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'Very Abnormal' Russian Satellite Escalates Fears of Orbital Arms Race

Russia and China have been ramping up their military presence in space in order to keep up with American capabilities.<p>Fears of space warfare have spiked in recent months, in the wake of the Trump administration’s insistence on establishing a Space Force as the sixth branch of the US military. …

Space Exploration

Modern myths about cancer – from ‘chemicals’ in food to wifi

Breaking or stressing DNA requires a ​​great deal of energy, far beyond the capabilities of mobile phones<p>Cancer is not up there with the most likely explanations for what caused the mass extinction 66m years ago of the T rex and the triceratops. That said, at least one species of dinosaur suffered …

Cancer

Strange Lakes Are Speeding Up Arctic Permafrost Melt, And That's Really Bad News

All sorts of things are trapped under there.<p>The Arctic permafrost really should stay frozen. In many places it's been frozen for tens of thousands of …

Global Warming

Museum Visitor Falls Into Giant Hole That Looks Like a Cartoonish Painting on the Floor

Like a real-life version of a <i>Looney Tunes</i> cartoon, a visitor to a Portuguese museum was injured last week when he stepped into an art installation …

Streetwear

A Harvard professor just busted the myth that coconut oil is good for you, calling it 'pure poison'

A 50-minute German lecture becoming a viral hit on YouTube might sound unusual, but the title of the talk by Karin Michels, the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, has caused a …

Coconut

We May Soon Know How a Crucial Einstein Principle Works in The Quantum Realm

Strap yourselves in!<p>The puzzle of how Einstein's equivalence principle plays out in the quantum realm has vexed physicists for decades. Now two …

Quantum Mechanics

New Router Security Flaw Results in 'Complete Takeover'

This means that one single visit to a simple web page or even just clicking on an image will allow hackers to launch “router functionalities” that …

Routers

America's Waterways Have a Huge Problem With Contact Lenses

All those tiny discs add up.<p>Every day, 45 million Americans stuff slivers of flexible plastic into their eyes, hoping to look less like nerds. While …

Pollution

6 reasons gamification improves cybersecurity training

Experts suggest using gaming as a framework to bolster cybersecurity training for employees. Find out why.<p>To no one's surprise, end users continue to …

A Scientist Explains Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others

Ouch.<p>Surprisingly few of the more than 3,000 mosquito species actually specialise in biting humans. Instead, most are opportunistic feeders – feeding …

Biology

Inside the British military base where young hackers learn to stop cybercrime

At the heart of a police operation to defend Britain from attack by cybercriminals, a 14-year-old boy was honing his skills to thwart hackers linked to a rogue state.<p>Ben Abrahmason was among a group who gathered at a military base in Wiltshire on Friday to counter fictional but sophisticated …

Cybersecurity

German Researchers Have Built a Quantum Transistor Using Just a Single Atom

A team of researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a quantum transistor using just a single atom, and capable of …

Quantum Computing

How To Survive A Ransomware Attack -- And Not Get Hit Again

Made famous by the WannaCry attack that crippled the NHS in 2017, ransomware is continuing to hit businesses. According to security research firm Symantec, infections have steadily increased every year since 2013, reaching record levels in 2017.<p>Even over the last few months, ransomware has impacted …

Cybersecurity

Be careful what you believe about screen time making you blind

The science behind the latest screen-time scaremongering<p>If you believe the headlines that have been circulating over the past few weeks, staring at screens is ruining our eyes. “Blue light from phones, tablets could accelerate blindness and hurt vision, study finds,” <i>USA Today</i> declared. Only, that …

Cancer Cells

Quantum chicken-or-egg experiment blurs the distinction between before and after

In the everyday world, events occur in a definite order—your alarm clock rings before you wake up, or vice versa. However, a new experiment shows …

Quantum Physics

Just say no: Wi-Fi-enabled appliance botnet could bring power grid to its knees

Princeton researchers find army of high-wattage IoT devices could cripple electric grid.<p>BALTIMORE—At USENIX Security Symposium here on Wednesday, …

Princeton University

Apple says that no customer data was compromised after teen hacked its systems- Technology News, Firstpost

<b>Apple</b> said on 17 August that no customer data was compromised after Australian media reported a teenager had pleaded guilty to <b>hacking into its main</b> …

The Universe Is Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

It’s been nearly a century since scientists first theorized that the Universe was expanding, and that the farther away a galaxy was from us, the faster it appears to recede. This isn’t because galaxies are physically moving away from us, but rather because the Universe is full of …

Galaxies

Black Hat and Defcon cybersecurity experts share tips on how to protect yourself

During the week of Black Hat and Defcon, tens of thousands of security experts and hackers flock to Las Vegas for the back-to-back conferences. They hold discussions on issues like smart cities getting hacked, two-factor authentication, and security issues with voice assistants.<p>It can all get a …

Cybersecurity

Dark Matter

Insight |<p>Insight home<br>• Editorial<br>• Reviews & Commentary<p>Nature Astronomy | Perspective<p>Growth of the nonbaryonic dark matter theory<p>From the first hints of …

A drug’s weird side effect lets people control their dreams

Have you ever wanted to fly? A drug that helps people control their dreams could let you try it from the comfort of your own bed.<p>A small number of …

Consciousness

Sea life in 'peril' as ocean temperatures hit all-time high in San Diego

Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heatwaves. Off the California coast near San Diego, scientists in early August recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916.<p>“Just like we have heatwaves on land, we also have heatwaves in the …

Climate Change

A graphene breakthrough hints at the future of battery power

Catch the 1E bus from central Belgrade, Serbia, and you’ll be riding the future.<p>The five Chariot e-buses that operate on this route are some of the …

Graphene

These Swirls of Light Could Be Signs of a Previous Universe Existing Before Ours

Something feels familiar.<p>If our Universe happened to be locked in an eternal heartbeat of expansion and collapse, black holes would leave an …

Physics

Putting Stickers On Your Laptop Is Probably a Bad Security Idea

From border crossings to hacking conferences, that Bitcoin or political sticker may be worth leaving on a case at home.<p>Plenty of hackers, journalists, and technologists love to cover their laptop in all manner of stickers. Maybe one shows off their employer, another flaunts that local cryptoparty …

Border Crossings

Ajit Pai knew DDoS claim was false in January, says he couldn’t tell Congress

Pai appears in front of Senate after acknowledging FCC's false statements.<p>The Federal Communications Commission chairman has known that his agency's …

Net Neutrality

NASA identifies 'foreign object debris' spotted by Mars rover

NASA's Curiosity rover team spotted a weird-looking object on Mars this week and worried it might be a piece of spacecraft debris.<p>The rover snapped an image of a thin, light-colored item laying on top of the reddish ground. It stands out from the surrounding surface.<p>Curiosity's Earth handlers …

Mars Rover

Hackers steal £10m from cash machines in global heist

Cyber criminals have hacked cash machines in 28 countries to loot over £10 million from an Indian bank.<p>Hackers infected the bank's credit card payment system with malware, which allowed them to approve transactions and access client accounts. Fake credit cards were then used to force ATMs around …

ATMs

'Very Abnormal Behaviour' From Russian Satellite Sparks Fears It May Be a Space Weapon

We know almost nothing about it.<p>High above our heads, there's a mysterious Russian satellite. And the strange way it's acting – according to the US …

United Nations

Traveling to the Sun: Why Won’t Parker Solar Probe Melt?

This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. …

Parker Solar Probe