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At forum, MIT community tackles tough ethical questions of climate change

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:32am

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The ethical challenges presented by climate change and the question of what individuals — and academic institutions like MIT — can do to affect change drew approximately 250 people to Morss Hall at MIT on Thursday, 17 November, for an MIT-wide forum titled “Climate Change: Ethics in Action.”

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Japan lifts Tsunami advisories

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:46am

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The Japanese authorities have lifted tsunami advisories issued after a powerful earthquake struck the northeast of the country early Tuesday, injuring twenty people.

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Japan’s latest tsunami reaction shows lessons learned from previous disasters

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:44am

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Parts of Japan were on tsunami alert today following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake off the east coast of the country.

This was the first real test for Japan since the 2011 earthquake which led to a deadly tsunami. The destruction led to a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Overall number of terrorism deaths falls, but increases in some countries

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:42am

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The Institute for Economics and Peace has just released the fourth edition of the Global Terrorism Index which provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last sixteen years, covering the period from the beginning of 2000 to the end of 2015.

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Israel fortifies northern defenses against future Hezbollah attacks

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:40am

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The Israeli army is bolstering the country’s northern defenses in anticipation of future attacks from the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, Haaretz reported Sunday.

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Army issues “Hack the Army” challenge

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:38am

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On 11 November at the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, Army Secretary Eric Fanning announced plans to launch the federal government’s most ambitious “bug bounty” challenge, known as “Hack the Army.”

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Improving biosafety, biosecurity in West Africa

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:36am

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The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD) have selected CH2M to lead efforts in West Africa to broaden its Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) on the African continent and reduce the threat of infectious diseases.

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Human, economic costs of disasters underestimated by up to 60 percent

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:34am

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The impact of extreme natural disasters is equivalent to a global $520 billion loss in annual consumption, and forces some twenty-six million people into poverty each year, a new report from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) reveals.

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New lead detector for water

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:32am

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Mechanical engineer Junhong Chen and a team at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM), have developed what you might think of as a “canary in the coal mine” for lead in water.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they designed a sensor with a graphene-based nanomaterial that can immediately detect lead and other heavy metals. The new platform technology can be used for one-time testing of lead in tap water through a handheld device.

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Cybersecurity policy ideas for a new administration

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:46am

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“In two months, a new President will take office. That President will face the most expansive cybersecurity agenda in our nation’s history. Attacks on well-known companies, political organizations, and government agencies over the last year pose a fundamental question: can anyone really be confident in online security?”

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