Cristóbal Villalobos Guillén

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FBI Tells Everyone to Reboot Home and Office Routers Because of Russian Malware Threat

VPNFilter is a new threat unleashed by the Russians who hacked the Democratic National Committee.<p>If, like millions of Americans, you have a router in your home or office, it might already be infected by Russian malware named VPNFilter. VPNFilter can interfere with your router's functioning, spy on …

Routers

Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

'I'm Sorry' Can Undermine Your Career. Here's What to Say Instead

When "I'm sorry" becomes overused, it gets tuned out -- and so do you.<p>We all make mistakes. From minor ones like mispronouncing someone's name (which, depending on the person, could be a big deal) to major ones like making an expensive misguided hire, every single one of us can remember the …

The self-care industry is peddling exhausting, dangerous drivel

Today, like every other day, before I had even had breakfast I had already absorbed a lot of information about how to live for ever. So has everyone else. On my way to the shops, several pavement pounders almost charged into me, and they were, I note, all plugged in and checking their devices, …

Self-Preservation

How Does Lamictal Work on Depression?

Uses<p>Lamictal is the brand name for a medication called lamotrigine. Lamotrigine is an anti-convulsant, which means it is often prescribed as a …

The Crisis of Method in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy

Ransomware like WannaCry, NotPetya, and SamSam threatens global finances and security

Imagine that in a few days, or maybe a few years, the United States suffers an unprecedented ransomware attack.<p>Maybe it begins 30 days after tax day …

Russians Hack Home Internet Connections – Here's How to Protect Yourself

In late April, the top federal cybersecurity agency, US-CERT, announced that Russian hackers had attacked internet-connected devices throughout the …

Fasting For Just 24 Hours Boosts The Regeneration of Stem Cells, Study Finds

This study could even lead to 'fasting' in a pill.<p>For decades, numerous studies have shown that strict, low-calorie-intake diets could be the key to …

Stem Cells

How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There - WSJ

HAMILTON, Ohio—Jobs at the paper mills and safe manufacturers on this stretch of the Great Miami River mostly dried up by the early 2000s, leaving behind closed factories and an abandoned downtown.<p>Today, a spruced-up waterfront, loft apartments and help-wanted signs give the appearance of economic …

Lofts

Baking soda might stave off inflammation caused by autoimmune diseases, research finds

Though baking soda is often solely thought of as an important ingredient for making the perfect banana loaf, it has recently become a buzzy wellness …

Whether Philosophical Questions Can Be Answered

“How do you respond to those who wonder whether philosophy questions can ever be really answered once and for all and who therefore conclude it’s a …

Free Will

Matthew Broome/ Nura Sidarus/ Helen Steward<p>Listen to the recording <b>here</b> or on <b>YouTube</b><p>Is everything we do the product of unconscious brain processes …

How blank are our slates? Hobbes and Rousseau believed in the existence of human nature, but today’s philosophers are skeptical. Biology suggests an answer

How blank are our slates? Hobbes and Rousseau believed in the existence of human nature, but today’s philosophers are skeptical. Biology suggests an …

Cold Showers Don't Replace Hot Showers. They Replace the Gym.

Confusion about their purpose scare people from realizing their value as one of the easiest, cheapest, and effective improvement practices.<p>I've written here many times on the benefits of cold showers. I've blogged more about them. You wouldn't have clicked on the headline if you weren't curious …

What Job Skill Is Most Lacking in the U.S.? LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Has a Surprising Answer

American employees are lacking (sort of) one surprising skill. Here are some keys to moving it to the strength side of the ledger.<p>LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just appeared on CNBC's <i>Squawk Box</i> to reveal surprising new research about the state of job skills in the U.S. He talked about gaps in computer …

Leadership

The coevolution of physics and math

Breakthroughs in physics sometimes require an assist from the field of mathematics—and vice versa. In 1912, Albert Einstein, then a 33-year-old …

How to Stay Mentally Strong When You're Dealing With a Psychopath at Work

Working alongside a toxic person will take a toll on your psychological well-being. These strategies can reduce the damage.<p>When people think of a psychopath, they often conjure up images of serial killers. And while most serial killers likely are psychopaths, many more psychopaths aren't murderers. …

The 1%’s Mind Games: Psychology Gone Bad

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence …

Why do smart people do stupid things? The science of avoiding poor decision making

The quality of your decisions today will determine the quality of your life tomorrow.<p>Our decisions influence how well we make use of our talents, …

Caffeine causes widespread brain entropy (and that’s a good thing)

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettBasic neuroscience teaches us how individual brain cells communicate with each other, like neighbours chatting over the garden …

The Brain

If your computer has slowed, you might be mining crypto coins for someone else — here's how to stop it

Good news: Virtually all traditional types of malware declined in the past few months. Not so good: mainly because hackers are more interested in using your computer to help them mine cryptocurrencies.<p>It's likely you, or your employer, aren't even aware it's happening. Malware miners latch onto …

A Long-Awaited IoT Crisis Is Here, and Many Devices Aren't Ready

You know by now that Internet of Things devices like your router are often vulnerable to attack, the industry-wide lack of investment in security …

How to ‘poison’ your data before you delete Facebook

Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned a lot about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and how Facebook uses your data. The revelations have pushed many …

New math bridges holography and twistor theory

The modern-day theoretical physicist faces a taxing uphill climb. "As we learn more, reality becomes ever more subtle; the absolute becomes relative, …

Is meditating on death like putting on a fur coat in summer?

Memento mori – invitations to reflect on our own mortality – have been common throughout history. Two ancient traditions that made reflection on …

This site guesses exactly who you are based on just 15 questions

Inti de Ceukelaire, the ethical hacker from ‘Oilsjt’ in Belgium, is back again. De Ceukelaire has built a tool that can pretty reliably tell who you are after answering 15 questions on his new site ‘Oilsjt Analytica,’ a cheeky reference to Cambridge Analytica’s recent Facebook scandal.<p>I would say …

With 5 Quick Clicks You Can See All the Data Facebook Has on You (I Was Truly Stunned by What I Found)

It takes just five short steps to download the entire archive. You probably want to do it immediately.<p><i>(Update: Facebook says it's changing how you can access and change your privacy settings. Details are here.)</i><p>Tough times for Facebook--and they're only getting worse. The FTC is investigating, the …

What Makes the Hardest Equations in Physics So Difficult?

The Navier-Stokes equations describe simple, everyday phenomena, like water flowing from a garden hose, yet they provide a million-dollar …

Australian court reaffirms that Valve misled gamers, $2.3 million fine upheld

Back in 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission filed a lawsuit against Valve, alleging that the lack of a refund policy on Steam …