the quizzes they create …

Education Technology

The Most Important Things That Humanity Has Forgotten

Humanity has a terrible habit of forgetting its own history. Whether this is because humanity has evolved so far in terms of its civilisations, …

Augmented reality family video shows the possible future of computing at home

Since the debut of Microsoft's HoloLens last month, companies working on competing augmented reality (AR) products have been put on notice: the …

Microsoft's Deep Learning Project Outperforms Humans In Image Recognition

Technology is blanketed in dishonesty. Computer phones are smart, software automations become intelligence, and coerced financialization becomes sharing. Because of the deceptive language surrounding these instruments it’s difficult to talk about how they’re used, and at what cost. Instead we’re …

Machine Learning

Leading climate change denier was paid by energy companies

Wei-Hock Soon earned more than $1 million publishing erroneous reports<p>Wei-Hock Soon, a leading climate change denier whose work has fortified right-wing political arguments for years, was paid more than $1.2 million by energy companies, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. New documents uncovered by …

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than a week, speculation has been running rampant. Here's how it all started.<p>On February 10, The Washington Post published a headline that got a good amount of attention: "The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol."<p>Every five years, the …

Public Health

A Month by Month Guide To The Anglo-Saxon Calendar

Today, all of our names for the months of the year can be traced back to Ancient Rome. <b>January</b> comes from Janus, the name of a dual-faced Roman god of …

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World

Civilization was powered by the humble chicken, says author.<p>For most of us, the word "chicken" spells a cold, clammy slab of plastic-wrapped white meat plucked out of the refrigerated section of our local supermarket. But in the ancient world, and in many cultures today, chickens had deep religious …

Where Has All the (Sea Trash) Plastic Gone?

Microplastics embed into deep-sea sediment—and there's a lot more than thought.<p>When Spanish scientist Andres Cozar Cabanas compiled the first ever global map of ocean trash last July, he inadvertently uncovered a mystery. Much of the plastic he expected to find bobbing in the oceans, given a …

Amazon offers one-hour deliveries with Prime Now

Amazon has just launched a new service called Prime Now, which will let Prime members order "tens of thousands" of "daily essentials" for immediate delivery. Once you download the new app (on Android or iOS), you'll get the option of picking a one- or two-hour delivery between 6AM and midnight, …

EU court rules that fatness 'can constitute a disability’

EU court ruling means that British bosses will be required to treat obese workers as "disabled" providing them with larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities<p>Fatness "can constitute a disability" for the purposes of European Union equality at work legislation, Europe's highest court …

European Union

Asteroid strike: 7 ways the world could end

As a mountain-sized asteroid is detected heading towards Earth, what is the likeliest 'extinction-level' scenario for mankind?<p>Our solar system is littered with billions of pieces of debris, from the size of large boulders to objects hundreds of miles across. We know that from time to time these hit …

Singularity

Your Smartphone Could Replace Your Driver's License Someday Soon

Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa.<p>We've all probably left the house and hopped in a car before realizing that we left our wallet at home, though most of us have probably been lucky enough not to then be pulled over. But you may soon be able to produce your smartphone when you're asked for your driver's …

USDOT

Are Views On GMOs Changing?

Last weekend, I found myself at a party talking about GMOs with a friend (wild Friday night, eh?). A few days earlier, Intelligence Squared US had hosted a sold-out debate on GMOs in New York City. In case you aren’t familiar with Intelligence Squared, the organization's debates are based on the …

Agriculture

TomTom's new Android app saves you from speeding tickets

We should all be sticking to the speed limit, but there's always a danger any momentary lapse of concentration will be caught by a well-hidden speed camera. It's a constant worry, which is why petrolheads turn to technology like sat-navs to keep them out of trouble. The latest option is TomTom …

The Theory of Everything, review: 'tasteful and affecting'

Eddie Redmayne, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance, is completely convincing in this impressive Stephen Hawking biopic, says Tim Robey<p><b>Dir: James Marsh. Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis.</b><p><b>123 min, 12A cert</b><p>With the …

Motor Neurone Disease

Invention will help colour blind watch television in more detail

Experts at the University of East Anglia have developed a computer algorithm which enhances areas of red and green on television programmes<p>For colour blind people watching their favourite teams play football, or following a recipe on a cookery programme can be tricky.<p>But that could be about to …

Color Blindness

How to Get to Sleep Without Trying or Putting in Effort

It's 5 a.m. and you've only now dropped off to sleep. You have spent the best part of the night tossing and turning in your bed. Why has it taken until 5 a.m. for you to finally nod off? Or put another way, why have you been able to drift off to sleep at 5 a.m., when you couldn't get to sleep …

Soap, sunscreen and steroids found in Antarctic waters and wildlife

Range of pharmaceuticals found in fish, clams and sea urchins in waters around two research stations, says New Zealand researchers<p>The last great wilderness on Earth now has traces of personal care products and steroid hormones.<p>New Zealand scientists have said the waters around two Antarctic …