Scientists have taken a major step towards building a global quantum internet by beaming “entangled” particles of light from a satellite to ground stations more than 700 miles apart.The feat paves the way for a new kind of internet which draws on the curious ability for subatomic particles to be connected to one another despite being far apart and even on opposite sides of the planet.Researchers believe that by linking particles together in this way, encrypted information could be sent from place to place across a quantum network with no danger of it being decrypted and read by others, as can be done on the existing internet.
Daily Archives: June 21, 2017
Sad monkey: A bitter Ken Ham blames atheists and the secular media for the perceived financial failure of his Ark Park.In a recent blog post to his Answers in Genesis website, leading creationist Ken Ham laments the supposed power of atheists and the “secularist media,” complaining that they are damaging the reputation of his Ark Encounter, and the economy of the surrounding local businesses, writing:Recently, a number of articles in the mainstream media, on blogs, and on well-known secularist group websites have attempted to spread propaganda to brainwash the public into thinking our Ark Encounter attraction is a dismal failure.Sadly, they (atheists and the secular media) are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way that they may prevent Grant County, Kentucky, from achieving the economic recovery that its officials and residents have been seeking.In other words, Ken Ham blames atheists for his trouble. Ham is refusing to take responsibility for his own failure, and refusing to take responsibility for his broken promises to the citizens and business community of Grant County, Kentucky.
Aside from trotting out a new tread pattern every year or so, you might think there’s not a lot manufacturers could do to improve the humble car tire. But advances in materials, sensors and manufacturing techniques are opening up new possibilities. Michelin is exploring this potential with its Vision concept tire that is airless, 3D printed, equipped with sensors, biodegradable, and not just a tire, but a tire and wheel in one.Unveiled at a global symposium on urban mobility challenges it hosted this week in Montreal, Canada, Michelin’s Vision tire is constructed using 3D printing technology. This enables an airless interior architecture that mimics alveolar structures (such as the air sacs of the lungs) that is solid in the center and more flexible on the outside, resulting in a tire that is immune to blowouts or going flat.
The Edward Snowden scandal was a mere tremor compared to the latest accusation against the U.S. government.Circa News reported that the NSA, CIA and FBI have been collectively spying on Americans. According to former intelligence contractor Dennis Montgomery, “more than 20 million American identities were illegally unmasked – credit reports, emails, phone conversations and internet traffic, were some of the items the NSA and CIA collected,” the article stated.The targets included, “prominent Americans such as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen, and others such as Donald J. Trump, as well as Plaintiffs themselves.”Montgomery extricated over 600 million classified documents stored on 47 hard drives. He approached the FBI with documentation of the violation of civil liberties, but the FBI, being involved in the surveillance, covered it up.He is now suing former FBI director James Comey and other government officials in relation to this cover-up.
During 2015 and 2016, Macedonia’s state-owned railway charged refugees, who had crossed into the country’s territory while fleeing war, conflict, persecution, and other injustices, five times the normal price of a ticket. The move was widely criticized for seeming to profit off of a vulnerable population.
Fast forward to June 2017, when Macedonian train engine drivers went on strike demanding their unpaid salaries for April and May. The strike paralyzed domestic transport and ended after one day when the new government agreed to satisfy their demands.
The development has left some Macedonians wondering just how much the railway and other state companies profited from the influx of refugees and migrants and where that money has gone. Journalists seeking accountability, however, have had a hard time finding out the truth, given the Public Revenue Office’s refusal to disclose details.
Nearly 900,000 people used the so-called Western Balkan Route to transit from the Middle East and North Africa to Western Europe in 2015 and 2016. From July to September 2015 alone, over 300,000 of them passed through Macedonia on their way from Greece to countries perceived to be more welcoming, like Germany.
After the flow of refugees and other migrants increased in mid-2015, the Macedonian government established special trains. The refugees would cross the Greek border on foot, get processed there, then board the train in Gevgelija and disembark in Tabanovce, near the Serbian border, which they’d cross on foot also. The following Red Cross video presents an overview of the situation at the time.
Hollywood could learn a thing or two from medical schools about casting transgender actors in transgender roles.A study published today in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education is one of the first of its kind to show the benefits of using actual transgender actors to help medical residents grow more comfortable treating transgender people.Medical schools often use “standardized patients”—actors who have been trained to simulate real patients—in order to help train students, providing them with a low-stakes opportunity to practice providing care.But because virtually all of these actors are cisgender, too many doctors don’t interact with their first transgender patient until after their education is over.That’s why Dr. Richard Greene, the director of gender and health education at NYU Langone Medical Center, decided to conduct this new study, hiring a transgender actress as a standardized patient to help train 23 residents. “I noticed that [residents] can sort of smile and nod their way through a lecture or even a seminar and then when a patient shows up, it’s a very different feeling,” Greene told The Daily Beast. “So, I took advantage of the opportunity that we hire actors and said, ‘Why can’t we get a trans actor in here?’ And so we did.” Why not hire a cisgender actor to play a transgender patient?
A seamless, easy-to-use, and secure end-to-end encrypted business collaboration tool with no central point of attack is a holy grail for every business, and Boston-based security company PreVeil believes they have the right solution on hand.“The idea of PreVeil came from realizing that, even though end-to-end encryption provides many benefits and this concept existed for many years, it is still largely not used in common collaboration tools, and a good business solution still does not exist,” Raluca Ada Popa, Founder and CTO at PreVeil, tells me.“The main reason is that existing solutions are hard to use or integrate poorly with the tools users use already, so users naturally tend not to use them. Moreover, providing a solution for document sharing is much more challenging than for messaging or email, because users modify documents and can change who can access a document.”Popa is an assistant professor of computer science at UC Berkeley with a specialization in computer security, and she earned her PhD from MIT doing research very much related to PreVeil.
Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.It is a complete operating system designed to be used from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card independently of the computer’s original operating system.Tails 3.0 is the first version of Tails based on Debian 9 (Stretch). It brings a completely new startup and shutdown experience, a lot of polishing to the desktop, security improvements in depth, and major upgrades to a lot of the included software.