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Sperm count has fallen by nearly 60 per cent in richer countries
Enough for the job?Science Photo LibraryBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationAn analysis of research into male fertility suggests that there has been a steep decline in sperm counts for men living...
Trump’s plan to cut global health research may cost US billions
Less help from US research?Ed Jones/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Debora MackenzieUS government proposals to spend less on global health research will be bad for many countries – but perhaps worst of all for the...
Nations of the world agree to ban nuclear weapons – now what?
Costa Rican Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez celebrates after the voteAP/REX/ShutterstockBy Debora MacKenzieOn 7 July, most of the world’s countries voted to ban nuclear weapons. None of them, however, actually...
Canada’s cybersecurity needs work, despite high ranking: expert
Canada has ranked in the top 10 countries for cybersecurity action and awareness.According to the Global Cybersecurity Index, created by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union (ITU),...
EU roaming charges are ending – here’s everything you need to know
Roaming charges can be extortionate and mean you spend a lot of money while you’re away on business or on holiday, but that’s now all about to end. At least in Europe.From today – that's June 15 – roaming...
Hacker arrests across Europe over ATM-theft spree
EU member states and Norway contributed to the investigation, which was supported by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre.Black box attacks are when criminals connect an unauthorised device to an ATM's...
Inside Interpol's Singapore cybercrime-fighting complex
In the wake of a ransomware cyber-attack that hit at least 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries, Microsoft President Brad Smith criticized the way governments are slow to share countermeasures....
Cyberattack hits 200,000 in at least 150 countries - Europol
Friday's cyber attack hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries and that number could grow when people return to work on Monday, the head of the European Union's police agency said on Sunday. Cyber...
Cyberattack to escalate, warns Europol
Director Rob Wainwright said: "At the moment, we are in the face of an escalating threat. The numbers are going up. I am worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and...
Global Cyberattack in Brief: Ransomware, a Vision of Future?, Seeking Culprits
In what is believed to be the largest attack of its kind ever recorded, a cyberextortion attack continued causing problems Saturday, locking up computers and holding users’ files for ransom at dozens of...
EE unveils new free roaming: what countries are included?
EE is making roaming to lots of European destinations free for all pay monthly customers from June this year.If you’re an EE customer, you’ll be able to use your data, calls and text allowances in lots...
Spotify’s student discount is now available in over 30 countries
Spotify has extended its offer of half-priced Premium subscriptions to students in over 30 countries, including Canada, Mexico, many parts of South America and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand and...
Tech Firms Must Go Beyond Congo's ‘Conflict Minerals’ to Clean Supply Chain: Study
Abuses linked to mining in countries such as Myanmar and Colombia are being overlooked by technology companies focused only on eliminating "conflict minerals" from war-torn parts of Africa in their supply...
Mark Cuban: Basic income ‘the worst possible response’ to job losses from robots
Advocates of UBI say it's a better option than the current system of welfare in many countries and does not disincentivize people from working. Santens tweeted an infographic in which he showed entrepreneurship...
Feeling proud is probably a sign that people think you’re great
An encouraging garbage can.Ryan Mickle - Flickr reader comments 5 Share this story Too often, science news extrapolates wildly from the science in question. Take, for example, that time a small study...
US could demand social media passwords on entry
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the move could come as part of an effort to toughen the vetting of visitors to screen out people who may pose a security threat.He said it was one of the steps...
Report: 2016 Marks 11th Consecutive Year of Declining Global Freedom
Noting populist and nationalist forces making gains in democratic states last year, Freedom House has declared 2016 the 11th consecutive year of a decline in global freedom. Of the 195 countries assessed...
IMF boosts growth forecast for U.S., cites Trump impact
The IMF also increased 2017 growth projections for a number of other countries including China, Germany, Japan and Britain, but warned that the global economy faces a number of downside risks from rising...
Globally, fossil fuels subsidies are sticking around
EnlargeWisconsin.gov reader comments 15 Share this story With the Paris climate agreement, participating nations have made a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning of coal, oil,...
Gadget boom sees e-waste in Asia spike 63 per cent in 5 years
E-waste is processed in ChinaImaginechina/REX/ShutterstockBy Chelsea WhyteThe tech boom is spreading worldwide and it comes with a cost. Between 2010 and 2015, e-waste generated in East and South-East...
