In a world powered by algorithms, two mathematicians have helped pioneer the field of computational complexity — that is, the study of the speed and efficiency of algorithms. László Lovász of Budapest, Hungary, and Avi Wigderson of Princeton, US, will share this year’s Abel prize, often described as the Nobel prize of mathematics. Computational complexity […]
India’s Koo App — Twitter’s doppelgänger — gains rapid, unprecedented traction amid the country’s techno-nationalism
Home to the world’s second largest internet population, India is on the precipice of a whole new online ecosystem.
Chris Ume, creator of viral Tom Cruise deepfake, said that he wanted viewers to “start thinking twice” about the content they are watching and that they may be fabricated, despite how realistic it may appear. Deepfakes typically involve a picture or video where a person or object is manipulated to say or do something else. […]
A report by Oceans Asia estimated that 1.56 billion face masks will have entered the oceans in 2020, which will result in an additional 5000 to 6000 odd metric tonnes of marine plastic pollution. These disposable masks will take as long as 450 years to break down and turn into microplastics as it disrupts marine […]
A Canadian company is creating an ultra-lightweight plane that runs on hemp fuel
Climate change continues to intensify globally, contributing to a world hunger crisis. Some farmers and human rights groups aren’t thrilled that the UN’s Food Systems Summit concept paper left them out of the plan for change and highlighted the importance of big corporations.
With its ‘hero ingredient,’ London-based Hoxton Farms has vegan meat innovation down to a science
Meet Alicia Serratos, the 14-year-old Girl Scout who brought seed library to every US state
A team of scientists led by Ingo Burgert at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, found a way to transform wood into clean electricity by treating it with fungi. When the pressure is applied to wood, an electric charge is produced. This process has been discussed since the 1940s, but the small amount of energy the process produced […]
Scientists have uncovered a sponge that can soak up 99% of oil in the freezing Arctic water. The nano-engineered sponge can clean up oil spills as it is covered in a paraffin-like material that helps it work even in frigid-temperature water. NewScientist reported that oil spills happen at a worrying frequency and that in the […]