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Each year, the planet has to feed more hungry, hungry humans. Right now, projections suggest that we might just be able to meet the challenge of feeding our growing population in 2050, but only if we make better use of the land that we use for agriculture.

For sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), though, the question gets a little more complicated. Even if there’s enough food globally to go around by 2050, will SSA be able to produce enough to be self-sufficient? A paper in this week’s PNAS suggests that the region might be stuck relying on imports unless it massively expands its croplands. This would be bad news for the environment, and it wouldn’t be easy.

Every region on Earth relies on food imports to some extent, but importing large amounts of food is only really feasible in countries that are economically developed. For developing countries, affording large quantities of food imports can stifle economic development. Right now, SSA produces around 80 percent of the staple grains that it needs. By contrast, North and South America, Europe, and Australia all produce well above 100 percent of their own needs. And the population of SSA is projected to increase more than that of other regions.

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After users made a stink about Evernote’s new privacy policy, CEO Chris O’Neill did a lot of backtracking and apologizing. He says the company “communicated poorly” about how it would implement new machine learning features and that it was all just a misinterpretation.

In an interview with Fast Company, O’Neill said that “what was interpreted as a policy that would give Evernote employees the opportunity to read users’ notes, was actually a reference to using user data, with their permission, to help improve new features.” He added that “you could grant access to that specific note to a support employee to help you troubleshoot the issue.”

The privacy policy, related to the company’s new machine learning efforts, has now been indefinitely delayed, Evernote announced in a release. Confusingly, O’Neill also stated in a release:

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For the second time this year, someone has apparently used Twitter to attack journalist Kurt Eichenwald by exploiting his epilepsy. In October, he revealed in Newsweek that a Trump supporter had attempted to induce a seizure via Twitter with an epileptogenic cartoon. Fortunately for Eichenwald, he was able to drop his iPad face-down in time.

Yesterday, someone evidently tried again. According to a series of tweets from Eichenwald’s account, they succeeded this time.

Eichenwald says he’s determined to have the attacker—who used the handle @jew_goldstein and the pseudonym (((Ari Goldstein)))—identified via subpoena and mentions both criminal and civil law as ways of bringing them to justice.

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By Waqas

If you are an Electronic Arts (EA) customer then don’t worry you are not alone since tons of other users are also complaining about EA servers being down. At the moment it is unclear what’s exactly going on but we can confirm that there hasn’t been any official tweet from EA Support twitter handle. It could be […]

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The term “anti-science” gets thrown around too loosely. Even though people are generally not opposed to the institution of science, most of us will stick to the positions of our cultural team when politics rub up against science. While science may be an effort to objectively evaluate the workings of the cosmos, human behavior is not.

Some arguments, however, come pretty close to a general antipathy toward science. On Wednesday, Trump transition team advisor Anthony Scaramucci made one of those arguments in a CNN appearance.

Scaramucci runs an investment firm, hosts Fox Business News’ “Wall Street Week” program, and has written books like The Little Book of Hedge Funds: What You Need to Know About Hedge Funds but the Managers Won’t Tell You. He is part of the Executive Committee for President-elect Trump’s transition—a group that includes Peter Thiel and Trump’s children, among others.

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Discussion about climate change often focuses on the future. People talk about the world we’re handing to our children and grandchildren. They worry about food, water, and physical security, and scientists work to predict what will happen to ecosystems around the globe.

But what if we talked about the past instead—about getting back to the way things used to be? Researchers Matthew Baldwin and Joris Lammers at the University of Cologne, Germany, got volunteers to do just that in a series of experiments. They found that framing discussions and messages this way may help reduce climate change skepticism among political conservatives, who tend to be less likely than liberals to accept the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.

Baldwin and Lammers took cues from previous research, which suggested that conservatives tend to be concerned with preserving the past, while liberals would like to replace current systems with ones they think would be better. As such, they hypothesized that conservatives may be resistant to environmental messaging that focuses on disrupting the status quo because of speculations about the future. This would mean that climate change skepticism may not result as much from “an inherent disbelief in scientific evidence,” they write, but rather to this difference in emphasis and perspective.

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Russia-based hackers are apparently not happy with the attention they’ve been getting for their Olympic anti-doping agency “conspiracy” leaks.

This morning, Ars received an odd ask by Twitter direct message: “Hello, we are Fancy Bears’ Hack Team. Are you interested in WADA and USADA confidential documents?”

Fancy Bears HT is the front for the hacking operation that spear-phished International Olympic Committee members to gain access to the systems of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Those records were leaked—and in some cases, according to WADA officials, modified—in an effort to discredit the Olympics’ drug-testing rules. The leaks were seen by officials as retribution for the bans imposed on Russian athletes after widespread doctoring of drug tests by the Russians at multiple Olympic games was exposed by a WADA investigation.

The hack of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) e-mails was first revealed in October. A spokesperson for USADA told Ars that the e-mails were probably exposed during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, possibly when a scientific advisor to USADA was using public Wi-Fi at the games.

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By Waqas

Just a couple of weeks ago we reported about “Gooligan” attack affecting millions of Android devices worldwide. Now, Comodo Threat Research Labs have identified a new malware Tordow v2.0 which is the first mobile banking Trojan created specifically for Android devices affecting users in Russia. It has become a serious threat for Android users because […]

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The two lawyers said to be the masterminds behind Prenda Law, Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, have been arrested and charged with a multimillion-dollar extortion scheme.

The two lawyers were charged Wednesday with an 18-count indictment (PDF), describing allegations of fraud, perjury, and money laundering perpetrated between 2011 and 2014. The charges were unsealed and announced today and first reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Both Hansmeier, 35, and Steele, 45, were arrested earlier today before the indictment was made public.

“The defendants in this case are charged with devising a scheme that casts doubt on the integrity of our profession,” said US Attorney Andrew Luger in a statement. “The conduct of these defendants was outrageous—they used deceptive lawsuits and unsuspecting judges to extort millions from vulnerable defendants. Our courts are halls of justice where fairness and the rule of law triumph, and my office will use every available resource to stop corrupt lawyers from abusing our system of justice.”

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As per the Fifth Amendment, a US citizen cannot be forced to surrender his private information such as passwords or login credentials. However, this new case has set a different precedent because a Florida Court of Appeals has ordered a male suspect to provide his phone’s passcode to the law enforcement. This is true that […]

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