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+ - Lockpickers Invent 3D-Printed Plastic Skeleton Key To Crack High Security Locks->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "In TV shows such as Prison Break, and movies throughout history, people have escaped prisons by making a mould of the necessary key by pressing it into a bar of soap, and then filling the mould with plastic from a melted toothbrush or some other fanciful, though non-believable, material.

But what if you could actually make a skeleton key out of plastic?

Jos Weyers and Christian Holler, competitive lock-pickers and security consultants, have found a way to use the traditional lock-picking technique of "bumping", where key blanks are "bumped" into the lock by tapping the end of the key with a hammer.

Even without the original key, the lockpickers have found a way to create a 3D model of a high-security key and print it onto a plastic key that works multiple times."

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+ - Beijing Doctors Implant World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra into 12 Year-Old Boy->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Doctors from the Peking University Third Hospital (PUTH) in Beijing, China, have become the first in the world to use 3D-printing in complex spinal cord surgery, after replacing a section of cancerous vertebra in a boy's neck with a piece created on a 3D printer.

The procedure to remove this form of cancer is so complex that only five hospitals in China are equipped to perform the surgery. The tumour affects the top of the spinal cord in the neck, but also the internal and external carotid arteries, and the patient's windpipe."

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+ - Neolithic 'Stonehenge' Monument and Burial Barrows Discovered in Kent->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "The Swale and Thames Archaeological Survey Company (SWAT Archaeology) has discovered a Neolithic henge and archaeological remains from several periods on housing development grounds in Sittingbourne, Kent.

The structure, which is 30m in diameter, is over 6,000 years old and was found at Iwade Meadows, just east of the industrial town. It is just one of several prehistoric monuments to have been discovered on a north-west slope above the Ridham fleet stream, which runs through the centre of the excavation site."

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+ - 'Terror Cam' Which Scans Crowd for Would-be Killers Invented in China->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists at China's Southwest University in Chongqing are working on a new type of camera that takes Big Brother to a whole new level – the camera is meant to detect highly stressed individuals so that police can catch them before they commit a crime.

The camera makes use of hyperspectral imaging, i.e. a "stress sensor" that measures the amount of oxygen in blood across visible areas of the body, such as the face.

Chinese authorities are deeply concerned about the recent spate of deadly attacks occurring in public places, such as the mass stabbing attack by eight knife-wielding extremists in the city of Kunming, Yunnan in March, which left 29 civilians dead and over 140 others injured."

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+ - Nasa Tests Controversial Microwave Thrusters, Vindicating Ridiculed UK Scientist->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to launch satellites into space cheaply to be used as a source of never-ending space solar power and end the world's energy crisis for good?

This is the future as imagined by Roger Shawyer, a British scientist who has spent years promoting his research on a highly controversial space propulsion technology called EmDrive.

Although he has been ridiculed and even accused of fraud by some in the international space community after New Scientist wrote about his invention in 2006, the proof is in the pudding as now Nasa has started testing the technology and says that it does indeed work.

"The space industry doesn't want to know about it as it's very disruptive. If the customer will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on launching a satellite, why would you want to make something that could do it cheaper?" Shawyer tells IBTimes UK.

"This technology is a quantum leap – it would enable vertical take-off and landing for airplanes, it's quiet and it uses liquid hydrogen as a fuel, so it's green too.""

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+ - Russia Offers $111,000 to Any Citizen Who Can Crack Tor Anonymity Network->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "The Russian federal government is concerned about the number of people using Tor to anonymously surf the web in the country and has set up a competition to find a technological solution to solve the problem.

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) is offering 3.9 million roubles ($111,000, £65,370) to researchers who will "study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users and users equipment on the Tor anonymous network," according to a translated version of the proposal."

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+ - Ghost in the Machine: Teenager Finds Deceased Father's Ghost Car in Old Xbox->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Can people still have contact with their loved ones beyond the grave? Gamers on the internet are tearing up right now over a YouTube user's supernatural tale of rediscovering his father's spirit in an old Xbox game a decade after he passed away.

One of the users responding to the YouTube video was user 00WARTHERAPY00, who commented that after his dad died when he was six years old, he had been unable to touch the Xbox console that his father had played games with him on.

However, recently he discovered that the RalliSport Challenge game had saved his dad's winning lap and would replay the video of that lap over and over again, even though it was a decade since the record was set."

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+ - UK Illegal File Sharers to Get Told Off by ISPs Four Times - But That's It->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Do you enjoy illegally downloading movies, songs and games? Do you think that all information should be free, and think that paying your internet bill should be enough?

Well too bad. It's not legal, and from 2015, your internet service provider (ISP) will send you four letters a year to tell you to stop downloading, paid for by a £3.5 million ($6m) taxpayer-funded awareness campaign.

That's it. No, really, that's it."

