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Bitcoin could become illegal almost everywhere, after shocking discovery in the blockchain

Bitcoin could become illegal almost everywhere, after shocking discovery in the blockchain | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence of the world's foremost cryptocurrency.
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An analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain – the publicly accessible ledger of transactions upon which the system is built – has revealed this vast trove of data is irrevocably tainted with unremovable links to illegal child pornography, which are inevitably distributed among and by all users of the currency.
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Giving Robots and Drones Brains For Autonomy

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Toward the Robots of Science Fiction - A. Ames - 12/6/2017 https://youtu.be/ZL8ddCQFuXU

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Imagine a world where robots and drones have their own brains and are all around us working autonomously to help humans with everyday life. Scientists are teaching robots and drones to do just that with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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19-Year-Old Model Sells Virginity For $2.9 Million

19-Year-Old Model Sells Virginity For $2.9 Million | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
The 19-year-old teenager, who chooses to identify herself by the name Giselle, used the German website, Cinderella Escorts, to sell her virginity to the highest bidder, in order to pay her tuition fees and go travelling.
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A teenage model has sold her virginity online to a wealthy Abu Dhabi businessman for more than $2.9 million. A lot of women have told me that their first time was rather disappointing anyway. I wonder how many of them would be willing to go back in time and exchange that with $2.9 million if they could.

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Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages

Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

Via Seth Dixon
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This infographic is a great way to visualize the dominant languages on Earth.

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Andrew Kahn's curator insight, November 5, 2017 12:12 AM
How many people can speak your language?
 
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 29, 2017 1:50 PM
Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages
LLewe LLyn Cooper's curator insight, January 15, 2018 3:07 AM
Languages all over the world
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New study finds nature is vital to beating climate change

New study finds nature is vital to beating climate change | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

Today our impacts on the land cause a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. The way we manage the lands in the future could deliver 37% of the solution to climate change. That is huge potential, so if we are serious about climate change, then we are going to have to get serious about investing in nature, as well as in clean energy and clean transport. We are going to have to increase food and timber production to meet the demand of a growing population, but we know we must do so in a way that addresses climate change.

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Increasing the number and size of trees (reforestation, avoiding forest loss, and better forestry practices) could cost-effectively remove 7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually by 2030, equivalent to taking 1.5 billion gasoline-burning cars off the roads.

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Bus seats mistaken for burqas by members of anti-immigrant group

Bus seats mistaken for burqas by members of anti-immigrant group | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
Comments posted on Norwegian ‘Fatherland first’ Facebook group call empty seats on bus ‘terrifying’
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A Norwegian anti-immigrant group has been roundly ridiculed after members apparently mistook a photograph of six empty bus seats posted on its Facebook page for a group of women wearing burqas.

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Paris Agreement: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change. That's bad news for anyone who happens to live on this planet
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Indeed, bad news for everyone!

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Skyrocketing costs for returning EU migrants

Skyrocketing costs for returning EU migrants | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

The EU is spending millions forcibly sending people back to their home countries with one case costing up to €90,000 per head. An EU observer probe of some 100 joint return flights coordinated by the EU's border agency, Frontex, has revealed some startling facts.

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New research indicates huge costs for returning the thousands of migrants residing in European countries.

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Trump: Middle East Peace Is 'Not as Difficult as People Have Thought'

Trump: Middle East Peace Is 'Not as Difficult as People Have Thought' | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
Who else, in the middle of a rough stretch of his presidency (one that, arguably, has persisted since Inauguration Day) could blithely assert that he would solve the most famously unsolvable problem in international diplomacy? Yet there was Trump Wednesday afternoon, appearing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and promising to bring peace in the Middle East.
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The world according to Trump: Healthcare "surprisingly" complicated, while resolving Israel-Palestine conflict really 'not as difficult as people have thought'. 

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The amount of space junk around Earth has hit a critical point

There are almost 30,000 man-made objects orbiting Earth. Many are tiny pieces of rockets and satellites, while others are completely dead satellites not in use anymore. All of them pose risks to other spacecraft and satellites — and as access to space becomes more affordable, the risk of a chain reaction of satellites crashing into one another will continue to increase.
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Space pollution continues to increase, and no one is volunteering to be the intergalactic trash collector.

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Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."
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What IF solidarity was not simply reduced to social work, but instead became the default attitude in political, economic, and scientific choices?

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Facebook plays vital role in reducing government corruption, researchers find

Facebook plays vital role in reducing government corruption, researchers find | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
A Virginia Tech College of Science economics researcher says the popular social media website Facebook -- and its open sharing of information -- is a vital and often a significant tool against government corruption in countries where press freedom is curbed or banned.
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Social media is a vital and often a significant tool against government corruption in countries where press freedom is curbed or banned.

