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The remaking of war; Part 1: Risk of 19th Century international politics being pursued using 21st Century military means looms large
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The remaking of war; Part 1: Risk of 19th Century international politics being pursued using 21st Century military means looms large

This is the first part of a series on the evolution of war and warfare across decades. Over the course of these articles, the relationship between technology and war will be put under the magnifying glass

WhatsApp hack: Congress should wait for facts to emerge rather than float conspiracy theories about Modi govt snooping
India

WhatsApp hack: Congress should wait for facts to emerge rather than float conspiracy theories about Modi govt snooping

There are a lot of unanswered questions and loopholes in the narrative, but that hasn’t stopped the Congress from accusing the BJP-led NDA government of snooping and calling on the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of these “illegal activities” and “hold the government to account”.

WhatsApp hack: Pegasus scandal highlights India's self-destructive lack of oversight over its intelligence services
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WhatsApp hack: Pegasus scandal highlights India's self-destructive lack of oversight over its intelligence services

In 2018, Citizen Lab first published findings demonstrating that an Israeli company, NSO Group, had exploited vulnerabilities in operating systems to create Pegasus, a system capable of hijacking targeted phones

World War II codebreaker Alan Turing will be featured on UK's new 50 pound note
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World War II codebreaker Alan Turing will be featured on UK's new 50 pound note

He killed himself at the age of 41 after facing chemical castration under Victorian-era homophobic laws.

Alan Turing: How the world's most famous codebreaker unlocked the secrets of nature's beauty
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Alan Turing: How the world's most famous codebreaker unlocked the secrets of nature's beauty

Alan Turing may be best known for decrypting German messages created by their enigma machine in World War II.

Google Search at 20: Here's some trivia behind the popular Search Easter Eggs
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Google Search at 20: Here's some trivia behind the popular Search Easter Eggs

On 27 September, Google completes 20 years of its existence, and boy have they made this day fun!

Section 377 is gone, but the fact that it took 71 years, and a court to do it, raises questions on Indian democracy
India

Section 377 is gone, but the fact that it took 71 years, and a court to do it, raises questions on Indian democracy

While one should be grateful that India has finally done away with Section 377, a law it should never have had in independent India, one should ponder about why it remained for 71 years and why it took a court to outlaw it

Nvidia releases new generation of chipsets to help expand its business among movie makers
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Nvidia releases new generation of chipsets to help expand its business among movie makers

Nvidia’s biggest business of chips that let video gamers play with improved graphics, grew 35 percent.

Scientists develop a computer that can grow as it computes
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Scientists develop a computer that can grow as it computes

Scientists at University of Manchester have developed a ‘magical computer’ that can grow as they compute.

Bletchley Park, where Turing cracked the Enigma code, to host UK's first national college of cyber education
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Bletchley Park, where Turing cracked the Enigma code, to host UK's first national college of cyber education

It was once the home of Britain's codebreakers during World War Two. Now more than 70 years later, Bletchley Park is preparing to host the UK's first national college of cyber education, with a first intake of students starting in September 2018.

By the numbers: Why movies about math, like 'The Man Who Knew Infinity', make for great viewing
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By the numbers: Why movies about math, like 'The Man Who Knew Infinity', make for great viewing

From The Man Who Knew Infinity to The Imitation Game, A Beautiful Mind and The Theory of Everything, maths in the movies makes for thrilling viewing

The Imitation Game: Our decision making skills are related to Alan Turning's enigma breaking trick
Life

The Imitation Game: Our decision making skills are related to Alan Turning's enigma breaking trick

When taking simple decisions, neurons in the brain apply the same statistical trick used by Alan Turing to help break Germany's Enigma code during World War II, a new study reveals.

Oscar special: Alan Turing who? Benedict Cumberbatch acts like SRK in The Imitation Game
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Oscar special: Alan Turing who? Benedict Cumberbatch acts like SRK in The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is blessed to have a supporting cast with actors like Mark Strong who are able to rally around the hybrid of Sherlock and Turing that Cumberbatch plays

Toronto Film Festival: Benedict Cumberbatch puts spotlight on unlikely war hero Alan Turing
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Toronto Film Festival: Benedict Cumberbatch puts spotlight on unlikely war hero Alan Turing

The star power of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his new film "The Imitation Game" could bring Turing's triumph and tragedy to a broad audience beyond Britain, where Queen Elizabeth recently pardoned the man who inspired the modern computer with his "Turing machine."

British royalty wakes up 50 years too late, pardons Alan Turing for being gay
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British royalty wakes up 50 years too late, pardons Alan Turing for being gay

Alan Turing was gay, and 1950s Britain punished the mathematician's sexuality with a criminal conviction, intrusive surveillance and hormone treatment meant to extinguish his sex drive.

Father of computer science Alan Turing gets royal pardon 61 years after being convicted
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Father of computer science Alan Turing gets royal pardon 61 years after being convicted

Turing was jailed for being a homosexual and allegedly committed suicide using cyanide after being put through 'organo therapy'.

Google doodles for Alan Turing, the father of computer science
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Google doodles for Alan Turing, the father of computer science

If you go to the Google homepage today, you will see the belt of binary that will eventually spell out the word 'Google' (note, the interactivity