Greatest 20th Century Technology

Was the development of computing the most significant technological advance of the twentieth century? The Economist hosts an online forum for debate.

"The rapid advance of computer technology in the late 20th century had a direct impact on almost every aspect of human life. Its progress is encapsulated by Moore's law, which roughly states that the amount of computer power available at a given price doubles every 18 months—or, to put it another way, the cost of a given amount of computing power falls by half every 18 months. As computers have become smaller and cheaper they have sprouted in homes and offices across the world, permeated everything from cars to office equipment to household appliances, and given rise to the internet and mobile phones. Yet other advances during the 20th century have had impacts that, while being less obvious, will arguably prove to be just as significant in the long term."

NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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Unraveling the mystery behind dogs' floppy ears

Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.

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Surprising Science
  • Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
  • Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
  • Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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