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    A giant leap for mankind? Virgin galactic revs up space tourism

    What are the implications of Virgin Galactic going public? Fifty years ago almost to the day, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human being to land on the moon. Now, it seems mankind may be ready for its next giant leap. This month, British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic said it would merge with Social Capital Hedosophia, or SCH, in a deal that would give...

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    Did the Chennai water crisis make you uneasy? You might be afflicted with eco-anxiety

    The Chennai water crisis has been a wake-up call for many Indians. By Runa Mukherjee Parikh In this season of Big Little Lies , Renata's (Laura Dern) daughter passes out in a classroom full of kids after a loaded discussion on climate change. A parent-teacher meeting exposes how like the adults, children now are equally worried about "the end of the...

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    How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

    Sounds a lot like Jeelani? By Nwachukwu Egbunike In May 2019, Nigeria's security agents once again detained and charged journalist Jones Abiri for crimes of sabotage, terrorism and cybercrimes that they say he committed in 2016. The government has targeted Abiri as the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source, a daily in the oil-rich state of...

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    Scotland's wind energy just set a new record, putting country on track for 100% renewable electricity in 2020

    Scotland's wind energy just set a new record, putting country on track for 100% renewable electricity in 2020. By Sophie Hirsh As we work to fight the climate crisis, one of the most important things we can do is continue shifting towards renewable energy. And while some countries may be struggling to make that shift, Scotland is...

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    Elon Musk's Neuralink wants you to type on your iPhone using your brain

    Neuralink is developing processors to connect to your brain via tiny threads. These will fit on your skull and relay information to a wearable computer By Abhimanyu Ghoshal At its presentation on Wednesday, July 17, at the California Academy of Sciences, Elon Musk's brain-computer interface company Neuralink revealed its plans to begin human trials of its...

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    How the Dalai Lama is chosen and why China wants to appoint its own

    Successor to the Dalai Lama is traditionally located by senior monastic disciples; but in 2011, China declared only it can appoint the next one By Brooke Schedneck The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, turned 84 on July 6. With his advancing age, the question of who will succeed him has become more pressing. Winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and...

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    Raghuram Rajan: How markets and the state betray communities

    The deterioration of support for people from their local communities, themselves left behind by markets and governments, has been the key reason for the rise in different varieties of populism, says Rajan. This wide-ranging interview by Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel with Raghuram Rajan, an economics professor at the University of Chicago and former Governor of the Reserve...

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    AI-driven companies need to be more diverse. Here's why

    There is no easy way out of this very human problem. By Nahia Orduña As a Spanish woman, I used to meet my friends for dinner at 10pm. I thought that was the perfect time to make the most out of a day. Fast forward to today, after living in Amsterdam, working in an international environment and settling down in Germany, I would never organize a dinner so late. I firmly believe it makes...

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    Why we should let our children grieve the death of their pets

    Death is an important developmental milestone.even if you think it is only your pet. By Sangeetha Bhaskaran Last year for my birthday, I made my sister buy me the book "Lily and the Octopus" by Steven Rowley. Poncho, our dog was in his thirteenth year and I needed some form of preparation for what was around the bend. Immersing myself in a story about a struggling writer...

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    Sexual assault survivors are using this sex education app to regain confidence

    For the ongoing series, Code Word, we're exploring if - and how - technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. By Cara Curtis For the ongoing series, Code Word , we're exploring if - and how - technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can...

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