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Peat bog as big as England found in Congo-Brazzaville

Peat bog as big as England found in Congo-Brazzaville | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Swamp thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat dating back 10,000 years will offer window on Africa's past, say expertsFor peat's sake, a British scientist trekked for three weeks through perilous jungle swamps in one of the most far-flung...
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Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional #universe in #brain networks #neurology #biology #science

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional #universe in #brain networks #neurology #biology #science | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a team from the Blue Brain Project has uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research, published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.

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Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the #Cranberries, dies aged 46 #music #RIP #love

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the #Cranberries, dies aged 46 #music #RIP #love | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Death of Irish singer, whose band sold more than 40m records, is being treated as ‘unexplained’
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Sea levels off Dutch coast highest ever recorded in 2017 #climate warming #Netherlands next will be failing crops.

Sea levels off Dutch coast highest ever recorded in 2017 #climate warming #Netherlands next will be failing crops. | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Storm surges and tidal cycles caused record sea levels along the coast of the Netherlands last year, a Dutch marine institute has found.
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#Tech New Undetectable #DNS Hijacking #Malware Targeting #Apple #macOS Users

#Tech New Undetectable #DNS Hijacking #Malware Targeting #Apple #macOS Users | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
A security researcher has discovered a new undetectable DNS hijacking malware targeting Apple macOS users
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#FF #INTEL #AMT "SECURITY" hacked within 30 seconds #LAPTOPS #tech #media

#FF #INTEL #AMT "SECURITY" hacked within 30 seconds #LAPTOPS #tech #media | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
F-Secure reports a security issue affecting most corporate laptops that allows an attacker with physical access to backdoor a device in less than 30 seconds. The issue allows the attacker to bypass the need to enter credentials, including BIOS and Bitlocker passwords and TPM pins, and to gain remote access for later exploitation.
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#FF #Microsoft #Windows 10 Essential Updates Have Serious Problems #tech #security #privacy

#FF #Microsoft #Windows 10 Essential Updates Have Serious Problems #tech #security #privacy | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 is breakin

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Winter #flu: All the essential facts you need to know #medicine #health

Winter #flu: All the essential facts you need to know #medicine #health | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
<p>The annual flu epidemic is already stalking the northern hemisphere, and if it’s anything like what hit Australia and other parts of the southern hemisphere in the season just past, we’re in for a rough ride. In this special report, we explore why this year’s flu is so bad, what makes flu such a persistent killer – and what we can all do to protect ourselves</p>
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Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren't getting any more #Windows security updates | #CyberSecurity #Meltdown #Spectre #Awareness

Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren't getting any more #Windows security updates | #CyberSecurity #Meltdown #Spectre #Awareness | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
You're security conscious. You're aware of the threats. You like to run a tight ship.

You install the latest security patches, and - of course - you run an up-to-date anti-virus.

Well, things just got a heck lot more complicated for users of some anti-virus programs.

That's because Microsoft has said that customers who are running certain anti-virus products will not receive its bundle of January 2018 security patches (including mitigations against the Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws) unless their products certify that they don't make unsupported calls into Windows kernel memory.

According to Redmond, some security products jump through some hoops and perform double somersaults to bypass the Kernel Patch Protection built into the operating system. And unfortunately, those techniques, are incompatible with Microsoft's latest patches - and cause computers to blue screen.

So, Microsoft is demanding that anti-virus products certify that their software work with its fixes by adding a registry key every time they startup.

 

More details of the issue can be found in this blog post by researcher Kevin Beaumont, including a link to a spreadsheet he is maintaining of which anti-virus products are setting the Registry key.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?&tag=Meltdown+and+Spectre+Attacks

 

https://gustmeesde.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/browser-sind-das-einfallstor-fur-malware-sind-eure-browser-up-to-date/

 

https://gustmeesde.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/programme-die-auf-jeden-neuen-pc-und-smartphones-gehoren/

 


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You're security conscious. You're aware of the threats. You like to run a tight ship.

You install the latest security patches, and - of course - you run an up-to-date anti-virus.

Well, things just got a heck lot more complicated for users of some anti-virus programs.

That's because Microsoft has said that customers who are running certain anti-virus products will not receive its bundle of January 2018 security patches (including mitigations against the Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws) unless their products certify that they don't make unsupported calls into Windows kernel memory.

