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Use this to block content delivery networks and get your privacy

If you’re like me and you’re using a combination of an anti-tracking extension and adblocker to ensure your privacy online, you’ll want to know about a new extension called Decentraleyes that takes it one step further.<p>Decentraleyes is free, but only available for Firefox, and lets you load scripts …

Lizard Squad launches DDoS tool that lets anyone take down online services, starting at $6 per month

Lizard Squad, the “hacker” group best known for attacking Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network, has now launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack tool. Now anyone can now take down the website or online service of their choice thanks to “Lizard Stresser,” which we’re …

Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees

Robert Wood says that medicine and agriculture could be transformed by micro and "soft" robots.<p><i>Editor's note: Robert Wood is one of National Geographic's 2014 emerging explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …

Robotics: How machines see the world

Autonomous bots like self-driving cars don’t see the world like us. Frank Swain discovers why this could be a problem.<p>Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can? For most of us, distinguishing an average-sized adult from a five-inch-high aluminium can isn’t a difficult task. But to …

Autonomous Cars

The Future of Warfare & The Creation of Robot Armies | The Takeaway | WNYC

Scientists are making more intelligent war machines like drones that can land on their own. We may soon be making robot infantry that decide when or …

Feds charge four men for stealing $100 million in Xbox code and U.S. military secrets

The feds today charged four men with hacking and stealing secrets worth more than $100 million from Microsoft and the U.S. Army.<p>The justice department said Microsoft, which produces the Xbox One gaming system, the U.S. Army, and leading game manufacturers had their systems hacked and intellectual …

Argus raises $4M to keep car hackers at bay

Well, here’s a reassuring thought: Your car can get hacked.<p>This is nothing new, but as cars get more connected to the Internet, the threats are becoming more and more prevalent. Argus, an Israeli company that provides an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) that prevents a car’s main components from …

Sponsored post: Robots for all. Build your own Modbot

What’s your dream robot? A companion robot to play ping pong? A Hollywood-style robotics camera dolly? A stabilizer for your GoPro and Quadcopter? …

New quadrocopter video points to a future for flying machines in entertainment

We’ve seen robots on stage before: Humanoids have been featured in theater productions in Switzerland, Austria, and Japan, and industrial robots have …

Robot Octopus Swims Freely in the Aegean Sea

A robot octopus is making waves after video footage of it crawling, grabbing a ball and swimming in the Aegean Sea was recently unveiled. The researchers in Greece who created the robot, led by computer scientist Dimitris Tsakiris, found a way to nearly double its speed and boost its efficiency …

Virtually Human: We need human rights for cyberconscious beings.

<i>This</i> <i>essay is adapted from</i> Virtually Human: The Promise—and the Peril—of Digital Immortality <i>by Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D, published by St. Martin’s</i> …

Cyborgs: The truth about human augmentation

What is it like to be a cyborg? In his last regular column for BBC Future, Frank Swain explores the biggest misconceptions about bionic limbs, microchip implants and beyond.<p>At the height of summer, when London was baking in unseasonable heat, I made an ill-fated trip to the Serpentine lido in …

Mongolia's lost secrets in pictures: the golden eagle hunters

The Altai Mountains run from Siberia in Russia all the way down to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. An enormous mountain range, it covers a vast area of over 16,000 kilometres and is studded with huge glacial lakes and permanently snow-covered peaks that rise above 4,500m. One of the world’s last true …

Wildlife

Lotus Flower

US regulator raises alarm for 'Armageddon-type' cyber attack

After a year of prominent hackings of millions of US credit and debit cards, one of the top regulators regulators of the American financial system has said that the prospect of an “Armageddon-type cyber event” is one of the most significant issues he plans to address in the next year.<p>New York State …

This Is Why Nothing Online Is Totally Hacker-Proof

In the world of digital security there is unsafe, and there is safer, but no one is hack-proof. Jennifer Lawrence and other celebs may have been …

Upper Terrace at Mammoth Hot Spring, Yellowstone

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera