Tuesday, September 16, 2014


CIO:  New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storms and Nuclear EMPs  http://www.cio.com/article/2605889/data-center/new-data-center-protects-against-solar-storms-and-nuclear-emps.html

SLATE:  You Should Be Terrified of Superintelligent Machines  www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/09/will_artificial_intelligence_turn_on_us_robots_are_nothing_like_humans_and.html

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Server Farms   http://www.cloudyn.com/blog/10-facts-didnt-know-server-farms/

An Explosion of New Roads for the 21st Century  http://www.21stcentech.com/explosion-roads-21st-century/

To Good-Luck or Not To Bad-Luck, What Is The Question? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140915214135-34427457-to-good-luck-or-not-to-bad-luck-what-is-the-question

BUSINESS INSIDER:  This Crazy Robot Keeps Going Even After Being Run Over And Lit On Fire Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/harvard-indestructable-soft-rescue-robot-2014-9#ixzz3DQIo3pL2

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW:  Capitalism’s Future Is Already Here  http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/09/capitalisms-future-is-already-here/

ARMY TIMES:  'American War Generals' a sobering reflection on U.S. failures in Iraq  www.armytimes.com/article/20140911/OFFDUTY02/309110065/-American-War-Generals-sobering-reflection-U-S-failures-Iraq

IEEE SPECTRUM: MIT Cheetah Robot Bounds Off Tether, Outdoors  http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/mit-cheetah-robot-bounds-off-tether-outdoors

REUTERS:  NATO could have trouble combatting Putin’s military strategy  http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/09/15/how-nato-could-defend-against-a-russian-invasion/

MASHABLE:  The Rise of the Robot Pitchman  http://mashable.com/2014/09/15/the-rise-of-the-robot-pitchman/

NEW YORK TIMES: Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/science/earth/sun-and-wind-alter-german-landscape-leaving-utilities-behind.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=0

DER SPIEGEL:  The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms  http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/snowden-documents-indicate-nsa-has-breached-deutsche-telekom-a-991503.html

MOSCOW TIMES: Sanctions Squeeze Western Oil Service Companies Out of Russia  http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/sanctions-squeeze-western-oil-service-companies-out-of-russia/507136.html

SCIENCE OF SINGULARITY: Silicon Valley Investor Backs $1 Million Prize to End Death  http://scienceofsingularity.com/2014/09/14/silicon-valley-investor-backs-1-million-prize-to-end-death/

Why Toyota is World's Number 1! https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140915230432-34427457-why-toyota-is-world-s-number-1

MOSCOW TIMES:  Russia's First Arctic Oil Rig Will Keep Pumping Despite Sanctions   www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-s-first-arctic-oil-rig-will-keep-pumping-despite-sanctions/507052.html

USA TODAY: Secret reason Amazon should fear Alibaba  http://americasmarkets.usatoday.com/2014/09/15/secret-reason-amazon-should-fear-alibaba/?sf31155504=1

FOREIGN POLICY: Israel Wants to Join the Coalition Against the Islamic State.  But is this just Bibi playing politics? http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/15/israel_wants_to_join_the_coalition_against_the_islamic_state_netanyahu

FOREIGN POLICY:  The Best Defense Given all that is going on, why is 'International Security' so damn boring? http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/09/15/given_all_that_is_going_on_why_is_international_security_so_damn_boring

FOREIGN POLICY:  NATO Owes Putin a Big Thank-You  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/04/nato_owes_putin_a_big_thank_you_russia_ukraine

FOREIGN POLICY:  Putin's Nuclear Option. Would Russia's president really be willing to start World War III? http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/04/putins_nuclear_option_russia_weapons

FOREIGN POLICY:  The West's Tricky Economic War With Russia. What if Russians are feeling the squeeze of sanctions but Putin doesn't care? http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/03/ukraine_sanctions_europe_russia_economic_war_nato_ceasefire

FT: US alarmed by prospect of Scottish ‘Yes’ in independence vote  www.ft.com/cms/s/2/a92b9936-3ac7-11e4-bd08-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fhome_us%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct#axzz3DR0l57mb

CERN:  Awakening the potential of plasma acceleration  http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2014/08/awakening-potential-plasma-acceleration

ABC SCIENCE: Scientists 'reset' stem cells to early, pristine stage  http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/09/12/4086503.htm

SLATE:  Silicon Valley Has Officially Run Out of Ideas   www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/09/12/techcrunch_disrupt_sf_butler_app_alfred_club_wins_best_startup_of_2014.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_ru

REUTERS:  Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State  www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/16/us-iraq-crisis-idUSKBN0HA1SD20140916?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:  China Set to Step Up Investment in India. Leaders Set to Discuss Plans for Bullet Trains, Billions of Dollars in Investment  http://online.wsj.com/articles/china-set-to-step-up-investment-in-india-1410825393

AGU:  OZONE POLLUTION IN INDIA KILLS ENOUGH CROPS TO FEED 94 MILLION IN POVERTY http://news.agu.org/press-release/ozone-pollution-in-india-kills-enough-crops-to-feed-94-million-in-poverty/

AGU: YELLOWSTONE SUPERERUPTION WOULD SEND ASH ACROSS NORTH AMERICA http://news.agu.org/press-release/yellowstone-supereruption-would-send-ash-across-north-america/

FINANCIAL REVIEW:  World of cold showers unless we develop gas supply  http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/world_of_cold_showers_unless_we_uWOl8MQUR80ShgkRoldhYJ

CAN SOME CORRUPTED AND MEDIOCRE POLITICIANS BRING ABOUT, AT ONCE, 2 OR 3 HUMANLY-INDUCED GLOBAL EXISTENTIAL RISKS?

THE ECONOMIST:  If Scotland gains independence it will need a new currency and a new central bank  http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21617015-if-scotland-gains-independence-it-will-need-new-currency-and-new-central?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/no_country_for_old_money

FT:  Berlin pushes Google to reveal search engine formula  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9615661c-3ce1-11e4-9733-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3DRfvsIao

FT: Europe shuns growth in favour of ‘safety first’. It is the burning question for Europe – will it ever again grow at a reasonable rate? http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e9477fb0-3984-11e4-83c4-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3DRfvsIao

BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS:  The argument for a hypersonic missile testing ban  http://thebulletin.org/argument-hypersonic-missile-testing-ban7412

BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS:  Worldwide deployments of nuclear weapons, 2014  http://bos.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/08/26/0096340214547619.full.pdf+html

NEW YORK TIMES:  What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/opinion/what-were-afraid-to-say-about-ebola.html

FOREIGN POLICY:  Don't Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/12/richard_nixon_kissinger_israel_nuclear_weapons_history

BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS:   From nuclear bombs to killer robots: how amoral technologies become immoral weapons  http://thebulletin.org/nuclear-bombs-killer-robots-how-amoral-technologies-become-immoral-weapons7409

BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS:  In Malaysia Airlines tragedy, echoes of a US act  http://thebulletin.org/malaysia-airlines-tragedy-echoes-us-act7347

BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS:   Why NATO should eliminate its tactical nukes, despite Russian belligerence  http://thebulletin.org/why-nato-should-eliminate-its-tactical-nukes-despite-russian-belligerence7415

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