DNA of unknown extinct human ancestor species found

Traces of long-lost human cousins may be hiding in modern people’s DNA, a new computer analysis suggests.

People from Melanesia, a region in the South Pacific encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry genetic evidence of a previously unknown extinct hominid species….

That species is probably not Neanderthal or Denisovan, but a different, related hominid group, said [Ryan] Bohlender, a statistical geneticist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. “We’re missing a population or we’re misunderstanding something about the relationships,” he said.

'Wow!' Again? SETI Mystery Signal Could Long Puzzle Astronomers

recently detected SETI signal could end up being this generation's versionof the famous "Wow!" signal of 1977: an intriguing mystery that keeps astronomers guessing for decades.

In May 2015, a team of researchers using a Russian radio telescope spotted a strong radio signal coming from the vicinity of the sunlike star HD 164595, which lies 94 light-years away from Earth.

The signal is consistent with something an alien civilization might send out, astronomers have said. But that's just one scenario, and not the most likely one, researchers cautioned; the signal may also have resulted from a natural celestial event or terrestrial interference of some sort.

Cellebrite cagily claims it can hack into just about any phone including iPhone 7 and Nougat handsets

Israeli security firm Cellebrite -- the company said to have helped the FBI access the San Bernadino iPhone -- says that it has the power to break into, and extract data from, just about any phone out there. Speaking with the BBC, the company demonstrated how it can crack the password on a smartphone to access its data.

It said that it was able to extract data from the very latest handsets including Android 7 devices and the iPhone 7. Cellebrite says it works with law enforcement agencies around the world too, and stopped short of saying it refused to work with oppressive regimes. The interview raises some interesting questions.

 

Clearly Cellebrite doesn’t reveal just how it is able to break into smartphones, but a worker for the company can be seen plugging the target handset into tablet-like device, to which is connected a USB drive. The tablet is shown to be running a tool called Cellebrite UFED Touch 2 (version 5.3.0.731, if you're interested) although it does appear to be only a demonstration version. Moments later, with just a few taps, the lock screen password for the connected Samsung Galaxy S5 is cracked, and access to the phone's data is achieved

Internet Privacy In The Age Of WikiLeaks

Newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post are today trumpeting with front-page headlines the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to crack down on Internet Service Providers all in the name of online consumer “privacy.” It is good to be in favor of Internet consumer privacy. It is better to do something about it.

We Americans live in a blissful world where we are led to believe that our Internet communications are private and secure. And the FCC is there to ensure that privacy.

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