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This Air Force unit caught spy satellite photos as they fell from space

When the Cold War was at its peak, America began spying on the Russians from space with the Corona Program. Corona used a system of satellites that flew over Russia, taking photos of sensitive and classified areas.<p>The problem with the early spy satellites was that digital photography had not been …

Russian who 'saved the world' recalls his decision as 50/50

FRYAZINO, Russia (AP) — The elderly former Soviet military officer who answers the door is known in the West as "The man who saved the world."<p>A movie with that title, which hits theaters in the United States on Friday, tells the harrowing story of Sept. 26, 1983, when Stanislav Petrov made a …

‘For the Record’: China’s Plan for ‘Unrestricted Warfare’ on the United States

The United States could already be at war with China and not be aware of it: The People’s Liberation Army has a detailed plan for an attack on America that uses currency and computers, rather than bullets and bombs.<p>It’s an updated version of the “asymmetric warfare” strategy employed by military …

There is a new threat to oil prices

China continues to present significant risks to the oil market. On August 11, China decided to devalue its currency in an effort to keep its export-driven economy competitive. The yuan fell 1.9 percent on Tuesday, the second largest single-day decline in over 20 years. The yuan dropped by another 1 …

Oil

China Fires the First Shot in a Currency War

In recent years, Japan, the U.S. and Europe have been accused of fomenting currency war by employing monetary stimulus that drove down their currencies. These accusations were off-base: by boosting domestic spending with easier monetary policy, everyone, including their trading partners, benefited.

Dow Jones

Beware a China crisis that could crash down on us all

If the yuan dropped very sharply, inflation could soar, leading Beijing to raise interest rates, which would slow the country’s economy – which at the moment seems unthinkable<p>What are we to make of Beijing’s shock devaluation? With the British media classes fixated on Jeremy Corbyn, a potential …

China to restrict exports of certain drones and supercomputers

A new cold war may be brewing between China and the West, and it's centered around the 21st century's weapon of warfare of choice: drones.<p>China's …

5 myths about the atomic bomb

The notion that the atomic bombs caused the Japanese surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, has been, for many Americans and virtually all U.S. history textbooks, the default understanding of how and why the war ended.<p>But minutes of the meetings of the Japanese government reveal a more complex story.<p>The …

Demonstration

Vladi­mir Putin is suffocating his own nation

The U.S. government, as well as foundations and philanthropies, responded generously. The financier George Soros, through his Open Society Foundations, provided small grants that sustained many impoverished scientists.<p>The MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) were …

Russia

MIT researchers figure out how to break Tor anonymity without cracking encryption - ExtremeTech

By on July 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The Tor network has millions of …

Privacy

The suspected Chinese hack on United Airlines makes the CIA's job 'much more difficult'

The Chinese hackers that stole the personally identifying information of more than 20 million people from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) last year also hacked into United Airlines, Bloomberg reports.<p>And Dave Aitel, CEO of cybersecurity firm Immunity, Inc., notes that the hackers' breach …

United Airlines

NASA photos of Earth: Comparing the planet 1972 to 2015

The 1972 "Blue Marble" photo of Earth offered a previously unseen view of the world: A single image of the planet lit by the sun. In an instant, the image became iconic.<p>Since that time, many satellite photos of Earth have been taken in different ways and from different views. Usually, because the …

China bans major shareholders from selling their stakes for next six months

China’s securities regulator took the drastic step of banning shareholders with stakes of more than 5% from selling shares for the next six months in a bid to halt a plunge in stock prices that is starting to roil global financial markets.<p>The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said on …

U.S. investors are not heavily invested in tanking Chinese markets

U.S. investors have few direct links to the flagging Chinese stock market, but the indirect fallout from the plunge in the Asian giant's benchmark index could be protracted and painful for parts of the U.S. economy, experts said.<p>Typical retail investors in the U.S. tend to have a home bias — they …

Stock Markets

China Is Not More Economically Powerful Than the U.S., and It Is Far From Certain If and When It Will Be

China's creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and its plans to invest in "Silk Road and Belt" infrastructure projects in neighboring countries has raised alarm about its growing economic power. Moreover, last year, International Monetary Fund economists estimated that the Chinese …

'China has destroyed its stock market in order to save it'

China has announced a blanket ban on major shareholder selling for the next six months to try to curb crashing prices on Shanghai markets.<p>The China Securities Regulatory Commission's announcement — No. 18 for 2015— orders shareholders with more than 5% to stop selling shares, because the stock …

