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Nov 22, 2022

Dr. David Markowitz, PhD — IARPA — High-Risk, High-Payoff Research For National Security Challenges

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, genetics, information science, neuroscience, robotics/AI, security, surveillance

High-Risk, High-Payoff Bio-Research For National Security Challenges — Dr. David A. Markowitz, Ph.D., IARPA


Dr. David A. Markowitz, Ph.D. (https://www.markowitz.bio/) is a Program Manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA — https://www.iarpa.gov/) which is an organization that invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

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Nov 21, 2022

Microlaser chip adds new dimensions to quantum communication

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, quantum physics, security

Researchers at Penn Engineering have created a chip that outstrips the security and robustness of existing quantum communications hardware. Their technology communicates in “qudits,” doubling the quantum information space of any previous on-chip laser.

Liang Feng, Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Electrical Systems and Engineering (ESE), along with MSE postdoctoral fellow Zhifeng Zhang and ESE Ph.D. student Haoqi Zhao, debuted the technology in a recent study published in Nature. The group worked in collaboration with scientists from the Polytechnic University of Milan, the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, Duke University and the City University of New York (CUNY).

Nov 21, 2022

Exodus continues at Twitter as Elon Musk hints at possible bankruptcy

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, security

Nov 18, 2022

Adversarial Attack Beats Near-Superhuman AI Go Player

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

Computer security specialists had hoped Go-playing AI agents would be immune to adversarial attacks. Now it’s back to the drawing board.

Nov 17, 2022

Researchers discover how music could be used to trigger a deadly pathogen release

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, media & arts, mobile phones, security

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have discovered that the safe operation of a negative pressure room—a space in a hospital or biological research laboratory designed to protect outside areas from exposure to deadly pathogens—can be disrupted by an attacker armed with little more than a smartphone.

According to UCI cyber-physical systems security experts, who shared their findings with attendees at the Association for Computing Machinery’s recent Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Los Angeles, mechanisms that control airflow in and out of biocontainment facilities can be tricked into functioning irregularly by a sound of a particular frequency, possibly tucked surreptitiously into a popular song.

“Someone could play a piece of music loaded on their smartphone or get it to transmit from a television or other audio device in or near a negative room,” said senior co-author Mohammad Al Faruque, UCI professor of electrical engineering and computer science. “If that music is embedded with a tone that matches the of the pressure controls of one of these spaces, it could cause a malfunction and a leak of deadly microbes.”

Nov 16, 2022

Smart home hubs leave users vulnerable to hackers

Posted by in categories: encryption, robotics/AI, security

Machine learning programs mean even encrypted information can give cybercriminals insight into your daily habits.

Smart technology claims to make our lives easier. You can turn on your lights, lock your front door remotely and even adjust your thermostat with the click of a button.

But new research from the University of Georgia suggests that convenience potentially comes at a cost—your personal security.

Nov 16, 2022

Reservations for new community of 3D homes in Georgetown to open in 2023

Posted by in categories: habitats, internet, security, solar power, sustainability

The community will offer eight different floor plans, ranging from three to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. Homes will be powered by rooftop solar panels, include a Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Schlage Encode Smart WiFi deadbolt, a Honeywell Home T6 Pro WiFi smart thermostat and a Wolf Ranch security package.

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Nov 14, 2022

Ukraine War: Russia gave Iran cash and captured UK & US weapons for drones

Posted by in categories: drones, security

A security source has told Sky News that Russia flew €140m in cash to Tehran in exchange for dozens of deadly “suicide drones”.

Moscow also included Western weapons it had captured in Ukraine in the shipment.

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Nov 13, 2022

Uganda’s New Satellite Contains Equipment to 3D Print Human Tissue in Orbit

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, food, security

With the help of NASA and Japan, Uganda has officially become a spacefaring nation — and its newly-launched PearlAfricaSat-1 craft has some pretty nifty tech onboard.

As the Uganda-based Nile Post reports, the satellite launched out of NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport facility in Virginia on the morning of November 7 will not only provide important agricultural and security monitoring features for the developing nation, but will also conduct experiments involving the 3D printing of human tissue.

Per the Ugandan news site, the tissues printed on PearlAfricaSat-1 will be used in research into the effects microgravity has on ovary function — and as Quartz notes in its write-up of the NASA and Japan-supported mission, the microgravity aspect of the experiments is key because “bioprinting” human organs is difficult to achieve with Earth’s gravity.

Nov 11, 2022

Watch a virus in the moments right before it attacks

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, security

When Courtney “CJ” Johnson pulls up footage from her Ph.D. dissertation, it’s like she’s watching an attempted break-in on a home security camera.

The intruder cases its target without setting a foot inside, looking for a point of entry. But this intruder is not your typical burglar. It’s a virus.

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