The Sahara desert in western LibyaPhoto: Luca Galuzzi (Wikipedia) by Maddie Stone Stretching 3.5 million square miles across northern Africa, the vast sand dunes and rocky plateaus of the Sahara cover more ground than the continental United States. Now, a pair of scientists is making a provocative claim that the world’s largest desert has expanded 10 percent since the early 20th century, effectively adding another Texas-sized chunk. It sounds bad! But some outside experts contacted by Earther expressed serious doubts about study’s findings, suggesting more research on the Sahara, and better data collection across northern Africa, are sorely needed. To track changes … Continue reading So, Uh, What’s Going On With the Sahara Desert?
Buoys and drones outfitted with pattern recognition software are being developed to mitigate unwanted human-shark encounters. Do they work? BY Jeremy Hsu AUSTRALIA MAY BE one of the few countries where scientific reports about great white sharks can regularly trigger fierce political debates. The country has the world’s highest fatality rate from unprovoked shark attacks with an average of 1.5 deaths per year. That’s a very low risk, but still a concern for water-loving Australians who primarily live near the coasts — and that concern has traditionally been addressed with a suite of what many critics have called overly aggressive solutions like shark nets … Continue reading Toward a More Peaceful (and High-Tech) Coexistence with Sharks
by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) The aesthetic appeal of its sprawling, modern campus with sun-lit cafeterias and lush outdoor gardens is no longer shielding the Google corporation from the scrutiny it deserves, as more than 3,100 of the search engine’s employees recently signed onto a petition demanding that their employer cease its role in advancing the development of artificial intelligence (AI). According to reports, Google is actively involved in a government program known as “Pentagon AI” that’s pushing to develop AI technologies that are capable of analyzing video footage. The goal is to develop AI-controlled drones that are better able to annihilate their … Continue reading Google employees are suddenly realizing their employer is pure EVIL; now they’re freaking out over Pentagon AI “terminator” project