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Last week, a computer that controls pressure at a municipal water system in the small town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania shut down suddenly. A message then appeared on a monitor saying “Down with Israel” and that the utility had been hacked by a group called “Cyber Av3ngers.” Now, Aliquippa, a town of 15,000 residents about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh (where football legend Mike Ditka and composer Henry Mancini grew up), finds itself entangled in the Middle East war—a situation that has implications for all water providers.
Looking northeast along Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania | Credit: Nyttend/Creative Commons
The COP28 climate summit opened last week in Dubai, and on the first day there was some progress. Delegates came to an agreement in principle to establish a historic loss and damage fund to help poorer countries cope with climate disasters.
UN Climate Change Conference COP28, Dubai, 30 November 2023 | Credit: President Paul Kagame, Republic of Rwanda
Research has shown that an estimated 500 million people worldwide—women, girls, and transgender and nonbinary individuals—don’t have access to the products and hygiene facilities they need when menstruating—a situation known as “period poverty.”
People in Kenya pose with sisal leaves and the equipment they use to process the plant to make various products, including rope and twine. | Credit: Alex Odundu
Dolphins. They’re smart, playful, have great vision, excellent hearing, and can echolocate. And now, according to new research, bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been quietly harboring a “super sense”—they have the ability to perceive electric fields.
A bottlenose dolphin named Donna waits for an electric stimulus inside an experimental apparatus. | Credit: Tim Hüttner PhD/Nuremberg Zoo, Research & Conservation