Science & Technology

Spotify’s Success May Be the Real Day the Music Dies

Reading Time: 8 minutesWhile musicians struggle to survive the pandemic, Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek is going after artists who dare to criticize his Spotify streaming empire for paying them pennies.

Where There’s Smoke, China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Douses the Fire

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe moment that my international flight landed in Shanghai, China, I tried out a new VPN service on my cell phone. I’d heard about the app while studying abroad; the company promised it could bypass China’s “Great Firewall” to access YouTube, Netflix, and other government-blocked sites with lightning speed.

Facebook Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

Reading Time: 6 minutesBig data is what its name says: large and complex data sets created by the ever-escalating public use of the internet. We are all, in fact, co-creators of this juggernaut, because we leave a digital trace of our every online action as we go about our daily lives.

How Owning a Boat Can Help You Sleep

Why do babies fall asleep when they’re rocked? All parents know it works, and have their own special way of moving with an irritable sleepy baby — in a sling, out of a sling, up and down, side to side, in the car. Recent research on rocking doesn’t answer the baby question, but shines a light on the salutary effect it can have on grown-ups. Anyone who’s experienced sleeping on a boat will wax lyrical about it — the special soothing sensation of being rocked to sleep by gently lapping water.

Fighting Algae With Algae — A Problem Solving Itself

Here’s an interesting way in which a problem is helping to solve itself.Algal bloom — toxic plants that grow in water in hot weather — feed off of nutrients contained in runoff from farm fertilizers or town wastewater.

We Don’t Know What Our Computers Are Doing

Most of us really don’t know what our computers are doing. We just know that we use them for working, communicating, shopping, banking, and having fun. But the reality is that IT experts don’t know either.This was demonstrated by several recent stories of security failures and hardware flaws of an extraordinary nature.

Big Brother at Work: Employee Monitoring in the Analytics Age

Orwellian technology, capable of monitoring your every message and conversation, may be coming to your office soon.In keeping with the management adage, “What you can’t measure, you can’t manage,” new employee monitoring methods called are hitting the corporate market.From small startups to global giants such as IBM, tech vendors are offering employers the promise of q

Team Trump’s Hostility Toward Science Is No Hoax

A picture says more than a thousand words &; and sometimes it speaks volumes. That was the case when photographers captured Donald Trump looking at the sun without protective glasses during the recent solar eclipse. It pretty much sums up the president’s expressed dismissive attitude about science.