Artificial Skin Grafts May Prevent Diabetes in Humans

Genetic engineering has been able to produce unusual solutions to serious physiological problems, but a lot is still in the testing phase. The novelty now, which has been developed by researchers at the University of Chicago, may be the solution to the problems of diabetes in a relatively straightforward way: using artificial skin grafts with the altered DNA structure.

To prove if this is indeed possible, the scientists performed tests on laboratory mice. First, the animals had their stem cells altered as infants so that it was feasible to control the levels of insulin produced by their pancreas. Then they were subjected to different diets, from greasier to healthier.

Less appetite, more health

In the cases of rats that ate more damagingly (considering that obesity

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Genetic engineering has been able to produce unusual solutions to serious physiological problems, but a lot is still in the testing phase. The novelty now, which has been developed by researchers at the University of Chicago, may be the solution to the problems of diabetes in a relatively straightforward way: using artificial skin grafts with the altered DNA structure.

To prove if this is indeed possible, the scientists performed tests on laboratory mice. First, the animals had their stem cells altered as infants so that it was feasible to control the levels of insulin produced by their pancreas. Then they were subjected to different diets, from greasier to healthier.

Less appetite, more health

In the cases of rats that ate more damagingly (considering that obesity is one of the major causes of type 2 diabetes), modified skin grafts prevented them from developing the disease.

The method uses a gene that encodes the hormone called glucagon-like peptide 1, or GLP-1. It is responsible for decreased appetite and for regulating the level of blood sugars.

Still far from being a definitive solution to diabetes, the method shows that the use of genetically modified skin grafts can help to develop cures for health problems in a more lasting way and with fewer side effects.

Bill Gates Donates $4.6 Billion in Shares He Held at Microsoft

The billionaire and American philanthropist, Bill Gates, has just made a donation estimated at 4.6 billion USD to a recipient who for now remains unknown. This is the most significant donation made by the American businessman since the beginning of this century.

Bill Gates donated 64 million shares to the publisher of Windows, the IT company he founded with Paul Allen in the mid-1970s. The total value of these shares was estimated at $4.6 billion on June 6. It was Bloomberg who disclosed this information based on a document published Monday by the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the US stock exchange policeman.

Although there is no information available to identify the beneficiary of this donation, for the time being, there is a consensus that there is a good chance that this gift will be for the Bill Foundation & Meli

The billionaire and American philanthropist, Bill Gates, has just made a donation estimated at 4.6 billion USD to a recipient who for now remains unknown. This is the most significant donation made by the American businessman since the beginning of this century.

Bill Gates donated 64 million shares to the publisher of Windows, the IT company he founded with Paul Allen in the mid-1970s. The total value of these shares was estimated at $4.6 billion on June 6. It was Bloomberg who disclosed this information based on a document published Monday by the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the US stock exchange policeman.

Although there is no information available to identify the beneficiary of this donation, for the time being, there is a consensus that there is a good chance that this gift will be for the Bill Foundation & Melinda Gates. As a reminder, this is the foundation he launched with his wife Melinda 17 years ago. Indeed, Mr. Gates made the majority of his donations to the charity that he and his wife set up and use to support the causes they defend.

Twenty-one years ago, the 61-year-old American billionaire still held 24 percent of Microsoft’s shares. Today, he owns only 1.3 percent of the technology company he created.

This is not the first action of the kind of the businessman since Bill Gates had donated $16 billion to charities in the form of shares he held at Microsoft. The year after, in 2000, he offered $5.1 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the time of its creation.

According to a study by the Gates Foundation based on the value of shares and liquidity offered since 1994 by Bill and Melinda Gates, it appears that they have already spent about $35 billion to support charities. With US investor and billionaire Warren Buffett, Gates founded the charity Giving Pledge in 2010, an organization that currently has more than 168 donors. The following figure shows the three largest US donors since the beginning of 2017. In 2000, it offered $ 5.1 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the time of its creation.

Despite the fact that he has “separated” as much money (about 5% of his fortune), Bill Gates still has a colossal fortune which is now estimated at 86.1 billion USD. In addition, he is still ranked as the richest man on the planet.

In July, Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon, had temporarily managed to dethrone Microsoft co-founder in this ranking becoming the richest man in the world. However, he managed to occupy this position only for a few hours before giving it back to Gates.

Today, the person who holds most of the shares of Microsoft is Steve Ballmer, the former boss of the company, who left his place at Satya Nadella in 2014. So far Microsoft and Bill Gates still has not commented on the announcement.

