Science-Fiction, ‘The Decameron’ and other letters to the editor

Many famous biographies and stories – including those of Hilaire Belloc (1909), André Castelot (1957), Stanley Loomis (1972), Claude Manceron (1974), Desmond Seward (1981), Simon Schama (1989), Evelyne Lever (2000) , Antonia Fraser (2001), Munro Price (2014) and John Hardman (2019) – examined the evidence for an affair and, while …

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After So Many Years In Sci-Fi It Is Coming To Reality: China Has Weapons Of Mind Control

As if it was an 80s film set in a dystopian future, the United States government added new companies to its blacklist and one of them was vetoed for the development of mind control weapons. The United States has added 37 other organizations, including 33 Chinese, to its list of …

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Autocratic AI Dystopias: From Science Fiction to Social Science Fact

Researchers hailed artificial intelligence (AI) technology as the basis for a “fourth industrial revolution” (Schwab 2016) – a general-purpose technology that is expected to deliver productivity gains, boost economic growth, and transform the world. world we live in (Bughin and Hazan 2017, Aghion et al 2017, Agrawal et al 2018, …

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Lessons from science fiction on how to tackle climate change

In the summer of 2021, nearly 600 people died in British Columbia during a heat wave. In November 2021, precipitation from an atmospheric river hit the province. The two real-world catastrophes are eerily reminiscent of the events of the 2020 sci-fi novel, The ministry of the future. “It was an …

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A study highlights a “promising” method of combining milk and vegetable proteins in dairy applications

“The objective of this study was to create a stable colloidal dispersion of casein micelles (CM) with pea protein (PP) to improve the solubility of PP in aqueous solution”,explained scientists from the Department of Food Science and Technology at Ohio State University, who recently published their report in the Journal …

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A method to observe the potential of cancer cells to metastasize in the body

Credit: CC0 Public Domain When cancer cells metastasize, they metamorphose, taking the form of a missile in order to enter other tissues throughout the body. In fact, in order to travel throughout the body, metastatic cancer cells must change their phenotype, that is, their physical characteristics. This change allows the …

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New method allows for more accurate prediction of battery failures

Electricity is not available to millions of people around the world. One key to overcoming this problem while avoiding carbon emissions and air pollution is to set up decentralized solar battery systems. Image credit: University of Oxford. However, such solar battery systems are hampered by high costs and remote locations …

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Simple method to recycle okara using 3D printing

3D printed okara models by DIW. 3D printed freeze dried okara snacks with different fill levels and sizes. Credit: SUTD Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have developed a method to perform 3D printing by direct ink writing (DIW) of okara, a soybean byproduct generated by …

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Digital Learning Pioneers Develop ‘Fair and Robust’ Online Exam Method

A new method of strengthening ‘fair and robust’ online exams has been developed by experts at the University of Exeter, a recent study reports. The pioneering approach allows examiners to define a unique data set for each student during their online assessments, with realistic data generated automatically as well as …

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Machine learning-based method predicts battery failure more accurately

Millions of people around the world do not have access to electricity. Decentralized solar battery systems are key to solving this problem while avoiding carbon emissions and air pollution, but are hampered by relatively high costs and rural areas that prevent timely preventive maintenance. When the batteries in these systems …

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