technology

Annual Tech Competition Seeks COVID-19 and Climate Change Solutions

Annual Tech Competition Seeks COVID-19 and Climate Change Solutions

Technology can serve any purpose, including the greater good. That inspired entrepreneur David Clark to start an annual competition, the Call for Code Global Challenge. “The basic idea was to create this ‘Justice League’ for good,” he says, “where we would encourage developers around the world to solve social challenges with tech solutions and really […]

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    Coronavirus Is Pushing More Work Online. Is That Good for the Planet?

    Coronavirus Is Pushing More Work Online. Is That Good for the Planet?

    By Irina Ivanova The millions of Americans who are skipping their morning commute and working from home because of the coronavirus have drastically reduced smog over America’s largest cities and otherwise benefited the environment. Yet the growing ranks of workers now plying their trade online using tools like Zoom and Slack are taking their own […]

    Could Microsoft’s Climate Crisis ‘Moonshot’ Plan Really Work?

    Could Microsoft’s Climate Crisis ‘Moonshot’ Plan Really Work?

    By Oscar Schwartz Microsoft drew widespread praise in January this year after Brad Smith, the company’s president, announced their climate “moonshot.” While other corporate giants, such as Amazon and Walmart, were pledging to go carbon neutral, Microsoft vowed to go carbon negative by 2030, meaning they would be removing more carbon from the atmosphere than […]

    5G Is Safe for Human Health, International Watchdog Says

    5G Is Safe for Human Health, International Watchdog Says

    5G is safe, an international watchdog has assured. The International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), a German-based scientific organization that determines the impact of electromagnetic waves on people and the environment, said March 11 that there is no evidence that 5G networks pose a health risk to humans, The Financial Times reported. The reassurance […]

    New Device Can Generate Renewable Energy ‘Out of Thin Air’

    New Device Can Generate Renewable Energy ‘Out of Thin Air’

    Imagine painting your home with a special paint that also powers your lights using renewable energy drawn from the air. That might sound too good to be true, but researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst think it could be one of many future uses for a new technology they have developed — a device […]

    Screen Time: Conclusions About Effects of Digital Media Are Often Incomplete, Irrelevant or Wrong

    Screen Time: Conclusions About Effects of Digital Media Are Often Incomplete, Irrelevant or Wrong

    By Byron Reeves, Nilam Ram and Thomas N. Robinson There’s a lot of talk about digital media. Increasing screen time has created worries about media’s impacts on democracy, addiction, depression, relationships, learning, health, privacy and much more. The effects are frequently assumed to be huge, even apocalyptic. Scientific data, however, often fail to confirm what […]

    Nestlé to Invest $2 Billion for Recycled Plastic Packaging

    Nestlé to Invest $2 Billion for Recycled Plastic Packaging

    Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, said it will invest up to $2 billion to address the plastic waste crisis that it is largely responsible for. The Swiss-based food giant said in a statement yesterday that it will invest in technology to source more recycled plastic for packaging its products and it will reduce its […]

    Big Data, Big Oil: Unveiling the ‘Dark Forces’ Behind Trump’s 2020 Reelection Campaign With Josh Fox

    Big Data, Big Oil: Unveiling the ‘Dark Forces’ Behind Trump’s 2020 Reelection Campaign With Josh Fox

    By Reynard Loki Josh Fox, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind Gasland, the documentary that started the global anti-fracking movement, is bringing a new message to audiences across the country with The Truth Has Changed, a live theater-based project that sounds the alarm on the right-wing disinformation campaign working to secure President Trump’s reelection. Commissioned […]