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The world's fastest growing religion? Islam

The world's fastest growing religion? Islam | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
Islam is the world's fastest growing religion - and not just in Muslim majority nations: 10% of all Europeans are projected to be members of the Muslim faith by 2050, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.
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Islam appears to be the world's fastest growing religion. But not because it is particularly attractive or appealing. The growth can be explained by simple accelerating demographics. Not that alone, but also the fact that Muslims desiring to leave Islam, convert away, or marry outside the religion face serious risks of ostracism, alienation from family and country, or even persecution, torture, or death. The entire Islamic religious and cultural system is a brilliantly intelligent design that has eliminated virtually any possibility of stagnation in growth or reduction in followers. Some might even call it a cult...

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In Iceland, it's now illegal to pay men more than women

In Iceland, it's now illegal to pay men more than women | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
A new law making it illegal to pay men more than women has taken effect in Iceland.
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Iceland becomes the first country to legalise equal pay.

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Eating for your health is also better for the environment, study shows

Eating for your health is also better for the environment, study shows | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

So, you want to reduce your carbon footprint? You might consider improving your diet. It turns out that healthy eating isn't just good for your body, it can also lessen your impact on the environment.

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A new study found that if citizens in 28 high-income nations actually followed the dietary recommendations of their respective governments, greenhouse gases related to the production of the food they eat would fall by 13 percent.

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This New Power Plant Will Produce Clean Energy From Cow Manure

This New Power Plant Will Produce Clean Energy From Cow Manure | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

Japanese automobile giant Toyota is making some exciting moves in the realm of renewable, clean energy. The company is planning to build a power plant in California that turns the methane gas produced by cow manure into water, electricity, and hydrogen.

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The plant, which will be located in California, will be the world's first commercial-scale 100 percent renewable power and hydrogen generation plant.

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Saudi Arabia Just Granted Citizenship to a Robot

Saudi Arabia Just Granted Citizenship to a Robot | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

Sophia, an intelligent humanoid robot, has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. It’s the first country in the world to give a bot the same status reserved for humans. Sophia was awarded the citizenship while on stage at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

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AI robot first in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.

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Saudi Arabia: Religion Textbooks Promote Intolerance

Saudi Arabia: Religion Textbooks Promote Intolerance | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia’s school religious studies curriculum contains hateful and incendiary language toward religions and Islamic traditions that do not adhere to its interpretation of Sunni Islam, Human Rights Watch said today. The texts disparage Sufi and Shia religious practices and label Jews and Christians “unbelievers” with whom Muslims should not associate.
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Not much room for flexibility here...

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Hawaii to Trump: Sorry, we're sticking with the Paris Climate Agreement

Hawaii to Trump: Sorry, we're sticking with the Paris Climate Agreement | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
The U.S. might be abandoning the Paris Climate Agreement, but that doesn't mean the states have to play along.
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Hawaii became the first state in the country to adopt legislation that upholds portions of the landmark climate treaty. 

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Jakarta governor sentenced to 2 years prison for blasphemy

Jakarta governor sentenced to 2 years prison for blasphemy | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran, a shock decision that undermines the country’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam.
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I should turn pig before turning Muslim, seeing how these imbeciles and ignorant louts teach and govern religion and worship to God!

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Hate journal impact factors? New study gives you one more reason

Hate journal impact factors? New study gives you one more reason | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

Scientists have a love-hate relationship with the journal impact factor (JIF), the measurement used to rank technical journals by prestige. They have come to use it not only for deciding where to submit research papers, but for judging their peers, as well as influencing who wins jobs, tenure, and grants. All that from a single, easy to read number. And yet a journal’s impact factor is dismissed by many as useless or even destructive to the scientific community. In an attempt to shed some light, a group of researchers and journal editors today released a data set and analysis of the citation counts used to calculate this magical number. And their conclusions are likely to delight critics of the metric.

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75% of the articles in any given journal have lower citation counts than the journal's average number, i.e. the impact factor.

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How artificial wombs will change our ideas of gender, family and equality

How artificial wombs will change our ideas of gender, family and equality | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
In 1924 the evolutionary biologist JBS Haldane coined the term ectogenesis to describe pregnancy in humans provided through an artificial womb. Haldane imagined that artificial wombs might become so popular by 2074 that only a small minority – fewer “than 30% of children” – would then “be born of woman”.
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A fully functional artificial womb will undoubtedly present entirely new ethical dilemmas, including some we may not yet be ready to negotiate. But it could offer, at least, solutions to inequalities that we find intractable today.

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'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa’: the women fighting Isis

'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa’: the women fighting Isis | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it

An all-female Kurdish force is battling to rout Islamic State. Driving them on is the chance to free women enslaved by the extremists: ‘It starts with fighting Daesh, then the mentality of the male’

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A well needed voice against misogyny in the middle-east. These women totally kick ass!

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The race to build the world’s first sex robot

Advances in computer science and engineering mean that sex robots are no longer just science fiction. The first sex robots, with animatronic movement and artificial intelligence, are due to go on sale by the end of the year. Jenny Kleeman crosses continents to meet the men who are making sex robots, the customers who want to buy them, and the critics who say they are dangerous.

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/27/race-to-build-world-first-sex-robot

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The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no.

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In China, you can pay for goods just by showing your face

In China, you can pay for goods just by showing your face | Society, Culture and Ethics | Scoop.it
Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow?
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Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow?

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