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Google funds climate deniers

Publicly, it calls for climate action. Privately, Google contributes to some of the most notorious climate-deniers in Washington. (Incidentally, the company removed “Don’t be evil” from its code of conduct in April 2018.)
Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Credit: © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Google’s day of reckoning

Compared to other Silicon Valley titans, Google has long appeared to be a bit player in the controversies over misinformation, hate speech, and user privacy that have plagued the likes of Facebook and Twitter, especially in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election. That may change Tuesday as Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes part … Continued

1945-1998 Bulletin backfile available via Google Books

As of December 9, 2008, 53 years of Bulletin content is now available online for free at Google Books. This archive begins with the first issue of the magazine--originally published in December 1945--and includes every year thereafter until 1998.

The 2010 nuclear security summit in Washington, DC.

Would terrorists set off a nuclear weapon if they had one? We shouldn’t assume so

Terrorists could use a nuclear bomb in ways that don’t include detonating it. By planning for a range of scenarios, policymakers can prevent the worst outcomes from happening.
Deval Patrick speaking in Denver in 2008.

Deval Patrick: the latest presidential candidate to be uninformed on nuclear weapons

Deval Patrick’s response to a question about no first use was slightly cringeworthy, but he’s not the only candidate who needs to brush up.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Information overload: The promise and risk of quantum computing

Google announced a breakthrough in quantum computing, a perennially just-over-the-horizon technology that promises to dramatically increase the speed at which computers can complete complex tasks. While the technology promises to unlock vast new areas of knowledge, it carries with it national security and other risks.
Ukrainian troops

Impeachment backstory: The nuclear dimension of US security assistance to Ukraine

Withholding military assistance to Ukraine, the country that gave up world third-largest nuclear arsenal, is damaging not only to US credibility and Ukraine’s security but also to the international nonproliferation regime.
The Sycamore processor

Quantum supremacy: not a Jason Bourne movie

In a development at the edge of scientific advance and journalistic descriptive capabilities, a group of Google researchers say they have achieved the science fiction-sounding feat known as “quantum supremacy.” In a paper published in Nature, members of Google’s AI Quantum team describe their successful efforts to create a computer that capitalizes on the laws … Continued

An interactive look at the algorithm powering the justice system

Artificial intelligence is playing a bigger role in how institutions ranging from the courts to the military make decisions. A new interactive article takes a look at the accuracy of one popular program used by courts to decide whether to grant pre-trial release or not.
An ambulance

Young climate activists, artificial intelligence experts and 25 reasons for hope

A lot of news stories focus on the risks of emerging technologies, Wired, instead, chose to celebrate on 25 people and groups it says are "racing to save the world."

How the Koch brothers got us here

Whether through highly-coordinated attacks on federal tax credits or interventions in arcane state-level proceedings, or through public and covert efforts to spread disinformation, the beneficiaries of the Kochs’strategic funding are working to preserve the market demand for the refined petroleum products the Koch empire is selling.

Radiation risks are real. But no cause for radiophobia.

A woman’s son broke his leg and had an X-ray. Three weeks later, she was still so afraid of radiation that she would not hug him.
Screenshots showing the two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and virtual reality versions of NUKEMAP.

Interview with Alex Wellerstein on NUKEMAP VR

It is no exaggeration to claim that, since it first went online in 2012, Alex Wellerstein’s original NUKEMAP tool has enabled millions of people all over the world to fathom the effects of a nuclear explosion. Now, Wellerstein is working on a new project that combines the information base of NUKEMAP with the immersive first-person experience of virtual reality.

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Things you shouldn’t nuke

Besides dropping them into hurricanes, nuclear bombs have inspired a lot of other bad ideas. Here are some other ways the world's most destructive weapon has happily never been used.
Cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stood outside the US Capitol on April 10, 2018, placed there by the advocacy group Avaaz to call attention to fake accounts spreading disinformation on Facebook. Credit: Kevin Wolf/AP images for AVAAZ

Why Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are bad for the climate

Willingly or not, giant social-media platforms spread climate misinformation and undercut climate science.
The Chinese city of Urumqi in Xinjiang. Credit: Alexander Flühmann via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Ultrasounds and blood draws: An account of Chinese government oppression of the Uighurs

One Uighur student studying in the United States returned home to Xinjiang, a region of China that's home to millions of largely Muslim Uighurs. He was quickly arrested, detained for close to a month, and subjected to biometric scans--all part of China's increasingly pervasive surveillance and oppression of the Uighurs.
glacier ice falling into sea

You can’t call something an emergency and then approve the projects causing it

Symbolic resolutions are not the same as prescribing specific responses.