Beto O'Rourke Belonged to an Infamous '90s Hacker Group

Beto O'Rourke Belonged to an Infamous '90s Hacker Group

Security News This Week: Beto O'Rourke Was Part of an Infamous '90s Hacker Group PAUL RATJE/Getty Images This week ended with terror, as a shooting in New Zealand took the lives of at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal JPL/NASA It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming.

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

“We must do more to empower our state and local governments to tap into the power of technology to provide seamless, cost-effective services for the 21st century.” Kamala Harris The Digital Service Act also includes another $50 million a year to help USDS continue its work at the federal level.

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle The Tesla CEO's legal team argues that the SEC’s attempt to limit Musk’s tweeting is a violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech.

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

“In just very general terms, this makes a ton of sense,” said James Cordes , an astrophysicist at Cornell University, adding that while further details still need to be worked out, “I would say it’s a good horse to bet on.” What the astronomers really like, though, is that Metzger’s theory generates very specific predictions for what future FRBs should look like, predictions that will soon be put to make-or-break tests.

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

This week's videogame news includes a, um, battle royale between Fortnite and Apex Legends , another weird gaffe by Steam, and Nintendo sneaking a big surprise into an unassuming package.

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

By inserting a postage-stamp image of a baseball, they found they could confuse the neural network into thinking a whale was a shark.

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car “We thought the kitchen was the most challenging acoustic environment,” says Amazon’s head of Echo products.

Trump's North Korea Summit Inspires Spearphishing

Trump's North Korea Summit Inspires Spearphishing

Security News This Week: North Korean Hackers Go Spearfishing This week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un inspired a flurry of hacking activity. During President Trump’s first meeting with North Korea last year, there was a similar “spike in malware” from presumed North Korean hackers, one expert told CyberScoop.

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion is now impossible not to see doubly, as both a brilliant piece of familial horror and a story of backlash and political misunderstanding.

Inside the Creation of Zero's All-New Electric Motorcycle

Inside the Creation of Zero's All-New Electric Motorcycle

“This [new] generation allows us to create a gap again.” Rather than trying to disguise the SR/F as a conventional motorcycle, Zero's design team left the 14.4-kWh battery exposed, emphasizing the bike's electric nature.

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Dan Winters Eighteen months later, Sheila Advento, having become the fifth patient in Lee’s trial on September 18, 2010, woke groggily in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recovery area to find her new hands.

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

It can carry more stuff than sidewalk delivery bots being developed by companies like Marble, and while it drives in the street, its slim profile makes moving safely easier, Ferguson says.

An Apple-Hacking Teen, SIM-Swap Indictments, and More Security News This Week

An Apple-Hacking Teen, SIM-Swap Indictments, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: A Teen Won't Tell Apple How He Hacked MacOS Giulia Marchi/Getty Images It's frankly hard, at the end of this long week, to devote much mental energy to any news that's not Jeff Bezos going to war with the National Enquirer , but stay with us!

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora If Amazon is looking for a partner to help it move seriously into the robo-car space, Aurora is a logical bet: It's led by a trio of industry veterans and is one of the few independent self-driving developers.

'Resident Evil 2' Zombie-Hunts Its Way to Massive Success

'Resident Evil 2' Zombie-Hunts Its Way to Massive Success

Capcom This week, the competition between Steam and Epic's new online storefront heats up the frozen tundras of post-apocalyptic Russia, while zombie games hit their stride (for the third or fourth time), and the rumor mill is gearing up for a second version of the Switch hardware, right on schedule.

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics Nate Cardozo had been a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation before Facebook scooped him up, along with Access Now's Nathan White and OTI's Robyn Greene.

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

It shouldn’t take advanced knowledge of how the internet works to figure that out." "A key challenge is avoiding flagging legitimate domains as suspicious." Emily Stark, Google Chrome The Chrome team's efforts so far focus on figuring out how to detect and warn users about URLs that seem to deviate in some way from standard practice.

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

The fertility tech firm is collaborating with the Institute of Life to conduct the first known human trial of the procedure, called mitochondrial replacement therapy, for treating infertility.

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

“They’ve demonstrated that in some situations, you really don’t need expensive sensors,” says Gordon Wetzstein, an electrical engineer at Stanford University, who was not involved with the work but is developing a similar camera, using lasers.

Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat

Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat

That's because in cold conditions, the local temperature of your hands and feet dictate how comfortable you feel, says Dr. Hui Zhang, a research scientist at UC Berkeley's Center of the Build Environment.

Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines

Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines

Most work on 3D bio-printing is done in culture dishes, but this experiment was unique in that the team was able to do this in laboratory rats, and because the lab-grown cells then successfully bridged the gap of a cut spinal cord and partially restored movement to the animal's hind quarters.

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Ubisoft This week, we've got four big stories for you, from Steam's weaknesses and challenges to Facebook's weird ad policies and some huge news for Destiny fans.

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

On the Ava's planned cross-country flight, the Beta team will follow along in their mobile charging vehicle, a converted tour bus outfitted with generators, solar panels, and an expanding landing pad on the roof.

The eel earbone detective

The eel earbone detective

Dr Egan and her team will be studying the ear bones of glass eels to learn more about their spawning locations and larval oceanic movements. In this new project, migrating female eels will be tagged and their location communicated to satellites to help pinpoint their spawning grounds in the western Pacific Ocean.

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

The remarkable thing about the hair-thin strands of optical fiber that Corning and other companies sell today is that any single strand of glass can carry many different beams of light at the same time, each beam wobbling at its own frequency and using its own method of encoding information.

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI On Thursday, January 3, New Horizons mission scientists revealed their best images of Ultima Thule to date—and they're in stereo vision!

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

"In the past no one was aware of these issues, so they weren’t willing to sacrifice any performance for security." Jon Masters, Red Hat At the center of these efforts for Intel is STORM, the company's strategic offensive research and mitigation group, a team of hackers from around the world tasked with heading off next-generation security threats.

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

As the mission's principle investigator Alan Stern puts it: "In the days following the flyby, Ultima Thule's going to become a real thing, then a real thing with a shape, then a real thing with geology." Here's when to expect what:January 1, 7:00 am PT / 10:00 am ET: By this time, New Horizons' mission scientists will expect to have heard from the probe about its health and whether the mission was successful.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Stern and his team discovered the object in 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, while searching the sky for places New Horizons could visit after its brief encounter with Pluto.

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