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06-19-2018 Politics
Spotlight falls on Russian threat to undersea cables

The Trump administration’s new sanctions on Russia are casting light on the threat posed to the undersea cables that carry the world’s electronic communications between continents. The Treasury Department sanctioned five Russian firms and three Russian nationals this week for aiding the Kremlin’s domestic security service, the FSB. One of the companies is alleged to have provided support for Moscow’s “underwater capabilities” – including producing diving systems and a submersible craft for the FSB. The Treasury Department alleged that Russia has been “active” in tracking underwater fiber optic cables that transmit communications across continents. The threat to undersea cables is multifaceted. Foreign adversaries could track their whereabouts to sabotage them and cut rivals off from communications. Or they could be motivated by espionage. There has long been suspicion that Moscow is actively targeting these cables for spying purposes. More recently, Russia’s assertive maneuvers at sea have spurred concerns that Moscow might be looking to sabotage the systems through physical means – an effort that, if successful, could have debilitating economic and security impacts. “A Russian submarine plus special forces undersea divers, they could create chaos in the world ... by disrupting critical Internet infrastructure,” said Kenneth Geers, a former NSA official and cyber and national security expert at Atlantic Council. Geers said the technology is “highly vulnerable” to physical sabotage. The cables carry 97 percent of all cross-continent electronic communications, including everything from personal communications, sensitive national security data and financial transactions. The New York Times reported in October 2015 that aggressive Russian naval operations near those cables triggered worries among some U.S. officials that Moscow could be plotting to attack them in the event of a conflict. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), a member of the House Armed Services and the House Homeland Security committees, said if Russians or other foreign nations targeted the cables in a time of war, the attack would be “high-cost and high-impact.” “Underwater cables are an important part of critical infrastructure,” Langevin told The Hill on Friday. “Were those ever to be cut, there would be significant damage to our economy and to our everyday lives.” One instance that alarmed officials involved a Russian spy ship, the Yantar, moving slowly off the U.S. East Coast toward Cuba, the location of one undersea cable near the Guantanamo Bay naval facility. U.S. officials have since cited an increase in Russian naval activity. Those moves come with relations between Washington and Moscow at a low, despite President Trump's desire to cultivate a positive relationship with Vladimir Putin. ...

Source: The Hill

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06-19-2018 Games
When all the games of E3 2018 are coming out

When wrapping up any E3, it can probably be difficult for players to separate what was completely new and announced at the show, known games that were given a launch date, known games that still have no launch date, and the games we’re looking forward to that didn’t have an E3 presence. So here’s a guide of the major releases shown at E3. We may have missed some things. We’ll update the list if we did. It’s mainly intended as a recap of the big launches coming that were shown in Los Angeles. (For example, that’s why Red Dead Redemption 2 — which we all know is on the way Oct. 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — isn’t below. It wasn’t shown there, but then, E3 really isn’t Rockstar Games’ style.) Anyway, here’s what your calendar looks like for the next six or so months, and what you can expect beyond that. Plan accordingly. Big things are on the move.

Source: Polygon

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06-19-2018 Society
Homeland Security chief slams 'irresponsible' reports on separation of migrant families

The Trump administration fired back at criticism of its immigration policy on Sunday with tweets by both the president himself and his head of the Department of Homeland Security. Trump deflected mounting criticism over the government's separation of parents and children of illegal immigrants in a tweet Sunday evening, saying lawmakers need to "work something out on Border Security & Safety." Trump has placed blame for the policy on Democrats as recently as Friday, when he had an impromptu press conference outside the White House. "I hate the children being taken away," he said Friday. "The Democrats have to change their law. That's their law." Trump has said Democrats need to get behind Republican legislative efforts. However, there is no law mandating the separation of families. ...

