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AI could monitor farms from space to look for illegal pollution

It seems as though the thousands of voices protesting the awful, human contribution to climate change have finally been answered. To an extent. The US government has been making use of the country’s recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect farms that may be illegally polluting the waterways. This approach has also been trialled […]

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Why has the Fallout 76 Experiment Failed to Spark?

It had so much promise. Fallout 76 was meant to be Bethesda’s next great leap into the unknown. The tantalising online ad reels and longer trailers showed how beautiful the game looked, and it was a title on everybody’s lips. What we actually got was disappointment. Endless bugs, gargantuan patches and an apparent lack of […]

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Is it more beneficial to be born rich or academically gifted?

A recent study in the US, reported on by the Washington Post, confirmed that the least gifted children of high income parents graduate university at higher rates than the most gifted children of low income parents. This begs an important question: is a privileged upbringing linked to academic success? Before delving into the crux of the […]

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What effect do codes of ethics have in software development?

It seems that most professions, whether it be law or chemical engineering, have their own ethical codes. However, those fields that have seen recent developments are only now discovering their ethical boundaries. Software development seems to be part of this contingent. Earlier this year, one of the largest computing societies, the Association for Computing Machinery, […]

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Goop, vaginal eggs, and the danger of celebrity endorsements

Commonly known for her roles in various blockbuster hits and critically acclaimed films, from Shakespeare in Love to The Avengers franchise, and as a self proclaimed lifestyle guru, Gwyneth Paltrow regularly makes headlines both on and off the screen. Despite her success however, her lifestyle empire has been routinely scrutinised by the media and scientists alike. Paltrow […]

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Has Twitter finally had enough of Neil de Grasse Tyson?

“Follow me only if you seek hodgepodge brain droppings of an intellectually restless astrophysicist.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson via Twitter. A knowledgeable giant in the world of astrophysics,  Neil de Grasse Tyson may be classed in the category of ‘annoying and condescending’ when it comes to the world of social media. Having recently been involved […]