Strava has published details about secret military bases, and an Australian was the first to know – Science News – ABC News

Strava, a fitness-tracking app, is revealing potentially sensitive information about military bases and supply routes via its global heatmap website.

The data map shows 1 billion activities and 3 trillion points of latitude and longitude from “Strava’s global network of athletes”, according to the American company.

On the weekend, 20-year-old Australian university student Nathan Ruser noticed the map showed the locations and running routines of military personnel at bases in the Middle East and other conflict zones

The Globalist’s Top Thirteen Features by Jean-Pierre Lehmann – The Globalist

We are very saddened by the news of the passing of Jean-Pierre Lehmann. With 60 articles published on The Globalist, he was one of our most productive and thought-provoking contributors ever.

But for all the sadness: What a life! J-P was truly one of a kind: I remember a wide range of personal experiences, driving him from our home in the American capital to the house where he was born in Washington, D.C., co-teaching with him at an Indian University in rural Rajastan, exquisite dining in Hong Kong. And always pondering the big questions of global integration and understanding. There also was his steady promotion of women as (co-)authors and – above all — all his intellectual salvos.

In a world where so many prefer to dance around the bush – he did not. That was the strongest personal link I felt.

To commemorate him, his intellect, his vivaciousness and his camaraderie, here is a list of our favorite articles Jean-Pierre published on The Globalist, including his memorable five-part 2008 series “China in My Life.”

Stephan Richter.

This Might Be The Strongest And Lightest Material on Earth

Melanie Gonick/MIT

This Might Be The Strongest And Lightest Material on Earth

10 times stronger than steel, with only 5 percent of its density.


26 JAN 2018

For years, researchers have known that carbon, when arranged in a certain way, can be very strong.

Case in point: graphene. Graphene, which was heretofore, the strongest material known to man, is made from an extremely thin sheet of carbon atoms arranged in two dimensions.

Liberalism and Globalization – The Globalist

Let’s face it. No matter where you live, all societies carry baggage — and a considerable amount of it. But, in a nutshell, what distinguishes successful societies from those that are not is that dynamic societies are the ones that know what to abandon — and when.

China, for example, is essentially a Confucianist culture. Confucianism is an ideological system that places education at a very high level of priority. But it is also a system which strongly discriminates against women.

Contemporary Chinese societies have continued to carry the emphasis on education — but they have smartly discarded the traditional discrimination against women baggage.

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives – Brain Pickings

How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives.

Crack Team of US Cybersecurity Experts Building the Amazon of Cybersecurity | The Next Tech Stock

Crack Team of US Cybersecurity Experts Building the Amazon of Cybersecurity

PUBLISHED: 24-01-2018

Cybercrime has emerged as a continuous threat to global economies and national security. So much so, that it now generates more money than the illicit drug trade. In fact, the global cost of data breaches is rising rapidly — anticipated to reach US$2.1 trillion by 2019 , according to Juniper Research . That’s almost four times more than the cost of breaches in 2015. We are being robbed blind; as governments, businesses, non-profits and individuals.

This form of computer-directed crime has evolved from what was primarily an issue for government and major corporations, into a significant everyday assault to small to medium size enterprises and their long term viability.

Tesla among 19 groups competing to build Darwin big battery : RenewEconomy

Tesla, fresh from the success of its newly-opened big battery in South Australia, has joined 18 other groups competing for the right to build another big battery, this time in the Northern Territory.

Expressions of interest for a big battery in the Darwin-Katherine network – with a nominal capacity of between 25MW and 45MW, and storage of 30 minutes and 1.5 hours – closed on Monday, with 19 companies responding.

Apart from Tesla, there was interest from Infigen Energy, Electranet, MPower, UGL, and Carnegie’s Energy Made Clean, along with New Zealand’s Vector (which is building a 5MW battery in Alice Springs), and international groups Kokam, Mitsui, and Alstom, among others listed here.

The government-owned utility Territory Generation wants the battery to provide contingency frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), reduce the required spinning reserve from its various gas and diesel generators, provide peak shaving and ultimately allow for more solar PV in the local grid.

Agriculture education begins a slow turnaround as the industry’s reputation changes

I lived through this decline. I worked at UQ and was frustrated by lack of response to suggestions and recommendations, particularly in relation to engagement with UQ Gatton and private industry. Great to see commonsense now prevailing……

In Praise of Darkness: Henry Beston on How the Beauty of Night Nourishes the Human Spirit – Brain Pickings

“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars — pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time.”

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty,” wrote the Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki in his glorious 1933 love letter to darkness, enveloped in a lament about the perils of excessive illumination. It seems like, having never quite grown out of our perennial childhood fear of the dark, at some point in the twentieth century we took Carl Jung’s poetic assertion that “the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being” a little too literally and set out to illuminate darkness into nonexistence. But darkness — like silence, like solitude — belongs to that class of blessings increasingly endangered in modern life yet vitally necessary to the human spirit.

Memories, Dreams, Reflections: Legendary Psychiatrist Carl Jung on Life and Death – Brain Pickings

“The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

In the spring of 1957, at the age of 84, legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung (July 26, 1875–June 6, 1961) set out to tell his life’s story. He embarked upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend, Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for the text. At times, so powerful was his drive for expression that he wrote entire chapters by hand. He continued to work on the manuscript until shortly before his death in 1961. The result was Memories, Dreams, Reflections (public library) — a fascinating peek behind the curtain of Jung’s mind, revealing a wonderland of wisdom, experience, and self-reflection.