Source: ABCNews

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06-19-2018 Science&Technology
Amazon sunsets its live video tech support for Fire tablets

In our Fire phone review from 2014, we called Mayday one of Amazon's most brilliant features. People can use it to summon tech support advisers on their Amazon devices within seconds, after all, and those reps can help people fix whatever issue they're having through live video at the push of a button. While Amazon launched the feature with great fanfare, it's now quietly sending it to its grave: Mayday will cease working sometime this month. GeekWire has noticed a memo on Mayday's support page that says "The Mayday video calling service will be discontinued in June 2018." While the feature may have been useful for some users, it clearly never quite became as vital as Amazon imagined it to be. It didn't move the needle in the tech industry, and now Amazon has Alexa, which can also provide basic tech support and doesn't need to be paid a salary. When asked why Mayday is being discontinued, the tech giant told GeekWire that it's because the "video calling service was offered on legacy devices that are no longer sold by Amazon.com." Those who have a Fire tablet will have to either call or email the company through the Quick Actions menu on their device or via the Help App if they need any assistance going forward. A tech support rep can still use Mayday's screen-sharing tool on supported devices, though, so they can show users what to do in case that's easier than giving verbalized instructions.

Source: Engadget

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06-19-2018 Science&Technology
iOS 12 will include a new life-saving feature for iPhone customers in the US

Apple is announcing a new life-saving feature in iOS 12 that hasn’t been publicly disclosed before today. Starting this fall when iOS 12 is released, first responders will be able to access location data “securely and automatically” when iPhone customers call 911. The move is intended to dramatically improve emergency service response time, and Apple says the feature is implemented with privacy in mind: In keeping with Apple’s focus on privacy, user data cannot be used for any non-emergency purpose and only the responding 911 Center will be able to access the user’s location during an emergency call. Apple already implements a feature called Hybridized Emergency Location, or HELO, that tries to estimate an iPhone caller’s location for emergency services using radios. Next Generation 911 technology from partner firm RapidSOS will be integrated in iOS 12, however, to make emergency location sharing faster and more precise. Here’s how the RapidSOS describes their Next Generation 911 technology: RapidSOS works with trusted PSAP and first responder software vendors to deliver precise location and rich data to call-takers, dispatchers and first responders via existing call-taking, dispatch, and mapping software. The firm offers an iPhone app called RapidSOS Haven today that iPhone users can install to use to share precise location data with emergency services, and iOS 12 will automatically include its benefits for free for users in the United States — without installing an additional app. Using RapidSOS’s “Internet Protocol-based data pipeline” also allows 911 call centers to see iPhone emergency location data in their existing systems so support is automatic on their end. Efforts like HELO, Advanced Mobile Location in Europe, and now Next Generation 911 integration in iOS 12 are intended to combat the fact that roughly four out of five calls to emergency services come from mobile devices, Apple says, despite call centers relying on landline-era infrastructure. Integrating RapidSOS’s Next Generation 911 technology with iOS 12 also puts iPhone in compliance of a pending FCC rule for mobile phones years in advance: The FCC requires carriers to locate callers to within 50 meters at least 80 percent of the time by 2021. iOS location services are capable of exceeding this requirement today, even in challenging dense-urban environments. This new feature allows Apple to make these benefits available to local 911 centers now rather than years from now. ...

Source: 9to5Mac

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06-19-2018 Environment
Japan earthquake: Death toll climbs after 6.1 temblor strikes Osaka

TOKYO -- A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires Monday morning around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan. At least three people were killed and more than 300 were injured. The Osaka prefectural government's disaster management department said two people were found dead, while the Ibaraki city official confirmed a third victim. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 214 people have been treated at hospitals in five prefectures. Most of the injured were in Osaka, which didn't give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor. Japan's national broadcaster NHK reported that at least 350 people were wounded by the quake, but authorities were still saying 307 by Monday evening, local time. One victim was a 9-year-old girl killed by a concrete wall that toppled at her elementary school as she walked by. A man in his 80s died in the collapse of another concrete wall in Osaka city. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died after a bookshelf fell on top of him at home, according to city officials. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck shortly after 8 a.m. north of Osaka at a depth of about 8 miles, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The strongest shaking was north of Osaka, but the quake rattled large parts of western Japan, including Kyoto, the agency said. The quake knocked over walls, broke windows and set off scattered building fires. It toppled book shelves in homes and scattered goods on shop floors. It also cracked roads and broke water pipes, leaving homes without water. BBC News cites officials who say another tremor could happen in the next few days. The morning commute was disrupted, as dozens of domestic flights in and out of Osaka were grounded, while train and subway service in the Osaka area including the bullet train were suspended to check for damage. Passengers were seen exiting trains on the tracks between stations. Nothing unusual was detected at the Mihama, Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants north of Osaka, Kansai Electric Power said, according to the Reuters news agency. BBC News also notes that several key industrial areas near Osaka were affected. Companies like Panasonic and Daihatsu are suspending production at their affected sites. ...

