Last week, a group called the "Shadow Brokers" stole 234 megabytes of data from the National Security Agency (NSA). The leak included information about the "cyberweapons" the NSA uses to hack suspects and enemies, and a tracking code that reveals the fingerprints of the NSA's malicious software.
The night is kind to radio. Free from the deadlock of rush-hour commercials, DJs can play with the format, delve into back catalogues, and mess around with B-sides. The night is also kind to radio listeners, especially those on the edge of service. When radio waves reach the ionosphere in the atmosphere, they can bounce down to earth, and on some nights where the ionosphere is dense with free electrons, that means radio signals can go farther.
For years, I have been writing about biotech's attempts to take cattle farming out of leather production and replace it with a more sustainable biotech alternative. From an environmental perspective, cows are costly to feed and raise, tanning their hides is toxic, and of course many see their slaughter as cruel. Yet as consumers we're addicted to the luxurious feel and durability of our leather. Just think of the visceral response we have to the scent of the leather interior of new car.
The United States is one of the only countries that uses the stupid Fahrenheit temperature scale, so it can be difficult to figure out what different Celsius temperatures actually feel like if you're anywhere else in the world. Luckily, New Yorkers have a mnemonic, using the 6 train.
There's no shortage of plastic in the ocean: un-recycled plastic from toys, containers, skin cleansers and countless other things fill the oceans in startling volume. But while clean-up is a major priority, there might also be a benefit to the waste: it could be material for building homes. One company is looking to turn the ocean's plastic pollution into shelter.