Sixteen years ago, on our honeymoon in Spain, my husband and I visited the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, marveling at the architecture, which has the surreal look of melted candle wax. Construction of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece was slated to be complete in 2026. … [Read more...] about As California enters reopening gray area, what will summer hold?
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"5G networks include two parts, namely core network and base stations. Chinese telecom carriers are aiming to upgrade their 5G core network into standalone architecture by the end of this year," said Liu, who is also head of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, a government think tank. … [Read more...] about China forecast to have 150 million 5G subscribers by end of 2020
The last male northern white rhino was a 45-year-old named Sudan, who gained fame in 2017 when he was listed as “The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” on the Tinder dating app as part of a fundraising effort. He was euthanized in 2018 because of age-related ills. … [Read more...] about Virus stalls work to keep alive a rare rhino subspecies
Technologies that revolutionized warfare AI: 'Third revolution in warfare' Over 100 AI experts have written to the UN asking them to ban lethal autonomous weapons — those that use AI to act independently without any human input. No "killer robots" currently exist, but advances in artificial intelligence have made them a real possibility. The experts said these weapons could be "the third revolution in warfare," after gunpowder and nuclear arms. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Experts warn of bioterrorism after pandemic
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I recall writing about this in September 2012, and in December 2012 then U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell publicly reiterated U.S. recognition of the McMahon Line. There have been a few more public comments on it since then but having Ambassador Wells reiterate the position during a time of crisis is noteworthy. I think you’re right to point out the linking of Chinese actions at the border with its challenges to the rules based order and its actions in the South China Sea was relatively new. I’m a little hesitant to draw connections among the different fronts, because I do think they have their own logic and China calibrates each policy individually. But I think her broader point which does hold true is that in an era countries aren’t launching wars to seize territory any more, or using force to exact revenge for perceived historical grievances, there’s one country that’s been continuously disruptive on territorial questions, that’s continuously … [Read more...] about U.S. is now more clear in support for India on China border issues, says researcher