Source: CBS News

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06-19-2018 Science&Technology
Garmin brings music, NFC payments, onboard mapping to Fenix 5 Plus watches

On the heels of announcing thoughtful updates to its Vivoactive 3 device, Garmin is bringing some of the same new wearable features to the Fenix line. The new Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5 Plus, and Fenix 5X Plus devices finally have Garmin Pay and music storage now, and they include advanced biometric and routing features that serious athletes will appreciate. The Fenix family represents the upper echelon of Garmin smartwatches, but that doesn't mean they've been the most wearable devices. Over the past couple of years, Garmin has worked hard to keep the integrity of the Fenix design while also slimming it down and making it easier to wear all day long. The Fenix 5 Plus family consists of the most streamlined Fenix devices yet—while some are bigger and bulkier than Vivo devices, they're much lighter and less cumbersome than previous Fenix devices. Users can choose from heavier, PVD-coated stainless steel models or lightweight titanium models for all three of the Fenix 5 Plus devices, which range from 42mm to 51mm in case size. Garmin redesigned the smallest model, the 42mm Fenix 5S Plus, to have a display that's about 20 percent larger than its predecessor so those who want a smaller case don't have to sacrifice screen space to get it. Music and mapping Garmin programmed a few important features into all three Fenix 5 Plus models: Garmin Pay, music storage, and built-in mapping and navigation. The company's contactless payment system has been slowly making its way onto its smartwatches since it was introduced last year. Music storage is a more recent update, as the recently released Forerunner 645 Music was the first Garmin device to have onboard music storage. All three Fenix 5 Plus models have space for 500 songs, and iHeartRadio and Deezer paid subscribers can download playlists and other music from their accounts to their wearables. Fenix devices are designed to be used off the grid and in extreme environments, making them ideal devices to have music storage so users can leave their smartphones at home when they go out for a training session. Built-in mapping and Garmin's Trendline feature let users find new trails no matter where they are. Maps appear directly on the devices' Chroma displays, and users can input the distance they want to travel and receive suggested routes for running or cycling in their current area. Trendline first appeared on Garmin's dedicated cycling devices, but now it has made its way to the new Fenix wearables. Instead of running or biking the same routes over and over, users can call upon Garmin Connect's data to find new routes to switch up their sessions. ...

Source: Ars Technica

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06-19-2018 Business
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany

The CEO of luxury automaker Audi has been arrested in Germany as part of an investigation into emissions cheating. Munich prosecutors said in a statement Monday that Rupert Stadler, who has worked for Audi parent company Volkswagen since 1990, had been detained because of concerns over potential evidence tampering. Stadler, 55, is the highest ranking Volkswagen executive to be arrested in connection to a costly diesel emissions scandal that burst into public view in 2015. Volkswagen spokesman Nicolai Laude confirmed that Stadler had been arrested, but declined to comment on the investigation. He said the company's supervisory board would discuss the matter on Monday. "The principle of the presumption of innocence continues to apply to Mr. Stadler," Laude added in a statement. Shares in Volkswagen dropped by 2.6% in Frankfurt. Munich prosecutors said last week they had searched Stadler's home for evidence as part of an investigation that has been underway for over a year. Stadler was appointed to Volkswagen's management board in 2010. The arrest comes just days after Germany imposed a €1 billion ($1.2 billion) penalty on Volkswagen (VLKAY) for rigging diesel engine emissions worldwide. Volkswagen first admitted in 2015 it had rigged millions of diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests. Diesel cars from Volkswagen and its Audi subsidiary cheated on clean air rules with software that made emissions look less toxic than they actually were. The scandal sent its share price plunging, and trashed confidence among consumer and regulators in diesel technology. The episode has already cost Volkswagen over $30 billion in recalls, legal penalties and settlements. Martin Winterkorn, the former chief executive officer of Volkswagen, was indicted last month by US prosecutors. He was charged with wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud American customers and violate the Clean Air Act. Matthias Mueller, who was brought in to replace Winterkorn, stepped down earlier this year and was replaced by BMW veteran Herbert Diess. Diess acknowledged at a press conference in April that Volkswagen had "lost a great deal of trust" and that it would take years to restore public confidence in the automaker. -- Ivana Kottasova, Chris Liakos and Stephanie Halasz contributed reporting.

