Month: September 2017

In people with OCD, actions are at odds with beliefs

The repeated behaviors that characterize obsessive-compulsive disorder are a manifestation of an underlying brain dysfunction that is not yet well understood. Now, in a study appearing on September 28 in the journal Neuron, scientists in the UK report the use of a mathematical model that they say will help them get at the root of what causes OCD. They find that people with OCD develop an internal, accurate sense of how things work but do not use it to guide behavior. “This study shows that the actions of people with OCD often don’t take into account what they’ve already...

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Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers!

http://www.ted.com Despite multibillion-dollar investments in cybersecurity, one of its root problems has been largely ignored: who are the people who write malicious code? Underworld investigator Misha Glenny profiles several convicted coders from around the world and reaches a startling conclusion. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per...

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Nigerian Central Bank announces plan to issue Cryptocurrency

In a fundamental shift in its stance on cryptocurrencies, The Central Bank of Nigeria (CNB) announced at a cryptocurrency-focused conference in Lagos that it is looking at researching blockchain technology and even introducing its own digital currency. CNB’s deputy director and head of payments system policy and oversight, Musa Jimoh also indicated in his announcement that the bank is preparing a white paper on the subject, reported The Guardian, a Lagos-based, Nigerian-owned newspaper unaffiliated with the British publication of the same name. It was only January 2017 when CNB issued a notice to financial institutions – including banks –...

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Pattern Of Hacking Preceded Attendee Of Donald Trump’s Camp Russia Meeting | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Rachel Maddow describes some of the past work by Rinat Akhmetshin for his clients and notes that what seems to be a hallmark of his services happened to the DNC shortly after his participation in a meeting at Trump Tower with Trump campaign leaders. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Connect...

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There’s an Entirely New Way of Mapping the World

For centuries, people have relied on the same types of maps. Whether a map is interactive or hand-colored in a book, it offers latitude and longitude as the key indexes for getting from point A to point B. But designer and software engineer Peter Liu thinks he’s come up with an entirely new way to think about mapping. What if our maps were arranged by time, instead of space? [Image: Mapbox] “We still use a traditional map–a shrunken down version of the physical world–to approximate the time it takes to get somewhere,” Liu says. “I thought, we’re using distance as...

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