Time is ripe for smartwatches, analysts say
Amid much speculation on the future of the "smartwatch," the consensus is growing: the time is right.
Conflict about historic responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions
The commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions should be allocated based on countries' historic responsibility for the emissions. This logic was recognized early on in climate negotiations. But the countries are still ...
A new 'virtual moderator' helps reach consensus in troubled negotiations
A group of researchers have designed a new fuzzy ontology-based system to help people in disagreement reach consensus. This system, which acts as a virtual moderator, is a step forward in the field on Artificial Intelligence. ...
New theory on African exit
Modern humans left Africa twice as early as previously thought, spreading in a number of climate-driven waves, new research suggests.
UN group to pick global emergency number
(AP)—Negotiators at a conference on U.N. telecommunications regulations say they've found one bit of common ground—how to call for help.
Synthesis of a spirocyclic seco structure of the principal vetiver odorant khusimone
Approximately one third of all fragrances on the market contain vetiver oil as a key ingredient, for which no synthetic odorant is commercially available. Instead it has to be distilled from the dried roots ...
Taiwan's Hon Hai delays opening plant in Indonesia
Taiwanese technology giant Hon Hai Precision has postponed construction of a mobile phone factory in Indonesia which was to have begun by the end of this year, a report said Thursday.
East Asia faces unique challenges, opportunities for stem cell innovation
Tension is the theme running through the new consensus statement issued by the Hinxton Group, an international working group on stem cell research and regulation. Specifically, tension between intellectual property policies ...
Scientists' role in swaying public opinion studied
(Phys.org)—Whatever their political persuasion, people are more likely to believe that global warming is caused by humans if they find out that most climate change scientists believe this is the case.
Apple 'considering investment' in Twitter
Computer and smartphone maker Apple has been discussing with social media company Twitter the possibility of making a significant investment in it, The New York Times reported.
Scientists join forces in call for action to save coral reefs
Like their warrior ancestors, leaders of many Pacific Island nations have been making efforts to safeguard their countries, this time by sounding an alarm as the impact of climate change becomes more apparent. Today their ...
Censoring social media fans flames of social unrest
Is social media censorship a means to quell a modern uprising? Some politicians and law enforcers during the political turbulence of 2011 thought so but recent research suggests that uncensored citizens experience less violence ...
Wikipedia 'edit wars' show dynamics of conflict emergence and resolution
Wikipedia's crowd-sourced content generation has made it the world's largest encyclopedia, but this model also leads to "edit wars" when editors disagree. The dynamics of these conflicts provide an interesting window into ...
The origin of life challenge: Searching for how life began
In 2011, retired chemist and entrepreneur Harry Lonsdale announced his plans to fund research on how life originally formed. Of the 76 proposals submitted to his Origin of Life Challenge, Lonsdale and his ...