Security News this Week: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

On Zoom conference calls across the US this week, brows furrowed as the news broke that the video conference company had a flaw in its backend that could give hackers access to people’s webcams. Worse, Zoom seemed at first unwilling to fix the problem. Thankfully, hours after the initial reports, Zoom backtracked and issued a new fix to solve underlying vulnerability. You can go back to Zooming your brilliant brainstorms in peace, everyone. According to a new report this week, a Magecart hacking group has been breaking into misconfigured Amazon Web Services buckets, scanning the contents of 17,000 domains, and stealing any goodies—like credit card numbers used on some ecommerce sites. In other Amazon news, are you ready for Amazon …

The Netherlands Turns 316 Bus Stops Into Bee Stops

According to statistics, 358 bee species live in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, more than half of them are already endangered and put on the Dutch Red List (RL). The Netherlands’ officials recognized the growing problem and found an ingenious solution – to transform the city of Utrecht’s bus stops into bee-friendly havens to support pollinating populations. The city of Utrecht now has 316 bus stops with rooftops covered in greenery Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: uitdragerij Back in February, Utrecht announced that they will be replacing their current buses with electric ones. The officials are hoping to employ an entirely carbon-neutral transit fleet before 2028. Here’s what people online had to say

The Earths Magnetic North Pole Is Shifting Rapidly So What Will Happen To The Northern Lights?

Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field. Thanks to its largely molten iron core, our planet is in fact a bit like a bar magnet. It has a north and south magnetic pole, separate from the geographic poles, with a field connecting the two. This field protects our planet from radiation and is responsible for creating the northern and southern lights – spectacular events that are only visible near the magnetic poles. However, with reports that the magnetic north pole has started moving swiftly at 50km per year – and may soon be over Siberia – it has long been unclear whether the northern lights will move too. Now a new study, published …

Julio Iglesias facing seven-figure lawsuit over paternity case: report

In this Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, Spanish singer Julio Iglesias attends his star unveiling ceremony at the Walk of Fame, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A judge concluded on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 that there are enough indications to conclude that a 43-year-old Spaniard is the biological son of Iglesias, who for years has refused to undergo genetic testing to confirm paternity. (AP) SINGER JULIO IGLESIAS EARNS HONORARY DEGREE FROM BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC “Can you imagine how he has suffered without the support of a father? Can you imagine the children asking him in the playground, ‘Where’s your dad? Why’s he never around?’” Maria, who gave up on her ballet career when she fell pregnant, said: “Julio has …

Kamala Harris Rips Russian Bots For Kaepernick Furor, Says They’re Coming For Her

Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she blames Russian bots for helping stir up the frenzy that Colin Kaepernick Now, she said, the bots are coming after her. “We already know we are” being targeted, the presidential candidate said Friday on the New York radio show “ Trump repeatedly blasted Kaepernick for taking a knee as the 2016 NFL season was gearing up to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Trump claimed the then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who is black, was disrespecting the flag and the military. But the flames over the issue were fanned by Russian bots, Harris said. “The Russian bots started taking that on,” she said. Noting that the Russians know that race is a particularly incendiary issue among the …

Painted stones record smashed in girl’s memory

Image caption Isla’s mother spent months planning the fun day Isla’s mother Katherine Tansey, from Hinckley, said she had been aiming to collect at least 4,000 stones to eclipse a recent record attempt in Surrey that had yet to be verified. Image caption People were encouraged to get creative with their decorated stones Isla’s father, Simon Tansey, said: “Isla would have been amazed. She’d have found it crazy and been clapping her hands. “It keeps her legacy alive and it’s all about raising awareness of childhood cancer, which is very close to our hearts.” Related Topics Hinckley Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