Source: CNN

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06-18-2018 Sports
World Cup 2018: Proposed bill would make it illegal to criticize Russia's national team

MOSCOW – Of all the sentences you didn’t expect to read during the World Cup, how’s this one... The controversial politician who sponsored Russia’s much-maligned “gay propaganda” law has launched a bill that would make it a criminal offense to criticize the country’s national soccer team. That’s right, Vitaly Milonov, who likes to think of himself as one of Russia’s tough guy political influencers (because, you know, they don’t have enough of those), apparently thinks his nation’s World Cup squad are so delicate as to be unable to cope with a few harsh words from fans or in the media. According to RT.com, the website of Russia’s Kremlin-backed television network, Milonov is behind a bill that would see fines of $160 levied on anyone found guilty of “verbally tormenting” the team. He strongly believes in his argument, reasoning that such criticism lowers national morale. He strongly believed in his argument when he successfully sponsored the anti-LGBT law in 2013, too, claiming that to allow protest or speech in favor of “non-traditional sexual relations” was damaging to the minds of Russian children. Back then, his law was lambasted internationally for having little in the way of common sense and providing a poisonous curb on basic human rights. “Our players are ours, regardless of how good they are,” Milonov told the Komsomolskay Pravda newspaper this week. “And here some idiots make fun of them and spoil their pre-game moods. If our footballers lose, we should blame those who insulted our boys.” How’s his logic working out this time? Well, ahead of the World Cup, Russia had failed to win for seven games and entered the event ranked 70th, the lowest of all teams. Because of this dismal run, it was, incredibly, criticized by its fans and media. And, whether inspired by or in spite of said criticism, it went out and destroyed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament opener to instantly give itself one foot in the knockout round, barring a major collapse. Yet while Milonov’s latest round of rhetoric is notable for its absurdity, the most remarkable thing about it is that we have come to hear about it at all. Not much Russian news is finding its way into the public domain right now, unless you count photos of Vladimir Putin looking like a proud papka as the goals piled in on Thursday. The much is by design, according to the Mediazona news service, which reported that Russia’s Interior Ministry has ordered local authorities to cease releasing figures that could spark fears about crime rates among foreign fans and to instead report “things that are cheerful.” ...

Source: USA Today

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06-18-2018 Science&Technology
The 2009 iPhone 3GS is going back on sale in South Korea

The Apple iPhone 3GS is going back on sale via South Korean carrier SK Telink after a new batch was found still in boxes at a warehouse, as reported by VentureBeat. The devices will be sold with original packaging for 44,000 won (about $41) with no contract. When the phone first came out in 2009, the 8GB model retailed for $99 with an AT&T plan. Since the phones have been sitting unused for almost a decade, SK Telink will be testing each one to see if the battery has held up, then it will repackage them for shipment. Even if the battery works, the data speed will be slower, and the phone won’t be able to run many current iOS apps, and it also uses an older, larger SIM card. Also, if it breaks, repairs will probably be hard to come by. However, it should be just fine for basics like making and receiving calls and sending texts... and it has a headphone jack. The 3GS originally debuted in June 2009, and at the time, it boasted new features like Cut, Copy and Paste, a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, and Find My iPhone. It was also the last flagship iPhone to have plastic housing before the company started using metal and glass. The highest-priced 32GB version was $299. By comparison, Apple’s cheapest iPhone that can currently be purchased is the 32GB SE for $349.

