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ESMH regularly publishes articles on topics related to science and new technologies that provoke a lot of media attention and that are important in the European context. Most importantly, the articles are written with the help of science writers in journalistic style and always provide the opinion of one or more scientists on the topic. The publications are accompanied by a selection of links to related information and with a focus on European research and knowledge in the field.

The promise and limitations of technological solutions to disinformation © Inked Pixels / Shutterstock

The promise and limitations of technological solutions to disinformation

How useful can machine-learning be in dealing with vectors of disinformation such as deep fakes or bots, and what are the implications of AI-powered fact-checking and deprioritising systems for media pluralism and freedom of expression?

Autonomous cars : will roads be safer if algorithms replace human drivers?

Autonomous cars : will roads be safer if algorithms replace human drivers?

Research on autonomous cars has received a boost from the European Parliament, but the technology still raises many questions. Can it be safe and ethical? Will it totally eliminate the need for human drivers? And, of course: when will this happen?

Fake news and mass media, truth with ESMH

Scott Brennen : “We live in a kind of post-truth age where science facts are doubted”

Scott Brennen from the Oxford Martin Programme on Misinformation, Science, and Media investigates how changing media structures and technologies are shaping the scientific information and scientific misinformation.

Plastisphere – the oceans of plastic

The Oceans of Plastics – Plastisphere: A new term for the marine environment

Every minute, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic waste enters the oceans. Plastic pollution is so ubiquitous that scientists have coined a new term for the marine environment: the plastisphere.

The Growing Threat of internet addiction

The growing threat of internet addiction

Excessive and problematic internet use is increasingly recognised as a potential threat to public health.

Debate on killer robots: do we need a perspective change?

Debate on “killer robots”: the crucial role of human control

Advancement in military automation is raising concerns across the world, especially about the prospects of so-called "killer robots".

Antibiotics on farms: Europe starts to curb bad practices

Antibiotics on farms: Europe starts to curb bad practices

Resistant infections kill an estimated 33 000 people in the European Union annually.