In The News

Jen Easterly and Joshua A. Geltzer May 25, 2017
A suicide bomber attacked after a pop concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 and injuring 60. The Ariana Grande concert was largely attended by young girls and women. The attacker, Salman Abedi, 22, was born to Libyan parents in England, and the Islamic State claimed credit for inspiring the attack. Analysts warn of more random attacks as the war in Syria shrinks ISIS territory, fighters...
Mark Damazer May 25, 2017
Many politicians, desperate to stay in power, lack the courage to ask voters to make tough choices – often tax hikes or reductions in services. Many rely on catchy soundbites and clichés, and titles of specific pieces of legislation are often contrary to what bills purport to do. The media is tasked with holding political leaders accountable, analyzing the legislation and policies against...
Rachel Barker, Ryan Donahue, and Brad McDearman May 23, 2017
Innovation in cleantech, or clean technology, could make America’s energy sector more efficient, cheaper and safer. Due to its high-risk, high-reward nature, cleantech relies on venture capital investment for funding, but that has been steadily declining. Hence foreign mergers and acquisitions may help the US “protect its status as a global innovation leader,” note Rachel Barker, Ryan Donahue and...
Graham Dunn May 16, 2017
Global airline alliances connect flights, so travelers who purchase a ticket from one firm may be transported by aircraft from another firm and country. The three largest alliances account for more than 55 percent of capacity, explains Graham Dunn for FlightGlobal. “Global alliances have provided, and arguably helped, drive deeper consolidation and co-operation within the industry, helping to...
May 15, 2017
China’s summit on a modern-day Silk Road – encouraging infrasructure development, trade and other connections – is the antithesis to protectionism or extreme nationalism. The One Belt, One Road initiative is “a multi-year plan to build a web of infrastructure and transport links connecting Asia, Europe, Africa and other regions,” explains Deutsche Welle, adding that some countries express concern...
May 14, 2017
Tens of thousands of computer systems in 99 nations were attacked with ransomware, including those of utilities, banks, universities, manufacturers, government agencies and Britain’s National Health Service. “Although the spread of the malware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – appears to have slowed, the threat is not yet over,” reports BBC News. The program demanded a $300 payment...
Claudia Kalb May 12, 2017
Some ideas and creations are visionary and influential, spreading around the globe to resonate through the ages. The work of Albert Einstein, with the theory of relativity, and William Shakespeare whose plays explore human relationships and emotions, are two examples. Scientists study the sources of genius, which may not be easily identifiable. “Genius is too elusive, too subjective, too wedded...

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