Where does all the ocean garbage go?

Plastic waste on a remote beach in Sri Lanka. Author provided The southern Indian Ocean receives more plastic waste than anywhere else in the world, but no one knows where it goes – until now. Mirjam van der Mheen and colleagues explain. Great areas of our rubbish are known to form in parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. But no such “garbage patch” has been found in the Southern Indian Ocean. Our research – published recently in Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans – looked at why that’s the case, and what happens to the rubbish that gets dumped in this particular area. … Continue reading Where does all the ocean garbage go?

‘A Convenient Life and a Good Life May Not Be the Same Thing’

FRANCOIS LENOIR / REUTERS Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust regulator, hasn’t been able to take down Big Tech—but she has a theory of how to tame it. by Franklin Foer The election of Donald Trump, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal that followed, set in motion what some have called the tech-lash—a bout of intense skepticism directed toward Silicon Valley. But long before it became fashionable to jeer Mark Zuckerberg, there was the Danish regulator, Margrethe Vestager. As the European commissioner of competition, a post she has held since 2014, she has fined Google billions for its bullying behavior toward rivals. … Continue reading ‘A Convenient Life and a Good Life May Not Be the Same Thing’

Moral technology

A screen shows a demonstration of SenseTime Group Ltd’s SenseVideo pedestrian and vehicle recognition system in Beijing, China, on Friday 15 June 2018. Photo by Bloomberg/Getty Images Self-driving cars don’t drink and medical AIs are never overtired. Given our obvious flaws, what can humans still do best? Paula Boddington is a senior research fellow at Cardiff University. She is the author of Towards a Code of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence (2017). She lives in Oxford. Edited by Nigel Warburton A five-year-old boy is helping his grandmother cook by cutting out biscuits from the dough she’s made, and he’s doing it rather badly. He … Continue reading Moral technology

WHAT THE FUCK ?

image edited by F. Kaskais 5G APOCALYPSE – THE EXTINCTION EVENT New Earth Project A full length documentary by Sacha Stone exposing the 5G existential threat to humanity in a way we never imagined possible! Please SHARE this as widely as you feel drawn…use it to target your local bureaucrats, technocrats, health practitioners, local and federal government agencies and more than anything else…your family and friends. Featuring in this film: weapons development experts, biologists, molecular & cellular biologists, blood microscopists, activists, as well as good leaders out there on the frontline. We know what this technology is – we know … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ?

Sir David Attenborough Urges Young People To Look Up From Their Screens At The “Great Treasure” Of The Natural World

Laura Gallant/BuzzFeed The broadcaster talks to BuzzFeed News about his new Netflix show Our Planet, why we need to get off our screens and how there are so many more species on our planet we’ve yet to discover. by Scott Bryan Sir David Attenborough is into the sixth decade of his career. In that time, he has appeared on black and white, colour, high definition, and even 3D television. And, over the decades, has been consistent in educating us about the natural world while also highlighting the grave threats it faces — such as Blue Planet exposing the damage posed by single-use plastics. … Continue reading Sir David Attenborough Urges Young People To Look Up From Their Screens At The “Great Treasure” Of The Natural World

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

RUBY AITKEN The home-rental start-up says it’s cracking down on hosts who record guests. Is it doing enough? by SIDNEY FUSSELL When Max Vest shook hands with the host of his Miami Airbnb back in January, the man introduced himself as Ralph—even though “Ray” was the name he’d used in all their prior communication. This was the first and only indication something was wrong. But his host had a great rating on the home-sharing site, with many of the comments mentioning how friendly and accommodating he was. So Vest, a children’s camp director from Gainesville, Florida, didn’t think much of … Continue reading Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

How Often Do People Have Sex? The Number May Surprise You

By John Malouff, The Conversation Let’s talk about sex data. Australians report having sex once or twice a week, on average. For Brits, it’s less than once a week, while Americans report having sex two to three times a week. We can’t know for sure how often individuals actually have sex. Some people may incorrectly report their sexual frequency, either by mistake or on purpose. But the national estimates data are based on representative samples, so they’re a useful guide. What do we mean by sex? Some studies simply ask participants how often they “have sex”; others define it specifically, such as “activity with another person that … Continue reading How Often Do People Have Sex? The Number May Surprise You