This week, tech developers introduced Q, the world’s first “genderless” virtual assistant. Whereas Siri, Alexa and most other electronic helpers speak in conspicuously feminine tones, Q has been engineered to create a gender-neutral effect. As a result, users can benefit from all the useful information and guidance available to us today, without reinforcing the old-fashioned idea that the role of eager helpmate is necessarily played by a woman.
But degendering is not just good for robots. It’s time we humans get serious about it too.
‘We have the science; now more urgent climate action is needed to steer away from tipping points that could be even worse for our planet than we first thought.’
Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their kids? It all comes down to a fraudulent research study published in a British medical journal in 1998, by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. The study has been proven false many times over. And because of his fraud, Wakefield is barred from practicing as a physician in the UK. He has moved to the US but has not been licensed to practice here also.
Without vaccinations to blame, parents would have to admit they passed on genetic flaws to their children.
Using observational and model-based data spanning the entire 20th century, NASA scientists have for the first time identified three broadly-categorized processes responsible for this drift — contemporary mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.
The study, published today in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, used data from the 2017 IUCN Red List on the total numbers of species that are considered to have gone extinct globally since 1500.
Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review.
Researchers who analysed more than 380,000 speeches, including those given by Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown, have concluded that ‘liberals lecture’ while, in comparison, ‘conservatives communicate’.
At least one DNA testing company has given US law enforcement open access to its database of over a million users without their consent or knowledge, hoping it will help solve crimes. The implications for genetic privacy are dire.
The University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer notes that the temporary icy cold doesn’t disprove global warming, despite what some non-scientists may claim. On Friday, the globe as a whole was 1.08 degrees warmer average.
Climate Reanalyzer? Sounds legit.
Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday.
No worries- Antarctica will be available for farming by then.
Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s
Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss to be accelerating dramatically — a key indicator of human-caused climate change.
Earth’s magnetic fields are shifting – and scientists are unsure why.
Researchers say the magnetic North Pole is ‘skittering’ away from Canada, towards Siberia.
Justin will issue a complaint to Serbia.
There is a substantial body of research that details anthropogenic, or man-made, climate change. Climate mitigation policies have largely been based on the evidence that has resulted in this scientific consensus. In particular, the Paris Climate Agreement, which was finalized in 2015 and opened for signatures in 2016, is perhaps the most comprehensive of these policies.
When are they going to make this a legal religion so we can tithe and buy indulgences?
A Chinese scientist on Monday said he has created the world’s first genetically-edited babies in a controversial medical procedure that threatens to shake the foundation of bioethics.
He Jiankui, a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Shenzhen, said the twins — identified as “Lulu” and “Nana” — had their embryos’ DNA changed using a method known as CRISPR.
The genes were edited to prevent the embryos from being able to contract HIV, He said, noting that the twins’ father had the virus.
Research from scientists at Harvard and Yale universities was recently published in a journal called Environmental Research Letters which proposes using a technique called stratospheric aerosol injection to fight against climate change. The proposed technique would see scientists launching sulfate particles into the Earth’s lower stratosphere at altitudes up 12 miles high.
An editorial in the international journal of science, Nature, declared that the “move to classify people on the basis of anatomy or genetics should be abandoned.”