Articles from War in Context

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un tells military to have nuclear warheads on standby

The New York Times reports: The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has urged his military to have its nuclear warheads deployed and ready to be fired at any moment, the country’s state-run news agency reported Friday. Mr. Kim’s comments were reported a day after the United Nations Security Council approved tougher sanctions aimed at curtailing […]

UN rights chief says unlocking gunman’s iPhone could open ‘Pandora’s box’

The New York Times reports: The top human rights official at the United Nations warned the United States authorities on Friday that their efforts to force Apple to unlock an iPhone belonging to a gunman risked helping authoritarian governments and jeopardizing the security of millions around the world. The remarks by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the […]

Astronomers just saw farther back in time than they ever have before

The Washington Post reports: To look through the lens of a telescope is to peer back in time. The light we view through it has spent hundreds, millions, even billions of years crossing the vastness of space to reach us, carrying with it images of things that happened long ago. On Thursday, astronomers at the […]

As Utah coal slumps, solar energy booms

Deseret News reports: The sun is becoming big business in Utah. Whether it’s in the sun-drenched deserts of Dixie or the sometimes smoggy valleys of northern Utah, more and more homeowners are taking the plunge and betting that solar energy will pay off for them in the future. The boom has pushed employment in Utah’s […]

Inside the artificial intelligence revolution

Rolling Stone reports: “Welcome to robot nursery school,” Pieter Abbeel says as he opens the door to the Robot Learning Lab on the seventh floor of a sleek new building on the northern edge of the UC-Berkeley campus. The lab is chaotic: bikes leaning against the wall, a dozen or so grad students in disorganized […]