A pro-China online influence campaign is targeting the rare-earths industry

China has come to dominate the market in recent years, and by 2017 the country produced over 80% of the world’s supply. Beijing achieved this by pouring resources into the study and mining of rare-earth elements for decades, building up six big state-owned firms and relaxing environmental regulations to enable low-cost and high-pollution methods. The […]

The Download: Big Tech’s post-Roe silence, and the US EV charging landscape

In the days after the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion, tech companies rushed to show their support for employees living in states where the procedure is now outlawed. Meta promised to pay expenses for staffers who need to travel out of their home state for an abortion. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, […]

How green steel made with electricity could clean up a dirty industry

Industrial steelmaking spits out about two tons of carbon dioxide emissions for every ton of steel produced—adding up to nearly 10% of such emissions worldwide. The global steel market is expected to grow about 30% by 2050, the date by which some of the largest steelmakers have pledged to reach net-zero emissions. Unless major changes […]

The U.S. only has 60,000 charging stations for EVs. Here’s where they all are.

The infrastructure bill that passed in November 2021 earmarked $7.5 billion for President Biden’s goal of having 500,000 chargers (individual plugs, not stations) around the nation. In the best case, Michalek envisions a public-private collaboration to build a robust national charging network. The Biden administration has pledged to install plugs throughout rural areas, while companies […]

Big Tech remains silent on questions about data privacy in a post-Roe world

Google says in its terms of service that the company reserves the right to remove any content that violates the law or could harm other users, third parties, or Google itself. Those terms of service cover a wide range of products, including email, stored media, travel itineraries on Google Maps, and Google documents.  This policy […]

Pro-Russia threat group Killnet is pummeling Lithuania with DDoS attacks

Enlarge / Drowning in a sea of data. reader comments 33 with 20 posters participating Share this story Internet services in Lithuania came under “intense” distributed denial of service attacks on Monday as the pro-Russia threat-actor group Killnet took credit. Killnet said its attacks were in retaliation regarding Lithuania’s recent banning of shipments sanctioned by […]

NASA enlists NZ help to return humans to the Moon

Peter Griffin, Editor. 28 June 2022, 7:29 am NASA yesterday postponed the launch of its CAPSTONE satellite from Rocket Labs’ launchpad on the Mahia Peninsula. But the US space agency’s collaboration with New Zealand has expanded, with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment signing an agreement enabling NASA to collaborate with University of Canterbury […]

The Download: Facebook’s misleading cancer ads, and hacking’s next era

The ad reads like an offer of salvation: Cancer kills many people. But there is hope in Apatone, a proprietary vitamin C–based mixture, that is “KILLING cancer.” The substance, an unproven treatment that is not approved by the FDA, is not available in the United States. If you want Apatone, the ad suggests, you need […]

Basic home office hacks: 8 things you need to elevate your workspace

Aurich Lawson | Getty Images reader comments 20 with 16 posters participating Share this story Home offices have gotten a lot of attention over the last couple of years. When offices all over the world shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, we were all reminded how important it is to have a consistent, […]

Facebook is bombarding cancer patients with ads for unproven treatments

One from Verita Life, in Bangkok, Thailand, targeted Australians like Autar, falsely claiming that a hypothermia treatment offered there would “destroy cancer cells.” When Autar took a screenshot of the ad in his news feed in August of 2020, it had more than a thousand likes and 600 shares.  Autar reported the ads he saw […]