CEO Compares Drone Killings to Martians & Cannibalism

Drawing by the Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa for the novel The War of the Worlds, showing a Martian fighting-machine battling with the warship Thunder Child. painting (1906): 
Henrique Alvim Correa

Drone Makers Gather to Defend Their Much-Maligned Machines by Cora Currier for ProPublica “I have some d-word difficulty,” said Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group for makers and enthusiasts of […]

Cyberspies Target Natural Gas Pipelines, Stealing Valuable Information

Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline. photo: shannonpatrick17

Exclusive: Cyberattack leaves natural gas pipelines vulnerable to sabotage A government report says a cyberattack against 23 natural gas pipeline operators stole crucial information that could compromise security. Experts strongly suspect China’s military. By Mark Clayton for The Christian Science […]

Building Tracks: Laos and the Trans-Asian Railway Network

Coach to Thanaleng. photo: Syeefa Jay

Trans-Asian Railway Unlocks Laos Borders “Unlocking Laos” examines the mega Tran-Asia railway project through the perspectives of academics and rural villagers in Laos. By Ore Huiying August for Common Language Project VIENTIANE, Laos – Imagine a day when […]

Black-Market Mineral Powering Today’s Smart World

Canaima, Venezuela. photo: Wikimedia Commons

Black-market coltan likely making its way to high-tech manufacturers’ supply; it’s used in everything from smart phones to smart bombs By Emilia Diaz-Struck and Joseph Poliszuk for iWatch News Crouched near a mound of rocks and dirt, Ramón […]