Stock Markets

China's stock collapse has a way to go.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.3% on July 7, days after the Chinese government vowed to prop the benchmark index up. It has a lot farther to fall, says Victor Shih, professor at University of California, San Diego.<p>“[E]ven with a government rescue, it could be quite some time before the backlog …

Stock Markets

Recession in Russia is hitting Chinese border towns

In the Chinese city of Heihe, neon-lit high-rises line the banks of the Amur river facing Siberia's Blagoveshchensk powered by electricity from hydroelectric plants over the border.<p>Cyrillic signs greet shoppers from the north, but traders say recession in Russia is hitting business.<p>China has …

China

Russian science foundation shuts down after being branded 'foreign agent'

Dynasty Foundation, which gave grants to young scientists, announces it is liquidating all activities after it was sanctioned under controversial Kremlin law<p>A Russian foundation that gave grants to young scientists and mathematicians has been forced to close down after it was branded a “foreign …

Chinese stock markets continue to nosedive as regulator warns of panic

China’s stock exchange regulator has imposed severe limits on stock market selling, having earlier warned of panic in the market as a range of recent government measures failed to prevent stocks plummeting a further 6%.<p>After 10 minutes of morning trading a wave of listed companies’ shares had been …

Nazi telegram that sent Hitler into a rage sells for over £35,600 at auction

A telegram from Hitler's second-in-command in the final days of the Second World War asking the Führer to hand over the reins of power sold for more than twice its expected price<p>An infamous Nazi telegram sent to Adolf Hitler that threw him into a rage after Hermann Göring, his second-in-command, …

To save its stock markets, China is putting its whole financial system at risk.

“We must deepen economic system reform by centering on the decisive role of the market in allocating resources….” — President Xi Jinping, “The Decision” of the Third Plenum, Nov. 2013<p>That <i>was</i> the plan, anyway. Not anymore.<p>In recent days, the Chinese government unfurled a series of measures to stop …

Nearly 25% of Chinese stocks have stopped trading

The turmoil in China's stock market is so bad that some companies are calling it quits.<p>Over 700 Chinese companies have halted trading to "self preserve," according to the state media. That means about a quarter of the companies listed on China's two big exchanges -- the Shanghai and Shenzhen -- are …

China's Plunging Markets: Retail Investors Stunned by Rout

BEIJING — It has been a tough three weeks for millions of regular Chinese who invested vital savings in the country's stock markets.<p>“I have been trading in the past few years, but this market plunge is unprecedented,” said one retiree, referring to the nearly 30-percent drop since the markets …

Why Eric Holder’s new job is an insult to the American public

<b>Eric Holder (Reuters/Gary Cameron)</b><p>The former Attorney General who made “too big to jail” a national joke now re-joins his old corporate law firm<p>David Dayen<p>July 7, 2015 6:17pm (UTC)<p>If Las Vegas took bets on whether recently departed Attorney General Eric Holder would return to corporate law firm …

Independence Day Trouble: U.S. Fighters Intercepted Incoming Russian Bombers on July 4th

Tensions between the USA and Russia escalated on Independence Day, when the European superpower decided to send two pairs of Tupolev Tu-95 long-range …

Boost Your Bench Press by Strengthening This Small Upper-Body Muscle

Want to lift heavier loads? Zero in on an often-neglected torso muscle<p>If you want a bigger bench press, it’s time to pay attention to a tiny muscle called your serratus anterior, according to <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, creator of <b>Bodyweight Muscle Burners,</b> a 20-minute workout DVD that …

'The Great Fall of China' is hitting other markets

China's leading Shanghai Composite index has fallen by over 30% over the last 3 weeks. The collapse has largely been contained within China so far, but there are signs that it's starting to impact other markets.<p>Oil prices dropped 7.8% overnight to as low as $52.48 (£33.85) a barrel — the biggest …

Stock Markets

The true story of the Soviet engineer who became a CIA spy and saved the US $1 billion

A KH-11 ‘Keyhole’ spy satellite costs, give or take, around $2 billion. In 1979, the US Air Force estimated that Soviet engineer Adolf Tolkachev had <i>saved</i> Uncle Sam about as much–in just his first year as a CIA agent. David Hoffman’s intriguing <i>The Billion Dollar Spy</i> (Doubleday, 2015) tells …

Cold War