This week in review: golden spirals dating from the Bronze Age; Chadian dictator Hissène Habré is finally facing justice; Scientists connect monkeys’ brains to create a superbrain; Building an overpass to save Californian mountain lions; Tony Abbott’s new display of ignorance; and New Horizon has reached Pluto!
On 12 December 2014, after weeks of intensive research conducted by a team of journalists and technical experts, Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten exposed evidence of widespread espionage of Norwegian political and economic actors in central Oslo. On 23 June, Aftenposten presented a new report, based on Delma’s analysis, which confirmed that IMSI catchers were being used all over Oslo, from the Parliament to Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s office, to Aker Brygge and around Parkveien, home to many foreign embassies.
Location-based analytics are growing fast, and many IT companies are offering solutions to map the footfall and habits of customers in shopping malls by tracking their mobile phones. This may happen with shoppers’ approval, when they download a brand’s app or connect to a free Wi-Fi network, or without it, when sensors receive signals from their mobile phones without their knowledge, raising privacy questions.
This week in review: Love wins; Three separate terrorist attacks strike three continents; Reading Eudora Welty; and Kanye West being his ridiculous self.