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.