WikiLeaks Dump Reveals a Creepy CIA Location-Tracking Trick

By hacking into computers and tracking the Wi-Fi networks nearby, the CIA could pinpoint Windows PCs around the world.

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NASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways

Wherever you find people, you also find bacteria and other microorganisms. The International Space Station is no exception.

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Study of US seniors strengthens link between air pollution and premature death

A new study of 60 million Americans — about 97 percent of people age 65 and older in the United States — shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

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Nanostructures taste the rainbow

Combining nanophotonics and thermoelectrics, engineers generate materials capable of distinguishing between tiny differences in wavelengths of light.

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What’s on your skin? Archaea, that’s what

It turns out your skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms — and they’re not just bacteria. A study has found that the skin microbiome also contains archaea, a type of extreme-loving microbe, and that the amount of it varies with age. …

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‘Bulges’ in volcanoes could be used to predict eruptions

Researchers have developed a new way of measuring the pressure inside volcanoes, and found that it can be a reliable indicator of future eruptions.

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More summer sunshine leading to increased Greenland ice melt

A marked decrease in summer cloud cover during the last 20 years has significantly accelerated melt from the Greenland ice sheet, a team of researchers has concluded.

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Engineers design a robotic gripper for cleaning up space debris

Researchers combined gecko-inspired adhesives and a custom robotic gripper to create a device for grabbing space debris. They tested their gripper in multiple zero gravity settings, including the International Space Station. …

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Turning the climate tide by 2020

The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending — down of the global greenhouse — gas emissions curve, leading experts caution. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, authors argue. In the run-up to the G20 summit of the planet’s leading economies, the article sets six milestones for a clean industrial revolution.

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Boaty McBoatface returns home from abyss

Researchers have captured unprecedented data about some of the coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth – known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) – during first voyage of the yellow robotic submersible known as Boaty McBoatface, which arrived back in the UK last week. The team captured data on temperature, speed of water flow and underwater turbulence rates of the Orkney Passage, a region of the Southern Ocean which is around 4,000m deep and roughly 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Valuable substances extracted from conifer stumps and roots

The stumps and roots of coniferous trees contain extractives which can be processed into highly valuable products. …

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Biodegradable cleaning products and eco-friendly plastics from mushroom waste

More than 50,000 tonnes of mushroom waste are generated in Europe each week, posing an environmental challenge for the main industries that market this product worldwide. The new European project Funguschain aims to obtain high antimicrobial and antioxidant substances from these residues applicable to sectors as varied as food, cleaning or plastics.

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Potentially lethal parasite rat lungworm found throughout Florida

Researchers have found rat lungworm, a parasitic nematode that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties. …

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The multi-colored photons that might change quantum information science

With leading corporations now investing in highly expensive and complex infrastructures to unleash the power of quantum technologies, researchers have achieved a breakthrough in a light-weight photonic system created using on-chip devices and off-the-shelf telecommunications components. The team demonstrates that photons can become an accessible and powerful quantum resource when generated in the form of color-entangled quDits.

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Swimming microbots can remove pathogenic bacteria from water

The lack of clean water in many areas around the world is a persistent, major public health problem. One day, tiny robots could help address this issue by zooming around contaminated water and cleaning up disease-causing bacteria, report scientists.

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Petya Ransomware Hides State-Sponsored Attacks, Say Ukrainian Analysts

Analysis shows Petya looks more like a targeted, state-sponsored attack than just ransomware.

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Discovering, counting, cataloguing proteins

Scientists describe a well-defined mitochondrial proteome in baker’s yeast, in a newly published report.

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Solution: ‘Bongard Problems and Scientific Discovery’

Like scientific puzzles, Bongard problems can lead you through a frustrating blind search until you find that simple, elegant rule that fits a seemingly random pattern. …

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