A simple online system that could end plastic pollution (BBC Future)

Poorer communities in the developing world bear the brunt of plastic pollution. Could a new digital payment system spark a clean-up revolution? It was once a shoreline buried by enough trash to render it invisible, warranting the unfortunate nickname “toilet bowl”. Now the Philippines' Manila Bay beach is unrecognisably clean compared with a few months …

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Why I just deleted FB, IG, Gmail and other apps from my smartphone

I have done something dramatic. Starting last Tuesday, I began deleting apps from my iPhone: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn -- all gone. Does this make me a Luddite? Some anachronistic fool? I do not think so. I can always access them on desktop, so why be constantly connected on the go? The logic …

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How to make sure the fish we eat is safe (BBC Future)

Plastics and chemicals pollute our oceans and contaminate seafood. Now, a new sea-to-plate data chain could track fish from ocean to local shops, clamping down on dishonest labelling. It has become a new, horrible norm. Our marine life is today being choked by a gathering minefield of plastic in our oceans, and the images make …

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The tiny nation leading a new space race (BBC Future)

As a new space race gathers pace, many tech executives have sold Mars as humankind’s off-Earth destiny. But they may be looking too far afield. Our most immediate chance for life-beyond-Earth lies much closer, a path likely to be blazed by far lesser-known companies. Building colonies on the Moon will “provide a blueprint to Mars”, …

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The ecology of new technology

Below is an excerpt about the evolution of the Internet of Things taken from the tech and innovation report "Dubai's Next Act: Becoming the scholar of smart cities" published by Investvine.  No longer a realm reserved for techno-futurists, the Internet of Things, whether perceptible or not, affects our lives every day. In Dubai, the first …

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