EV Ransomware, A Growing Threat to WordPress Sites

Wordfence, the team in charge of the security of the WordPress sites, has just issued a security alert. It reports that a ransomware nicknamed EV (by the Wordfence team) is targeting more and more WordPress sites. The second version (whose source code has been published on GitHub since July 2016) is used by attackers to try to attack WordPress sites since last month.

A review of the source code reveals that the attack begins with a hostage taking of the .htaccess file (as the source code below shows) automatically created by WordPress when installing a site. Since the .htaccess file is renamed, the site is virtually muzzled, since the server is orphaned from its configuration file.

The ransomware has a path function of the directories of the site tree and encryption of the files within them. The files are encrypted using the

Wordfence, the team in charge of the security of the WordPress sites, has just issued a security alert. It reports that a ransomware nicknamed EV (by the Wordfence team) is targeting more and more WordPress sites. The second version (whose source code has been published on GitHub since July 2016) is used by attackers to try to attack WordPress sites since last month.

A review of the source code reveals that the attack begins with a hostage taking of the .htaccess file (as the source code below shows) automatically created by WordPress when installing a site. Since the .htaccess file is renamed, the site is virtually muzzled, since the server is orphaned from its configuration file.

The ransomware has a path function of the directories of the site tree and encryption of the files within them. The files are encrypted using the Rijndael 128 algorithm via a call to the shcEnCry function. For each of the directories traversed, the attacker receives (via a call to the report function below) the encryption key used by email via an address to be configured in advance.

Once the file encryption process has been completed, the victim is entitled to the standard ransom request screen via which it can enter an encryption key supplied by the attackers in the event of payment of the ransom. The Wordfence team, however, advises potential victims not to pay.

The ransomware documented here is incomplete because the function dedicated to the decryption of files does not play its role, said the team Wordfence which adds that if you are affected by it Do not pay the ransom since it is unlikely that the attackers are actually able to decipher your files.

Even if they provide you with a key, you’ll need an experienced PHP developer to help you repair their code in order to take advantage of the key and decrypt the files, added the Wordfence team.

The misfortune of the potential victims seems to make the business of the management team of WordPress since the only solution proposed by the latter is to acquire the firewall Wordfence available only to the premium users.

SpaceX by Elon Musk Prepares to Send HPE Supercomputer to Space

On Monday, August 14, 2017, SpaceX of Elon Musk sends its space cargo spaceship Dragon into space with a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) supercomputer on board. This supercomputer, called Spaceborne Computer, is part of a year-long experiment by HPE and NASA to run a high performing commercial computer system in space, which has never been done before.

The goal is that the system works perfectly in the challenging conditions of space for a year – roughly the time it will take to get to Mars.

Many of the calculations required for space research projects are still being carried out on Earth because of limited space – based computer capabilities, which creates a challenge when transmitting data to the Earth, Space, and space.

Although

On Monday, August 14, 2017, SpaceX of Elon Musk sends its space cargo spaceship Dragon into space with a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) supercomputer on board. This supercomputer, called Spaceborne Computer, is part of a year-long experiment by HPE and NASA to run a high performing commercial computer system in space, which has never been done before.

The goal is that the system works perfectly in the challenging conditions of space for a year – roughly the time it will take to get to Mars.

Many of the calculations required for space research projects are still being carried out on Earth because of limited space – based computer capabilities, which creates a challenge when transmitting data to the Earth, Space, and space.

Although this approach works for space exploration on the Moon or Low Earth Orbit where astronauts can be in near real-time communication with the Earth once they move farther and closer Of Mars, they will experience greater latencies of communication.

It may take up to 20 minutes for communications to reach Earth, then another 20 minutes for answers to arrive at the astronauts. Such a communication delay would make exploration in the field difficult and potentially dangerous if astronauts are faced with mission critical scenarios that they are not able to solve themselves.

Successful space exploration, Low earth orbit will only be possible after developing sophisticated onboard computer resources that will be able to extend the availability periods. For this to happen, the viability of space technology must be improved to ensure the survival of astronauts. By sending a supercomputer into space, HPE takes the first step in this direction.

As a general rule, for NASA to validate the sending of computers into space, systems must be “sturdy” or “hardened” to withstand the unique conditions of space. Indeed, radiation, solar flares, subatomic particles, micrometeorites, unstable electricity supply and irregular cooling are all factors that make the operation tricky.

