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How to Demand Action on Gun Control

On Wednesday, a gunman murdered 17 people in Parkland, Florida, which brings the country’s 2018 gun-death tally to 1,859. Feeling helpless and enraged? You’re not alone—and you’re not helpless. I spoke to Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, for some instruction on concrete steps the average citizen can… Read more… Leigh Anderson https://lifehacker.com/how-to-demand-action-on-gun-control-1823064657…

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Chinese Lunar New Year Illustrates Rise of Hong Bao

China’s Lunar Near Year is many things to that country’s population. But this year, more than others, it will rely heavily on technology for delivering the traditional red packets known as Hong Bao that typically contain gifts of money. This year, 80% of people living on mainland China will give digital red packets, many of…

South Africa’s ruling party demands President Jacob Zuma resign

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has “recalled” the country’s leader, Jacob Zuma, ramping up pressure on the scandal-hit President to resign. http://www.cnn.com/2018/02/13/africa/jacob-zuma-south-africa-recall-intl/index.html www.big4all.org #news #info #photo #pictures #world #health #sport #business #gadgets #space #nature #social #follow

South Korea Is Considering a New Licensing System For Cryptocurrency Exchanges

In a turnaround from its hardline approach to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, South Korea is mulling a licensing system to help regulate the country’s virtual currency exchanges. Authorities may introduce a system based on the Bitlicense model, developed in New York, Business Korea reports, but a final decision isn’t expected until June. The system only…

Mexico: Zetas drugs cartel leader caught

A leader of one of the country’s most notorious drugs cartels has been arrested in Mexico City. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43011495 www.big4all.org #news #info #photo #pictures #world #health #sport #business #gadgets #space #nature #social #follow

Russia Arrests Nuclear Scientists Who Used a Supercomputer to Mine Bitcoin

How crazy has the Bitcoin phenomenon gotten? A group of Russian scientists who were supposed to be working on that country’s nuclear warheads chose instead to use the supercomputers at their disposal to mine for cryptocurrency. As you might expect, it didn’t work out well for them. According to the BBC, Russian officials have arrested…

Chinese transit cops deploy face-recognition glasses to spot indebted people, oppressed ethnic/religious minorities and criminals

Chinese transit cops are wearing glasses with heads-up displays and cameras tied into the country’s facial recognition to spot criminals, people smugglers, and riders who are using high-speed trains in defiance of rules that prohibit indebted people and people from ethnic and religious minorities from traveling. (more…) Cory Doctorow Chinese transit cops deploy face-recognition glasses…

A British Retailer Is Facing a $5.6 Billion Equal Pay Claim—U.K.’s Largest Ever

The U.K.’s biggest retailer, Tesco, is facing the country’s largest ever equal pay claim–and a possible compensation bill running up to 4 billion pounds ($5.6 billion). More than 1,000 Tesco staff members have reportedly contacted law firm Leigh Day, and the firm plans to begin taking the initial legal steps for 100 of them this…

France Takes Texting-While-Driving Ban to New Extreme

France is taking new measures to keep drivers off of their phones while they are on the road. The country’s highest court has ruled that drivers cannot use their phones even after pulling over; they’ll need to park in a designated parking spot and shut off their engine. The only exception the court provided is…

Japan launches smallest rocket ever to carry satellite into orbit

Japan has set a new spaceflight record — and unlike most of these feats, it’s defined by what wasn’t involved. The country’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched the smallest-ever rocket to carry a satellite into orbit, a m… https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/japan-launches-smallest-rocket-ever-to-carry-satellite-into-orbit/ www.big4all.org #news #info #photo #pictures #world #health #sport #business #gadgets #space #nature #social #follow

Women ‘deceived’ into removing hijabs in protest — Iran police

Police in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have arrested 29 people for their involvement in protests against the country’s compulsory headscarf law. http://www.cnn.com/2018/02/02/middleeast/iran-arrests-29-women-after-hijab-protest-intl/index.html www.big4all.org #news #info #photo #pictures #world #health #sport #business #gadgets #space #nature #social #follow

‘Democracy dies in dankness’ according to Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. has a grave warning for our country’s democracy: watch out for dankness.  The president’s oldest son attacked the press on Thursday, venting about the coverage of the Nunes Memo, a Republican-written document alleging that the FBI abused its surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016. The White House has been pushing for…

Singapore is using a group of robot swans to monitor its water supply

Faced with the problem of how to track pollution in the country’s reservoirs, engineers in Singapore came up with a unique solution: robot swans which take water quality measurements. The post Singapore is using a group of robot swans to monitor its water supply appeared first on Digital Trends. Luke Dormehl https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/robot-swan-water-quality/ www.big4all.org #news #info…

China Wants to Create the Chips to Power the Future of AI

AI Boom China’s increasingly vested interest in developing artificial intelligence (AI) is breathing new life into the country’s semiconductor industry. A new report from MIT Technology Review explains how China’s dedication to becoming a global leader in AI development is giving Chinese chipmakers a new opportunity to reclaim territory in the burgeoning field of hardware…

European history and population mapped by year

Cottereau: This video shows the borders and populations of each country in Europe, for every year since 400 BC. Vassal states and colonies are not included in the count of a country’s population.” What a mess! One thing I learned is how sparsely-populated Britain was in the Roman age. Rob Beschizza European history and population…