Security firms uncover ‘sophisticated’ Regin spyware

An “extremely complex” and “stealthy” spying program has been stealing data from ISPs, energy companies, airlines and research-and-development labs, a security company has said. With a “degree of technical competence rarely seen”, Regin had probably taken years to develop, Symantec said. And a nation state may have written it to serve its spying agencies’ needs. […]

Automation and growing reliance on compuers makes us dumb

By NICHOLAS CARR* Artificial intelligence has arrived. Today’s computers are discerning and sharp. They can sense the environment, untangle knotty problems, make subtle judgments and learn from experience. They don’t think the way we think—they’re still as mindless as toothpicks—but they can replicate many of our most prized intellectual talents. Dazzled by our brilliant new […]

World’s first solar road will open in Holland this week

Dubbed SolaRoad, the 230-foot pilot lane—located in Krommenie in North Holland—consists of 8-by-11-foot prefab concrete slabs, into which solar cells are fitted underneath a layer of tempered glass. It’s that glass, however, that provides the greatest challenge: It must be translucent enough for sunlight to penetrate, as well as skid resistant and strong enough to […]

Virus that ‘makes humans more stupid’ discovered

A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US. The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness. Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the […]

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo shattered!

When Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane broke up high above California’s Mojave Desert on Friday, it led to the first in-flight fatality associated with a commercial space effort. Here’s what we know so far about the explosion and crash, which killed one test pilot and injured another: What happened? For four and a half years, […]

Supply rocket for space station explodes on liftoff in U.S.

An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight […]

Could computers pose a threat to humanity?

How smart are today’s computers? They can tackle increasingly complex tasks with an almost human-like intelligence. Microsoft has developed an Xbox game console that can assess a player’s mood by analyzing his or her facial expressions, and in 2011, IBM’s Watson supercomputer won Jeopardy — a quiz show that often requires contestants to interpret humorous […]

F-22 Raptor’s 1st ever combat mission a ‘success’

The F-22 Raptor, one of the most expensive fighters in the world, undertook and successfully completed a combat mission for the first time ever Monday in Syria. The next generation Raptor, which has a total program price tag north of $79 billion, had sat out two wars and at least one previous smaller conflict since […]