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Chinese Allegedly Hacking U.S. Universities Doing Naval Research

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Chinese hackers have been targeting U.S. universities to steal research about military equipment, security experts said. Most of the universities were studying undersea technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday — some under contracts with the Navy. The schools include Penn State and Duke University. The same group of Beijing hackers is suspected to have previously stolen information from Navy ...

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Second HIV Positive Patient Reported Cured, Giving Hope That Disease Will Soon Be History

A second individual suffering from human immunodeficiency virus appears to have been cured according to reports, marking a major breakthrough in scientific advancement that could mean the elimination of the disease in the near future. Twelve years after doctors cured an H.I.V. positive patient for the first time, a second patient appears to be in “long-term remission,” giving hope to those afflicted ...

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Google Refuses To Remove App Letting Saudi Men Control Their Wives’ Travel

Google is refusing to remove a feature in the company’s app store allowing Saudi men to track the whereabouts of women, according to a report Saturday from online outlet Insider. Google reviewed the Absher app and concluded that it does not violate the company’s policies, the report notes. Google communicated its decision to California Rep. Jackie Speier, who is demanding the ...

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SpaceX Docked Its ‘Crew Dragon’ Capsule with the Space Station This Weekend

At 2:49 a.m. EST on March 2, SpaceX launched Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight without crew on board the spacecraft is intended to demonstrate SpaceX’s capabilities to safely and reliably fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew ...

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SpaceX Sends Dragon Crew Capsule to Space Station and Back [Video]

The ability for the United States to send its astronauts into space ended with the shuttle program in 2011, but SpaceX, in partnership with NASA, will be one step away from fixing that on Saturday. More than seven years after Shuttle Atlantis completed the program’s last mission, America has a new way to transport humans to the International Space Station: ...

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The quest for autism’s causes, and what it reveals about all of us

By Emily Willingham, Knowable Magazine As alarm grew over autism prevalence at the turn of this century, there was much public talk of a growing “epidemic.” That language has since softened, and it is now clear that many autistic people were there all along, their condition unrecognized until relatively recently. But what is the cause? The emerging narrative today is ...

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Should Cops and Government Officials Be Allowed to Use Facial Recognition Software?

One of the newest technologies in our modern world, real time face recognition, is now being used in a variety of ways. It may seem like something out of a sci-fi film, but it’s becoming more commonplace every day. Already, Facebook is using this software to make it easier to tag your friends in pictures. And if you’ve purchased an ...

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A deeper understanding of the Grand Canyon

By Alexandra Witze, Knowable Magazine Teddy Roosevelt called the Grand Canyon one of the great sights that every American should see. And 100 years ago, on February 26, 1919, Congress underscored Roosevelt’s travel recommendation by designating the Arizona canyon a national park. But the history of the 277-mile-long canyon runs much deeper. Humans first encountered it some 12,000 years ago, ...

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Internet Trolls Are Turning Facebook’s Content Moderators Into Rabid Conspiracy Theorists

Some of the people responsible for moderating content on Facebook are suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome while others are morphing into rabid conspiracy theorists, The Verge reported Monday. Many of the employees at Facebook contractor Cognizant are having meltdowns while attempting to moderate the vast troves of content people post on the social media platform. Combing through people’s content is ...

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Billionaire Behind False Flag Operation Played Role In Creating Fake News Software

Reid Hoffman, a billionaire who was allegedly involved in a false information campaign in Alabama, played a crucial role in developing software capable of creating “deepfake” news articles, sources confirmed. Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggests he distanced himself from OpenAI in 2018 after disagreements about the direction researchers were taking the group. OpenAI developed software capable of making fake news ...

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Here’s How Facebook Monopolizes Your Data, Even If You’re Not On Facebook

New reports are shedding light on the extent of Facebook’s ability to gobble up people’s private information. It appears the the company can also obtain very intimate data on users when they are not even using Facebook Facebook can apparently obtain deeply personal information without explicit permission about some people through Google and Apple apps Facebook is capable of using ...

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I remember when YouTube was relevant

I remember when YouTube was relevant. The popular videos were the top movie trailers, significant political figures and most read news stories, but now, YouTube’s “Popular Right Now” list is full of crap. The list is now topped with “Will Smith’s Meme Review”, some dude standing still for 24 hours, a Mom and daughter reunited at Walmart, and someone who ...

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SpaceX: Nusantara Satu and SpaceIL mission

On Thursday, February 21 at 8:45 p.m. EST, SpaceX launched the Nusantara Satu satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Falcon 9 also delivered the Beresheet lunar spacecraft and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 spacecraft to orbit. Deployments occurred at approximately 33 and 44 minutes after liftoff. Falcon 9’s first stage for ...

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United States-Israel Diplomatic Efforts Underpin First Israeli Spacecraft Landing on the Moon

The Trump administration congratulated the Government of Israel and our respective commercial space industries for the historic SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch of SpaceIL’s Lunar Lander named Beresheet. The mission launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 8:45 p.m. EST and will land on the Moon in about two months, according to a Fox News report. The ...

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Nuclear goes retro — with a much greener outlook

By M. Mitchell Waldrop, Knowable Magazine Troels Schönfeldt can trace his path to becoming a nuclear energy entrepreneur back to 2009, when he and other young physicists at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen started getting together for an occasional “beer and nuclear” meetup. The beer was an India pale ale that they brewed themselves in an old, junk-filled lab ...

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