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Forget NATO; France Taps the EU in Its Fight Against ISIS

November 19, 2015 France, subject to the worst terror attack in Europe in ten years, has called on its European neighbors for assistance, becoming the first country to invoke the European Union’s mutual defense clause. The clause is found in the Lisbon Treaty, known as EU’s article 42.7 and states: If a Member...

Brussels Has Become the Jihadist Capital of Europe

November 17, 2015 How does a small city in a small country nestled between Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Luxembourg become the jihadist capital of Europe? Belgium’s capital was once again thrust into the spotlight when two of the eight terrorists that struck Paris on Friday were identified as Brussels residents (paywall). Prosecutors...

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According to NASA, Antarctica is Gaining Ice

November 2, 2015 Antarctica is currently gaining more ice than it’s losing, according to a recent study by NASA. The surprising findings, detailed in the Journal of Glaciology, doesn’t deny that glaciers are melting at an increased rate as a result of global warming, but suggests current gains outweigh the losses in other...

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Google is Sharing its Best Internal HR and Management Advice With Everyone Now

October 30, 2015 From the food it puts in the cafeteria to increasing maternity leave, Google seems to always be one step ahead of its competitors when it comes to its management policies. In a bid to “make work better,” the search giant is sharing its data-focused approach to HR and management with...

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The Norwegian Army May Have the Answer to Reducing Sexism at Work

October 27, 2015 Changing attitudes towards sexism in the workplace is hard enough. What about if the workplace involves rappelling down a wall, covered in mud, while being screamed at by a drill instructor? A group of behavioral economists, from the Institute for Social Research and University of Oslo, set out to see...

'Have You Tried Turning it Off and On Again?' Only 5% of Mac Users Ever Need to Hear This

October 21, 2015 IBM, the one-time PC king, is now an Apple fanboy. After the two tech giants first announced their landmark partnership last year, the company has been deploying Macs internally at a rapid pace in the last few months—1,900 per week—and it’s saving them a lot of money. IBM’s workforce has...

With This Ultra-Thin Cloth, We’re Getting Closer to a Real-Life Invisibility Cloak

September 20, 2015 Researchers are one step closer to creating an invisibility cloak. While the latest model won’t allow you to get up to the same hijinks as Harry Potter, the ultra-thin cloth is a massive leap forward in the field of invisibility. When light hits an object, it is reflected in different...

Here’s How You Can Find Out if You Were Spied on by the UK and US Governments

September 17, 2015 Want to know if the British and American government are spying on you? You don’t need to go through a lengthy court battle to find out—now you just need to fill out an online form. Privacy International are offering a new online tool to help people find out whether the...

UK Invites ‘Countries of Concern’ To Shop for Weapons in London

September 15, 2015 Some of the world’s most repressive regimes are coming to London to go shopping—for military weapons. A number of countries with questionable human rights records have come to London for the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI), one of the world’s largest arms fairs, which begins today (Sept. 15)....

NFL Will Outfit Every Player with Movement-Tracking Wearables This Season

September 8, 2015 They’ll be too small to notice, but the sensors attached to players in the 2015 football season will certainly shake up the sport. The NFL is set to make each player that much “smarter” this year. Starting with season opener of the New England Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers on...