China makes it hard for foreign businesses to work there -- but businesses keep chasing profits there

China represents one of the biggest consumer markets in the world. Can that potential profit offset the problems of investing for multinational corporations? Apparently, yes.

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: china intellectual-property trade-deficit trade-wars

The threat of 'killer robots' is real and closer than you might think

Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.

Ingvild Bode, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern Denmark • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence china war united-nations russia uk us military warfare killer-robots

Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology history environments-sustainability alvin-powell michael-mccormick spanish-flu rainfall world-war-i alexander-more initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past long-island-university nottingham-university paul-mayewski university-of-maine

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women survivors of the atomic bombs

August marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: world-war-two

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

Many people who participate in disinformation campaigns are unwitting accomplices and much of the information they spread is accurate, which makes it all the harder to identify the campaigns.

Kate Starbird, Associate Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 pandemic disinformation misinformation cold-war soviet-union propaganda

We discovered a new species, but war means it may now remain hidden forever

The extraordinary story of a stingray, its discovery and its uncertain fate in the Yemen war.

Alec Moore, Post-Doctoral Fisheries Scientist, Bangor University • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  biodiversity  biology  war  new-species  marine-biology  species  yemen  stingrays

Expert: Confederate monument facts defang ‘heritage’ claims

"...historical context makes it a lot harder to claim that these monuments and memorials are simply 'heritage,' innocent of any racial meaning."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history united-states racism society-and-culture us-civil-war race-and-ethnicity

Grant Imahara: Mythbusters TV host dies suddenly at 49

He was known for Mythbusters and White Rabbit Project, and made models for the Star Wars prequels.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 14, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: television star-wars

Fireworks can torment veterans and survivors of gun violence with PTSD – here's how to celebrate with respect for those who served

Setting off fireworks may be fun for you, but for some of your neighbors it could be a traumatic experience.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  war  ptsd  noise  july-4  fireworks  war-veterans  flashbacks  fourth-of-july  combat-veterans

Britain's first major recycling drive fell apart 80 years ago – it's a warning to UK government today

The 'pots to planes' appeal in the summer of 1940 helped inspire a mass recycling effort, but problems soon emerged.

Henry Irving, Senior Lecturer in Public History, Leeds Beckett University • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  recycling  world-war-ii  circular-economy  waste-management  home-front

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