According to Redmond, some security products jump through some hoops and perform double somersaults to bypass the Kernel Patch Protection built into the operating system. And unfortunately, those techniques, are incompatible with Microsoft's latest patches - and cause computers to blue screen.

So, Microsoft is demanding that anti-virus products certify that their software work with its fixes by adding a registry key every time they startup.

 

More details of the issue can be found in this blog post by researcher Kevin Beaumont, including a link to a spreadsheet he is maintaining of which anti-virus products are setting the Registry key.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?&tag=Meltdown+and+Spectre+Attacks

 

https://gustmeesde.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/browser-sind-das-einfallstor-fur-malware-sind-eure-browser-up-to-date/

 

https://gustmeesde.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/programme-die-auf-jeden-neuen-pc-und-smartphones-gehoren/

 

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2018 CES: Neuromophic Computing Mimics the Human Brain #tech #science #physics #mathematics

Intel's neuromorphic computing team is creating a chip that mimics the way the human brain observes, learns and understands. The company's prototype chi
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At least three billion computer chips are vulnerable to a #security flaw found this week #Spectre #Intel #Chipmageddon

At least three billion computer chips are vulnerable to a #security flaw found this week #Spectre #Intel #Chipmageddon | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Companies are rushing out software fixes for Chipmageddon.

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#astrophysics team uncloaks magnetic fields of cosmic events #physics #science

#astrophysics team uncloaks magnetic fields of cosmic events #physics #science | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
The development of ultra-intense lasers delivering the same power as the entire U.S. power grid has enabled the study of cosmic phenomena such as supernovae and black holes in earthbound laboratories. Now, a new method develope
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#Really? #Intel says it's fixing #security vulnerability in its chips Its hardware problem #tech #science #ICT

#Really? #Intel says it's fixing #security vulnerability in its chips Its hardware problem #tech #science #ICT | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Intel says it's working to patch a security vulnerability in its products but says the average computer user won't experience significant slowdowns as the problem is fixed.
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(3) 10 Unbelievable Recent Medical Discoveries #science #medicine


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'Totally Wrong' on #Jupiter: What #Scientists Gleaned from #NASA's #Juno Mission

'Totally Wrong' on #Jupiter: What #Scientists Gleaned from #NASA's #Juno Mission | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
By the time Juno launched, astronomers had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new images and data it would collect at Jupiter — or so they thought.

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Juno surprises scientists with unexpected data and images from Jupiter.
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#Climate: We're All in This Together

#Climate: We're All in This Together | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Forest are our best defense against climate change. We work with rural communities, businesses, and governments around the world to advance climate-smart land management and sustainable economic development through training, carbon project validation/verification, and participation in international climate frameworks like REDD+.
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#Fruitfly #malware spied on #Mac users for 13 years - man charged | #Apple #CyberSecurity #Cybercrime #tech

#Fruitfly #malware spied on #Mac users for 13 years - man charged | #Apple #CyberSecurity #Cybercrime #tech | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
US authorities have charged a 28-year-old Ohio man who is alleged to have created and installed creepy spyware on thousands of computers for 13 years.

Phillip R. Durachinsky, of North Royalton, Ohio, is alleged to have used Mac malware known as “Fruitfly” to remotely control victims’ computers, access and upload files, grab screenshots, log keystrokes, and surreptitiously spy via infected computer’s webcams.

Durachinsky, who faces multiple charges including Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, Wiretap Act violations, and identify theft, is said to have created a visual interface that allowed him to retrieve live images from several infected computers simultaneously.

In the indictment, Durachinsky is said to have used malware he created between 2003 and January 2017 to steal personal data, tax records, passwords, and “potentially embarrassing communications.”

According to the indictment, Durachinsky used stolen usernames and passwords to hack into his victims’ online accounts and steal further information, keeping detailed notes on his victims.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security/?&tag=Fruitfly

 


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US authorities have charged a 28-year-old Ohio man who is alleged to have created and installed creepy spyware on thousands of computers for 13 years.

Phillip R. Durachinsky, of North Royalton, Ohio, is alleged to have used Mac malware known as “Fruitfly” to remotely control victims’ computers, access and upload files, grab screenshots, log keystrokes, and surreptitiously spy via infected computer’s webcams.

