J-WAFS zeroes in on food security as agricultural impacts of the climate crisis become more apparent

Early this August, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued yet another in a series of grave and disquieting reports outlining the extreme challenges placed on the Earth’s systems by the climate crisis. Most IPCC reports and accompanying media Read More …

Ebola outbreaks: UCL-developed model may predict next one

The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new UCL-developed model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease. The model could help policymakers to decide where to Read More …

Energy to Launch $5.5M Artificial Intelligence Research Center

The Energy Department unveiled plans to launch a $5.5 million research center that will bring together top thinkers from three federal and academic institutions to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in artificial intelligence. Researchers from Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Read More …

Iranian hackers resume credential-stealing phishing attacks against universities around the world

An Iranian hacking operation has expanded a global phishing campaign that targets universities in an attempt to steal usernames and passwords. Dubbed Colbalt Dickens, the campaign was initially detailed in August last year, with researchers at Secureworks blaming cyberattacks targeting universities in 14 Read More …

RMIT develops AI program to manage road signs infrastructure

Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have developed a proof-of-concept program that can monitor the condition of street signs using Google Street View images. The program uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify street signs from the Google Read More …

Funding boost for aviation security innovation

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is making more funding available for innovations that enhance aviation security measures, courtesy of the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. FASS – a joint initiative between the Department for Transport (DfT) and Home Office Read More …

UK military turns to universities to research psychological warfare

The British military is recruiting philosophers, psychologists and theologians to research new methods of psychological warfare and behavioural manipulation, leaked documents show. Cambridge University was among the institutions shortlisted by officials in the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Read More …