Hack Brief: Ransomware Strikes Apple’s OS X for the First Time

Wired News - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 6:11pm
KeRanger ushers in a new age of Apple-focused malware. The post Hack Brief: Ransomware Strikes Apple's OS X for the First Time appeared first on WIRED.









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Facebook Fixes Bug That Allowed Users To Set Other Users' Passwords

Slashdot - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 6:11pm
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has paid $15,000 (€13,600) to an independent security researcher who discovered a simple way of resetting passwords for other people's Facebook accounts, setting a new passphrase and effectively taking over profiles. The problem was in the fact that Facebook also runs a Beta platform on beta.facebook.com. This platform's "reset password" feature did not include brute-force protection and allowed anyone to guess the six-digit verification code sent to someone's phone when resetting the password. This issue also raises another question: How many unsafe features are on Facebook's beta platform that have not been patched simultaneously with the main platform?

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Poor Ted Cruz Doesn’t Even Get a Funko Election Figurine

Wired News - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:59pm
With figurines for Someone With Tiny Hands, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders, the makers of Pop! vinyl collectibles are cashing in on the campaign trail. The post Poor Ted Cruz Doesn't Even Get a Funko Election Figurine appeared first on WIRED.









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Improving modern vaccines: Sugar polymer tails wag the protein dog

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:55pm
Millions of people – particularly infants in underdeveloped countries – suffer from the serious life threatening illnesses of meningitis, pneumonia and influenza. Early vaccines were based on the large and complex carbohydrate (sugar) based polymers produced by the bacteria. More recently new glycoconjugate vaccines have been developed which involves ‘fusing’ the complex carbohydrates – the sugar polymer tails - onto carrier proteins. These sugar-protein complexes improve the effectiveness and longevity of the vaccine. However, there are still problems concerning the stability of formulations they are prepared in, warn researchers.
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Talk about yourself on social media?

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:55pm
A network of brain regions involved in self-disclosure on Facebook has been determined by a team of researchers. In the first study to examine the intrinsic functional connectivity of the brain in relation to social media use, researchers observed connectivity between regions of the brain previously established to play a role in self-cognition, in 35 participants.
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The March of Planets: Jupiter, Mars and Saturn Brighten Night Sky

Space.com - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:45pm
Powerful Jupiter, attention-grabbing Mars and spectacular Saturn will dominate March's night sky: here's how to see them.
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Preemies' gut bacteria reveal vast scope of antibiotic resistance

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:41pm
A new study of gut bacteria in premature infants reveals the vast scope of the problem of antibiotic resistance and gives new insight into the extreme vulnerability of these young patients, according to researchers.
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Professor urges physicians to help victims of torture seeking asylum

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:41pm
Refugees seeking asylum in the United States are twice as likely to be granted protection if their application is supported by medical documentation of torture.
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Down the drain: Here's why we should use rainwater to flush toilets

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:40pm
Research by environmental engineers indicates that it rains enough in Philadelphia, New York, Seattle and Chicago that if homeowners had a way to collect and store the rain falling on their roofs, they could flush their toilets often without having to use a drop of municipal water.
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Clinician communication reduced distress related to the detection of incidental nodules

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:40pm
A cross-sectional survey showed a quarter of patients with detected incidental pulmonary nodules experienced significant distress related to the nodule. Detailed clinician communication increased patient knowledge, relieved distress, and improved patient experience.
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Lung cancer screening: New Canadian guideline

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:40pm
Adults aged 55-74 years who are at high risk of lung cancer -- current or former smokers (i.e., have quit within the past 15 years) with at least a 30 pack-year history or more -- should be screened annually up to three times using low-dose computed tomography (CT), according to a new Canadian guideline.
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N95 respirators vs surgical masks: Protecting health workers from respiratory infections

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:40pm
Accumulated evidence does not indicate superiority of N95 respirators over surgical masks in protecting health care workers from contracting acute respiratory infections from patients, according to a systematic review.
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Sweeping Changes At Microsoft Studios Kill Lionhead Studios and Fable

Slashdot - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:31pm
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has announced sweeping changes at Microsoft Studios, affecting development teams in the UK and Denmark. In sad news for gamers, development of Fable Legends has been brought to an end. The Fable series is one that has suffered numerous setbacks and delays over the years, but this is the biggest blow yet. More than this, the team behind Fable — Lionhead Studios — is at risk of closure, and Microsoft is in talks with employees about this. General Manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, Hanno Lemke, also announced that Press Play Studios in Denmark will close, leading to the end of development on Project Knoxville.

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You’ll Eat Bugs. These Investors Are Betting Millions on It

Wired News - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 5:00pm
Greg Sewitz and Gabi Lewis are used to people laughing at their plan to get the world to eat bug powder. Guess who's laughing now. The post You'll Eat Bugs. These Investors Are Betting Millions on It appeared first on WIRED.









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Anonymous Claims Twitter Is Suspending 'OpISIS' Member Accounts

Slashdot - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 4:50pm
An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous has claimed that Twitter mistakenly shut down several of its activist accounts in a widespread cull of pages belonging to terrorist supporters. In an effort to rid the site of an extremist presence, Twitter has recently suspended over 125,000 accounts for 'threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.' However, the international activist group Anonymous is now reporting that among this number were multiple member accounts, which were actively supporting the fight against the Islamic State and helping to seek out terrorist supporters and recruiters online. Twitter has typically re-opened the Anonymous accounts within a matter of hours, bombarded with requests by hacktivists and the wider online community.

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Toxic byproduct of hemoglobin could provide clues for cerebral hemorrhage and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 4:42pm
A novel mechanism has been found that could protect the brain from damage due to stroke and a variety of neurodegenerative conditions, including sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, report scientists.
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Female traders can reduce market crashes, expert says

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 4:40pm
Research shows that increasing the proportion of female traders can reduce the occurrence of the most extreme crashes.
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Team finds new approach to curbing cancer cell growth

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 4:40pm
Using a new approach, scientists have discovered a novel drug candidate that could be used to treat certain types of breast cancer, lung cancer and melanoma.
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Cellular aging process unexpectedly enhances insulin secretion

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 4:39pm
A cellular program that causes aging can also bring unexpected benefits in the function of pancreatic beta cells and the production of insulin in mice and humans, new research shows.
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Ultra-bright light: A new source of quantum light

Science Daily - Mon, 07/03/2016 - 4:39pm
A new ultra-bright source of single photons - 15 times brighter than commonly used sources and emitting photons that are 99.5% indistinguishable from one another - has been developed.
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