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Hacking is such a problem that the cost of cyber insurance is skyrocketing

<i>(By Jim Finkle, Reuters) –</i> A rash of hacking attacks on U.S. companies over the past two years has prompted insurers to massively increase cyber premiums for some companies, leaving firms that are perceived to be a high risk scrambling for cover.<p>On top of rate hikes, insurers are raising …

Health Care

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Hussein Hamedani Killed in Syria

One of the most senior commanders in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has been killed in Syria while serving as a military adviser, the country's military said Friday.<p>The cause of death of Gen. Hossein Hamedani was not provided in the announcement, on the Guard's website.<p>It comes as Russian cruise …

Pentagon Ending Program to Train, Equip Syria Rebels

LONDON — The Pentagon on Friday announced it was ending its failed $500 million program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replacing it with a far less ambitious plan, defense officials said.<p>The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels into the …

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

The Brain

'Those disguised as Arabs'

<i>(AFP /Abbas Momani)</i><br>"It's fairly common to see Israeli agents infiltrate the crowds of Palestinian stone throwers during demonstrations", writes …

Israel

U.S. says several Russian missiles crashed in Iran

Several Russian cruise missiles fired from warships in the Caspian Sea at rebel positions in Syria crashed instead in northern Iran, U.S. officials said Thursday, disputing Russian claims that all the missiles hit their intended targets.<p>U.S. intelligence analysts believe that four of the 26 Kalibr …

Libya agrees to national unity government

Libya's rival factions have agreed to a national unity government after months of UN mediated talks. Fighting in the North African country has turned …

This is how much you can expect to make right after you learn to code

Code School, where online courses teach people the programming languages that power the internet, recently polled more than 2,000 developers who had taken its courses and asked them how much they currently make.<p>Among these newly-trained programmers, there’s not a major discrepancy in salaries when …

Salaries & Wages

Drug inmates with long rap sheets among those freed early

WASHINGTON (AP) — A push to overhaul criminal sentencing is prompting the early release of thousands of federal drug prisoners, including some whom …

Criminal Sentencing

FBI foils plot to sell nuclear material in Moldova

Russian-linked smuggling gang specifically sought buyer from Islamic State, reveals investigation<p>Four attempts by Russian-linked gangs in Moldova to sell nuclear material have been thwarted by the authorities and the FBI over the past five years, according to an Associated Press investigation.<p>The …

Turkey F-16s Intercept Russia Warplane After Airspace Violation

A Russian warplane “violated” Turkish airspace near the Syrian border and was intercepted by two F-16 jets, officials said Monday amid international concern at the risks of parallel military action in the conflict.<p>Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned Moscow's ambassador to protest Saturday’s …

Syrian refugees increasingly return to war zones in homeland

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can't …

Syrian Refugees

Scientists are working on an “exercise pill” so you never have to work out again

Imagine if, instead of sweating on the treadmill and forcing yourself through repetitive sit-ups, you could have the benefits of exercise without any of the effort. That scenario isn’t a ridiculous fantasy but a serious scientific goal, and researchers have recently published a major breakthrough: …

Atoms

Why Japanese Kids Can Walk to School Alone

Even in big cities like Tokyo, small children take the subway and run errands by themselves. The reason has a lot to do with group dynamics.<p>It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: Children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.<p>They wear knee socks, polished …

Criminology

Putin should unleash Chechen troops on Isis, says region's president

Former rebel Ramzan Kadyrov says if Russian PM sent his ‘death battalion’ to Syria in a ground operation, Islamic State would be wiped out within weeks<p>The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has asked Vladimir Putin to send him to Syria, claiming that a land operation using Chechen ground troops would …

Russia's intervention in Syria brings Obama's dilemma to the fore

After a tentative and diffuse approach to the country’s civil war, the US grapples with whether to cut its losses as questions over the possibility of cooperation and a post-Assad future grow increasingly complex<p>An aggressive Russian military intervention in Syria has placed Barack Obama’s policy …

Google and NASA are getting a new quantum computer

The famous Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is getting some powerful new hardware. A joint project between Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association, the Quantum AI Lab today announced a multiyear agreement to install a D-Wave 2X, a state-of-the-art quantum processor released …

Elizabeth Warren Goes All In On Black Lives Matter

Warren spoke out against police violence and voting restrictions, as well as persistent economic discrimination.<p>WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday forcefully called for a renewed focus on the fight for racial justice, arguing that “we have not made enough progress” since the …

Black Lives Matter

Generation ISIS: The Western Millennials Stocking the Terror Army

Obama officials acknowledge that 1,000 foreign fighters a month are still traveling to Iraq and Syria—and more than 50 percent of U.S. recruits are …

Tanzanian engineer invents low-cost water filter

(Reuters) - It looks good enough to drink but just seconds before, this water was full of dirt and bacteria.<p>Dr. Askwar Hilonga is a Tanzanian scientist who has created a water filter that he says can remove 99.9 percent of bacteria, micro-organisms and viruses.<p>The invention uses nanotechnology to …

Time to stop bombing in the Middle East | Letters from Mark Rylance, Charlotte Church and others

Syria,Middle East and North Africa,Military,Foreign policy,World news,Yemen,David Cameron,House of Commons,Iraq,Afghanistan,US foreign policy<p>We are gravely concerned at the possibility of a parliamentary decision to bomb Syria. David Cameron is planning such a vote in the House of Commons in the …

The way to fix outrageous drug pricing in the US is simply to do what all other rich countries do

When news broke that the price of Daraprim, a 62-year-old life-saving drug often prescribed to AIDS patient, had been raised from $13.50 a tablet to $750, outrage ensued. The steep rise was announced on Sept. 20 by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a startup that, according to the New York Times, acquired …

A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse will rise Sunday

Get ready. A very special, very rare moon is rising this weekend.<p>On Sunday, the full moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

Iran blames the Saudis for the Mecca stampede; the Saudis blame the pilgrims

Muslims around the world expressed their anger with the Saudi Arabian government in the wake of a stampede near the holy city of Mecca that left more than 700 people dead. The incident during the Muslim <i>hajj</i> is the latest in a series of crowd-control disasters that have killed thousands of pilgrims …

Saudi Arabia