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AI Trained on Moon Craters Is Helping Find Unexploded Bombs From the Vietnam War

There’s still no completely safe and surefire method for locating unexploded ordinance after a war is over, but researchers at Ohio State University in the US have found a way to harness image processing algorithms, powered by machine learning, to study satellite imagery and locate hot spots where UXO are likely to be located. Read More >>

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Even a Relatively Small Nuclear War Would Cause Global Famine

As both the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis provoke your anxieties, it’s important to remember all of the world’s wonderful possibilities. Which is why I present you: the impacts of nuclear war. Read More >>

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Helmets From WWI Just as Protective Against Overhead Blasts as Modern Helmets

New research suggests that World War I helmets protected soldiers against overhead artillery blasts just as well as modern helmets – and one actually performed better. Read More >>

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Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on Multi-Billion JEDI Contract it Lost to Microsoft

A federal judge in the US just put the brakes on a major military contract after Amazon argued it only lost out to rival Microsoft because the president wanted to “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos. Read More >>

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Trump Regime Wants to Lift a Ban on Most U.S. Landmines

The Trump regime is lifting an Obama-era ban on America’s deployment of most landmines in warzones, according to a new report from CNN as well as a cable from the U.S. State Department that was leaked to Vox. Read More >>

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The Depressing Reason More Drought Could Lead to Less Conflict

Climate chaos is a threat multiplier. In Syria, Yemen and Sudan, research shows that climate change-fuelled drought exacerbated regional conflict. Read More >>

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The Anatomy of Online Bullshit in the Fog of Impending Doom

On early Friday local time, the U.S. assassinated high-ranking Iranian official Qassem Soleimani and multiple other people with a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Or they were killed on the battlefield in a totally legal, non-assassination, depending on who you believe. Read More >>

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Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

The U.S. assassinated a high-ranking Iranian official in a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq early Friday, local time. The strike killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as at least seven other people. And now there’s concern that the killing could spark a significant military response from Iran. Read More >>

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Amazon Says It Lost £7.5 Billion US Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to ‘Screw’ Jeff Bezos

Amazon thinks it lost a military cloud computing contract worth $10 billion (£7.5 billion) to rival Microsoft because American president Donald Trump wanted to personally “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos, court documents show. Read More >>

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Amazon Pulls Auschwitz Christmas Baubles From Sale

Amazon has been shamed into actually paying some attention to the crap it lets people sell for once, after it was discovered that either an algorithm or an arsehole was using Amazon to sell Christmas baubles emblazoned with images of the Nazis' Auschwitz concentration camp. Read More >>

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U.S. Military Will Stop Using Floppy Discs to Operate Its Nuclear Weapons System

The systems used to control the United States arsenal of nuclear weapons rely on outdated computers. But the U.S. Department of Defense is updating at least one part of the archaic technology – the floppy disk storage systems. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Would Have Prevented the Iraq War

Addressing a group of rightfully bored-looking Georgetown students, one of whom was allegedly escorted out for failing to silence their phone, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his much-anticipated speaking engagement today primarily to try to rewrite the history of his data collection company. Read More >>

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Discovery of Bronze Age Warrior’s Kit Sheds New Light on an Epic Prehistoric Battle

A knife, chisel, arrowheads, and other gear belonging to a Bronze Age warrior have been uncovered on a 3,300-year-old battlefield in Germany. Read More >>

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Study: Nuclear War Between India and Pakistan Would Trigger Global Starvation

In addition to killing as many as 125 million people, a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would unleash mass starvation around the world due to the ensuing climate impacts, according to a disturbing new study. Read More >>

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The New World War I Movie 1917 Was Edited to Be One Continuous Shot That Plays in Real-Time

1917, an upcoming World War I film, already looked good. But after watching a short behind-the-scenes video on the making of the movie, I have to say I’m really excited about this one. Not only does the camerawork look stunning, the entire movie is going to be one continuous shot cut together to make the film play in real-time, in the style of films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) and Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman (2014). Read More >>