• CYBERSECURITYThinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data

    By Adam Zewe

    Researchers found that an understudied component of computer processors is susceptible to attacks from malicious agents. Then, they developed mitigation mechanisms.

  • EPIDEMICSNew Test May Predict Covid-19 Immunity

    By Anne Trafton

    The paper test measures the level of neutralizing antibodies in a blood sample and could help people decide what protections they should take against infection.

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  • CLOAK & DAGGERU.S. Charges Iranian Operative with Plotting to Kill John Bolton

    The U.S. Justice Department has charged a member of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in connection with an alleged plot to kill former White House national-security adviser John Bolton.

  • DISASTERSPrediction of Human Movement During Disasters Allows More Effective Emergency Response

    The COVID-19 pandemic, bigger and more frequent wildfires, devastating floods, and powerful storms have become facts of life. With each disaster, people depend on the emergency response of governments, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector for aid when their lives are upended. But there is a complicating factor: people tend to disperse with such disasters, making aid delivery more difficult.

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  • DISASTERSWealthiest Homeowners Most at Risk of Wildfire Hazard

    The top 10 cent most valuable homes in the western United States are 70% more likely to be in high wildfire hazard areas than median-value properties, measured by county.

  • CRITICAL MINERALSCalifornia Mining Firms Seek to Clean Up Lithium's Production Footprint

    By Paul Krantz

    Three large mining projects based in California’s “Lithium Valley” aim to recover lithium with minimal environmental impacts. They have the potential to simplify the global lithium supply chain.

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  • ENERGY SECURITYPlanning Climate-Smart Power Systems

    Unprecedented heat waves, storms, and wildfires are pushing electrical grids in the United States to their limits. An energy scientist and a climate scientist discuss how utilities can plan for a resilient electrical grid in the face of an uncertain climate future.

  • OUR PICKSU.S. Goals in Cyberspace | COVID & Bioterrorism | Chinese Investment in American Agriculture, and more

    ·  Anti-Government Extremism ‘Has Really Surged’ Since 2020, Wray Tells Senators

    ·  U.S. Is Urgently Seeking a Country to Resettle a Qaeda Informant

    ·  Islamic Terrorists ‘Refuse to Be Deradicalized in Prison’

    ·  Facebook Bans Hate Speech but Still Makes Money from White Supremacists

    ·  Reflecting Upon Two CFR Reports on U.S. Goals in Cyberspace

    ·  DHS IG Cuffari’s Actions Exhibit Clear Pattern: Unwillingness or Inability to Meet the Mission 

    ·  The Growing Concern Over Chinese Investment in American Agriculture

    ·  Why COVID Probably Hasn’t Helped Bioterrorists, Despite Fears

     

  • PRESIDENTIAL PAPERSWhy Presidential Papers Don't Belong to Presidents

    By Dora Mekouar

    The Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978 established that all presidential records are owned by the public and automatically transfer into the custody of the National Archives as soon as a commander-in-chief leaves office. The PRA was passed after President Richard Nixon, in 1973-1974, during the Watergate scandal, fought to destroy White House records, including secret tape recordings, in order to conceal criminal activity by himself and his staff. Nixon argued that the White House records were his private property to do with them what he wanted.

  • ARGUMENT: WAVES OF TERRORISMA Century-and-a-Half Look at the Waves of Global Terrorism

    Twenty years ago, a 15-page article – “The Four Waves of Rebel Terrorism and September 11” — by terrorism expert David Rapoport helped students of terrorism place the 9/11 attacks in perspective. Rapoport has now published a 440-page book on the topic, and Tim Wilson writes that “[Rapoport’s] provocative sketch of how global terrorism emerged has continued to hold the field since the immediate aftermath of 9/11. And this new volume allows him to present it in fuller, and richer, brush-strokes.”

