Category Archives: SCIENCE & TECH

Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases could invade 75% of America, warns US government | The Independent

 


Mosquitos can spread serious and potentially deadly diseases such as Zika, dengue and yellow fever could invade about three-quarters of mainland United States, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have warned.

The CDC, a US federal agency, has previously warned that climate change could affect human healthin many ways including increasing the number of “disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks”.

In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it revealed maps showing areas where the habitat was suitable for two particular species of mosquito, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus to survive.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/mosquitos-deadly-diseases-us-government-warning-invade-america-zika-dengue-yellow-fever-chikungunya-a7959586.html

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Scientists say recent quake swarm at Rainier is not unusual 

Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there’s no cause for worry.

“In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out,” said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.

The first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano’s summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6.

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http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/scientists-say-quake-swarm-at-rainier-is-not-unusual/

Monsanto’s New Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers 

Farmers planted a new kind of seed on 25 million acres of soybean and cotton fields this year. Developed by Monsanto, the seeds, genetically modified to be resistant to a weed killer called dicamba, are one of the biggest product releases in the company’s history.

But the seeds and the weed killer have turned some farmers — often customers of Monsanto, which sells both — against the company and alarmed regulators.

Farmers who have not bought the expensive new seeds, which started to appear last year, are joining lawsuits, claiming that their crops have been damaged by dicamba that drifted onto their farms. Arkansas announced a 120-day ban of the weed killer this summer, and it is considering barring its use next year after mid-April. Missouri briefly barred its sale in July. And the Environmental Protection Agency, not known for its aggressiveness under President Trump, is weighing its own action.

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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/business/monsanto-dicamba-weed-killer.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/

Google and Facebook fined if terror material not removed

Google and Facebook face punishing fines unless they remove terrorist propaganda within a two-hour limit.

Theresa May will use a summit in New York tonight to warn the technology giants and their rivals that her patience is running out over their failure to clamp down on jihadi groups.

She will say they have only a month to make progress. If they don’t, the Government will legislate to make them liable for extremist content on their sites. Delay in removing the material would trigger fines.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4900836/Web-giants-fined-unless-remove-terror-material.html

Hurricane Maria the Strongest Puerto Rico Landfall in 85 Years

The eye of Maria came ashore near the town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, around 6:15 a.m. AST Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.

The eyewall of Maria continues to carve through Puerto Rico, including the island of Vieques. In advance of the eyewall, the National Weather Service issued a “extreme wind warnings” for several eastern Puerto Rico municipalities. 

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https://www.wunderground.com/news/hurricane-maria-category-5-leeward-islands-virgin-islands-puerto-rico

Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era? 

The coming AI revolution faces a big hurdle: today’s microchips.

It’s one thing to get a bunch of transistors on an integrated circuit to crunch numbers, even very large ones. But what the brain does is far more difficult. Processing vast amounts of visual data for use by huge, multi-cellular organism is very different from the narrow calculations of conventional math. The algorithms that will drive tomorrow’s autonomous cars, planes, and programs will be incredibly data-intensive, with needs well beyond what conventional chips were ever designed for. This is one reason for the hype surrounding quantum computing and neurosynaptic chips.

That challenge has a sister predicament: the end of Moore’s Law. The integrated circuit revolution that gave birth to the modern computer, smartphone, and basically all of Silicon Valley is in its twilight. In the 1960s, Gordon Moore observed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits was doubling roughly 18 months. That won’t be true after 2020, according to Robert Colwell, formerly of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA

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http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/09/can-us-military-re-invent-microchip-ai-era/141065/

Hurricane Maria following Irma’s Caribbean path

Washington (AFP) – Maria became a hurricane as it barreled toward the storm-battered eastern Caribbean with 75 mile (120 kilometer) per hour winds, the US National Hurricane Center said Sunday, on a path similar to that of mega storm Irma earlier in the month.

Storm warnings and watches went up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma’s destructive passage.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/hurricane-maria-following-irmas-path-233756453.html

Why Obamacare’s Much-Criticized Individual Mandate Is Likely to Endure (for Now)

The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law’s most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place — at least for now.

In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged federal lawmakers to retain the mandate to help stabilize insurance markets. But the group, which is led by Republican John Kasich of Ohio and Democrat John Hickenlooper of Colorado, also said states should be given the opportunity to devise “a workable alternative” to it, subject to federal approval.

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http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/sl-individual-mandate-obamacare.html

Implanted Microchip to Replace Credit Cards, Car Keys

BBC News showcased the system in which Swedes are able to have their embedded chip scanned by a conductor who uses an app to match up their chip membership number with a purchased ticket.

Around 3,000 people in Sweden have already had a chip embedded in their hand in order to access secure areas of buildings.

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https://www.infowars.com/implanted-microchip-to-replace-credit-cards-car-keys/

Amazon Web Services Can Now Host the Defense Department’s Most Sensitive Data 

Amazon Web Services has a new market for its cloud computing, analytics, and storage services.

This week, the Defense Department granted the cloud computing giant a provisional authorization to host Impact Level 5 workloads, which are the military and Pentagon’s most sensitive, unclassified information. 

“This further bolsters AWS as an industry leader in helping support the DoD’s critical mission in protecting our security,” the company said in a statement. “The AWS services support a variety of DoD workloads, including workloads containing sensitive controlled unclassified information and National Security Systems information.”

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http://m.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2017/09/amazon-web-services-can-now-host-defense-departments-most-sensitive-data/140973/