Author: Matt Field

The Syrian city of Aleppo depicted in the midst of a still ongoing civil war. Credit: British Foreign and Commonwealth Office / Basma CC BY-ND 2.0

Terrorists sometimes use chemical weapons, but the OPCW should focus on states

Following an alleged gas attack in Syria this month, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced plans to send a team to investigate. This time, the organization will be armed with new powers to assign blame for attacks. A lot of media attention has focused on the organization’s widened mandate and the … Continued

Chinese twins are allegedly the first “genetically edited” babies

A Chinese scientist took the shocking but entirely predictable next step of genetically engineering human embryos and allowing the fetuses to mature to term, as in, be born. Two twins are being called the first “genetically edited” humans. They were born earlier this month, the AP reports, and they’re already raising eyebrows. He Jiankui, who … Continued

French President Emmanuel Macron. Credit: © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

US may not join Macron cyber pact

French President Emmanuel Macron, himself the target of a pre-election hack, went on the offensive this week against the thieves, hackers, and foreign agents who use the internet to attack infrastructure, steal trade secrets, and tip elections. He got representatives of dozens of countries, companies, and nongovernmental organizations to sign onto efforts designed to make … Continued