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Microsoft patches critical bug that affects every Windows version since 95

A 19-year-old flaw<p>Microsoft has patched a critical flaw in Windows that has existed in every version since the introduction of Windows 95 more than 19 years ago. IBM security researchers discovered the flaw earlier this year and notified the software giant privately in May. The rare bug allows …

Why a Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>A swordfish’s “sword” is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash.</b><p>A study published Monday in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> reveals that the fish have an …

How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.<p>Studies …

Why The Future Of Digital Security Is Open

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Lou Shipley</i> <i>is a lecturer at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and president and CEO of Black Duck Software, an open source solutions company.</i><p>The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other …

GitHub Launches Free Tools for Students

Social coding community GitHub has announced that students will now be able to gain free access to a slew of developer tools.<p>The new initiative is in partnership with a handful of third-parties, and constitutes part of GitHub Education, a dedicated site launched earlier this year to help schools …

Microsoft formally launches Project Spark so players can create their own games

Microsoft has officially launched Project Spark, a game world with tools that make it easy for players to create their own games.<p>Oddly enough, Microsoft is releasing Project Spark as its answer to Minecraft, the pixelated user-generated content game from Mojang. But Microsoft also now owns …

The Cheat Sheet

How to save your memory

Are there ways to stop yourself losing your memory? The latest brain research suggests there’s hope for the forgetful…<p>Memory loss has to be one of our biggest fears. Names, words, facts and faces – nothing is spared.<p>As the latest video from the Head Squeeze team describes above, mental …

The Brain

11 Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Android Phone

Since Android is an open platform, there's plenty of room for customization.<p>Beyond personalizing your phone, there are a few easy practices that can keep your phone neat and organized with plenty of battery life to last all day.<p>Here are some tips and tricks every Android user should know.

Apps

How To Make An 'Invisibility Cloak' At Home For Under $100

All it takes is four lenses, an optics bench for holding the lenses in place, and an insatiable appetite for making things disappear.<p>The four lenses, when aligned just right, will bend light around the object you place between them, cloaking the object in the process. Watch this device, called the …

Landscape Photography

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick …