Submitted by: Odio @ 01:23 PM | Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
If you really want to make sure your computer doesn't get hacked, disconnecting it from the internet is a good place to start but that 'air gap' alone isn't necessarily enough to prevent data being filched from your PC, new research has shown.
Scientists in Israel have demonstrated a new way for data to be extracted from even air-gapped (physically isolated) computers, with a new malware attack that combs data from the whirring sound of your PC's internal fan.
That's right the sound of your computer keeping itself cool can now be turned against it, thanks to a malware program called Fansmitter, devised by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Centre.
Once a computer is infected with Fansmitter, the program can "acoustically exfiltrate data from air-gapped computers, even when audio hardware and speakers are not present," the researchers write in their paper.
The malware does this by regulating the internal fans' speed to generate an acoustic waveform emitted by the PC. In other words, like a parasite, Fansmitter takes some data from your PC, then takes over the fan, and uses it like a mouthpiece to generate subtle audio signals based on the data, which can then be detected and interpreted by a nearby device.
As the team explains, "[b]inary data can be modulated and transmitted over these audio signals to a remote microphone (eg., on a nearby mobile phone)".
It's not the first time that audio signals have been used to extract data from air-gapped machines. Previous malware demonstrations have shown that PCs' internal and external speakers could use similar techniques to broadcast data signals via audio to capture devices.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:59 PM | Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
we were about to be out of helium
now we're not so fucked
Scientists have discovered a large helium gas field in Tanzania.
With world supplies running out, the find is a "game-changer", say geologists at Durham and Oxford universities.
Until now, the precious gas has been discovered only in small quantities during oil and gas drilling.
Using a new exploration approach, researchers found large quantities of helium within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley.
They say resources in just one part of the Rift valley are enough to fill more than a million medical MRI scanners.
Prof Chris Ballentine, of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, said: "This is a game-changer for the future security of society's helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away."
Prof Jon Gluyas, of the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University, who collaborated on the project, said the price of helium had gone up 500% in the last 15 years.
"Helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe but it's exceedingly rare on Earth," Prof Gluyas told BBC News.
"Moreover, any helium that you do find if you're not careful, will escape, just like a party balloon it rises and rises in the atmosphere and eventually escapes the Earth's gravity altogether.
"It's used in a whole array of key instrumentation, particularly medical MRI scanning and so on, and so we have to keep finding more."
The researchers say volcanic activity in the Rift Valley releases helium buried in ancient rocks, which rises up and becomes trapped in shallower gas fields.
The amount of helium is estimated at more than 54 billion cubic feet - which could potentially meet global demand for several years.
The next step is to find the best place to drill to exploit the gas and bring it to the surface.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 03:15 PM | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. Every year, about 275,000 people tour the Jack Daniels distillery here, and as they stroll through its brick buildings nestled in a tree-shaded hollow, they hear a story like this: Sometime in the 1850s, when Daniel was a boy, he went to work for a preacher, grocer and distiller named Dan Call. The preacher was a busy man, and when he saw promise in young Jack, he taught him how to run his whiskey still and the rest is history.
This year is the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniels, and the distillery, home to one of the worlds best-selling whiskeys, is using the occasion to tell a different, more complicated tale. Daniel, the company now says, didnt learn distilling from Dan Call, but from a man named Nearis Green one of Calls slaves.
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:47 PM | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
srael and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize ties, a senior Israeli official told reporters, according to Reuters. This will end bitter rift over the Israeli Navys killing of nine Turkish citizens during a Gaza flotilla raid in 2010.
The agreement, which took three years to reach, is expected to be officially announced on Monday, said the official traveling with Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently in Rome.The restoration of full diplomatic relations that deteriorated after the Israeli navy's killed nine Turkish and one Turkish-American pro-Palestinian activists in 2010 has been brokered with the help of Washington.
Israel conducted an operation against six civilian ships that belonged to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The ships fit by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief were carrying humanitarian and construction supplies to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The deal is likely to involve compensation (of around $20 million) to the families of the killed Turks and higher Turkish aid and development projects for Gaza, Israeli media report.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly pledged to make effort to release the bodies of two Israeli soldiers that are held by the Hamas organization in the Gaza Strip and two other Israeli civilians.
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:04 AM | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | (url: http://www.livesc...)
A robot in Russia caused an unusual traffic jam last week after it "escaped" from a research lab, and now, the artificially intelligent bot is making headlines again after it reportedly tried to flee a second time, according to news reports.
Engineers at the Russian lab reprogrammed the intelligent machine, dubbed Promobot IR77, after last week's incident, but the robot recently made a second escape attempt, The Mirror reported.
Last week, the robot made it approximately 160 feet (50 meters) to the street, before it lost power and "partially paralyzed" traffic. [The 6 Strangest Robots Ever Created]
Promobot, the company that designed the robot, announced the escapade in a blog post the next day.
The strange escape has drawn skepticism from some who think it was a promotional stunt, but regardless of whether the incident was planned, the designers seem to be capitalizing on all the attention. The company's blog includes photographs of the robot from multiple angles as it obstructs traffic, and the robot's escape came a week after Promobot announced plans to present the newest model in the company's series, Promobot V3, in the fall.
The company said its engineers were testing a new positioning system that allows the robot to avoid collisions while moving under its own control. But when a gate was left open, the robot wandered into the street and blocked a lane of traffic for about 40 minutes, the blog post states.
The Promobot was designed to interact with people using speech recognition, providing information in the form of an expressive electronic face, prerecorded audio messages and a large screen on its chest. The company has said the robot could be used as a promoter, administrator, tour guide or concierge.
In light of the robot's recent escapes, and citing multiple changes to the robot's artificial intelligence, Promobot co-founder Oleg Kivokurtsev told The Mirror, "I think we might have to dismantle it.
Submitted by: Odio @ 04:54 PM | Friday, June 24, 2016 | (url: http://phys.org/n...)
Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.
Abundant harvests of radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes all grown on the soil were found to contain "no dangerous levels" of heavy metals, said the team from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
"These remarkable results are very promising," said senior ecologist Wieger Wamelink.
"We can actually eat the radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes, and I am very curious what they will taste like."
Future Mars settlers will have to take food supplies with them and then plant crops in order to survive.
So using soil developed by NASA to resemble that of the red planet, the university has been experimenting since 2013 and has managed to raise 10 crops.
But uncertainty remains about whether they would absorb the high levels of heavy metals such cadmium, copper and lead, present in Mars soil.
Further tests are now needed on the remaining six crops, including potatoes, in research which is being backed by a crowd-funding campaign.
NASA plans a manned trip to Mars within the next 10 to 15 years or so, and similar projects are also being pursued by US billionaire Elon Musk and the Dutch company Mars One, tentatively aiming to set up human colonies on the Red Planet.
The Mars One project has backed the Wageningen experiments and is currently undertaking a third selection to whittle down the remaining 100 candidates hoping to be among their astronauts to 40.
"It's important to test as many crops as possible, to make sure that settlers on Mars have access to a broad variety of different food sources," said Wamelink.
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:01 PM | Thursday, June 23, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
If you think your mind is the only safe place left for all your secrets, think again, because scientists are making real steps towards reading your thoughts and putting them on a screen for everyone to see.
A team from the University of Oregon has built a system that can read peoples thoughts via brain scans, and reconstruct the faces they were visualising in their heads. As youll soon see, the results were pretty damn creepy.
"We can take someones memory - which is typically something internal and private - and we can pull it out from their brains," one of the team, neuroscientist Brice Kuhl, told Brian Resnick at Vox.
Heres how it works. The researchers selected 23 volunteers, and compiled a set of 1,000 colour photos of random peoples faces. The volunteers were shown these pictures while hooked up to an fMRI machine, which detects subtle changes in the blood flow of the brain to measure their neurological activity.
Also hooked up to the fMRI machine is an artificial intelligence program that reads the brain activity of the participants, while taking in a mathematical description of each face they were exposed to in real time. The researchers assigned 300 numbers to certain physical features on the faces to help the AI 'see' them as code.
Basically, this first phase was a training session for the AI - it needed to learn how certain bursts of neurological activity correlated to certain physical features on the faces.
Once the AI had formed enough brain activity-face code match-ups, the team started phase two of the experiment. This time, the AI was hooked up to the fMRI machine only, and had to figure out what the faces looked like based only on the participants brain activity.
All the faces shown to the participants in this round were completely different from the previous round.
Submitted by: Odio @ 10:44 PM | Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
Can we really hope to slow down the ageing process? The compound nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) has shown plenty of promise at increasing the lifespans of mice, and is about to be put to the test in human clinical trials for the first time.
