Science & Technology

A third of planets could host alien life, research finds

A third of planets could host alien life, research finds

A third of planets outside of our solar system could potentially host alien life, according to researchers from Harvard University. Scientists say that any ‘exoplanet’ that is two to four times the size of Earth is likely to contain water and essential elements that could host alien life. Analysis of data from the exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope and the Gaia[Read More…]

MPs call for a clampdown on alternative news

MPs call for a clampdown on alternative news

An influential parliamentary committee has pushed for new laws to ban alternative news sites, it has been revealed. The interim report from the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended that British regulators should be given more control over Facebook and Google to stop the spread of whatever they consider to be “fake news”. In the[Read More…]

Smart meters give energy giants unlimited power over customers

Smart meters give energy giants unlimited power over customers

Energy giants could use smart meters to cut switch off the power to their customers homes to force them to pay their bills, it has been revealed. Suppliers have the capacity to switch the new digital devices to a pre-payment setting without visiting the house. This would force the homeowner to top up their account before they use any gas[Read More…]

Facial recognition is a threat to privacy

Facial recognition is a threat to privacy

The privacy and freedom of ordinary citizens is under threat from facial recognition technology, according to the founders of the technology. Brian Brackeen, the chief executive officer of the facial recognition software developer Kairos, has spoken out about the dangers of the technology being used by governments. He believes that the technology may be used the wrong way. He said[Read More…]

Minority-report comes to China with powerful supercomputers used to ‘predict’ crime

Minority-report comes to China with powerful supercomputers used to ‘predict’ crime

China has been utilising powerful supercomputers that can scan the country’s entire population in 1 second. And the Chinese government has been putting it to good use too. Over the last two years, the system has been used to arrest 2,000 people. Local police have already been using the technology to track people’s movements, friends, and even try to predict[Read More…]