20 Dec 2018

China identifies site for heavy duty Antarctic airstrip

China is looking to build its first permanent airfield in Antarctica, which will serve the five stations it has on the continent. Such a strip will allow the PLA’s largest planes to take off and land without modifications. The new strip is based on “blue ice,” areas where there is

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17 Dec 2018

The Government’s Bioterror-Response Website May Be Leaking Sensitive Data

“The U.S. government’s chief tool to coordinate responses to bioterror events has for years suffered from big security problems, according to Homeland Security Department inspectors and a former employee. For more than 15 years, the United State’s first line of defense against a major biological incident has been a program called BioWatch. Its sensors, mounted

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14 Dec 2018

Hackers fooled Save the Children into sending $1 million to a phony account

“Save the Children Federation, one of the country’s best-known charities, said it was the victim of a $1 million cyberscam last year. The Connecticut-based nonprofit said hackers broke into a worker’s e-mail, posed as an employee, and created false invoices and other documents, to fool the charity into sending nearly

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12 Dec 2018

Ebola vaccine is having ‘major impact’ but worries about Congo outbreak grow

“As an Ebola outbreak in a conflict-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to spread after 4 months, there’s a glimmer of hope: An experimental Ebola vaccine appears to be helping the communities it reaches. More than 40,000 people have received the vaccine, by far the

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12 Dec 2018

The Grim Future of Urban Warfare

In spite of technologies like surgical missile strikes that carry the potential of limiting civilian casualties compared with more indiscriminate bombings, this NextGov prediction on the nature of future warfare is a dark one. “War has changed and remained the same…war is always bad, but it’s going to become much

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04 Dec 2018

The US Military Is Genetically Engineering New Life Forms To Detect Enemy Subs

“How do you detect submarines in an expanse as large as the ocean? The U.S. military hopes that common marine microorganisms might be genetically engineered into living tripwires to signal the passage of enemy subs, underwater vessels, or even divers. It’s one of many potential military applications for so-called engineered organisms,

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30 Nov 2018

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo now second worst in history

The Ebola outbreak in the middle of an ongoing crisis zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the world’s second deadliest outbreak of the disease. To date, 426 cases and nearly 200 deaths have been recorded, still significantly less than the outbreak in West Africa from 2013-2016

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26 Nov 2018

Venezuela Is Leaking Oil Everywhere and Making a Dangerous Mess

One side effect of the ongoing economic crisis in Venezuela is, increasingly, its decreasing capacity for maintaining its oil infrastructure and cleaning up leaks and spills. Corruption and minimal investment has resulted in crumbling infrastructure across the country that relies on oil sales for nearly half of its budget. The

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21 Nov 2018

(INTERPOL) Marine Pollution Crime: First Global Multi-Agency Operation

“An international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution has revealed hundreds of violations and exposed serious cases of contamination worldwide. Codenamed 30 Days at Sea, the month-long (1-31 October) operation saw some 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies across 58 countries detect more than 500 offences, including illegal discharges of

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20 Nov 2018

Venezuela is releasing an ID card that can track and punish citizens

According to a dissident, refugee, and former technical advisor tortured by the government for his eventual opposition to the project, Venezuela has been working with China to develop technology that would enable the government to track, reward, or punish social, political, and economic behavior. Now, Venezuela is implementing a “smart”

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