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Mar 14, 2016

Seagate unveils PCIe x16 SSD with 10GB/s bandwidth at Open Compute Summit

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

Seagate is demonstrating what they claim is the fastest SSD on the market, with a 10GB/s maximum throughput speed. That would mean the SSD is fully capable of using a PCI-Express 3.0 bus — all 16 lanes of it.

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Mar 14, 2016

How Gut Bacteria Are Shaking Up Cancer Research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business

Top scientists at Roche Holding AG and AstraZeneca Plc are sizing up potential allies in the fight against cancer: the trillions of bacteria that live in the human body.

“Five years ago, if you had asked me about bacteria in your gut playing an important role in your systemic immune response, I probably would have laughed it off,” Daniel Chen, head of cancer immunotherapy research at Roche’s Genentech division, said in a phone interview. “Most of us immunologists now believe that there really is an important interaction there.”

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Mar 14, 2016

I attended the world’s first ‘cyborg fair’ — here’s what it was like

Posted by in category: cyborgs

Frieda Klotz visited the ‘world’s first cyborg fair’ with one question: are cyborgs a real thing, or are these people just kidding themselves?

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Mar 14, 2016

Calling all MacGyvers: DARPA’s Improv program invites you to DIY a bomb

Posted by in categories: drones, military, mobile phones

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking techies to help fight terrorism. The US military, after spending decades in a struggle to defend itself against improvised weapons, is now inviting inventors to get explosively creative.

Whatever device this article is currently being read on, in the wrong hands, could become a weapon. Technology such as USBs, off-the-shelf software and cell phones have all been deployed against US or US-backed forces. Now the US hopes to return the favor, according to Ars Technica.

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Mar 14, 2016

EU justice ministers defined cyber crimes as terrorism

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, government, internet, law

EU Justice Ministers Claims Cyber Attackers are terrorists. I wouldn’t say all of them are terrorists. Those who attack hospitals, attack government infrastructures, threaten markets, etc, are terrorists. The next door neighbor’s 13 yr old kid hacking to use your wireless internet service; not a terrorist.

European Union justice ministers on March 11th adopted a general approach on the directive on combatting terrorism, including serious cyber crimes, informs LETA/BNS.

On Friday the council greed its negotiating position on the proposal for a directive on combatting terrorism. The proposed directive strengthens the EU’s legal framework in preventing terrorist attacks by criminalising preparatory acts such as training and travel abroad for terrorist purposes – hence addressing the issue of foreign fighters – as well as aiding and abetting, inciting or attempting such acts. It also reinforce rules on the rights for the victims of terrorism, the Ministry of Justice said.

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Mar 14, 2016

Arms Race Develops for Cyber Security Skills as Boards Take a Strong Interest in Defending from Cyber Attacks

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, governance

Barclay Simpson, a leading Corporate Governance recruitment consultancy, has released its annual Security & Resilience market report which suggests that demand continues to rise for cyber security skills as an arms race develops between cyber criminals and those looking to secure systems and data from increasingly complex cyber attacks. With increased prominence and board attention, 68% of managers do not believe their security departments are sufficiently resourced given the demands that are made on them (down from 76%) whilst 69% have recruited or attempted to recruit in the last 6 months.

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Mar 14, 2016

Qualcomm brings virtual reality software development kit

Posted by in categories: energy, mobile phones, virtual reality

Chipset maker Qualcomm Technologies has introduced a virtual reality (VR) software development kit (SDK) targeting VR-capable Android smartphone and headset makers.

The Snapdragon VR SDK offers access to optimized VR features, to simplify development and to help developers with attain improved VR performance and power efficiency with the Snapdragon 820 for Android smartphones and upcoming VR headsets.

Qualcomm will be offering the SDK in the second quarter of 2016 through the Qualcomm Developer Network.

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Mar 14, 2016

US Bets $100 Million on Machines That Think More Like Humans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, military, space

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the dusty surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, it was a victory for NASA and a victory for science.

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Mar 14, 2016

Michigan company looks to halve offshore wind costs

Posted by in categories: climatology, energy, physics

Company uses physics of thunderstorms to summon energy out of air.

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Mar 14, 2016

Humanoid robots can’t outsource their brains to the cloud due to network latency

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Ars talks to robotics rockstar Hiroshi Ishiguro, on crafting convincing human-android interactions.

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