The Feb. 7 CSMonitor.com book review of Steve Coll’s “Directorate S” was excellent. A previous book written by Coll, “Ghost Wars,” was one of the finest ever written. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?
“As the recent scandal over Facebook and the company Cambridge Analytica has shown, many companies operating in the new ‘digital economy’ are, essentially, extractive industries,” write Eva Joly and Sorley McCaughey.
It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me. Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an astrophysicist, I’d begun researching global warming from an “astrobiological perspective.” That meant asking whether any industrial civilization that rises on any planet will, through their own activity, trigger their own version of a climate shift. I was visiting GISS that day hoping to gain some climate science insights and, perhaps, collaborators. That’s how I ended up in Gavin’s office.
Dolby Laboratories chief scientist Poppy Crum tells of a fast-coming time when technology will see right through people no matter how hard they try to hide their feelings. Sensors combined with artificial intelligence can reveal whether someone is lying, infatuated, or poised for violence, Crum detailed at a big ideas TED Conference. "It is the end of the poker face," Crum said.
The drumbeat on the right is getting louder: President Trump should fire a key figure in the Russia investigation – not special counsel Robert Mueller, but his supervisor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump allies say. The latest example of an expanded mandate – the FBI raid Monday on the hotel room and office of Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer – infuriated the president, and boosted the argument for firing Rosenstein.
When Rio de Janeiro’s city councilwoman and human rights activist Marielle Franco was assassinated after a political event last month, Carla Duarte, a university student and aspiring politician here, felt whiplashed. Recommended: How well do you know Brazil? Franco described herself as a “woman, black mother, lesbian, and child of the Maré favela [slum],” and for many she was a symbol of hope: Someone carving out a passionate career focused on giving voice to Brazil’s silenced.
As reports broke Friday that President Trump had issued a pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, the immediate questions for many Americans were: Why Libby and why now?
Rey Castuciano didn’t plan to become his father’s primary caregiver, but when Mr. Castuciano spent six weeks in a nursing home with him after he had a stroke, it led to an aha! moment that changed Castuciano’s life for the better. “I befriended a lot of the nursing home residents,” Castuciano says. During one of his stops in the nursing home’s cafe, he watched a video about seniors in the United States helping Brazilian students improve their English through Skype sessions.
As Western leaders debate when to strike Syria over its use of chemical weapons and wonder if Iran deserves more sanctions against its nuclear threat, they may be missing a peaceful counternarrative in the Middle East – one that still needs support. Oddly enough, Iraq, the country that lies between Iran and Syria, is about to hold free national elections on May 12.
: Agents who raided the office and home of President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen weren’t only interested in hush-money payoffs to women, but a broad range of his business dealings, including a taxi empire, New York City real estate and an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Volkswagen's new chief vowed Friday to push on with reform and cultural change to steer the German auto giant out of the cloud of the "dieselgate" scandal and into a future of electric cars and sustainable mobility. "It's about continued development, not a revolution," said Herbert Diess, the 59-year-old Austrian who took over late Thursday from Matthias Mueller, 64, as CEO of one of the world's largest automobile groups. "We will emphatically address the special challenges that lie ahead of us, especially in electromobility, digitisation and new mobility services," he told a press conference at the group's Wolfsburg headquarters.
President Trump tore into James Comey on Friday in a pair of tweets aimed at discrediting his former FBI director’s explosive new book that details Comey’s interactions with the president before his firing last year.
New York City comic and ex-radio host Randy Credico says that longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone sent him “scary,” obscenity-filled emails after he went public disputing Stone’s claim that Credico was his “backchannel” to WikiLeaks.
By Megumi Lim SHINTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from "Mobile Suit Gundam", his favorite animation series growing up. Developed at Sakakibara Kikai, a maker of farming machinery, LW-Mononofu is an 8.5-meter (28-feet) tall, two-legged robot weighing in at more than 7 tonnes. "I think this can be turned into a business opportunity," Nagumo, 44, told Reuters, noting the popularity of the iconic series that has spawned movies, manga, video games and more.
Jupiter's north pole is unsettling, at best. It's comprised of one giant storm encircled by eight spinning cyclones — all of which have larger diameters than the moon. Fortunately, this nightmarish place orbits as far as 600 million miles away from Earth. But for those willing, NASA scientists have made a 3D tour through the tempestuous clouds. SEE ALSO: NASA's TESS is going to be your new favorite space mission Unveiled Wednesday at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, the 1 minute and 20-second plunge through what appears to be hell's inferno is composed of images taken by a camera aboard the Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the planet. Describing Jupiter's north pole (or atmosphere generally) as hell, however, is misleading, as it's quite cold. The bright yellow clouds are around 9 degrees Fahrenheit, while the dark red clouds plummet down to minus-181 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA. Juno caught these images of Jupiter's north pole during its during its fourth close pass by the planet. The camera used, JIRAM, is an infrared camera, so it can capture clouds 45 miles down from the cloud tops during either day or night (infrared is a non-visible form of light). Prior to Juno's arrival at Jupiter in 2016, Jupiter largely remained a mystery. An artist's conception of the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter.Image: Nasa"Before Juno, we could only guess what Jupiter’s poles would look like,” Alberto Adriani, Juno co-investigator from the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology in Rome, said in a statement. “Now, with Juno flying over the poles at a close distance it permits the collection of infrared imagery on Jupiter’s polar weather patterns and its massive cyclones in unprecedented spatial resolution.” So far, Juno has mapped about a third of the planet, having travelled some 122 million miles during 11 close passes by Jupiter's roiling clouds. Juno will dive in for its twelfth (terrifying) pass on May 24. WATCH: Scientists found a weird galaxy without dark matter
The sequence of events that lead to immigration court vary from case to case, especially now, as even broader categories of people — ranging from convicted criminals to recent border crossers seeking asylum, longtime residents and even a few U.S. citizens — are getting caught up in the Trump administration’s sweeping enforcement dragnet.
Welcome to MapLab. Sign up to receive this newsletter in your inbox here. Orient yourself: The art and science of urban structures Cities are the frequent subject of scientific research in biology, health, environment, and lots of other mainstream fields. But the science of cities themselves—as holistic systems and networks, as “organisms” that function in particular ways—has always been a little more fringe. Also, mind-bending.
Many animals go to extreme lengths to reproduce, developing sex differences — great and small — to woo members of the opposite sex and compete with rivals. Researchers studying the fossils of tiny shelled crustaceans have honed in on a link between sex differences and extinction risk. The larger the difference between the sexes, they argue, the more likely a species is on its way out.