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Jul 9, 2016

Technical Failure, Not Hackers, Took Down NATO-Linked Websites

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, geopolitics

Makes me wonder how much money was spent on this technical masterpiece.

WARSAW—Officials blamed technical failure—not a cyberattack—for the recent outages of two websites affiliated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

NATO’s cybersecurity experts were on heightened alert for cyberattacks during the alliance’s biennial summit, which has seen the organization’s top leaders gather in the Polish capital this week.

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Jul 9, 2016

Raketa Watches Trials Blockchain Technology to Fight Counterfeiting

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, business, space

Blockchain Engine and Petrodvorets Watch Factory have introduced blockchain technology into the manufacturing process of Raketa watches, making Raketa one of the first companies in the world to record the production of physical goods in the blockchain.

Established by Peter the Great in 1721, Petrodvorets Watch Factory is one of Russia’s oldest businesses. After the Second World War, the factory produced watches under the brand name Pobeda until 1961, when production of the Raketa [Rocket] watches started, named in honor of the first flight into space by Yuri Gagarin.

In a bid to restructure the historical watch brand, the company entered a rebranding stage in 2009 under the direction of Russian, Swiss and French experts, with director Jacques von Polier heading the creative and design department.

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Jul 9, 2016

Mathematical framework that prioritizes key patterns in networks aims to accelerate scientific discovery

Posted by in categories: biological, finance, information science, mathematics, military


Networks are mathematical representations to explore and understand diverse, complex systems—everything from military logistics and global finance to air traffic, social media, and the biological processes within our bodies. In each of those systems, a hierarchy of recurring, meaningful internal patterns—such as molecules and proteins interacting inside cells, and capacitors and resistors operating within integrated circuits—determines the functions or behaviors of those systems. The larger and more intricate a system is, however, the harder it is for current network modeling techniques to uncover these patterns and represent them in organized, easy-to-understand ways.

Researchers at Stanford University, funded by DARPA’s Simplifying Complexity in Scientific Discovery (SIMPLEX) program, have made progress in overcoming these challenges through a framework they have developed for identifying and clustering what mathematicians call “motifs”: essential but often obscure patterns within systems that are the building blocks of mathematical modeling and that facilitate the computational representation of complex systems.

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Jul 9, 2016

Microsoft calls for independent body to address cyber attribution

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

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In a move to support the development of global cybersecurity norms, Microsoft calls for improved cyber attribution to identify cyberattack perpetrators.

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Jul 9, 2016

Sony And Samsung Want to Turn Your Eyes Into Computers

Posted by in category: computing

Your body’s natural camera may eventually stream video.

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Jul 8, 2016

AI revolution could spell the END of immigration, claims US Presidential candidate

Posted by in categories: economics, geopolitics, robotics/AI

How will immigration be different in the future? Especially with a possible Universal Basic Income and AI?

THE impending AI revolution may lead to the end of immigration, a leading expert has claimed.

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Jul 8, 2016

Daddies, “Dates,” and the Girlfriend Experience: Welcome to the New Prostitution Economy

Posted by in categories: economics, entertainment

I just last week saw the movie Neon Demon. The movie explores pathology of prettiness, and to what degree people demand to consume prettiness. This is a particularly futurist topic, as society might change a lot with regards to commidifying as well as synthesizing completely new forms of beauty. This arouses deep seated fears. We fear those who manipulate desire (love, lust, loneliness, among others) for their own benefit. But many in the field claim “it is just another job”. Is relationship now part of the “gig economy” or should our politicians interfere? Will a basic income increase these forms of prostitution or decrease them?

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Jul 8, 2016

The Role of Mitochondria in Metastatic Cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

For all my Precision Medicine, Cancer researchers, and anti-aging friends researchers have id that the mitochondria pathway has been used by cancer cells to exploit for motility and metastasis.

Researchers have identified a new mitochondrial pathway that cancer cells exploit for motility and metastasis—providing a viable, “druggable” target for many different types of tumors. [NIEHS].

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Jul 8, 2016

Doctors find link between statins and cancer survival rate

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science

Being treated for high cholesterol with statins is being linked with a reduced risk of death and better survival from four common cancers, a medical conference has heard.

Among the patients in the study, almost 8,000 had lung cancer, 5,500 had breast cancer, 4,600 had prostate cancer and 4,500 had colon cancer, the researchers found. So the researchers think the statin treatment might explain the protective effect, rather than high cholesterol itself.

Data for patients admitted to United Kingdom hospitals between January 1, 2000-March 31, 2013 with the listed cancers were obtained from the Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations, Length of stay and Mortality (ACALM) clinical database, which also provided data on comorbidities such as high cholesterol; mortality data was obtained from the Office of National Statistics.

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Jul 8, 2016

New microfluidic device offers means for studying electric field cancer therapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Very interesting — MIT testing electric field cancer therapy.

Low-intensity fields keep malignant cells from spreading, while preserving healthy cells.

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