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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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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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.
Continue reading Industry Insight: Collaboration Tools Might Be The Next Great Security Risk
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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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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by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phys.org
The supermassive black hole (SMBH) at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, Sagittarius A*, is by far the closest such object to us, only about 25 thousand light-years away. Although not nearly as active or luminous as other SMBHs, its relative proximity provides astronomers with a unique opportunity to probe what happens close to the “edge” of a black hole.
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by Art Markman, Ph.D., Psychology Today
As you remember things, when they happened becomes important.
One of the most important functions of human memory is to give you information you need when you need it. If you’re programming a computer, you’d like to use any knowledge you have about programming to solve problems that come up. Your knowledge about cooking or driving is less relevant in that context.
Continue reading Memory Is (Partly) Organized Around Time
by Laura Arenschield, The Ohio State University, Phys.org
A NASA telescope that will give humans the largest, deepest, clearest picture of the universe since the Hubble Space Telescope could find as many as 1,400 new planets outside Earth’s solar system, new research suggests.
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by Harvard University, Medical Xpress
Like a well-guarded fortress, the human brain attacks intruders on sight. Foreign objects, including neural probes used to study and treat the brain, do not last long. But now, researchers have designed a probe that looks, acts, and feels so much like a real neuron that the brain cannot identify the impostors. According to Charles M. Lieber, this breakthrough “literally blurs the ever-present and clear dissimilarities in properties between man-made and living systems.” They have blurred the line between human and machine.
Continue reading New brain implants disguise as neurons, offering a potentially safer way to study and treat the brain