While it doesn’t answer the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, this high school class experiment is a pretty amazing one nonetheless. Some years ago Japanese researchers published an exciting finding in a science journal that a chick could be hatched using a shell-less embryo, which became a total game-changer…
via Japanese high school students hatch chick without an eggshell during class【Video】 — RocketNews24
Leading organizations recognize that stringent cybersecurity processes and strong infrastructure, while essential, are not enough to eliminate today’s disparate and ubiquitous threats. So they aim to use predictive analytics to identify and stop potential threats before they can wreak havoc. Some approaches that organizations are taking to root out potential threats include automated scanning of Internet chatter; development of predictive models through analysis of hacks and breaches; and systematic, continuous probing of their own defenses.
As some private and public sector organizations are discovering, the combination of advanced analytics and a red team approach – thinking like the enemy – can yield powerful insights.
Who’s getting to know you to get at you?
First created to test the security of military installations, red teams are used today to model a broad array of potential physical, social, and electronic attacks. A red team exercise involving a life sciences company offers an illustrative example of this approach in a cyber setting.
Like its industry counterparts, the company’s value resides in its intellectual property, specifically the talent and knowledge of its scientists. So, company leaders may want to determine which employees are likely to be targets of both state-sponsored and non-state attackers.
Religious and secular activists both are taking aim at a new plan by the European Union to require tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter to attack “hate” speech online.
And for the same reason: The vague definitions could give people with nefarious agendas the power to censor speech.
WND recently reported the agreement tech giants Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others reached with the European Union to crack down on what some regard as “hate speech.”
The Associated Press reported the newly approved “code of conduct” will have the tech companies “quickly” remove “illegal hate speech directed against anyone over issues of race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.”
The companies agreed “to strengthen their partnerships with civil society organizations [that] often flag content that promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct,” the report said.
However, Barnabas Fund, a Christian organization that supports Christians suffering from discrimination or oppression, said the agreement is providing grounds for “serious concerns that the definition of hate speech is so vague it could effectively censor anything deemed politically incorrect, including for example, any criticism of Islamism, mass migration or even the European Union itself.”
The US Federal Aviation Authority is telling aircraft to steer a few hundred miles clear of the site of a US military base in California, where secretive weapon tests being conducted will cause GPS outages for much of the West Coast.
An advisory issued by the FAA on Saturday notifies pilots that GPS systems will be unreliable or nonexistent within a 253 nautical mile radius from Naval Air Weapons Center at China Lake in the Mojave Desert, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time on six dates in June.
More than half of California is affected for all aircraft flying above 50 feet, including the very busy airspace of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the southern two-thirds of Nevada. Planes that fly higher will be affected at longer range, with aircraft that reach 40,000 feet above sea level experiencing disruptions as far away as Oregon.
The United States is a patchwork quilt of red and blue states. But zoom in to Silicon Valley and you’ll see those hues blend into shades that aren’t found on our two-party color wheel. A technocrat who has never voted for a Democrat in his whole life might march in the annual Pride Parade. CEOs who are all about immigration (they need programmers like they need air) might lobby for low capital gains taxes (gotta make sure those stock options are a good investment). These Valley players are motivated by their own interests more than by party politics, and they’re not afraid to gerrymander their philosophies into weird snaky shapes that protect their financial interests without (mostly) sacrificing personal ethics.
The bill now sits with the State Senate Judiciary Committee and must be defeated.
California’s A.B. 2880 will give government agencies the power to put copyright restrictions on their work. That means state bureaucrats will be able to wrap their reports, research, e-mails, and even videos of public meetings in onerous legal restrictions, backed by federal lawsuits and six-figure penalties. The bill would change California from one of the most open state governments to one of the least open. EFF opposed the bill and explained its dangers to the State Assembly.
Californians, tell your lawmakers to oppose this dangerous bill.
Unfortunately, the Assembly took up and passed an amended version of the bill that resolved almost none of its problems. In response, more than twenty free speech, open government, and public access organizations have rallied against the bill and have urged the state Senate to reject it. In addition, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Internet Association, and the California Chamber of Commerce have also opposed A.B. 2880. A coalition of libraries and researchers have also voiced their opposition to the bill’s impacts on speech, openness, and public access to state information.
Why is opposition growing? Because the issue at the heart of A.B. 2880 is that federal copyright law and California’s Public Records Act (the state’s version of the Freedom of Information Act) do not mix. Copyright creates the power to restrict the dissemination and use of works, while the Public Records Act is meant to force disclosure of public records. The amended A.B. 2880 brings this conflict into sharp relief. The bill needs to be stopped.
Despite being born with congenital cataracts and having just 10 percent of a normal person’s vision during the day, when the night comes amateur astronomer Tim Doucette can see things most of us cannot.
When he was just a teenager, Doucette underwent an operation that removed the lenses from his eyes, and widened his pupils, in order to improve his weak sight. A normal person’s pupils automatically adjusts according to the amount of light coming in, but Tim’s are always open, letting in a lot of light. During the day, everything he sees is extremely bright and overexposed, even when wearing glasses to protect his eyes from the light. His vision is about 10 percent that of the average person. However, at night time, everything changes…
Forty years ago, the general counsel for the CIA reached a conclusion that has since been ignored repeatedly — most often by the current administration. CIA GC Anthony Lapham issued a memo on the effectiveness of using the Espionage Act to punish leakers/whistleblowers. In short, Lapham found its application in this manner to be not unlike approaching every leak as a nail because all you have is a Nerf bat. (via Boing Boing)
“It is extremely doubtful that the provisions [of the Espionage Act] were intended to have application in such situations, and as a matter of historical fact, leaving aside the unsuccessful Ellsberg prosecution and possibly one or two other cases, they never have been so applied.”
Moreover, added Lapham, “Under current Justice Department procedures, unauthorized disclosures of national security information, in other than espionage situations, are almost never even investigated, let alone prosecuted.”
Our current Justice Department is more than happy to prosecute, pushed along by a president who shows little sympathy for those who expose this country’s abuses, errors, and shortcomings. The government has bagged one significant trophy — Chelsea Manning — along with a handful of other whistleblowers, and shows zero interest in holding back should Ed Snowden ever return to the US.