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Alzheimer's study reveals new genes implicated in disease

Researchers have taken a major step towards understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease with the largest study yet into the genetics of the disorder.<p>Findings from the international team suggest at least 20 genes play a role in the common late-onset form of Alzheimer's, more than double the …

Nymi bracelet uses your heartbeat as a password

Future authentication methods need to be a lot harder to hack. That's the idea behind the Nymi from startup Bionym. Instead of passwords, Nymi relies on your heartbeat.<p>The Nymi is worn as a bracelet. It monitors your cardiac rhythm, a unique signature for each person. It is constantly …

Wearable Tech

Toshiba has invented a quantum cryptography network that even the NSA can’t hack

If you’ve got communications that absolutely cannot be intercepted—whether you’re a NSA whistleblower, the president of Mexico, or Coca-Cola—quantum cryptography is the way to go.<p>It harnesses the bizarro-world properties of quantum physics to ensure that information sent from point A to point B …

Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.<p>Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. …

Brain-training video games may help reverse cognitive decline in old age

Playing brain-training video gamesmay help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilitiesamong older people, according to scientists.<p>They found that 60-year-olds who played a custom-designed video game for 12 hours over the course of a month improved their multitasking abilities to levels …

Next Mars mission seeks to unravel secrets of Red Planet's atmosphere

BOULDER, Colo. — Scientists are gearing up for NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, an orbiter equipped to probe the Martian upper atmosphere for clues to how the Red Planet's atmosphere has thinned and how Mars' climate has evolved over time.<p>The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission, called …

University of California

Why You Shouldn't Necessarily Trust Those Reports Of Kim Jong-un Executing His Ex-Girlfriend

It's a pretty remarkable story — the ex-girlfriend, popular singer Hyon Song-wol, was one of several who were reportedly executed by firing squad after being accused of making and selling sex tapes.<p>For a story being reported around the world, however, it appears to be based on a rather flimsy …

North Korea

Tourists cross Korean border

Five Kiwi motorcyclists drove their bikes across the heavily guarded border between North and South Korea on Thursday.<p>The crossing was part of a 5,500-mile journey that began in the Russian city of Magadan and which aims to traverse the mountain “spine” of the Korean peninsula, from Mount Paektu in …

North Korea

North Korea's Kim reportedly has ex-girlfriend, 11 others executed

A North Korean firing squad last week executed a former girlfriend of leader<p>Kim Jong Unand 11 other entertainers for allegedly violating laws banning pornography, a South Korean newspaper reported Thursday.<p>The report by Chosun Ilbo, an English-language newspaper of a Seoul media conglomerate, …

When I think, you move: researchers achieve brain-to-brain interface

It might sound rather frightening to have your arm move involuntarily, controlled by some unseen puppet master — but for researchers at the University of Washington, it represented a major breakthrough in human-to-human brain interfaces. Using a non-invasive brain-to-brain setup, a researcher in …

China started late, but could zoom ahead to lead space race

China is pressing forward on its human space exploration plans, intent on establishing an international space station and, experts say, harnessing the technological muscle to launch its astronauts to the moon.<p>Highlighting China's intent, the country is working with the United Nations to stage a …

Space Exploration

North Korea Has a Serious Crystal Meth Problem

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>We've known about North Korea's practice of selling state-manufactured, high quality meth in foreign …

Kim Jong Un Is Having Trouble Building a Massive Ski Resort

Matt Berman @Mr_Berman<p>Aug. 19, 2013, 9:52 a.m.<p>Over the week­end, North Korean lead­er Kim Jong Un spent some time tour­ing what he hopes will soon be …

How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself.<p>On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around …

Gmail promises “no reasonable expectation” of privacy

UPDATED: Google admits that third-party email users should not be surprised that company processes communication<p>Natasha Lennard<p>August 14, 2013 6:43pm (UTC)<p><b>UPDATED BELOW</b> with statement from Google, clarifying that Gmail users do have privacy protections, but that "third party law" applies when it …

North Korea builds online troll army of 3,000

North Korea has put together a team of 3,000 cyber warriors as part of attempts to build support for the regime of leader Kim Jong-Un and destabilize its enemies, according to a South Korean think tank.<p>The hackers include 200 agents who post anti-South Korean comments online to try to demoralise …

North Korea

Rio: Eike’s port a blessing for locals

A plan by financially troubled Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista to build a port in the state of Rio de Janeiro, the so called Superporto do Açu, or the …

Unease In Sprawling Rio Slum Ahead Of Police 'Pacification'

Brazilian police are preparing to occupy one of the deadliest shantytown complexes in Rio de Janeiro, hoping to drive out drug gangs ahead of next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.<p>It's the latest "pacification" effort in a Rio slum, and the city's new chief of police says he'll need some …

YouTube's 'Missile Command' Easter egg puts the video in video game

Protect your cat videos for great justice. A new YouTube easter egg lets you play <i>Missile Command</i> — that artifact of early '80s Cold War consciousness and Golden Age game mechanics — above whatever video you’re watching. Just load up the Flash player and type "1980" anywhere outside a text field to …

North Korea is the worst place in the world to be a standup comic

When it’s not threatening nuclear war, the repressive hermit kingdom of North Korea is a bountiful provider of absurdist comic fodder. But it turns out to be a terrible place to tell jokes for a living.<p>According to a report by Radio Free Asia, the well-known North Korean comedian* Lee Choon Hong, …

World's first 3D-printed rifle gets update, fires 14 shots

A Canadian tinkerer who previously claimed to have created the world's first 3D-printed rifle, only to see the barrel crack upon its first videotaped test firing, has now created an updated version of the gun that was able to fire 14 rounds before suffering damage. The riflemaker, who goes by the …

Students hijack US$80m yacht with GPS spoofing - Roadshow

<b>Students from the University of Texas created a custom GPS spoofing device that allowed them to take over a superyacht's navigation system, changing</b> …

Hacking Insulin Pumps And Other Medical Devices From Black Hat

One of the briefings at Black Hat this year was a session on how vulnerable medical devices are to cyber attack, given by Jay Radcliff. This was part of our company’s coverage of Black Hat and Defcon highlights sent via social media. Although the actual demonstration of an insulin pump being …

Protesters invade Rio de Janeiro city hall

A worker, center left, tries to remove protesters after they invaded the city council building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 31, 2013. The clashes came towards the end of an anti-government march by protesters who focused their anger on Rio state governor Sergio Cabral.<p>An injured policeman is …

NASA funds 'warp speed' research

Though it seems ripped straight from an episode of Star Trek, NASA has invested real money into understanding the science behind travel faster than the speed of light.<p>Harold G. White, a NASA physicist, leads the small team at NASA who are trying to make reality out of a theory that suggests the …

Study: Sea-level rise threatens 1,400 U.S. cities

How bad is the sea-level rise? Though scientists debate the severity, a new study says at least 316 U.S. cities and towns will be mostly submerged unless pollution can be pulled from the sky.<p>A rise in sea levels threatens the viability of more than 1,400 cities and towns, including Miami, Virginia …

Court stops scientists from publishing codes that could wirelessly lockpick Porsches

Three cryptography experts from a Dutch university have cracked the codes used to start luxury cars such as Audis, Bentleys, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, knowledge that could allow anyone with the right tools to wirelessly lockpick a $300,000 car. The researchers were preparing to publish a paper in …

Ancient Mars Was Snowy, New Model Suggests

<b>Dreaming of a white</b> <b>Mars? You may be in luck. Networks of valleys branching across the surface of Mars may have been carved out by melting snow, according to a new study.</b><p>Researchers have been debating for years whether the water that once flowed on the red planet's surface formed by either water …