Twenty-First Century Fox revenue beats as cable sees highest earnings ever

(Reuters) – Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s , the media and entertainment company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, reported quarterly revenue that beat analysts’ estimate on Wednesday, as higher fees from cable and satellite distributors drove cable business earnings to a record high.

Mind games: North Korean detention may have scarred U.S. prisoners

(Reuters) – Three Americans released from North Korean captivity on Wednesday are at risk of a range of symptoms, from crippling anxiety to severe depression, as a result of the trauma experienced during their imprisonment.

Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting

Back in 1998, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts housed the 27th most-powerful supercomputer in the world, with 116 cores providing a maximum performance of 213 gigaflops. Today, the ECMWF forecasting center has the world’s 27th and 28th most powerful supercomputers, each with 126,000 cores and 20,000 times the computing power of its machine two decades ago.

This dramatic increase in computing power at the European center—as well as similar increases at US-based and other international numerical modeling centers—helps to explain the dramatic increase in hurricane-forecast accuracy over the same time period.

Based upon new data from the National Hurricane Center for hurricanes based in the Atlantic basin, the average track error for a five-day forecast fell to 155 nautical miles in 2017. That is, the location predicted by the hurricane center for a given storm was just 155 nautical miles away from the actual position of the storm five days later. What is incredible about this is that, back in 1998, this was the average error for a two-day track forecast.

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Three companies win $550.8 million deal to supply McAfee software to Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three companies have been awarded a $550.8 million blanket purchase agreement to supply McAfee hardware, software and related services to the U.S. Defense Department, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.