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Tracking your location and targeted texts: how sharing your data could help in New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown

Automated text messages if your phone detects you're a long way from home, or discounted home internet, are just a few possible technology solutions to make New Zealanders "stay home to save lives".

/ March 27, 2020

MyGov’s ill-timed meltdown could have been avoided with ‘elastic computing’

The MyGov website ground to a halt this week as thousands of people tried to access welfare support. As a result, long queues popped up at Centrelink offices across the country.

/ March 27, 2020

Privacy vs pandemic: government tracking of mobile phones could be a potent weapon against COVID-19

Our mobile phone's location data could be a valuable tool to help track and trace the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The government has the legal power to do it, given what's at stake.

/ March 27, 2020

I studied what happens to reef fish after coral bleaching. What I saw still makes me nauseous

From a scientific perspective, the results are fascinating and world-first. From a personal perspective, what I saw will stay with me for a long time.

/ March 27, 2020

Here’s what the coronavirus pandemic can teach us about tackling climate change

The coronavirus is devastating, but failing to tackle climate change because of the pandemic only compounds the tragedy.

/ March 26, 2020

New ways of ‘being together apart’ can work for us and the planet long after coronavirus crisis passes

Travelling to conferences and meetings has become a way of life for many of us – and has driven up emissions. Now COVID-19, not climate change, is forcing us to explore and develop alternatives.

/ March 26, 2020

Making Bitcoin Go Viral: Could Endless Printing Trigger a Hyperbitcoinization Event?

Hyperbitcoinization has been defined as “a state where bitcoin becomes the world’s dominant form of money.” But what actually needs to happen for bitcoin to ‘go viral’? As it turns out, a hyperbitcoinization event may be more likely than many...

/ March 26, 2020

The Sackler Saga Has Made It to Primetime TV. The Latest Episode of ‘The Blacklist’ Takes Aim at the Notorious Art-Collecting Family

The twisty plot involves fictional opioid profiteers and a very complex art forgery scheme. The post The Sackler Saga Has Made It to Primetime TV. The Latest Episode of ‘The Blacklist’ Takes Aim at the Notorious Art-Collecting Family appeared first...

/ March 25, 2020

Hotter weather brings more stress, depression and other mental health problems

In a rapidly warming world, temperature increases are a challenge to mental well-being. A group of economists quantified the relationship.

/ March 25, 2020

The Internet Can’t Get Enough of These Images of Masterpieces Devoid of People. Most Surprised by This Development? The Artist Behind Them

José Manuel Ballester can take a crowded art-historical masterpiece and reduce it to an empty room. The post The Internet Can’t Get Enough of These Images of Masterpieces Devoid of People. Most Surprised by This Development? The Artist Behind Them...

/ March 25, 2020

Privacy Browser Brave Integrates Cryptocurrency Trading Through Binance

Privacy-oriented Brave has launched cryptocurrency trading within its browser. The company announced on Tuesday that over 12 million active monthly users of the privacy browser can now buy and sell cryptocurrencies, view their crypto balances, and obtain deposit addresses without...

/ March 25, 2020

Coronavirus might cause loss of smell, or anosmia. But it probably won’t be permanent

Infections like coronavirus can kill the nerves that let you smell, but they'll usually grow back within weeks.

/ March 25, 2020

9 More Recipes From Artists Who Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen to Spice Up Dining in the Era of Social Distancing

Dana Sherwood, Olafur Eliasson, and other artists share some of their favorite recipes. The post 9 More Recipes From Artists Who Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen to Spice Up Dining in the Era of Social Distancing appeared first on...

/ March 25, 2020

‘Like a key to a lock’: how seeing the molecular machinery of the coronavirus will help scientists design a treatment

If the coronavirus is a lock, a drug to defeat it is a key that needs to fit just right.

/ March 25, 2020

Our social identity shapes how we feel about the Adani mine – and it makes the energy wars worse

New research shows how deeply entrenched "us" and "them" attitudes make it much harder to make a fair energy transition.

/ March 24, 2020

Coronavirus and the economy: We need green stimulus not fossil fuel bailouts

Governments can staunch the current economic collapse without returning to the status quo.

/ March 24, 2020

Cash Crisis: National Currencies Plunge in the Wake of Coronavirus

Announcing an open-ended QE program Monday for unprecedented asset purchasing, the U.S. Federal Reserve has pledged to purchase assets "in the amounts needed," signaling the beginning of a virtually unlimited easing effort which will include moving into corporate bonds for...

/ March 24, 2020

‘Click for urgent coronavirus update’: how working from home may be exposing us to cybercrime

Instead of going after large corporate networks, which often have multiple defenses, cybercriminals can now simply target people's home networks.

/ March 24, 2020

Editors’ Picks: 10 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week

Get your art fix online. The post Editors’ Picks: 10 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week appeared first on artnet News.

/ March 23, 2020

Buildings grown by bacteria — new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials

Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.

/ March 23, 2020