Duke Buckner was enjoying his breakfast at the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel, looking out on the city marina, on the day that time stuttered. Buckner oversees marketing and business development for Microsemi Corp., an American communications and defense contractor, and he gets a copy of emailed error reports for its equipment. It’s rare to get more than one in a given day. But on the morning of Jan. 26, 2016, they flooded his inbox. He forgot about breakfast.The complaints had to do with Microsemi’s timing receivers for the Global Positioning System, the ubiquitous satellite navigation technology that was built for the U.S. military and has found its way into all our pockets. GPS isn’t just for maps. It’s also a kind of vast, spaceborne clock. Computers all over Earth use it to determine what time it is, down to billionths of a second. When there’s the slightest disagreement among those computers, things fall apart.Microsemi’s timing receivers were … [Read more...] about The World Economy Runs on GPS. If It Fails, We’re Screwed
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The rise of biological and chemical weapons After Salisbury, how ready is the UK? The rise of biological and chemical weapons After Salisbury, how ready is the UK? With nerve agents having been deployed in Syria, Malaysia and Salisbury, the 100 year taboo on the use of chemical weapons is in danger of collapse. The stakes could not be higher as gene-editing technologies put a new generation of bio-weapons within reach of almost anyone. By Harry De Quetteville 14 JULY 2018 • 5:55 AM BST The small town of Melksham, in rural Wiltshire, is an unlikely location for one of the world’s largest producers of gas masks. Yet there, next to Farmers’ Roundabout, is a warehouse containing a production line that can turn out a quarter of a million masks a year. Models include the FM54, a sinister-looking bit of kit used by the SAS. This is Avon Protection, originally founded in the late 19th century as a tyre factory but which, come the First World … [Read more...] about The rise of biological and chemical weapons: how ready is the UK?
THE world is on high alert with tensions between the US and Russia over Syria boiling over. If you add North Korea's nuclear ambitions into the mix, an all-out war could be on the cards - but who would win if World War 3 broke out? We explore the options. Will there be a World War Three? As the world comes under fire from terror attacks, escalating hostility between Russia and the US, and repeated shows of strength from the North Korean regime, a full-blown war could soon be more likely than ever. Here's what's happened so far: 2018 June 7: Vladimir Putin said WW3 would lead to the "end of civilisation". He said the US should stop imposing its own rules on other countries and avoid upsetting the strategic nuclear balance to avoid this. May 24: Donald Trump cancels a planned summit with Kim Jong-un, saying North Korea's leader showed "tremendous anger and open hostility". It comes after one of Kim's ministers called vice-president Mike Pence "ignorant and stupid" for comparing the … [Read more...] about Will there be a World War 3 and who would win? Latest WW3 news as Russia and US tensions over Syria continue
THE world is currently on high alert with tensions between the US and Russia over Syria boiling over. Adding North Korea's nuclear ambitions into the mix, an all-out war could be on the cards - but just who would win if World War 3 broke out? We explore the options. Could World War Three happen? As the world comes under fire from terror attacks, escalating hostility between Russia and the US, and repeated shows of strength from the North Korean regime, a full-blown war could soon be more likely than ever. Here's what's happened so far: 2018 April 16: Kim Jong-Un raged that Britain moving Navy ships close to North Korean waters is “nothing short of an act of war”. April 15: Boris Johnson defends "standing up for civilised values" with Syria bombing raids. April 14: Donald Trump announces a coalition of US, UK and French forces have launched a coordinated air strike. The MoD deem the mission a success. Theresa May says there was "no alternative" to military … [Read more...] about Has World War 3 been declared and who would win? How Russia vs USA tension over Syria could spark global conflict
People hoping to be parents in the UK are being sold “false hope” by foreign IVF clinics claiming success rates as high as 98 per cent based on highly selective data, the national fertility regulator has warned. These clinics are exhibiting at UK events for couples considering fertility treatment and making claims that no UK IVF provider would be allowed to make, said Sally Cheshire, chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The regulator said it was powerless to regulate overseas clinics, while fertility experts said some clinics are capitalising on the hopes of vulnerable people and could be dangerous if they led with these inflated claims of success. HFEA data on UK clinics in 2016 shows that for women under the age of 35 – who have the best odds of getting pregnant through IVF – on average each round of embryo implantation has just a 32.5 per cent chance. But one Cyprus clinic, part of the international fertility group Bahceci, … [Read more...] about Vulnerable would-be parents being sold ‘false hope’ by overseas IVF clinics, regulator warns