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Farmland is in retreat. We should make the most of that
Staffan Widstrand/naturepl.com THE last wolf in England was killed in 1290 by one Peter Corbet, exterminator to King Edward I. That made the country safe for sheep, giving it a commanding position in...
Fate of Giant Sequoia National Monument hangs in the balance
Majestic old-growth trees stand within one of the national monuments that President Donald Trump wants to dramatically shrink in size or do away with.The Giant Sequoia National Monument, which falls within...
Where is India on the cyber security map today?
What’s the current cyber security scenario like in India? Is the existing security architecture robust enough to tackle crisis like the latest ransomware threat?The current cyber security scenario is...
NHS IT meltdown sparks cyberattack fears
A spokesman for NHS Digital has told Sky News: "We are aware of an incident and we are working on a response. We can't confirm which hospitals are affected, just that it is more than one."Sky News understands...
Will Trump try to undo Obama's national monument designations?
PORTLAND, Maine - Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Donald Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor.The Antiquities...
UK firms 'understaffed' in face of cyber threat
The news comes as the Queen today officially opens the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).The NCSC is part of intelligence agency GCHQ and is intended to be the UK's authority on cyber security. It...
Bao Bao the panda prepares for move to China
Next week Bao Bao, the youngest female panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., will move to China, part of a deal between the zoo and the Chinese government.Bao Bao, one of the National Zoo’s most...
Govt 'needs to raise its game' on cyber security
Despite cyberattacks being one of the top four risks to UK national security for the past six years, there appears to have been no coordination across the public sector, according to the report by the...
Government science goes rogue on Twitter
The Trump administration’s attempt to muzzle environmental messages on social media appears to be failing bigly.In the wake of the Badlands National Park Service’s Twitter account having its pro-science...
Badlands National Park Twitter account goes rogue
Just days after The National Park Service (NPS) was forced to shut down its Twitter activity over two retweets the Department of the Interior deemed inconsistent with the agency’s mission, the Twitter...
Another sign that start-up funding may be drying up in Silicon Valley
Cheap debt was a boon for start-ups, as it opened the door to affordable capital without forcing founding teams to give up ownership. As recently as October, City National participated in a $14.3 million...
Why Atlantic fishermen have hope for Trump presidency
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - New England fishermen who opposed President Barack Obama’s creation of the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument are now hopeful President-elect Donald Trump will abolish it,...
Industry, party figures mix with Trump loyalists for cabinet picks
Enlarge / DENVER, CO - JULY 01 Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during the 2016 Western Conservative Summit the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, July 01, 2016. It is the...
Scientists seeking to map out plumbing system hidden inside earth's crust
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Scientists from the U.S. and Denmark are seeking to map out the plumbing system hidden inside the earth’s crust that’s responsible for the famous Old Faithful geyser and other hydrothermal...
Yahoo “demands” feds confirm secret mass snooping order “if it exists”
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, seen here in 2013.Partnership for Public Service reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingHouse wants “briefing as soon as possible” to grok how...
Arrested NSA contractor may have hoarded secrets to work from home
reader comments 34 Share this story Investigators have little doubt that a National Security Agency contractor arrested in August hoarded mountains of classified material, but so far they've found no...
Zookeepers get creative in treating elephant's arthritis
WASHINGTON — An elephant with custom shoes? That’s what’s happening at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, where an elephant has received a large pair of shoes to help treat her arthritis.Shanthi, a 41-year-old...
Obama Creates Largest Ocean Sanctuary in the World
With the stroke of a pen, U.S. President Barack Obama has created the largest sanctuary for ocean life in the world. The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created by President George Bush...
Federal attention on Leslie Jones hack; Obama and Yosemite in VR
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of Homeland Security, said Thursday that its New York office is looking into the breach that exposed the driver’s license, passport and intimate photos of the...
Yosemite, and President Obama, Head into Virtual Reality
In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality - in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National...
Bill Nye on national parks, climate, and 2016 election
This week, Bill Nye -- the bow tie-loving mechanical engineer known to many as “The Science Guy” on his own popular 1990s kids TV show -- is helping the National Park Service ring in its 100th birthday. Bill...
Plan to replant millions of trees in central England in trouble
Peter Cairns/2020VISIONBy Aisling Irwin The grand plan to reforest a swathe of the English Midlands is slowing down. The UK’s visionary National Forest scheme aims to turn a third of a 500-square-kilometre...
Who won on social during the conventions, Democrats or Republicans?
Who was louder online during the political conventions, Democrats or Republicans? According to Twitter and Facebook conversations, the two parties came in almost even, but the Democrats nevertheless got...
Clinton camp accuses Russians of releasing DNC emails to help Trump - CNET
Following Wikileaks release of 20,000 emails Friday from the Democratic National Convention, which showed the national committee favoring Clinton over Sanders in the primaries, the Clinton campaign suggests...
Reddit users help feds nab graffiti vandal who defaced US national parks
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, the site of some of Casey Nocket's vandalism. Story below includes links to some of the defacements.Howard IgnatiusA woman who defaced national parks with graffiti was...
Fury grows over ‘destruction of the NBN’
Bill Shorten got the online audience involved by seeing how people reacted or wanted to see a fibre NBN system over the copper one. Should there be a royal commission into the handling of the NBN? A PETITION...
This 10-million core machine makes other supercomputers look slow
There's a new fastest supercomputer in the world, and unsurprisingly it's a machine from China – although what is surprising is just how much faster the new top system is.According to the freshly issued...
Minivan Sized Sponge Discovered Off Hawaii
Underwater researchers say they’ve found an ocean sponge the size of a minivan deep waters off the coast of Hawaii in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The sponge, which researchers say is...
Canadian YouTubers face charges after walking on protected site at Yellowstone National Park
A group of Vancouver-based YouTubers, who run the channel High on Life, are facing a firestorm of criticism and misdemeanor charges after trespassing onto a protected natural site in Yellowstone National...
U.S. Risks Losing Edge in HPC, Supercomputing, Report Says
With growing competition from China and other countries, U.S. lawmakers must take steps to accelerate the country's HPC efforts, the ITIF says. Last year, President Obama issued an executive order aimed...
Ebola vaccine from Johnson & Johnson proves promising
An experimental Ebola vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, boosted by a second immunization shot from biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic, generated a powerful immune response among volunteers in its first...
Lawrence Livermore Lab Buys Brainy IBM Supercomputer
IBM last week announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has purchased its TrueNorth processor-based cognitive computing platform. The purchase included an end-to-end ecosystem and a multisocket...
Reddit change sparks concerns about US government spying
Comments By: Reuters | Washington | Updated: April 2, 2016 11:40 am The change in Reddit’s transparency report suggests that it may have been asked to give customer data to FBI (Source: Reuters) Digital...
Surprising cause of Yosemite rockfalls discovered
More than four million people are expected to visit Yosemite National Park this year, and along with the park's natural beauty, they could encounter danger from its majestic granite cliffs, which experience...
Senators, Google urge national U.S. self-driving regulations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a U.S. Senate panel and firms working on self-driving vehicles on Tuesday called for national rather than state regulation of the cars to avoid a patchwork of rules that...
Dinosaur fossils shed light on how T. rex became T. rex
How did evolution produce a monstrous killer like T. rex? A fossil find in Central Asia is giving scientists a glimpse of the process.T. rex and other tyrannosaurs were huge, dominant predators, but they...
Supercomputers help improve weather forecasts
March 14, 2016, 7:42 AM|We are getting a first look at the National Weather Service's two powerful new supercomputers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the upgraded system gave...
Newest Weather Service forecasting tool: supercomputers
CBS News is getting a first look at the National Weather Service's two powerful new supercomputers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the upgraded system gave early warnings for...
U.S. National Guard may join cyber offense against Islamic State: Carter
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the National Guard's cyber squadrons will play an increasingly important role in assessing the vulnerabilities of...
World's best nature photos
Category: Nature, 2nd prize stories - "Ivory Wars" by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for National GeographicThis photo essay portrays the armed groups that profit most from the illegal ivory trade and the...
Federal, provincial auditors general combine forces to audit carbon emissions
Federal environment commissioner Julie Gelfand says Canada's federal and provincial auditors general are combining forces to come up with the first comprehensive national audit of greenhouse gas emissions....
What Obama’s Cybersecurity Strategy Leaves Out
After a year of online megabreaches, President Obama on Tuesday proposed sharply increasing cybersecurity spending to $19 billion (from $14 billion) and released an executive order establishing a cybersecurity study...
Cyber top national security threat to U.S.: intelligence director
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber and technological threats are the top national security challenges facing the United States in 2016, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in prepared testimony...
Hidden population of up to 200 lions found in remote Ethiopia
The pride of Alatash National ParkWildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU)In the savannah of Alatash National Park, the lion sleeps tonight. This remote part of north-west Ethiopia was considered...
NSA Hacking Chief: Internet of Things Security Keeps Me Up at Night
The leader of the National Security Agency’s hackers says that putting industrial control systems online has made America less secure.The trend to connect devices such as air conditioners and door locks...
Power Wars: How Obama justified, expanded Bush-era surveillance
Cyrus FarivarSynopsisPower Wars, released on November 5, 2015, explores a broad history of the evolution of national security policy throughout the Obama administration. It provides a comprehensive look...
This panda really, really loves snow
The National Zoo?s male giant panda Tian Tian woke up on Saturday morning to a snowy Washington and he was pretty stoked about it. The Smithsonian?s National Zoo shared a video of Tian Tian frolicking...
National Trust opening hours could change to avoid light damage to art and antiques
“In any heritage building the light will vary across the walls depending on the arrangement of windows and the time of day,” said John Mardaljevic, Professor of Building Daylight Modelling in the School...
Meet 'Dracoraptor,' a new species of dinosaur
A reconstruction of the Dracoraptor by artist Bob Nicholls.(Photo: National Museum of Wales) A new species of dinosaur thought to be the oldest Jurassic dinosaur ever found in the United Kingdom has a...
Robot subs inform protection of English deep-sea corals
A fleet of robotic submarines, based at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), head-quartered in in Southampton, have been used to map vulnerable cold-water coral reefs in the deep ocean off southwest...
Washingtonians, meet Bei Bei the giant panda
Giant panda cub Bei Bei makes his public debut at the National Zoo in Washington, DC on January 16, 2016 Washingtonians got their first close-up look Saturday at the giant panda cub Bei Bei, the new star...
Mountain lion kittens found in mountains near Los Angeles
This December 22, 2015 photo provided by the National Park Service shows kitten siblings P-46 and P-47 at their den in the western Santa Monica Mountains. The National Park Service says biologists recently...
Self-driving cars just got major government backing
The Us government has shown its support of the autonomous car industry today at Detroit Auto Show, announcing plans to help accelerate the development and introduction of self-driving technologies in the...
GMB takes concerns over British Airways IT outsourcing to MPs
The trade union representing workers at British Airways has met MPs to air concerns that an IT outsourcing deal between the airline and Indian firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will see UK jobs go and...
Contract to manage federal nuke lab up for grabs after 2017
The $2 billion contract to manage one of the federal government's premier nuclear weapons laboratories will be up for grabs after 2017. The National Nuclear Security Administration has decided not to...
Oceanographers use super-computers to help farmers in Bangladesh
A computer model that aims to provide physical information on the Bangladesh delta to policy makers there, has received the 'impact' award from the national super-computing facility, ARCHER. This is the...
CityFibre goes national with KCOM fibre acquisition
CityFibre has acquired KCOM’s national fibre and duct network assets for £90m, taking its national footprint to 36 cities and bringing a further 14 within range by 2020. The urban fibre supplier claimed...
Analyzing options for increasing affordability of flood insurance
A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies an approach for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to evaluate policy options...
Old phone, new deal: Woolworths post-paid offering includes Galaxy S5
Continuing Woolworths partnership with Telstra, the supermarket giant has announced a new post-paid mobile plan that includes the fast-ageing Samsung Galaxy S5.For $38 a month, customers signing up for...
NSA halts bulk collection of telephone metadata
More than two years after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed how the National Security Agency collects phone call records en masse, that surveillance program is coming to an end. Starting Sunday, government...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark