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Fraud-Proof Credit Card Possible Because Of Quantum Physics

Cards, such as identification cards and credit cards, could soon be impossible to hack thanks to a system based on quantum physics. Researchers from the UT research institute MESA+ and the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have together developed a method with that can authenticate physical objects that are impossible to copy. Technologists are fighting […]

3D Christmas trees. Photo credit: Simon Fraser University
3D Christmas trees. Photo credit: Simon Fraser University


How To Print 3D Christmas Tree Efficiently And With Zero Material Waste

Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world’s first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3D object into what are called pyramidal parts. A pyramidal part has a flat base with the remainder of […]

Coal power plant in China. Photo by Tobixen,, Wikipedia Commons.
Coal power plant in China. Photo by Tobixen,, Wikipedia Commons.


Global Coal Demand Seen Reaching 9 Billion Tonnes Per Year By 2019

Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher, breaking the 9-billion-tonne level by 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Coal Market Report released Monday. The report notes that despite China’s efforts to moderate its coal consumption, it will still account for three-fifths of demand growth […]

The "ceremonial" South Pole, at Amundsen–Scott Station, Antarctica
The "ceremonial" South Pole, at Amundsen–Scott Station, Antarctica


Option For US–China Cooperation In Antarctica – Analysis

By Dean Cheng The U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have diametrically opposed interests on several critical issues, particularly outside the economic sphere. Taiwan’s defense, freedom of the seas, and American advocacy for universal liberal democratic values are just a few. There is no prospect that the two governments will come to an […]

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Saudi Arabia: Haia ‘Virtue Police’ Closed Over 10,000 Twitter Accounts In 2014

By Ibrahim Naffee Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has shut down 10,117 Twitter accounts during the year because of religious violations, its spokesman, Turki Al-Shulail, has revealed. “Their users were committing religious and ethical violations. Haia blocked and arrested some of their owners. However, it was […]