"Climate Studies Show: Somali Pirates Take Summer Vacations, Too" on Wired's Danger Room

It’s the first full week of summer, and most of us are probably thinking about how to get away to escape the heat, relax, and maybe hit a wave or two. Well, it turns out that Somali pirates take a summer break, too — but for different reasons.

A recent report produced by researchers of the New Zealand Defense Force and the Royal Australian Navy (Climatic controls on piracy in the Horn of Africa region, 2010–2011) proposes a new spin on the observed temporal pattern of attacks by Somali pirates based on weather, or more specifically the monsoons that occur in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea during the summer and winter.

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"How to Talk Like a Pirate … in His Native Somali" on Wired's Danger Room

Sept. 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. For most would-be buccaneers, this is an opportunity to drink grog and try out their best Captain Jack Sparrow impersonations. Danger Room certainly does not discourage this kind of behavior.

At the same time, piracy is not just a thing of the past, but rather a real-world problem plaguing the some of the most dangerous areas of the world today. And so with this in mind but also in the spirit of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Danger Room would like to offer this guide to talking like a real pirate — as in, the one of the guys hijacking ships in the Horn of Africa region today. It’s the first in what may become a series of ITLAPD features.

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"Here’s How U.S. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics" on Wired's Danger Room

Iarpa, the intelligence community’s way-out research shop, wants to know where you took that vacation picture over the Fourth of July. It wants to know where you took that snapshot with your friends when you were at that New Year’s Eve party. Oh yeah, and if you happen to be a terrorist and you took a photo with some of your buddies while prepping for a raid, the agency definitely wants to know where you took that picture — and it’s looking for ideas to help figure it out.

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"Did Two Profs Find Osama From Space? Nope, Sorry." on Wired's Danger Room

Locating Osama bin Laden took years of painstaking intelligence collection and analysis. And despite what you see on 24, there is no magic. Each piece of the puzzle had to be fitted together over time, something that doesn’t happen easily or automatically — especially when the intelligence is used to back a decision send people in on the ground instead of dropping a bomb or firing a cruise missile.

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"If You Can Tell Boys From Girls, the Air Force May Give You 20 Grand" on Wired's Danger Room

The Air Force has problems distinguishing men from women and adults from children. Which means pilots sometimes target — and kill — the wrong people. The air service’s solution: a nationwide contest, to help the military pick out kid from grown-up.

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