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Chinese kit 'putting all of us at risk' if used in 5G

Chinese kit 'putting all of us at risk' if used in 5G

Technology
Security threats from Chinese companies building 5G networks could end up "putting all of us at risk" if they are not tackled quickly, according to a former security minister. Speaking to Sky News, Admiral Lord West, a former First Sea Lord who served under Gordon Brown as a security minister, urged the government to set up a unit reporting directly to the prime minister to monitor the risk posed by Chinese equipment in 5G.5G has been hailed as the next great leap for mobile communications, enabling everything from smart cities to hologram calls.However, the best 5G technology comes from Chinese companies, raising the fear that China's government could have ground-level access to - even control of - the UK's critical data infrastructure. Image: ...
The Amazon is flooding five times more often than it used to

The Amazon is flooding five times more often than it used to

Science
Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Amazon, the world's largest river, is flooding five times more frequently than it did 100 years ago. Scientists in England, Chile and Brazil analyzed river level records dating back more than a century. The data showed extreme floods -- when water levels rise at least 95 feet, triggering an emergency declaration in the city of Manaus -- occurred approximately once every 20 years during the first half of the 20th century. Today, extreme floods occur every four years. "Increases of severe droughts in the Amazon have received a lot of attention by researchers," Jonathan Barichivich, researcher at the Austral University of Chile, said in a news release. "However, what really stands out from this long-term river record is the increase in the frequency and severity of the ...
Kratom Tea Is Being Used to Treat Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Even Opiate Withdrawal—but Is It Safe and Effective?

Kratom Tea Is Being Used to Treat Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Even Opiate Withdrawal—but Is It Safe and Effective?

Health
What is Kratom tea? This buzzy tea is made from the leaves of the kratom tree, which is native to Southeast Asia. Kratom is thought to act as a stimulant in smaller doses. In larger amounts, it has a sedative effect. Some people even use kratom to ease symptoms of opiate withdrawal. It's marketed as a "natural high" and is illegal in many countries. Kratom tea has also been in the news lately because a Florida mother recently filed a lawsuit claiming that her daughter suffered permanent brain damage due to her kratom tea habit. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that they sent warning letters to two sellers of kratom tea for making health claims that are not supported by research. ...
Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

Health
Scientists have used artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve.This could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each patient.A team led by the Institute of Cancer Research London (ICR) and the University of Edinburgh developed a new technique known as Revolver (Repeated Evolution of Cancer).This picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers and uses the information to forecast future genetic changes.The researchers said the ever-changing nature of tumours was one of the biggest challenges in treating cancer - with cancers often evolving to a drug-resistant form.Breast tumoursHowever, if doctors can predict how a tumour will evolve, they could intervene earlier to stop cancer in its...
Dolphins used in minesweeping operations during RIMPAC exercise

Dolphins used in minesweeping operations during RIMPAC exercise

Business
July 30 (UPI) -- Bottlenose dolphins in the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Systems Program recently participated in mine clearance training during the Rim of the Pacific exercise. The dolphins, known as Mark 7 Marine Mammal Systems, are part of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal program based out of Naval Base Loma, Calif. Technicians directed the dolphins to detect and mark simulated mines as part of RIMPAC SOCAL, according to the Navy. The dolphins were transported in padded mats by small boat and were slid into the water. When deployed near a mine, they would typically discover it within 30 seconds, Navy officials said. After signaling to their handler that they found a mine, and then being sent back down to confirm, they are given a marker to place near the mine. After divers confirm the dolphin'...