Bird Flu Researchers Push to Make Virus More Deadly

In a letter published today in the nation’s two most prestigious scientific journals — Science and Nature — bird flu researchers say they need to perform research on the H7N9 virus that would make it more dangerous. The researchers say that’s necessary in order to prepare for its possible spread between humans [because they’re obviously […]

Drones vulnerable to terrorist hijacking, researchers say

ShareThis Drones vulnerable to terrorist hijacking, researchers say 25 Jun 2012 A small surveillance drone flies over an Austin stadium, diligently following a series of GPS waypoints that have been programmed into its flight computer. Then, as if some phantom has given the drone a self-destruct order, it hurtles toward the ground… Professor Todd Humphreys […]

Flame, Stuxnet Super Cyber Weapons Linked: Researchers

Researchers say they have uncovered “proof” linking the authors of the Flame cyber espionage program to Stuxnet, the most powerful offensive cyber weapon ever developed — both of which are believed to have targeted Iran. Analysts at the Russia-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs, which was the first to uncover Flame and had previously analyzed […]

Polar bear populations remain on thin ice, U of A researchers say

ShareThis Polar bear populations remain on thin ice, U of A researchers say –Global warming forcing bears to spend more time on land where there is virtually no food 09 Apr 2012 Two of Canada’s top polar bear scientists warn that recent attempts to justify an increase in the harvest [by terrorists] of the iconic […]

Decision time for researchers of deadly bird flu

When 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses ‘in the name of research.’ 14 Feb 2012 The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a call to […]

Decision time for researchers of deadly bird flu

When 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses ‘in the name of research.’ 14 Feb 2012 The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a call to […]

Internet addiction can cause physical damage to the brain, just like drugs, say researchers

Internet addiction disrupts nerve wiring in the brains of teenagers, a study has found – causing a level of brain damage normally seen in heavy substance abusers. Brain scans showed significant damage to white matter in the brain, proving, the researchers claim, that ’behavioural’ addictions can cause physical brain damage in the same way as […]

Walls Have Eyes: How Researchers Are Studying You on Facebook

By SONIA VAN GILDER COOKE, Time.com Before he became the new face of right-wing extremism in Europe, Anders Behring Breivik was just another guy airing his anti-immigration views online. On Monday, Breivik, who admitted to a killing spree in Norway in July, which left 77 people dead, faced his first public-court hearing. While Breivik may […]

Infrastructure at Risk From Feds’ Failure to Share Info, Security Researchers Charge

By Kim Zetter, Wired.com LONG BEACH, CA — If the government really wants to protect the nation’s electrical grid and critical infrastructure from hackers and other attackers, it’s got to change the way it communicates with the people in charge of securing those systems. That was the message sent this week from security professionals to […]