Source: The Verge

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06-18-2018 Environment
Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and we're not ready for the sea level rise ...

... that's coming In the future, seas will rise far higher than they are today. The question is whether it happens quickly or slowly. There's enough ice stacked on top of Antarctica to raise seas around the globe by almost 200 feet. While it takes time for major changes to occur with that much ice, Antarctica is melting faster than we thought, according to a study recently published in the journal Nature. The melting rate has been speeding up significantly in recent years. Between 1992 and 2017, Antarctica lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice, causing sea levels around the globe to rise an average of 8 millimeters. About 40% of that loss occurred between 2012 and 2017, according to the new study. From 1992 to 2012, the continent lost about 84 billion tons of ice a year, and over the next five years, that jumped to more than 240 billion tons per year. If the acceleration of ice melt were to continue, it could potentially cascade, leading to runaway ice melt and rapid sea level rise. The biggest changes have come in West Antarctica, where the glaciers holding back ice sheets rest on rapidly warming ocean waters, causing them to melt more quickly. Climate science professor Chis Rapley of the University College London has previously described Antarctica as a "slumbering giant" of ice melt and sea level rise that seems to be awakening. "This paper suggests it is stretching its limbs," he told the UK Science Media Center. Melting ice, rising seas For the new study, scientists from 44 international organizations combined data from 24 different satellite surveys. "Thanks to the satellites our space agencies have launched, we can now track [polar ice sheet] ice losses and global sea level contribution with confidence," said Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds, who led the study along with Erik Ivins of NASA's JPL Laboratory. "[T]he continent is causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years." Their research brings our understanding of the current state of Antarctic ice up to date, according to researchers not involved in the study. While 8 millimeters of sea level rise from Antarctic melting alone might not sound extreme, the rapid changes associated with it should be enough to give anyone pause. In the 20th century, sea levels around the globe rose about six inches on average, Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences at Princeton, said during a recent media briefing on sea level rise. That was enough to narrow the typical East Coast beach by about 50 feet. Since the mid-1990s, places like Miami have seen an additional five inches of sea level rise. Seas rise faster in some places than others, due to ocean currents and the effects of gravity. ...

Source: Insider

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06-18-2018 Science&Technology
Parents’ Smartphone Habits Mold Children’s Unruly Behavior, According To New Study

Previous studies have warned about the effects of smartphones on children's well-being. Now, a new study examines parents' smartphone habits and its impact on their parenting. The new research found that parents who are glued to their phones or other gadgets, including television, are more likely to miss out on quality times with their kids. Parents who prefer attending to their phones instead of eating and playing with their kids, and putting them to sleep could strain their relationships with them in the long run. Aside from having a fewer conversation with their little ones, parents who are busy with their smartphones are also most likely to exhibit hostile reactions when their kids try to get their attention. Their children, on the other hand, tend to be more frustrated all the time. They could also be hyperactive, more prone to whining, sulking, and throwing tantrums. Technoference And Parenting The researchers from the Illinois State University and the University of Michigan Medical School has particularly looked into "technoference" and its impact on the quality of parenting. The study submitted in the journal Pediatric Research and published in Springer Nature on June 13 specifically defined technoference as "everyday interruptions in face-to-face interactions because of technology devices." In the study, the researchers mentioned previous surveys where parents were found to use televisions and other gadgets for a total of nine hours every day. A third of this time, parents are glued to their smartphones and tend to neglect more important family activities that mold their children's interpersonal and emotional well-being. For their study, the researchers surveyed 337 parents with children age 5 years and below. The parents were asked about how many times in a day do devices interrupt their activities with their children, even the mere conversation with them. In most of the families surveyed for the study, one or several devices disrupted a supposed parent-child bonding activity at some point within the day. The couples were also asked to monitor the number of times that their children sulk or exhibit internalized behavior as compared to acting out or displaying externalized behavior. The survey found that children are more likely to complain and behave worse than simply brood over their frustrations. Escaping Kids' Bad Behavior The study also highlighted that some parents use smartphones to divert their attention away from disappointments felt about parenthood. Instead of addressing their children's mischief by having a meaningful conversation with them, these parents resorted to spending more time with their gadgets. The researchers warned that this might only create a more concerning cycle. ...

