Month: April 2018

  • March for Science revs up again this weekend. Here’s what to expect. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    March for Science revs up again this weekend. Here’s what to expect.

    Last year, the science community left its comfort zone and marched out into another sphere: politics. All around the world, scientists and friends of science showed their support for their discipline in the biggest worldwide science protest movement of all time. This year, the March for Science organization wants to build on the success of…

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  • Zuckerberg testimony, weak ocean currents, unlocking fungal medicine: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. Zuckerberg testifies in Congress I’m often reminded that the development of technology moves a lot faster than the political and regulatory process. By and large, that’s a good thing. If the Wright brothers had been forced to seek permits…

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  • What exactly does Facebook track and how could we regulate it? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    What exactly does Facebook track and how could we regulate it?

    Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, spent ten grueling hours answering questions from lawmakers on Capitol Hill in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Members of Congress wanted to know: what data does Facebook collect on its users? How does the social media giant use that data? What does Facebook do to protect its users’…

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  • What do scientists take into the field? A visual breakdown. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    What do scientists take into the field? A visual breakdown.

    Right now, I am conducting fieldwork in Malaysia on the Pacific swallow. For the next two months, I will travel to several countries in southeast Asia and the Pacific and keep you updated on my progress. Here’s what’s I’m bringing with me to ensure a successful field season: Mist Nets: Mist nets are the number…

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  • How was this fake news house of mirrors built? An interview with danah boyd. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Misinformation on the Internet – Untangling the Web, an interview with danah boyd.

    How did the internet become a tangled web of misinformation? Miles speaks to danah boyd, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of Data & Society, and Visiting Professor at New York University. boyd offers insight into the history of misinformation on the internet and the role of social media plays in the proliferation of…

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  • Tiangong-1 reentry, new nitrogen source, dozens of black holes: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. Chinese space station points out issue of space debris Well, I suppose Chicken Little is still technically right. The sky did fall this past week, but it did so like a tree in the forest. In this case, it…

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