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  • How we captured first image of the supermassive black hole at centre of the Milky Way May 13, 2022
    […] an international team of astronomers, including a team that I led from the University of Central Lancashire, has unveiled the first image of the object lurking at the centre of the Milky Way – and it is a supermassive black hole. This means there is now overwhelming evidence for the black hole, dubbed Sagittarius […]
  • Hackers deface Russian platforms and smart TVs to display anti-war messages May 11, 2022
    On the same day Russia celebrated its role in defeating Nazi Germany, many of the country’s online platforms were defaced in protest of the war in Ukraine. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Russians with smart TVs saw channel listings replaced with a message implicating them in the ongoing conflict. “The blood of thousands […]
  • Hackers are now hiding malware in Windows Event Logs May 11, 2022
    Security researchers have noticed a malicious campaign that used Windows event logs to store malware, a technique that has not been previously documented publicly for attacks in the wild. The method enabled the threat actor behind the attack to plant fileless malware in the file system in an attack filled with techniques and modules designed […]
  • BIG-IP iControl REST vulnerability offers root commands May 11, 2022
    This vulnerability may allow an unauthenticated attacker with network access to the BIG-IP system through the management port and/or self IP addresses to execute arbitrary system commands, create or delete files, or disable services. There is no data plane exposure; this is a control plane issue only. Security Advisory Status F5 Product Development has assigned […]
  • Rechargeable Molten Salt Battery Freezes Energy in Place for Long-Term Battery Storage May 7, 2022
    […] In a recent paper published in Cell Reports Physical Science, they demonstrated how freezing and thawing a molten salt solution creates a rechargeable battery that can store energy cheaply and efficiently for weeks or months at a time. […] Most conventional batteries store energy as chemical reactions waiting to happen. When the battery is […]
  • Vaccine skeptics and anti-maskers who invoked ‘my body, my choice’ in the pandemic are now lining up to support the end of Roe v. Wade May 7, 2022
    People against vaccine and mask mandates have argued that they impose on a person’s bodily autonomy. That rallying cry of “my body, my choice” was rooted in the abortion-rights battles of Roe v. Wade. Yet those people against vaccine and mask mandates are now encouraging the potential demise of abortion rights. The leak of the […]
  • Indian Government Now Wants VPNs To Collect And Turn Over Personal Data On Users May 4, 2022
    The government of India still claims to be a democracy, but its decade-long assault on the internet and the rights of its citizens suggests it would rather be an autocracy. The country is already host to one of the largest biometric databases in the world, housing information collected from nearly every one of its 1.2 […]
  • Russian Cinemas Are Showing Pirated Movies Downloaded From Torrents May 4, 2022
    In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, several Hollywood studios announced the immediate suspension of new releases in Russia. Unexpectedly, some Russian theaters are still able to show movies such as The Batman on the big screen but this isn’t down to the studios. The movies are sourced from illegal torrent sites and few seem […]
  • New technique shows in detail where drug molecules hit their targets in the body April 30, 2022
    Scientists at Scripps Research have invented a way to image, across different tissues and with higher precision than ever before, where drugs bind to their targets in the body. The new method could become a routine tool in drug development. Described in a paper in Cell on April 27, 2022, the new method, called CATCH, […]
  • VR Researches Simulate Kisses With Ultrasonic Transducers April 28, 2022
    Without adding any hardware that actually makes contact with the wearer’s face, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group have modified an off-the-shelf virtual reality headset so that it recreates the sensation of touch in and around a user’s mouth, finally fulfilling virtual reality’s inevitable one true purpose. Aside from handheld controllers that occasionally […]

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