This physical hardening takes time, money and adds weight. HPE took a different approach, and the system was “hardened” with software. It has also passed at least 146 safety tests and certifications in order to be approved by NASA to go into space.

Smart Software Learns to Run And Play Football

The idea of a dystopia in which intelligent machines learn human tasks and resolve to put an end to our existence, so common in literature and science fiction cinema, seems to be only a matter of time.

More proof of this comes from DeepLoco, a computer program created at the University of British Columbia in the United States, which has learned a number of activities by itself.

The intelligent software uses machine learning and was created just to develop skills on its own. In this way, it discovered how to walk and run in the open or between obstacles, just as it learned to play football – or at least carries it with the feet. The video below shows some of the capabilities of DeepLoco.

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The idea of a dystopia in which intelligent machines learn human tasks and resolve to put an end to our existence, so common in literature and science fiction cinema, seems to be only a matter of time.

More proof of this comes from DeepLoco, a computer program created at the University of British Columbia in the United States, which has learned a number of activities by itself.

The intelligent software uses machine learning and was created just to develop skills on its own. In this way, it discovered how to walk and run in the open or between obstacles, just as it learned to play football – or at least carries it with the feet. The video below shows some of the capabilities of DeepLoco.

In the future, DeepLoco can make a very impressive contribution to the development of games in the future. If the evolving characters of Mordor Shadows are already attractive, imagine characters not controlled by the player with the ability to learn new skills as the game unfolds?

Elon Musk Will Create His Own Hyperloop

Elon Musk gave the idea of Hyperloop a few years ago, but chose, for some reason, decided not to get involved in the direct development of transportation – instead, two startups stood out: Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT). Now, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX decided to play the game.

According to Bloomberg, a statement issued by the Boring Company of Musk stated that the intention is “to accelerate the development of this technology as soon as

Elon Musk gave the idea of Hyperloop a few years ago, but chose, for some reason, decided not to get involved in the direct development of transportation – instead, two startups stood out: Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT). Now, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX decided to play the game.

According to Bloomberg, a statement issued by the Boring Company of Musk stated that the intention is “to accelerate the development of this technology as soon as possible”. The document also says that Elon will continue to support those who want to develop a Hyperloop, but that these companies need to be “reliable” or lose the license to use the name – which is currently owned by SpaceX.

The announcement was made after the executive announced that he had tacitly negotiated with the US government on the construction of a stretch for Hyperloop between New York and Washington to be made by the Boring Company, but nothing more concrete was disclosed.

The motivation for changing the idea is also striking: it is well known that Musk is extremely focused on execution and perhaps the pace of development of current startups is not in line with his expectations.

Singapore Wants to Register Hackers in New Law

Singapore is one of the most advanced and important countries for information security. However, a likely new local law is dividing opinions: any ethical hacker who wants to operate in the country will have to take a license.

Ethical hacking is the term used for the individual who modifies the internal aspects of devices, programs and computer networks for the “common good” without taking any kind of advantage.

The law is not yet implemented, however, if any hacker is caught – or if any individual wants to help some company via penetration tests, for example – acting without the license, will have to pay $114 Thousand and face up to two years in prison.

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Singapore is one of the most advanced and important countries for information security. However, a likely new local law is dividing opinions: any ethical hacker who wants to operate in the country will have to take a license.

Ethical hacking is the term used for the individual who modifies the internal aspects of devices, programs and computer networks for the “common good” without taking any kind of advantage.

The law is not yet implemented, however, if any hacker is caught – or if any individual wants to help some company via penetration tests, for example – acting without the license, will have to pay $114 Thousand and face up to two years in prison.

As noted by Joon Ian Wong of Quartz, the law is likely to be sanctioned. This is because it “is in line with the reputation of extreme order” present in Singapore – Wong lived in the country for a while.

The other side

The law is a real danger even for the local telecommunications market. Usually, teens and youngsters start hacking out of curiosity. They track videos on YouTube, read forum tutorials, chat online, and virtually conduct their studies on the internet. Most of them test the tools as a way of learning. With the law, they can be arrested.

In addition to the arrest of young hackers entering the world, the law preventing young people from testing tools ultimately inhibits their willingness to act in this segment. With that, many young people who wish to work professionally in the areas of technology and telecommunications will be discouraged.

Going further: the law could lead to better hackers. More applications and tools that hide IPs and identities can be developed. If the license is paid, ethical hackers without pocket money will start working off the government radar – and there are VPNs, Tors, encryption and various technologies to shut down the authorities.