Nancy Hill

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How a company founded by ex-spies uses AI to fight hackers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every year cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and frequent -- and it's predicted they'll cost the world $8 trillion by 2022.<p>But a company founded by mathematicians and ex-spies is trying to change the way organizations protect themselves from hackers.<p>British cyber security firm …

Cybersecurity

Children Hurt Women’s Earnings, but Not Men’s (Even in Scandinavia)

Scandinavia is supposed to be a family-friendly paradise. We imagine fathers and mothers spending their children’s early months together at home. Then they enroll them in high-quality, government-subsidized child care, from which they pick them up at the end of the world’s shortest workdays.<p>But it …

Demographics

CES has a diversity problem. And it’s well past time to fix it.

The tech trade show turns 50 this year. It needs to start treating female executives and other women technologists with the respect they deserve.<p><i>This is a contributed article by</i> <i>Brenda Darden Wilkerson</i><i>, president and CEO of</i> <i>AnitaB.org</i><i>. All opinions expressed are her own.</i><p>This week, more than 180,000 …

Computer Science

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Over 100 Lawmakers Urge Trump to Reinstate Climate Change as National Security Threat

And 11 of them were Republican.

What’s in a name? Months of the year

Ever wondered why we call the months what we do? Wonder no longer! Here’s our handy guide to the names of the months of the year. Like many bits of …

Ancient History

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich opens CES keynote on security issues

Intel kept its remarks on Spectre and Meltdown short. Just a little under two minutes.<p>Intel's keynote speech at CES on Monday opened with a "data" rock performance, followed by a complete shift in tone by the company's CEO.<p>Brian Krzanich stepped on stage and almost immediately addressed the …

Brian Krzanich

In the Bones of a Buried Child, Signs of a Massive Human Migration to the Americas

The girl was just six weeks old when she died. Her body was buried on a bed of antler points and red ocher, and she lay undisturbed for 11,500 years.<p>Archaeologists discovered her in an ancient burial pit in Alaska in 2010, and on Wednesday an international team of scientists reported they had …

Anthropology

A classic Darwinian ecological hypothesis holds up—with a twist

New University of Colorado Boulder-led research shows that a long-held hypothesis about the factors that govern species ranges largely holds true, …

Researchers describe first-ever hybrid bird species from the Amazon

A team of U of T Scarborough researchers have described the first known hybrid bird species to be found in the Amazon rainforest.

Birds

Storytelling Promoted Egalitarian Values Before the Advent of Religion

Hunter-gatherers maintain storytelling traditions that predate organized religion, yet have a similar effect in helping to instill values among …

Anthropology

The Death of Iconic Women in 2017

We lost so many strong, even iconic, women in 2017. And so many of them received little to no public media attention in this year of seemingly …

North Korea Designed A Nuke. So Did This Truck Driver

This year, deep inside a mountain, North Korea detonated a giant nuclear bomb.<p>The weapon was powerful; at least 10 times more destructive than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The North claimed it was an advanced, thermonuclear design. The test came just months …

North Korea

Giving Next Gen Gifts

This time of year makes me think of gifts and what women are giving to the next generation.<p>This year, 2017, has been an extremely tumultuous time. To …

WordPress Malware Infects Victims Through Pirated Premium Themes

WordPress users have reason to be wary as a malware campaign has now been seen to infect new victims.<p>The campaign in question was unleashed by …

Secrecy Is Dead. Here's What Happens Next.

<b>“Hey Don,</b> we have an unusual idea. Leak us one or more of your father’s tax returns.”<p>WikiLeaks slid that message into Donald Trump Jr’s Twitter …

Security News This Week: Facebook Squashes 19-Year-Old Bug That Still Plagues the Web

The biggest story in tech this week—and maybe this year—was net neutrality, which the FCC effectively abolished by rolling back Obama-era rules that …

Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint

<b>Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.</b><p>In their sample of the Irish population, the researchers identified 10 genetic groupings - clusters - that roughly mirror ancient boundaries.<p>The results also suggest the …

Anthropology

Discovery in 12,000-Year-Old Grave Shows Not All Ancient Fishers Were Men

Women played an important role in hunter-gatherer societies.<p>Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest fish hooks found in a grave, and they're …

Denisovan Star Trails: Archaic Memory Of The Pleiades In The World’s First Story

<b>Alistair Coombs outlines the freshest findings in the archaeo-scientific record on human evolution, and maps these with indigenous histories and star</b> …

13 Case Studies That Prove the Power of Word Choice

Women’s History Exhibition at NYC’s New-York Historical Society Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

That women won the right to vote one hundred years ago is not a relevant fact simply for the suffragette movement at the time, or for women’s …

Feminism

From The Second Sex to The Beauty Myth: 10 of the best feminist texts

Twentieth-century polemical writing that changed the way we think about gender<p>Read the rest of the Observer’s 100 political books series here<p><b>The Second Sex by</b> Simone de Beauvoir (1949)<p>To ask what influence this book had on gender politics is akin to wondering what the sun ever did for the earth. …

Feminism

What Europe's most ancient battlefield reveals

It is the site of a huge battle that took place 3,300 years ago in Germany. A relatively recent discovery, little is known about what actually …

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai accused of cherry-picking data to repeal net neutrality

Chances are, especially if you reside in the US, you’ve heard a thing or two about net neutrality. There are those who are in firm support of net neutrality – most tech giants like Amazon and Google, for instance – and there are those who are adamantly against it, including currently the FCC.<p>FCC …

What Makes Alias Grace so Good

In the opening of the television adaptation of <i>Alias Grace</i>, titular protagonist Grace Marks stares at herself in the mirror. There, in voiceover, she …

TV

'The Deuce' Gets Sex Work Right Because They Actually Talked to Sex Workers

The HBO show invited sex workers and advocates to the writing room and hired female directors.<p>Set against the backdrop of early 1970s Time Square, HBO's <i>The Deuce</i> depicts the legalization and rise of New York's pornography industry. The show, which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a prostitute drawn to …

The Fragility of Solidarity

Fragility, LatinxJessica Marie JohnsonThis feature, on the painful reflection of identity, family, and political regression, is the fifth in our …

Feminism

Is Hermione Granger the feminist icon for the modern feminist?

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Image courtesy of Warner Brothers<p>Hermione Granger did teach us ladies how to be brave and …