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Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas | Ars Technica

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Up until 2009, the cost of wind power had been rising steadily and reached a peak of $70 per MegaWatt-hour. Since then, the prices of hardware have dropped dramatically, making wind energy incredibly affordable at an all-time low of below $20 per MW-hour. Wind energy only accounted for 6.5% of electricity in the US last year, but at such a ... Read More »

Governing Cyberspace: State Control vs. The Multistakeholder | Harvard Kennedy School

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China and Russia believe in a method of cyber sovereignty that the US firmly stands against. The multistakeholder model divides cyber space into three layers including infrastructure, application, and the core of political ideology. The divide between the three nations comes with a difference in interests for the state, citizens, and international community. China and Russia are attracted to means ... Read More »

Disinformation efforts now used in 70 countries: researchers | CTV News

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Both democratic and authoritarian governments are now participating in efforts to manipulate information over social media. Facebook has been found to be the platform of choice when attempting to change public opinion, and seven different countries are using it outside their borders for global operations. China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela are using “sophisticated state actors” to ... Read More »

Amputees merge with their bionic leg | Science Daily

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Thanks to novel neuroprosthetic leg technology, amputees are successfully merging with their bionic leg during clinical trials.  It appears as though less mental effort is needed to control the bionic leg because the amputee feels as though their prosthetic limb belongs to their body, thanks to sensory feedback delivered to nerves in the leg’s stump. Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191002144243.htm Read More »

U.S., allies urge Facebook not to encrypt messages as they fight child abuse | Reuters 

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The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have all called on Facebook to not go ahead with end-to-end encryption across its messaging services unless law enforcement officials have backdoor access.  The encryption hinders the fight against child abuse and terrorism. While they supported strong encryption, it was necessary to balance the need for secure data with public safety. The ... Read More »

‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of iPhones Vulnerable To New ‘Unfixable’ Hack | Forbes

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A new dangerous hack into iPhones has been dubbed “checkm8” by researcher axiomX who described it as unpatchable and able to exploit hundreds of millions of devices. Any code released onto Github can be taken over by hackers who would then load any firmware they want onto the operating system. AxiomX said that the hack can only be triggered over ... Read More »

Games to Grunts program offers free video game downloads to active-duty troops, veterans | Stripes

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Operation Supply Drop just started a new program where they are offering digital download codes of video games to active-duty military members and veterans. While the number of codes they can offer is limited, they are including some of the most recent titles like Tekken 7 and SoulCalibur 6. All soldiers need to do is register their ID at the ... Read More »

Could artificial intelligence replace governments? | BBC

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Researchers answer the question of whether or not artificial intelligence could do a better job of managing and leading the world. While machines have the capability to make complicated calculations and operate advanced decision making with cost-benefit analyses, researchers believe that they could never fully replace a human leader. AI has no way to take into account right and wrong ... Read More »

An artificial skin that can help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality | Science Daily

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Technology that replicates the human sense of touch may be able to enhance human-computer interfaces that are applicable to medicine and virtual reality. Scientists have teamed up to develop artificial skin that can conform to the wearer’s wrist and respond to pressure and vibration. The skin mimics haptic feedback and continuously measures the skin’s deformation to provide a sense as ... Read More »

NASA’s Curiosity Rover finds an ancient oasis on Mars | Science Daily

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover discovered areas with rocks enriched with mineral salts that are evidence of shallow ponds that used to be on the surface of the planet. Materials found by Curiosity show that Mars used to be covered in streams that went through cycles of overflowing then drying up. Using this new information, scientists want to know why Mars transitioned ... Read More »