Scientists can now turn CO2 in the air into solid coal

by Stephen Johnson, Big Think

The cost-effective method could revolutionize how we remove carbon from the atmosphere, particularly in regard to climate change.

Scientists have created a method to convert carbon dioxide back into solid coal, a breakthrough that could change the ways carbon is removed from the atmosphere and permanently stored.

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Hackers can summon Cortana to break into Windows 10 PCs

by Tom Warren, The Verge

Cortana on the lock screen has some security exploits.

Microsoft has issued a Windows 10 security update to prevent hackers from breaking into PCs using Cortana. Microsoft’s digital assistant is built into every version of Windows 10, McAfee security researchers discovered it could be summoned from a lock screen to execute malicious software. Any potential hacker would need physical access to a PC, and McAfee details methods to get the digital assistant to index files from a USB drive and execute them.

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Industry Insight: Collaboration Tools Might Be The Next Great Security Risk

by Rob Watts, PC Mag

If your business uses collaboration tools, then your company’s most valuable information may be at risk. We spoke with data protection expert Greg Arnette about common threats and the best practices you need to combat them.

Collaboration tools have become hugely popular with all kinds of businesses because they enable strategies like virtual teams and keep employees working tightly together no matter how far apart they might be physically. But whether it’s a workflow-based utility such as Asana or a chat-oriented app such as Slack, these tools have also created new opportunities for cyber-criminals looking to access your company’s most vital information.

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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

by Benedict Carey, The New York Times

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney’s Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying. There were multiple shooters in the hotel, not just one. The sheriff was covering for casino owners to preserve their business.

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Meet the neuroscientist shattering the myth of the gendered brain

by Genevieve Fox, The Guardian

Why asking whether your brain is male or female is the wrong question.

You receive an invitation, emblazoned with a question: “A bouncing little ‘he’ or a pretty little ‘she’?” The question is your teaser for the “gender reveal party” to which you are being invited by an expectant mother who, at more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy, knows what you don’t: the sex of her child. After you arrive, explains cognitive neuroscientist Gina Rippon in her riveting new book, The Gendered Brain, the big reveal will be hidden within some novelty item, such as a white iced cake, and will be colour-coded. Cut the cake and you’ll see either blue or pink filling. If it is blue, it is a…

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