On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

They found that 89 percent of Amazon Fire TV channels and 69 percent of Roku channels contained easily spottable trackers that collected information about a viewing habits and preferences, along with unique identifiers like device serial numbers and IDs, Wi-Fi network names, and the Wi-Fi identifiers known as MAC addresses.

Methane seep research bubbling along

Methane seep research bubbling along

Dr Mountjoy says there is a significant underground gas source which is suspected of causing underwater landslides and may be related to deeper fluids in the subduction zone that can in turn influence earthquake behaviour.

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control

Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control

Consistent with past research, we found that although mental health reporting laws are weakly associated with lower suicide rates, they showed no correlation with homicide rates.This again identified a set of policies, which did not include mental health reporting laws, that each independently predicted lower rates of fatal injuries from homicides.

NIWA UV research reinforces success of Montreal Protocol

NIWA UV research reinforces success of Montreal Protocol

On the eve of the 30th anniversary since the Montreal Protocol came into force, new research by NIWA scientists reinforces its reputation as the world’s most successful environmental treaty.

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Shwartz says that a web-based attack that targets a high-end Android phone can now sell for more than $2 million non-exclusively, meaning that the researcher can sell it for that price to multiple buyers.

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The research team has an entire webpage devoted to its seismic recordings of the natural resonances (vibrations) that come out of the Utah arches.

A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

The favorable results in cells and mice were a pleasant surprise; he’d expected the AI-generated molecules would require more tweaks and rounds of computations before they found one with potential.“It’s cool to see AI trained to think a little bit like how a medicinal chemist thinks,” says Adam Renslo, a professor of chemical biology at the University of California-San Francisco who also wasn’t involved in the research.

Scientists Avoid Bias When They Know They're Being Tested

Scientists Avoid Bias When They Know They're Being Tested

Sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.These tests showed that, when it comes to implicit bias, the French scientists were equivalent to France as a whole, in that there was a significant tendency to associate science success to being male.

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Iowa State University researcher Matt Liebman has shown on his demonstration farm that adding a third rotation of alfalfa or native grass to the predominant corn-soybean cropping system in the state could produce dramatic environmental benefits at no cost to farmers, including an 85 percent reduction in fertilizer use, a 97 percent drop in pesticide use, an elimination of soil erosion and water pollution from run-off, and a dramatic increase in carbon sequestration.

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp has long given users the ability to filter search results based on dozens of different criteria, including what type of cuisine a restaurant offers and whether it has vegan or vegetarian options.

Ford’s Bid for Safer Scooters? Sensors Everywhere

Ford’s Bid for Safer Scooters? Sensors Everywhere

Of the 300 scooters that Spin will drop upon Virginia Tech's 4-square-mile campus, 50 will be wired with sensors to record very specific data about how the two-wheeled vehicles are moving through space.

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

Research has shown that suicides, too, can spread like a contagion depending on how they are covered, but a consensus has yet to emerge among media organizations about how to handle mass shootings.

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

The Stanford Prison Experiment has burrowed its way into the culture, inspiring an epiphany-industrial complex that deploys social science research in support of facile claims about human nature, public policy, and interpersonal relationships.

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

Microsoft today warned Windows users of seven new vulnerabilities in Windows that, like BlueKeep, can be exploited via RDP, a tool that lets administrators connect to other computers in a network.

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

NIC manager Sadie Mills says staff on research vessels and fisheries observers use identification guides to help them to identify common species and over the past few years have become much more proficient at what they do.

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

#Uber #Lyft #auto industry #Self-Driving Cars.

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

But Matt Wixey, cybersecurity research lead at the technology consulting firm PWC UK, says that it’s surprisingly easy to write custom malware that can induce all sorts of embedded speakers to emit inaudible frequencies at high intensity, or blast out audible sounds at high volume.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

An attacker could potentially pivot, Santamarta says, from the in-flight entertainment system to the CIS/MS to send commands to far more sensitive components that control the plane's safety-critical systems, including its engine, brakes, and sensors.

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

Povolny says that with the Avaya desk phones, it took only basic hacking skills to gain access to the device's systems and firmware (the foundational code that coordinates a device's hardware and software) and analyze them for flaws.

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Like many surveys and studies before it, a new report from the Pew Research Center confirms this truth: Americans love and trust scientists.

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Using Streams, physicians could be alerted to predictions of acute kidney injury, says Dominic King, a former surgeon who leads DeepMind’s health effort—and eventually other conditions as well, like sepsis or pancreatitis.

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

But the Armis researchers, who first disclosed their findings to Wind River in March, say that the patching process will be long and difficult, as is often the case with IoT and critical infrastructure updates .

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

“For a number of years, we’ve worked with emotional health experts to address pinners in distress,” says Ta. If someone searches for terms related to suicide, the platform nudges them toward the appropriate resources, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

If Neuralink’s technologies work as Musk and his team intend, they’ll be able to pick up signals from across a person’s brain—first from the motor cortex that controls movement but eventually throughout your think-meat—and turn them into machine-readable code that a computer can understand.

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News. Amazon makes an expensive pledge to its workers, a hacker group hits 17,000 domains, and butt plugs are being used for scientific research. A card-skimming hacker group hit 17,000 domains and counting.