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5 reasons to check your credit reports at least once a year

5 reasons to check your credit reports at least once a year | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The information on your credit report can affect much of your life — the home you live in, the job you get, how much money you can borrow and how much interest you’ll pay.
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Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
New finding is first example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children
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Wolf pack sighting could signal comeback in California - BBC News

Wolf pack sighting could signal comeback in California - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The appearance of the five grey wolf pups and two adults could signal a return of the animals, which haven't been found in the state since 1924.
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Humans are 'unique super-predator' - BBC News

Humans are 'unique super-predator' - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A new study confirms humans' status as a unique super predator, and points to ways our impacts on other species could be lessened.
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Carbon nanofibres made from CO2 in the air - BBC News

Carbon nanofibres made from CO2 in the air - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Chemists discover a way to take carbon dioxide from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material.
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DARPA sees future in vacuum tubes

DARPA sees future in vacuum tubes | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
In today's world, vacuum tubes or radio valves seem as dead as high button shoes and buggy whips, but DARPA sees them as very much the technology of the future and is looking to develop new tube designs and manufacturing techniques.
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Snake skin-inspired steel could lead to better hard drives

Snake skin-inspired steel could lead to better hard drives | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have figured out how to potentially use the structure of snake scales to enhance everything from hip prostheses to computer hard disks.
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Sweet-smelling secrets of mosquito-repellent grass - BBC News

Sweet-smelling secrets of mosquito-repellent grass - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Chemists isolate the pleasantly perfumed active chemicals in sweetgrass - a plant used by Native Americans to fend off mosquitoes.
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Internet Explorer Issued with Emergency Out-of-Band Patch

Internet Explorer Issued with Emergency Out-of-Band Patch | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
As long as there are people in the business of finding and exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities, we're likely to keep on finding ourselves installing emergency patches.
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German mass grave records prehistoric warfare - BBC News

German mass grave records prehistoric warfare - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The Vocabularist
Why do people use the word 'super' so much?
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Teenager Finds OS X 10.10.5 Zero-Day Vulnerability, in His Spare Time

Teenager Finds OS X 10.10.5 Zero-Day Vulnerability, in His Spare Time | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Only days after Apple released OS X 10.10.5, fixing a host of security flaws, a further serious (and as yet unpatched) vulnerability have been made public, by an Italian teenager who says he resear...
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Search for Immortality: Google Says Humans Could Live to be 500 Years Old

Search for Immortality: Google Says Humans Could Live to be 500 Years Old | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

Google has invested in taxi firms, smart thermostats and even artificial intelligence but it is also setting its sights on immortality - or at least increasing our lives five-fold. In an interview with Bloomberg, Google Ventures' president Bill Maris said he thinks it's possible to live to 500 years old. And this will be helped by medical breakthroughs as well as a rise in biomechanics. Bill Maris has $425 million to invest this year, and the freedom to invest it however he wants. He's looking for companies that will slow aging, reverse disease, and extend life.


He has already sank money into genetics firms and cancer diagnostic startups and said: 'We have the tools in the life sciences to achieve anything that you have the audacity to envision. I just hope to live long enough not to die.' Mr Maris has advised Aurolab in the development of a hydrophobic acrylic lens for cataract blindness, and helped develop Google’s Calico project.


Calico is a research and development company set up in 2013 by Google and Apple to tackle 'aging and associated diseases.'


Google co-founder Larry Page said the project would focus on 'health, wellbeing and longevity' and last September Calico partnered with AbbVie to open a research centre into neurodegeneration and cancer. Although these firms are focused on extending life naturally, there is also a group that believes machines will be the key to extending lives beyond 120 - an age that has been quoted as the 'real absolute limit to human lifespan'.


Maris has a team of 70, most of whom are in the room this day or patched in by phone or video. The group includes the fund’s 17 investing partners, who are in charge of finding startups. Among the investing partners are Joe Kraus, co-founder of Excite; Rich Miner, co-founder of Android; and David Krane, employee No. 84 at Google.


The mood in the room is casual. Some staffers sit cross-legged on the floor; others curl up on soft felt couches. There are a lot of jokes. One partner starts his presentation with a slide entitled “Secret Project”—which most people in the room already know about—and concludes it with a doctored-up photo of Maris’s head superimposed on the body of someone playing tambourine. It’s a jab at the boss, who married the singer-songwriterTristan Prettyman last August and recently went on tour with her. Everyone laughs. Maris smiles, but immediately he’s back to business. “Time is the one thing I can’t get back and can’t give back to you,” he says, turning to an agenda on the screen behind him.


