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Commercial rocket from New Zealand deploys small satellites

Commercial rocket from New Zealand deploys small satellitesA rocket launched from New Zealand has successfully reached orbit carrying commercial satellites


01/21/2018 06:18 AM
Trump's First Year in Office Has Been a Can't-Miss Drama

Trump's First Year in Office Has Been a Can't-Miss DramaIn his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, casting aside norms and traditions


01/20/2018 10:00 PM
Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking

Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife traffickingBANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday.


01/20/2018 07:22 AM
Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse

Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought"


01/20/2018 04:07 PM
Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realm

Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realmIt's the fall of 2019 and America is paralyzed. A wave of cyberattacks have crippled America's banks, sent a blackout rolling across the East Coast, and disabled almost all U.S. internet infrastructure.  America's response is nuclear. A submarine off the coast of North Korea launches ballistic missiles at the tiny, reclusive country, marking the first use of nuclear weapons in battle since 1945. In response, China and Russia prepare for war, and the world watches as an all-out nuclear exchange is suddenly a very real proposition.  This scenario, previously impossible, would be just one of the many that the U.S. government would have to prepare for under the Pentagon's new proposals for how to respond to cyberattacks.  The recently released draft of the Pentagon's proposed nuclear strategy shows an administration bullish on nuclear weapons — even for "non-nuclear" attacks like a cyberattack or hack. This is the first time a U.S. administration has sought to enshrine in policy that cyberattacks against America could result in nuclear war.  Experts warn this is a dangerous, slippery slope toward a nuclear exchange that, once started, is difficult to limit or stop. Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism under President George W. Bush, said the proposed policy is, in a word, insane.  "I think it’s cavalier to expand the concept of nuclear weapons use," he said. "It’s insane, actually." Clarke was quick to point out that cyberattacks can never match the potential fatalities of a nuclear bomb. "I think there is a very dangerous policy move to expand the scope of things that would allow us to use nuclear weapons," he said. "Nuclear weapons is a last resort — not something we should contemplate doing unless we absolutely have to." On a strategic level it's also flawed, he said. It's too dangerous — the effects of nuclear winter are no joke — and it's not credible to believe the U.S. would respond to something like an infrastructure attack with nukes.  "It just makes no sense whatsoever," Clarke said. Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshare Fund, called the proposed strategy plans "absurd." In a phone call, the anti-nuclear advocate said a nuclear response  would be disproportionate to the threat of a cyberattack. "Under this policy, the Trump administration would feel justified in using nuclear weapons on (Russia meddling in the election)," he said. One part that stood out of the draft report, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, first published in a non-classified form on The Huffington Post, was the mention of "significant non-nuclear strategic attacks." This seems to imply that the U.S. could retaliate with nukes against an attack on U.S. infrastructure, such as the power system. Other methods of retaliation would still be considered, but this is the first time cyberattacks would trigger a nuclear response, as The NewYork Times reported. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump brags his 'nuclear button' is bigger than Kim Jong Un's The prospect of using nuclear weapons against a cyberattack appears extreme but also highlights just how seriously some experts are taking the prospect of modern cyberwar. Cirincione said cyberattacks can be extremely dangerous, but hacks on systems controlling trains, dams or power supplies don't warrant this response. He sees the plan as an attempt to justify more use of nuclear weapons.  "If the only tool you have is a nuclear weapon, every mission is a massive threat," he said. Jeffrey Knopf, professor of nonproliferation and terrorism studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, said in a phone call the proposal is a terrible idea that's "an excuse to keep and build new nuclear weapons." "Nuclear taboo" has kept nations from nuking each other for decades, but with this plan the U.S. is willing to break that over something like a cyberattack, Knopf said. This proposal is also telling about the administration's struggles to deter cyberwarfare. The Pentagon is essentially "throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks," Knopf said. The White House is still reviewing the strategy and a final version isn't expected for several weeks. The leaked version may change in coming weeks, and ultimately the review is a "wish list," as Knopf called it. For real policy changes to actually come from the updated nuclear guidance, Congress would need to pass budgets and funding. It's not a quick path to implementation. Clarke, the former White House cybersecurity czar, can't fathom how the Trump administration is using cybersecurity for nuclear justification. He says over the years this type of policy has been "rejected by everyone except the lunatic fringe." Maybe so, but like on many policy issues these days, it seems the lunatic fringe has crept into mainstream thinking.  WATCH: The most difficult kind of computer systems to hack


