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Jun 16, 2019

Russian Hackers Tried to Attack U.S. Power Grid

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy, government

A hacking group linked to the Russian government has been attempting to breach the U.S. power grid, Wired reports.

Security experts from the non-profit group the Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and security firm Dragos tracked the hackers — and warn that the group has been probing the grid for weaknesses, searching for ways that they could access U.S. systems.

Even though there are no signs that the group has succeeded in accessing the power grid, the attacks still have experts worried. And that’s partly because of the history of this particular hacking group: Xenotime, who created the infamous Triton malware. In late 2017, Triton attacked critical infrastructure such as the industrial control systems used in power plants, and it could have been used to cause massive destruction through tampering with power plant controls. That lead it to be labeled the “world’s most murderous malware.”

Jun 16, 2019

AI-Aided Video Surveillance Will Watch and Silently Judge Us

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security, surveillance

Gone are the days when a store’s security cameras only mattered to shoplifters.

Now, with the rising prevalence of surveillance systems constantly monitored by artificial intelligence, ubiquitous security systems can watch, learn about, and discriminate against shoppers more than ever before.

That’s the gist of a new ACLU report titled “The Dawn of Robot Surveillance,” about how emerging AI technology enables security companies to constantly monitor and collect data about people — opening new possibilities in which power is abused or underserved communities are overpoliced.

Jun 16, 2019

NASA’s ‘Green’ Fuel Will Make Its Space Debut on SpaceX Falcon Heavy Mission

Posted by in category: space travel

A green propellant alternative will be tested out in space for the first time.

Jun 16, 2019

Heidi Burdett

Posted by in category: futurism

The world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery London ExCeL October 10–13 2019.

Jun 16, 2019

New Gene Therapy Priced at $1.8 Million in Europe

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new gene therapy for a rare blood disorder will sell for €1.6 million ($1.8 million) in Europe, according to the maker of the recently approved treatment, whose sticker price is the latest indication that already high drug costs are continuing to climb.

After it goes on sale, the Zynteglo gene therapy from Bluebird Bio Inc. will be the second-most expensive drug in the world after Novartis’s $2.1 million Zolgensma gene therapy, which was recently approved for sale in the U.S.

Jun 16, 2019

New CRISPR research partners defend academic-industry model

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The collaboration, its architects say, was designed to carefully address questions familiar to partnerships involving academic and industry scientists.

Jun 16, 2019

Chronic Wasting Disease: A Big Problem For Wildlife

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

You may be familiar with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease. Did you know there’s a lesser-known—but similar—illness that affects deer, moose, and elk? It’s called chronic wasting disease, and like mad cow, it is also a brain disease, thought to be caused by a malformed, twisted protein called a prion. CWD leads to unusual behavior, and often results in the animals becoming gruesomely thin before they die. First discovered in 1967, CWD now has been detected in at least 26 states, three Canadian provinces, Norway, Sweden, and South Korea.

Rae Ellen Bichell, a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau and KUNC, explored chronic wasting disease in a multipart series titled “ Bent Out Of Shape.” She joins Ira to talk about the disease, research into its origin and spread, and what’s known about the possible effects of human exposure to CWD.

Check out the full series.

Jun 16, 2019

The woman who founded $1 billion biotech Gossamer told us about the 3 jobs that prepared her to be a first-time CEO

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, employment

Sheila Gujrathi has worked as a doctor, a McKinsey consultant, and at an up-and-coming biotech. Each role prepared her to be CEO in different ways.

Jun 16, 2019

LulzBot 3D Bioprinting Collaboration Brings New Innovations

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting

New LulzBot bioprinting hardware coming 2019 with long term goal of printing real functional tissues.

Jun 16, 2019

Toward artificial intelligence that learns to write code

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers combine deep learning and symbolic reasoning for a more flexible way of teaching computers to program.

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