Earthquakes Triggered By Humans Pose Growing Risk

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Sichuan province after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, thought to be induced by industrial activity at a nearby reservoir. dominiqueb/flickr

Gillian Foulger, Durham University; Jon Gluyas, Durham University, and Miles Wilson, Durham University

People knew we could induce earthquakes before we knew what they were. As soon as people started to dig minerals out of the ground, rockfalls and tunnel collapses must have become recognized hazards. The Conversation

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This Amazing Clip Simulates Hyper-Reality & Its Potential Problems

Written By: Nick Long

Augmented reality is a concept which is only now taking hold of our world.  From Pokemon Go to Mario Dash, tech corporations are heading straight into the unknown and unfiltered world of augmented reality with little to hold them back.  While these amazing tools can be applied to help people experience the world in a new way, the very same mechanism can be used to trap us within it.  It's always interesting to see what creative spark can manifest in the internet, and to see this come alive with technology is as close as you can get magic - seeing is believing after all, isn't it?  

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Why Isn’t Science Better? Look At Career Incentives

Paul Smaldino, University of California, Merced

There are often substantial gaps between the idealized and actual versions of those people whose work involves providing a social good. Government officials are supposed to work for their constituents. Journalists are supposed to provide unbiased reporting and penetrating analysis. And scientists are supposed to relentlessly probe the fabric of reality with the most rigorous and skeptical of methods.

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Should Cybersecurity Be A Human Right?

Scott Shackelford, Indiana University

Having access to the internet is increasingly considered to be an emerging human right. International organizations and national governments have begun to formally recognize its importance to freedom of speech, expression and information exchange. The next step to help ensure some measure of cyber peace online may be for cybersecurity to be recognized as a human right, too.

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Immunotherapy: Training the Body to Fight Cancer

Balveen Kaur, The Ohio State University and Pravin Kaumaya, The Ohio State University

The human immune system is powerful and complex.

It can identify and destroy invaders of nearly infinite variety, yet spare the more than 30 trillion cells of the healthy body.

Unfortunately, the broken cells of cancer are able to retain, and boost, the “recognize and ignore me” signals of undamaged cells, letting them evade detection by the immune system. As a result, these damaged cells grow unmolested, destroying the normal physiological functioning of tissues and organs.

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Far Beyond Crime-ridden Depravity, Darknets Are Key Strongholds of Freedom of Expression Online

Roderick S. Graham, Old Dominion University and Brian Pitman, Old Dominion University

The internet is much more than just the publicly available, Google-able web services most online users frequent – and that’s good for free expression. Companies frequently create private networks to enable employees to use secure corporate servers, for example. And free software allows individuals to create what are called “peer-to-peer” networks, connecting directly from one machine to another.

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