07 Sep 2018

British Airways apologizes after 380,000 customers hit in cyber attack

British Airways apologized today after a discovery on Wednesday that revealed that information on all credit cards used in bookings from August 21st to September 5th had been compromised, with the hacker (or group of hackers) obtaining information on 380,000 card payments, including names, addresses, credit card numbers, expiry dates

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30 Aug 2018

A tropical parasitic disease has invaded Europe, thanks to a hybrid of two infectious worms

“Infecting an estimated 230 million people, schistosomiasis is the world’s most widespread parasitic disease after malaria. But temperate latitudes were thought to be spared: Schistosome flatworms are common only in warm places in Africa, India, and South America. So parasitologist Jerome Boissier was surprised when, in a single week in

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29 Aug 2018

What would happen if a drone was sucked into a jet engine?

“With drones being such a widespread piece of aviation technology, they prove to be beneficial to many industries. Despite their potential, drones pose a serious threat to manned aircraft flying throughout the sky because of their small size. This raises the question; what would happen if a drone was sucked

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28 Aug 2018

Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless-Car Pact

Toyota is investing around $500 million in Uber’s driverless car research and development as part of a deal that will have the two companies working to improve sector safety and lower transportation costs. Uber’s driverless-car division has been plagued by continuing losses and difficulties in generating popular uptake of the

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24 Aug 2018

DC Airport First In Nation to Catch Suspected Imposter Using Facial Biometrics

Three days into operation, the facial recognition program at Dulles Airport outside of Washington DC has led to the first arrest of an individual attempting to enter the country on another individual’s passport. According to a CBP field office director, “the new facial recognition technology virtually eliminates the ability for

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21 Aug 2018

Laser Beam Attacks Bedevil U.S. Military Pilots in Mideast

U.S. pilots in the Middle East are increasingly under fire from laser pointers that can impair vision and disrupt flights on both planes and helicopters. Troops across the region have reported over 350 incidents over the past 7 months, marking an increase after a general decline. The dangers laser pointers

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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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20 Aug 2018

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

The Hajj, a journey to the Kaaba in Mecca required by all able Muslims during their lifetime as one of the five pillars of Islam, is one of the world’s largest gatherings every year. Saudi Arabia has announced that over 2 million Muslims would be taking part this year. The

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17 Aug 2018

Nine planes grounded by bomb threats in South America: Chilean authorities

Nine planes in Chili, Argentina, and Peru were grounded on Thursday due to bomb threats made to Chile’s civil aviation authority. All of the planes have since been investigated and found to be free of explosives.  Source: Nine planes grounded by bomb threats in South America: Chilean authorities | Reuters

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16 Aug 2018

CBP Rolls Out Facial Recognition at Silicon Valley Airport

While a number of airports already use facial recognition technology on departing travelers, Silicon Valley’s SJC airport will be the first in the U.S. to roll out facial recognition technology for incoming passengers. The new system will reportedly reduce the processing of foreign nationals by over 85%. The flow of international

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