This episode technophile Ketan teaches technophobe Jesse about big data and the big burden it bears, why robot marketers are more unnerving than you know, how hackers might have swiped your fingerprints (drats; crims are supposed to leave ’em behind, not steal ’em), this fortnight in science news, and isn’t it ironic? Well, isn’t it? No, not really. It’s our new cotton that doesn’t crease and doesn’t need ironing, it’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife.
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“Cutting edge data science and technology are changing our world. From robotics and artificial intelligence to blockchain and cyber security, we’re seeing industries evolve and emerge. How will emerging technology and leading research transform the way we live and work?” Come along to the show.
Best of both whorls: cotton with the benefits of synthetics
“We’re working on new types of cotton that are still biodegradable and renewable, but with the added benefit of properties that make synthetic fibres popular.” Full story.
Foreshadowing attacks: cybersecurity researchers save the day
“An international team of researchers has discovered a new cybersecurity vulnerability called Foreshadow.” It uses shadows to infiltrate fortresses and requires many mixed metaphors to explain. Full story.
Illustration of Eorhynchochelys sinensis, copyright by Yu Chen (Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology).
Storm-petrels smell to select compatible mate
Water ice on the moon
Parrots make better financial decisions than we do
Blue and yellow macaws blush
Denisovan + Neanderthal
Fossil turtle (pictured above)
Pygmy sea horse (Hippocampus japapigu)
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