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Snowden leaks: Google 'outraged' at alleged NSA hacking

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1023000/1023762_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524630138_4eb363efa8379459f9fe02a3d817672e<p><b>Google has expressed outrage following a report that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has hacked its data links.</b><p>An executive at Google said it …

Monster Black Hole Caught Swallowing Unlucky Star

Call it a Cosmic Scene Investigation: For the first time, scientists have identified a stellar victim of a giant black hole — an unlucky star whose …

New plastic becomes stronger when stressed, drop-proof smartphones incoming - ExtremeTech

By on September 2, 2013 at 9:01 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Plastics are amazingly versatile …

These Are The World's Deadliest Killers

HIV, cancer, malaria, and more, up close--plus some non-killers, to show what this new microscopy system can do.<p>At three Australian universities, a new tool is allowing researchers to see things that have never been seen before. GE's superfancy new microscope, the DeltaVision OMX Blaze, is designed …

Inside The Largest Simulation Of The Universe Ever Created

A giant supercomputer is making massively detailed models of the cosmos.<p>Imagine being asked to solve a complex algebra problem that is roughly 95 percent variables and only five percent known values. This is a rough analogy perhaps, but it paints a fairly accurate picture of the task faced by …

How the NSA builds social graphs of Americans with phone, email, and location records

The US National Security Agency (NSA) analyzes data from <b>phone calls, emails, location services, internet profiles, bank records, flight manifests, and more</b> to construct detailed social graphs of people, including Americans, according to a new report from the New York Times.<p>It’s helpful to start …

Surveillance

Physicists create 'molecules' of light

The first “molecules” made from two photons have been created by physicists in the US. Their experiment involves firing pairs of photons through an …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

Harold Sonny White warp drive: Faster than light secret physics debunked.

Can we travel to the stars? The answer to that question is “yes,” provided we don't care how long the journey will take. According to Einstein's …

Why video games may be good for you

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects. Scientists say they are not only understanding why, but they also trying to put these observations to the test.<p>The spreadsheet was seven feet long. Printed in …

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New FTC chief warns Google, Twitter, big data companies to respect consumer privacy

The new head of the US Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, says that her agency will take a more active role in policing companies that collect large amounts of data, and that the FTC will not be afraid to sue them for privacy and security violations. In a toughly-worded "big data" speech …

Copper linked to Alzheimer's disease

Mixed evidence on the role of copper in Alzheimer's<p><b>A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.</b><p>However, research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain.<p>The latest study in Proceedings of the …

New star explosion in night sky can be seen with naked eye

Stargazers are thrilled over the surprise appearance of a star explosion, known as a nova, in the night sky last week, but there is more to this cosmic event than meets the eye.<p>The new Nova Delphinus 2013 was first spotted in the constellation Delphinus (The Dolphin) by Japanese amateur astronomer …

Astronomy

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.<p>The previously undisclosed rule change …

Plans to make H7N9 bird flu virus more virulent in high-security tests

Scientists have unveiled plans to genetically engineer a lethal strain of bird flu to understand how it could mutate in nature and trigger a catastrophic pandemic.<p>The H7N9 bird flu virus has infected more than 130 people and killed 43 since it emerged in China in March. The first strong evidence …