“I know you’re all aware of the conference happening this week,” Maris says. An hour away in San Francisco, JPMorgan Chase is hosting its annual health-care confab, nicknamed the Super Bowl of Health Care.


Thousands of pharmaceutical executives and investors have gathered for what has become a huge part of the industry’s dealmaking. Most of Google Ventures’ life sciences startups are attending. One,Foundation Medicine, which uses genetic data to create diagnostic oncology tools, is generating huge buzz this year. In January, Roche Holding announced plans to take a majority stake in the company, in a transaction valued at $1 billion. The stock more than doubled the next day. Google Ventures has a 4 percent stake in the company.


For Maris, Foundation Medicine represents the beginning of a revolution. “The analogy I use is this,” he says, holding up his iPhone 6. “Even five years ago, this would have been unimaginable. Twenty years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to talk to anyone on this.”


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Your router: Gateway for hackers

Your router: Gateway for hackers | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The router has been called the 'backbone of the Internet.' If that is the case, it is a broken backbone, according to security experts, who say they are dangerously vulnerable, and there is currently no way to upgrade or patch most of them.
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Policeman’s best friend: Four-legged officers take a bite out of crime

Policeman’s best friend: Four-legged officers take a bite out of crime | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
When Temple police hit the streets, they have three partners to help take a bite out of crime.Birk, a German shepherd, and Levi and Nino, both Belgian malinois, aid officers by tracking suspects, searching buildings and finding narcotics.“Anytime the canine units are deployed they have proven to be an asset to the department,” Temple Police Department spokesman Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.The K-9s in local police departments are used daily by patrol officers. Their presence can help make unruly
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Nine out of ten parents worry about kids online − yet few act

Nine out of ten parents worry about kids online − yet few act | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The internet is arguably the new frontier for communication, collaboration and business but, with criminals also using it for ill-gotten gains, it does have its bad parts too.
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Infected ad networks hit popular websites

Infected ad networks hit popular websites | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

It is frustrating when your antivirus protection  stops you (pray it does) from visiting a website that you know and trust, but these days even the most popular websites can fall prey to attacks.

This week security researchers discovered booby-trapped advertisements on popular websites including eBay, The Drudge Report, weather.com, and AOL. The ads, some of which can be initiated by a drive-by attack without the user’s knowledge or even any action, infected computers with adware or locked them down with ransomware.

Computer users running older browsers or unpatched software are more likely to get infected with malware just by visiting a website.

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Genetically modified trees are being 'strangled' by red tape - BBC News

Genetically modified trees are being 'strangled' by red tape - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
US researchers say it has become "virtually impossible" to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world.
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British pupils taught maths and science by Chinese trounce peers

British pupils taught maths and science by Chinese trounce peers | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Pupils at Bohunt School in Hampshire were taught by Chinese teachers using traditional methods which include 12-hour days with whiteboard-led lessons and ended up outperforming their peers.
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Passive exoskeleton to lighten the load for soldiers

Passive exoskeleton to lighten the load for soldiers | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Soldiers often have to carry over 100 lb (45 kg) of gear in a backpack, for several hours at a time. That’s why engineers at the Australia’s Department of Defence have developed a new exoskeleton, that diverts two thirds of pack weight directly to the ground.
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'Loose tweets destroy fleets' - US Air Force warns

'Loose tweets destroy fleets' - US Air Force warns | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Keeping quiet is crucial to OPSEC: for civilians, it can help keep our digital lives secure. For military, it can save lives.
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Early Britons: Have we underestimated our ancestors? - BBC News

Early Britons: Have we underestimated our ancestors? - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Evidence from a variety of sources suggests that the first people to resettle Britain after the Ice Age were more sophisticated than we could have imagined.
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Meteorite impacts can create DNA building blocks - DeepStuff.org

Meteorite impacts can create DNA building blocks - DeepStuff.org | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A new study shown that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans may have created nucleobases and amino acids. Researchers discovered this after conducting impact
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Toddler's Minions 'fart blaster' not allowed on flight as it has a trigger

Toddler's Minions 'fart blaster' not allowed on flight as it has a trigger | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Nottingham toddler has to leave Despicable Me toy at airport as security officials say it is not allowed under rules governing replica weapons
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Call for Army to stop using malaria drug mefloquine - BBC News

Call for Army to stop using malaria drug mefloquine - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A call is made for an immediate ban on a controversial anti-malaria drug given to British soldiers.
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Astronomers discover the biggest thing in the Universe

Astronomers discover the biggest thing in the Universe | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from Hungary and the US have discovered the largest structure in the universe – a ring of nine galaxies 7 billion light years away and 5 billion light years wide. Though not visible from Earth, it covers a third of our sky.
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