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Feb 17, 2016

Quantum Computing With Ordinary CMOS Transistors

Posted by in categories: computing, nanotechnology, quantum physics

Creating Qubit from a CMOS transitor.


Scientists make a qubit at the sharp edges within a silicon nanowire transistor.

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Feb 17, 2016

Virtual extortion a big business for cyber criminals

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI, transportation

And, this is only going to get worse with the newer AI technology until we can get a handle on hacking and tracking of AI such as bots and cars.


Virtual extortion is causing havoc as cyber criminals target companies of all sizes for ransom, according to the FBI. Here’s what needs to be done.

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Feb 17, 2016

Cyber extortionists zap computers at Hollywood hospital

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, bitcoin, business, computing, law

Criminal’s favorite new tool for extortion.


Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was the target of a ransomware extortion plot in which hackers seized control of the hospital’s computer systems and then demanded that directors pay in bitcoin to regain access, according to law enforcement sources.

Ransomware attacks on business data systems are becoming an increasingly common form of cyber crime. The assault on Hollywood Presbyterian computers occurred Feb. 5, when hackers prevented hospital staff from accessing patient information, according to law enforcement sources, who were not authorized to discuss the details of the investigation. The hackers then demanded an unspecified sum of computer currency.

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Feb 17, 2016

Packet Ninjas Announces the Formation of ShadowDragon To License Cyber Intelligence Investigative Tools

Posted by in category: neuroscience

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Packet Ninjas, a niche cyber security consulting and services company, today announced the formation of a sister company named ShadowDragon.

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Feb 17, 2016

Hardware is hot in cybersecurity

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

IBM’s new z13s mainframe and Cisco’s new Firepower next generation firewall.

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Feb 17, 2016

New Cancer Therapy Sends 93 Percent Of ‘Incurable’ Patients Into Remission

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

Beautiful — a new treatment to cure repeatable occurrences of blood related cancers.


New Cancer Therapy Could Give Hope To ‘Incurable’ Patients.

This could be the future of cancer treatment.

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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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