News tagged with civilization

Better protection against floods

Hurricanes are devastating. Aside from the high, sustained wind speeds, they usually bring with them heavy rain, which can quickly lead to the breaching of flood defences in susceptible areas. Now, US and UK researchers have ...

dateDec 16, 2014 in Engineering
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Reshaping the horse through millennia

Whole genome sequencing of modern and ancient horses unveils the genes that have been selected by humans in the process of domestication through the latest 5.500 years, but also reveals the cost of this domestication. A new ...

dateDec 15, 2014 in Evolution
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Judges hear arguments over NSA surveillance (Update)

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday in an Idaho woman's challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records—the third time in recent months that appeals courts around the country have ...

dateDec 08, 2014 in Telecom
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Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

dateDec 02, 2014 in Other
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A modern water conundrum

A project that unites civil engineering and the social sciences is showing how developing countries can benefit from tailored solutions rather than an unthinking uptake of advanced technology.

dateNov 14, 2014 in Environment
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