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Nov 26, 2019

Pemex Still Suffers Cyberattack Fallout

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption


The communications system of Mexico’s oil giant Pemex is still suffering the lingering effects of a cyberattack that occurred earlier this month, sources from the company told Bloomberg.

A ransomware attack caused administrative operations at Pemex to grind to a halt on November 10, with the company announcing the resumption of work soon after, saying the actual attack had been prevented.

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Nov 26, 2019

Israeli team uses silicon chip to deliver Alzheimer’s-busting protein to brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, neuroscience

In Technion, Bar-Ilan trials, nanochip ferries ‘neural growth factor’ — which combats neurodegenerative diseases — and releases it where needed, overcoming blood-brain barrier.

Nov 26, 2019

The myth of the “new space race”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, information science, internet, robotics/AI, space travel

“We want a new space race—space races are exciting,” declared SpaceX founder Elon Musk after the successful inaugural flight last year of the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket since the Space Shuttle.

Hawks and headline writers think space races are exciting too, especially the “new space race” between China and the United States. That’s why they keep referring to it—even though it doesn’t exist.

Historic changes are indeed afoot in the space sector. Private crewed spaceflight is about to come of age. Mobile robotic spacecraft are being built to rendezvous with satellites to service them. Vast swarms of broadband satellites are set to make the Internet truly global for the first time, and increase the number of spacecraft in orbit tenfold. Back on Earth, satellite imagery fed through artificial intelligence algorithms promises powerful insights into all manner of human activity. Dozens of countries are active in space and the number is growing all the time. The tired trope of the superpower space race does little to make sense of all this.

Nov 26, 2019

Cows on Russian Farm Get Fitted with VR Goggles to Increase Milk Production

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability, virtual reality

On a farm near Moscow, the cows are walking around with VR goggles strapped to their heads in an effort to improve their living conditions, relax them, with the ultimate goal for them to produce more milk.

Nov 26, 2019

AMD confirms 64-core Threadripper 3990X for 2020

Posted by in category: computing

AMD’s first Threadripper CPU with 64 computing cores and 128 threads is coming in 2020. That’s double the 32 cores and 64 threads found in the second-generation flagship 2990WX. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Nov 26, 2019

Toshiba says its device tests for 13 cancer types with 99% accuracy from a single drop of blood

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Testing on the equipment and testing procedure will begin next year.

Nov 26, 2019

Hospitals Will Now Show You The Cost!

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Trump Reveals Hospital Tranparency Rule To Make Hospitals Show You How Much Your Treament Is Costing! (In Effect In 2021)

Nov 26, 2019

Five ways China must cultivate research integrity

Posted by in category: futurism

China’s strides towards reform have been well received domestically and abroad, but effecting lasting change is hard2. To better characterize the situation, my team has studied global retraction data alongside national grants and applications that were revoked. We also surveyed researchers online and interviewed major stakeholders in China3,4. These included experts on university ethics committees, programmes for research-integrity training and plagiarism detection, as well as funding-programme managers, journal editors and academics. Here, I outline major challenges in research integrity, and potential strategies and solutions to buttress it.

A swift increase in scientific productivity has outstripped the country’s ability to promote rigour and curb academic misconduct; it is time to seize solutions.

Nov 26, 2019

Interdisciplinary team takes top prize in Mars colony design competition

Posted by in category: space

Star City, a concept for a human city on Mars, won first place at the Mars Colony Prize Design contest. The design, led by MIT PhD student George Lordos and his brother Alexandros, features five villages constructed around a crater rim.

Image: Star City Team/Delta Architects

Nov 25, 2019

Hackers demand $14 million from nursing homes in ransomware attack

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode

Some facilities unable to access patient records, order drugs or pay employees after their computers were hijacked.