10 Years On, Can We Trust Wikipedia?
Forget that old tagline about the Internet being an information "superhighway". The online world is an information battlefield with pranksters and pragmatists struggling to be heard.
And on any given day, you can find a good skirmish on Wikipedia, an encyclopedia of sorts—which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday. With around 410 million monthly readers, 3.5 million articles in English alone "to Wiki" something has become a way of life for many. But these word wars themselves—fought with a mix of facts and fervour—make for a riveting record of discord. For example, U.S. president Barack Obama's page experienced some fast and furious edits until it was blocked from public editing access, with "birthers" changing Obama's birthplace to Kenya before it was changed back to Hawaii.
Are university safe spaces killing intellectual growth?
Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.
- Time may not be passing at all, says the Block Universe Theory.
- Time travel may be possible.
- Your perception of time is likely relative to you and limited.
From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.
- Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
- But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
- Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
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