9 September 2013
David Scneider / IEEE Spectrum
The first of the U.S. Navy’s “21st century destroyers,” the USS Zumwalt, is near completion. The new destroyers feature advanced technologies, such as tumblehome hulls to minimize the ships’ radar profile and electric motors.
Toshiba Extends Reach of Quantum Encryption
Martin LaMonica / IEEE Spectrum
With the disclosure that the NSA has broken through general commercial encryption, Toshiba researchers developed a more secure, quantum encryption scheme. The new scheme uses a stream of encoded photons as the key to unlock the encryption and works with a network of up to 64 users.
Gordon Adams / Foreign Policy
A Pentagon memo was leaked to Tony Capaccio at Bloomberg regarding the FY 2014 impact of the sequester on the DoD. The DoD might cut 6,272 jobs, using a Reduction in Force to eliminate personnel altogether instead of using furloughs. While this seems like a large number, it is ¾ of a percent of the 800,000 civil service personnel in the Department and follows the DoD’s plans for a post-war drawdown.
Climate Change May Impact Vital Ocean Chemical Cycles
Zoe Mintz / International Business Times
University of East Anglia has come out with research showing rising ocean temperatures are impacting chemical cycles. Micro-algae, such as plankton, have been found to produce fewer ribosomes in warmer temperatures, leading to higher ratios of nitrogen and lower rates of phosphorous.
Bomb Kills 2 Outside School in China
Edward Wong / New York Times
A homemade bomb killed 2 adults and injured 17 outside a school in Guilin, China. This incident, along with previous violence around school, raises questions about security conditions at schools.
US, EU See New Hope for Iran Nuclear Talks
The Associate Press
The U.S. and EU are hopeful that new nuclear talks will take place in the near future with the change in Iranian leadership.
Chinese Navy Visits Pearl Harbor
Chris P. Cavas / Defense News
The QINGDAO became the first Chinese destroyer to visit the U.S. in six years, docking in Pearl Harbor after a reciprocal visit by the USS Shiloh in Zhanjiang, China in May.
Teaching Climate Change to Skeptics
Carmen Nobel / Forbes
The Faculty of Harvard Business School’s Business and Environment Initiative want to shift the climate debate from an ideological question to a managerial one about decision-making under uncertainty.