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A quantum future awaits

A century ago, the quantum revolution quietly began to change our lives. A deeper understanding of the behavior of matter and light at atomic and …

How To: Use Command Injection to Pop a Reverse Shell on a Web Server

Command injection is a technique used by hackers to execute system commands on a server, usually via a web application or some kind of GUI. This can …

Cybersecurity

Even More Evidence for the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Herpes

Several new studies have rejuvenated a long-dismissed idea that links the common brain disease to the viral infections.

Alzheimer's Disease

This might have been the most embarrassing day in the history of the Fox News network

x<p>Acting ICE director Thomas Homan, without any sense of irony, tells @TuckerCarlson that he objects to people comparing ICE to Nazis because they …

Hanson: The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck

The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck.<p>In one direction, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for …

Alexa will soon have a memory

Amazon's AI can also answer follow-up questions without hearing its name.<p>You'd be forgiven for thinking that Amazon's Alexa was an amnesiac: it can't remember important long-term info, or even that you started talking to it a few moments ago. Soon, though, it'll be considerably less forgetful. …

Smart Homes

Square is acquiring website builder Weebly for $365M

Square just announced that it’s reached an agreement to acquire Weebly for $365 million in cash and stock.<p>While Square is best known for its payment software and hardware, it’s also been expanding into other areas; for example, with the acquisition of food delivery service Caviar and corporate …

Anthropologists in Peru have unearthed the largest known child sacrifice

A hellishly unprecedented scene — what anthropologists suspect is the largest known child sacrifice — has been unearthed on a bluff overlooking …

US troops are now in Darwin. But questions remain as to why | Nick Deane

The presence of US marines on Australian soil is a radical departure from normal practice that has never been fully explained<p>The 2018 contingent of more than 1,500 US marines began arriving in Darwin two weeks ago. Every year since 2012 marines have been routinely stationed here, and, under the …

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Has Caved In, Geologists Suspect

Earlier this month, North Korea announced the closure of its nuclear testing site, saying it’s suspending all nuclear and intercontinental ballistic …

How secure is blockchain really?

It turns out “secure” is a funny word to pin down.<p>The whole point of using a blockchain is to let people—in particular, people who don’t trust one …

Blockchain

'A political volcano just erupted': is the US on the brink of the next Watergate?

As Trump threatens to fire Mueller, a journalist who was reporting during Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre reads the warning signs<p>Ever since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, the golden rule for presidents under investigation by a special prosecutor or special counsel has been that the president …

Donald Trump

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

The internet's worst-case scenario finally happened in real life: An entire country was taken offline, and no one knows why

LONDON — For years, countries have worried that a hostile foreign power might cut the undersea cables that supply the world with internet service.<p>Late last month, we got a taste of what that might be like. An entire country, Mauritania, was taken offline for two days because an undersea cable was …

Senators to Zuckerberg: We may need to regulate Facebook to protect privacy

WASHINGTON – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's promises to do more to protect the privacy of users' data failed to end calls from lawmakers of both parties Tuesday to regulate the social media giant in the wake of a massive privacy breach.<p>Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said one of his main takeaways …

Senate Committees

Key moments from Mark Zuckerberg's Senate testimony

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook, appeared before lawmakers for the first time on Tuesday to answer questions about how his social networking juggernaut handles its 2.2 billion users’ private data, as well as the role the company played in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 …

Social Media

The Latest: Reddit says it banned 944 suspicious accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Facebook's privacy scandal and Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony (all times local):<p>8:20 p.m.<p>Discussion forum …

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Wait Till You Hear About Entangled Time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

Why the universe shouldn't exist at all

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Why is there something, rather than nothing?" could be the oldest and deepest question in all of metaphysics. Long exclusively the province of philosophy, in recent years this question has become one that can be addressed by scientific methods. What's more, a new scientific advance has …

Particles

Google's AI Has Learned to Become "Highly Aggressive" in Stressful Situations

Well, that's just great.<p>We've all seen the <i>Terminator</i> movies, and the apocalyptic nightmare that the self-aware AI system, Skynet, wrought upon …

Artificial Intelligence

If you don’t # DeleteFacebook it’s your funeral

# DeleteFacebook is a rapidly growing movement that has seen over US$80 billion wiped off Facebook’s share price, or Faecesbook as it is now known, …

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

Cognition

The Scientists Who Sparked CRISPR Panic Couldn't Reproduce Their Study Results

Last year, a study claiming that the gene-editing technique CRISPR might actually be dangerous whipped labs around the biotech world into a frenzy. …

Cyber Saturday—Facebook Put 'Shotgun' in My Food-Related Ad Interests. Why?

By<p>Happy holidays, Cyber Saturday readers.<p>The fallout from Facebook’s ongoing data controversy spurred me to find out what that clumsy advertising …

This New Detector Technology Aims to ‘Scintillate’ Elusive Dark Matter Particles

A group of researchers say they may be able to look directly for dark matter in brand new way. By using a new combination of materials in the form of …

SoftBank to Build the World's Biggest Solar Farm in Sunny Saudi Arabia

It would dwarf all other currently operational arrays.<p>On Tuesday Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate SoftBank signed a memorandum to build the …

Harvard scientists uncover an exploitable Achilles' heel common to most bacteria

Bacteria can be hardy little creatures, thanks mostly to their strong cell walls that can protect them against drugs, viruses and other dangers. …

This Cancer 'Vaccine' Cured Tumours in Mice, And Human Trials Have Now Started

Yes!<p>An injectable "vaccine" delivered directly to tumours in mice has been found to eliminate all traces of those tumours, cancer researchers have …

Scientists Create 'Invisibility Cloak' Inspired by Squid Skin

A new invention could help humans hide from infrared cameras.<p>Humans have long sought ways to disguise themselves, and as technology advances, we have to be more and more creative to do so. The newest experiment in invisibility comes from University of California, Irvine where scientists were …

IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum …