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Today's News / Weekly quiz
« Last post by News Bot on Yesterday at 11:40:02 PM »
Weekly quiz

A weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Source: Weekly quiz
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Today's News / Piggyback party
« Last post by News Bot on Yesterday at 11:40:02 PM »
Piggyback party

The BBC examines the unusual photo of Kim Jong-un giving piggyback to a military officer.

Source: Piggyback party
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Nanoweapons may wipe out humanity before the end of the century, warns futurist

Today’s exploitation of nanotechnology may one day lead to the creation of mini-nuclear bombs and lethal robots the size of insects, according to Minnesota-based physicist and futurist Louis Del Monte. In his book entitled Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat To Humanity, Del Monte warns that current innovations in nanotechnology may potentially wipe out the entire human population by 2100.
With the U.S., China and Russia allegedly investing billions in nanoweapons research, Del Monte cautions that the development of nanobots – extremely small killing machines — pose the greatest threat in human existence as these high end robots can be used as weapons of mass destruction. Another alarming prediction: Del Monte claims terrorists may take hold of these nanoweapons through black market deals as early as the late 2020s.
“The events that most people consider likely to cause humanity’s extinction, such as a large asteroid impact or a super-volcanic eruption, actually have a relatively low probability of occurring, in the order of one in 50,000 or less. Obviously nanoweapons are at the top of the list, having a one in 20 chance of causing human extinction by the end of this century,” Del Monte stated.
Nanoweapons are much smaller than a strand of hair, Del Monte said. According to Del Monte, weapons such as insect-like nanobots can be programmed to perform a variety of unwanted attacks such as injecting toxins to people or contaminating a major city’s water supply. Nanodrones, on the other hand, can hover into a room and drop lethal chemicals onto something, such as food, to eliminate certain individuals, Del Monte added.
Furthermore, Del Monte discussed about the potential of nanotechnology in developing small-sized nukes with components so minute it makes detection difficult. Del Monte said such a weapon could be compact enough to be hidden in a pocket, but disastrous enough to unleash an explosion equivalent to about 100 tons of TNT.
While Del Monte says that his predictions may sound absurd, he maintains that a modern arms race is underway and that the superpowers of the future would be the countries most capable of developing these nanoweapons. (RELATED: Read more news about technology gone wrong at GLITCH.news)
Nanoweapons’ reality is getting closer by the minute
Several high-profile agencies have already made breakthroughs in nanobot development, which further establishes the case of a potential nanotechnology warfare in the future.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, for example, has developed an initiative last year called Fast Lightweight Autonomy program. This enabled an autonomous drone to infiltrate a building at a flight speed of 20 meter per second and avoid obstacles such as walls or objects without a remote pilot or outside communication. The drone carried a high-definition on board camera and sensors including sonar, LIDAR, and inertial measure units. The DARPA announced this breakthrough following tests at the Otis Air National Guard Base in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The Army Research Laboratory has also developed a nanodrone the size of a house fly. The project drone, which features tiny robotic legs, can be used to enter a building without being detected. This will enable users to conduct surveillance and accomplish other potentially lethal tasks.
The Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency has also highlighted the potential of military nanotechnology in its 2010 report. According to the report, “transgenic insects could be developed to produce and deliver protein-based biological warfare agents, and be used offensively against targets in a foreign country.” The report has also warned of “microexplosives…[and]nanobots serving as [bioweapons] delivery systems or as micro-weapons themselves, and inhalable micro-particles to cripple personnel.”
In addition, a Cambridge University conference on global catastrophic risk determined a 5% risk that these nanoweapons will cause the extinction of humans before the year 2100.
Sources:
CNBC.com
DailyMail.co.uk
DARPA.mil.news

Source: Nanoweapons may wipe out humanity before the end of the century, warns futurist
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David Ray Griffin reviews The Lost Hegemon: Whom the Gods Would Destroy

F. William Engdahl, who is well known for books and articles in geopolitics, has recently published a book entitled The Lost Hegemon: Whom the Gods Would Destroy. The subtitle refers to a dictum by Euripides, "Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad."

This book describes how the U.S. has been going mad since the fall of the Soviet Union, thereby destroying itself. The madness involves the method through which the United States tried to prevent the loss of its global hegemony. Engdahl writes that the method was based on a scheme devised by Zbigniew Brzezinski, while he was serving as President Jimmy Carter's national security advisor.

The scheme was to destroy the Soviet Union's economy by luring it into an unwinnable war in Afghanistan. The method for doing this was for Osama bin Laden, working for the CIA, to invite fundamentalist Muslims in Saudi Arabia and other countries to Afghanistan, where the U.S. military would arm and train them (Operation Cyclone). Engdahl believes that the weakening of its economy led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Cold War was over. How would the United States respond?

Source: David Ray Griffin reviews The Lost Hegemon: Whom the Gods Would Destroy
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CNN troll master class: Kiev Is a 'NATO Member', Western Ukraine Is 'Occupied'

Western Ukraine is "occupied", according to CNN. An earlier version of this amazing article claimed that Ukraine is a NATO member. Sure, why not?

CNN's newsroom is either staffed by turnips or master-level trolls.

"Since assuming office the Trump administration has taken a much harder line on the occupation of the western part of Ukraine, a partner of NATO," writes CNN.

Fake news, but also: True news? We are very confused.

Source: CNN troll master class: Kiev Is a 'NATO Member', Western Ukraine Is 'Occupied'
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Twitter is exploring a new way to make money from its most active users

Twitter is considering adding a paid version of TweetDeck.

Source: Twitter is exploring a new way to make money from its most active users
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Saudi Arabia is in 'serious discussions' with the NYSE in what could be the biggest IPO ever

"Our objective is to try to complete the IPO sometime in 2018."

Source: Saudi Arabia is in 'serious discussions' with the NYSE in what could be the biggest IPO ever
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The NFL wants to speed up games and clean up the advertising — here is how

Roger Goodell offered more details on how to speed up NFL games

Source: The NFL wants to speed up games and clean up the advertising — here is how
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Arkansas, struggling to find volunteer witnesses, seeks to rush through 8 executions in 10 days in April

The state of Arkansas is struggling to find enough volunteers to witness eight inmate executions scheduled over 10 days in April. To find more volunteers, its corrections department has reached out to the Little Rock Rotary Club.

Citizen witnesses at executions are there to verify they were carried out according to Arkansas law. A volunteer must be at least 21 years old, an Arkansas resident, have no felony criminal history and have no connection to the inmate or to the victim.

"The last time these were set, we actually did not have enough people volunteer," Arkansas Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelly told Little Rock Rotary Club members, according to Arkansas Democrat Gazette. "You seem to be a group that does not have felony backgrounds and are over 21. So if you're interested in serving in that area, in this serious role, just call my office."

Source: Arkansas, struggling to find volunteer witnesses, seeks to rush through 8 executions in 10 days in April
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House Intelligence Committee Just Admitted US Did In Fact Spy On Trump

By Jay Syrmopoulos U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said this week that U.S. intelligence intercepted and unmasked Trump team communications “on numerous occasions” and...

Source: House Intelligence Committee Just Admitted US Did In Fact Spy On Trump
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