Science & Technology

Japanese scientists have created an enzyme that eats away at plastic bottle waste

Could this spell the end of plastic bottle waste?

Japanese scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that eats away at plastic bottles, it has been revealed. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.[Read More...]

China sets up world’s first digital dictatorship with creepy new social credit system

China sets up world’s first digital dictatorship with creepy new social credit system

China’s creepy social credit system is a dystopian high-tech model of big brother when power goes unchecked. Here’s how it works. So currently, most Chinese citizens don’t have credit scores, unlike in the UK, where they have been part of the consumer landscape for decades, led by the big credit bureaus such as Equifax and Experian. The Chinese government aims[Read More...]

Facebook under fire after data leaks

Facebook under fire after data leaks

Facebook has come under fire after it was revealed that it had harvested personally identifiable information from up to 87 million Facebook users. The data was then collected by Trump-affiliated firm Cambridge Analytica to influence voter opinion on behalf of politicians who hire them. The revelations come after the Guardian’s Observer issued a series of explosive reports to expose the[Read More...]

Cambridge Analytica has been implicated in a number of different election scandals across the world

Head of European Parliament vows action over Facebook data scandal

The head of European Parliament has vowed to investigate Facebook to see if it had misused data, following the recent scandal over the data leaks. Antonio Tajani who has served as President of the European Parliament since January last year urged the social media giant to take more responsibility, saying on Twitter that “allegations of misuse of Facebook user data[Read More...]

Facebook encourages users to send in nude pictures of themselves

Facebook encourages users to send in nude pictures of themselves

Facebook has introduced a new feature that aims to combat revenge porn by…getting its users to send in nude pictures of themselves. The trial scheme will use image recognition technology to identify the photos that people send in and prevent those same images being uploaded by a vindictive lover. It has been confirmed that a group of ‘specially trained’ employees[Read More...]