FBI Takes Control of APT28′s VPNFilter Botnet

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has obtained court orders and has taken control of the command and control servers of a massive botnet of over 500,000 devices, known as the VPNFilter botnet. [...] Read more here

10 Things You Should Know About Rachel Carson

In 1963, a 60-minute documentary aired on the program “CBS Reports.” In it, a serene, highly articulate middle-aged woman sat in her den calmly proposing that it might not be such a good idea to...

Vevo To Shut Down Site, Giving In To YouTube Empire

Vevo, the video-hosting service founded in 2009 as a joint venture between the big three record companies, is shutting down. The company announced in a blog post Thursday that it is shuttering its mobile apps and website, and that "going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities." Vevo is almost entirely succumbing to YouTube. Rolling Stone reports: The major record labels set up Vevo -- an abbreviation for "video evolution" -- in 2009 as a designated streaming service for music videos that would ideally bring in greater revenue from more high-end advertisers. Via a distribution deal with YouTube, it received a cut of revenue from putting its music videos on the Google-owned site. But YouTube's might has grown: The video-streaming service recently took Vevo's branding off its music videos, while also securing permission under a new...

How South Africa’s ‘Cradle of Humankind’ got the title

Cradle of Humankind

To find fossils from humanity’s origins, these scientists must first lower themselves down a 40-foot-long cave chute.

To find fossils from humanity’s origins, these scientists must first lower themselves down a 40-foot-long chute. “It’s not a normal commute,” says paleoanthropologist…
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Homeopathic Prevention and Management of Epidemic Diseases

Remember when an international delegation of homeopaths travelled to Liberia to cure Ebola? Virologists and other experts thought at the time that this was pure madness. But, from the perspective of dedicated homeopaths who have gone...

Sweet Potatoes May Have Originated in Asia

57-milion-year-old leaf fossils from eastern India suggest that the worldwide-distributed morning glory family (Convolvulaceae), which includes sweet potatoes and many other plants, originated in the late Paleocene epoch in the East Gondwana land mass that...

Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science

Philosophy of science has contributed to these debates about the nature of scientific success and progress, and as a result we have a more nuanced and historically sensitive view today. But also the reverse is true:...

When the dinosaurs died, so did forests — and tree-dwelling birds

Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. But dinosaurs weren't the only ones that got hit hard -- in a new study, scientists learned that the planet's forests were decimated, leading to the extinction of tree-dwelling birds.
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Reconstructing Zika’s spread

The urgent threat from Zika virus, which dominated headlines in early 2016, has passed. But research into how Zika and other mosquito-borne infections spread and cause epidemics is still very active. Researchers now report new details of how Zika emerged from Brazil and spread throughout Mexico and Central America, with evidence that some locations had more than one outbreak.
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