22 Jun 2018

Genetically modified mosquitoes developed for fight against Zika and malaria

The Gates Foundation and partner Oxitec have developed genetically-modified mosquitoes to be used to reduce malaria and other mosquito-born diseases. The modifications only affects the target species, leaving other mosquitoes and insects undisturbed. Trials in India, Panama, and the US indicate that this technology can decrease more than 80% of

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22 Jun 2018

Opec to increase output by 1 million barrels per day, if Iran budges

Opec is nearing the completion of a deal that would see the group output an additional 1 million barrels per day. The group has been under pressure from many countries, including the US, China, and India, to increase output, a move that would reduce consumer prices. The ongoing talks have

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22 Jun 2018

Olympic hackers now targetting biochem attack prevention infrastructure

According to researchers at Kaspersky, the hackers behind the Pyeongchang Olympics attacks have started to target organizations working to protect and respond to biological and chemical attacks. Researchers cite similar tactics and markers connecting these attacks to the Olympic Destroyer group. Targets are primarily people connected to Spiez Convergence, an

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22 Jun 2018

NSA moves its data to the “Intelligence Community GovCloud”

As part of a multi-year transition into a “big data fusion environment,” the NSA has successfully moved most of its data into the classified cloud computing system the “Intelligence Community GovCloud.” This new system allows analysts to access intel across sources, as well as employ machine learning and algorithms. The

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22 Jun 2018

Pentagon radiofrequency technology dominance outflanked by China and Russia

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has highlighted the need for the Pentagon to pursue new communications and command-and-control systems technologies. Having assumed that its existing paradigm could maintain complete dominance over the electromagnetic spectrum into the future, advances in Chinese and Russian frequency manipulation technology have “changed the

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22 Jun 2018

Russia threatens ‘tough response’ to US space force

Just after China issued warnings about an escalating weapons push for space, Russia has threatened to respond to the creation of a US “Space Force” with “a tough response aimed at ensuring world security.” President Trump framed the need for such a force in terms of a need for technology

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22 Jun 2018

Why the Sahara is terror’s new front line

From West to East, the massive desert has formed a vast battlefield between militants, populations, national governments, and foreign powers. This picture-heavy BBC publication on the situation highlights the actors and the complex situational landscape that has become a growing priority for the U.S. and its supporters in the war

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21 Jun 2018

Synthetic biology raises risk of new bioweapons, US report warns

Advances in biology has opened up new possibilities and dangers in a new range of possible bioweapons, according to a recent US report. The advances include increased capabilities of customized virus creation and modification of existing bacteria. The report highlights the ways in which these technologies might be misused as

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21 Jun 2018

State Department: Russia, Iran ‘hedging their bets’ to back Taliban

A senior State Department official testified that Russia and Iran are “hedging their bets” by supporting the Taliban against other terror groups and the central government. These accusations have been regularly leveled at Russia who is often charged with providing weapons to the Taliban. Russia rejects the charges, but the

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21 Jun 2018

UK releases Brexit residency rules for EU citizens

The UK has released plans for one of the most contentious elements of Brexit, the residency rules for EU citizens. The new system details the options for the over 3 million EU citizens currently residing in the country and promises to make an easy transition to residency under the new

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