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Apr 26, 2018

North Korea Ramps Up ‘Operation GhostSecret’ Cyber Espionage Campaign

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance

Critical infrastructure, entertainment, finance, healthcare, telecoms, among recent targets of the Lazarus Group, aka Hidden Cobra.

On the eve of a historic summit with its rival neighbor South Korea and possible subsequent talks with the US President Donald Trump in the coming weeks, North Korea continues full-steam ahead in its mission to gather intelligence and generate income for the regime via its notorious nation-state hacking machine.

North Korea’s pervasive Lazarus Group, aka Hidden Cobra, was recently discovered ramping up a global cyber espionage campaign dubbed Operation GhostSecret, stealing information from organizations in the critical infrastructure, entertainment, finance, healthcare, and telecommunications sectors. Researchers from McAfee unearthed the wave of attacks, which they say first started with targeted hacks of banks in Turkey last month.

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Apr 26, 2018

This Start-Up Wants to Upload Your Brain to a Computer

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

This tech might be able to recreate your consciousness in a computer. The only catch? You have to die.

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Apr 26, 2018

Programmers! Close the StackOverflow tabs. This AI robot will write your source code for you

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Think Java code-completion on steriods

Code boffins at Rice University in Texas have developed a system called Bayou to partially automate the writing of Java code with the help of deep-learning algorithms and training data sampled from GitHub.

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Apr 26, 2018

AI-powered location: A step closer to the future? (VB Live)

Posted by in categories: mapping, robotics/AI, transportation

Cloud-based, AI-powered location technology is creating the highly accurate and always up-to-date maps that can revolutionize everything from autonomous cars to connected cities. To learn more about the application of data-enriched mapping to industries from retail to automotive, manufacturing, transportation and city planning, don’t miss this VB Live event!

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Location is at the heart of everything: it’s the nexus between a device or an individual and the environment they interact with, and it can become the foundation of a smarter society. Location data is powered by cloud capabilities: global maps, traffic information and hundreds of millions of connected devices brought together to create the most up-to-date maps and power the “The Location of Things.”

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Apr 26, 2018

The Military Just Created An AI That Learned How To Program Software

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Tired of writing your own boring code for new software? Finally, there’s an AI that can do it for you.

BAYOU is an deep learning tool that basically works like a search engine for coding: tell it what sort of program you want to create with a couple of keywords, and it will spit out java code that will do what you’re looking for, based on its best guess.

The tool was developed by a team of computer scientists from Rice University who received funding both from the military and Google. In a study published earlier this month on the preprint server arXiv, they describe how they built BAYOU and what sorts of problems it can help programmers solve.

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Apr 26, 2018

The top 12 cryptocurrencies and what they are—and aren’t—good for

Posted by in category: cryptocurrencies

Every one is unique, but they have one thing in common: investors think they’re worth billions.

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Apr 26, 2018

Geologists say N. Korea’s nuclear test site likely collapsed

Posted by in category: nuclear weapons

Associated Press historical news archive articles dating back to 1985.

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Apr 26, 2018

This Megamerger of 14 Galaxies Could Become The Most Massive Structure in Our Universe

Posted by in category: cosmology

Peering billions of light-years back to when the Universe was just 10 percent of its current age, astronomers have spotted a colossal pile-up: 14 young, starbursting galaxies merging into one of the most massive structures in the Universe.

Using some of the most powerful telescopes in operation today, an international research team discovered the extremely dense concentration of hot galaxies careening towards each other.

Eventually the megamerger will form a cluster of galaxies, gravitationally bound by dark matter and ultimately smooshing together into one ginormous galaxy.

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Apr 26, 2018

NHS preparing to offer ‘game-changing’ cancer treatment

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Health service chief calls for affordable access to CAR-T, which modifies immune system to destroy cancer cells.

Health editor.

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Apr 26, 2018

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Taking the supplement, dilation of subjects’ arteries improved by 42 percent, making their blood vessels, at least by that measure, look like those of someone 15 to 20 years younger. An improvement of that magnitude, if sustained, is associated with about a 13 percent reduction in heart disease, Rossman said. The study also showed that the improvement in dilation was due to a reduction in oxidative stress.

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see age-related vascular changes reverse by the equivalent of 15 to 20 years within six weeks, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research.

The study, published this week in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements, or nutraceuticals, could play an important role in preventing heart disease-the nation’s No. 1 killer. It also resurrects the notion that oral antioxidants, which have been broadly dismissed as ineffective in recent years, could reap measurable health benefits if properly targeted, the authors say.

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