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On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would take the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, and that he could negotiate a “better deal”. Saul Loeb/AFP

A fair climate deal? Accountability first!

On June 1, Donald Trump announced that he would take the US out of the Paris climate agreement because it was "unfair" to the US. An economic analysis indicates otherwise.
Angustoniscus amieuensis, a New Caledonian cockroach that lives in the moist forests of the island. P.Grandcolas

How a humble cockroach rewrote the history of New Caledonia

The theory that New Caledonia was a piece of land that separated from the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana was a seductive one. But then a cockroach rose up to challenge it.
Lebanon’s political situation is already a delicate balance. Poverty, distress and increasing numbers of refugees could exacerbate existing tensions and lead to collapse. Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Three things could happen to Lebanon as Syrian refugees rush in — two are worrisome

The country's religion-based power-sharing political system is straining to accommodate hundreds of thousands of new Syrian Sunnis.
A prototype Amazon delivery drone. Amazon.com

Delivery drones: swooping down to prey on our self-control

Amazon.com and others are eager to fill the skies with drones delivering packages at all hours. Convenient, yes, but it could transform – and not in a good way – our ability to make informed choices.
Many bitcoins equals a heavy environmental burden. Flickr

The bitcoin and blockchain: energy hogs

The digital world is taking more and more space in our lives... and dramatically increasing electrical use. It’s a serious problem given the urgent need fight climate change.
In the molecular-chemistry laboratory of the Ecole Polytechnique at the Université Paris-Saclay. Ecole polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay/Flickr

When I grow up, I want to be a researcher…

How do we and should we work with the first generation "digital native" doctoral researchers?
Venezuela is among the countries in which popular resistance to repressive politics is on the rise. Marco Bello/Reuters

Why we need an international freedom movement

There are groundswells of civic engagement in a handful of countries, but ensuring the survival of fundamental freedoms in these dangerous times will require a resistance that knows no borders.
Disruption of the thyroid hormones can prevent tadpoles from becoming frogs. Coffee/Pixabay

Everyday chemicals may affect brain development, including foetal IQ

Research shows thyroid hormone, which is required for brain development in all vertebrates, is severely affected by chemicals present in our everyday cleaning products, clothing and cookware.
Neural network. If then else / Wikimedia

Deep learning and neural networks

Born in the 1950s, the concept of an artificial neural network has progressed considerably. Today, known as "deep learning", its uses have expanded to many areas, including finance.

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