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Phillips smart bulbs could compromise your Wi-Fi network

by Rachel Kaser, TheNextWeb

A new report this week revealed that your cool smart light bulbs from Philips are potentially vulnerable to hackers — in fact, your whole Wi-Fi network could be compromised. So take our word for it: update now.

This news comes from cybersecurity research firm Checkpoint, which published a blog post exposing the flaw. When this was originally pointed out several years ago, companies found a way to stop what was at the time a bulb-hopping attack. Checkpoint says that, while this fix was deployed at the time, the basic vulnerability in the Hue bulb is still there, and can still be used for mischief.

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Ocean currents are getting faster

by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science

The change is driven by global warming and wind.

Ocean currents are moving faster today than they did two decades ago.

New research, published today (Feb. 6) in the journal Science Advances, finds that this acceleration is occurring around the globe, with the most noticeable effects in the tropical latitudes. The enhanced speed isn’t just at the ocean’s surface, but is occurring as deep as 6,560 feet (2,000 meters).

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What is sending radio signals to Earth from deep space like clockwork?

by Joe Pinkstone for MailOnline, DailyMail

Mysterious object 500 million light years away is transmitting signals that hit our planet every 16-days without fail.

Astronomers have identified the first reliable pattern of a fast radio burst (FRB) source in deep space, but still don’t know what causes the phenomenon. 

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When Pluto’s frozen heart beats, it creates wind

by Ashley Strickland, CNN

During its flyby of Pluto in 2015, NASA’s New Horizons mission captured a now iconic image of a heart-shaped feature on the dwarf planet. And new research about Pluto’s “frozen heart” has revealed that its “heartbeat” actually controls wind, which could sculpt the landscape on its surface.

The heart-shaped feature is known as Tombaugh Regio, named in honor of astronomer Clybe Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. Tuesday is also Tombaugh’s birthday.

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