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AI is the weapon of the next Cold War

It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The US and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over US objections, raising concerns


How secure is your data in the cloud?

As cloud storage becomes more common, data security is an increasing concern. Companies and schools have been increasing their use of services like Google Drive for some time, and lots of individual users also store


The data war behind net neutrality

In the social and political saga surrounding the question of network neutrality, what is often overlooked is the data war going on behind the scenes. The real fuel behind the debate is the enormous volume of data we generate


The beauty, and mystery, of prime numbers

Prime numbers are more than just numbers that can only be divided by themselves and one. They are a mathematical mystery, the secrets of which mathematicians have been trying to uncover ever since Euclid proved that


MeerKAT, SKA to peel back universe’s secrets

One of the world’s largest collaborative science projects is about to enter its most exciting year yet. This will see researchers in a remote stretch of South Africa’s Karoo testing Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity


Why the bitcoin party could end in tears

With the price of bitcoin reaching record highs of more than US$12 000, more and more ordinary people consider investing in the cryptocurrency. The recent price surge, however, comes with tremendous risks. Investors should be

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