Source: Tech Times

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06-12-2018 Science&Technology
The end of net neutrality is here

The way the internet is regulated in the US is about to change. The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were intended to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services. The order required the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, which the FCC announced receiving last month. In a statement at the time, FCC chairman Ajit Pai framed the upcoming repeal as removing burdensome regulations. "Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for nearly 20 years will be restored," Pai said in a statement last month. An FCC spokesperson confirmed to CNN this week that the timetable is proceeding as previously announced. "June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open Internet and overseeing the broadband market," Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney. The concern among net neutrality advocates is that the repeal could give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane. "Those 'fast lanes' will put those who won't or cannot pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV," Sohn says. But even those who oppose the repeal say very little is likely to change right away given pending litigation and possible legislation to settle the issue. "Nothing will change the next day," says Kevin Werbach, an associate professor of legal studies at Wharton and former FCC adviser. "Companies are not going to take any major action to change their policies until it's resolved." Last month, the Senate passed a measure to preserve the net neutrality rules. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue. A collection of advocacy groups has called for "mass online actions" on June 11 to once again call attention to the issue and pressure Congress to act. ...

Source: CNN

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06-12-2018 Politics
North Korea summit: What's at stake when President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un?

Even attempting a summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un is surely one of the greatest high wire acts in diplomatic history -- two unpredictable leaders meeting in Singapore to negotiate the total elimination of what just last year was considered the gravest threat facing the United States. The stakes couldn't be higher. Mr. Trump is demanding the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. To Kim Jong Un those weapons -- the nuclear warheads and the missiles that would carry them -- are his country's most valuable possession. He is being asked to lay all his nuclear secrets on the table. As we reported in previous stories for 60 Minutes, U.S. Intelligence agencies have expended enormous effort trying to uncover those secrets as North Korea developed not only a nuclear arsenal but the capability to reach the United States. At the National Air and Space Intelligence Center -- NASIC for short -- more than 100 photo interpreters, engineers, rocket scientists and intelligence analysts pore through reams of data collected every time North Korea launches a missile. Last summer, says NASIC commander Sean Larkin, the North Korean threat went to a whole new level. Sean Larkin: They demonstrated the ability that they could reach the continental United States. David Martin: The lower 48? Sean Larkin: Yes. There were two tests in the month of July. Both were launched at a very high angle so did not go far out to sea. But once NASIC crunched the numbers there was no doubt, had they been fired on a standard trajectory they could have reached California and beyond. Sean Larkin: Math is our secret weapon so there's lots of things that go into an ICBM or other types of weapons systems that simply -- even if we don't have the pieces of the puzzle we can do the math and figure out what's missing. This is a computer simulation of the weapon the North Koreans call "The God of War" -- an intercontinental ballistic missile. Jeremy Suel: Well, this is the actual code that we develop. It was produced by Jeremy Suel and his team of analysts at NASIC. David Martin: So, can you take me through what this would look like on a flight? Jeremy Suel: Yes, the first stage of the system is there to get it off the ground, get initial motion. But then it will drop that stage. After the missile's engines have sent it into space all that is left is the re-entry vehicle. A warhead would be inside as gravity pulls it back to earth. Jeremy Suel: You're at the mercy of the atmosphere at that point. You're slamming into it at many thousands of miles per hour, so that will have tremendous forces imparted on the- the re-entry vehicle. ...

