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Daniel Merino

Assistant Editor: Science, Health, Environment

Daniel is a marine biologist-turned-science journalist with experience in print, radio, and podcasting. He graduated from the Boston University Science Journalism MS program, is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, has worked at Marketplace, Big Picture Science and has freelanced for Slate, Vox, and WHYY. Before his career as a storyteller, he worked as a biologist on the California coast tracking salmon populations and growing abalone commercially (with the occasional surf b...

Cloud seeding can increase rain and snow, and new techniques may make it a lot more effective – podcast

May 05, 2023 12:36 pm UTC| Technology Nature

When an unexpected rainstorm leaves you soaking wet, it is an annoyance. When a drought leads to fires, crop failures and water shortages, the significance of weather becomes vitally important. If you could control the...

Three AI experts on how access to ChatGPT-style tech is about to change our world

Mar 04, 2023 12:05 pm UTC| Technology

ChatGPT burst onto the technology world, gaining 100 million users by the end of January 2023, just two months after its launch and bringing with it a looming sense of change. The technology itself is fascinating, but...

Social Media Revolution Series

Influencers are being hired by smaller cities to attract new residents and generate revenue — podcast

Feb 05, 2023 04:24 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demographics of cities shifted. As stay-at-home orders, remote work and bubbling reduced social interaction, and restaurants, venues and arts destinations shut down temporarily, people...

How the James Webb Space Telescope has revealed a surprisingly bright, complex and element-filled early universe

Dec 19, 2022 16:37 pm UTC| Science

If you want to know what happened in the earliest years of the universe, you are going to need a very big, very specialized telescope. Much to the joy of astronomers and space fans everywhere, the world has one the James...

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Economy

Small businesses can help South Africa fight unemployment if they get proper support – study

South Africa has an alarming unemployment rate of approximately 32.1%. Solutions have been elusive. The unemployment rate has been consistently high for decades. Our research has revolved around entrepreneurship. We...

Australia is set to ban live sheep exports. What will this mean for the industry?

This month the federal government announced a plan to ban live sheep exports, set to come into effect from May 1 2028. The announcement coincided with the release of a highly anticipated report by an independent panel...

Latest inflation figures are good news

The U.S. economy is slowing, but not crashing. In the dismal science, this is what counts as good news. Thats the message I took away from the latest inflation data, released May 15, 2024, which showed U.S. consumer...

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon

Central banks in Europe are discovering an old dilemma: when they lower interest rates because inflation is slowing down, its likely to weaken their currencies. This in turn may delay the fall in inflation towards their...

Politics

California is about to tax guns more like alcohol and tobacco

Starting in July 2024, California will be the first state to charge an excise tax on guns and ammunition. The new tax an 11% levy on each sale will come on top of federal excise taxes of 10% or 11% for firearms and...

US election: why Latino and Hispanic voters are shifting to Trump after a long history of supporting the Democrats

Several recent polls suggest that the Hispanic and Latino vote is shifting towards Donald Trump as the election moves closer. In a YouGov poll from May 8, 43% of Americans said they would vote for President Joe Biden...

Slovakia’s polarised politics: Robert Fico warned a politician could be violently attacked weeks before assassination attempt

Slovak society is in shock after a 71-year-old man fired five shots at the prime minister, Robert Fico, while he was greeting a small crowd after a meeting. Some members of the coalition government immediately blamed...

Infected blood scandal – what you need to know

The infected blood scandal has been hailed the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Over 3,000 people have died as a result of receiving contaminated blood products in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and it is...

Modi’s anti-Muslim rhetoric taps into Hindu replacement fears that trace back to colonial India

The worlds largest election is currently under way in India, with more than 960 million people registered to vote over a period of six weeks. Spearheading the campaign for his Bharatiya Janata Party, incumbent Prime...

Science

Ancient DNA from an extinct native duck reveals how far birds flew to make New Zealand home

Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haasts eagle, and the answer will likely be yes. The same cant be said of New Zealands extinct, but equally unique, mergansers a group...

Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

Physicists consider black holes one of the most mysterious objects that exist. Ironically, theyre also considered one of the simplest. For years, physicists like me have been looking to prove that black holes are more...

Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is that the forces in galaxies do not seem to add up. Galaxies rotate much faster than predicted by applying Newtons law of gravity to their visible matter, despite those...

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without...

IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

About a trillion tiny particles called neutrinos pass through you every second. Created during the Big Bang, these relic neutrinos exist throughout the entire universe, but they cant harm you. In fact, only one of them is...

Technology

Bitcoin Whales Boost Holdings, Seller Exhaustion Points to Imminent Market Supply Shock

Bitcoin whales have ramped up their accumulation, signaling a potential market surge as seller exhaustion sets in, according to CryptoQuant data. Bitcoin Whales Are Buying at Unprecedented Levels CryptoQuant (via...

Bitcoin Dips 2% as Mt. Gox Wallets Move Over $5B to Unknown Wallet

Bitcoin dipped 2% after $5 billion worth of BTC from Mt. Gox wallets were transferred to an unknown wallet, sparking market concerns. Bitcoin Falls 2% as Mt. Gox Transfers $5 Billion in BTC to Unknown Wallet Ahead of...

Shiba Inu Super Diamond Trader Liquidates Holdings, Leaves Secret Message for Investors

A Shiba Inu super diamond trader has liquidated 48.09 billion SHIB tokens, followed by a secret message, raising questions about SHIBs market direction. Dormant Shiba Inu Tokens Exchanged for 278.7 ETH via MEV Bot,...

Solana-Based Sphere Labs Launches Banking Integration on Telegram for Seamless Transfers

Solana-based Sphere Labs debuts a new Telegram extension that enables secure transfers between digital wallets and bank accounts with a nominal 0.1% fee. Sphere Labs Unveils Solana-Powered Telegram Extension for...
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