Can sub-Saharan Africa produce enough food to meet growing demand?
Enlarge / Food basket delivery provided by WOFAK (Women Fighting Aids in Kenya), Nairobi, Kenya.Getty | Godong reader comments 8 Share this story Each year, the planet has to feed more hungry, hungry...
Download of the day: Tor Browser
Tor BrowserWhenever you go online, you’re being tracked. Advertisers track you so they can annoy you more efficiently. Websites track you to see where you’re from, and sometimes to limit what they’ll...
Biodiversity betrayal as nations fail miserably on conservation
Seychelles warbler: a rare conservation success storyDavid Pike/Naturepl.comBy Andy CoghlanAlmost everyone is bottom of the class. That’s the best that can be said for countries that signed up to an ambitious...
Moral consensus: a CEO should earn five times what workers get
Top-tier pay is stoking popular discontentKevork Djansezian/GettyBy Michael NortonAmong the issues fuelling political upheaval at the moment is the gap between bosses’ and workers’ pay. Leaders, including...
UN: Less Than Half of World Connected to Internet
More than half the global population remains unconnected to the internet, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. This year, 84 percent of the world's population had access to mobile broadband...
France: U.S. must respect "irreversible" climate deal
MARRAKECH, Morocco -- French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the United States to respect the “irreversible” Paris Agreement on climate change, and said France will lead a dialogue on the...
24 Countries, EU Agree to Create Antarctica Marine Reserve
New Zealand officials say the countries that decide the fate of Antarctica have agreed to create a huge marine reserve there. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the nations have agreed to...
Nearly 200 Nations Agree to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Nearly 200 of the world's nations have reached a historic agreement to reduce greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners; a major step in the fight against climate change. The agreement...
Climate change deal announced by 150 countries
The agreement divides countries into three groups with different deadlines to reduce the use of factory-made hydrofluorocarbon gases, according to Rwandan minister Vinncent Biruta.The developed nations,...
Powerful greenhouse gases in focus at global climate meeting
JOHANNESBURG Greenhouse gases that are more powerful than carbon dioxide are the focus of a global gathering this week in Africa. Experts say cutting hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, is the fastest way to...
Climate agreement set to become binding
India?s announcement that it would ratify the 2015 global agreement on climate change increases the chances that the pact will go into effect this year. Photo: AFP/Getty Images The landmark Paris agreement...
IMF slashes U.S. growth forecast
WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and warns that political discontent threatens global growth. The fund blames the U.S. investment...
9 out of 10 people breathing excessive air pollution
GENEVA More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World Health Organization said...
US set to miss its emissions target under the Paris climate deal
The US is signed up, but not acting fast enoughPlanet Pix v/REX/ShutterstockThe good news: the Paris climate agreement is likely to come into effect this year, earlier than expected. But even if countries...
Paris climate deal may come into force by the end of 2016
DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationSome 60 countries have now ratified the world’s first comprehensive climate deal, meeting one of two thresholds needed to bring the agreement...
US, 12 Countries to Start WTO Negotiations to Ban Fishery Subsidies
The United States and 12 other countries will start World Trade Organization negotiations to ban harmful fishery subsidies, particularly those that contribute to overfishing and overcapacity in the sector...
Survey: Too Many New Smartphone Models Released Each Year
Consumers think smartphone makers are releasing too many new models each year, a survey showed Tuesday. The survey conducted in six countries, commissioned by the environmental group Greenpeace, showed...
OnePlus 3 sales will be paused in 24 countries for over a month
Okay everyone, slow down. Let OnePlus catch its breath.Turns out the OnePlus 3 is proving so popular that the Chinese startup is struggling to keep pace with demand – especially in Europe.Writing on the...
Underreporting of Zika is rife; researchers project epidemic's spread in certain countries
A new study reveals a large disparity between the number of reported and projected Zika cases. The researchers, responding to a 'call to arms' to model the spread of the virus, say that while a major US...
Do more now to deliver on climate promises, world leaders told
Celebration is one thing, but what about the implementation?Dan Kitwood/GettyBy Michael Le PageWorld leaders are not doing enough to deliver on the commitments they signed up to in Paris in December,...