Source: CBS News

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06-11-2018 Culture
A 3,000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible’s oldest mysteries

Buried under a pair of hills at Israel's northern border, at the nexus of three ancient kingdoms, is one of the last large biblical sites yet to be uncovered. So said an international team of archaeologists after they started to dig up the ruins of Abel Beth Maacah five years ago. The lost town is also one of the more enigmatic places mentioned in the Old Testament. As legend had it, the archaeologists wrote, Abel Beth Maacah was a fortified crossroads connecting the kingdoms of Israel, Damascus and Tyre, and “perhaps the seat of a local oracle.” It's unclear to which king the town was loyal, they wrote — or whether it belonged to a possibly mythical fourth kingdom called Maacah. Only a few stories about the town are told in the Bible, and all of them are more tantalizing than illuminating for scientists who want to know what Abel Beth Maacah actually was. A traitor to Israel's King David once took refuge in Abel, according to the books of Samuel. The king's men accordingly besieged the town, and were in the process of ramming down the wall when a “wise woman” called out to them from inside: “Why do you want to swallow up the Lord’s inheritance?” she asked. The soldiers said they just wanted the traitor. So the wise woman had her people cut off his head and toss it over the wall, and King David left Abel Beth Maacah alone. And then a century or so after that episode, if radiocarbon dating can be trusted, this little guy showed up in Abel: The Israeli and American-led team of archaeologists were about five years into their excavations last summer, “digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure” when they found the head beneath the top of the site, the Associated Press wrote. The exquisitely carved head was about two inches around, encased in a clump of dirt that dated to between 900 and 800 B.C. — a period when Israel had splintered into two kingdoms, and Abel would have been in the middle of a complicated geopolitical power struggle between its many neighbors. Which raises the question: Who was the man whose likeness is captured in the figurine, and what did he mean to the people of Abel? “We're guessing probably a king, but we have no way of proving that,” Robert Mullins of Azusa Pacific University, who is co-directing the American side of the excavation, told LiveScience. That the man was important is obvious. Even aside from his crown, regal beard and elegant hair, the AP wrote, he was crafted with artistic precision almost unheard of for that time and region. ...

Source: The Washington Post

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06-11-2018 Games
It Took Six Minutes For E3's First Battle Royale Announcement

Battlefield V bring the series back to World War Two and, dear God, has playable women. EA revealed more details today at the EA Play press conference including a closer look at the game’s multiplayer. And of course, that means a battle royale mode. The battle royale format mode will be called “Royale,” although no further details were revealed during conference. It is the first of what will probably be 100 battle royale modes announced at E3. EA’s preview of Battlefield V also stressed a faster and more active multiplayer. Players will have the ability to dive and smash through windows and move around heavy turrets from their fixed position. That should pick up the pace of Operation. But seriously, six minutes for a battle royale announcement.

Source: Kotaku

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Both Parties Push Trump to Halt Family Separations

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Trump Attacks Germany’s Policies on Immigration

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Facebook’s New Political Algorithms Increase Tension With Publishers

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Politics
Trump says Germans ‘turning against their leadership’ over immigration

Politics
Kaliningrad photos appear to show Russia upgrading nuclear weapons bunker

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French air traffic control 'causes third of Europe's flight delays'

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06-19-2018 |

Politics
Casado y Margallo abren la carrera para suceder a Rajoy en el PP

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Un mar de pateras se extiende ya del Atlántico a Murcia

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El científico que solo buscaba saber por saber y acabó dando lugar al 13% de todos los fármacos

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06-19-2018 |

Sports
Históricos en la mira: los cambios que planea Sampaoli para el crucial partido ante Croacia

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SEGUIR Problemas en Croacia: Kalinic fue echado de la concentración por negarse a jugar ante Nigeria

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La ansiedad, el trastorno mental más frecuente entre los argentinos

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06-19-2018 |

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Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen denies policy separates families at border

Environment
World Cup fans celebrating in Mexico City may have caused artificial earthquake

