Why prospects for post-Trump social media aren’t all bad

Banning the troll-in-chief is unlikely to hurt social networks’ businessON JANUARY 7TH , a day after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, leaving five people dead and America shaken, Donald Trump had the sixth-most-popular account on Twitter, with nearly 90m followers. A day later he had none. The outgoing president was…Continue Reading

Prospects for Life on Venus Fade–but Aren’t Dead Yet

Signs of the gas phosphine in Venus’s atmosphere have faded—but they’re still there, according to a new data analysis. In September, an international team of astronomers made headlines when it reported finding phosphine—a potential marker of life—in the planet’s atmosphere. Several studies questioning the observations and conclusions quickly followed. Now, the same team has reanalysed part of…Continue Reading

Prospects slim for Tiwai Point aluminium smelter workers set to lose jobs

Southland industries are warning new jobs for smelter workers affected by their employer closing shop won’t be available overnight. Tiwai Point aluminium smelter will be closed down by August next year, when owner Rio Tinto ends its contract with Meridian Energy. Photo: Getty Images One of the region’s major employers the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter…Continue Reading