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Jul 13, 2016

FDIC was hacked

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

I knew about the hack; however, CIO covered it up is a new twist to this story.


Problems uncovered after employees walk off job with thousands of SSNs on flash drives.

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Jul 13, 2016

Russian hypersonic bomber can launch nuclear attacks from space

Posted by in categories: military, space

Military bosses claim the engine for the craft has already been tested, and a prototype could take to the air in six years.

It would be able to travel anywhere in the world in two hours and drop a devastating nuclear warhead before returning to base, it is claimed.

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Jul 13, 2016

The Threats That Artificial Intelligence Researchers Actually Worry About

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Slate summary of the debate on AI Safety:

Fears about A.I. take a very different form depending on whom you ask.

Some researchers think that the benefits of developing an A.G.I. far outweighv the risks, and the question of control is a moot point. Intelligent systems will be developed by humans and controlled by humans, so there is nothing to worry about.

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Jul 13, 2016

Brain ‘hacking’: Entrepreneurs turn to fasting and ‘smart drugs’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, neuroscience

The SV trend.


Employees at San Francisco startup Nootrobox don’t eat on Tuesdays.

The weekly fast isn’t an extreme money-saving move by a scrappy, bootstrapping company. Instead, Nootrobox team members swear withholding food for 36 hours — they stop eating Monday night — improves their workplace focus and concentration.

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Jul 13, 2016

Eating Sugar And Fatty Foods Is As Bad As Doing Drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health, neuroscience

Is it time for rehab for junk food junkies?


Apparently, all the burgers and smoothies you’re consuming cause your brain to forget to stop eating even when you’re full.

Can you relate to midnight cravings and the feeling of perpetual hunger? Do you resort to grabbing fast food on the fly or eating out of a tub of ice cream while you’re bored around the house?

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Jul 13, 2016

Robot mower distracting Seattle drivers

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Although this article is 1 month old; still is too interesting not to share.


SEATTLE — If you happen to see a driverless lawnmower on the side of the road, WSDOT would rather you keep your eyes on the road.

Crews now use a driverless slope mower to clear hard to reach areas that are too dangerous for an operator to sit on a riding mower. It’s proving to be an efficient, safe tool for WSDOT.

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Jul 13, 2016

AI pill-dispenser uses facial and voice recognition

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Pillo is a smart pill dispenser that stores an entire family’s medication while automatically reordering when supplies run low.

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Jul 13, 2016

ON Semiconductor – New 8MP device has improved near-infrared sensitivity for imaging and intelligent transportation systems

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, transportation

ON Semiconductor’s new 8 megapixel (MP) KAI-08052 image sensor enhances imaging performance in demanding industrial applications with technology that improves the near-infrared sensitivity of CCD image sensors.

The image sensor provides up to twice the sensitivity in near-infrared wavelengths as the company’s standard Interline Transfer CCD pixel design. This enhanced sensitivity can be critical in applications such as scientific and medical imaging, where samples emit or fluoresce in NIR wavelengths; or in machine vision and intelligent transportation systems (ITS), where NIR illumination is often used to better examine an object or to isolate a vehicle’s license plate.

The new CCD pixel design used extends the electron capture region deeper in the silicon to better capture electrons generated by long wavelength photons. This deeper pixel well improves detection of NIR wavelengths by up to a factor of two depending on the specific wavelength studied.

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Jul 13, 2016

PURE GENIUS — Official Trailer — CBS New Shows 2016

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Pure Genius is an upcoming American medical drama television series created by Jason Katims starring Dermot Mulroney. A young Silicon Valley tech-titan enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, new school approach to medicine.


A young Silicon Valley tech-titan enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, new school approach to medicine.

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Jul 13, 2016

How to Make Molecular Devices? Microscopic DNA Tools May Be Key

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

DNA codes for life as we know it, but in recent years, scientists have discovered more uses for the molecule. Because DNA is foldable and “sticky,” they’ve begun making microscopic shapes called DNA origami. Over the last decade or so, researchers have improved at this DNA art, and now, Caltech scientists say they used DNA to sketch a glowing masterpiece — a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting “The Starry Night”— on a canvas the size of a dime.

While the mini-van Gogh is neat — if a little fuzzy and monochromatic — the demonstration shows the technique may be approaching more practical uses. One of the difficulties of making technologies ever-smaller is figuring out how to precisely place components. As it turns out, our fingers are just a little too fat to build on scales far thinner than a human hair.

Researchers hope DNA origami can be like surrogate hands on the tiniest scales, and if successful, the technology may be used to build useful devices smaller than any yet in existence.

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