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The amateur geneticist who surprised science

The amateur geneticist who surprised science | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Kim Goodsell has two rare diseases. Doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and discovered something remarkable
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New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

New dates rewrite Neanderthal story | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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How to hack the net-connected home

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Brain stimulation 'helps in stroke'

Brain stimulation 'helps in stroke' | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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Huge world-first man-made tidal lagoon could power over 155,000 homes

Huge world-first man-made tidal lagoon could power over 155,000 homes | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
RenewableUK calls the UK the undisputed global leader in marine energy. If plans for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay go ahead, that claim will be reinforced...
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Robin Williams's last phone call? It's a sick Facebook scam

Robin Williams's last phone call? It's a sick Facebook scam | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Sick-hearted scammers have proven themselves to have no morals once again, exploiting the death of Robin Williams with their latest Facebook scam.
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Shark attack! Google wraps underwater cables in Kevlar-like vests

Shark attack! Google wraps underwater cables in Kevlar-like vests | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Google has to wrap its underwater sea cables in a Kevlar-like material, it says, because sharks like to bite them.
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How safe is eating meat?

How safe is eating meat? | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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Why Paris doesn't want a Scottish Yes

Why Paris doesn't want a Scottish Yes | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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Encrypt (almost) anything

Encrypt (almost) anything | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
It's all too easy to neglect data security, especially for a small business.
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5 TED Talks on Internet Security

5 TED Talks on Internet Security | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

TED talks are a great way to learn about a variety of topics. There are a number of good ones that address the topic of internet security. Watch them from the links in this article.


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Cosmic grains pre-date Solar System

Cosmic grains pre-date Solar System | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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Sweat-powered 'phone battery' made

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The science behind savagery - Telegraph.co.uk

The science behind savagery - Telegraph.co.uk | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk The science behind savagery Telegraph.co.uk As Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria butcher thousands of “infidels” and carry off their women and children into slavery, many in the West are inclined to see this as an unique...
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5 excuses for doing nothing about computer security!

5 excuses for doing nothing about computer security! | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Here are five security excuses that we hear a lot, both from individuals and from small businesses.

We've given you some advice to help you argue back that security really does matter...
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Windows XP upgrade proves tricky

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Pentagon researches hi-tech tank

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Add salt to significantly extend the life of lithium-based batteries

Add salt to significantly extend the life of lithium-based batteries | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Researchers at Cornell University have found that adding certain salts to the anodes of lithium-based batteries can increase their useful life by a very lar...
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“Girl killed by husband just because she kissed another men” Facebook scam

“Girl killed by husband just because she kissed another men” Facebook scam | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Facebook users are at risk of infecting their computers with malware, if they fall for the latest gruesome video scam spreading on the site.
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Microsoft pulls Patch Tuesday kernel update - MS14-045 can cause Blue Screen of Death

Microsoft pulls Patch Tuesday kernel update - MS14-045 can cause Blue Screen of Death | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
MS14-045, which fixes various security holes in the Windows kernel, can cause a BSoD and leave you stuck in a reboot loop.

Here's how to escape...
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Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask

Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead they focused on an unusual new feature: an intelligent assistant, dubbed Siri. At first Siri, endowed with a female voice, seemed almost human in the way she understood what you said to her and responded, an advance in artificial intelligence that seemed to place us on a fast track to the Singularity. She was brilliant at fulfilling certain requests, like “Can you set the alarm for 6:30?” or “Call Diane’s mobile phone.” And she had a personality: If you asked her if there was a God, she would demur with deft wisdom. “My policy is the separation of spirit and silicon,” she’d say.

 

Over the next few months, however, Siri’s limitations became apparent. Ask her to book a plane trip and she would point to travel websites—but she wouldn’t give flight options, let alone secure you a seat. Ask her to buy a copy of Lee Child’s new book and she would draw a blank, despite the fact that Apple sells it. Though Apple has since extended Siri’s powers—to make an OpenTable restaurant reservation, for example—she still can’t do something as simple as booking a table on the next available night in your schedule. She knows how to check your calendar and she knows how to use Open­Table. But putting those things together is, at the moment, beyond her.

 

Now a small team of engineers at a stealth startup called Viv Labs claims to be on the verge of realizing an advanced form of AI that removes those limitations. Whereas Siri can only perform tasks that Apple engineers explicitly implement, this new program, they say, will be able to teach itself, giving it almost limitless capabilities. In time, they assert, their creation will be able to use your personal preferences and a near-infinite web of connections to answer almost any query and perform almost any function.

 

“Siri is chapter one of a much longer, bigger story,” says Dag Kittlaus, one of Viv’s cofounders. He should know. Before working on Viv, he helped create Siri. So did his fellow cofounders, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham.

 

For the past two years, the team has been working on Viv Labs’ product—also named Viv, after the Latin root meaning live. Their project has been draped in secrecy, but the few outsiders who have gotten a look speak about it in rapturous terms. “The vision is very significant,” says Oren Etzioni, a renowned AI expert who heads the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “If this team is successful, we are looking at the future of intelligent agents and a multibillion-dollar industry.”


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The Singularity approaches... :-)
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A country where toilet paper is rarer than partridge

A country where toilet paper is rarer than partridge | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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Maths helps find climate-proof crops

Maths helps find climate-proof crops | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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The Crazy Things A Savvy Shodan Searcher Can Find Exposed On The Internet

The Crazy Things A Savvy Shodan Searcher Can Find Exposed On The Internet | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

Shodan is the "terrifying search engine that finds Internet-connected cameras, baby monitors, traffic lights, medical devices and power plants." In some cases, once these things are found, they can be controlled due to poor security practices on the part of vendors and users. Shodan is like Google, except it crawls the Internet for devices instead of websites.


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Data jams as net hardware bug bites

Data jams as net hardware bug bites | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
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