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Global nuclear facilities 'at risk' of cyber attack

<b>The risk of a "serious cyber attack" on nuclear power plants around the world is growing, warns a report.</b><p>The civil nuclear infrastructure in most nations is not well prepared to defend against such attacks, it added.<p>Many of the control systems for the infrastructure were "insecure by design" …

Cybersecurity

Generation rent: the reluctant rise of the older tenant

Silver-haired housemates still writing their name on their milk in the fridge? It’s the future, says seasoned tenant Hannah Betts<p>Dinner parties can often be a bore, but there are few things more tedious than being the lone renter at the table, forced to endure endless discussions about mortgage …

The car industry just saw 'the shot across the bow' for cyber vulnerabilities

Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Transportation Safety Administration, said his watchdog agency is trying to determine how many car makers received wireless components from the same company that supplied Fiat Chrysler.<p>"The supplier didn't just supply radios to Chrysler but to a lot of other …

As Arctic Melts, a Race to Test Oil Spill Cleanup Technology

As ice melt opens the Arctic to exploration and shipping, researchers are testing drones, sensors, skimmers, and dispersants for tackling oil spills in icy waters.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy—one of two working icebreakers in</b> …

Report: Accidents Likely In Environmentally Fragile Seas

Many of the world's most accident-prone waters for shipping are also among the most delicate marine ecosystems, according to a new study released Friday by WWF International.<p>The fear of something like a major oil spill in environmentally sensitive waters comes as the number of vessels plying the …

How To Clean Up Fish Farms And Raise More Seafood At The Same Time

Last month, we told you about companies that are growing salmon on dry land. That's an effective — but expensive — way to reduce water pollution caused by fish farms. After all, marine aquaculture provides about half of the seafood we eat.<p>So a Canadian researcher named Thierry Chopin is pushing to …

The Energy Fix: Wind Power Blades Get Bigger, Turbines Get Smarter

A look at tomorrow’s turbines<p>In 2012, wind power added more new electricity production in the U.S. than any other single source. But even with 60 gigawatts powering 15 million homes, wind supplants just 1.8 percent of the nation's carbon emissions. Tomorrow's turbines will have to be more …

To celebrate World Oceans Day, watch Reef Live from Australia

Reef Live is a streaming video event from Australia, focused on the Great Barrier Reef. It features some of the world’s leading experts and …

Great Barrier Reef

Down to the twilight zone of the Atlantic Ocean

A team of 23 scientists will be sampling and measuring the water column from the surface to the ocean floor some 4,800 metres down – nearly 3 …

Seafloor