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Newsweek 11/01/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1993 “Do dogs lead textured lives full of love, jealousy, passion and fear?’’ Newsweek asked. “According to best-selling author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, they sure do,” For her book, The Hidden Life of Dogs. Thomas rigorously studied her 11 dogs for three decades. Newsweek said the book boasted “a remarkable level of intimacy for a work of science.” and provided significant insight into “the secret world of animals”—they “fall in love, get married, and live in complex societies.” Their lives are “rich in intellectual pursuits, packed with emotion.” This in mind, we can all feel better about a dog’s unbridled joy. 1964 Newsweek reported on the “consensus that President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Democrats were poised for a landslide victory” over Barry Goldwater. After “the most bizarre and apparently lopsided presidential campaign in…

7 min.
are manmade viruses the next big terrorist threat?

@JordanHarbinger A DEVASTATING STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS HAS left the country reeling this year. But an even greater threat may be looming in the near future, one with the potential to cause far more widespread injury and loss of life: synthetically modified diseases designed to infect human beings on a global scale. That’s the danger that best-selling author and futurist Rob Reid predicts could arise from the field of synthetic biology, which combines biology and engineering to create artificial biological systems, from genetically-modified crops to custom viruses. Synthetic biologists have been modifying the DNA of pathogens with alarming speed and efficacy over the last decade, Reid notes, opening up a new frontier in virology, public health and global security. “I’m a big SynBio fan,” says Reid, who believes in the promising applications of…

1 min.
talking points

“I don't need lessons from you on courage, political or personal.”—SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG TO BETO O’ROURKE“POWERFUL INTERESTS SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO WIPE YOU OUT IS NOT A FUN EXPERIENCE.”—AUTHOR RONAN FARROW“I earned my spurs on the battlefield. Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor.”—FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY JAMES MATTIS AT ALFRED E. SMITH MEMORIAL FOUNDATION DINNER“If you would have told me then that I would be where I am now, I would have said you were insane. I would never have dreamt how much I could have accomplished.”—MIAMI CITY BALLET SOLOIST KATHRYN MORGAN“WE NEED TRUMP ON TWITTER. IT’S THE ONLY WAY WE CAN MONITOR WHAT HE’S UP TO!”—The Daily Show host Trevor Noah“They've got a lot of sand over there… There’s a lot…

4 min.
china and the world

A common consensus in the world today is that China’s development is linked to the change in the international structure and will have a profound and far-reaching influence on the world order. In many people’s eyes, China has already become a superpower, second only to the U.S., and is having growing impact on the world. In this context, a white paper titled “China and the World in the New Era,” published by the State Council Information Office on September 27, ahead of the grand celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, makes clear what role the country wants to play in the world and what it expects from the rest of the world. Xu Lin, deputy head of the Publicity Department…

2 min.
highlights of the white paper

China Has Found a Development Path Suited to Its Actual Conditions China has made tremendous achievements over the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Its successes have been achieved through the hard work of generations of Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Also, China is developing through interaction with the world. China’s Development Is an Opportunity for the World The causes of the “China threat” theory include cognitive misunderstanding, deeprooted prejudice, a psychological imbalance brought about by the prospect of falling power and deliberate distortions by vested interests. China’s pursuit of peaceful development is not diplomatic rhetoric, an act of expediency or a strategic ambiguity. Rather, it showcases China’s confidence in theory and readiness for practice, and represents China’s unswerving strategic choice…

18 min.
guess who’s liste ning?

IN 2009, JUST AS CONSUMERS HAD begun to buy wifi-enabled thermostats and front-door cams and other early devices that now make up the “Internet of Things,” computer scientist Ang Cui had gotten the idea to scan the Web for “trivially vulnerable” embedded devices. By trivial, he meant those devices that still carried the usernames and passcodes programmed into them at the factory—obvious usernames like “name” and passcodes like “1234.” Many of these codes were published in manuals available freely on the internet and easily scanned automatically with computer programs, so there was no need even to guess. When he did his scan, Cui found more than one million vulnerable, publicly accessible devices in 144 countries. From this sample, he estimated that about 13 percent of all devices connected to the internet were…