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Jul 8, 2015

Using the gravity of the universe to peer into a black hole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, space

Researchers at the European Space Agency harness the natural lensing properties of cosmic gravity to get a closer look at a black hole.

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Jul 7, 2015

Mic — How Lusie and her 3-D printed arm could change the world for…

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, futurism

This revolutionary new technology is changing the world for kids born without limbs.

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Jul 7, 2015

Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Laughs at the AI Apocalypse

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, singularity

No singularity for Linus.

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Jul 7, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Casually Chats To Stephen Hawking About Living Forever

Posted by in category: life extension

Mark Zuckerberg was on Facebook last night conducting his regular Townhall Q&As, with a few not-so-regular people including Stephen Hawking and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Of the celebrity cast, Hawking was the only one who diverted the social media titan’s attention to science, asking him:

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Jul 7, 2015

The Hyperloop is much closer than people realize

Posted by in category: transportation

Science-fiction is becoming reality.

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Jul 7, 2015

Hidden supermassive black holes revealed

Posted by in categories: cosmology, futurism, space

An artist’s illustration of a signs of a supermassive black hole actively feasting on its surroundings. The central black hole is hidden from direct view by a thick layer of encircling gas and dust. (credit: NASA/ESA)

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Jul 7, 2015

Switzerland Begins Trials of Expensive Postal Drones

Posted by in category: drones

Postal drones tested in Switzerland

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Jul 7, 2015

Passfaces: Strong authentication for the masses

Posted by in categories: big data, business, computing, encryption, finance, information science, internet

Last year, Google began experimenting with hardware-based schemes for user-authentication, while Apple added two factor authentication to iCloud and Apple ID users. They began sending a verification code to users via a mobile number registered in advance.

Security pundits know that two factor authentication is more secure than simple passwords. As a refresher, “Factors” are typically described like this:

  • Something that you know (a password — or even better, a formula)
  • Something that you have (Secure ID token or code sent to cell phone)
  • Something that you are (a biometric: fingerprint, voice, face, etc.)

The Google project may be just another method of factor #2. In fact, because it is small (easily misplaced or stolen), it simplifies but does not improve on security. I suggest a radical and reliable method of authentication. It’s not new and it’s not my idea…


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Jul 7, 2015

Toss Your Credit Cards and Other Security Musings – By: Sherri Hammons – CIO, IQ Navigator

Posted by in categories: privacy, security

Toss Your Credit Cards and Other Security Musings – By: Sherri Hammons

“Let’s post our credit card numbers and even those pesky CSV codes on the back. (Better yet, let’s just do away with credit cards altogether because, at the end of that day, it’s just a bank taking on the risk that you’ll pay back a loan.) Let’s post our social security numbers and our driver’s licenses. Let’s post everything. Overnight, the incentives to steal your data are wiped off the face of the earth. The dark databases are worth zero.”

Last year, my personal credit cards and banks were breached five times. Last week, another personal breach. Each time, I was informed by email and snail mail, a new credit card or bank account was issued, and I bought more monitoring for my credit or, in the case of one of the breaches, the company that was breached bought additional monitoring. About the fourth time, I started wondering why our industry doesn’t do something else. The traditional IT security model is dead, but we just keep propping up the body. Hope has become our strategy in the cyber security war. Read more

Jul 7, 2015

Japan’s population is so old that elderly workers are getting robot exoskeletons so they never have to retire

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI

I could use one of these right now.

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