Jonathan “JD” Waker

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Ransomware Hackers Blackmail U.S. Police Departments

Cyber criminals who have forced U.S. hospitals, schools and cities to pay hundreds of millions in blackmail or see their computer files destroyed are now targeting the unlikeliest group of victims — local police departments.<p>Eastern European hackers are hitting law enforcement agencies nationwide …

Cybersecurity

Looking For Higher Dimensions In Gravity

In the effort to unify the gravitational theory of general relativity with the quantum theory of the very small theoretical physicists explore a lot of wild ideas. One of these is the idea of higher dimensions. While we may live our lives in the three-dimensional volume of space and the temporal …

Physics

200 years after Darwin, this is how the iconic Galapagos finches are still evolving

When Darwin watched his famous finches flit about the craggy cliffs and lush forests of the Galapagos, he observed that something essential was at work in this remote part of the Pacific — some force of nature that, over the course of millennia, pushed each type of bird to become perfectly suited …

Birds

Hubble Celebrates 26th Birthday with Stunning Shot of the Bubble Nebula

Sigh. There’s nothing like a photo straight from the great Hubble Space Telescope to put our megapixel squabbling and ultra-fast frame rate …

Black Holes Could Be Portals to Parallel Universe: Stephen Hawking

<b>New Delhi:</b> Renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking recently spoke at length about black holes at the Harvard University, bringing a new …

Small Experiments in DIY Home Security

[Dann Albright] writes about some small experiments he’s done in home security.He starts with the simplest. Which is to purchase an off the shelf web …

Hacking

Pluto Reveals More Secrets

MOUNTAIN VIEW – Eight months after its encounter with the New Horizons spacecraft, Pluto continues to surprise the scientists who study this distant …

Planets

The 'Dark' Universe May Be Full of Strange Interactions — NOVA Next | PBS

Most of the universe may not be as constant as physicists think it is.<p>Dark energy and dark matter—the two main ingredients of the universe, and two …

Dark Matter

These $150,000 Prefab Houses Don’t Need Any Energy From The Grid

Deltec’s factory-built houses get their power from solar panels—and incredible gains in efficiency.<p>When a home-building company called Deltec Homes first launched in 1968, they focused on designing houses that could survive a hurricane. Now one of their main focuses is a different challenge—how to …

Nobody can agree on how many girls are in this photo

LONDON — Damn you, Internet, why do you make our heads hurt like this?<p>Just when you think you've had all the dresses and pandas you can take, someone …

America’s Gestapo: The FBI’s Reign of Terror » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

“We want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar …

Are Ceres' Weird Bright Spots Changing? What Ground-Based Telescopes Show

In 2015, NASA's Dawn space probe sent back the first images that directly revealed the presence of mysterious, bright spots on the surface of Ceres, …

Edward Snowden Dismisses FBI Claim That Only Apple Can Unlock iPhone

Edward Snowden is weighing in again on the FBI’s claim that only Apple can unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.<p>“Respectfully, …

Ship Models and History

Posted by Felix S in 1628 Batavia Tall Ship, 1690 San Felipe Scaled Ship Model, 1797 USS Constitution Ship Model Old Ironsides, American Ship USS …

Expose children to classical music whether they like it or not, says Nicola Benedetti

All children should have the chance to be exposed to classical music, even if they'd rather play video games, Nicola Benedetti says<p>All children should be compelled to learn about classical music in the same way they must do maths and science, <b>Nicola Benedetti</b> has argued.<p><b>Benedetti</b>, the award-winning …

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Livescribe+ for Android goes live to bridge analog and digital

The pen is mightier than the sword, or so they say. And that holds true for some even in this digital age of cloud storage and note-taking apps. And …

Lily is the World’s First Throw-and-Shoot Camera

Lily is a new robotic camera drone that aims to shake up not only the drone industry, but the camera industry as a whole. It’s the world’s first …

Foxconn pumps money into Cyanogen - is there a Nokia link?

In between messing up its partnership with OnePlus, or making statements about how it is “putting a bullet through Google’s head,” Cyanogen does find some time to look for more investors. Back in March the company, which is led by Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster, announced its series C funding from …

Mobile

Packing peanuts are the key to fast-charging batteries

Hate buying some new gadget, only to wind up with a sea of packing peanuts that do little more than spill on to the floor? Don't be too quick to toss them out -- they may be the key to a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. Purdue University researchers have developed a heating process that …

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

German Startup Campaigns For Personal Data API Law

German startup Protonet, which last year raised just over $4 million via Seedmatch for its secure server product for SMEs — 8x more crowdfunding than it had originally sought — has cooked up a new initiative using some of that funding, and this time it’s a not-for-profit campaign lobbying for a …

Senate panel approves controversial cybersecurity bill

Despite privacy concerns, committee passes bill that encourages US companies to share information about security breaches with each other and government agencies.<p>The Senate Intelligence Committee approved a controversial cyberscurity bill on Thursday that's designed to help companies and the …

Surveillance

Amazon Has Quietly Acquired 2lemetry To Build Out Its Internet Of Things Strategy

Amazon is taking another step into the Internet of Things. TechCrunch has learned, and confirmed, that the e-commerce and cloud services giant has acquired 2lemetry, a startup based out of Denver that has developed an enterprise-focused platform to track and manage IP-enabled machines and other …

Highfive Raises $32 Million To Bring Cheap Video To Conference Rooms Worldwide

Companies like Slack and Zenefits are known for how they’re changing the way we work, from reducing work email clutter to making it easier for human resources at small businesses to buy insurance for their employees.<p>Inside those companies, they’re using a new kind of video tool to be more …

Startups

China is about to 'crack a hard nut' and reform its state-owned industrial empire

According to the WSJ's sources inside the Chinese government, the changes are both about making the government's firms more business friendly and preparing them to list on stock exchanges, but also to consolidate the government's hold over them. It's no privatisation, and that's deliberate.<p>Here's …

Wikipedia to file lawsuit against NSA and US Department of Justice

Jimmy Wales and co will be joined by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA in a challenge against mass surveillance by the US government<p>Wikipedia will take legal action against the National Security Agency and the US Department of Justice challenging the government’s mass surveillance …

Surveillance

Rodent recall: false but happy memories implanted in sleeping mice

Researchers at CRNS in Paris create artificial positive feelings in mouse’s memory for first time during sleep, highlighting possible new treatment for depression<p>Scientists have succeeded in creating false but happy memories in mice, in the first demonstration of memory manipulation during sleep.<p>In …

The Brain