Infrastructure on the grid

Gas Lines Are Only The Beginning

On May 12, in the wake of the hack into the Colonial Pipeline that shut off gas supplies to millions […]

Douglas Wood - May 17, 2021
Women's hand typing on mobile smartphone, Live Chat Chatting on application Communication Digital Web and social network Concept. Work from home.

Things You Should Know But Don’t: WhatsApp Privacy Controversy

In February, Facebook was hit with backlash due to its privacy updates to the popular chat platform, WhatsApp. According to […]

Douglas Wood - April 27, 2021
Representatives of Russia and China shake hands

Things You Should Know But Don’t: An [Un]Holy Alliance – Chapter 2

Two weeks ago, I reported on the alliance between China and Russia to build a permanent base on the Moon they call the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS).  While a specific timetable has yet to be laid out, there is an aspect of this project worth adding to my earlier comments.

Douglas Wood - April 12, 2021
China and Russia flag waving in the wind against white cloudy blue sky together. Diplomacy concept, international relations.

Things You Should Know But Don’t: A New [Un]Holy Alliance

You may have missed the news on March 9 that China and Russia formed a new alliance. They will work together to build a research station on the Moon.  They even have a name for it – the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS). 

Douglas Wood - March 29, 2021
Finger print Scanning Identification System. Biometric Authorization and Business

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Your Hidden Profile

The use of biometric data has expanded exponentially, from using thumbprints for unlocking phones to voice activation technology. Facial recognition […]

Douglas Wood - March 15, 2021
Mars high resolution image. Mars is a planet of the solar system. Sunrise with lens flare. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Pictures Are Worth $3 Billion

During the past weeks, space nerds everywhere have been marveling at the videos, photos, and sounds Perseverance has been broadcasting from Mars.

Douglas Wood - March 1, 2021
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I’ll Be Back…

While the Terminator has not arrived (yet), robotics and artificial intelligence have made quantum leaps toward reality.

Douglas Wood - February 15, 2021
Spaceship in space above the red planet in distant solar system. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

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Second Place is No Place to Be

Recent press reports indicate that NASA has announced it is postponing until April 30, 2021 its decision to award a contract to one of three bidders for the development of a human lunar landing system. 

Douglas Wood - February 8, 2021
Cyber Crime, Computer Hacker

Things You Should Know But Don’t: DarkMarket Takedown

The dark web is a seemingly endless, horrifying place where people can anonymously live out their worst impulses.

Douglas Wood - February 1, 2021
The Arecibo Observatory is the largest radio telescope in the municipality of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Eye in the Sky Blinded

On December 1, 2020, after a number of failures by cables and the sockets holding them, the massive aperture spherical radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico suddenly collapsed.  Miraculously, no one was hurt.

Douglas Wood - January 18, 2021