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Feb 17, 2016

MIT Cleantech Committee explores how blockchains can distribute renewable electricity

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, energy

Experts from MIT are hosting an event next week to explore the potential blockchain technology could in making electricity markets cleaner and more efficient.

Cambridge chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum will bring together experts including Joi Ito of the MIT Media Lab and Paul Brody of Ernst and Young for the blockchain transitioning energy industry event on Monday 22 February. They will be joined by a distinguished panel of emerging technology, blockchain, and energy industry leaders to discuss the intersection of energy grid transformation and distributed ledger technology.

Scott Clavenna of Greentech Media will moderate a panel consisting of Joi Ito, Paul Brody, Ed Hesse of Grid Singularity, and Lawrence Orsini of LO3 Energy. The event will tackle questions such as “How can cleantech enterprise and industry leverage the blockchain for innovation?” and “What are the new models for growth?”.

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Feb 17, 2016

Could LIGO Discovery Of Gravitational Waves Unlock Secrets Of Quantum Gravity?

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

This gravitational wave model has been created with the quantum gravity theory in mind, which has been predicted for decades. What else could the discovery of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory uncover and reveal about this theory? (Photo : Henze | NASA)

Quantum gravity is a theory that has been the target of decades of study by physicists worldwide. If this idea is proven, it would tie together the General Theory of Relativity (which governs gravitational fields) with quantum mechanics, and the bizarro-world of subatomic particles.

Gravitational waves, produced by accelerating objects, ripple through space-time, according to most interpretations of the General Theory of Relativity penned by famed physicist Albert Einstein. Researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have announced they detected these disturbances in the fabric of time and space for the first time.

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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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