Next month, 10 healthy volunteers will be given NMN to see if it can slow down ageing without any harmful side-effects. If the results are positive and the drug is given the all-clear for public use, it'll be the first genuine anti-ageing product on the market.
As George Dvorsky reports at Gizmodo, NMN stimulates the production of a class of proteins called sirtuins, which usually grow weaker as we get older.
When tested on mice, NMN was shown to stop the natural declines in metabolism, eyesight, and glucose intolerance, all of which tend to drop off as we get older. The question is, can it have the same effect in humans?
Mice are often used to test treatments because they share 95 to 98 percent of our genomes, and are afflicted by many of the same diseases. That said, there is plenty of doubt over how well tests on mice end up translating to the human body, so we'll just have to wait and see how well NMN does in human beings.
The trial will be run by Keio University in Japan with help from Washington University in St. Louis. The issue of ageing is of course a hot topic in Japan, where 40 percent of the population will be over 65 by the year 2055.
"We've confirmed a remarkable effect in the experiment using mice, but it's not clear yet how much [the compound] will affect humans," lead researcher Shin-ichiro Imai told The Japan News. "We'll carefully conduct the study, which I hope will result in important findings originating in Japan."
Submitted by: Odio @ 03:49 PM | Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | (url: http://nerdist.co...)
Kick-Ass is coming back to comic book store shelves soon but not the way you remember it. Writer and co-creator Mark Millar has announced that a new Kick-Ass book is coming early next year, and this time, its not teenager Dave Lizewski who becomes the real-world superhero. Instead, the new Kick-Ass is a new, black female character. Kick-Ass: The New Girl will also be based out of a different city than the original series, with an all-new supporting cast as well.
Kick-Ass: The New Girl will be drawn by series co-creator John Romita Jr. who has committed to work on the book for three years, according to Millar. Also re-launching at the same time will be a new Hit-Girl series, which will be drawn by Rafael Albuquerque. Millar will script the first story arc, and then former Deadpool and Wolverine writer Daniel Way will take over as the regular author. It is unknown if the Hit-Girl of this new series is someone new under the mask as well. Both books are expected to launch in January, and both will be the first monthly, ongoing series from the Millarworld imprint.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Millar has this to say about the change in the character: Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture. I dont think many blonde white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they pick up comic or watch a movie. Being older or younger or female or African-American just seems more interesting to me as a writer because this character is quite unique and opens up story possibilities that havent been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass.
Submitted by: ZooL @ 07:27 PM | Monday, June 20, 2016 | (url: http://freebeacon...)
The gun store where a CBS News employee purchased a gun for a segment that aired Thursday on CBS This Morning has filed a report with the Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives over concerns the purchase was unlawful.
The store said they contacted the ATF after viewing the report because they feared the misdirection used by the CBS reporter constituted a straw purchase, which would be a federal crime.
The law is very clear. When you knowingly attempt to purchase a firearm with the intent of giving it to another person, you are trying to bypass the legal pathway to firearms ownership, he said. This, in itself, is a very serious crime. I do not see how any member of the press can get away with potentially committing a felony just to boost their ratings and mislead the general public.
more leftist - do as I say not as I do shit from the left msm.
Submitted by: Odio @ 05:41 PM | Monday, June 20, 2016 | (url: http://interestin...)
A robot built by roboticist Alexander Reben from the University of Berkeley, California has the ability to decide using AI whether or not to inflict pain.
The robot aims to spark a debate on if an AI system can get out of control, reminiscent of the terminator. The robot design is incredibly simple, designed to serve only one purpose; to decide whether or not to inflict pain. The robot was engineered by Alexander Reben of the University of Berkeley and was published in a scientific journal aimed to spark a debate on whether or not artificial intelligent robots can get out of hand if given the opportunity.
Submitted by: Odio @ 11:52 AM | Monday, June 20, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)
Scientists may have found a way for humans to avoid age-related brain illnesses by regenerating memory through neural stem cells.
Research findings showed that it may actually be possible to replace aging brain cells and restore memory through a new technique that involves taking donor neural stem cells and grafting them into an aged brain.
Lead scientist Ashok K. Shetty and his team implanted neural stem cell into the hippocampus a part of the brain that makes new memories and connects them to emotions of an animal model to enable them to regenerate tissue.
