The SolarWinds hack was all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a 'wicked' problem and what can be done about it

Fragmented authority for national cyber defense and global supply chains for building software stack the deck against US cybersecurity.

Terry Thompson, Adjunct Instructor in Cybersecurity, Johns Hopkins University • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~10 min

North Korea targeted cybersecurity researchers using a blend of hacking and espionage

Sophisticated fake social media personas created by North Korean hackers offered to collaborate with cybersecurity researchers. Several US researchers fell for it.

Paulo Shakarian, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min

Mystery solved: What killed 9 hikers in Dyatlov Pass Incident?

Nine hikers were found dead in 1959 after a risky expedition in Russia's Ural Mountains. New research offers a plausible explanation.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 29, 2021 ~10 min

Woolly rhino from Ice Age unearthed in Russian Arctic

Found with most of its organs intact, the rhino is thought to have lived more than 20,000 years ago.

Dec. 30, 2020 ~2 min

The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert

Cyberwarfare is more like cancer than bombs and bullets. Cybersecurity experts are just beginning to make their diagnosis of the Sunburst hack.

Paulo Shakarian, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Arizona State University • conversation
Dec. 29, 2020 ~9 min

The Caspian Sea is set to fall by 9 metres or more this century – an ecocide is imminent

Climate change means more water is evaporating than is flowing in.

Matteo Lattuada, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics, University of Giessen • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Scientists suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves – here's how the weapons work

High-power microwave weapons are useful for disabling electronics. They might also be behind the ailments suffered by US diplomats and CIA agents in Cuba and China.

Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, School of Engineering, University of New Mexico, University of New Mexico • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~8 min

200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

The International Space Station at 20 offers hope and a template for future cooperation

Humans have been living on the International Space Station for two full decades. So what comes next for this ailing technology, and what does it mean for future International ventures in space?

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

The threat of 'killer robots' is real and closer than you might think

Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.

Ingvild Bode, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern Denmark • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min