What Will It Take to Get a Cargo Ship Unstuck From the Suez?

What Will It Take to Get a Cargo Ship Unstuck From the Suez?

It’s very unusual—even unheard of—for ships to get wedged in the Suez Canal like this, says Captain Morgan McManus, who is the master of the training ship at State University of New York Maritime College and has traveled through the canal at least half a dozen times.

Robinhood Restricts GameStop Trading—in a Bid to Save Itself

Robinhood Restricts GameStop Trading—in a Bid to Save Itself

That veneer has shown cracks over the years, but perhaps none so visible as this morning, when Robinhood users found themselves unable to purchase the so-called meme stocks, like GameStop and AMC, that the WallStreetBets community on Reddit had recently sent soaring.

FAO - News Article: Innovation to counter food supply-chain disruptions and spur recovery

FAO - News Article: Innovation to counter food supply-chain disruptions and spur recovery

19 January, 2021, Rome/Berlin - Innovative solutions in agri-food systems helped households and countries contain disruptions in food supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more will be required to "build back better and build back greener", FAO's Director-General QU Dongyu said today.

On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump

On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump

It seems Trump really believes his own garbled propaganda about Section 230—namely, that the law unfairly allows platforms like Twitter to get away with labeling or suppressing his posts spreading lies about the election, among other offenses.

A Plan to Fix the US Bike Shortage

A Plan to Fix the US Bike Shortage

Paramount among these reasons is the support of China’s and Taiwan’s governments to build up their manufacturing industries, mass-produce selected products, and increase exports.The number of Chinese manufacturers of bicycles or bike products increased from 38 in 1978 to 1,081 by 1995.

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

“Upon examining the shipment in question, a CBP Import Specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark,” the agency said in a statement shared with WIRED.

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

I found it fitting that the first time Congress got to question the entire quartet of the most powerful tech CEOs, none were actually in the room.The distance didn’t just free them from the sweaty scrum of camera people, protesters, press tables, and face-to-face questioning from legislators enjoying the home-court advantage.

Anthony Levandowski Asks a Judge Not to Send Him to Prison

Anthony Levandowski Asks a Judge Not to Send Him to Prison

In March, Levandowski pleaded guilty to stealing a single confidential document related to Google's self-driving technology on his way out the door to his new startup.

Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT

Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT

In its original form, this act would have established a commission tasked with outlining best practices for responding to the global pandemic of the online sexual exploitation of children.

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

In response to COVID-19, FAO has been collecting information and carrying out analysis, at regional and country level, on the pandemic's likely consequences on agriculture and food security, which will feed into a global data facility.

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

In the world’s richest countries, which are the ones where environmentalism has most taken hold, the air, land, and water are all much cleaner than they were 50 years ago.

The Hidden History in My Backyard

The Hidden History in My Backyard

Photo © Dan Holtz /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Hiawatha Grove stood until 1954, when developers cleared both the house and the orange groves to make way for a new neighborhood: Dommerich Estates.

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Covid-19 is bad news for the automotive industry, and even worse news for the electric vehicle proponents .The Navy will deploy two hospital ships to help with the coronavirus response, but a surgeon who served on one of them doesn’t think it’s a great place to treat infectious disease patients.

The US-China Feud Makes It Harder to Fight Coronavirus

The US-China Feud Makes It Harder to Fight Coronavirus

Ian Bremmer , president and founder of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, says the crisis is exposing the world’s divisions, and could force the US and China into a more hostile and economically independent relationship.

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Settlers arrived in Iceland and began hunting walrus for the European ivory trade at a time when Iceland’s walrus population was already struggling with a shifting environment and a series of volcanic eruptions.

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

But that is exactly what happened this week , when a father of this era of automated vehicle technology, the former Uber and Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski, was indicted on federal charges of trade secret theft.

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Former Waymo and Uber self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski —regarded by many as a father of the fledgling autonomous vehicle industry—was indicted Tuesday on 33 federal charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets.

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Just a US–China Problem

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Just a US–China Problem

The $9.9 billion trade deficit between the US and Mexico, in Mexico's favor, for the month of June this year was the largest monthly imbalance on record between the two countries, according to the Census Bureau.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

Sharing Your #HotGirlSummer? Buy Megan Thee Stallion's Album

Sharing Your #HotGirlSummer? Buy Megan Thee Stallion's Album

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and her definitive tweet that this season is made for hot girls, made the phrase the season's most ubiquitous meme, an internet-wide catchphrase. Her tweet defining "hot girl summer" is her most retweeted of all time.

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovate—and Win Fans

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovate—and Win Fans

In the US, the Chinese telecom giant is best-known for the government’s national security concerns—and allegations that it stole intellectual property from companies like Cisco and Motorola. "#Huawei is using the tactics of patent trolls to attack U.S. companies in retaliation for Trump administration national security actions against them," Rubio tweeted.

Are Rare Earths the Next Pawn in the US-China Trade War?

Are Rare Earths the Next Pawn in the US-China Trade War?

China is the leading producer and processor of rare earths, with about 37 percent of the world's reserves, according to a US Geological Survey report. But nearly all the rare earths used in products that reach the US are processed in China, including ore mined in Mountain Pass.

Big Tech: Breaking Us Up Will Only Help China

Big Tech: Breaking Us Up Will Only Help China

Over the past week, both Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt made the same appeal to American nationalism, with differing degrees of subtlety: Breaking up Big Tech will only help China.

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

The company also invested last year in Dapper Labs, the makers of CryptoKitties, which CEO Roham Gharegozlou says is focused on building new experiences for your cat, like racing games, directly on Ethereum.

Trump's Trade War With China Hasn't Wrecked Tech—Yet

Trump's Trade War With China Hasn't Wrecked Tech—Yet

Now for your latest installment of the on-again, off-again trade war between the US and China, we have President Trump blasting Beijing for reneging on commitments to clamp down on intellectual property theft, end forced technology transfers from US tech companies, and allow US companies greater access to the domestic Chinese market, including in cloud computing.

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla’s suit, filed in the Northern California federal district court, alleges that four of its former employees took proprietary information related to “warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations” when they left the electric automaker, and later, while working for Zoox, used that proprietary information to improve its technology and operations.

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

“But it’s illegal to sell turtles, take their eggs, or to kill a female that is nesting on the beach.” Those restrictions are put in place to protect sea turtles from overharvesting, as most species have experienced catastrophic population declines in the last few decades.

How a Reclusive Lizard Became a Prize Find for Wildlife Smugglers

How a Reclusive Lizard Became a Prize Find for Wildlife Smugglers

“The internet allows people to very quickly become a part of a small global network of specialized, niche hobbyists who can instantly share information and arrange deals.” The earless monitor lizards that Nijman found for sale on Facebook and reptile forums no doubt originated from the region where the research team worked in Indonesian Borneo.

If China Hacked Marriott, 2014 Marked a Full-on Assault

If China Hacked Marriott, 2014 Marked a Full-on Assault

And if you throw the Marriott data into the mix, which included passport numbers like the OPM trove, the espionage effort seems even more comprehensive."If I were a foreign intelligence service and wanted to get a complete picture about a specific group of people, these are exactly the targets I would select," says Crane Hassold, senior director of threat research at the phishing defense firm Agari who previously worked as a digital behavior analyst for the FBI.

A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

But the arrest of Meng Wanzhou will strain future negotiations as Beijing will likely see the move as part of a broader pattern of US aggression against China, says Paul Triolo, who focuses on technology for the political risk-consulting firm Eurasia Group.