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What is screen time doing to children?

Science and technology | Digital detoxesDemands grow to restrict young people’s access to phones and social mediaPhotograph: Getty Images Apr 17th 2024Two months ago Daisy Greenwell and Clare Fernyhough set up a WhatsApp group to discuss how to stave off their young children’s demands for smartphones. After they posted about their plans on Instagram,...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 15:52
Large language models are getting bigger and better

Science and technology | AI’s next top modelCan they keep improving forever?Illustration: Daniel Zender Apr 17th 2024In AI-land, technologies move from remarkable to old hat at the speed of light. Only 18 months ago the release of ChatGPT, OpenAI’s chatbot, launched an AI frenzy. Today its powers have become commonplace. Several firms (such as Anthropic,...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 22:44
What is screentime doing to children?

Science and technology | Digital detoxesDemands grow to restrict young people’s access to phones and social mediaPhotograph: Getty Images Apr 17th 2024Two months ago Daisy Greenwell and Clare Fernyhough set up a WhatsApp group to discuss how to stave off their young children’s demands for smartphones. After they posted about their plans on Instagram,...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 22:44
Locust-busting is getting a upgrade

Science and technology | Who you gonna call?From pesticides to drones, new technologies are helping win an age-old battlePhotograph: Panos Apr 17th 2024IN THE LIST of plagues inflicted upon the people of Egypt in the Book of Exodus, only darkness and death get higher billing than locusts. That ranking is apt. Today, Schistocerca gregaria, also known...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 22:44
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

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