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Submission + - Slinky turns 70; finds use in earthquake research->

hypnosec writes: Slinky has been a humble toy since 70 years and despite its simplistic design, almost every other person in the world would have played with it once in their lifetime. Now the humble toy, which has its roots in the 1940s, has found itself in a midst of researchers and seismologists who are employing it in earthquake research. Senior instructor in the University of Oregon’s Department of Physics Dean Livelybrooks is helping out instructors in Thailand teach math and physics through the use of seismometers made using slinky — inexpensive instruments that measure vibrations in the earth. The “Slinky Seismometer” is essentially a few magnets suspended in a clear tube by a section of an actual Slinky-brand spring toy. This simplistic seismometer is set on the floor and moves whenever the earth does. The magnets hang inside copper coils mounted inside the housing, generating an electric signal when ground motion causes the tube to move even imperceptibly up and down. Because Slinky Seismometers are a well-known, do-it-yourself device, there’s even an international network where data from instruments around the world can be uploaded and viewed in real time.
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Submission + - Some of web's shadiest neighborhoods revealed->

hypnosec writes: Blue Coat Systems has released a report highlighting the top-level domains (TLDs) which are associated with suspicious websites. The company found that more than 95 per cent of websites in 10 different TLDs are rated as suspicious, with that percentage increasing to 100 per cent for the top two highest ranking TLDs, .zip and .review. Blue Coat analysed hundreds of millions of Web requests from more than 15,000 businesses and 75 million users to create “The Web’s Shadiest Neighborhoods,” a new report that combines research with tips and tricks for Web users and enterprise security and IT departments looking to avoid viruses and other malicious activity.
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Submission + - iOS malware KeyRaider has allegedly hijacked 225,000 Apple Accounts->

hypnosec writes: In a biggest of its kind security incident, as many as 225,000 Apple accounts have been hijacked by the authors of an iOS malware dubbed KeyRaider, security experts have revealed. The incident was brought to light by an investigation carried out by security experts at Palo Alto Networks in collaboration with an amateur technical group in China called WeipTech. Experts at the two companies unearthed the iOS malware and its mechanism of working providing vital clues about its creator. The attack was first discovered by i_82, a student from Yangzhou University and member of WeipTech. KeyRaider is capable of infected only jailbroken Apple devices as the security of such devices have already been weakened by the jailbreak patch. Researchers say that during the course of investigation, they identified 92 samples of the new iOS malware family in the wild.
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Submission + - LEDs technology set to get cheaper, efficient->

hypnosec writes: One of the biggest hurdles in adoption of LED lighting is the cost involved and the inability of energy savings to offset these high costs. This is about to change as a new research has shown promise of a efficient yet cheaper LED technology. The new LED technology, which is said to have the potential of revolutionising lighting technology, has been developed by Zhibin Yu, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Florida State University. The new technology involves a combination of organic and inorganic materials. The newly developed material, which dissolve easily and can be applied like paint to light bulbs, shines a blue, green or red light. This is not its selling point though as what makes this technology special is the fact that it only requires one laying unlike traditional LED lights which require four or five layers of material on top of each other to create a product with desired effects.
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Submission + - Ocean Cleanup concludes Mega Expedition of Great Pacific Garbage Patch->

hypnosec writes: The reconnaissance mission of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch dubbed the Mega Expedition by Ocean Clean has been concluded and the large-scale cleanup of the area is set to begin in 2020. The primary goal of the Mega Expedition was to accurately determine how much plastic is floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was the first time large pieces of plastic, such as ghost nets and Japanese tsunami debris, have been quantified.
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Submission + - First direct observational signatures of resonant absorption captured->

hypnosec writes: Researchers have finally managed to record first direct observational signatures of resonant absorption that is said to be the key to the mystery of ‘the coronal heating problemcoronal heating problem’ that has baffled astrophysicists for over 70 years. Researchers combined high resolution observations from JAXA's Hinode mission and NASA's IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph) mission, together with state-of-the-art numerical simulations and modeling from NAOJ's ATERUI supercomputer and detected and identified the observational signatures of resonant absorption.
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Submission + - Study estimates possible ice loss from West Antarctic ice sheet->

hypnosec writes: In a first ever estimate of its kind, researchers have used a high-resolution, large-scale computer model to forecast the ice loss that may occur from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet over the course of next 200 years and the resulting increase in sea-levels. Published in The Cryosphere, the results of the estimates paint the most clear picture till date of West Antarctica’s future than was previously possible.
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Submission + - DNA can efficiently store data for thousands of years->

