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Floppy Disks and Windows XP: Nuclear Weapons Technology Is Hilariously Out of Date

January 26, 2016 There are nine countries that have nuclear weapons, which have been upgraded in devastation since they were first used in anger by the Americans in World War II. The tech that powers them, not so much. The U.K.’s nuclear deterrent is made up of four Vanguard-class submarines, each equipped with...

A Creepy Search Engine Could Be Watching You Right Now Through Your Unsecure Webcam

January 25, 2016 Do you have a webcam? Have you put a password on it? You probably should, if you don’t fancy ending up on this creepy search engine. Shodan claims to be the world’s first search engine for internet-connected devices. It allows users to see which of their devices are connected to...

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Growing the First Flower to Bloom in Space Was Not Easy for NASA

January 20, 2016 A brightly colored flower is the first to bloom in the International Space Station. The zinnias were chosen by NASA not for their beauty, but to “help scientists understand how plants flower and grow in microgravity.” ISS astronauts made headlines last year after successfully growing lettuces on the ISS, but...

ISIS Has Reportedly Cut Its Fighters' Salaries in Half

January 20, 2016 Establishing a worldwide caliphate has proved to be a rather expensive endeavor. The so-called Islamic State is feeling the economic toll of waging wars on a number of fronts as more countries join the fight against it. ISIL, the world’s wealthiest terrorist group, is halving the wages for its fighters,...

Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Build an AI Butler

January 4, 2016 Mark Zuckerberg wants to be a little more like Tony Stark. The Facebook founder plans to build his own artificial intelligence-powered butler to help him out at home and work. Zuckerberg announced his new year’s resolution in a Facebook post, where he describes his plan to create a “simple” AI...

From Barbie Dolls to Moving Cars: All the Things We Learned Could Be Hacked in 2015

January 1, 2016 A lot more people are not only aware of the promise of the Internet of Things, but now actually own items, such as weather-aware fridges, that make their homes “smart” and their lives supposedly easier to manage. But the ever-increasing number of internet-connected devices comes with a significant drawback that...

There’s Now a Downloadable Chrome App to Eliminate 'Sorry' and 'I’m No Expert' From Email

December 31, 2015 Do you regularly use the words “just,” “sorry” and “I think” in your emails? You may be undermining yourself and the message you’re trying to send. To help remove these words, a team at Cyrus Innovation created a new extension for Google’s Chrome browser called Just Not Sorry. The plugin,...

Report: Turkey Has Become the EU’s Enforcer in Bid to Slow Refugees

December 16, 2015 Turkey has been accused of abusing hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers, and even pressuring some to return to war zones. The damning report by Amnesty International describes a “less visible human rights crisis” in Turkey, as a result of increased pressure from the EU to halt record flows of...

The Number of Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria Has Doubled

December 8, 2015 The number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled in 18 months, according to a recent study by the Soufan Group. The report estimates that between 27,000 and 31,000 people from at least 86 countries have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIL and other...

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The Cost of Obama’s Monday Dinner in Paris Could Offset 400 Tons of Carbon

December 1, 2015 After a hard day’s work at the climate talks in Paris, US president Barack Obama and French president François Hollande sat down Monday night with their top advisers for dinner. The group of twelve—including secretary of state John Kerry—had a range of delicacies to choose when Hollande took them to...