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Darkhotel tricks hotel Wi-Fi users into downloading malicious software

November 25th, 2014 at 5:56 pm » Comments Off

Business travelers beware of Darkhotel. There are a lot of reasons not to use Wi-Fi in a hotel. It’s often expensive, sluggish, and unreliable. Sometimes it seems like nobody knows the network password, and when trouble arises it’s hard to convince the front desk that there’s a problem with their network, not one with your devices. […]

Video gamers speak out against sexual harassment

October 31st, 2014 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Adult women are playing video games in greater numbers than ever. Heather Knight thought she had found a like-minded community when she joined her first formal gaming group. The last thing she expected was what came next: unwanted, sexually harassing messages from her fellow players.    

NASA satellite images reveal extent of Aral Sea disaster

October 8th, 2014 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

Aral Sea August 25, 2000 A massive environmental disaster dubbed “the quiet Chernobyl,” is shown in series of NASA satellite images that reveal the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea. (Photos)    

The most dangerous ‘date rape drug’ by far – alcohol

September 26th, 2014 at 8:50 am » Comments Off

The substance most commonly associated with drug-facilitated sexual assault is alcohol. Last month, the news that a nail polish was being developed to detect “date rape drugs,” created a media furor, attracting praise and skepticism in roughly equal measure. But this is not the first product that claims to detect drugs added surreptitiously to drinks. In recent years, […]

The mystery surrounding the ‘interceptor’ cell towers deepens

September 8th, 2014 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

A map of the interceptors discovered so far. In the U.S., mysterious “interceptor” cell towers are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks. And, two experts said the towers don’t appear to be projects of the National Security Agency (NSA).    

Norway’s boom in electric car sales has become a big problem

September 5th, 2014 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Electric cars in Norway clog bus lanes. Norway is a major and rich oil-producing country, but Norway’s ministers are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales.    

Are adjustable ethics setting for robotic cars a terrible idea?

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

With ethics settings in cars we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right. Do you remember that day when your autonomous car saved the lives of five people you aimed for with your car when you temporarily lost your mind?  By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to […]

The end of the printed newspaper

August 22nd, 2014 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. By Clay Shirky: The Roanoke Times, the local paper in my family home, is a classic metro daily, with roots that go back to the 1880s. Like most such papers, it ran into trouble in the middle of last decade, as […]

Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead. In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap […]

America’s massive trucker shortage and why it’s only getting worse

August 14th, 2014 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

The biggest issue is a problem of supply and demand. Drivers don’t like big rigs on the highways because of their intimidating size and slow speed. Semis are absolutely vital to moving goods around the country. But, the US is on the road to a major trucking crisis. A recent analysis from Business Insider finds that we […]

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