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Aug 4, 2020

Iranian hacker group becomes first known APT to weaponize DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH)

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Kaspersky says Oilrig (APT34) group has been using DoH to silently exfiltrate data from hacked networks.

Aug 4, 2020

Dubai has built the world’s largest 3D printed building

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, sustainability

Building a sustainable future.

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Aug 4, 2020

Airships Are No Longer a Relic of the Past; You Could Ride in One by 2023

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government

To that end, Barry Prentice, who leads the Canadian company Buoyant Aircraft Systems International, hopes to use airships to transport pre-built structures for schools and housing to remote parts of Canada that lack good roads.

And earlier this year, French airship company Flying Whales (I mean, how can you not adore that name?) received $23 million in funding from the government of Quebec to build cargo-carrying Zeppelins.

Given our current pandemic-dominated reality, it’s hard to imagine a future of seamless global travel of any kind, much less on an airship. But that future will, thankfully, arrive (though when is anyone’s guess). As calls for climate action get louder and the costs associated with airships drop—as the cost of any new technology tends to do with time—we may find ourselves going retro and being ferried across the globe by giant helium-filled balloons.

Aug 4, 2020

Virgin Galactic Just Revealed a Next-Gen Mach 3 Aircraft, Rolls-Royce Deal

Posted by in category: transportation

Virgin Galactic has unveiled a new high-speed Mach 3 commercial aircraft and a new Rolls-Royce deal.

Aug 4, 2020

DeepMind hopes to teach AI to cooperate

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

In a new paper, researchers at DeepMind propose using the game Diplomacy as an environment for training reinforcement learning agents.

Aug 4, 2020

Casimir force used to control and manipulate objects

Posted by in categories: computing, mathematics, quantum physics

A collaboration between researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of California Merced has provided a new way to measure tiny forces and use them to control objects.

The research, published today in Nature Physics, was jointly led by Professor Michael Tobar, from UWA’s School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing and Chief Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and Dr. Jacob Pate from the University of Merced.

Professor Tobar said that the result is a new way to manipulate and control in a non-contacting way, allowing enhanced sensitivity without adding loss.

Aug 4, 2020

Critically ill COVID-19 patients make quick recovery with treatment RLF-100

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

TEL AVIV — Critically ill COVID-19 patients recovered rapidly from respiratory failure after three days of treatment with RLF-100, a therapy granted fast-track designation in the United States, two drug companies said Sunday.

Geneva-based Relief Therapeutics Holdings AG RFLB.S has a patent for RLF-100, or aviptadil, a synthetic form of a natural peptide that protects the lung. US-Israeli NeuroRx Inc. partnered with Relief to develop the drug in the United States.

In June the US Food and Drug Administration granted fast-track designation to RLF-100 for treatment of respiratory distress in COVID-19.

Aug 4, 2020

Mystery radio signal sent to Earth from ‘closest ever point’ within Milky Way

Posted by in category: space

Scientists have traced mysterious radio signals detected on Earth to a dead star within our Milky Way galaxy.

The millisecond-long burst of radiation was emitted by a magnestar — a type of star with an extremely powerful magnetic field — roughly 14,000 light-years away, according to a study.

Known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), signals such as these have baffled scientists for years and typically originate from far beyond the Milky Way.

Aug 4, 2020

Dubai has taken 3D printing to a whole new level

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, sustainability

Building a sustainable future.


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Aug 4, 2020

This AI Could Bring Us Computers That Can Write Their Own Software

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A new machine learning program called MISIM can figure out what a snippet of code is meant to do and offer up new code to make it faster or more efficient.