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Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail

<b>Updated</b> Security researcher "dfirblog" has forensically examined what he calls a "devastating" flaw in Windows' Kerberos authentication system.<p>The …

Yahoo open-sources Anthelion web crawler for parsing structured data on HTML pages

Yahoo today announced that it has released the source code for its Anthelion web crawler designed for parsing structured data from HTML pages under an open source license.<p>Web crawling is at the very core of Yahoo, even though it has many other applications, including Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Finance, …

A massive study just debunked a pervasive myth about male and female brains

But in a new study, scientists combed through the brain scans of more than 1,400 people, and found that while there are some distinct brain differences between men and women, there's no such thing as a distinctly "male" or "female" brain.<p>"Our study demonstrates that, although there are sex/gender …

The Brain

This robot reads body response before deciding to swipe left or right on Tinder

We live in a world where dating sites are dominated by algorithmic matching and devices are controlled with biometrics. Nicole He took the next logical step and combined the two.<p>Her creation, ‘The True Love Tinder Robot‘ uses biometric sensors to read changes in galvanic skin resistance, which is a …

Does rinsing fruit before you eat it actually do anything?

Of course we all know that we’re supposed to wash fruits and vegetables before we eat them. But how much can just rinsing under the tap really do?<p>A lot, it turns out.<p>Adding a little “mechanical action” on the surface—that is, rubbing while you rise—can help, but while that works for apples, …

Back in 2000, the CIA made 8 predictions on what life would be like in 2015 — here's what it got right (and really wrong)

2015 is winding down fast, and it turns out that several of these predictions were on the money. Others were completely wrong.<p>Here's a rundown of some of the predictions, according to a December 2000 story from The Telegraph.<p><i>Nicholas Carlson contributed to an earlier version of this story.</i>

Natural Gas

Driver allegedly flees accident, car’s high-tech system calls 911 to report crash, and police arrest her

A Florida woman was reportedly arrested and placed into custody last week after her car implicated her in at least one alleged hit-and-run …

Plug bullet wounds in 20 seconds with this FDA-approved syringe

A sponge-filled syringe designed to close up gaping gunshot wounds in seconds has been approved for use in America's civilian population. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that the device — originally developed for use by the military — can now be deployed by civilian first responders to …

FDA

Google Finds D-Wave Machine To Be 10^8 Times Faster Than Simulated Annealing

An anonymous reader sends this report form the Google Research blog on the effectiveness of D-Wave's 2X quantum computer: <i>We found that for problem</i> …

How does medicine describe the worst smells humans can make?

The worst part of a minor surgery was not what I was expecting<p>I did not truly know what a foul odor was until a doctor cut into my right breast with a scalpel to remove a growth. I am a new woman, now.<p>If you talk about a lump on your breast, people get twitchy; they always assume it’s potentially …

Women's Health

A replacement for diamonds? Scientists discover Q-carbon

Scientists have discovered a new method for manufacturing diamonds.<p>The process of making a diamond is nothing short of laborious.<p>Made from a highly …

This is What a Color Night Vision Camera Can See in Near Darkness

Canon will start shipping its $30,000 ISO 4.46 million camera this month for people who need to shoot in pitch black environments. A similar …

Holometer rules out first theory of space-time correlations

The extremely sensitive quantum-spacetime-measuring tool will serve as a template for continuing scientific exploration. Our common sense and the …

Physics

France is trying to spur development of an ultra-cheap electric car

At the UN's Climate Change Conference currently being held outside Paris, Ségolène Royal, France's minister of ecology, sustainable development, and energy, put an interesting challenge on the table: come up with a plan to sell an electric car for €5,000 to €7,000 (about $5,400 to $7,600). That's …

Electric Vehicles

Russia Brings Its Big Guns to Syria

The Russian army is literally bringing its big guns to the war in Syria. U.S. military analysts said the decision to add artillery to the battlefield …

Middle East

Virgin Galactic Announces New "Cosmic Girl” Mothership That Could Help It Compete With SpaceX

Space cowboy Richard Branson and his company, Virgin Galactic, showed off a 747-400 airplane that could launch rocket payloads from the air straight …

Windows 10 Privacy Freeware – Good Enough to Stop Microsoft?

Another freeware application which keeps Windows 10 less “talking” back to Microsoft. The program’s name is Windows 10 Privacy and it’s Freeware …

Software

Human gene editing research gets green light

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Human gene-editing research, even on embryos, is needed and should go ahead, with one major caveat: No pregnancies can result, …

Genetics

Scientists Can Now Establish Your Gender From a Fingerprint

Fingerprints may be unique, but without an existing record they can’t help identify a person. Now, though, researchers can use chemical analysis of …

People are the best help for depression, not computers

Almost 8 percent of Americans 12 and older dealt with depression at some point between 2009 and 2012. With that many of us feeling blue, wouldn't it be nice if we could simply hop on the computer in our pajamas, without any of the stigma of asking for help, and find real relief?<p>Online programs to …

Cognition

These technologies are shaping the future

Cloud computing has been named the technology most likely to shape the future, according to an IBM survey.<p>The poll questioned C-level executives from …

The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World 2017

Email Is the New Generation Gap

Two weeks ago, we surveyed 3,670 people online about how they communicate. We discovered a remarkable difference between people over 41, who say they …

Cards Against Humanity Makes $71,000 on Black Friday by Selling Absolutely Nothing

Cards Against Humanity, the popular and politically incorrect party game, offered a Black Friday deal like no other this year: you shell out $5 and get absolutely nothing in return.<p>The company, which markets itself as "a party game for horrible people," replaced its online store with only the …

Selling

New study shows that dogs reduce anxiety in kids

Are you considering adopting a dog for the holidays?<p>Maybe this study will convince you. While the effects of dogs on adult health and well-being has …

Mental Health

Sugary water better for performance than some sports drinks – study

Researchers say cyclists find exercise easier when they drink ordinary sucrose – or table sugar – rather than only glucose<p>Swapping some specialist sports drinks in favour of water mixed with a spoonful of sugar could boost the performance of long-distance athletes, a study finds.<p>Researchers at the …

Diabetes

Faraday Future Electric Car Concept Coming To 2016 CES

Mysterious electric-car startup Faraday Future will unveil a concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this January.<p>This will be the first …

Electric Vehicles

Researcher Claims Small Doses Of LSD Can Alleviate Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety and depression are serious mental health problems, both of which are severely disruptive at the best of times and incredibly dangerous to the …

Massive NSA Phone Data Collection to Cease

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American will stop at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program by Edward Snowden.<p>Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific …

Surveillance

Skunk 'causes damage to vital nerve fibres'

Skunk has been shown to damage the corpus callosum, the structure that allows communication between the brain's left and right hemispheres<p>Powerful "skunk weed" cannabis causes significant damage to vital nerve fibres linking the two halves of the brain, a study has found.<p>The damage occurs in the …