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UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

The UK's top cyber-defence centre has stopped Britain falling victim to almost 1,200 attacks in the last two years, its annual review reveals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was currently defeating about 10 attacks every week, it said. Most...

BBC, 16 October 2018
 
Countries where smacking children is banned 'are safer to grow up in'

Countries where smacking children is banned 'are safer to grow up in'

Countries that ban the smacking of children appear to be safer for young people to grow up in, according to research revealing that fighting between youths – particularly females – is less common where corporal punishment has been outlawed. Experts...

Guardian, 16 October 2018
 
Virgin Media disrupted in London

Virgin Media disrupted in London

Virgin Media says it is investigating a problem which has left many customers in London without internet access and TV services. The company tweeted that the problem "might be fixed this evening", but said a separate "system issue"...

BBC, 15 October 2018
 
Nick Foster obituary

Nick Foster obituary

My father, Nick Foster, who has died aged 61 after suffering a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, was an agricultural engineer devoted to improving conditions for rural people in the developing world. He wanted to empower communities by encouraging...

Guardian, 15 October 2018
 
UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

Makers of smart home devices are to be encouraged to make their gadgets secure against hack attacks. The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can proof their creations against common attacks. It aims to...

BBC, 15 October 2018
 
Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats

Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats

Snapchat's augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced. Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog. Now, cat owners can use Snapchat's Lenses...

BBC, 15 October 2018
 
First Man: Ryan Gosling's abstract Apollo mission – discuss with spoilers

First Man: Ryan Gosling's abstract Apollo mission – discuss with spoilers

Damien Chazelle’s film about the iron-jawed, ice-water-in-the-veins pilot and astronaut Neil Armstrong is a rocket pointed directly at the distant planet known as Awards Season. It ought to do well there, as its thrilling set-pieces, strong...

Guardian, 15 October 2018
 
Wales' 5G advisory group criticised for being all men

Wales' 5G advisory group criticised for being all men

The appointment of an expert group to advise on superfast "fifth generation" (5G) mobile internet for Wales has encountered a Twitter backlash. The eight-strong group, set up by Innovation Point, attracted criticism about the fact they are...

BBC, 15 October 2018
 
Cannabis health products are everywhere – but do they live up to the hype?

Cannabis health products are everywhere – but do they live up to the hype?

This has been the year medical cannabis hit the mainstream. The government has announced that it is relaxing laws on when cannabis medicines can be prescribed by doctors, following high-profile cases such as that of Billy Caldwell, the 13-year-old boy...

Guardian, 15 October 2018
 

Starwatch: Mars and Saturn line up with the moon in the southern sky

Starwatch chart 15 Oct 2018 This week the waxing Moon glides between Saturn and Mars in the low southern sky. Mars is the brighter and redder of the two planets. The chart shows the sky at 20:00 BST on 16 October 2018 when the Moon is roughly halfway...

Guardian, 14 October 2018
 
Essays reveal Stephen Hawking predicted new race of 'superhumans'

Essays reveal Stephen Hawking predicted new race of 'superhumans'

The late physicist and author Prof Stephen Hawking has sparked controversy by suggesting a new race of superhumans could develop from wealthy people choosing to edit their own and their children’s DNA. Hawking, the author of A Brief History of Time,...

Guardian, 14 October 2018
 
The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

It is difficult to imagine life before our personal and professional worlds were so dominated and “switched on” via smartphones and the other devices that make us accessible and, crucially, so easily distractible and interruptible every second of the...

Guardian, 14 October 2018
 
Eco-pioneers in the 1970s: how aerospace workers tried to save their jobs – and the planet

Eco-pioneers in the 1970s: how aerospace workers tried to save their jobs – and the planet

It was 1974. A new Labour government had come to power on the promise of defence cuts. Swingeing job losses were soon to follow. Desperate workers at one Birmingham factory – Lucas Aerospace – fought to save their livelihoods, not by downing tools but...

Guardian, 14 October 2018
 
An online decency moderator's advice: Blur your eyes

An online decency moderator's advice: Blur your eyes

"When I left, I didn't shake anyone's hand for three years. I'd seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn't want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity." Roz Bowden is talking about her time as a content moderator at...

BBC, 14 October 2018
 
Mind games: a mental workout to help keep your brain sharp

Mind games: a mental workout to help keep your brain sharp

Sharon, a 46-year-old single mother of three teenagers, came to see me about her increasing forgetfulness. Working full-time and managing her household was becoming overwhelming for her, and she was misplacing lunchboxes, missing appointments and...

Guardian, 13 October 2018
 
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