Thursday, October 19, 2017

Expert says hackers can attack any device with Wi-Fi

A Belgian researcher discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol used with a wireless Wi-Fi connection, according to the website of the scientist Krackattacks. Security expert from the Catholic University of Leuven, Mathy Vanhoef, argues that "any device that supports Wi-Fi can be exposed...

Ophelia, first major hurricane in 175 years threatens to hit Ireland 

Hurricane Ophelia has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Saturday. Ophelia, the sixth major hurricane of the 2017 season, was moving at 25 mph northeast with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, the service said. Ireland's Met Eireann...

North Korea behind the cyberattacks WannaCry — Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Brad Smith said that the DPRK is responsible for cyber attacks using the WannaCry virus, affecting more than 200,000 users earlier this year, ITV reported. According to the channel, Smith "with great confidence" believes that Pyongyang is behind the attacks. "At this stage,...

Iran behind cyber attack on British parliamentarians in June — report

Iran carried out a cyber attack on British lawmakers earlier this year, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing an intelligence assessment of the incident. https://twitter.com/BreakingVop/status/919155802577031169 The report came the day after Britain joined other European countries in warning the United States against harming a nuclear...

China’s giant radio telescope makes new discoveries

The pulsars were discovered on August 22 and 25 by researchers from the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), according to chief scientist Li Di. Named J1859-01 and J1931-01, the pulsars are 16,000 light years and 4,100 light years from Earth respectively. The discoveries were confirmed...

Astronomers have discovered six new galaxies

A group of astronomers from China, the United States and Chile, led by Professor Wang Jun-xian from the Chinese Science and Technology University in Haifey, Anhui Province, discovered six previously unknown galaxies, reported Xinhua news agency. According to scientists, galaxies were formed 800 million years...

There’s a new Russia-US spying scandal

The Russian government used antivirus software from the private Russian company Kaspersky to steal classified U.S. data, according to several recent reports. The revelations, following months of vague warnings from U.S. officials, suggest that the U.S. has “direct evidence that there are ways to remote into Kaspersky...

FAST — China’s $180 million radio telescope helps scientists on early discoveries

The pulsars were discovered on August 22 and 25 by researchers from the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), according to chief scientist Li Di. Named J1859-01 and J1931-01, the pulsars are 16,000 light years and 4,100 light years from Earth respectively. The discoveries were confirmed...

State of Emergency declared in California due to Hepatitis A outbreak

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday over a widespread Hepatitis A outbreak, citing a need to increase the current adult vaccine supply -- San Diego County is currently experiencing the worst outbreak in the state, with 490 reported cases, 342 hospitalizations...

Yellowstone only decades from a catastrophic eruption

Researchers are saying the supervolcano sitting beneath Yellowstone National Park could erupt sooner than thought -- and could possibly plunge the planet into a "volcanic winter." It's been roughly 631,000 years since Yellowstone's last super-eruption and, until now, scientists thought it would take centuries for...

Study shows links with daily alcohol drinking-risk of breast cancer

According to a new report by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, a daily glass of your favorite alcoholic beverage might increase the risk of breast cancer. An average of 10 grams of alcohol a day is associated with...

Scientific facts about cannabis

As U.S. business and government continue to butt heads over medicinal cannabis, some educational institutions are turning to science to help elevate and inform the conversation. Helping blaze the trail toward cannabis' acceptance in academia is none other than the University of Vermont, which now...

Second death case from West Nile virus in US bringing the total number to 67

A second death case from West Nile virus (WNV) has been reported in the Midwest State of Iowa, thus bringing the total number of WNV fatalities to 67 across the U.S. this year. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director with Iowa Public Health Department, confirmed the death...

SpaceX launches 10 satellites into orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications. U.S. private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a rocket from California, carrying 10 communications satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications, an American company providing...

Bird flu outbreak continues unabated in South Africa

The bird flu crisis continued unabated in South Africa despite intensified efforts to curb the pandemic, authorities said on Friday. The highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 virus has been confirmed in five provinces, with Johannesburg in Gauteng Province becoming the latest victim, according to the...

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins the Nobel Prize 2017

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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins the Nobel Prize 2017.    https://twitter.com/NobelPrize/status/916227885295394816 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Nobel Peace Prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns ($1.10 million), will be presented in Oslo on December 10.

Chinese scientists one step closer replacing WiFi with LiFi

Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years. Light Fidelity, known as LiFi, uses visible light from LED bulbs...

2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson

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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for “developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.” https://twitter.com/NobelPrize/status/915513825591533568 The work, the academy adds, "has moved biochemistry into a new era" and provided...

US House passes a bill ban abortions after 20 weeks

The House passed a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up...

Red Cross says cholera cases in Yemen could hit 1mn by year-end

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday described the humanitarian situation in Yemen as a “catastrophe,” saying cholera cases there could reach 1 million by year-end. The warring sides are using disproportionate force, causing “very excessive” civilian casualties, said Alexandre Faite, head...

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