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EVA 23: exploring the frontier

My eyes are closed as I listen to Chris counting down the atmospheric pressure inside the airlock – it’s close to zero now. But I’m not tired – quite …

Prison Computer ‘Glitch’ Blamed for Opening Cell Doors in Maximum-Security Wing

Author: Kim Zetter. Kim Zetter Security<p>Date of Publication: 08.16.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Florida prison officials say a computer …

The People's Hyperloop: Redditors rally for Musk's vision

Elon Musk is a seriously fascinating dude. During a Monday conference call explaining to the media his new Hyperloop design, it seemed like he could be talked into building a prototype the same way you or I could be swayed to super-size our orders of french fries.<p>"I am somewhat tempted to at least …

High-speed Rail

Meet Vaclav Smil, the Canadian polymath whose books Bill Gates is racing to read

A few weeks ago, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates published his personal summer reading list on his blog Gates Notes. Of the eight titles, two are by the same author, a Canadian professor emeritus you’ve probably never heard of: Vaclav Smil.<p>“I’m trying to read everything he writes, …

Bill Gates

After Snowden leaks, feds lose their hacker cred at Def Con

Can spooks and hackers bury the hatchet post-PRISM?<p>"I haven't sensed this level of tension in the community since the crypto wars in the late '90s," said Jeff Moss, aka "The Dark Tangent," remembering when the US government nearly outlawed strong cryptography. He was addressing the audience at …

Clint Irwin on the Economics of Being a Regular Professional Athlete

0<p>SHARES<p>I wrote this on February 20, 2011:<p>This is the first entry into my journal of the life of a “free-agent” professional soccer player. I find it …

Why the global economy may be doomed to lower growth—maybe forever

We’re more than halfway through the second-quarter corporate earnings season. And while the results for US companies show corporate growth, it’s been slower than normal—even the last few years’ normal. For the last four years, the “surprise percentage” of the S&P 500—the percentage by which all …

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data<br>• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches<br>• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history<br>• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts …

Now That It's in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutrality

In a dramatic about-face on a key internet issue yesterday, Google told the FCC that the network neutrality rules Google once championed don't give …

The blockbuster heist that rocked the Deep Web

Before he gutted and nearly destroyed one of the most influential criminal markets on the Internet, a man using the nickname Boneless published a …

Mail from the (Velvet) Cybercrime Underground — Krebs on Security

Over the past six months, “fans” of this Web site and its author have shown their affection in some curious ways. One called in a phony hostage …

Yes, Your Toilet Is Vulnerable To Hackers Too

By Kit Eaton5 minute Read<p>As everything becomes connected to the Net, everything becomes vulnerable to remote access…even if it’s of a malicious or …

When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet

“I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,” I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone call on a Thursday morning.<p>He and his wife were still in bed. Expressing surprise, he asked me to try to turn the master …

The Creepy, Real Science Behind 'The Last of Us'

During the creation of <i>Uncharted 2</i>, Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann watched <i>Planet Earth</i>, the nature documentary series. What was …

How the Moon Messes With Your Sleep

We are all, quite literally, lunatics—and I mean that in the nicest way possible. It is the moon, after all, that is responsible for the <i>luna</i> part of …

Cybercrime costs the US $20 billion each year. Or $70 billion. Or maybe $140 billion

Studies that estimate the effects of any particular activity on the economy often shout out headline numbers and then spend a lot of time explaining the methodology used to calculate that figure.<p>A new report (pdf) from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington …

Armstrong Seeks Dismissal of Federal Whistleblower Suit

In Rebuke Of Allegations, Armstrong Says U.S. Postal Service Should Have Known He Was Doping<p>Lawyers for Lance Armstrong fired a scathing shot at the U.S. government on Tuesday, asking a federal judge to dismiss a $120 million whistleblower lawsuit that accused him, and others, of defrauding his …

U.S. Postal Service

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

Man With Widely Circulated Penis Pictures Not The Most Humiliated Person At Podium

NEW YORK—Announcing his decision to remain in the New York City mayoral race, a man whose self-taken cell phone photographs of his penis have been …

Google’s Chromecast: How it stacks up to other living room media solutions

Chromecast, Google’s new video and music streaming product, is a sexy little number. The size of a thumb drive, it promises to deliver digital content to your TV with unprecedented ease. Here’s how Google’s long-awaited addition to the living room stacks up to other options on the market (spoiler …

Google will pay for free wireless in S.F. parks

31 S.F. areas picked, though citywide access still elusive<p>San Francisco is finally getting free Wi-Fi - at least in 31 city parks.<p>Six years after a deal to blanket the city fell apart, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Google will announce a plan Wednesday to bring public wireless Internet access, on the …

Chromecast Is Google’s Miracle Device

Author: Mat Honan. Mat Honan Gear<p>Date of Publication: 07.24.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:23 pm. 2:23 pm<p>At an event where everyone was expecting a new …

Breakfast linked to 'healthy heart'

<b>People should eat breakfast to keep their hearts in good condition, according to researchers in the US.</b><p>Their study of 27,000 men, in the journal Circulation, showed those skipping breakfast were at a greater risk of heart problems.<p>The team at the Harvard School of Public Health said missing the …

How Yoga Could Help Keep Kids In School

Scientific evidence is mounting daily for what many have long sensed: that practices like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can help us address certain intractable individual and societal problems. Prominent companies – Google, General Mills, Target, Apple, Nike, AOL, and Procter & Gamble among …

Passengers push 32-ton train to help free woman stuck in gap between train and platform in Tokyo | The Star

TOKYO—Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-centimetre …

Did Ray Lane Cost Kleiner Perkins a Slice of Tesla Motors?

Tesla Motors Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk is no stranger to intrigue. He’s been teasing the Hyperloop for months and has plans for a massive …

Hey kids! Learn to be “cyber smart” from the NSA’s youth page!

Word searches, code games, and tips on how to behave online while surveilled.<p>The National Security Agency wants your kids to know that it's cool to …

Researchers Find More Evidence That Dolphins Use Names

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.23.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>For decades, scientists have been …