hypnosec writes: Researchers have managed to store data onto DNA with higher efficiency and successfully read it off without errors. Researchers including Robert Grass, Ph.D., of ETH Zurich, successfully encoded 83 kilobytes of text from the Swiss Federal Charter from 1291 and the Method of Archimedes from the 10th century onto DNA. The team then encapsulated the DNA in silica spheres and warmed it to nearly 160 degrees Fahrenheit for one week, which is the equivalent of keeping it for 2,000 years at about 50 degrees. When they decoded it, it was error-free.
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Submission + - Wikipedia might not be a reliable place for information on global warming->

hypnosec writes: Wikipedia might not be the most reliable online resource for information on certain politically sensitive topics, a new study has revealed. According to a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, Wikipedia entries on politically controversial scientific topics including acid rain, global warming, climate change can be unreliable due to information sabotage. According to researchers, Wikipedia entries on such topics receive near-daily edits, many of which make the information rather distorted. Dr. Gene E. Likens, co-author of the study and President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs suggested that though acid rain is not a controversial topic, “Wikipedia’s acid rain entry receives near-daily edits, some of which result in egregious errors and a distortion of consensus science.”
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Submission + - Canadian company granted patent for a space elevator->

hypnosec writes: Canadian space company, Thoth Technology Inc., has recently been granted the United States patent [Patent no: 9085897] for a space elevator – a freestanding space tower that is pneumatically pressurized and actively-guided over its base. According to USPTO’s Official Gazette, the elevator would reach 20 km above the planet and would stand more than 20 times the height of current tall structures and be used for wind-energy generation, communications and tourism.
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Submission + - Plastic straw lodged inside turtle's nostril removed by biologists [Graphic]->

hypnosec writes: A plastic straw measuring roughly 10-12 cm, which was lodged inside one of the nostrils of an endangered turtle, has been removed by a team of researchers providing yet another example of how dangerous plastic can be. The straw was lodged inside one of the nostrils of an Olive Ridley turtle. The video shows how the team of marine biologists removed the straw using a pair of pliers on a Swiss army knife while the turtle was wincing in pain and bleeding.
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Submission + - Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrid vehicles over software glitch->

hypnosec writes: Japanese car manufacturer Toyota on Wednesday recalled 625,000 hybrid vehicles globally to fix a software defect. The automaker said that the defect in question might lead to shut down of the hybrid system while the car is being driven. The recall was due to software settings that could result in “higher thermal stress” in parts of a power converter, potentially causing it to become damaged. Toyota dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU in the involved vehicles.
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Submission + - CUER unveils its Evolution solar-powered car->

hypnosec writes: The Cambridge University Eco-Racing (CUER) team has finally unveiled its latest solar-powered car dubbed Evolution that weighs about a third of the weight of a small car. The team intends to have Evolution race at the 3,000km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October in Australia. Evolution will be pitched against 50 cars at the event. Weighing at 180kg, the car gains energy via a solar panel of 2.36 square metres and is capable of speeds of up to 110km per hour, or 68 mph with a battery that can last up to 500km.
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Submission + - Gobbling up space debris the Pac-Man way->

hypnosec writes: Switzerland's orbital cleaning satellite project dubbed CleanSpace One is inching ahead towards completion as engineers from eSpace, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)’s Center for Space Engineering and Signal Processing 5 Laboratory (LTS 5), and partners from HES-SO are currently testing a camera system, visual approach algorithms and a “Pac-Man” style capture system. The prototype resembles a net in the form of a cone that unfolds and then closes back down once it has captured the small satellite. With a plan to launch in 2018, CleanSpace One's approach and capture systems has passed the prototype stage. The next stage will combine putting together the first version of the engineering models – which will be more accurate than the prototypes – and more extensive tests.
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Submission + - Brit sets up €1.6 billion crowdfunding campaign for Greece bailout->

hypnosec writes: In a first of its kind initiative, Thom Feeney, a shoe shop worker from Yorkshire in the UK has started a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo to bailout Greece with a goal of €1.6 billion. The reason Feeney started this campaign was that he got bored of the daily dithering over Greece with various European countries deliberating whether they can help the Greek people or not. "Why don't we the people just sort it instead?" Feeney writes in the crowdfunding campaign description.
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