Tourism
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1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 China Daily / China
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The Telegraph / United Kingdom 7 The Wall Street Journal / United States 8 USA Today / United States
9 The Times of India / India 10 The Independent / United Kingdom 11 Los Angeles Times / United States 12 El País / Spain
13 Financial Times / United Kingdom 14 The People's Daily / China 15 United Daily News / China 16 The Economic Daily / China
17 Le Monde / France 18 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 19 El Mundo / Spain 20 Daily News / United States
21 La Repubblica / Italy 22 Bild / Germany 23 Le Figaro / France 24 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia
25 Houston Chronicle / United States 26 Hürriyet / Turkey 27 Chicago Tribune / United States 28 The Examiner / United States
29 New York Post / United States 30 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 31 Corriere della Sera / Italy 32 The Economic Times / India
33 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 34 Marca / Spain 35 Liberty Times / Taiwan 36 Die Welt / Germany
37 The Globe and Mail / Canada 38 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 39 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 40 Sabah / Turkey
41 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 42 Daily Express / United Kingdom 43 Kompas / Indonesia 44 The Indian Express / India
45 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 46 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 47 The Hindu / India 48 The Toronto Star / Canada
49 The Sun / United Kingdom 50 The Age / Australia 51 The Boston Globe / United States 52 Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines
53 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 54 The Washington Times / United States 55 Clarín / Argentina 56 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
57 Die Zeit / Germany 58 The Onion / United States 59 Metro / United Kingdom 60 ABC / Spain
61 The Seattle Times / United States 62 The Times / United Kingdom 63 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 64 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany
65 The Hill / United States 66 Dainik Bhaskar / India 67 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 68 The Oregonian / United States
69 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea 70 La Nación / Argentina 71 The Hindustan Times / India 72 San Jose Mercury News / United States
73 The Dallas Morning News / United States 74 AS / Spain 75 The Australian / Australia 76 Star Tribune / United States
77 Qingdao News / China 78 The Jerusalem Post / Israel 79 The Plain Dealer / United States 80 L'Equipe / France
81 Komsomolskaya Pravda / Russia 82 The Denver Post / United States 83 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 84 Libération / France
85 O Globo / Brazil 86 Aftonbladet / Sweden 87 The Japan Times / Japan 88 Business Standard / India
89 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 90 Kommersant / Russia 91 Le Parisien / France 92 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand
93 Detroit Free Press / United States 94 Newsday / United States 95 The Baltimore Sun / United States 96 National Post / Canada
97 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 98 The Miami Herald / United States 99 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 100 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States
101 The Irish Independent / Ireland 102 South China Morning Post / Hong Kong SAR 103 The Irish Times / Ireland 104 The Star Online / Malaysia
105 De Telegraaf / Netherlands 106 Dawn / Pakistan 107 Der Standaard / Austria 108 The Sacramento Bee / United States
109 20 Minutos / Spain 110 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan 111 Rossiyskaya Gazeta / Russia 112 Apple Daily / Taiwan
113 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India 114 La Stampa / Italy 115 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / United States 116 20 Minutes / France
117 La Vanguardia / Spain 118 Evening Standard / United Kingdom 119 China Times / Taiwan 120 The Straits Times / Singapore
121 Orlando Sentinel / United States 122 Der Tagesspiegel / Germany 123 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 124 Verdens Gang / Norway
125 Argumenti i Fakti / Russia 126 Boston Herald / United States 127 Infobae / Argentina 128 Dagbladet / Norway
129 Independent Online / South Africa 130 The New York Observer / United States 131 Yeni Safak / Turkey 132 Seattle Post-Intelligencer / United States
133 The Kansas City Star / United States 134 Al-Ahram / Egypt 135 The Scotsman / United Kingdom 136 Nikkan Sports / Japan
137 Deseret News / United States 138 Herald Sun / Australia 139 The Vancouver Sun / Canada 140 Yang Cheng Wan Bao / China
141 Les Échos / France 142 Gulf News / United Arab Emirates 143 Yedioth Aharonot / Israel 144 Sports Nippon / Japan
145 The Orange County Register / United States 146 Expressen / Sweden 147 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 148 Pravda.ru / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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