A Dutch runner breaks the 23-year-old record for the women’s mile

(CNN)The women’s world record in the mile run, which has stood for 23 years, finally fell on Friday. “I knew I could run fast but the first 800 was a bit slow, so after that I wasn’t thinking it would be a world record,” Hassan said in a statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations. “When I crossed the line I was so surprised. “After you run a last 400 like that, and set a world record, it gives me so much confidence over 5000m.” The 26-year-old Dutch runner’s previous best time was 4:14.71, set last year at the London Diamond League meet. Her new record shaved more than two seconds off that time. The athletic association has Hassan …

Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse

Momo is not coming for your children, but she may be coming soon to a theater near you. The creepy face, which became the center of a viral hoax that petrified thousands of parents earlier this year, is reportedly about to be the basis of a horror movie from Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and producer Taka Ichise. It's easy to see why. It's Pennywise wishes he could stretch his smile that wide. There's a freakishness to Momo's over-taut skin and bulging eyes, and she's not even moving. Oh, and did we mention she has bird legs? Momo won't be the first meme character to make her way to the movies, but, for a lot of reasons, she might be the …

Ancient Microraptor’s Last Meal Turns Out To Be A New Species

During the Cretaceous, a period of time spanning 145 to 66 million years ago, a little feathered dinosaur swooped down to the ground to gobble up an unsuspecting lizard, swallowing it whole. Now, a team of palaeontologists has unearthed the fossil of this mini dino, complete with the reptilian snack trapped in its belly. In Current Biology, the scientists describe the fossil of Microraptor zhaoianus, which was uncovered in northeastern China and lived about 120 million years ago during the Lower Cretaceous. Microraptor literally means “small thief” and this marks the fourth time these sneaky little hunters have been caught with fossilized critters preserved in their stomachs. The previous three specimens contained birds, mammals, and fish. Often described as having four …

Woman Dies After Accidentally Impaling Herself With Metal Straw

The New York Times reported. The 10-inch stainless-steel straw penetrated her left eye and pierced her brain, according to the coroner’s report released on Monday, which called the death an accident. Brendan Allen, an assistant coroner, told “It seems to me these metal straws should not be used with any form of lid that holds them in place,” he said. “It seems the main problem here is if the lid hadn’t been in place, the straw would have moved away.” Plastic straw bans have increased in popularity, especially since a 2015 video of eliminate its green plastic straws from all its stores in 2020. And despite the coffee chain recalling stainless steel straws it sold in its stores after it …

The Lion King review deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat

Disneys reboot of its much-loved 1994 animation is a plausibly real retelling of the story of prince Simba and his struggle against wicked uncle Scar After 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a long afterlife in theatres all over the world with Julie Taymors staging and costumes, the 1994 animation The Lion King has been remade as a quasi-live-action digital movie. This is an anthro-leonine deepfake of impressive proportions, but the new Lion King gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit. These are walking, talking animals that are realer than real and whose facial/speech patterns are eerily …

England v Australia: 142 years of cricketing beef

Because although today’s match will be a one-day game, the intense rivalry has its roots in the history of Test cricket between the two sides. And it all started with a tiny pottery perfume jar. Ashes to Ashes Cricket has its roots in 16th Century England, but the first international matches were played in the late 1800s. An England team played in Australia in 1877, in what are regarded as some of the first ever international Test matches, and a return series was held five years later. It was after those games in 1882 that a sporting newspaper made a joke that became part of history. The Sporting Times ran a fake “obituary for English cricket” that concluded “the body …

Tooth Analysis Suggests Megalodons And Great Whites Descend From Humble Benthic Shark

A study recently published in Scientific Reports shines a new light on the Lamniformes (Mackeral sharks) family tree, an order of shark that includes the infamous great white and the notorious (now extinct) megalodon (aka the Meg). The results suggest the humble origins of these apex predators can be traced to a meter or so long (3.3 foot) species more reminiscent of today’s wobbegongs and nurse sharks. A team of researchers led by Patrick L. Jambura from the University of Vienna in Austria identified a unique quality in various teeth fossils connecting extant mackerel sharks with an extinct species of benthic shark that existed as far back as the Middle Jurassic epoch 165 million years ago. It all comes down to the structure of the …