#Syria’s improvised chemical rockets – an annotated infographic

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are due to start work in Douma, outside the Syrian capital, Damascus. The alleged chemical attack on April 7 2018 is the sixth chemical attack in Douma in 2018. Munitions recovered from previous attacks show they are modified Iranian 107mm rockets. In addition to collecting samples, OPCW inspectors will be looking for other clues to confirm the alleged use of banned toxins in the attack on April 7. Analysis of the samples will take place at the OPCW’s central laboratory in the Netherlands. The evidence is split and sent … Continue reading #Syria’s improvised chemical rockets – an annotated infographic

India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft’s tricky mission to #Moon’s south pole

India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will attempt to land a briefcase-sized rover onto the Moon’s surface, 600km from the lunar south pole, while an orbiter above searches for water – vital to future manned missions. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft’s tricky mission to #Moon’s south pole

Zuckerberg apologises for #Facebook #Cambridge Analytica scandal in written testimony

Before his much-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has provided written testimony to Congress in which he apologises for failing to prevent the collection of tens of millions of users’ personal data by a data analytics company. Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before a joint US congressional hearing after admitting that up to 87 million users may have had their data improperly utilised by Cambridge Analytica to build election voter profiles. The data-mining scandal is exacerbated by the vast amounts of money Facebook is making from its billions of users around the world. The public … Continue reading Zuckerberg apologises for #Facebook #Cambridge Analytica scandal in written testimony

How #Facebook was weaponised by #CambridgeAnalytica – an annotated infographic

How Facebook was weaponised The surveillance scandal of Cambridge Analytica use of Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign win in the 2016 election began three years earlier with a scientific paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study by Michal Kosinski of Stanford, David Stillwell of the University of Cambridge and colleagues involved 58,466 adult American users of Facebook. Subjects provided information about themselves and took a standard test to classify their personalities in five broad categories: degree of openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism or OCEAN. The researchers then correlated the “big … Continue reading How #Facebook was weaponised by #CambridgeAnalytica – an annotated infographic

US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to make historic Vietnam visit – an annotated infographic

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson will reportedly make a historic visit to Vietnam as part of the Navy’s largest multinational disaster response exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to make historic Vietnam visit – an annotated infographic

India’s tricky mission to Moon’s south pole with the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft- an annotated infographic

On the first day of next month, 1 April 2018, India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will attempt to land a briefcase-sized rover onto the Moon’s surface, 600km from the lunar south pole, while an orbiter above searches for water – vital to future manned missions. This is no joke (India has no concept of April Fools’ Day). India’s Moon ambitions are very real, completely serious and technologically advanced. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India’s tricky mission to Moon’s south pole with the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft- an annotated infographic

Prehistoric cave art in Spain suggests Neanderthals were artists – an annotated infographic

Scientists have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world’s oldest known cave paintings – suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own. Published in the journal Science, a new study led by the University of Southampton and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows that paintings in three caves in Spain were created more than 64,000 years ago – 20,000 years before modern humans arrived in Europe. This means that the Palaeolithic (Ice Age) cave art – including pictures of animals, dots and geometric signs – must have … Continue reading Prehistoric cave art in Spain suggests Neanderthals were artists – an annotated infographic