Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

Security researchers have long insisted, though, that there is no technical way to build a backdoor in encryption for law enforcement that won't fundamentally undermine the protection.But Evil Corp's activity is notable, because the group was indicted by the Justice Department in December for hacking.

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

But this perfectly captures the US tech industry’s shift toward talking regulation—just in a way that benefits itself—and the related risks of allowing private corporations to set the American (or even global) agenda on technology governance.Zeroing in on the singular technology thus pivots regulation dialogue in the corporate favor, away from talk of more fundamental, government-driven change.

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

My hunch was confirmed later that year, at a tech conference in Oslo, when Dame Marina Warner, the visionary polymath and today the president of the Royal Society of Literature, fielded a disturbing question about pornography from the illustrious philosopher and early Edge member John Searle.

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

The ancient Greeks studied the earth and the sky, but their basic model had all the objects (sun, moon, and planets) moving in circles around us.Is there a more fundamental model that could explain both the motion of a planet orbiting the sun and the motion of the moon orbiting Earth?

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

After the ruthenium plume was detected in late 2017, IRSN issued a report in which it theorized that the accident occurred when Mayak attempted to create a highly compact, highly radioactive material that could emit a large number of neutrinos (difficult-to-detect fundamental particles) for a physics experiment in Italy called SOX.

The Notre Dame Fire Spread Toxic Lead Dust Over Paris

The Notre Dame Fire Spread Toxic Lead Dust Over Paris

On May 13—almost a month after the fire—the city of Paris first tested lead levels at schools and kindergartens near the cathedral, apparently informing principals in the affected area that there was no significant health risk.

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars. Emma Thompson is a lot of things: an actress, a dame, a lifeforce bequeathed to humanity by the gods. At one point Thompson's agent inquired about the actress getting a part in the current Star Wars saga, but they were rebuffed.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Is a Terrible Houseguest

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Is a Terrible Houseguest

Assange found the rules oppressive, and sued the Ecuadorian government for violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms.” His lawyers argued, of all things, that Assange is being treated inhumanely by his hosts in the embassy; that it’s a privilege to host a mind so great, daring and free; and that such a mind cannot be answerable to litter boxes.

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

“There is a subtlety to heritage architecture that is quite elegant, and there is a danger with contemporary materials and methods that you could do something outrageous,” says Douglas Pritchard, an architect at Johns Hopkins University who has made detailed 3D scans of Cologne Cathedral, begun in 1284.

A Hacking Spree, a Fight for Open Internet, and More News

A Hacking Spree, a Fight for Open Internet, and More News

Hackers are hacking, Portland is leading the charge for open internet, and Paris is pondering what to do with what's left of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Over the past three years, insidious supply chain attacks on at least six companies have all been tied to a single group of hackers .

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Like a lot of other similarly intricate ideas, quadratic voting sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the field of “social choice,” which is to say, how groups of people choose what they want.

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

Some of the wood that burned in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday was put in place in the year 1160. But architectural historians around the world were emailing each other frantically: If the lower three-quarters of the building resist, if the stone walls stand, it’ll be possible to imagine restoring Notre Dame.

The Huawei Case Signals the New US–China Cold War Over Tech

The Huawei Case Signals the New US–China Cold War Over Tech

Looked at through that lens, is Huawei’s relationship to the Chinese government fundamentally different than the ties between the Pentagon and contractors such as Lockheed, Boeing, and General Dynamics?

Galileo, Krypton, and How the True and Accurate Meter Came to Be

Galileo, Krypton, and How the True and Accurate Meter Came to Be

By way of Galileo’s simple observation so length and time were seen to be linked—a linkage that made it possible that a length could be derived not simply from the dimensions of limbs and knuckles and strides, but by the hitherto quite unanticipated observation of the passage of time.From the book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester.HarperA century later an English divine, John Wilkins, proposed employing Galileo’s discovery to create an entirely new fundamental unit, one that had nothing to do with the then-traditional standard in England, which was a rod that was more or less officially declared to be the length of a yard.

Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns

Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns

Airport security regulations might mean you can no longer reasonably expect that you’re not being recorded in a terminal or on an airplane.And it’s not just government surveillance that has changed over the years — we ourselves are inviting devices into our homes and lives that could fundamentally alter what we can expect when it comes to privacy.

Meet Jim Allison, the Carousing Texan Who Just Won a Nobel Prize For His Cancer Immunotherapy Breakthrough

Meet Jim Allison, the Carousing Texan Who Just Won a Nobel Prize For His Cancer Immunotherapy Breakthrough

The calls have not stopped since.Allison’s breakthrough was the discovery of a sort of secret handshake that cancer uses to evade the immune system, and a means to block that handshake—what the Nobel committee hailed as “a landmark in our fight against cancer,” which has “revolutionized cancer treatment, fundamentally changing the way we view how cancer can be managed.” (Allison’s co-recipient was Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University.) Advances in cancer typically come in 50-year increments; the science that Allison and Honjo helped advance, cancer immunotherapy, has made a generational leap seemingly overnight.Adapted from The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer by Charles Graeber.

News Article: Fundamental shift in drought management needed in Near East and North Africa region

News Article: Fundamental shift in drought management needed in Near East and North Africa region

"We need to perceive and manage droughts differently, and shift from emergency response to more pro-active policy and long-term planning to reduce risks and build greater resilience," said Rene Castro, FAO's Assistant Director-General, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department.