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Aug 26, 2018

Photo: Fluorescent planetary nebula 4,900 light-years away

Posted by in category: space

The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of planetary nebula NGC 3918, which is a part of the Centaurus constellation about 4,900 light-years from Earth, according to NASA.

Between the lines: A planetary nebula is a cloud of colorful gasses which surrounds a dying star — known as a red giant, according to NASA. The remnants of the star give off the light, which reflects in the gasses and creates the beautiful, dramatic colors seen in the photo.


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Aug 26, 2018

Dinosaur DNA clues unpicked by researchers at University of Kent

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Dinosaurs may have their DNA to thank for why they stuck around so long on Earth.

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Aug 26, 2018

What Is 5G?

Posted by in categories: energy, internet

How 5G Will Change The World!

In this video, we’ll be discussing 5G – more specifically, what it is and its ability to change our world!

5G is a core technology in establishing the digital infrastructure of the future and will be essential in how all of the over 50 billion mobile and connected devices by 2020 will communicate together!

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Aug 26, 2018

Natural nanotechnology

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

There are countless nanoscopic architectures in nature, creating iridescence, sticky feet, magnetic navigation – and more.

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Aug 26, 2018

The Regulation of Nanotechnology

Posted by in categories: engineering, food, nanotechnology

Engineering nanoparticles can be extremely beneficial for many applications. However, this article discusses in what ways nanotechnology needs to be regulated due to the environmental impacts it can have in areas such as agriculture.

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Aug 26, 2018

AI is helping find lead pipes in Flint, Michigan

Posted by in categories: habitats, information science, robotics/AI

The algorithm is saving about $10 million as part of an effort to replace the city’s water infrastructure.

To catch you up: In 2014, Flint began getting water from Flint River rather than the Detroit water system. Mistreatment of the new water supply, combined with old lead pipes, created contaminated water for residents.

Solving the problem: Records that could be used to figure out which houses might be affected by corroded old pipes were missing or incomplete. So the city turned to AI. Using 71 different pieces of information—like the age or value of the home—Georgia Tech researchers developed an algorithm that predicted whether or not a home was connected to lead pipes.

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Aug 26, 2018

It’s time for governments to help their citizens deal with cybersecurity

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

When it comes to the individual citizen, whose responsibility is it to guard against cybercrime? Research we’ve conducted suggests that governments have a crucial role to play. They need to support individual citizens, as well as businesses, in a more practical and proactive way, to manage this particular society risk.

For instance, they could provide individuals with free face-to-face assistance and cybersecurity support. They could give clear guidelines and provide government sanctioned security software for people to install, and make sure it’s easy to get hold of. New York has recently started providing this kind of support to its residents. Based on our research, we believe there’s scope for all governments, including those in Southern Africa, to do the same.

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Aug 26, 2018

Insecure Medical Devices Are Low-Hanging Fruit for Hackers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, health, security

“The big problem is that hospitals don’t buy new devices, and they keep using really dangerous ones ad infinitum — until they just stop working,” Corman said.

Corman wants these old, unsecured devices gone from hospitals. The fear is that, beyond freezing systems or hijacking medical records as they did during WannaCry, hackers could also actively manipulate medical equipment to harm patients by, say, administering a lethal dose of medication via an infusion pump. While newer devices aren’t ironclad, they are typically built with more robust security features. So Corman and others are urging health-care providers to scrap old, or “legacy,” equipment and replace it with newer models.

To nudge health-care providers to trade up, he’s put forth an idea for an incentive program akin to “Cash for Clunkers,” the 2009 federal auto-rebate plan that aimed to run gas-guzzling cars off the road. Under that program, which was formally called the Car Allowance Rebate System, people received cash in exchange for turning in fuel-inefficient vehicles, which they could then put toward new, more efficient ones. (The program fizzled after a few months, when it depleted its allotted budget.) Similarly, in this version, health-care providers would be compensated for junking old equipment, and could use the rebates toward the purchase of new devices. Corman said he hasn’t fully worked out the economics, but he believes device makers might be willing to subsidize the program in part, since it would help them move inventory.

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Aug 26, 2018

Cafeteria Trash Could Become Valuable Nanotechnology

Posted by in categories: food, nanotechnology

Trash into treasure indeed. A European Union-funded research project is working on turning thrown-away food into graphene, the Guardian reports.

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Aug 26, 2018

Small-town Ingenuity Is Making Gigabit Broadband a Reality

Posted by in category: internet

Opinion: Surprise! Some of the fastest, most affordable internet in the country can be found in tiny communities.

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