The International Herald Tribune reports on the negative mental effects of new technologies. Constant interruption and multitasking reduces our ability to focus and can increase stress and distraction. We also look at a report compiled by ProPublica and the Washington Post revealing widespread mismanagement and disregard for safety rules in BP. These and other stories in today’s international press review: TUESDAY, 8th JUNE 2010
Six men have locked themselves into a mock space capsule in Moscow to simulate an 18-month mission to Mars designed to shed light on the physical and psychological effects of a journey to the Red Planet.
Papers around the world lead this morning with the first test-tube example of artificial life, developed by American scientist Craig Venter. The implications are huge but ethical questions have been raised. We also look at the latest showdown between the Koreas, the sentencing of a gay couple to 14 years in prison in Malawi and Britain’s decision to investigate torture and rendition. FRIDAY, 21 MAY 2010