Hard Numbers

17: South Korean officials estimate their country is targeted by 1.5 million North Korean hacking attempts per day. That’s about 17 every second. Think a “peace agreement” will put a stop to that?


375: One reason Merkel and Macron want to persuade Trump not to shred the Iran nuclear deal: European companies are now active in Iran, and Iran’s exports to the EU surged by 375 percent in the first year following conclusion of the agreement in July 2015.

6: In 1980, the economies of India and China were almost identical in size, with GDP just below $200 billion. Today, China’s economy ($12 trillion) is six times larger than India’s ($2 trillion).

1,186: The U.S.-led coalition dropped 1,186 bombs in Afghanistan in the first three months of this year, a record high for the first quarter of any year since 2003.

10 and 15: Inequality isn’t just about income. The richest 1 percent of American women live more than 10 years longer than the poorest 1 percent. For men, the richest 1 percent live nearly 15 years longer.

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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