  • TECH & THE LAWBrain-Monitoring Tech Advances Could Change the Law

    There is an ankle-bracelet for offenders. What about a brain-bracelet? A new reportscrutinizes advances in neurotechnology and what it might mean for the law and the legal profession.

  • VIOLENCEExperts Shed Light on Preventing Violence

    As the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at CU Boulder turns 30, its founder and current director share thoughts on the center’s legacy.

  • FOOD SECURITYRise of Precision Agriculture Exposes Food System to New Threats

    By George Grispos and Austin C. Doctor

    Farmers are adopting precision agriculture, using data collected by GPS, satellite imagery, internet-connected sensors and other technologies to farm more efficiently. These practices could help increase crop yields and reduce costs, but the technology behind the practices is creating opportunities for extremists, terrorists and adversarial governments to attack farming machinery, with the aim of disrupting food production.

  • CLIMATE CHALLENGESGrowing the Impacts of Climate-Smart Agriculture

    A range of ‘climate-smart’ farming practices have the potential to lower that impact, and also help sequester carbon dioxide emitted by other parts of the economy. For example, planting cover crops in between plantings of cash crops can absorb CO2 into the soil, among other benefits. However, cover crops and other climate-smart practices aren’t yet the norm.

  • OUR PICKS'Remain in Mexico' Policy is Over | Solution to Hate Speech on the Internet | Agriculture and Veterinary Defense, and more

    ·  Biden Administration Says ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy is Over

    ·  Ex-Rebel Takes Oath as Colombia President in Historic Shift

    ·  DHS S&T Seeks Information on Scientific Capabilities for Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Defense

    ·  Banning Content Platforms is Not a Solution to Hate Speech on the Internet, Even When the Platform is Meta

    ·  Terrorist Kept in Prison Because U.K. Home Office Plan to Deport Him Causes ‘Risk to Public’

  • IRAN’S NUKESU.S. Ready to Conclude Iran Nuclear Deal Based on EU's 'Final Draft'

    The United States is ready to “quickly conclude a deal” to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on the basis of proposals put forward on August 8 by the European Union, a State Department spokesperson said.

  • IRAN’S NUKESIran’s Latest Advanced Centrifuge Deployment

    By David Albright, Sarah Burkhard, and Spencer Faragasso

    Iran just announced that it has recently installed or plans to install in the near term almost 1570 new advanced centrifuges. This represents a 70 percent increase from the number of advanced centrifuges installed as of last May. Iran’s announcement puts it well on its way to achieving about 4450 installed advanced centrifuges at all three enrichment plants by the end of 2022.

  • TERRORISMDo Targeted Killings Weaken Terrorist Groups?

    By Max Boot

    Targeted operations by U.S. forces have eliminated notorious leaders of armed extremist groups, al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri the latest among them. But how much they disrupt these terrorist organizations is questionable.

  • CYBERSECURITYNSF Grants to Protect Data, User privacy

    Researchers are working on two new cybersecurity projects, recently funded by the National Science Foundation, to ensure trustworthy cloud computing and increase computing privacy for marginalized and vulnerable populations.

  • PUBLIC HEALTHHow Polio Crept Back into the U.S.

    By Robin Fields

    U.S. public health agencies generally don’t test wastewater for signs of polio. That may have given the virus time to circulate silently before it paralyzed a New York man.

  • AIAn AI Pilot May Be Able to Navigate Crowded Airspace

    Researchers believe they have developed the first AI pilot that enables autonomous aircraft to navigate a crowded airspace. The artificial intelligence can safely avoid collisions, predict the intent of other aircraft, track aircraft and coordinate with their actions, and communicate over the radio with pilots and air traffic controllers.

  • AIArtificial Intelligence Isn’t That Intelligent

    By Harriet Farlow

    In the world of information security, social engineering is the game of manipulating people into divulging information that can be used in a cyberattack or scam. Cyber experts may therefore be excused for assuming that AI might display some human-like level of intelligence that makes it difficult to hack. Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s actually very easy.