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Feb 17, 2016

LIGO’s black holes may have lived and died inside a huge star

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

But now it seems that collision may have been followed by a bright burst of gamma rays. NASA’s Fermi gamma-ray space telescope detected such an eruption just 0.4 seconds after LIGO’s gravitational waves arrived at Earth. It’s not clear whether the same event triggered both signals, but the Fermi team calculated that the probability of a coincidence was just 0.0022.

The problem is that no one expected such a bright gamma-ray burst to accompany a black-hole merger. Coalescing black holes orbit each other in a cosmic do-si-do, clearing out a region of empty space. According to models of gamma-ray bursts, isolated black holes can’t ignite them.

Strange signal

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Feb 17, 2016

TED 2016: $5m AI X Prize announced at conference

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In 2020 TED will award a prize for the use of artificial intelligence judged to have best helped humankind in some way.

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Feb 17, 2016

Is technology blurring the lines between war and peace?

Posted by in categories: law, military

Exploring the new battlegrounds of war — a lesson from Ukraine and Russia.


Failure to respond to this blurring of lines will result in the current multilateral system and rules of war becoming gradually outdated. As geopolitical power shifts to emerging states and non-state actors, and strategic competition for regional spheres of influence returns, the aspirations which informed the UN Charter – of a world defined by universal values of democracy and rule of law – seem increasingly hollow. But what new principles and values should underlie the ways in which disputes are resolved? As the incentives for hybrid warfare grows inexorably wider and more complex, we either redraw the lines, or face a future of warfare where there is no distinct or real peace.

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Feb 17, 2016

Cops want special courts that try only cyber criminals

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Special courts for cyber criminals.


Police dept asks govt for two courts dedicated to dealing with online crime, to improve conviction rate.

Mumbai: As crimes increasingly go digital, Mumbai police are pushing for the creation of courts that would try only cyber crimes. They have submitted a proposal to the government seeking to establish two special courts for the purpose, in a move aimed to cut back delays in trials.

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Feb 17, 2016

Expert Edward McAndrew says nation is facing ‘perfect cyber-crime storm’

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

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Feb 17, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Dangerous Game

Posted by in categories: business, computing, mobile phones, robotics/AI, security, transportation

Government and tech + telecom & ISPs need to come to an agreement in how to ensure innocent people’s privacy are respected. When a person murders, stalk, threaten, kidnap, and/ or assault a person then we have a responsibility first to protect the innocent public. And, with the resistance being displayed by Apple, are we running the risk of further alienating the consumers and business customers more when it comes to releasing AI like robots, self driving cars, etc. onto the public where criminals can buy AI technology and use it to hurt others?

We really need to be addressing these issues soon.


Tim Cook is playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship with the U.S. government. In the process, he may set in motion political and judicial processes that will endanger the security of all our mobile devices.

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Feb 17, 2016

Aston Martin to Develop Its First Electric Car

Posted by in category: transportation

The vehicle, based on Aston Martin’s Rapide S model, could come to market in 2018.

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Feb 17, 2016

Whitewood Encryption Systems Announces the Awarding of a Third Patent Arising From Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Transfer

Posted by in categories: encryption, internet, materials, quantum physics

I have mentioned in my previous posts about the Quantum Internet work that Los Alamos has been leading; today Los Alamos has been awarded a patent on their Quantum Communication (QC) Optical Fiber.


Whitewood received a Notice of Allowance for a patent application that addresses issues that arise when employing quantum communications techniques to share cryptographic material over fiber networks.

ArcPoint Strategic Communications.

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Feb 17, 2016

Filename-handling slip let attackers evade FireEye analysis

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Giving FireEye the slip.


Malware could be on your application whitelist if you haven’t caught up on patching.

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Feb 17, 2016

Wonder material graphene has been turned into a superconductor

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

Researchers in Japan have found a way to make the ‘wonder material’ graphene superconductive — which means electricity can flow through it with zero resistance. The new property adds to graphene’s already impressive list of attributes, like the fact that it’s stronger than steel, harder than diamond, and incredibly flexible.

But superconductivity is a big deal, even for graphene, because when electricity can flow without resistance, it can lead to significantly more efficient electronic devices, not to mention power lines. Right now, energy companies are losing about 7 percent of their energy as heat as a result of resistance in the grid.

Before you get too excited, this demonstration of superconductivity in graphene occurred at a super cold −269 degrees Celsius, so we’re not going to be making power lines out of graphene any time soon.

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