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Dec 5, 2019

Ransomware attack hits major US data center provider

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

CyrusOne data centers infected by REvil (Sodinokibi) ransomware.

Dec 5, 2019

BREAKING: Bomb Squad Investigating Report of a Possible Small Nuclear Reactor Inside a Garage in Columbus, Ohio

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, quantum physics

Ok… which one of y’all is this?


UPDATE 3: The man reportedly told bomb squad that he sustained “radio frequency burns” while working on a “quantum physics generator” in his garage, according to Battalion Chief Steve Martin, the Columbus Division of Fire spokesman, speaking to the Columbus Dispatch.

“We have no reason to believe that he was trying to make anything that would do anyone any harm,” Martin added.

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Dec 5, 2019

Fusion: Nuclear physics usually involves high energies, as illustrated by experiments to master controlled nuclear fusion

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics

One of the problems is how to overcome the strong electrical repulsion between atomic nuclei which requires high energies to make them fuse. But fusion could be initiated at lower energies with electromagnetic fields that are generated, for example, by state-of-the-art free electron lasers emitting X-ray light. Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) describe how this could be done in the journal Physical Review C.

During two fuse into one new nucleus. In the lab this can be done by , when researchers use reactions to create fast free neutrons for other experiments. On a much larger scale, the idea is to implement controlled fusion of light nuclei to generate power—with the sun acting as the model: its is the product of a series of fusion reactions that take place in its interior.

For many years, scientists have been working on strategies for generating power from fusion energy. “On the one hand we are looking at a practically limitless source of power. On the other hand, there are all the many technological hurdles that we want to help surmount through our work,” says Professor Ralf Schützhold, Director of the Department of Theoretical Physics at HZDR, describing the motivation for his research.

Dec 5, 2019

Exercise makes you happier than money, Yale and Oxford research says

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience

Yale and Oxford researchers say exercise is more important to your mental health than your economic status.

Dec 5, 2019

The Future of GPS Is Taking Shape Inside These Locked Rooms

Posted by in categories: military, mobile phones, satellites

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. — It’s not easy to get into the GPS room. A security cocoon typical of U.S. military installations protects Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, but the windowless home of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS) lies within the base’s “restricted access area.” A gatehouse, extra vehicle barriers, armed guards, monitored communication channels, and a total ban on smartphones stand between the outside world and the place where the U.S. Air Force operates the GPS satellite constellation.

Inside you’ll find a hallway lined with keypad-controlled doors. Behind each is a room with 10-person teams who fly satellites. The rooms are staffed around the clock. The 2SOP squadron not only runs the constellation that provides global navigation and precise time data to civilian and military users.

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Dec 5, 2019

DeepMind co-founder moves to Google as the AI lab positions itself for the future

Posted by in categories: law, policy, robotics/AI

The personnel changes at Alphabet continue, this time with Mustafa Suleyman — one of the three co-founders of the company’s influential AI lab DeepMind — moving to Google.

Suleyman announced the news on Twitter, saying that after a “wonderful decade” at DeepMind, he would be joining Google to work with the company’s head of AI Jeff Dean and its chief legal officer Kent Walker. The exact details of Suleyman’s new role are unclear but a representative for the company told The Verge it would involve work on AI policy.

The move is notable, though, as it was reported earlier this year that Suleyman had been placed on leave from DeepMind. (DeepMind disputed these reports, saying it was a mutual decision intended to give Suleyman “time out … after 10 hectic years.”) Some speculated that Suleyman’s move was the fallout of reported tensions between DeepMind and Google, as the former struggled to commercialize its technology.

Dec 5, 2019

Does Natural Law Need Elegant Mathematics?

Posted by in category: futurism

Many of us are drawn to beauty in mathematics. But is that the way nature really works?

Dec 5, 2019

Developing Deep Aging Biomarkers Using Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

A type of artificial intelligence technique is now being used to develop new drugs and therapies and could perhaps even help to solve aging.

An urgent need for aging biomarkers

There has long been an urgent need in our field to develop increasingly accurate biomarkers of aging so that the efficacy of interventions can be gauged. Deep learning is one of the more recent techniques being applied in the search for aging biomarkers.

Dec 5, 2019

Is 70 the new 65? Studies show aging has changed

Posted by in category: life extension

Life expectancy rose, and so did the number of years we spend without serious health problems, researchers say.

Dec 5, 2019

Gene Therapy Clinical Trial in Colombia Aims to Treat Age-Related Diseases and Reverse Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Libella Gene Therapeutics, LLC (“Libella”) announces a clinical trial in Colombia (South America) using telomere-lengthening gene therapy to reverse aging and possibly cure age-related diseases. Libella has chosen bioaccess™ as its CRO for this trial.