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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30 Aug 2018

To prepare for urban warfare, soldiers train for chemical attack, mass disaster response in Detroit

“As the Army and top leaders look to a potential urban fight in dense, dangerous and confusing terrain, their National Guard counterparts are working the complexities of urban response right now. Recently, troops with the 46th Military Police Command of the Michigan National Guard began a three-year effort to respond

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20 Aug 2018

Ebola outbreak is most dangerous test of world’s ability to respond since global crisis

The most recent Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC highlights a number of obstacles faced by health specialists in their efforts to prevent the spread of one of the world’s deadliest and most contagious diseases. The North Kivu province of the DRC is home to numerous militant groups, over 1

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17 Aug 2018

Thousands of Miles of Internet Cables Could Be Underwater by 2033

Projected rises in sea levels could damage internet connectivity for large parts of the globe by submerging major cables and data centers. Cities like New York, Seattle, and Miami have been named as the highest risk. Existing cables for most of the internet infrastructure are buried underground and can withstand

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13 Aug 2018

Hackers Could Cause Havoc By Pwning Internet-Connected Irrigation Systems

“Hackers could mess with a city’s water supplies without attacking its critical infrastructure directly, but instead targeting its weakest link: internet-connected sprinklers, researchers warn in a new academic study. The researchers studied three different Internet of Things devices that help control irrigation and found flaws that would allow malicious hackers

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13 Aug 2018

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker’s Dream

“Smart” cities are built on a foundation of sensors that regulate traffic lights, radiation sensors, and water levels. These sensors allow for data aggregation and powerful analysis to improve operations, but also pose a high risk of manipulation. These targets are also the focus of many nation state attackers, with

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24 Jul 2018

Laos hydroelectric dam collapse: ‘hundreds missing’ after villages flooded

A massive, $1 billion dollar hydroelection dam project still under construction in Laos gave out on Monday, flooding the surrounding countryside. Hundreds of people are missing and the death count has not been established. The project was intended to be a solid source of income for poverty-stricken Laos, as it

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20 Jul 2018

UN: $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated a global need of $24.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and protection for 128 million people. Key drivers of the increasing projections are the ongoing refugee crisis, with 22.5 million currently registered

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17 Jul 2018

Drought in Afghanistan aggrevates political tensions with Iran

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector has been hit by severe draughts, whose impact is made worse by its extremely limited water storage and irrigation capacity. These environmental and infrastructural problems damage not only the Afghan economy, but spill over into heightened tensions with neighboring Iran, which many in Afghanistan believe to be

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05 Jul 2018

Greenpeace crashes Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace activists flew a Superman-shaped drone into the no-fly zone around a French nuclear power plant and crashed it into the walls of a building that house its spent fuel pool, an action the group said served to highlight “the extreme vulnerability of this type of building, which contain the

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