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Welsh and Hawaiian were conserved from termination. Other languages might not be so fortunate

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Hong Kong (CNN)At work in central Hong Kong, David Hand is surrounded by people speaking Chinese and English. But inside his home, the Welsh language rules. Hand’s three children — Arwen, Huw and Tomos — have never lived in Wales, spending their entire li…

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Zuckerberg and Warren wish to fix Big Tech in different ways– and neither of them will work

May 19, 2019 No Comments

It has become an obsession du jour to discuss how Big Tech should be governed to make it more responsible and ethical—and for good reason. Privacy breaches happen almost on a daily basis, algorithms become increasingly biased towards gender and race, and tech companies are accused of socializing losses and privatizing profits by displacing local…

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Pig Experiment Challenges Assumptions around Brain Damage in Individuals

May 19, 2019 No Comments

In this week’s Nature, researchers describe restoring certain structural and functional properties to pigs’ brains, even four hours after the animals had been killed. They used an artificial perfusion system called BrainEx. Electrophysiological monitoring did not detect any kind of neural activity thought to signal consciousness, such as any evidence of signalling between brain regions (see ‘Between…

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Beto vs. Liz Warren 2020 Democratic Debate: at chances on breaking up tech giants like Amazon

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Senator Elizabeth Warren made national headlines with her recently released plans to break up tech giants Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple, making it one of her signature proposals as she campaigns for the presidency. She is not alone. But now we have the first stirrings of an intra-party debate on the subject: Beto O’Rourke has…

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Austerity cuts threaten future of science in Argentina

May 19, 2019 No Comments

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When it concerns our DNA and social personal privacy, our model of consent is broken

May 19, 2019 No Comments

By Gideon Farrell10 minute ReadThis essay is part of The Privacy Divide, a series that explores the misconceptions, disparities, and paradoxes that have developed around our sense of privacy and its broader impacts on society. Read the series here.There has been an increasing public debate in the last few years around the use of data by states…

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Germany: Upload Filters Can Just Be Avoided “As Far As Possible”

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Much of the debate preceding the vote on the new EU Copyright Directive had proponents stating that since so-called “upload filters” weren’t explicitly mentioned in the text, opponents must be scaremongering to suggest they will become a reality. In a statement in the wake of Monday’s Council vote, Germany now says that not only are…

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Jacqueline Woodson’s Lovely Letter to Kid About Compassion, Existence, and How Books Change Us

May 19, 2019 No Comments

“It is we who are passing when we say time passes,” the Nobel-winning French philosopher Henri Bergson insisted just before Einstein defeated him in the historic debate that revolutionized our understanding of time. “If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail, we would see that every instant is at once…

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Veep doubles down as Selina finds her new brand name: misogyny

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Photo: Collen Hayes (HBO)TV ReviewsAll of our TV reviews in one convenient place.  As Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the writers demonstrated so entertainingly in the premiere, the Selina of season seven is significantly darker and more cutthroat than the Selina of season one. Whereas she started the series competent and clear-eyed, stuck in a mostly ceremonial position,…

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You Will Quickly No Longer Need a Front License Plate in Ohio for the First Time in Decades

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Illustration: Jason Torchinsky/SkodaFront license plates are a tool of Big Government and a scourge to people with eyes, so I’m happy to report that in Ohio starting next year they won’t be required, after lawmakers included the measure in a transportation bill earlier this month. They’ve been required in the state for 111 years. But…

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