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By Stuart Dobson | Exploring society's economic, technological and spiritual progress

What Exactly Would It Mean to Have Trump’s Finger on the Nuclear Button?

A nuclear launch expert plays out the various scenarios.<p><b>Donald Trump</b>, <i>December 15, 2015: “The biggest problem we have is nuclear—nuclear proliferation and having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon. That's in my opinion that is the single biggest problem that our country</i> …

Russian Hackers 'Could Fake U.S. Electoral Fraud'

Cybersecurity surrounding the U.S. electoral system has been a focus this election cycle, not least since Russian hackers have actually found their …

Hillary Clinton and the Brutal Murder of Gaddafi

Photo by thierry hermann | CC BY 2.0<p>On October 20, 2011, Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi was brutally murdered by a mob of NATO-backed ‘rebels’, after …

Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink

Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. We will now have to learn to collaborate and to share<p>Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain’s referendum decision is a reminder that …

Reality check: Manufacturers returning to U.S. may mean jobs for robots, not people

Here’s a little reality check on the current presidential campaign and promises by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to bring back jobs from overseas.<p>It’s about a private Michigan company called Ranir, which makes, among other things, the business end of electric toothbrushes. After spending …

Adidas will open an automated, robot-staffed factory next year

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Adidas announced on Wednesday that it will be opening a factory in Atlanta in 2017 where shoes will be produced entirely by robots, according to Engadget.<p>In a press release the …

Robots

How the father of the World Wide Web plans to reclaim it from Facebook and Google

When the World Wide Web first took off in the mid 1990s, the dream wasn’t just big, it was <i>distributed</i>: Everyone would have their own home page, …

World Wide Web

The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

Exclusive: The largest cache of documents to be leaked from within Australia’s asylum seeker detention regime details assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm<p>Read the Nauru files in a unique database<p>The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has …

We Just Used Up All of Earth's Resources for the Year, and It's Only August

August 8 is one for the record books.<p>As of Monday August 8, humans will have officially used up all the resources Earth can regenerate in a year.<p>The …

BP reveals Great Australian Bight oil drilling sites are within marine reserve

Plan attacked as ‘outrageous’ as company says oil industry can safely coexist with the marine environment<p>BP has quietly announced the planned location of its controversial drilling in the Great Australian Bight, and the two sites fall within the Commonwealth Marine Reserve.<p>Despite being the subject …

Cyborg stingray swims toward light, breaks new ground

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The idea of taking apart a rat's heart and transforming it into a tissue-engineered stingray first came to Kevin Kit Parker during a trip to the New England Aquarium with his daughter.<p>Four years later, a robotic ray that swims toward light has made the cover of Science …

Robotics

Don’t Worry: Wi-Fi Isn’t Dangerous

There are a staggering number of articles on the Internet trumpeting the dangers of “Wi-Fi radiation” and how risky it is to your health. Don’t …

Wi-Fi

Tesla is building an electric, self-driving minibus that people can call like a taxi

Self-driving cars are the rage and Elon Musk is at the forefront with Tesla motors. He believes one of the biggest challenges that w…

Tesla

Julian Assange says "1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection" proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

• Share on Facebook<p>The Iran-Contra scandal almost brought down Reagan’s second term. Essentially Oliver North and other senior administration officials …

Hillary Clinton

GOP Senator Compares Climate Change Activists To Stalin

He said that science proves “the climate hasn’t warmed in quite a few years." (Hint: He's wrong.)<p>Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who once accused those fighting climate change of “environmental jihad,” has now compared such people, including his Democratic opponent Russ Feingold and Sen. Bernie Sanders …

Climate
Neuroscience

Universal cancer vaccine on horizon after genetic breakthrough

A universal cancer vaccine is on the horizon after scientists discovered how to rewire immune cells to fight any type of disease.<p>The potential new therapy involves injecting tiny particles of genetic code into the body which travel to the immune cells and teach them to recognise specific …

Cancer

Next generation anode to improve lithium-ion batteries

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have created a new silicon-tin nanocomposite anode that could lead to lithium-ion batteries …

Batteries

No trash pick up in Flint until further notice

Saturday, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced there will be no trash pick up in the city until further notice. The current contract with Republic …

Flint

Expert to Rio athletes: 'Don't put your head under water'

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press.<p>Not only are some 1,400 athletes …

Census 2016: Affordable housing shortage in rural Australia has homelessness at 'crisis point'

Homelessness in rural Australia is reaching crisis point, welfare groups say, with agencies on the frontline fearing the number in regional areas is …

Housing

Neither Trump nor Clinton is addressing the biggest challenge to jobs: automation

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both promising to bring good-paying jobs back to America, but analysts say neither of …

Green party's Jill Stein invites Bernie Sanders to take over ticket

Stein, expected to become the party’s nominee at its August convention, says she has invited Sanders to collaborate: ‘Everything is on the table’<p>Bernie Sanders has been invited to continue his underdog bid for the White House by the Green party’s probable presidential candidate, who has offered to …

John Pilger: Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump

The following is an edited version of an address given by <b>John Pilger</b> at the University of Sydney, entitled ‘A World War Has Begun’.<p>I have been …

Hillary Clinton

Sanders Has Lost Control of His Political Revolution

It was supposed to be the night the Democratic Party finally exorcised its demons. Instead, on a sultry, hot day in Philadelphia, the long-simmering …

The unfolding water crisis at the Third Pole

At the top of the world a climate disaster is unfolding that threatens the lives of more than a billion people.

Climate Change

Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy

20,000 freshly leaked emails reveal resentful disdain toward Sanders, as party favored Clinton long before any votes were cast<p>On July 25, the …

Google’s Parent Company (Probably) Wants to Build a City From Scratch

Rumors are swirling that Alphabet, the parent company formerly known as Google, wants to build its own techno-utopian town. But the size and …

Syrian campaigners use Pokémon Go to ask world to save war children

Syrian news service distributes images showing children apparently in war zones holding printouts of Pokémon characters<p>A campaign involving children in Syrian villages has latched on to the Pokémon Go craze, asking gamers in the west to take a break from their frenzied hunt for digital creatures to …