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World's Fastest Fibre Line Can Support An Internet's Worth Of Data

Currently, the fastest commercially available fibre optic line tops out at 100Gbps. That’s super fast, sure, but isn’t nearly a wide enough pipeline for our increasingly interconnected systems. That’s why this new, multi-modal, fibre line is so exciting — it can pack 2550 times as much data into the same glass strand.


A Glimpse Of How We'll Use Our Land In 2051

It’s the year 2051. Welcome to a view of the American landscape. Urban areas have swollen with people. Range and pasturelands have shrunk. There’s a bit more forest than there was back in 2014, a result of economic incentives driving more timber production. These are a few of the predictions of a new study on how people will use privately held U.S. lands in coming decades.


The Bizarre 'Cuban Twitter' Built To Help Undermine Castro

In one of the oddest reports of spy games we’ve heard in years — and that’s saying something — the AP has uncovered a United States plot to create a “Cuban Twitter” that would lure in users with soccer scores and music news before evolving its message into anti-Castro rhetoric. If any part of that made you say what, don’t worry, that’s a perfectly natural response.


Monster Machines: US Sends Aid Armada To Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm on record, bludgeoned the Philippines last week with 380km/h gusting winds and 15m tall waves. By current estimates, the storm’s fury has impacted 6.9 million people in 41 provinces, taken countless lives, and razed more that 150,000 homes, entire towns simply washed away by the tides.


A Map Of How Personality Types Vary Across The United States

Are folks in California actually laid back? Are New Yorkers really rude? Wonder no longer, because now a team of researchers has mapped personality clusters across the US and presented them in this fascinating set of maps.


Project Mkultra: One Of The Most Shocking CIA Programs Of All Time

When the extent of the US government’s domestic spying program was revealed earlier this year, many were surprised and outraged: how could a government that so prizes liberty of its citizens covertly collect data on its own people?


Of Course The NSA Can Keep Inadvertently Acquired Data On US Citizens

The Guardian has obtained a series of documents which reveal that, while the NSA is expected to “minimise” collection of data suspected to belong to US citizens, any “inadvertently acquired” domestic communications can still be kept and used without a warrant.


How US State Boundaries Would Look Based On Equal Population

While it’s not for us to suggest that state boundaries are in any way arbitrary, artist Neil Freeman has re-imagined what a map of the US would look like if each and every state had an identical population count.


Google Nexus 4 Sold Out In 15 Minutes In Germany

Yesterday, much to the chagrin of those expecting an email notification first, Google’s Nexus 4 handset went on sale around the world on the Google Play Store. It sold out in Australia within the hour, but the most rabid country for the new Nexus handset was Germany. Germans bought up stock of the Nexus so fast that the tech giant was flush out of stock within 15 minutes.


The USS Makin Island Is A Mean, Green, Amphibious Assault Machine

Faced with rising fuel prices and diminishing oil reserves, the US Navy is rebuilding itself with a greener fleet. The>USS Makin Island is the poster child of this restructuring, having cut its fuel consumption in half with an engine overhaul.