Tech

  • Tackling Climate change with technology
    By Swathi Hameed Climate change is not a new subject to us. This has been a hot topic for discussion since the second half of the last century, but it’s effects have become more prominent in the last decade.  Since the Earth’s origin, about 5 billion years ago,  the planet’s climate has undergone constant change
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  • Sidewalk Toronto’s master plan raises urgent concerns about data and privacy
    On June 24th, Sidewalk Labs, the Google sister company proposing a smart city for Toronto’s eastern waterfront, released its mammoth 1,500-page Master Innovation and Development Plan During Sidewalk Labs’ approximately two-year public consultations, privacy and control over data quickly emerged as flashpoints. A July 2019 survey by The Forum Poll found that while only 38 per cent of Torontonians were familiar with the smart-city project, 60 per cent of those people did not trust Sidewalk Labs to collect data on its residents.

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  • Dinosaur egg bonanza gives vital clues about prehistoric parenting
    Perhaps the most amazing thing about fossils is that they don’t just show us what extinct animals looked like, they can also reveal how those animals lived. Even a fossilised dinosaur egg can provide a wealth of clues about its parents’ behaviour.

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  • Pseudoscience is taking over social media – and putting us all at risk
    Search for “climate change” on YouTube and before long you’ll likely find a video that denies it exists. In fact, when it comes to shaping the online conversation around climate change, a new study suggests that deniers and conspiracy theorists might hold an edge over those believing in science. Researchers found evidence that most YouTube videos relating to climate change oppose the scientific consensus that it’s primarily caused by human activities.

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  • Groundwater reserves in Africa may be more resilient to climate change than first thought
    Groundwater reserves in Africa are estimated to be 20 times larger than the water stored in lakes and reservoirs above ground. These are the freshwater stores that flow in rocks and sediment beneath the Earth’s surface. They are a vital source of drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa, where groundwater is often the only year-round supply of fresh water in rural areas. Increasingly it is being used in towns and cities as well.

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