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US Officials Warn That Medical Devices Are Vulnerable to Hackers

August 4, 2015 In today’s hyper-connected world, hackers can remotely disable your car, play around with traffic lights, and change the target of a sniper rifle. Now we can add this to the list of terrifying hacks: the US government has found vulnerabilities in the infusion devices that hospitals use to administer intravenous...

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The Navy is Looking at High Cancer Rates at Guantanamo Bay

July 29, 2015 After at least seven people working at the Guantanamo Bay military base and detention facility in Cuba had been diagnosed with cancer, according to a complaint filed with the US Department of Defense. It seeks to evacuate parts of the facility and test it for carcinogens, Reuters reports. The anonymous...

Drones Make it Harder for California to Fight Giant Wildfire

July 20, 2015 Only you can prevent wildfires—but using a drone could make one even worse. A wildfire in California caused a devastating scene on the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas last week, when it scorched 20 cars and forced drivers to escape on foot. The fire continued to ravage...

Drone Enthusiasts Make It Harder for California to Fight a Giant Wildfire

July 20, 2015 Only you can prevent wildfires—but using a drone could make one even worse. A wildfire in California caused a devastating scene on the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas last week, when it scorched 20 cars and forced drivers to escape on foot. The fire continued to ravage...

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White House Grants Clemency to 46 Non-Violent Drug Offenders

July 13, 2015 Barack Obama announced that he commuted 46 sentencesfor non-violent federal drug offenders, as part of the administration’s larger push to reduce the prison population and alleviate the effects of past harsh sentencing laws. The decision comes as Obama prepares for his visit to a federal prisonon July 16—which would make...

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Charts: Who Are the Americans Accused of Joining ISIL?

June 29, 2015 The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State recruits foreign fighters—more than 20,000 to date, according to some estimates—from all over the world, France to Indonesia. And some of those, of course, are from the United States. Though estimates vary and the data is difficult to obtain, at least...

FBI Investigates Whether St. Louis Cardinals Hacked Houston Astros

June 16, 2015 The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the computer networks of the Houston Astros, the New York Times reports (paywall)—a unusual case of corporate-style computer espionage in the world of professional sports, which may end up being traced to a re-used password. The alleged hacks...

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EPA is About to Regulate Airplane Emissions as Health Danger

June 4, 2015 The federal government plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. According to the New York Times, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce (paywall) as early as June 5 that the emissions are major contributors to global warming and therefore a risk to human health. This...

President Obama Gets Official Twitter Account

May 18, 2015 Six years into his presidency, US president Barack Obama “finally” got his own Twitter account with the commanding handle: @POTUS. Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account. — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015 The message amassed almost 50,000 re-tweets in under...

In Syria, Today's 'Lost Generation' Could Be Tomorrow's Militants

March 30, 2015 As many as half of all Syrian children are not enrolled in school, and in some places the rate is as low as 6%. The gaping holes in their education could cost the country as much as 5.4% of its GDP annually (or $2.18 billion) in the long-term and create...