John Boyne accidentally includes Zelda video game monsters in novel | Books

John Boyne, the award-winning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has acknowledged that a cursory Google led to him accidentally including monsters from the popular video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in his new novel. Boyne’s A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom opens Continue Reading

Carl Bergstrom: ‘People are using data to bullshit’ | Science- Tempemail

Carl Bergstrom is a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. More than a decade ago he conducted research on the role of government in pandemic planning, and has been a trenchant critic of the current response. He is the co-author with his colleague Jevin D Continue Reading

Cancel culture, George Orwell and reasoned debate | Letters | World news- Tempemail

Thank you to Billy Bragg (‘Cancel culture’ doesn’t stifle debate, but it does challenge the old order, 10 July) for a thought-provoking article and for drawing attention to the statue of George Orwell outside the BBC in London. Mr Bragg says that the quotation on the wall next to the Continue Reading

JK Rowling, Rushdie and Atwood warn against ‘intolerance’ in open letter | Books- Tempemail

JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood are among the signatories to a controversial open letter warning that the spread of “censoriousness” is leading to “an intolerance of opposing views” and “a vogue for public shaming and ostracism”. Rowling, whose beliefs on transgender rights have recently seen scores of Harry Continue Reading

Sex Robots & Vegan Meat by Jenny Kleeman review – the future of food, birth and death? | Science and nature books

In a plain factory building in the San Marcos hills, north of San Diego in California, a technological revolution is under way. There, a team of AI experts are developing a new brand of woman that can smile, flutter her eyelids, make small-talk and remember the names of your siblings. Continue Reading

Beyond Google: my afternoon trawling Trove for the first mentions of climate change | Books

“Science has uncovered indisputable evidence that the level of our oceans is rising. This is the result of a sudden and unexpected increase in our planet’s northern temperatures. Ice masses are melting rapidly away. If the rate of thawing continues, civilisation near the sea may be submerged and profound changes Continue Reading

Future’s bright for Mabel, Olive and lockdown’s other unlikely stars | Media- Tempemail

Mucking around on Twitter can lead to extraordinary things. For a handful of creative people, including the experienced sports commentator Andrew Cotter, the boredom that threatened in lockdown has become a golden opportunity. Thanks partly to Cotter’s labradors, Mabel and Olive, and his hugely popular online commentaries on their antics, Continue Reading

Japan’s video gaming grandma, 90, plays her way into record books | Games

Every day 90-year-old Japanese grandma Hamako Mori flexes her fingers to keep them nimble. Not for knitting or needlepoint, but to stay in shape for playing video games. The pensioner known as “Gamer Grandma” spends three or more hours a day battling monsters and going on missions in the virtual Continue Reading

How Instagram changed our world | Technology- Tempemail

One day in the autumn of 2015, a small but significant change was implemented at the Instagram offices in Menlo Park, California. Employees arrived at work to discover the rubbish bins under each desk had disappeared. The bins had allowed people to work efficiently – no one had to stand Continue Reading

BMB CCO Matt Lever on what we can learn from books during Covid-19 crisis- Tempemail

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have driven people’s noses into books on a massive scale. Back in March, it was reported that sales of fiction books in the UK were up by a third, with children’s books sales climbing 234% – the third-highest level on record. Matt Lever, chief Continue Reading