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Daniel Merino

Daniel Merino

Assistant Editor: Science, Health, Environment

Daniel is a marine biologist-turned-science journalist with experience in print, radio, and podcasting. He graduated from the Boston University Science Journalism MS program, is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, has worked at Marketplace, Big Picture Science and has freelanced for Slate, Vox, and WHYY. Before his career as a storyteller, he worked as a biologist on the California coast tracking salmon populations and growing abalone commercially (with the occasional surf b...

Three AI experts on how access to ChatGPT-style tech is about to change our world

Mar 04, 2023 12:05 pm UTC| Technology

ChatGPT burst onto the technology world, gaining 100 million users by the end of January 2023, just two months after its launch and bringing with it a looming sense of change. The technology itself is fascinating, but...

Social Media Revolution Series

Influencers are being hired by smaller cities to attract new residents and generate revenue — podcast

Feb 05, 2023 04:24 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demographics of cities shifted. As stay-at-home orders, remote work and bubbling reduced social interaction, and restaurants, venues and arts destinations shut down temporarily, people...

How the James Webb Space Telescope has revealed a surprisingly bright, complex and element-filled early universe

Dec 19, 2022 16:37 pm UTC| Science

If you want to know what happened in the earliest years of the universe, you are going to need a very big, very specialized telescope. Much to the joy of astronomers and space fans everywhere, the world has one the James...

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Economy

Porsche to build 4th gen Cayenne in Bratislava

Porsche AG has decided to manufacture the future all-electric Cayenne at Volkswagen Slovakias multi-brand location in Bratislava. After the Taycan, the Macan, and the 718, the Cayenne will become the sports car...

Monster Energy releases Kiwi Strawberry flavor

Monster Energy has launched a Kiwi Strawberry flavor energy drink to its Reserve line, which offers premium flavor at a regular price point, and 160mg of caffeine. Dan McHugh, chief marketing officer at Monster Energy...

EU antitrust regulators raid Red Bull premises for suspected rule violations

EU antitrust regulators have raided the premises of Red Bull for suspected violating EU rules prohibiting cartels and restrictive business practices and suspicion of abusing its dominant position. Red Bull, which...

Scientists, environmentalists oppose plan to build octopus farm

Scientists and environmentalists have expressed deep concern over a plan to build the worlds first octopus farm in the Canary Islands, as it is detrimental to the welfare of the creatures renowned for their intelligence...

GM to stop making Chevrolet Camaro due to EV push

General Motors, will stop making the current sixth generation of the brawny muscle car, Chevrolet Camaro, early next year as another generation may be in the works. The future of the car, which is raced on NASCAR and...

Politics

Turkey parliament foreign affairs panel approves ratification of Finland's NATO membership

A commission in the Turkish parliament has reportedly voted to approve the legislation that would ratify Finlands membership in the NATO alliance. This follows the announcement made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that...

US: Biden expresses solidarity with Muslims on Ramadan

United States President Joe Biden expressed solidarity with Muslims around the world in his message for the community in celebration of Ramadan. Biden mentioned the Uyghur Muslim minorities in China and the Rohingya...

Russia-Ukraine war: ICC concerned over Russian threats following Putin arrest warrant

The International Criminal Court has expressed concerns over threats coming from Russia following the issuing of an arrest warrant for Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The threats included getting hit by hypersonic missiles...

Taiwan says China involved in Honduras' diplomatic crisis

Taiwan has accused China of getting involved in the current diplomatic crisis surrounding Honduras and its plans to establish formal ties with Beijing. Taipei has also suggested that Honduras demanded a high price to...

Science

Hellmann’s testing temperature-detecting smart jars to reduce food waste

Unilevers Hellmanns is testing a smart jar with a label using temperature-sensitive ink that changes to reveal a hidden layer when in an environment below 5C. The innovative smart jar is part of Hellmanns efforts to...

S. Korea’s sleep-inducing lettuce to be grown in Australia

A South Korean lettuce variety called heukharang or black harang, which serves as a natural treatment for insomnia is set for cultivation in Australia. Jeollanamdo Agricultural Research Extension Services (JARES)...

How amateur scientists are still helping make important discoveries

What images does science conjure up in your mind? You may well be visualising a laboratory, equations scrawled on a blackboard. Figures are surrounded by glassware filled with coloured liquids. Maybe someone, with...

Drinking Coke, Pepsi could increase testicle size, testosterone level: study

A study by the Northwest Minzu University in China has revealed that drinking Coca-Cola and Pepsi can lead to larger testicles and higher testosterone levels. The university was determining the impact of carbonated...

Japanese tourism startup Iwaya Gikento offer balloon rides into ‘space’

Japanese startup Iwaya Giken is launching a space tourism business to take sightseers on balloon rides 25 kilometers into the stratosphere Iwaya Giken noted that while passengers need not undergo special training to...

Technology

Kraft Heinz to tap AB InBev's BEES e-commerce platform to boost biz in Mexico, Colombia, Peru

Kraft Heinz will use AB InBevs BEES e-commerce platform to increase distribution points and expand the number of items available to retailers in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. The deal, according to the Heinz Baked Beans...

Panera Bread adds Amazon palm recognition scanner to its stores

Panera Bread, an American chain store of bakery-café fast-casual restaurants, announced it would be adding Amazon Ones contactless technology to its 200 stores across the country. Amazon also said that the bakery is...

Logitech expands retail reach in Singapore with Watsons rollout

Logitech and Watsons are collaborating to sell lifestyle and technology items in-store throughout Singapore. Watsons will sell Logitechs K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard, Pebble Wireless Mouse M350, Lift Vertical...

Samsung to invest $230 billion in building mega chip cluster

Samsung Electronics will invest $230 billion over the next 20 years chip-making mega cluster, which will be established in Gyeonggi Province by 2042. Samsungs five new semiconductor plants would anchor South Koreas...

Samsung steals Xiaomi’s crown in India’s smartphone market

Samsung Electronics took a 20 percent market share in India in the last quarter of 2022 to take the top spot in the worlds second-biggest market for devices over erstwhile leader Xiaomi Corp., who had an 18 percent market...
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