01/20/2018 01:00 PM
7 People Charged in Opioid Trafficking Scheme That Left 700 People Dead

7 People Charged in Opioid Trafficking Scheme That Left 700 People DeadTwo Italians were arrested in connection with the plot


01/19/2018 09:17 PM
New Breakthrough Boosts Solar Fuel Efficiency

New Breakthrough Boosts Solar Fuel EfficiencyA new breakthrough from researchers at the University of Twente promises more efficient technology used in the generation of solar fuels


01/21/2018 06:00 PM
Congressman Denies Allegation in Misconduct Claim He Settled

Congressman Denies Allegation in Misconduct Claim He SettledPaul Ryan ordered an Ethics Committee investigation after a report Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint


01/20/2018 11:50 PM
13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1

13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 total counts, including charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.


01/19/2018 11:45 PM
Human Bones Discovered in Irish Cave Reveal Ritual Site Dating Back to More Than 5,000-Years Ago

Human Bones Discovered in Irish Cave Reveal Ritual Site Dating Back to More Than 5,000-Years AgoA local hiker in Ireland stumbled across an unusual cave-like chamber last year. Upon discovering what appeared to be human remains scattered on the ground of the cave, Michael Chambers called the police. Rather, researchers recently confirmed some of the bones date back to as early as 3,600 BC, according to The Irish Times.


01/20/2018 11:28 PM
The 5 Things to Watch at Davos 2018

The 5 Things to Watch at Davos 2018Here's what the world's rich and powerful will be discussing in Switzerland this year


01/20/2018 07:30 PM
Outrageously quick Milidelta robot moves too fast for your brain to comprehend

Outrageously quick Milidelta robot moves too fast for your brain to comprehendResearchers at Harvard University developed a miniature robot designed like the popular Delta robot, which is used for things like food packaging or welding thanks to their exceptional speed and precision.


01/19/2018 10:04 PM
No, All Those Strollers Aren't Your Imagination. More Women Are Having Children

No, All Those Strollers Aren't Your Imagination. More Women Are Having ChildrenRise is particularly stark among single women


01/19/2018 09:43 PM
At Least 18 Dead in Kabul Hotel Siege

At Least 18 Dead in Kabul Hotel SiegeThe Taliban claimed the attack


01/21/2018 03:27 PM
Gabon says major ivory trafficking ring dismantled, 10 held

Gabon says major ivory trafficking ring dismantled, 10 heldJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Gabon says a major trafficking ring that smuggled six tons of ivory out of the country in 2017 has been dismantled, in a victory against poachers who have killed large numbers of forest elephants in the Central African country.


01/20/2018 01:14 PM
How NASA Might Sustain Life on Mars and the Moon Using Mini Nuclear Reactors

How NASA Might Sustain Life on Mars and the Moon Using Mini Nuclear ReactorsHow NASA Might Sustain Life on Mars and the Moon Using Mini Nuclear Reactors


01/19/2018 10:10 PM
Rand Paul Was Attacked Over a Lawn Care Dispute, Prosecutors Say

Rand Paul Was Attacked Over a Lawn Care Dispute, Prosecutors SayA neighbor will plead guilty to a felony offense


01/20/2018 03:18 PM
Male Birth Control Pill Could Be Made from Heart-Stopping Poison in Ancient African Arrows

Male Birth Control Pill Could Be Made from Heart-Stopping Poison in Ancient African ArrowsThe long, winding road to a male birth control pill may have just become more direct. Researchers have found a potential lead in a plant extract that African warriors once used to make lethal poison-tipped arrows, according to CBS Boston. The extract is called ouabain, and it inhibits sodium and calcium ions from a membrane protein known as Na,K-ATPases.


01/20/2018 01:54 PM
Mike Pence: U.S. Stands 'Shoulder to Shoulder' With Egypt in Fight Against Terror

Mike Pence: U.S. Stands 'Shoulder to Shoulder' With Egypt in Fight Against TerrorPence and Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism


01/20/2018 09:48 PM
Turkish Jets Bomb Kurdish-Controlled Syrian City of Afrin

Turkish Jets Bomb Kurdish-Controlled Syrian City of AfrinErdogan promised to expand operations against a group allied with the U.S.


