How ‘high-level U.S. government agency’ fell for fake femme fatale created by two hackers

By  James Nye PUBLISHED: 00:44 EST, 4  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:03 EST, 4 November 2013   Two hackers staged a successful cyber-attack  on an unidentified U.S. government agency simply by setting up fake LinkedIn and  Facebook accounts posing as an attractive and smart young lady. Creating social media profiles for a pretty  28-year-old girl…

Top US climate scientists support development of safe nuclear power

Open letter to environmentalists and world leaders says wind and solar power are not enough to diminish carbon emissions  Associated Press in Pittsburgh theguardian.com,   Sunday 3 November 2013 11.03 EST Nuclear power is ‘very divisive’ among environmentalists but scientists argue it’s necessary. Photograph: WoodyStock / Alamy/Alamy Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and…

How to sniff aliens’ gas in exoplanet atmospheres

  09 October 2013 by Lisa Grossman Magazine issue 2938.  Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the Astrobiology Topic Guide ALIEN worlds have been pouring out of the sky in recent years. Exoplanet searches like those led by the Kepler space telescope predict that there are as many as 30 billion planets in our…

New Terminator-style ‘bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

Creepy, limbless – MIT roboticists flywheel paves way for tiny, cube-shaped overlords By    Brid-Aine Parnell,  7th October 2013 Rise of The Machines Roboticists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a range of self-assembling cube robots, which have no external moving parts. Despite their lack of limbs, the M-Blocks can climb over and around each…

Print a working paper computer on an $80 inkjet

  03 October 2013 by Paul Marks Magazine issue 2937.  Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the Nanotechnology Topic Guide Ink laced with silver nanoparticles could make it a reality, to the joy of hobbyists “IMAGINE printing out a paper computer and tearing off a corner so someone else can use part of it.”…

MIT Scientist: UN Global Waming report is hilarious

  Monday, 30 September 2013 Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.” A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that…

Secret Service releases first 100 pages of Aaron Swartz investigation

   Published time: August 14, 2013 00:29                                                                             Aaron Swartz (Photo by Phillip Stearns) Freshly unveiled documents indicate that the US Secret Service was involved in the investigation into Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who was awaiting trial on hacking charges when he committed suicide earlier this year. The 104 pages, released Monday as part…

New book documents Cold War experiments on kids

By JOANN LOVIGLIO / Associated Press / July 7, 2013 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A half century later, Charlie Dyer still vividly remembers the day he was picked to join the ‘‘Fernald Science Club.’’ It was 1954 and at 14, he had already spent nearly half his life in a succession of Massachusetts institutions that unflinchingly labeled kids like him…

Low-power Wi-Fi signal tracks movement — even behind walls

Contact: Sarah McDonnell s_mcd@mit.edu 617-253-8923 Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘Wi-Vi’ is based on a concept similar to radar and sonar imaging CAMBRIDGE, MA — The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects. Now we could all have X-ray vision, thanks to researchers at MIT’s Computer…