The amount of energy needed to run the world’s economy is decreasing on average
New energy-efficient buildings contribute to a reduction in energy intensity.Mariano MantelAccording to a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the world is getting better, on average,...
Report: 7 Countries Benefit Most from Technology Innovation
The United States, Singapore, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel are getting the biggest bang for their buck in economic and digital innovation, according to a survey released Wednesday...
Business News Roundup, July 1
A $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa and MasterCard over credit card transaction fees was rejected Thursday by a federal appeals court, a ruling praised by a retail trade association...
Was Kyoto climate deal a success? Figures reveal mixed results
How did we do?Chris Wattie/ReutersBy Michael Le PageWas the 1997 Kyoto protocol a success? That depends on how you interpret the numbers. Under the treaty, 38 developed countries signed up to reduce their...
Google Unlikely to Win New Friends by Supporting TPP
The company's backing of the unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership puts it at odds with many people, including lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Google appears unlikely to win any new friends with...
Pushing Computers into Africa's Classrooms
Countries across Africa are actively pushing to integrate more technology into classrooms across the continent. To further this effort, the African Development Bank and the U.N. educational organization...
Climate change strategy sessions move from Paris to San Francisco
Last year, global efforts on climate change focused on Paris, where representatives from 195 countries hammered out a landmark agreement to limit warming. “I am very confident we are getting our act together...
Business News Roundup, April 28
China, Russia and India are among 11 countries named by the Obama administration as leaving American producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material open to rampant piracy. The U.S. is placing...
Software Advocacy Group Ranks Countries on Cloud Readiness
Japan, the United States and Germany rank first, second and third. Biggest improvers were South Africa and Canada; Russia and China didn't fare so well. Ranking the cloud friendliness of entire countries...
US Says Climate Deal Signatories on Quick Pace
White House officials say at least 34 countries have either signed or committed to join the recent climate change deal, putting the agreement on a "much faster trajectory." "We are within striking distance...
UN Climate Deal: Are We Done? A Q&A With Opposing Experts
This is the first time that 178 nations have reached a climate accord. So, does this solve climate change globally? We put the question to two experts: Climate accord opponent, Benjamin Zycher, Resident...
Just say maybe: Is the world ready to abandon the war on drugs?
Cannabis burns in MexicoEl Universal/Rex/ShutterstockJUST say no. That’s supposed to be our reaction to recreational drugs. The trouble is, lots of people say yes please. As a result, the world’s governments...
Calls for pharma to follow GSK and make drugs more accessible
Other pharma companies are under pressure to follow GSK’s exampleSuzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg via Getty Poor countries will soon be able to make their own versions of GlaxoSmithKline’s drugs without paying...
Google's in-car software pulls into 18 more nations, with Latin push - CNET
Android Auto is branching out in Latin America and other regions across the world. Hyundai Google's Android Auto software has driven itself into 18 more countries. The expansion was tweeted Monday from...
Android Auto launches in 18 new countries, including Brazil, India and Russia
Android Auto, Google’s in-car operating system, is now available in eighteen new countries, including Brazil and India. For the others, reference the little emoji flags in Android’s tweet...
WHO: Ebola no longer an 'extraordinary' health event
Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary" health event, the World Health Organisation has said.The disease that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa during its most recent outbreak doesn't pose as...
Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, arrives in the U.S. and other markets this Thursday
Nintendo’s first smartphone application, “Miitomo,” now has a U.S. launch date: March 31st. In addition, the company says it will also be available in several other countries at...
Denmark is once again the happiest country in the world
The UN has published the 2016 edition of its World Happiness Report, which reveals that, contrary to the popular notion that cold climates lead to unhappiness, Denmark is once again the world's happiest...
Countrywide corruption breeds individual dishonesty, economists suggest
flickr user: 0FourApproaches from a number of behavioral sciences can be used to understand human honesty. They’re not bothered with making particular judgements about whether a behavior is good or bad,...
Want to be safe from cyberattacks? Move to Scandinavia
A team of US security researchers have just put the finishing touches on a two-year report into the vulnerabilities of 44 different countries to cyberattacks.After poring through 20 billion automatically-generated...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark