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These 5 countries are home to more than half the world’s forests


As scientists and engineers work on technological solutions to capture and store carbon from human activity, our forests store as much as 45% of all carbon on land.

Yet, just when we need more trees to cut greenhouse gas emissions, a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) finds that the world has lost 178 million hectares of forest since 1990. That is an area equivalent to the size of Libya.
 

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Inflation Is Here: Fast Food Bosses Make $5,460 An Hour


CEOs of the 10 key fast-service restaurants, including Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Restaurant Brands (QSR) and McDonald's (MCD), took home an average paycheck of $11.4 million for 2020. That works out to $5,460 an hour, up roughly 21% from the previous year. Investor's Business Daily analyzed the pay of the 10 top comparable fast-casual restaurants collected by S&P Global Market Intelligence.
 

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Covid doom predictions that never happened


Unfortunately, many of the bad predictions about COVID-19 came true. The people who saw cases ramping up exponentially, and warned that this was going to be a mass death event, were right, while the people who minimized the threat and waved it away were wrong. And a lot of people are dead because we didn’t listen to the former.

But economic predictions are a different story.
 

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Bombshell Report Finds Phone Network Encryption Was Deliberately Weakened


A weakness in the algorithm used to encrypt cellphone data in the 1990s and 2000s allowed hackers to spy on some internet traffic, according to a new research paper.


The paper has sent shockwaves through the encryption community because of what it implies: The researchers believe that the mathematical probability of the weakness being introduced on accident is extremely low. Thus, they speculate that a weakness was intentionally put into the algorithm. After the paper was published, the group that designed the algorithm confirmed this was the case.
 

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The global chip shortage is creating a new problem: More fake components


From face masks to hand sanitizer and onto vaccine passports: almost all of the products that have been in high demand during the past few months have inevitably provided an opportunity for fraudsters looking to make easy money from counterfeits.

It is not surprising, therefore, that industry experts are looking at the growing global chip shortage with a degree of anxiety.
 

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Scientists are teaching drones to hunt down human screams


If someone created a flying machine capable of tracking you down by listening for your voice, you might be creeped out.

But what if you were pinned under a pile of rubble after a natural disaster and first responders couldn’t locate you? Maybe then a human-seeking drone wouldn’t be such a terrible idea.

That concept is the focus for engineers at Germany’s Fraunhofer FKIE institute, who’ve built a drone prototype designed to find people by detecting human screams and listening for other signs of distress.
 

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A CCTV Company Is Paying Remote Workers in India to Yell at Armed Robbers


In a short CCTV video, a clerk at a small convenience store can be seen taking a bottle of coffee from a cooler and drinking it. When he returns to the cash register, an unseen person's voice emits from a speaker on the ceiling and interrogates him about whether he scanned and paid for the item.

In another video, a cashier is standing behind the counter talking to someone just out of frame. There’s a 'ding' sound, and the voice from above questions the cashier about who the other man is—he’s there to give the cashier a ride at the end of his shift—then orders the man to stand on the other side of the counter.
 

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