Durachinsky, who faces multiple charges including Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, Wiretap Act violations, and identify theft, is said to have created a visual interface that allowed him to retrieve live images from several infected computers simultaneously.

In the indictment, Durachinsky is said to have used malware he created between 2003 and January 2017 to steal personal data, tax records, passwords, and “potentially embarrassing communications.”

According to the indictment, Durachinsky used stolen usernames and passwords to hack into his victims’ online accounts and steal further information, keeping detailed notes on his victims.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security/?&tag=Fruitfly

 

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Researchers Found Another Major Security Flaw in #Intel CPUs | #CyberSecurity #NobodyIsPerfect #Awareness

Researchers Found Another Major Security Flaw in #Intel CPUs | #CyberSecurity #NobodyIsPerfect #Awareness | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Security researchers have pinpointed another major security hole in Intel processors, in addition to the security holes in the Intel Management Engine and the Meltdown flaw that hits Intel CPUs uniquely hard. This time, it’s an issue with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT), a feature typically reserved for systems that support Intel vPro or workstation platforms with certain Xeon CPUs.

The Intel AMT is designed to allow administrators to access and update PCs, even if those PCs are turned off. All they need is an internet connection and a wall socket and they can be updated. That’s a useful tool for large multinational firms with far-flung employees, but it’s also a potential security risk. F-Secure has published information highlighting how easily an attacker with even brief local access can gain full access to an entire machine. Here’s how they describe the problem:

 

From here, the possibilities are endless. Even firmware-based malware can be easily uploaded to the system with no chance of detection. And while local access might seem a tough barrier to crack, it’s not as hard as it seems. The changes can be made in under a minute, according to F-Secure. It may not be the kind of attack that gets deployed across thousands of systems on a corporate local network — at least not without additional steps — but it’s exactly the kind of targeted attack a government agency might use. And more to the point, it illustrates that Intel CPUs are once again vulnerable to set of management capabilities that Intel decided to sandbox entirely from the primary operating system.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?&tag=intel

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?&tag=Bitlocker+ByPass

 

 


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Security researchers have pinpointed another major security hole in Intel processors, in addition to the security holes in the Intel Management Engine and the Meltdown flaw that hits Intel CPUs uniquely hard. This time, it’s an issue with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT), a feature typically reserved for systems that support Intel vPro or workstation platforms with certain Xeon CPUs.

The Intel AMT is designed to allow administrators to access and update PCs, even if those PCs are turned off. All they need is an internet connection and a wall socket and they can be updated. That’s a useful tool for large multinational firms with far-flung employees, but it’s also a potential security risk. F-Secure has published information highlighting how easily an attacker with even brief local access can gain full access to an entire machine. Here’s how they describe the problem:

 

From here, the possibilities are endless. Even firmware-based malware can be easily uploaded to the system with no chance of detection. And while local access might seem a tough barrier to crack, it’s not as hard as it seems. The changes can be made in under a minute, according to F-Secure. It may not be the kind of attack that gets deployed across thousands of systems on a corporate local network — at least not without additional steps — but it’s exactly the kind of targeted attack a government agency might use. And more to the point, it illustrates that Intel CPUs are once again vulnerable to set of management capabilities that Intel decided to sandbox entirely from the primary operating system.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?&tag=intel

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?&tag=Bitlocker+ByPass

 

 

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#FF Mysterious explosion of a deadly #plague may come down to a sugar in ice cream #medicine #health

#FF Mysterious explosion of a deadly #plague may come down to a sugar in ice cream #medicine #health | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
C. diff kills tens of thousands each year. Its puzzling rise links to trehalose.

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Intelligence May Stem From a Basic #Algorithm in the Human #Brain wonders of #DNA

Intelligence May Stem From a Basic #Algorithm in the Human #Brain wonders of #DNA | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
A theory posits that the all of our thoughts are a function of a basic algorithm, N=2^i–1. This development may be huge for AI, since artificial neural networks operate much like the brain, applying this formula may be the key to true intelligence.

