950 Million Android Phones Can Be Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages

Slashdot - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:11pm
techtech writes: According to security firm Zimperium a flaw called "Stagefright" in Google's Android operating system can allow hackers take over a phone with a message even if the user doesn't open it. The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android devices. In a blog post Zimperium researchers wrote: "A fully weaponized successful attack could even delete the message before you see it. You will only see the notification. These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual—with a trojaned phone."

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Vice Goes No-Holds-Barred with New Women-Focused Web Channel

Wired News - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:07pm

In true Vice fashion, Broadly looks like it's going to go there.

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Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light into electricity

Science Daily - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:02pm
Solar energy could be made cheaper if solar cells could be coaxed to generate more power. A huge gain in this direction has been made by a team of chemists that has found an ingenious way to make solar energy conversion more efficient. The researchers combined inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules to 'upconvert' photons in the visible and near-infrared regions of the solar spectrum.
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Clinical validation for LOXO-101 against TRK fusion cancer

Science Daily - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:02pm
The first imaging studies of TRK fusion cancer conducted post-treatment have confirmed that stage IV patient's tumors had substantially regressed. With four months of treatment, additional CT scans have demonstrated almost complete disappearance of the largest tumors.
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Cataclysmic event of a certain age

Science Daily - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:02pm
At the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 12,800 years ago­ — give or take a few centuries — a cosmic impact triggered an abrupt cooling episode that earth scientists refer to as the Younger Dryas. New research has narrowed the date to a 100-year range, sometime between 12,835 and 12,735 years ago.
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Experimental drug treatment for Rett syndrome suggests disorder is reversible, mouse study shows

Science Daily - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:02pm
A strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome has been developed by scientists, a devastating autism spectrum disorder. In their report, the researchers demonstrate that treatment with small-molecule drug candidates significantly extends lifespan in male mice that model Rett and ameliorates several behavioral symptoms in females.
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Flow means 'go' for proper lymph system development

Science Daily - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:02pm
The lymph system provides a slow flow of fluid from tissues into the blood. It returns fluid and proteins that leak from blood vessels, provides passage for immune cells from the tissues to the blood, and hosts key niches for immune cells. How this system develops hasn't been well understood, but now researchers have found from that the early flow of lymph fluid is a critical factor in the development of mature lymphatic vessels.
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The NSA Will Destroy the Bulk Phone Records It Collected

Wired News - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 9:59pm

The spy agency will cease using the existing records by November 29, after which they will be destroyed once pending lawsuits have ended.

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NASA's Epic Pluto Flyby Almost Didn't Happen on Time

Space.com - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 9:50pm
Scientists and engineers had to work at breakneck speed to get New Horizons launched during a brief window in January 2006, or the probe's highly anticipated Pluto encounter would have been pushed into 2016 at the earliest.
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AI and robotics researchers call for global ban on autonomous weapons

Kurzweil AI - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 9:48pm

More than 1,000 leading artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers and others, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, just signed and published an open letter from the Future of Life Institute (FLI) today calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.

FLI defines “autonomous weapons” as those that select and engage targets without human intervention, such as armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions.

The researchers believe that AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is feasible within years, not decades, and that the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

Only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market

“If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce.

“It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group. We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity.”

The proposed ban is similar to the broadly supported international agreements that have successfully prohibited chemical, biological weapons, blinding laser weapons, and space-based nuclear weapons.

“We believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so. Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control,” the letter concludes.

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German Scientists Confirm NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Slashdot - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 9:28pm
MarkWhittington writes: Hacked Magazine reported that a group of German scientists believe that they have confirmed that the EM Drive, the propulsion device that uses microwaves rather than rocket fuel, provides thrust. The experimental results are being presented at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando by Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology. Tajmar has an interest in exotic propulsion methods, including one concept using "negative matter."

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Halt and Catch Fire GIF and a Graf: She’s Lost Control

Wired News - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 9:15pm

Last night's revenge on WestNet was an exceptional sequence.

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You3dit is Working to Help Crowdsource 3D Design and Printing (Video)

Slashdot - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 8:44pm
The example you3dit (You 3D It) person Chris McCoy uses in this video is a prosthetic hand they wanted to make because one of their people lost fingers in a construction accident. Instead of drawing up plans for a new hand, they searched online -- and found enablingthefuture.org, which is all about making 3-D printed prosthetic hands. Using a predesigned hand was obviously much simpler than starting from scratch, and was totally in line with the Open Source "Why reinvent the wheel?" philosophy. So you3dit helps make 3-D printed items of one sort or another, and can either print them for you at their place or help you find someone local to help with the printing, assuming you can't do it yourself. As you might expect, they did a Kickstarter project. It was for a product called Raver Rings. Unlike many Kickstarter projects we mention on Slashdot, this one didn't fly. In fact, it only got $2,275 in pledges against a $10,000 goal. No matter. There are many other useful things the you3dit community can make -- or help you make -- without Kickstarter.

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'Blue Moon' History and What Can Actually Turn It Blue | Video

Space.com - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 8:14pm
The definition of "Blue Moon" has evolved slowly to the modern "2nd full moon in a month" formulation. But what sky-watchers usually see is the same old grayish-white – unless a volcanic eruption filters the Sun’s reflected light. Science@NASA explai
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Hannibal GIF and a Graf: A Four-Quadrant Killer

Wired News - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 8:00pm

It's tough to watch the latest arc of this show begin, but with introductory poniards like this one, it's clear this show isn't going out quietly.

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Computer Science Enrollments Match NASDAQ's Rises and Fall

Slashdot - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 8:00pm
dcblogs writes: In March 2000, the NASDAQ composite index reached a historic high of 5,048, at just about the same time undergrad computer science enrollments hit a peak of nearly 24,000 students at PhD-granting institutions in the U.S. and Canada, according to data collected by the Computing Research Association in its most recent annual Taulbee Survey. By 2005, computer science enrollments had halved, declining to just over 12,000. On July 17, the NASDAQ hit its highest point since 2000, reaching a composite index of 5,210. In 2014, computer science undergrad enrollments reached nearly, 24,000, almost equal to the 2000 high. Remarkably, it has taken nearly 15 years to reach the earlier enrollment peak.

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'Star Trek: Axanar' Fan Film Wants to Recruit George Takei

Space.com - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 7:52pm
Like Scotty pulling a bit of extra power out of the Enterprise, the "Star Trek: Axanar" fan film easily warped past its initial $250,000 goal this weekend. Now, its creators plan to ask an old "Star Trek" ally for help.
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Snapchat Gives Kids What They Want by Teaming With BuzzFeed

Wired News - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 7:41pm

Snapchat appealed to its core users today by adding BuzzFeed and iHeartRadio to its news portal, Discover.

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Moon Base Would Be Cheap with Help from Private Industry: Report

Space.com - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 7:40pm
The dream of returning humans to the moon could become a reality for the relatively low price of $10 billion, as long as NASA is willing to buy from private spaceflight companies, a new report shows.
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Closing roads to save tigers

Science Daily - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 7:38pm
A logging company has agreed to begin dismantling abandoned logging roads currently being used by poachers to access prime Amur (Siberian) tiger habitat in the Russian Far East.
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