Blackout threat to Britain from Russian cyber-attack

Yesterday, news broke that spy chiefs have warned the bosses of Britain’s key power companies to boost their security amid fears of a Russian cyber-attack that could put the lights out. In addition, last week the National Grid was put on alert by officials from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and given advice on how to improve its defences to prevent power cuts.

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Burning Planet, The Story of Fire Through Time


The author has provided a fascinating history of fire, its impact on the planet and its life forms. Fire is a greatly under estimated phenomena. It has an enormous impact on the environment and the development of everything that lives in that environment. Its impact is at least an equal to water, ice, plate tectonics, weather patterns and atmosphere – Highly Recommended.

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Cylance identifies use of compromised core routers in Russia’s targeting of Western energy companies

New research from Cylance identifies for the first time the use of a compromised core router as one of the tools wielded by the threat actor that has recently been accused by the United States government of acting in the interests of Russia to attack government agencies and organisations in the “energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.”

This is a discovery whose significance far outweighs its size, given that core router compromises are considerably harder to detect, analyse, patch, and remediate than compromises of PCs.

Okayama University research: Potential of 3D nanoenvironments for experimental cancer research

(Okayama, March 2018) Researchers at Okayama University employed a 3D nano-matrix to gain insights into how different cells types mimic the properties of cancer stem cells in this environment. Their results published in the journal PLOS One shows that a nano-environment promotes distinct patterns of cell aggregation and biological properties that are reminiscent of tumors.

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