TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal
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TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal

TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal Details of a highly secretive, multi-national trade agreement long in works have been published by WikiLeaks, and critics say there will be major repercussions for much of the modern world if it’s approved in this incarnation. The anti-secrecy group published on Wednesday a 95-page excerpt taken from … Continue reading

Supercomputing the Transition from Ordinary to Extraordinary Forms of Matter
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Supercomputing the Transition from Ordinary to Extraordinary Forms of Matter

Calculations plus experimental data help map nuclear phase diagram, offering insight into transition that mimics formation of visible matter in universe today. Nuclear Phase Diagram: This diagram maps out the different phases of nuclear matter physicists expect to exist at a range of high temperatures and densities, but the lines on this map are just … Continue reading

An Illustration of How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying
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An Illustration of How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying

AUGUST 29, 2013 | BY TREVOR TIMM The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the country and “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array … Continue reading

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies | World News
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NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies | World News

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies | World News Ewen MacAskill in New York The Guardian, Friday 23 August 2013 The material provides the first evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA. The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet … Continue reading

How to Browse the Web Like the Philosopher, John Stuart Mill
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How to Browse the Web Like the Philosopher, John Stuart Mill

By BRUCE PEABODY, guest blogger, August 9, 2013, 12:00 AM Last week, we considered how M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed lays out a set of fears about today’s electronic culture and its impact on how we think, interact and develop our moral selves. Anderson voices widespread anxieties about the internet age, but his book is rather short on solutions and hope. Today’s post proposes that we train our … Continue reading

A 21st Century ‘Brave New World’
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A 21st Century ‘Brave New World’

As history unfolds before of our very eyes, from terrorism to globalisation and from free market economics to positive and negative liberty, the human race continues to struggle with its seemingly interminable identity crisis. Life and the world around us is quite far from where many of us thought it might be only 20, 15 or even 10 … Continue reading

Apple vs Samsung Lobby Spending, Or Spot The Reason For Obamas Unprecedented Veto
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Apple vs Samsung Lobby Spending, Or Spot The Reason For Obamas Unprecedented Veto

See if you can spot, on the chart below, why over the weekend Barack Obama aka the Anti Patent Troll-In-Chief intervened directly in the ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Samsung on behalf of the Cupertino company which makes its products in FoxConn facilities in China, resulting in an unprecedented veto of a decision from … Continue reading

Hacking the Internet of Everything: Scientific American
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Hacking the Internet of Everything: Scientific American

Hacking the Internet of Everything: Scientific American Hacking the Internet of Everything Soon, nearly every device will be online. That is both a beautiful and a dangerous thing By Peter Haynes and Thomas A. Campbell Share on Tumblr Image: Flickr/joffley SA Forum is an invited essay from experts on topical issues in science and technology. “We live in a … Continue reading