Month: November 2016

Deceptive pesticide ads land Bayer in hot water

Bayer CropScience LP has agreed to pay Massachusetts $75,000 and caved in to the state’s demand that it stop saying that its neonicotinoid pesticides are like “giving a daily vitamin” to plants, when the chemicals have been linked with honeybee colony collapse disorder. [1] The moves settle allegations by the state’s attorney general that the agritech giant misled the public about the risks its lawn and garden products pose to bees and the environment. The products in question include: Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose and Flower Care Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect and Feed II Bayer Advanced Season Long Grub Control Plus...

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How to make diesel fuel from water and air

Let’s face it: hydrocarbons are second hand energy sources. Trees and other plants absorb electromagnetic radiation from the Sun and use that energy to convert water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen into sugars that the plant needs to survive, and then, when they die, we use their flesh as biomass fuel, or they get crushed under the earth for a few million years and then up from the ground comes a bubblin’ crude, oil that is, Texas “T”. Well, that’s just friggin’ inefficient! Of course, you can’t blame the plants, the purpose of their existence is hardly to power your monster...

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Indian banks call thousands of police as people rush to ditch abolished 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes

Indian banks have called in thousands of police to manage huge queues outside branches, as people tried to exchange bank notes abruptly pulled out of circulation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a crackdown on “black money”. Key points: Branch managers called emergency services after people tried to storm the banks Overnight this week the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were abolished as legal tender Economists welcome the ‘black money’ crackdown despite it causing widespread disruption Mr Modi announced the shock move on Tuesday night to ditch 500 and 1,000 rupee notes — worth a combined $334 billion —...

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20% of all election related tweets came from non-humans

A new study found some 400,000 AI infused bots operating on Twitter tweeting about the 2016 election. The authors assert that the sheer number of bots is enough to sway discourse, direct conversations, and polarize conversations. Influencers With the elections done, let’s take a look at one of the most prolific source of political tweets during the campaign period — bots. Yes, you may well have been retweeting or replying to bots. This isn’t so terribly novel, but notably, they can seem as passionate as you are, and they have been given an AI upgrade. A study published by researchers at...

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Breakthrough in the quantum transfer of information between matter and light

From stationary to flying qubits at speeds never reached before…. This feat, achieved by a team from Polytechnique Montréal and France’s Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), brings us a little closer to the era when information is transmitted via quantum principles. A paper titled “High-Fidelity and Ultrafast Initialization of a Hole-Spin Bound to a Te Isoelectronic Centre in ZnSe” was recently published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The creation of a qubit in zinc selenide, a well-known semi-conductor material, made it possible to produce an interface between quantum physics that governs the behaviour of matter on...

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