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Thursday, 07 April 2016 |

The litmus test | The Economist

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ALTHOUGH surveillance has increased around the world following March 22nd’s bombings in Brussels, it remains extremely difficult to detect explosives carried into railway stations, shopping malls and other public places. The bombs used in Belgium might well have been picked up after the check-in desks at Zaventem Airport, but the...

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imageSome expensive drones might be vulnerable to theft or interference with just $40 worth of equipment because manufacturers aren't encrypting connections....
Thursday, 31 March 2016 |

Track marks | The Economist

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MOST of the world’s supply of cocaine comes from just three South American countries: Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Much of it is headed for the United States and Europe. Law-enforcement officials from America patrol international waters in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific, hoping to seize cocaine shipments before...

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imageNetflix's library has shrunk by a third in recent years, and while the company is producing critically acclaimed original content, it's still lost access to multiple high-profile movies and TV shows....
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imageA new paper argues that massive volcanism on the moon may have actually tilted its axis millions of years ago. This axial tilt would have impacted the distribution of ice at the lunar north and south pole -- and we see evidence of unusual variation that persists to this day....
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 |

Of more than academic interest

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SOME programmers call it “spaghetti code”. Though error-strewn, it works—most of the time. It is likely to have been written in an out-of-date language, possibly more than one of them. It has grown by accretion, as different graduate students and postdocs, many long since departed to other institutions, have tweaked it, fixed it...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 |

In death, there is life

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MAX PLANCK, the inventor of quantum theory, once said that science advances one funeral at a time. He meant—or, at least, is presumed to have meant—that the death of a dominant mind in a field liberates others with different points of view to make their cases more freely, without treading on the toes of established authority. It might...

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“NEVER tried sharing data like this before,” said the tweet. “Feels like walking into a country for the first time. Exciting, but don’t know what to expect.”

David O’Connor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison was announcing his decision on February 14th to post online data from his laboratory’s latest...

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