New Scientist: Firms unite to bring internet to billions of new users

Excerpt: “I believe connectivity is a human right, and that if we work together we can make it reality.” These were the lofty ideals Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed on 20 August, when he declared his intention to bring internet access to “the next 5 billion people” – that is, the fraction of humanity that … Continue reading New Scientist: Firms unite to bring internet to billions of new users

New Scientist: Sensitive piano keys let pianists create new sounds

Excerpt: Watching Andrew McPherson play his new piano is a slightly strange experience. Sometimes his fingers push down on the keys as normal, but at others they waggle or slide all over them. That’s because his keys have sensors to bring the sounds, flair and versatility of string instruments to the piano. To see the … Continue reading New Scientist: Sensitive piano keys let pianists create new sounds

New Scientist: Elephants understand what it means to point

Excerpt: Although dogs are said to be man’s best friend, it doesn’t mean they “get” us. At least, not like elephants seem to. Without any training, the giant herbivores can understand and follow our hand gestures – the first non-human animals known to be able to do so. To see the original article, click here. … Continue reading New Scientist: Elephants understand what it means to point

New Scientist: Tinder-style matchmaking helps you bag your next job

Excerpt: But the writing is not the strength – nor, really, the point – of the book. Kramer means to insist, again and again, that gay men should have a starring role in US history: from the very lowest places in society, the brothels and insane asylums, to the highest: as Presidents and intellectuals. To … Continue reading New Scientist: Tinder-style matchmaking helps you bag your next job