Hard Numbers

73: The Ipsos Global Worry survey, published in July, showed that 73 percent of Swedes said the country was headed in the wrong direction—the fifth worst result among 28 countries surveyed. Sweden holds national elections this weekend. The lead issues are immigration and climate change.


71: The 2017 report from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association lists 72 countries and territories where same-sex relationships remain criminalized. Make that 71. India's Supreme Court ruled this week that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence.

49: A court in Genoa ordered the permanent seizure of €49 million from Italy’s far-right League as a result of fraud charges. Judges say that funds the state reimbursed for elections between 2008 and 2010 were misappropriated for personal use, such as the purchase of diamonds and gold bars. Matteo Salvini, the party’s de facto leader and Italy’s Interior Minister, is considering changing the party’s name to avoid paying the bill.

1/3: Beginning next week, Russia and China will begin the Vostok-2018 joint military exercises in eastern Siberia, the largest war games in decades. The exercise will include 300,000 Russian troops—one third of the country’s armed forces. It will also feature 1,000 Russian aircraft, 36,000 Russian tanks, 3,200 Chinese troops and 900 Chinese tanks.

Ferrera Erbognone, a small town in the northern Italian province of Pavia, is home to one of the most cutting-edge computing centers in the world: Eni's Green Data Center. All of the geophysical and seismic prospecting data Eni produces from all over the world ends up here. Now, the Green Data Center is welcoming a new supercomputing system: HPC5, an advanced version of the already powerful HPC4. Due to be completed by early 2020, HPC5 will triple the Green Data Center's computing power, from 18.6 to 52 petaflops, equivalent to 52 million billion mathematical operations per second.

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Why is Instagram going to hide likes?

Well, one explanation is that they want to encourage healthy behavior and a like can make us addicted. Second explanation is that they get rid of the likes, they can get more of the cut in the market for influencers, who get money from advertisers, sometimes based on likes.

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This week, the process of impeaching President Trump entered the critical phase as the House of Representatives held its first public hearings. The battle lines are now drawn.

The Democrats say that there is compelling evidence that Trump withheld badly needed military to aid to an ally at war to pressure that country's government to provide him with personal political benefit by helping him discredit a political rival.

The Republicans say that the evidence comes mainly from witnesses with little or no direct contact with the president, and that the military aid was delivered to Ukraine without the Ukrainian president taking the actions Trump is alleged to have demanded.

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The fight for the Nile: In recent days, the Trump administration has tried to mediate three-way talks between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on their long-running dispute to access the waters of the Nile. In short, a 1929 treaty gave Egypt and Sudan rights to nearly all Nile waters and the right to veto any attempt by upstream countries to claim a greater share. But in 2011, Ethiopia began work on the so-called Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile tributary from where 85 percent of the Nile's waters flow. The project, due for completion next year, will be Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant. Egypt, which draws 85 percent of its water from the Nile, has made threats that raised fears of military action. We're watching as this conflict finally comes to a head early next year.

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