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John Kerry: Countries Without Free Speech Have Nothing to Brag About, or Teach the World

January 29, 2016 John Kerry criticized governments that censor free speech and control the media, at an address Thursday to mark the opening of the Washington Post’s new headquarters. The secretary of state told editors and journalists, including the recently freed Jason Rezaian, who spent more than a year jailed in Iran, that...

How to Sabotage Anyone Using Time-tested Tips From the CIA

December 5, 2015 In 1944 the US Office for Strategic Services, the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), published a handy field guide to sabotaging one’s enemy (pdf). Its 32 pages of tips and tricks make for a fascinating read. But it is the cool-headed language employed to instruct operatives—whether undercover as...

NIH is Retiring All Its Research Chimpanzees

November 19, 2015 The last 50 chimpanzees held for medical testing by the US government will soon be allowed to retire in sanctuaries, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Wednesday. “It is clear that we’ve reached a tipping point,” said Francis Collins, director of the NIH, in the statement. That marks...

China Is Among the World Leaders in 'Secret' Military Spending, Report Says

November 4, 2015 China is responsible for 30% of the world’s secretive defense spending, reports Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based anti-corruption NGO. Secretive spending, defined by TI as “military expenditure where no meaningful details are released either to the public or parliament,” is leading to corruption at home and mistrust in the Asia-Pacific...

China Launches Special Hotline to Report Suspected Spies

November 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amid heightened sensitivity to cyber attacks and digital espionage, China is going back to basics in its efforts to seek out and stop foreign spies. Citizens concerned that they have encountered a spy can call a nationwide hotline, free of charge, to report a potential snooper to the police (link...

Researchers Are Developing a Test to Detect All Known Viruses in Your Body, Even at Low Levels

October 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a patient is suffering from an unknown illness, doctors have a couple of options: They can run tests that either confirm or deny suspicions about the presence of specific viruses, or they can run wider-ranging tests, which might reveal the presence of a greater variety of potential infections, but...

NASA Photos Show Pluto’s Surface Looks Like 'Dragon Scales'

September 25, 2015 Pluto’s surface is so unusual that even the geologists studying it are at a loss as to how to explain how it was formed. After studying detailed images of the dwarf planet’s surface, William McKinnon, a member of the New Horizons geology, geophysics, and imaging (GGI) team,described it as looking...

The World’s Workforce Will Stop Growing by 2050

June 28, 2015 A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (registration required) this week offered interesting insights in to the world in 2050, including the prediction that Asia will be home to over half the world’s economic growth, and that China’s economy will surpass America’s in 2026. Amid all this talk of growth...