Leave your phone home when you go shopping!
Economy / Environment & Sciences / Society

Leave your phone home when you go shopping!

Location-based analytics are growing fast, and many IT companies are offering solutions to map the footfall and habits of customers in shopping malls by tracking their mobile phones. This may happen with shoppers’ approval, when they download a brand’s app or connect to a free Wi-Fi network, or without it, when sensors receive signals from their mobile phones without their knowledge, raising privacy questions. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #11
Environment & Sciences / Society / The Week in Review / World News

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #11

This week: avant-garde filmmaker Agnès Varda receives the honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Chinese businessmen illegally log Mozambique’s hardwood forests; Charlize Theron shines bright in the impressive Mad Max: Fury Road; Rats hand each other a helping paw; Kazakhstan’s saiga antelopes are mysteriously dying; and a musician reinvents her way of playing music after she loses hearing. Continue reading

Will technology save or end humanity?
Environment & Sciences / Society

Will technology save or end humanity?

Technological progress has changed a lot of things for the better. From therapeutic innovations that can cure most deadly diseases to washing machines, there are tons of examples that show how technological innovations can have positive effects. But what we forget to ask is: how much of this progress is really a necessity, and how much of it is an unending urge to make human lives easier, longer, and more productive? Continue reading

Is fracking causing the earth to tremble?
Environment & Sciences / Society / World News

Is fracking causing the earth to tremble?

Injection-induced earthquakes are upon us by Marie Baleo Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, consists in drilling a pipeline as deep as 10,000 feet into the ground before injecting a specific mixture of water, “proppants” such as sand or ceramic, and various chemicals. The injection of this high-pressure fluid fractures shale rocks; in turn, the resulting fissures … Continue reading

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #6
Environment & Sciences / Politics / Society / The Week in Review / World News

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #6

This week: Bears having a pool party; Sherpas will risk their lives again to help Everest climbers reach their dreams; there are no alien supercivilizations nearby; Paracetamol can dull your emotions; will France get a 100% energy mix by 2050? Why do we have chins? And a video of rock climbing prodigy Ashimaa Shiraishi. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #5
Environment & Sciences / Politics / Society / The Week in Review / World News

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #5

This week: The francophone network TV5Monde hacked by terrorist group Daesh; Dutch people are growing taller faster than other people; another Black man, Walter Scott, is shot in the back by a police officer; Ikea produces mobile shelters for refugees; and fracking causes the earth to tremble in Oklahoma. Continue reading