Month: December 2019

To Understand Anakin Skywalker’s Full Story, You Need to Watch the Star Wars Animated Series

In Star Wars, Episodes I-IX are wrapped around the Skywalker family like a fluffy, strangling blanket of expectations and betrayal. This journey begins with one person in particular: Anakin Skywalker, the supposed Chosen One of the Jedi, later best known...

/ December 6, 2019

China’s failed gene-edited baby experiment proves we’re not ready for human embryo modification

The team used CRISPR on human embryos in a bid to render them resistant to HIV infection. But instead, they generated different mutations, about which we know nothing. SHUTTERSTOCKMore than a year ago, the world was shocked by Chinese biophysicist...

/ December 6, 2019

Tron and Poloniex Relationship Scrutinized After Digibyte Delisting

The crypto firm Circle recently revealed that it was spinning off the trading platform Poloniex and has since warned customers to withdraw assets or they may be sent to state governments. Following the announcement, the founder of the crypto network...

/ December 6, 2019

Cindy Sherman Has Unveiled Her First Non-Photographic Works at Art Basel Miami Beach: Tapestries Based on Her Instagram

A pair of giant-sized Cindy Sherman self portraits are on view at Art Basel Miami Beach, courtesy New York’s Metro Pictures. Self portraits are the artist’s bread and butter, of course—the shape-shifting photographer has recast herself in many roles since...

/ December 5, 2019

Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction: November 2019

All-powerful artificial intelligences, time traveling trains, and bloody body horror, oh my! This past month I read a lot of super speculative fiction from some seriously talented writers. Get ready to ponder some serious philosophical and ethical questions in the...

/ December 5, 2019

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Are Fighting to Escape Binance’s Shadow

It’s impossible to assess the cryptocurrency landscape without considering Binance. It looms large over the industry, dictating trends, soaking up liquidity, and compelling new exchanges to fight tooth and nail for market share. Most exchanges aren’t gunning to become the...

/ December 5, 2019

It’s the 10-year anniversary of our climate policy abyss. But don’t blame the Greens

In 2009, a Bob Brown-led Greens party voted against an emissions trading scheme – but they can't be blamed for what came after. Mick Tsikas/AAPFederal Labor this week commemorated a dubious anniversary – a decade of climate policy failure. And...

/ December 5, 2019

Tick, tock… how stress speeds up your chromosomes’ ageing clock

At a molecular level, stresses and strains can make your body clock break into a sprint. Lightspring/ShutterstockAgeing is an inevitability for all living organisms, and although we still don’t know exactly why our bodies gradually grow ever more decrepit, we...

/ December 5, 2019

Maurizio Cattelan Is Taping Bananas to a Wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and Selling Them for $120,000 Each

When I started dating my now husband, the decor in his dorm apartment included a banana that he and his roommates had drunkenly taped to the wall. There it stayed all semester, through winter break, and then until the end of...

/ December 4, 2019

Scientists fear insect populations are shrinking. Here are six ways to help

Scientists need your help to protect Australia's insects and track their numbers. Joe Castro/AAPAre you planning a big garden clean-up this summer, or stocking up on fly spray to keep bugs at bay? Before you do, it’s worth considering the...

/ December 4, 2019

The Time Invariance of Snow

The Devil made a mirror. A physicist broke it and shards fell through reality and changed everything forever.   1. The Devil and the Physicist Once,  the Devil made a mirror,  for the Devil was vain. This mirror showed certain...

/ December 4, 2019

Fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us don’t use it properly

Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use fingerprint login. SHUTTERSTOCKOur electronic devices store a...

/ December 4, 2019

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high

Global emissions for 2019 are predicted to hit 36.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂), setting yet another all-time record. This disturbing result means emissions have grown by 62% since international climate negotiations began in 1990 to address the problem....

/ December 4, 2019

New List Claims 1.9 Million Bitcoin Held by Centralized Exchanges

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a newly developed exchange ranking developed by the crypto portfolio and trading bot startup Bituniverse. According to a leaked screenshot of Bituniverse’s “Exchange Transparent Balance Rank,” there’s roughly 1.9 million BTC held on centralized trading...

/ December 3, 2019

Agent Romanoff Gets in Touch With Her Roots in First Black Widow Trailer

Our first peek at Black Widow is finally here! It feels like we’ve been waiting years for this. Oh wait, that’s because we have… Suit up: This trailer seems to confirm timeline that adventure is at least post-Ultron if not...

/ December 3, 2019

Here Are 17 Fantastic Museum Shows to See During Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

Suffering from fair fatigue? Feeling like a lab rat as you wander through the maze-like labyrinth of gallery booths? We have the solution, with these private and public museum shows. From the reopening at the newly dubbed Rubell Museum, to...

/ December 3, 2019

The government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

E-government involves using the internet to streamline interaction between government agencies and the public. SHUTTERSTOCKIn politics, when you have little to show for your achievements, you can release a “roadmap” for what will supposedly be achieved in the future. You...

/ December 3, 2019

As Police Tear-Gassed Protesters Outside Its Doors, the Hong Kong Museum of Art Was Forced to Shut Down Its Grand Reopening

As the protests rage on in Hong Kong, police used teargas on demonstrators gathered outside of the Hong Kong Museum of Art yesterday. The clash between law enforcement and protesters look place just one day after the museum’s reopening following a...

/ December 2, 2019

Despite the Recent Slump, Crypto Prices Improved a Great Deal in 2019

As far as prices are concerned, 2019’s cryptocurrency markets fared much better than the year prior. Currently, the entire market capitalization of all digital assets is hovering just above the $200 billion mark. The following is a look at the...

/ December 2, 2019

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them

This week's climate conference in Madrid is key to getting global cooperation on climate change, the impacts of which are already being felt. Dean Lewins/AAPAlmost 200 world leaders gather in Madrid this week for climate talks which will largely determine...

/ December 2, 2019