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The ramifications of a new type of gene

The ramifications of a new type of gene

WHAT’S a gene? You might think biologists had worked that one out by now. But the question is more slippery than may at first appear. The conventional answer is something like, “a piece of DNA that encodes the structure of a particular protein”. Proteins so created run the body. Genes, meanwhile, are passed on in…
IoT hack: how to break a smart home…again

IoT hack: how to break a smart home…again

There can never be too many IoT gadgets – that’s what people usually think when buying yet another connected device with advanced functionality. From our perspective, we also think there can’t be too many IoT investigations. So, we have continued our experiments into checking and uncovering how vulnerable they are, and followed up our research…
African elephants are migrating to safety—and telling each other how to get there

African elephants are migrating to safety—and telling each other how to get there

The Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is a 11,700 sq km (4,517 sq mile) sanctuary for animals. Families of endangered African elephants wander freely through the park, which is bordered by Namibia in the north and Zimbabwe in the east. The animals visit watering holes, feed on the lush vegetation, and play with the…
Forecasts of genetic fate just got a lot more accurate

Forecasts of genetic fate just got a lot more accurate

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist’s hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered heart attacks here, 100,000 healthy controls there. There’s never been data available on as many people’s genes as there is today. And that wealth of information is allowing researchers to guess…
Turning brain signals into useful information

Turning brain signals into useful information

FOR those who reckon that brain-computer interfaces will never catch on, there is a simple answer: they already have. Well over 300,000 people worldwide have had cochlear implants fitted in their ears. Strictly speaking, this hearing device does not interact directly with neural tissue, but the effect is not dissimilar. A processor captures sound, which…
PRESS RELEASE: Pineapple Fund Offers $4 Million Matching Grant to MAPS

PRESS RELEASE: Pineapple Fund Offers $4 Million Matching Grant to MAPS

Written on January 10, 2018.   PRESS RELEASE: Pineapple Fund Offers $4 Million Matching Grant to MAPS Cryptocurrency philanthropist hopes to inspire others to complete funding for Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD CONTACT:Brad Burge, Director of Strategic Communications, MAPSThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to…
Announcing Sourcegraph Server 2.4: free, powerful search for your private code

Announcing Sourcegraph Server 2.4: free, powerful search for your private code

Sourcegraph Server 2.4 is here. It is now free for unlimited users and repositories, can be installed in minutes with a single docker run command, and is easily configurable in the new web-based site admin. This release also includes many performance and bug fixes, plus a better interface for monitoring search results. Sourcegraph Server gives…
Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

MARIO DI MARTINO/INAF OSSERVATORIO ASTROFYSICO DI TORINO Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The Hypatia stone is only a few centimeters across, broken into pebble fragments, but it may very well be the most interesting rock in the world. Named for Hypatia of Alexandria, the first prominent Western woman astronomer and mathematician, the colorful rock was…
Ninth Circuit Doubles Down: Violating a Website’s Terms of Service Is Not a Crime

Ninth Circuit Doubles Down: Violating a Website’s Terms of Service Is Not a Crime

Good news out of the Ninth Circuit: the federal court of appeals heeded EFF’s advice and rejected an attempt by Oracle to hold a company criminally liable for accessing Oracle’s website in a manner it didn’t like. The court ruled back in 2012 that merely violating a website’s terms of use is not a crime under…
Attack of the Week: Group Messaging in WhatsApp and Signal

Attack of the Week: Group Messaging in WhatsApp and Signal

If you’ve read this blog before, you know that secure messaging is one of my favorite topics. However, recently I’ve been a bit disappointed. My sadness comes from the fact that lately these systems have been getting too damned good. That is, I was starting to believe that most of the interesting problems had finally been solved.…
What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

from left: Shandong Education Press; Shanghai people's Fine Arts Publishing House; Child's Play International. What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids? That's a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays. And it's a question that inspired a…
IAIK/meltdown

IAIK/meltdown

This repository contains several applications, demonstrating the Meltdown bug. For technical information about the bug, refer to the paper: Meltdown by Lipp, Schwarz, Gruss, Prescher, Haas, Mangard, Kocher, Genkin, Yarom, and Hamburg The applications in this repository are built with libkdump, a library we developed for the paper. This library simplifies exploitation of the bug…