Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | After indictment, Russian hackers’ lives “changed forever,” ex-ambassador says

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | After indictment, Russian hackers’ lives “changed forever,” ex-ambassador says

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Enlarge / US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rosenstein announced indictments against 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking computers used by the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other organizations. Chip Somodevilla/Getty…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen

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Over the last few years, the failed biomedical startup Theranos has become synonymous with some of the worst aspects of Silicon Valley. Through a combination of hubris, mendacity, and paranoid secrecy, the company fooled investors and the press into thinking it had created a nearly magical medical tricorder, earning a “unicorn” valuation of $9 billion…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | NASA Spots ‘Spiders’ On Mars Surface

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | NASA Spots ‘Spiders’ On Mars Surface

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The south polar region of Mars is covered by unusual landforms. These landforms look like spiders and grow and branch during Martian winter. The scientific name for these spider-like features is Araneiforms and they are created when carbon dioxide turn to ice during the winter. When season changes and sunlight returns, the surface heats up…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | ‘Truly scary’: researcher wants to brighten clouds to rescue the Great Barrier Reef

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | ‘Truly scary’: researcher wants to brighten clouds to rescue the Great Barrier Reef

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Sea water would be pumped through a filter and sprayed out of small nozzles that produce minuscule water droplets. Oceanographer Daniel Harrison is researching whether clouds over the Great Barrier Reef could be ‘brightened’ to deflect the sun’s rays and help curb rising sea temperatures. Photo: SuppliedA fan would propel the droplets into the atmosphere. The…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Ukraine Blocks a Russian Hack, a Silk Road Arrest, and More Security News This Week

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Ukraine Blocks a Russian Hack, a Silk Road Arrest, and More Security News This Week

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After four months of relative quiet from the special counsel’s office, Robert Mueller Friday indicted a dozen Russians for their role in hacking the DNC, DCCC, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. It’s unlikely they’ll ever actually get arrested, but it’s safe to say we know a lot more about Russian intelligence than we…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Mars Has Spiders in the Springtime

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Mars Has Spiders in the Springtime

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Did you know Mars has spiders? Well, sort of. This region is part of the Martian southern polar ice cap, and during the springtime, frozen carbon dioxide sublimates from a solid to a gas and gets trapped beneath the surface—creating these dark spider-like features, technically called “araneiform terrain.” Our moon looks lovely in this photo…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?

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Slime molds are among the world’s strangest organisms. Long mistaken for fungi, they are now classed as a type of amoeba. As single-celled organisms, they have neither neurons nor brains. Yet for about a decade, scientists have debated whether slime molds have the capacity to learn about their environments and adjust their behavior accordingly. Quanta…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Pininfarina’s Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Pininfarina’s Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar

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Tesla can take credit for proving to the world that electric cars can be fun, and faster than their internal combustion engine competitors. But while Elon Musk’s company is now set on showing EVs can also be affordable and accessible for the masses, with the minimalist Model 3, others are taking batteries and motors in…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired This Small, Sheepish Robovac Will Win Over Your Heart

Hexbyte Tech News Wired This Small, Sheepish Robovac Will Win Over Your Heart

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Many people like to run their robovacs at night or while they’re at work. I choose to run ours while I’m awake, right after dinner and while we’re putting the kids to bed. First off, I don’t see any reason to walk around all evening with crumbs sticking to the bottoms of my feet if…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Satanists Just Aren’t Scary Anymore

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Satanists Just Aren’t Scary Anymore

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The new movie Hereditary, a supernatural thriller about family secrets, is one of the scariest films in years. But the movie was more than just frightening, says horror author Paul Tremblay. “From the opening frames of the film there was just this wonderful atmosphere of dread,” Tremblay says in Episode 317 of the Geek’s Guide…