25 Sep 2018

Ongoing DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Beni attack halts outreach work

Containment activities against the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern DRC, the country’s second this year, have been disrupted due to a rebel attack in the city of Beni. Over 100 people have died in the current outbreak and health workers are struggling to contain further spread due to insecurity

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25 Sep 2018

Introducing Resident-Centered Autonomous Vehicle Pilots

While most autonomous vehicles (AV) research is currently conducted by the automotive industry, a philanthropic foundation is now supporting AV pilot projects across five U.S. cities with the focus on answering community-level questions that will help shape AV policy at the city, state, and national level. There are currently over

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24 Sep 2018

Finding China’s Internment Camps for Uighur Muslims…before China rushes to delete evidence

New evidence of China’s massive internment program for Uighur Muslims continues to surface. But at the same time, the Chinese government is working rapidly to find and remove online evidence trails. Networks of researchers are now locked in a race to find and document this evidence before it is hidden

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20 Sep 2018

DHS Seeking More Data to Help Stop Bioterrorism

DHS’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center has issued a request for information for the purpose of improving its connection to relevant databases that would “improve its capability for biothreat awareness, detection, and information sharing to respond to incidents that may cascade into a nationally significant event.” The threats named in the

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17 Sep 2018

Companies Wary of Cyberattacks, Phishing During Hurricanes

Disruptions caused by natural disasters make organizations more vulnerable to cyberattacks, a reality that has many companies scrambling to ensure asset security as Hurricane Florence forces them to move computers, switch to backup networking equipment, and other non-routine practices that provide would-be hackers weak points to target. Experts point out

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17 Sep 2018

The New Apple Watch Is Going to Have More of Your Health Data Than Your Doctor

The recently announced Series 4 version of the Apple Watch will feature a hospital-grade electrocardiogram that will track user heart health over time and support an export-to-PDF functionality in order to share the information with the owner’s doctor. This shift is repositioning the device into a growing healthcare-wearable tech market

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11 Sep 2018

Turkey Masses Troops on Syrian Border, Braces for Refugees

Turkey is preparing for cross-border fallout from the ongoing Syrian-Russian-Iranian assault on neighboring Idlib, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country. Turkey also has troops stationed in observation posts within Idlib, which it expects to deter some Syrian offensive actions. Syria, however, has continued consolidated power over most of

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07 Sep 2018

The Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Spreads to Another City

“An outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed more than 80 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to a major city, the Hill reports. The epidemic has intensified mainly in villages, but health officials on Wednesday confirmed one death from the virus in Butembo, a trading

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04 Sep 2018

Vanilla, more valuable than silver, brings cash and crime to Madagascar

“The lush mountains in Madagascar’s northeast produce about 80 percent of the world’s vanilla, one of the most expensive flavors. Its price has soared, reaching more than $600 a kilogram last year, or about $270 a pound — more than silver — compared with $50 a kilogram in 2013. The

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31 Aug 2018

U.N. calls on China to free Uighurs from alleged re-education camps

“United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm on Thursday over alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs and they called for the immediate release of those detained on the ‘pretext of countering terrorism’. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination cited estimates that up to one million

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