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Unexpected new lung function discovered: Making blood

Unexpected new lung function discovered: Making blood | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Until now, blood cell production was ascribed solely to bone marrow, but studies on mice have found that the majority of the body’s platelets are produced in the lungs, as is a backup reservoir of blood stem cells that can step in when those in the bone marrow run dry.
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Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
New Cross-Browsing Fingerprinting technique can now track online users across multiple web browsers
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First live birth evidence in dinosaur relative - BBC News

First live birth evidence in dinosaur relative - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered the first evidence of live births in the group of animals that includes dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds.
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Video: What is a zero-day?

Melanie Teplinsky, cybersecurity expert and adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, explains.

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Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean - BBC News

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the ocean, according to a new study.
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Closest Earth-Size Planet May Get Robot Visitors—Here’s How

Closest Earth-Size Planet May Get Robot Visitors—Here’s How | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A proposed project would send soap-size spacecraft to orbit Proxima Centauri, offering enough time to study the star’s intriguing world.
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Citi Malaysia highlights voice biometric benefits | Planet Biometrics News

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Streetlife users in Nextdoor privacy row - BBC News

Streetlife users in Nextdoor privacy row - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The takeover of the UK's Streetlife by America's Nextdoor leaves many users deeply unhappy.
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New Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered - BBC News

New Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
It is the first such discovery in decades of a cave which housed the famous relics.
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Anonymous Hacker took down over 10,000 Dark Web Sites; Leaked User Database

Anonymous Hacker took down over 10,000 Dark Web Sites; Leaked User Database | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Anonymous Hacker hacked Freedom Hosting II service and took down over 10,000 Dark Web Sites.
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Security firms need to stop exaggerating hacker's abilities to hype their products

Security firms need to stop exaggerating hacker's abilities to hype their products | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, has criticised security companies for "massively" exaggerating hackers' abilities in order to scare businesses.
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Antibiotics 'seen using brute force to kill bugs' - BBC News

Antibiotics 'seen using brute force to kill bugs' - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Scientists say it is the first study showing antibiotics forcing apart bacteria.
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Side of polyfluoroalkyl with that? Fast-food wrappers pack a chemical punch

Side of polyfluoroalkyl with that? Fast-food wrappers pack a chemical punch | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Researchers have found another reason to try to keep your Mac attacks at bay. Grease-resistant wrappers treated with the same chemicals used in stain-resistant products like carpets were found in significant numbers at a variety of fast-food restaurants. And they can leach into your food.
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World's largest artificial Sun rises in Germany

World's largest artificial Sun rises in Germany | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Germany's DLR has constructed the world's largest artificial Sun. The three-storey "Synlight" electrically-powered sun lamp will be used for various research projects, including developing processes for producing hydrogen fuel using sunlight.
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India smashes satellite launch record

India smashes satellite launch record | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has set a new record for the number of satellites delivered into orbit from a single rocket. The PSLV C37/Cartosat-2 Series Mission delivered 104 satellites into orbit, beating the previous record of 37 satellites set by Russia in 2014.

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Cybersecurity: Queen to open centre to protect against attacks - BBC News

Cybersecurity: Queen to open centre to protect against attacks - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The new security HQ designed to improve Britain's resilience to attacks will be opened by the Queen.
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Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England - BBC News

Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Schools will help find teenagers who could plug a skills shortage and be the experts of the future.
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Explosion in species diversity due to hybridization

Explosion in species diversity due to hybridization | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
No less than 500 new species of cichlids, brightly coloured perch-like fish, evolved in Lake Victoria (East Africa) over the past 15,000 years – a record in the animal and plant world. This evolutionary puzzle has now been solved by scientists from Eawag and Bern University.
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Watch Out! First-Ever Word Macro Malware for Apple Mac OS Discovered in the Wild

Watch Out! First-Ever Word Macro Malware for Apple Mac OS Discovered in the Wild | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Watch Out! First-Ever Word Macro Malware for Apple Mac OS Discovered in the Wild
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A Danish astronaut has captured the best-ever images of rare blue flashes

A Danish astronaut has captured the best-ever images of rare blue flashes | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
These transient features are so named because they last about 20 milliseconds.

 

Scientists don't know much about the mysterious, powerful electric discharges that sometimes occur in the upper levels of the atmosphere in conjunction with thunderstorms. The first photograph of the phenomenon—which can occur as high as about 90km above the surface of the Earth and are known variously as sprites, pixies, elves, or jets—was only taken from Earth in 1989.

 

Fortunately for scientists interested in these storms, the International Space Station offers an excellent vantage point at an altitude of about 400km. So Danish researchers devised a "Thor experiment"—named after the hammer-wielding Norse god—to study the phenomenon. As part of the experiment, an astronaut on board the station would image thunderstorms under certain conditions, and these observations would be correlated with data collected by satellites and ground-based radar and lightning detection systems.

 

It may sound easy to catch a few quick snaps of electrical storms, but given the station's movement at 28,000km/hour and ephemeral nature of these events, it's actually quite difficult. Sprites and other features got their other-worldly names precisely because they are so short-lived, lasting on the order of 20 milliseconds.

 

When Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen spent 10 days on the station in September 2015 as part of an ESA-Roscosmos contract that designated him a visiting crew member, one of his primary tasks was to complete the Thor experiment. Perched in the station's cupola, with a Nikon D4 set at 6400 ISO and recording 24 frames per second, Mogensen readied himself to capture images at locations where forecasters predicted thunderstorm activity would occur below.

 

 

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New support for British spaceports - BBC News

New support for British spaceports - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Plans to launch satellites - and even people - from the UK get a boost from government.
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Smart TV Maker Fined $2.2 Million For Spying on Its 11 Million Users

Smart TV Maker Fined $2.2 Million For Spying on Its 11 Million Users | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Vizio Fined $2.2 Million For Spying on Its 11 Million Smart TV Customers
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Critical Cisco security hole could lead to hackers seizing control of thousands of home routers - Bitdefender

Here’s how things normally work. When you leave your house you make sure that you’ve locked your front door behind you. You ensure that you’ve shut your windows. Maybe, if you’re going to be away for a while, you might even set your burglar alarm. But the rise of the Internet of Things has changed …
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Lab-made mini-brains are sprouting their own blood vessels

Lab-made mini-brains are sprouting their own blood vessels | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
“Mini-brains,” models created from 3D cultures of neural cells, could help reduce our reliance on animal testing. Now researchers have discovered the neural cells are growing their own blood vessels too, opening the door for better studies of stroke, Alzheimer’s and concussion.
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Mastercard to launch face recognition payments in Australia | Planet Biometrics News

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