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Vital, free security tool GnuPG is underfunded

Most people have never heard of the software that makes up the machinery of the internet - especially the tools that keep us safe.
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Scientists learning to read emotion on animal faces

Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
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Thinking about Canada 300 years from now, virtual graveyards are invaluable national assets that should be supported, free and regulated in the best interest of the people.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot observed by Juno in July 2017. .NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Six mysteries of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Juno has flown closer to the solar system's most famous storm than any other spacecraft to take the most detailed images to date. They may help scientists reveal some of the spot's best-kept secrets.
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Violent news poses trauma risk in digital age

Journalists face psychological trauma from producing news even when they are distant from the scene of violent incidents. What can news organizations do?
International flags fly at United Nations headquarters, New York City. Osugi/shutterstock

We must ban killer robots after nuclear weapons

Treaties banning biological and chemical weapons are in place, and the path is clear to remove nuclear weapons too. Lethal autonomous weapons (killer robots) should be next.
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Public health at risk when opinion trumps evidence

In an era when opinion often trumps evidence in public health issues, it's time to support and invest in evidence-based medicine to protect the public from dangerous, poorly informed beliefs.

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