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Indian PM Narendra Modi warns of three major global threats

Delivering the opening keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared his vision …

India

Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea

WASHINGTON — Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come.<p>At Fort Bragg in North Carolina last month, a mix of 48 Apache gunships and Chinook cargo helicopters took off in an exercise that practiced moving troops and equipment under live artillery …

5 reasons your email didn't get a response — and how to make sure it does

Being able to send an email that gets replies from people can be the difference between closing a big deal and having to cut back on spending for the month, the difference between landing your dream job and continuing to slave away in the job you hate, and the difference between meeting one of your …

Productivity

November Trade Deficit At $50.5B, Down 3.2% MoM

<i>By Jill Mislinski</i><p>The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, also known as the FT-900, is published monthly by the Bureau of Economic …

North Korea Should Realize U.S. Can Still Take 'Strong' Military Action If Diplomacy Fails, Tillerson Warns

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday a "strong" military option is still on the table when it comes to North Korea, even as the rogue …

Xi convenes first ever meeting of entire Chinese military

Chinese President Xi Jinping convened a military mobilization meeting on Wednesday — the first ever for the entire Chinese armed forces. PRC media …

China

Why is South Korea using a wooden computer to communicate across the DMZ?

The dedicated communications channel between North Korea and South Korea appears to run Windows XP.<p>This week, news broke that North Korea and South …

‘Ring of steel’: is seizure of Hong Kong ship sign of US moves for an oil blockade on North Korea? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

The impounding of three foreign-flagged ships accused of secretly transferring oil to North Korean vessels in international waters, along with …

Defector reveals secrets of North Korea's Office 39, raising cash for Kim Jong-un

In a South Korean Intelligence office in central Seoul, a recent North Korean defector sits nervously.<p>He fears assassination by North Korean agents …

The U.S. Wanted to Discuss Iran. Russia Brought Up Black Lives Matter.

UNITED NATIONS — Efforts by the Trump administration to marshal a muscular international response to Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters appeared to backfire on Friday, as members of the United Nations Security Council instead used a special session called by the United States to lecture …

Black Lives Matter

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

The history of 2017 in seven charts

The graphic lowdown on wage equality, gun violence, sexual harassment, transgender discrimination, terrorism, Trump … and pet transport<p>When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there’s a list of names and places that immediately come to mind – Trump, Weinstein and Las Vegas, …

United Airlines

60 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2018

Bring on the new year, and a new TBR pile stacked with fresh reads.<p>As 2018 approaches, there’s a lot to look forward to: the end of a hellish 2017, the Winter Olympics, “The Bachelor: Winter Games,” 2017 being over, midterm elections, and 2017 finally drawing to a close.<p>More than anything, though, …

The most outrageous numbers of 2017

From longevity to bitcoin, plastic usage to refugees, the figures that dominate the news keep getting bigger and bigger<p>Number inflation was rampant in 2017, as the figures that dominated news stories just got bigger and bigger. Data stored, stuff bought, years lived, the great scoreboard of human …

Mysterious double whirlpools that can suck up sea creatures found in ocean for the first time ever

The bizarre giant whirlpool pairs, called modons, were captured by satellites.<p>Massive whirlpools in the ocean spanning hundreds of kilometres, called …

Geophysics

To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think About It

A wonderful <i>New York Times</i> article from 2007 recounted the 20th annual “Operator’s Challenge” — aka the “Sludge Olympics” — a competition for New York sewage treatment workers. The participants compete to show skill in their work, and often do so with great passion. Emily Lloyd, the commissioner of …

Stop pretending like you understand cryptocurrency and take these online courses

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Cryptocurrency

North Korea: South seizes ship amid row over illegal oil transfer

<b>South Korea has revealed it seized a Hong Kong-registered ship last month suspected of supplying oil to the North in breach of international sanctions.</b><p>Officials said the Lighthouse Winmore had secretly transferred 600 tonnes of refined oil to a North Korean ship.<p>A UN Security Council resolution …

North Korea

China's 'New Silk Road' goes straight through the Caucasus

With its New Silk Road mega-project, China is building on old traditions. But hard-core geostrategic interests, not nostalgia, are guiding Beijing's …

This is how a molten salt nuclear reactor works

Keepin' it radioactive.<p>Radioactive elements produce heat as they decay. Nuclear plants draw power from this process, and typically ­stabilize the temperature with water. But during a power outage, H2O—which needs pumps to flow—can’t always prevent meltdowns. Molten salt reactors, which instead …

Country diary: the way through the woods leads to a mysterious grotto

Hartburn, Northumberland Carved into the cliff is a narrow entrance, like a grotesque mask<p>Our footsteps are quieted by fallen leaves as we enter Hartburn Glebe, a curve of ancient semi-natural woodland hugging the steep sides of the Hart Burn. There is something of Kipling’s poem The Way Through …

Seoul Allows LG Display to Take OLED Skills to China

SEOUL—South Korea will allow one of its largest companies to build a new organic light-emitting diode production facility in China, the first time a Korean firm will transfer the sophisticated technology abroad.<p>Tuesday’s approval by Seoul’s trade ministry is the latest sign that relations between …

North Korea

Indian apps are seeking way too many “dangerous permissions” on your phone

Indian apps may be a lot more dicier than you think.<p>A report by data privacy consultancy Arrka estimates that, on an average, apps from India seek 7.9 “dangerous permissions” from users, significantly higher than those from the US, for instance.<p>Dangerous permissions include those to access and …

Apps

There Are 7 Types of Near-Death Experiences, According to Science

Depending on your beliefs, the experience of death hovers over our lives like an unknowable but inevitable void.<p>Aside from the well-cited …

North Korea Calls U.N. Sanctions an ‘Act of War’

North Korea on Sunday called the latest round of punishing United Nations sanctions an “act of war,” and reminded the United States that the North’s rapid development of missiles and atomic bombs meant it posed a “substantial nuclear threat to the U.S. mainland.”<p>In a statement released by the …

Yingluck Shinawatra

China, Thailand inaugurate construction of high-speed railway in Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks during the inauguration ceremony of Thailand's first high-speed railway in Pak Chong, Thailand, Dec. 21, …

The U.S. Butts Heads With WTO Again

Original Post<p><i>By Stuart Burns</i><p>Arcane as it sounds, by refusing to approve new judges to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) appellate panel (a form of …

China is building solar roadways – ‘transparent concrete’ atop solar cells that charge driving cars

China is building roadways with solar panels underneath that may soon have the ability to charge cars wirelessly and digitally assist automated vehicles. This second solar roadway project – part of the Jinan City Expressway – is a 1.2 mile stretch. The building technique involves transparent …

Century-old belief about nerve cells disproved at Israeli University

New research into the origin of degenerative diseases could result.<p>An active neuron (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)<p>Bar-Ilan University …

Neuroscience