Hurricanes are Becoming More Dangerous

A growing body of research is showing that hurricanes are becoming more dangerous. A recent analysis by noted climate scientists, though not a peer-reviewed study, suggested that even as the winds that move hurricanes along are getting weaker, the winds inside hurricanes are …

LANL’s New explosive could render toxic TNT obsolete

  David Szondy –  Explosives chemist David Chávez pours an example of melt-castable explosive into a copper mold at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 9 (Credit: LANL)   It looks as if the days of the venerable explosive trinitrotoluene (TNT) are numbered …

Entanglement “on demand” sets the stage for quantum internet

  Michael Irving – Researchers at TU Delft have developed a new technique for generating quantum entanglement links on demand, opening the door for practical quantum networks (Credit: Cheyenne Hensgens)With more sensitive data than ever being shared – and stolen – online, more secure …

FTC Action Halts MOBE, a Massive Internet Business Coaching Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission has charged three individuals and nine businesses with bilking more than $125 million from thousands of consumers with a fraudulent business education program called MOBE (“My Online Business Education”). A federal court halted the scheme and froze the defendants’ …

Massive Earth-buzzing asteroid found to have two moons

  Michael Irving – The 4.5-km (2.8-mi) wide asteroid Florence, which whizzed past Earth last week, has been found to have two moons orbiting it (Credit: NASA/JPL) Recently, Earth was buzzed by asteroid 3122 Florence, the largest space rock NASA has seen come this …

A tobacco-derived insect repellent – for crops

  Ben Coxworth –  If aphids have the choice between wheat seedlings with (right) and without CBT-ol treatment (left), they avoid the treated seedlings (Credit: W. Mischko / TUM) Although it’s associated with nasty cigarettes, the tobacco plant is also a potential source …

Protecting your devices from cryptojacking

Protecting your devices from cryptojacking By Jason Adler – Assistant Director, Midwest Region – Instead of min(d)ing their own business, are scammers using your computer as their virtual ATM? Three years ago, the FTC warned the public and took action against cryptojacking. That’s …

Kitty Hawk demos its production-ready solo sport Flyer

  Loz Blain – With pontoon-shaped landing skids, the Flyer is clearly designed to be flown over water (Credit: Kitty Hawk). Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk startup has been beavering away on several different personal flight projects, including a self-piloting, electric VTOL air taxi that …

Psychedelic Medicine 101: Psilocybin and the magic of mushrooms

  Rich Haridy – Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is undergoing a renaissance in medical research (Credit: kooikkari Flickr CC BY SA 2.0) . For decades certain drugs, initially used solely by doctors and researchers, have been ostracized from the world of legitimate …