01/20/2018 05:22 PM
Home Where 12 Shackled Siblings Once Lived Was So Damaged That They Moved Into a Trailer, Current Owner Says

Home Where 12 Shackled Siblings Once Lived Was So Damaged That They Moved Into a Trailer, Current Owner SaysThe man said he never met the family


01/20/2018 05:03 PM
SpaceX's First Manned Spaceflight -- Delayed!

SpaceX's First Manned Spaceflight -- Delayed!Boeing will launch late, too.


01/21/2018 01:13 PM
Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime

Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent CrimeThere's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay


01/20/2018 07:01 PM
Charles Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Is Denied Parole

Charles Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Is Denied ParoleLeslie Van Houten is serving a life sentence


01/20/2018 07:36 PM
Trump Has Divided the Country. Some Americans Are Trying to Bring Us Back Together

Trump Has Divided the Country. Some Americans Are Trying to Bring Us Back TogetherPartisan hatred is not the only story of the President's first year


01/19/2018 09:31 PM
Computers are getting closer to reading your mind

Computers are getting closer to reading your mind


01/21/2018 10:55 AM
Historian discusses the evolution of social networks

Historian discusses the evolution of social networksNiall Ferguson talks technology in the era of President Trump on 'Sunday Morning Futures.'


01/21/2018 03:40 PM
Investigators Still Don't Know Why the Las Vegas Shooter Killed 58 People

Investigators Still Don't Know Why the Las Vegas Shooter Killed 58 PeopleHis motive remains a mystery months after the slaughter


01/19/2018 11:50 PM
NASA Should Start Looking For Viruses On Other Planets, Scientists Suggest

NASA Should Start Looking For Viruses On Other Planets, Scientists SuggestForget about aliens, let’s start searching for viruses in our Solar System. Although scientists have been studying the infectious agents for decades, there’s still much to be learned about them and whether they exist in space or not. “[Viruses] are believed to have played important roles in the origin and evolution of life,” biologists from Portland State University (PSU) wrote in a paper published in the journal Astrobiology.


01/20/2018 05:15 PM
Delta's Cracking Down on 'Emotional Support Animals' On Board Flights

Delta's Cracking Down on 'Emotional Support Animals' On Board FlightsPeople have tried to fly with turkeys, sugar gliders, snakes and more


01/19/2018 08:26 PM
The Surprisingly Complicated Meaning of Chicago West's Name

The Surprisingly Complicated Meaning of Chicago West's NameSome people think the city's name means "bad smell"


01/19/2018 10:44 PM
The People Who Started the Shutdown Don't Know How to End It

The People Who Started the Shutdown Don't Know How to End ItRepublicans grumbled as loudly as Democrats that they were not sure who in the White House was at the negotiating table on Saturday.


01/21/2018 02:48 AM
Paul Bocuse, Master of French Cuisine, Dies at 91

Paul Bocuse, Master of French Cuisine, Dies at 91Bocuse defined French cuisine for nearly half a century


01/20/2018 03:23 PM
What the New Native American DNA Discovery Means For You

What the New Native American DNA Discovery Means For YouScientists recently made a shocking discovery in Alaska, and it could mean big things for DNA research. Find out what it means for you.


01/20/2018 04:57 PM
'You Are Strong. He Is Nothing.' The Internet Is Rallying Around Aly Raisman for Her Powerful Speech Confronting Larry Nassar

'You Are Strong. He Is Nothing.' The Internet Is Rallying Around Aly Raisman for Her Powerful Speech Confronting Larry Nassar"You are my hero"


01/19/2018 08:46 PM
Tom Petty Died of an Accidental Drug Overdose, Coroner Says

Tom Petty Died of an Accidental Drug Overdose, Coroner SaysThe lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was 66


01/20/2018 03:01 PM
Donald Trump Responds to Women's Marches as Protesters Rally Against Him

Donald Trump Responds to Women's Marches as Protesters Rally Against Him"A perfect day for all Women to March"


01/20/2018 08:10 PM
TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ on BBC America

TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ on BBC America“Blue Planet II” premieres this weekend, just one year after its sister series “Planet Earth II” returned for a second, triumphant series. But while “Planet Earth II” followed “Planet Earth” by a decade, “The Blue Planet,” the original installment of the BBC Natural History Unit’s docuseries about the oceans, debuted almost 20 years ago in […]


01/20/2018 12:48 AM