How the CIA infects air-gapped networks

Documents published Thursday purport to show how the Central Intelligence Agency has used USB drives to infiltrate computers so sensitive they are severed from the Internet to prevent them from being infected. More than 150 pages of materials published by WikiLeaks describe a platform c...

Self-assembling rafts: how fire ants survive floods

Ever wonder how a colony of ants could survive a flood? Apparently the Brazilian fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, can self-assemble into hydrophobic rafts of thousands of individuals. These rafts can remain afloat for days at time without drowning the individual ants. It turns out that in...

Pizzagate shooter sentenced to four years in prison

A man who barged into a Washington, DC, pizzeria with an AR-15 rifle to “self-investigate” an Internet conspiracy theory was sentenced to four years in prison today. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said “the extent of the recklessness” exhibited by 29-year-o...

Climate change cuts a France’s worth of wheat out of global agriculture

With all the focus on the potential future impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, it’s possible to lose track of the fact that the CO2 concentrations and temperatures have already risen significantly, and that we might already be seeing the impacts of climate change. ...

Pizzagate shooter sentenced to four years in prison

A man who barged into a Washington, DC, pizzeria with an AR-15 rifle to “self-investigate” an Internet conspiracy theory was sentenced to four years in prison today. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said “the extent of the recklessness” exhibited by 29-year-o...

Climate change cuts a France’s worth of wheat out of global agriculture

With all the focus on the potential future impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, it’s possible to lose track of the fact that the CO2 concentrations and temperatures have already risen significantly, and that we might already be seeing the impacts of climate change. ...

Judge rips lawyers in IP rift over viral Facebook childbirth video

A year ago, the US Supreme Court announced guidance to lower courts in determining whether the prevailing party in a copyright lawsuit should be awarded attorney fees. Under US law, the losing side of a copyright suit can be ordered to pay the legal costs to the winners—no matter which ...

Papers 2: your new best OS X research management app?

In 2007, a talented pair of scientist-programmers called Mekentosj released Papers, a Mac OS X app that did for scientific literature what iTunes did for music. They followed the desktop version with an iOS app that works as a standalone program or in conjunction with your Mac. The comb...

Judge rips lawyers in IP rift over viral Facebook childbirth video

A year ago, the US Supreme Court announced guidance to lower courts in determining whether the prevailing party in a copyright lawsuit should be awarded attorney fees. Under US law, the losing side of a copyright suit can be ordered to pay the legal costs to the winners—no matter which ...

Papers 2: your new best OS X research management app?

In 2007, a talented pair of scientist-programmers called Mekentosj released Papers, a Mac OS X app that did for scientific literature what iTunes did for music. They followed the desktop version with an iOS app that works as a standalone program or in conjunction with your Mac. The comb...
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