14 Aug 2018

China May Be Holding 1 Million Uighurs in Camps, UN Experts Say

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has cited reports indicating that China is holding up to 1 million Muslim Uighurs in “something resembling a massive internment camp, shrouded in secrecy.” The Western Chinese region of Xinjiang is the size of Alaska and among the most strictly policed

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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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07 Aug 2018

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

“With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day. The result: power prices are slipping to zero or even

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06 Aug 2018

China Is Blaming Canada For Its Cannabis Problem But Is Producing 50% Of The World’s Supply

China is blaming Canada for importing large amounts of marijuana illegally into the country. China, however, produces 50% of the world’s supply of cannabis, largely non-psychotropic varieties used for hemp production. China also boasts most of the world’s cannabis-related patents. It also produces a significant, although generally unknown, amount of cannabis

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06 Aug 2018

Here’s How America Uses Its Land – Infographic Breakdown

The U.S. economy is the largest in the world and expanded at a rate of 4.1% last quarter. But how is the vast expanse of land from the East Coast to the West Coast used according to U.S. Department of Agriculture categories? The following series of infographics explores the relationships

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03 Aug 2018

Genetic Testing Companies Release Guideline on How to Handle DNA Data

Genetic testing companies maintain databases of genetic information on millions of people who have used their services to obtain information on their family history and health. These companies released guidelines this week regarding the protection of this sensitive data, including the commitment to transparency and agreements that companies will only

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02 Aug 2018

New Ebola outbreak declared in Congo

The WHO announced the arrival of its team in Beni, an Eastern province of the DRC bordering Rwanda and Uganda, where a new Ebola outbreak has been declared.  Source: WHO says Ebola team arrives in Congo

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01 Aug 2018

U.S. Navy dolphins hunt mines during exercise

The U.S. Navy uses both dolphins and sea lions to detect mines, lost objects, and enemy swimmers. Its force of dolphins, it’s “Mark 7 Marine Mammal Systems,” were recently part of a multinational naval exercise, where they locate and mark mines, which are in turn disposed of my human personnel. 

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26 Jul 2018

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

With ten more satellites launched by SpaceX, Iridium Communications now boasts a fleet of 65 communications satellites with contracts coming from the Department of Defense, as well as several agencies and non-governmental organizations.  Source: SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

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25 Jul 2018

NASA making troves of satellite data more accessible, promoting its commercial use

NASA recently launched a toolkit that will enable businesses and entrepreneurs to more easily access NASA’s trove of satellite imagery resources. While the resources have been available, they have been spread over more than 50 agency websites, making access difficult for all except scientists and researchers who learned to navigate

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