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Widely-used phthalates a threat to male fertility

March 24th, 2014 at 1:06 pm » Comments Off

Phthalate levels correlated with infertility in men. Federal researchers recently spent four years tracking 501 couples as they tried to have children in a study on the impact of everyday chemicals on fertility. One of the findings stood out: while both men and women were exposed to known toxic chemicals, men seemed much more likely […]



Controversy brews over use of autonomous killer robots in war

March 15th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

U.N. will begin to lay the groundwork for the role robots will play in war. People are promised their quality of life will improve with the advances of technology, and what could be a better example of that than sending robots instead of humans into dangerous situations? Robots can help conduct research in deep oceans […]



‘The car must not become a data monster:’ Volkswagen

March 13th, 2014 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Cars could become data monsters. Future cars that can drive themselves—or otherwise make the driving experience safer and more pleasant—is here. But fanfare aside, there’s a far less pleasant issue that needs to be addressed: There is a profound potential for companies to misuse our data.    



China to deploy drones to control pollution

March 12th, 2014 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Drones will freeze pollutants in midair with 176 pounds of chemicals. China has decided to use drones on the front lines of its “war on pollution.” The drones will fire chemicals into the air, which will freeze pollutants and cause them to fall to the ground. Armed with 176 pounds of chemicals, which is expected to […]



How technology is helping the most helpless

March 9th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

As a new study from the University of Arizona about sex trafficking during the Super Bowl highlights, advances in data analysis are underpinning some powerful new ways of tackling very tough problems. Among all the stones hurled at the tech sector lately, this is an area in which it can take pride.    



The problems with credit and debit cards are bigger than we thought

January 4th, 2014 at 8:38 am » Comments Off

The Target hack shows our payment systems are in big trouble. The problems with debit and credit cards are no longer about high-tech skimmers at gas stations and restaurants.  Things have gotten worse, not better. According to a December 19 update on the Target problem by security reporter Brian Krebs, as many as “40 million credit and […]



The NSA’s $10 million secret deal to get RSA to use backdoored encryption algorithm

December 23rd, 2013 at 2:59 pm » Comments Off

RSA had been paid by the NSA to set the backdoored algorithm as the default method of random number generation. A secret $10 million deal between the NSA and the security firm RSA has resulted in RSA incorporating a flawed algorithm for generating random numbers into its products, creating a backdoor into encrypted communications.   […]



FBI can secretly activate a laptop’s webcam without the indicator light turning on

December 9th, 2013 at 7:35 pm » Comments Off

How far  will the FBI will go with its use of malware to spy on people? The FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording” for years now, according to a Washington Post report.



7 things you didn’t know the world was running out of

November 30th, 2013 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

Helium is a highly necessary commodity in the modern world. Almost everyday we are told about the unsustainable pressure we’re putting on our natural resources. And while it prompts visions of oil, fresh water, and coal, you’d be surprised at how many of our creature comfort commodities are dwindling just as quickly.



Only half of prescription drugs are removed by wastewater treatment plants

November 25th, 2013 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

The impact of most of these “chemicals of emerging concern” on the health of people and aquatic life remains unclear. A new report by the International Joint Commission, a consortium of officials from the United States and Canada who study the Great Lakes has found that only about half of the prescription drugs and other […]



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