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sounds like an A.I. Deep Learning overlay to me

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Oldest Monster Black Hole Ever Found Is 800 Million Times More Massive Than the Sun #astronomy

Oldest Monster Black Hole Ever Found Is 800 Million Times More Massive Than the Sun #astronomy | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it

Astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever found — a behemoth that grew to 800 million times the mass of the sun when the universe was just 5 percent of its current age, a new study finds. This newly found giant black hole, which formed just 690 million years after the Big Bang, could one day help shed light on a number of cosmic mysteries, such as how black holes could have reached gargantuan sizes quickly after the Big Bang and how the universe got cleared of the murky fog that once filled the entire cosmos, the researchers said in the new study.

 

 

Supermassive black holes with masses millions to billions of times that of the sun are thought to lurk at the hearts of most, if not all, galaxies. Previous research suggested these giants release extraordinarily large amounts of light when they rip apart stars and devour matter, and likely are the driving force behind quasars, which are among the brightest objects in the universe. [see: The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe]

 

Astronomers can detect quasars from the farthest corners of the cosmos, making quasars among the most distant objects known. The farthest quasars are also the earliest known quasars — the more distant one is, the more time its light took to reach Earth.

 

The previous record for the earliest, most distant quasar was set by ULAS J1120+0641. That quasar is located 13.04 billion light-years from Earth and existed about 750 million years after the Big Bang. The newfound quasar (and its black hole), named ULAS J1342+0928, is 13.1 billion light-years away.

 

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#Microsoft halts #AMD #Meltdown #Spectre patches after reports of unbootable PCs #tech #ICT #tweakers

#Microsoft halts #AMD #Meltdown #Spectre patches after reports of unbootable PCs #tech #ICT #tweakers | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Microsoft blames AMD’s documentation
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#Meltdowm #Spectre #Intel Released "Coffee Lake" Knowing it Was Vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown! #tech #ICT #security

#Meltdowm #Spectre #Intel Released "Coffee Lake" Knowing it Was Vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown! #tech #ICT #security | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
By the time Intel launched its 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" desktop processor family (September 25, 2017, with October 5 availability), the company was fully aware that the product it is releasing was vulnerable to the three vulnerabilities plaguing its processors today, the two mor
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How does gene therapy work? #science #medicine #students #transhumanism #future

How does gene therapy work? #science #medicine #students #transhumanism #future | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
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The five most amazing things that were 3-D-printed this year show that #3Dprinting is ready to move from prototyping towards production

The five most amazing things that were 3-D-printed this year show that #3Dprinting is ready to move from prototyping towards production | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Each of these items gives us clues to what the future of manufacturing might look like.

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WHY IT MATTERS: 3D printing has the potential to disrupt industries when it can manufacture products at scale and low cost. We are closer to this vision.

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This #AI can read your mind: AI software creates images based on pictures you are looking at #Medicine #schizofrenia #goodtoknow

This #AI can read your mind: AI software creates images based on pictures you are looking at #Medicine #schizofrenia #goodtoknow | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it

Japanese scientists have create a creepy machine that can peer into your mind's eye with incredible accuracy. The AI studies electrical signals in the brain to work out exactly what images someone is looking at, and even thinking about.  The technology opens the door to strange future scenarios, such as those portrayed in the series 'Black Mirror', where anyone can record and playback their memories.

 

 

Chilling Black Mirror-style machine recreates the image you're thinking about by decoding your brain signals.  The breakthrough relies on neural networks, which try to simulate the way the brain works in order to learn.  These networks can be trained to recognize patterns in information - including speech, text data, or visual images - and are the basis for a large number of the developments in AI over recent years. They use input from the digital world to learn, with practical applications like Google's language translation services, Facebook's facial recognition software and Snapchat's image altering live filters. 

 

The Kyoto team's deep neural network was trained using 50 natural images and the corresponding fMRI results from volunteers who were looking at them. This recreated the images viewed by the volunteers. They then used a second type of AI called a deep generative network to check that they looked like real images, refining them to make them more recognizable. 


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The exciting thing for me is that, to some extent, the same image produces the same type of recognisable response in different brains. Was Kant right about the "a priori" knowledge from our senses?
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#Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days #LHC #Science #Physics they should take #LSD

#Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days #LHC #Science #Physics they should take #LSD | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
SCIENTISTS conducting a mindbending experiment at the Large Hadron Collider hope to connect with a PARALLEL UNIVERSE outside of our own.
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