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Sexy Siri, you made a fool of everyone

Sexy Siri, you made a fool of everyone

Sexy Siri, you made a fool of everyone Some say it‘s sexist, some say it‘s science. Is there any solid reason why speech assistants are a default female voice? So for all you wonderful people born after ” when cultural references prior to one‘s own existence still mattered, a word on […]

Earliest trace of moving life found in 2.1 billion year old African rock

Earliest trace of moving life found in 2.1 billion year old African rock

Earliest trace of moving life found in 2.1 billion year old African rock The “exquisitely preserved” fossils found in Gabon suggest organisms began moving 2.1 billion years ago. They may, as creatures, have resembled colonial amoeba or slime moulds. Scientists at the French University of Poitiers report they have discovered […]

Stark warning on melting Himalayan glaciers

Stark warning on melting Himalayan glaciers

Stark warning on melting Himalayan glaciers Research has shown a large number of Himalayan glaciers will melt even if “ambitious” Paris Agreement goals are met. The thaw is expected to have a big effect on Asia, disrupting river flows in China and India. Scientists have warned that two-thirds of the […]

A safer internet and the stupid things we do online

A safer internet and the stupid things we do online

A safer internet and the stupid things we do online You don‘t have to be savvy to be safe online. Just sensible. Avoid doing these 5 things, ranked by their increasing stupidity. Be sensible online, avoid a few stupid pitfalls, and a will be within everyone‘s grasp.  5) The abandoned-phone […]

Is candy the new superfood? A day at the sweets fair

Is candy the new superfood? A day at the sweets fair

Is candy the new superfood? A day at the sweets fair There was sugar galore at the International Sweets Fair in Cologne, but also a surprising number of healthy snacks, from veggie sticks to protein bars. We taste-tested both kinds of treats! Imagine going to the world‘s largest fair, with […]

Oh, sweet sexism!

Oh, sweet sexism!

Oh, sweet sexism! Ever heard of a sweets machine with unconscious bias? Nor had we, until a box of chocolate nipples landed on our desks. Who would dare complain when a colleague comes to work with a swag of sweets and chocolates from an international sweets and snacks fair? Well, […]

Depression and suicide: The dark side of the birth control pill

Depression and suicide: The dark side of the birth control pill

Depression and suicide: The dark side of the birth control pill Jasmin spent her teenage years with depression, suicide attempts and therapists — and she was taking birth control pills. Since she stopped taking the pill, she‘s been doing great. Here she tells her story. Jasmin is 20 years old […]

Hormones and depression: Can the pill lead to suicide?

Hormones and depression: Can the pill lead to suicide?

Hormones and depression: Can the pill lead to suicide? The European Medicines Agency demands that a warning about a heightened suicide risk be included in the medication package insert for contraceptive pills. What is the connection between hormones and mental health? I‘ve only taken the once in my life. It […]

African swine fever: What you need to know

African swine fever: What you need to know

African swine fever: What you need to know It‘s a virus that kills pigs and stays contagious in the ground for years. Those are two of the most important facts about African swine fever. Here‘s more. Germany‘s wild boar problem Permalink https://p.dw/p/2uFLD Spectrum: Germany‘s wild boar problem By the end […]

We know what you‘re thinking. We read your brain

We know what you‘re thinking. We read your brain

We know what you‘re thinking. We read your brain Researchers at Columbia University say they‘ve translated brain signals directly into speech. This could help people recovering after a stroke. Ostensibly. It was only a matter of time until we‘d have scientists claiming they can read our minds. Certainly only a […]