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+ - Anthem Hacked, Millions of Records Downloaded Including SSNs.

AaronW writes: The second largest health insurer Anthem says hackers had access to its data between December 10th and January 27th, including names, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, birthdays, employment information (including income information) and more of subscribers, former subscribers and employees. Anthem has put up a web site about the hack along with a FAQ. It sounds like the only things the hackers did not have access to were credit cards and health history.

This breach affected all of their brands including Blue Cross, Blue Shield and others.

Anthem promises to send out letters to customers whose data was accessed and to provide free credit monitoring and identity protection services.

The attack is currently being investigated by the FBI.

The LA Times has an article here.

The FAQ can be found here.

+ - Scientists develop paint to help cool the planet->

AaronW writes: Engineers at Stanford University have developed an ultrathin, multilayered, nanophotonic material that not only reflects heat away from buildings but also directs internal heat away from the building using a system called "photonic radiative cooling." The coating is capable of reflecting away 97% of incoming sunlight and when combined with the photonic radiative cooling system it becomes cooler than the surrounding air by around 9F (5C). The material is designed to radiate heat into space at a precise frequency that allows it to pass through the atmosphere without warming it.

The material is designed to be cost effective for large-scale deployments.

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+ - Researchers Closer to Industrial Graphene Production Due to $10 Bet->

AaronW writes: After trying and failing to convince Nina Kovtyukhona to test her technique of separating layers of graphite and boron nitride to instead try graphene, Thomas E. Mallouk made a bet with Nina that her technique method would work. If it worked, Nina would owe him $10. If it didn't, he would owe her $100. Thomas is now $10 richer and we are now a step closer to industrial scale graphene production.
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+ - Google to Acquire Nest Labs->

AaronW writes: Today Google announced that they are buying Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest Labs is well known for their Internet connected smart thermostats and is expanding into other areas like smoke detectors. Google plans to keep Nest's current CEO Tony Fadell on to run Nest and to maintain its own brand identity.
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+ - 3mm Inexpensive Chip Revolutionizes Electron Accelerators-> 1 1

AaronW writes: Scientists and engineers at the US DOE SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered an advanced accelerator technology smaller than a grain of rice. It is currently accelerating electrons at 300 million volts per meter with a goal of achieving 1 billion EV per meter. It could do in 100 feet what the SLAC linear accelerator does in two miles and could achieve a million more electron pulses per second. This could lead to more compact accelerators and X-ray devices.
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Moon

+ - Earth May Once Had Two Moons->

AaronW writes: According to a story at space.com, Earth may once have had two moons. The smaller moon, estimated to be 750 miles (1200km) wide and only 4% of the mass of the larger moon, crashed into the far side of the larger moon which caused the features we see today on the moon. The surface of the far side of the moon is quite different than the side facing the earth, having a different composition and a much rougher terrain.
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Space

+ - Moon Rock from Apollo 11 Sent Back Into Space

AaronW writes: "According to this article at collectspace.com, a rock collected by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission was quietly sent up to the ISS back in March. It was sent up in a special case to protect it with instructions given to the astronauts to not open it. Contamination isn't a huge issue since the rock sample had already been exposed to the air and was not that remarkable, resembling Hawaiian lava. It will be revealed tonight for a 40th anniversary celebration at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC."

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