Swartberg House in the Karoo, designed by Jennifer Beningfield, Open Studio.
Buildings, thinkers, books, films and works of art can ask central questions about how to live on this planet and its consequences.
Where do your allegiances lie – with your smartphone or with your partner?
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Phone snubbing, or 'phubbing,' has become a real relationship downer.
Seek to truly connect with each other at Thanksgiving.
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After such a difficult political experience, empathy is the key not only to feeling connected, but feeling understood – and understanding others.
Would you want to be operated on by a surgeon whose only anatomy training was using virtual reality?
Medical students are using virtual reality to help them learn anatomy. But is it the game changing technology some people say it is?
Easy to transport and store, skin patches could soon replace needles for vaccination.
Postage-stamp sized patches that target vaccines to the immune system are now in clinical trials.
Humanoids have the ability to provide real-time feedback to students.
While students enjoy learning with robots, research finds that teachers are more sceptical – worrying about their job security and technical capabilities of robots.
We need to educate children about how to behave responsibly online.
New forms of entertainment and consumption abound. And yet the book endures.
E-book sales are falling, even though many said they would "kill" print books. Computers and television were also supposed to spell the book's demise. At one point, people even feared the phonograph.
Connecting cities should serve all citizens, not just a few.
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Design will make the difference between smart city projects offering great promise or actually reinforcing or even widening the existing gaps in unequal ways their cities serve residents.
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Having begun as a military answer to a Cold War threat (the Sputnik), the ARPANET turned into a completely different kind of network.
If artificial intelligence can scan thousands of medical papers at the click of a button, will we need doctors in the future?
Opinion in the medical establishment is sure to be divided as to whether AI helpers are a good thing or just a flashy toy.
A transaction of 88 bales of cotton in Qingdao sometime in early November is been hailed as revolutionary.
Apparently, the world is holding its breath on the unloading of a few bales of cotton, which “could change trade forever”. In Qingdao sometime in early November, 88 bales of cotton will be unloaded and…
The dark web is often used for illegal activity and because of the way it's structured, it's hard to police.
Are we living in a postmodern screen dream?
Angst when you forget your smartphone is not only a real psychological phenomenon--it also highlights a quintessentially postmodern problem: what the author calls the "anxiety of the disconnected".
The closure of the Ford casting plant in Geelong signifies a loss of manufacturing loss and possibly a bigger loss to society.
The closure of the car manufacturing plants in Australia is a sad loss of knowledge and jobs that will be difficult to replace.
Coronal mass ejections can play havoc with Earthbound communications.
There's a disturbing history of solar flares taking out the technology we depend on. As tech becomes more and more vital, knowing what is happening in space is growing ever more crucial.
Commerce and Sea Power, William Lionel Wyllie, 1898.
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Laying the first telegraphy cable under the Atlantic was the Victorians' version of the Apollo mission – it caught the imagination of a generation.
Most smartphones in India can’t even access 3G networks.
A new player is shaking up the Indian mobile market. But will it be enough?
Our citizen science project was designed to record bird sounds but produced some surprisingly funny impressions.
Business leaders don’t have a crystal ball to predict future disruption but they can have a stake in it.
Business Briefing: we’re overusing and underestimating ‘disruption’
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Disruption might be a buzz word at the moment but it shouldn't be ignored. It may be impossible to predict but businesses can have stakes in creating it.