We chose the hippocampus because its so important in learning, memory and mood function, Shetty said. Were interested in understanding aging in the brain, especially in the hippocampus, which seems particularly vulnerable to age-related changes.
For this latest research, the team found that the neural stem cells engrafted well onto the hippocampus in the young animal models (which was expected) as well as the older ones that would be, in human terms, about 70 years old. Not only did these implanted cells survive, they divided several times to make new cells.
Scientists say the fact that an aged hippocampus can accept grafted neural stem cells as good as the young hippocampus does means there is hope in treating age-related neurodegenerative disorders.
They are still producing new neurons at least three months after implantation, and these neurons are capable of migrating to different parts of the brain, the team notes.
If this research proves successful, it could have a significant effect on ways to rejuvenate the aged brain to combat the impact of aging. But, as is true of most scientific experiments on the human body, coming up with conclusive results might take a while, and even then, FDA approval is often a decade long process. Still, there is new hope.
Submitted by: Odio @ 09:33 AM | Saturday, June 18, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
A group of angry men in Istanbul vandalized a record store and beat up customers for having a listening party and drinking beer to celebrate the release of Radioheads new album in the Turkish capital during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Up to 20 men identified as radical Islamists used pipes and bottles as weapons, according to witnesses. The attackers also reportedly threatened to burn down the record store with all the people inside.
A video account of the attack was posted by the store owner on the Reddit website. The camera was originally set up to stream the Radiohead event, but unwittingly captured the attack.
The owner gave the following account:
[quote]I am the person thats speaking in that video. I am the owner of that periscope account. They were determined to kill us. We were beaten by more than 20 men with pipes in their hands, beer bottles were broken on our heads; I dont even know how we made it out. I will share the details later guys. Just hoping that no one will die.
In the video, a group of screaming men is seen entering the store and eventually violently forcing everyone out. The group then comes back in and begins smashing up the equipment. The attackers are also seen swinging their hands and trying to beat up the customers.
The brutal assault continued outside the store, but the camera angle only allowed a limited view.[/quote]
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 09:14 AM | Saturday, June 18, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Police Department lost its third police chief in eight days as it struggles with allegations that a number of officers had sex with a teenage prostitute and exchanged racist text messages.
Mayor Libby Schaaf said acting Police Chief Paul Figueroa was on the job for two days before stepping down on Friday but said his decision was not connected to the two scandals.
However, she denounced the department's "toxic, macho culture" and vowed to root out "the bad apples."
[color=cyan]"As the mayor of Oakland, I'm here to run a police department, not a frat house," [/color]Schaaf said at a news conference Friday evening.
Schaaf said she will not immediately appoint an acting or interim chief. Instead, the command staff will report to City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, who will be responsible for personnel and disciplinary decisions.
[color=cyan]"This is the appropriate time to install civilian oversight in this police department," Schaaf said. "I want to assure the citizens of Oakland that we are hell bent on rooting out this disgusting culture."[/color]
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:13 AM | Friday, June 17, 2016 | (url: http://www.fudzil...)
Court ruling means it could face a ban
Apples Chinese troubles deepened after a court decided that it had stolen the design for the iPhone 6 from a local smartphone maker.
The court has told Apple to stop flogging the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus after ruling that the smartphones copied the design of a handset made by an outfit called Baili.The Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled this week that Apple and its Chinese distributor Zhongfu Telecom infringed the patent of Shenzhen-based Baili. Baili is suing Apple for copying the design of its 100C smartphone.
According to the ruling the smartphones are so similar that users cant tell the difference until they see the price tag of course. The Tame Apple Press is fuming claiming that the 100C looks like every other Android smartphone on the market and they all copied Apple.
The court disagreed saying that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have minor differences from Baili's 100C. The differences are so tiny that the average customer could not notice. So this case falls into the patent rights protection category.
Baili won an injunction that could have forced Apple to remove the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from the shelves in China. Apple has appealed against the ruling in a higher court, which allows the firm to continue selling the iPhone 6 line until that court makes a decision on the case.
Things have not been going well for Jobs Mob behind the bamboo curtain. Its Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks Store have been banned and its iPhone sales have not been going well. Apple had hoped that sales in the massive Chinese market might save its bacon. Had Apple not done this itself with the whole "rounded rectangle" case, we might have been more sympathetic.