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What Exactly Would It Mean to Have Trump’s Finger on the Nuclear Button?

A nuclear launch expert plays out the various scenarios.<p><b>Donald Trump</b>, <i>December 15, 2015: “The biggest problem we have is nuclear—nuclear proliferation and having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon. That's in my opinion that is the single biggest problem that our country</i> …

National Security Council

Russian Hackers Could Fake Evidence of Electoral Fraud, Warn U.S. Officials

Cybersecurity surrounding the U.S. electoral system has been a focus this election cycle, not least since Russian hackers have actually found their …

Government

Hillary Clinton and the Brutal Murder of Gaddafi

Photo by thierry hermann | CC BY 2.0<p>On October 20, 2011, Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi was brutally murdered by a mob of NATO-backed ‘rebels’, after …

Africa

Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink

Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. We will now have to learn to collaborate and to share<p>Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain’s referendum decision is a reminder that …

Racehorses

The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

Exclusive: The largest cache of documents to be leaked from within Australia’s asylum seeker detention regime details assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm<p>Read the Nauru files in a unique database<p>The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has …

Australia

Cyborg stingray swims toward light, breaks new ground

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The idea of taking apart a rat's heart and transforming it into a tissue-engineered stingray first came to Kevin Kit Parker during a trip to the New England Aquarium with his daughter.<p>Four years later, a robotic ray that swims toward light has made the cover of Science …

Robotics

Tesla is building an electric, self-driving minibus that people can call like a taxi

Self-driving cars are the rage and Elon Musk is at the forefront with Tesla motors. He believes one of the biggest challenges that w…

Bernie Sanders Has Lost Control of His Political Revolution

It was supposed to be the night the Democratic Party finally exorcised its demons. Instead, on a sultry, hot day in Philadelphia, the long-simmering …

Middle-class

How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism<p>One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David …

Journalism

Syrian campaigners use Pokémon Go to ask world to save war children

Syrian news service distributes images showing children apparently in war zones holding printouts of Pokémon characters<p>A campaign involving children in Syrian villages has latched on to the Pokémon Go craze, asking gamers in the west to take a break from their frenzied hunt for digital creatures to …

Middle East

Trust in Government Is Collapsing Around the World

The trend helps explain Trump and Brexit. What’s next?<p>On Wednesday, Facebook made an announcement that you’d think would only matter to Facebook users and publishers: It will modify its News Feed algorithm to favor content posted by a user’s friends and family over content posted by media outlets. …

Political Science
Genetics

The stuff of nightmares

Technology, not political upheaval, will have the biggest impact on our lives in the next decade

The past three weeks have seen a political whirlwind in Britain, with a Prime Minister unseated and a previous Prime Minister savaged. But if …

Use of police robot to kill Dallas shooting suspect believed to be first in US history

Police’s lethal use of bomb-disposal robot in Thursday’s ambush worries legal experts who say it creates gray area in use of deadly force by law enforcement<p>For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force. Early Friday morning, Dallas …

Law Enforcement
Climate Change

Why bad ideas refuse to die

They may have been disproved by science or dismissed as ridiculous, but some foolish beliefs endure. In theory they should wither away – but it’s not that simple<p>In January 2016, the rapper BoB took to Twitter to tell his fans that the Earth is really flat. “A lot of people are turned off by the …

Flat Earth

Beyond Bernie, Beyond Capitalism

M-SUR | Shutterstock.com<p>It seems to be a law of modern politics that the health of a democracy stands in inverse proportion to the length of its …

The Bubble Will Burst: Incomes Are Down, Debt Is Growing, And We’re Basically In Recession

Australia’s reliance on foreign investment to prop up a dying mining boom is not making for a happy set of national accounts. Indeed, the housing …

Orlando shooting victims give terrifying accounts of massacre at gay club that left 49 dead

Injured survivors of Sunday morning's massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, told their stories at a press conference from Orlando Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.<p>Angel Colon, who was shot three times — in his leg, hand, and hip — told reporters that he survived the shooting …

Afghanistan

Gun culture alive and well in Australia, ranking sixth in firearm imports: expert

The survey, which tracks the global trade in weapons, also showed that the United States has remained the biggest importer and exporter of …

Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life - Vox

In 1940, a white developer wanted to build a neighborhood in Detroit.<p>Table of contents<p>1. What racist policies caused <br>2. Nothing has changed <br>3. Is it that bad? <br>4. Brain, health, and happiness <br>5. Experiment: Let them move <br>6. Solutions<p>So he asked the US Federal Housing Administration to back a loan. …

Housing

Modelling shows move to 100% renewable energy would save Australia money

Exclusive: Estimated cost of moving all electricity, industry and transport onto renewables by 2050 would be $800bn, a saving of $90bn<p>Transitioning Australia to 100% renewable energy by 2050 would cost less than continuing on the current path, according to a new report.<p>Building the infrastructure …

Renewable Energy
Government

Samsung might launch phones with foldable screens in 2017

Bloomberg reported that Samsung is working on ‘Project Valley’, a program to develop smartphones with bendable and foldable screens.<p>The company is said to be aiming to reveal two new devices next year, including one that folds in half a la flip-phones, as well as a 5-inch handset that unfurls into …

Bernie Sanders is finally taking risks on race

After a slow start on issues that matter to people of color, the senator is now miles ahead of others on dealing with immigration and criminal justice<p>We’re in an ugly and openly racist moment in American politics. And that makes it an unusual time, then, for some racial politics to be optimistic …

Bernie Sanders

Safety – or profit? The booming business of CCTV and Safer Streets

Closed circuit street cameras have been sold to the community as a way of making us safer, reducing crime and discouraging anti-social behaviour. But …

The war within

WHEN Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot secretly drew their lines on the map of the Levant to carve up the Ottoman empire in May 1916, at the …

Middle East

The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 05.28.16.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>A few years …

Science Fiction