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In the wake of a controversial move by Wikipedia to distribute a monkey 'selfie' for free, against the wishes of the photographer whose camera was used, the US has issued new guidance that says animals, ghosts and gods are all banned from owning copyright...
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Crime and poverty: To have and have not
“POVERTY”, wrote Aristotle, “is the parent of crime.” But was he right? Certainly, poverty and crime are associated. And the idea that a lack of income might drive someone to misdeeds sounds plausible. But research by Amir Sariaslan of the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, and his colleagues, just published in the British Journal of Psychiatry,...
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Oceans and the climate: Davy Jones’s heat locker
OVER the past few years one of the biggest questions in climate science has been why, since the turn of the century, average surface-air temperatures on Earth have not risen, even though the concentration in the atmosphere of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has continued to go up. This “pause” in global warming has been seized on by those sceptical th...
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The telecoms industry is being urged to consider 999 technology for the 'text generation', in the wake of huge increase in text usage reported by Ofcom...
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Sony's PlayStation 4 console is lighting up sales charts, and even the company isn't sure why. Could a reversal or collapse strike the console? We think not....
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Insects May Someday Be Your Next Meal’s Last Meal

Eat up: A petri dish of mealworms, one of the livestock food sources being developed by the French company Ynsect.

Most farmers go to great lengths to keep insects at bay. For a growing cadre of livestock and fish producers though, bugs have never been so welcome.

Despite the appearance of

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Automation Changes the Work We Do, But it Doesn’t Have to Kill the Joy

A human operator controls a robot in a British facility that makes metal pedestrian barriers.

Messages move at light speed. maps speak directions. Groceries arrive at the door. Floors mop themselves. Automation provides irresistible conveniences.

And yet automation can also be cast as a

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In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its sometimes cavalier attitude toward regulation and taxi companies annoyed by increased competition. Some of the harshest criticism, though, has come

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Every day our DNA breaks a little. Special enzymes keep our genome intact while we’re alive, but after death, once the oxygen runs out, there is no more repair. Chemical damage accumulates, and decomposition brings its own kind of collapse: membranes dissolve, enzymes leak, and bacteria multiply. H

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