Daily Archives: January 26, 2013

Cyberwar: Breaching the Kinetic Barrier

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Author: Oliver Rochford

What would happen if Chinese or Russian agents were to conduct a covert operation, sabotaging America’s electricity grid using targeted bombs, leading to widespread power-outages resulting in, amongst other things, patients dying in hospitals, an economic crash, traffic accidents, and people freezing in their houses. Would this neutralize a nation’s...

US Braces For ‘Six Strikes’ Online Piracy Program

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Author: Rob Lever

Protesters demonstrate against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) on January 18, 2012 in New York City. A new voluntary system aimed at rooting out online copyright piracy using a controversial "six strikes" system is set to be implemented by US Internet providers soon,...

Lightning May Trigger Migraine Headaches

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Author: Joseph Stromberg

Migraine sufferers know that a variety of influences—everything from stress to hunger to a shift in the weather—can trigger a dreaded headache. A new study published yesterday in the journal Cephalalgia, though, suggests that another migraine trigger could be an unexpected atmospheric condition—a bolt of lightning. As part of the study, Geoffrey Martin...

Dolphins Form Life Raft to Help Dying Friend

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Author: Michael Marshall / Video

Everybody's favourite cetacean just got a little more lovable. For the first time, dolphins have been spotted teaming up to try to rescue an injured group member. The act does not necessarily mean dolphins are selfless or can empathise with the pain of their kin, however. Kyum Park of the Cetacean...

Child Labour Uncovered in Apple’s Supply Chain

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Author: Juliette Garside

Apple has discovered multiple cases of child labour in its supply chain, including one Chinese company that employed 74 children under the age of 16, in the latest controversy over the technology giant's manufacturing methods. An internal audit found a flipside to the western consumer's insatiable thirst for innovative and competitively priced gadgets....