Mackenzie Barth

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Career Spotlight: What I Do as an "Ethical Hacker"

You occasionally hear about major security vulnerabilities being discovered before they’re exploited, like the notorious Heartbleed bug last year. …

Ethical Hacking

12-year-old Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times; friends arrested

They thought they had something to prove to someone they found on a ghoulish website, police say. So, two girls lured a third girl into a wooded area in Waukesha, Wisconsin, over the weekend and stabbed her 19 times, according to authorities.<p>The suspects allegedly left the victim to crawl to her …

U.S. official: 'Dangerous' Russian jet fly-by was 'straight out of a movie'

A Russian fighter jet buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. military plane in April, a U.S. official said Tuesday, describing the fly-by as "straight out of a movie."<p>The Russian jet flew within 100 feet of the nose of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Okhotsk between Russia and …

Slenderman: Behind the online monster cited in Wisconsin stabbing report

On Saturday, two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, Wisconsin were arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder for luring a fellow classmate into the woods, where they allegedly held her down and stabbed her 19 times.<p>Court documents revealed that the suspects may have been motivated by their …

30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that …

Kids

Fantastical Clouds Magically Suspended in Empty Rooms

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is best known for his fantastical <i>Nimbus</i> series, in which individual clouds appear to magically float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy nimbuses drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a …

Anton Purisima Files the Largest Lawsuit Ever Over a Rabid Dog, and It Could Bankrupt the World

New Yorker Anton Purisima claims a rabid dog bit him on a city bus. The result is the world’s largest ever lawsuit—and, if he wins, the awarding of …

Plastic, Heal Thyself

A new polymer can seal much bigger holes than previous self-repairing plastics.<p>Machines that can fix themselves are such staples in fantastic fiction that the concept has its own name at TV Tropes (the 'net's ultimate guide to fiction cliches): Self Healing Phlebotinum.<p>In reality, chemists and …

Chemistry

What We Can Learn From Humans Who Don't Age

A closer look at the science behind two unusual little girls, who have appeared on Dateline and Good Morning America.<p>Perhaps you've seen them on <i>Dateline</i>, or <i>Good Morning America</i>. Gabrielle Williams and Brooke Greenberg are girls who don't seem to age at the same rate as the rest of us. Nine-year-old …

Biology

The Disquieting Delights Of Salt-Rising Bread

How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection<p>I've recently come across a fringe fermentation method that, unlike the breads and brews and yogurts and pickles and misos we know and love, isn't run by the usual benign microbes. The engine behind this fermentation …

8 Mascots Scarier Than McDonald’s New Happy Box Of Horror

Are there any mascots scarier than the new McDonald’s grinning box-thing? Yes. Yes, there are.<p>McDonald’s unveiled a new mascot this week, an anthropomorphic box (?) named Happy. From a press posting on the official McDonald’s site: “McDonald’s today introduced ‘Happy,’ a new animated Happy Meal …

North Korea Revealed in Photos Captured on Google Glass

While Google Glass user Kenny Zhu was in North Korea this past April, he took advantage of the small and comparatively inconspicuous size of the …

This Extreme Close-Up of a Single Droplet of Sea Water May Surprise You

We all know that looking into a microscope reveals a whole world of tiny, miniscule organisms that are invisible to the naked eye. Photographer David …

Dynamic Residential Buildings Proposed Above Urban Transportation Hubs

<i>Urban Alloy</i> is an innovative architectural design concept created by Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM as a way to continuously improve and expand upon urban development in dynamic cities like New York. The designers have proposed a concept that makes use of wasted spaces above intersections …

North Korea by night: satellite images shed new light on the secretive state

New images taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station this year captured a fresh view of the Korean peninsula at night.<p>Though the theme is familiar – "light emission from Pyongyang is equivalent to the smaller towns in South Korea” – this picture has in fact been changing.<p>Other cities …

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How the Heartbleed bug works, and what passwords you need to change

Internet security experts are scrambling to patch an alarming encryption vulnerability that has exposed millions of passwords and personal information, including credit-card numbers, email accounts and a wide range of online commerce.<p><b>Latest news</b><p>The Canada Revenue Agency says about 900 customers had …

Information Security

Deer Jesus Answers Your Misspelled Prayers

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal reminding you to teach your kids how to spell.<p>More cervine messiahs at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

11 Reasons Why Cat Bites May Be Linked To Depression

Here are the best possible explanations for the strange correlation.<p>In case you hadn't heard, cat bites are linked to depression. As I wrote last week, a study in <i>PLOS ONE</i> looked through the health records of 1.3 million people and found that 41 percent of people who were treated for cat bites were …

Cat Bites, Depression and Germs: Is there a Link?

Last week, a team from the University of Michigan published a fascinating study in which they went data mining to uncover an age-old question:<p>Are cat bites and depression linked?<p>Actually, the paper was about the power of electronic health records (EHRs) and the how they can be used in combination …

What's the Difference Between Antlers and Horns?

Antlers are found on the heads of male members of the deer family (with the exception of the reindeer, where the females also sport the pointy …

The Queen Will See You Now: How Bees’ Sense Of Smell Might Soon Diagnose Disease

Bees have a nose 100 times more powerful than a human’s. Like dogs, it turns out they can be trained and used in diagnostic tests. A London artist now has a contraption to do just that.<p>Even when a honeybee is a couple of miles away, it can still smell a particular flower or toxin. A bee’s olfactory …

Bees

The Case For Building Cities Underground

Forget supertall skyscrapers–a new wave of architects wants to build cities underground.<p>Deep beneath the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, a new type of green space is coaxed out of the darkness. Delancey Underground, a 1.5-acre space that formerly served as a trolley terminal, has gone …

Urban Planning

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

The Cyborg Foundation: we urge you to become part-machine

Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson from The Cyborg Foundation urged the audience at Pioneers Festival to consider experimenting with cyborgism.<p>Both Ribas …

Synthetic creatures could "save nature" says Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Synthetic living creatures would be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution under this futuristic proposal by …

Robots, the 'uncanny valley' and learning to love the alien

Can we rewire our human distrust of robots that look like us?<p>We humans have evolved to relate emotionally to inanimate artefacts, which is strange when you think about it. Children play with dolls and toy soldiers as if they were people. Adults talk to their cars. As long as they are robot-like and …

Robotics

​Boeing's Bird of Prey: A Prototype Jet Worthy of the Klingon Empire

<i>From the U-2 Dragon Lady and A-12 Oxcart, to the SR-71 Blackbird and D-12 Ramjet Drone, there's been no shortage of exotic aircraft (and UFO</i> …

UFOs