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The first week after prison is the deadliest for ex-inmates

Science and technology | Prisoners’ healthAlcohol and drugs kill many in the early days of freedomPhotograph: Getty Images Apr 11th 2024EVERY year more than 30m people are released from behind bars. Many leave much as they enter—in very poor health. People who end up in prison have higher rates of infections such as HIV and hepatitis; cognitive disabilities;...

Thu Apr 11, 2024 18:32
New technology can keep whales safe from speeding ships

Science and technology | ConservationCollisions kill 20,000 every yearPhotograph: Flip Nicklin/Minden/Oregon State University Apr 11th 2024ON MARCH 3rd a whale calf washed ashore in Georgia, on America’s east coast, bearing slash marks characteristic of a ship’s propeller. Less than a month later another whale, a recent mother, was found floating off...

Thu Apr 11, 2024 18:32
Bees, like humans, can preserve cultural traditions

Science and technology | Hive mindsDifferent colonies build in competing architectural stylesPhotograph: Viviana Di Pietro Apr 10th 2024WHEN IT comes to architectural accomplishments, humans like to think they stand at the top of the pyramid. That is to underestimate the astonishing achievements of social insects: termites raise skyscraping nests and...

Wed Apr 10, 2024 23:28
How Ukraine is using AI to fight Russia

Science and technology | AI at warFrom target hunting to catching sanctions-busters, its war is increasingly high-tech Illustration: Nick Kempton Apr 8th 2024IN THE run-up to Ukraine’s rocket attacks on the Antonovsky Bridge, a vital road crossing from the occupied city of Kherson to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, security officials carefully...

Mon Apr 8, 2024 20:50
The science that built the AI revolution

Science and technology | Essential listensA special series for “Babbage”, our podcast on science and technology Apr 3rd 2024Listen to this story. Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android.Your browser does not support the <audio> element.In a four-part series, we examine the evolution of generative AI. What were the scientific and technological...

Wed Apr 3, 2024 19:00
Why robots should take more inspiration from plants

Science and technology | RoboticsThey would be able to grow, grip and move in more useful waysPhotograph: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Apr 3rd 2024 (updated 1h ago)The enormous titular robots of the “Transformers” universe, a popular franchise spanning toys, TV series, video games and films, move along the ground in one of two ways. On wheels, when...

Wed Apr 3, 2024 16:02

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