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Submission + - The pill that could stop millions getting dementia (

schwit1 writes: Clumps of amyloid beta clog and poison the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists have found drugs that stops the harmful clumps from forming. Mice bred to have Alzheimer's never developed it when given the drug. Researchers are optimistic in future 'neurostatins' could be given to all

Submission + - Supercapacitor On-a-Chip Now One Step Closer ( 1

schwit1 writes: In 2010 Spectrum reported a new approach for creating chip-scale supercapacitors on silicon wafers, proposed by researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia and the Universite Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. In an article published in Science the researchers described how to make supercapacitor electrodes from porous carbon that could stick to the surface of silicon wafers so that they could be micromachined into electrodes for on-chip supercapacitors.

Now the same team has finally succeeded in doing just that.

In a paper published in this week's Science, researchers from the two initial teams report creating efficient porous carbon electrodes that really stick to the surface of a silicon wafer. They made layers of porous carbide derived carbon (CDC) that are completely compatible with all treatments used in the semiconductor industry, says Patrice Simon, a researcher at Universite Paul Sabatier who has researched porous CDC electrodes over the last ten years and co-authored both the 2010 and this week's paper in Science.

Submission + - The Soviet Union's Secret Moon Base That Never Was (

schwit1 writes: A quarter-century after the Soviet space program dropped its thick veil of secrecy, many fascinating details about the enormous scope of the USSR's space ambitions are still trickling in. The latest treasure trove of information quietly made public reveals what might have been the earliest Soviet proposal to permanently colonize the moon.

Conceived in 1967 at the height of the Moon Race with the United States, the bold plan was developed inside the same think tank that had launched Sputnik and put the first man into space. Not surprisingly, they dreamed up an innovative and ambitious plan to put people on the lunar surface to stay.

Submission + - Internet-Connected Toys a Kids' Privacy Risk (

msm1267 writes: Vulnerabilities in the Web APIs for both Fisher-Price’s Smart Toy Bear and hereO’s GPS platform could be abused to put children’s personal data, and possibly safety, at risk. Since the flaws were found in the in the respective toys’ Web APIs, the fix was be applied on the vendor’s end and required no patches on the toys.
Researchers at Rapid7 found and disclosed the flaws to the toymakers. The vulnerabilities in the Fisher-Price could allow an attacker to learn personal details about the children using the toys, opening the door to future social engineering and phishing scams.

The hereO flaw is a bit more concerning since the toy watch acts as a GPS locator for parents, who can use these features to track a child’s whereabouts. Rapid7 found an authorization bypass flaw in the Web API of the device that allows an attacker to invite and accept themselves into a family group; the platform supports messaging, location features and panic alerts for members of each respective group. An attacker could learn the location of anyone in the group and more.

Submission + - Sports Fans Take Huge Security Risks When Watching Illegal Streams

Mickeycaskill writes: Sports fans who watch events using illegal online streams are exposing their PCs and mobiles to serious security risks, according to the authors of the “first empirical study of free live streaming services.”

Much of the study of these streams has focused on the legal impact, with broadcasters and sports organisations keen to protect the value of the product. However the new report suggests 1 in 2 streams serve up malicious advertising intended to scam users, spread malware or install dangerous extensions.

The researchers say they have created an engine that can identify illegal streams, their location and the type of advertising carried. They say this can help rights holders detect copyright infringement and protect users.

Submission + - The end for Safe Harbor? EU-US trade deal fails on data transfer agreement (

schwit1 writes: Negotiations between the European Union and US have failed to reach an agreement regarding how data is transferred between the regions.

A deadline for the end of January had been set for a revised Safe Harbour agreement back in October, meaning that three months has gone by without the deadlock being broken.

An agreement is seen as necessary to avoid disruption to the transatlantic digital economy and to help ensure the continuity of service for US and EU companies.

The failure to reach an agreement will likely have on-going ramifications for transatlantic business. Phil Lee, data protection partner, at EU law firm Fieldfisher, said: "The disruption to transatlantic business is absolutely enormous. If you're a US supplier trying to sell into Europe, the tone coming from European customers now is very much one of 'Why should we trust you with our data?'

"Only those suppliers that agree to export data under the EU's Standard Contractual Clauses will have any success in closing commercial deals."


Submission + - Zeolite thermal storage retains heat indefinitely, absorbs four times more heat ( 2

MrSeb writes: "Hold onto your hat/life partner/gonads: Scientists in Germany have created small, zeolite pellets that can store up to four times more heat than water, loss-free for “lengthy periods of time.” In theory, you can store heat in these pellets, and then extract exactly the same amount of heat after an indeterminate amount of time. Zeolites (literally “boil stones”) aren’t exactly new: The term was coined in 1756 by Axel Cronstedt, a Swedish mineralogist who noted that some minerals, upon being heated, release large amounts of steam from water that had been previously adsorbed. For the last 250 years, scientists have tried to shoehorn this process in a heat storage system — and now, the Fraunhofer Institute, working with industrial partners, has worked out how to do it."

Submission + - Dept. of Homeland Security to build better cyber workforce (

coondoggie writes: "Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today said the agency will form a cybersecurity workforce task group that will consider strategies such as expanding DHS involvement in cyber competitions and university programs, enhancing public-private security partnerships and working with other government agencies to develop a more agile cyber workforce across the federal government. The new task force will be co-chaired by hacking expert Jeff Moss who now works for the Homeland Security Advisory Council and Alan Paller is director of research at the SANS Institute."

Submission + - World's Largest Biometric Database (

An anonymous reader writes: In the last two years, over 200 million Indian nationals have had their fingerprints and photographs taken and irises scanned, and given a unique 12-digit number that should identify them everywhere and to everyone. This is only the beginning, and the goal is to do the same with the entire population (1.2 billion), so that poorer Indians can finally prove their existence and identity when needed for getting documents, getting help from the government, and opening bank and other accounts. This immense task needs a database that can contain over 12 billion fingerprints, 1.2 billion photographs, and 2.4 billion iris scans, can be queried from diverse devices connected to the Internet, and can return accurate results in an extremely short time.

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