China has announced plans to end sales of all fossil fuel-powered cars. Bloomberg reports that Xin Guobin, vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, is finalising a timetable for ending production and sales of petrol-powered cars while stepping up incentives for hybrid and electric cars, though no exact deadline has been announced. China has long pushed for electric cars (called "New Energy Vehicles" in the country), introducing tax breaks for new buyers and planning 100,000 new charging stations in 2017 alone.
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Hacking the power grid is one of the holy grails of hacker prowess. The first real power outage caused by hackers occurred near Kiev in 2015. Now researchers say that a malicious group has gained unprecedented operational access to American power company systems, and experts worry that the ability to cause a blackout at will could be in the hands of unknown actors.
Russia is a boogeyman once again, and the threat of nuclear war looms in the background of our daily lives, but it wouldn't be a real reboot of the Cold War unless the US was having problems with Cuba. On Wednesday, officials confirmed that two Cuban diplomats were expelled from the US embassy following an "incident" that, well, apparently involved a secret "sonic device" giving diplomats hearing loss?
Russia is flexing its military muscle as tensions with the US simmer in the wake of a heated third presidential debate, where Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called Republican candidate Donald Trump a "puppet" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now, Russia has declassified the first image of its new thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile.
Just this past Friday, North Korea's already shaky internet access started to crumble. Over the weekend, things just got worse, and by yesterday morning, the country was in a state of total blackout. Considering that the U.S. just officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack, and that the U.S. asked China for help in bringing North Korea down, and that North Korea has shoddy internet access in the first place — who's to blame?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 US has found itself in an awkward internet espionage moment, blaming China and Russia for billions of dollars in online theft, WaPo reports. Their response? Wasn't us! It's like a geopolitical high school prom scandal.