The U.S. government’s efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency.
Though hackers tend to be anti-establishment by nature, the NSA and other intelligence agencies had made major inroads in recent years in hiring some of the best and brightest, and paying for information on software flaws that help them gain access to target computers and phones.
Much of that goodwill has been erased after the NSA’s classified programs to monitor phone records and Internet activity were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to prominent hackers and cyber experts.
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Bring it on.
Which means “present cogent arguments that global
warming weirding ISN’T anthropogenic, and I’ll do the best I can to either rebut your FACT BASED theory, or I’ll reconsider my position.
Republicans in Congress who reject the science behind climate change could soon be reduced to political fossils, with new polling on Wednesday suggesting three-quarters of young voters find such views “ignorant, out of touch or crazy”.
Make a “faith-based” argument, i.e. one based on conspiracy theories and not facts, and I reserve the right to ignore you with a simple statement that you have no facts to back up your position.
Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program. Stop reporting your online activities to the American government with these free alternatives to proprietary software.
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Honda engineers are racing to build the world’s fastest lawnmower after being put up to the task by Top Gear Magazine.
They are targeting a speed of 130mph (210km/hr).
I could mow my lawn in, like, 10 minutes!
There’s some extremely cool pics and information, here:
The ring nebula was a star exploding 2000 years ago. Star of Bethlehem?
The more we know, the more we need to know.
If you can’t sleep, check this out.
Cancer researchers made a groundbreaking discovery by developing a sort-of “Ultimate antibody” — a single treatment that has been shown to kill every type of cancer it was tested on.
The latest developments are based on research that began a decade ago at Stanford School of Medicine, where researchers discovered a link between cancer cells and high levels of a protein called CD47 while studying leukemia. Irving Weissman, the biologist behind the breakthrough, continued to study CD47 and found a CD47-blocking antibody that could cure some cases of leukemia by stimulating the immune system to recognize cancer cells as invaders.
Now, Weissman has established a link between CD47 and most of primary cancers that affect humans, finding that cancer cells always had higher levels of CD47 than healthy cells. The inordinate amounts of CD47 produced by the cancer cells effectively trick the immune system into not destroying the cancer cells.
“What we’ve shown is that CD47 isn’t just important on leukemias and lymphomas,” says Weissman, according to Science magazine. “It’s on every single human primary tumor that we tested.”
Weissman and his team used that observation to develop an antibody that blocks cancer cells’ CD47, causing the body’s immune system to attack the cancerous cells.