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Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the law.

Social Media Revolution Series

Social media use and poor wellbeing feed into each other in a vicious cycle. Here are 3 ways to avoid getting stuck

Oct 16, 2022 13:34 pm UTC| Health

We often hear about the negative impacts of social media on our wellbeing, but we dont usually think of it the other way round whereby how we feel may impact how we use social media. In a recent study, my colleagues...

Social Media Revolution Series

Social network BeReal shares unfiltered and unedited moments from our lives - will it last?

Aug 21, 2022 17:34 pm UTC| Technology

BeReal hit the social networking scene in late 2019 but didnt take off until downloads started skyrocketing in 2022. So, what is BeReal all about, and is it here to stay? BeReal is based in France and was founded by...

Social Media Revolution Series

Social media provides flood of images of death and carnage from Ukraine war – and contributes to weaker journalism standards

Aug 08, 2022 05:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Photos of civilians killed or injured in the Russia-Ukraine war are widespread, particularly online, both on social media and in professional news media. Editors have always published images of dead or suffering people...

Social Media Revolution Series

Sendit, Yolo, NGL: anonymous social apps are taking over once more, but they aren't without risks

Jul 14, 2022 15:46 pm UTC| Technology

Have you ever told a stranger a secret about yourself online? Did you feel a certain kind of freedom doing so, specifically because the context was removed from your everyday life? Personal disclosure and anonymity have...

Social Media Revolution Series

Ukraine’s Twitter account is a national version of real-time trauma processing

Mar 12, 2022 11:16 am UTC| Technology

TikToks of cats in cardboard tanks. Flirty comments on Instagram accounts dedicated to Vladmir Putin, begging him to stop Russias attacks on Ukraine. Memes bemoaning what its like to live during a pandemic and...

Social Media Revolution Series

Donald Trump rolls out Truth Social app on Apple App Store following ban on Twitter, Facebook

Feb 22, 2022 05:22 am UTC| Business Technology

Donald Trump has been permanently banned on Twitter and suspended for two years on Facebook. Now he is debuting his own platform called Truth Social, and this means his return to social media is imminent. According to...

Social Media Revolution Series

'Virtual influencers' are here, but should Meta really be setting the ethical ground rules?

Feb 02, 2022 09:29 am UTC| Technology

Earlier this month, Meta announced it is working on a set of ethical guidelines for virtual influencers animated, typically computer-generated, characters designed to attract attention on social media. When Facebook...

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Economy

India to stop subsidizing mediocre EV firms

The Indian government will stop subsidizing electric vehicle companies that have received complaints, The government may also seek reimbursement from some of these firms. The Indian government has established an...

Nike, Adidas to cut order volumes by 40% as sales expected to drop

Nike and Adidas will reduce their order volumes by 30 percent to 40 percent beginning next summer due to pandemic-related hurdles in China and the pullout of Russia. Both companies have reportedly notified their...

Revised law allows use of plastic waste pyrolysis oil for producing petrochem products

The Ministry of Environment announced that a revision of the enforcement ordinances and regulations of the Waste Management Act came into effect on Tuesday allowing plastic waste pyrolysis oil to be recycled as a raw...

S. Korean petrochemical firms import more naphtha from UAE, India, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan amid Russia sanctions

South Korean petrochemical companies naphtha imports from Russia went down 67 percent on year at 1.92 million tons after they diversified sources following the Ukraine invasion. Meanwhile, imports of naphtha from the...

CNN starts job cuts after business review to reduce costs

CNN is one of the latest major companies in the United States to announce layoffs. Like the others, it also cited economic uncertainty and the need to reduce costs as the main basis for the decision. In the case of CNN,...

Politics

Myanmar: 2000 pro-democracy fighters killed by junta, says democracy leader

The leader of Myanmars shadow government has called on allies to provide military aid as around 2,000 pro-democracy fighters have been killed in the midst of resistance to the military junta. The appeal comes amidst...

Japan raises concerns over China, Russia joint air patrols

Japan has raised concerns with China and Russia about their joint air patrols. The concerns follow the recent incursions over Japans territory. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Thursday that Tokyo...

EU chief 'confident' on Northern Ireland deal if UK shows political will

The president of the European Unions executive branch expressed confidence that there would be a deal reached with the United Kingdom on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The European Commission leader added that a deal could...

Russia-Ukraine war: US, France pledge to hold Russia accountable

The leaders of the United States and France have pledged to hold Russia accountable as the war it wages on Ukraine is in its tenth month. The European Union has also tentatively agreed on an oil price cap in order to...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...

Livspace launches 3 experience centers in Singapore

Livspace has launched three new experience centers in Singapore as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia. The three centers of the omnichannel home interior and renovation platform are located in Suntec City,...

Pixel 7a design will be identical to the Pixel 7 series as renders appear in a new leak

Although the Pixel 7a is not expected to launch until 2023, alleged renders revealing its design have already leaked before this year ends. And as many expected, it will likely look identical to Googles flagship phones...

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger gets unconditional approval in Serbia, concessions ‘likely’ to be offered to EU regulators

Microsoft is still facing immense scrutiny from regulators in most countries where it needs to gain approval for its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion. But the company has reportedly gained...

NEC to build ¥33 billion global innovation hub near Tokyo

NEC Corporation will be constructing a 12-story global base for innovation with a floor area of roughly 50,000 square meters near Tokyo in March 2023 at around 33 billion. The provisionally named NEC Innovation...
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