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Month: September 2013

“Reversal” of Down Syndrome in Mice?

We’ll start by tempering expectations: The breakthrough you’re about to read about has “no direct link” to a human treatment, reports AFP, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless. Scientists say they’ve identified a molecule that “reverses” the effects of Down syndrome in mice. The molecule is called sonic hedgehog pathway agonist, and it was administered to mice who were genetically altered to have…

Smart Grid Cybersecurity: Q&A With Andy Bochman

3500 utilities — With 3,500 different utility producers within the US electric grid and no common thread for technology implementation the entire grid is largely maintained by the theory of “security through obscurity.” NERC and more important the CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) working group has worked hard to build some of these standards but also…

1024 bit RSA key of certified smartcards hacked!

Most of your online traffic is encrypted through a protocol called SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer. Basically, when you access a website, what’s happening is your client (such as a Web browser) is accessing a server, the computer on which the website’s data is stored. Through the client-server connection, the server’s data comes over the Internet to…

Size Comparison – Science Fiction spaceships

The world of sci-fi has brought us countless spaceships and other galaxy-hopping vessels, but no one’s ever brought them all together quite like this. Dirk Loechel has charted out a massive size comparison of ships from dozens of fictional worlds. As you’d expect, iconic franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica are represented, but Loechel branches out to other…

70 years of water found in east Africa – Kenya

Scientists in Kenya have discovered a massive underground reserve that could allow the drought-ravaged country to meet its water needs for the next 70 years. Discovered in the desert of Kenya’s Turkana region, the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer contains more than 200 billion cubic meters of fresh water, and is about the size of Rhode Island. All told, the region…

Mean streets of New York or Sharks?

The likelihood of being involved in a shark accident is considerably smaller than winning the top prize in lottery. Between 1959 and 2003 1,857 people were struck and killed by lightening alone in the coastal states of the USA. In the same time frame there were 740 shark accidents, 22 of which were fatal. Probability…

Healthy liver — Drink Caffeine

A new major study conducted by a team of international researchers suggests that increasing the intake of caffeine protects the liver from certain diseases. The study, led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine, suggests that increasing the intake of caffeine helps in reducing fatty liver in those with non-alcoholic fatty liver…

Sleep ‘boosts brain cell numbers’

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UoW) have discovered another reason why sleep is great! Resting boosts the growth of special cells — called oligodendrocytes — that repair the brain when it is injured, according to new findings reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. “For a long time, sleep researchers focused on how the activity of nerve cells differs…

Nairobi Mall Massacre

Incredible pictures (pretty graphic) from the Nairobi mall massacre. http://t.co/tUO3C3RUOg #Westgate — Kadambari Murali (@KadambariM) September 22, 2013 Related articles Kenyan Officials Reporting 59 Dead; 175 Injured in Nairobi Mall Massacre Massacre at a Nairobi mall Kenya declares end to Nairobi terror attack after seized mall burns

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