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+ - #OpSaveGaza: Anonymous Takes Down 1,000 Israeli Government and Business Websites

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Hacker collective Anonymous has announced that it has taken down over a thousand crucial Israeli websites in a huge new coordinated cyber-attack called #OpSaveGaza on 11 July and 17 July, in support of the people of Palestine.

Some of the websites, such as the Tel Aviv Police Department's online presence, are still offline two days after the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and numerous Israeli government homepages have been replaced by graphics, slogans, and auto-playing audio files made by AnonGhost, the team of hackers who coordinated the attack.

The official Israeli government jobs website has had its homepage replaced by a graphic titled "Akincilar", which is Turkish for the Ottoman Empire's troops."

+ - Paranoid About Online Privacy? How About a Portable Cloud Email Server Instead->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "A UK start-up has come up with a revolutionary solution for individuals and small businesses who are worried about their online privacy, thanks to Edward Snowden's NSA spying revelations.

Rather than relying on conventional webmail providers or web servers, which can be intercepted by government intelligence agencies, how about having a server in your home or office that hosts your email and cloud storage on-site?

The Wedg is rather quirky, nifty piece of hardware – measuring just 16cm x 16.5cm, it's a tiny portable server that just requires a Wi-Fi connection and an AC plug point to work.

It comes programmed with everything you need to host a website, email as well as personal cloud storage, and there are multiple levels of encryption to keep all the data safe."

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+ - Stop DRIP: What The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill Actually Means

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "David Cameron has decided to rush through new emergency legislation known as the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP) into law this week, saying that there is an urgent need for better legislation since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned the EU Data Retention Directive in April.

Some of the changes from the 2009 Data Retention Regulations potentially give the UK government more powers for monitoring our data, from allowing the UK government to give warrants to non-UK companies to issuing warrants to forum owners, online storage services like Dropbox and webmail providers."

+ - 3D Vagina: Japanese Woman Arrested for Distributing 3D Printer File of Genitals->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "It seems you can 3D-print anything these days – a 42-year-old Japanese artist has been arrested in Tokyo for distributing a 3D printer data file via email to over 30 people, that would allow them to digitally replicate her vagina.

Megumi Igarashi, more commonly known by her artist name Rokudenashiko, which translates to "b*****d child" in Japanese, has been trying to break down Japanese taboos relating to female genitalia through her art.

To that end, she started a campaign on Japanese crowdfunding website Campfire in June, inviting backers to support the world's first "manko boat" (which translates as "c***" in Japanese) – a canoe in the shape of a vagina, which she deemed as "a man's dream boat"."

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+ - Now You Can Spy on the Spies Using Free Web-based Shortwave Radio->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Have you had just about enough of the NSA spying on all of us, to say nothing of our own respective government agencies gathering intelligence about our whereabouts, conversations with friends on social media networks and everything we google?

Don't get mad, just tune in. Well, you could turn the tables and attempt to spy on the spies instead, using shortwave radio, a hobby popular amongst radio geeks around the world, who realised after World War II that shortwave numbers stations had started popping up.

Unlike regular stations with local news bulletins, music and talk shows, numbers stations feature broadcasts where a computerised female voice reads out endless lists of numbers or a child recites an endless series of letters.

Radio enthusiasts believe that these broadcasts are actually coded messages being sent between government agents, an old Cold War espionage communication tool that still exists."

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+ - Zombie Army: Y2K Bug Sends Draft Notices to 14,000 Pennsylvanian Men From 1800s->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Remember the Y2K Millennium Bug, which was the bane of IT professionals everywhere in 1999 as they rushed to reassure panicking companies, and had us all convinced that the world would come to a standstill in the year 2000?

Well, it's finally hit, albeit 14 years later. A computer glitch has seen military draft notices mistakenly sent to 14,215 men in Pennsylvania who were born between 1893-1897, ordering all recipients to register for the draft or face punishments of "a fine and imprisonment".

This might be a bit difficult for the men to do, since they're all, well, dead."

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+ - Roman Skeletons Discovered by University Freshmen Could Rewrite British History->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Bournemouth University's first-year archaeology undergraduate students have stumbled on a discovery that could rewrite the history of late-Roman Britain – the discovery of a family of skeletons located close to the site of a Roman villa in Dorset.

The researchers and students have been excavating fields in Winterborne Kingston, northern Dorset for the last six years as part of the Durotriges Project, which looks at the transition from the late Iron Age to the early Roman period in southern England.

Last year a Roman villa was found, and just a week ago, first-year students discovered the remains of a timber mausoleum containing the graves of five skeletons, just 90m away from the villa in the next field.

The villa was built during the height of the Roman Empire, just before the economic collapse, and the archaeologists believe that jewellery may have been kept by descendants as heirlooms instead of being buried with the dead, and eventually the final owners of the villa may have had to flee when the Roman Empire fell."

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