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  • An artistic representation of the exoplanet K2-18b. (Alex Boersma/) If you could pack a hot air balloon onto an interstellar spaceship and travel 110 light years to a certain planet orbiting a dim star in the constellation Leo, you’d have an experience not entirely unlike ballooning on Earth. The temperature, pressure, and moist air could feel quite pleasant, though you’d need an oxygen mask—and possibly an umbrella. “It could happen that you get rained upon,” says Björn Benneke, an exoplanet researcher at the University of Montreal. Telescopes hunting for flickering, wobbling stars have located more than 4,000 potential exoplanets in recent decades, some of which orbit in the not-too-cold, not-too-hot zone around their host star where water would have a shot at staying liquid. Others have even been found to harbor actual molecules of H2O. The exoplanet K2-18b, however, is the first to check both boxes, according to two studies published this week. Unfortunately, a few other decidedly unearth-like characteristics make K2018b an improbable home for life as we know it. But the discovery represents an important step toward finding planets we might actually consider hospitable. “It’s the closest we have come to detecting some kind of environment similar to the Earth,” says Benneke, who leads one of the two teams studying the planet. Everything scientists know about this alien world comes from the way it interacts with its star. The Kepler mission first spotted the star’s dimming in 2015, and follow-up observations with the Spitzer space telescope confirmed presence of a planet twice as large as Earth in 2017. A different instrument then weighed the planet by measuring the star’s wobble, finding it to be about eight times heavier than Earth. Another three years of observations with the Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture eight more flickers of light,...
  • Just days after announcing its digital asset lending platform, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges Binance has announced the launch of another new platform, this time targeted at blockchain developers. In a blog post yesterday, Binance laid out the foundations its open-source development platform, dubbed ‘Binance X.’ It seems the exchange is seeing this as just another arrow in its quiver towards the target of global cryptocurrency mass adoption. “At Binance, our long-term mission is to provide infrastructure to enable the freedom of money,” the company said in the post. In essence, “X” is an attempt to tie together all the dev tools that the exchange currently offers. These include API access to the exchange and software development kits for its Trust Wallet app. “The long-term goal of Binance X is to foster a thriving developer ecosystem that innovates on products and services that would advance the crypto ecosystem and contribute to crypto adoption,” head of Binance X, Teck Chia, said to The Block. The new platform is structured around three key principles: learning, collaboration, and growth. The names are fairly self-explanatory, but here’re the details. Under the “Learn” section, the exchange will provide official and third-party resources to help devs get to grips with the Binance ecosystem and blockchain. The “Collaborate” section will provide tools and channels to help developers work together both on and offline. Presumably, this will include communication channels, forums, and events of some kind. The third section, “Grow,” will help developers take their products to the next level. There is also the Binance X fellowship program. As part of the fellowship, devs get a monthly stipend and receive project support and guidance from more seasoned Binance community members and contributors. It seems Binance knows it will need developers on its side if it’s going...
  • How we learned to start worrying about the bomb. (National Museum of the U.S. Navy/) The following is an excerpt adapted from End Times: A Brief Guide To The End Of The World by Bryan Walsh. If there’s an important post in America’s national defense establishment, chances are that William Perry has held it. He worked as a civilian expert in electronic intelligence in the 1960s, served as undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, and ended his career in government service as President Bill Clinton’s defense secretary from 1994 to 1997. He served on the University of California’s board of governors for the laboratory at Los Alamos—where the first nuclear bomb was developed—and is currently the head of the board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Even at 91 years old his voice still exudes authority, and his words demand attention in capitals around the world. What makes Perry special, however, is that he is one of the last living American statesmen who saw with his own eyes just how close we came to nuclear annihilation. And what he came to understand was that the real threat of nuclear war wasn’t from military competition, but from the way that simple misunderstandings and technical errors could spiral out into planetary catastrophe. It wasn’t the war in nuclear war that was so dangerous—it was the nuclear, the fact that thousands of megatons of explosive power kept on a hair trigger made any mistake irrevocable. In the fall of 1962 Perry was working as director of Sylvania’s Electronic Defense Laboratories, in the San Francisco Bay area. One day in October that year Perry received a call from a friend in the CIA asking him to fly into Washington for a consultation—immediately. That was how Perry got involved in what would become...
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  • Might just be a viable career option. (Epic Games/) Even if you had previously avoided the brightly-colored gaming juggernaut of Fortnite, this week likely changed that. Last weekend, a 16-year-old named Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million at the Fortnite World Cup by virtually murdering players from around the world in a tournament that started as an open event with tens of millions of participants. Since then we’ve been inundated with debates on whether or not it’s “legitimate” for kids to concentrate on playing a game as a career. The discussion has been truly mind-numbing, but almost impossible to resist. But while you were defending—or decrying—teens for wanting to drop everything and frag n00bz in virtual worlds, the tech news kept on flowing. Here’s a look at what you may have missed. Listen to a special episode of the Techathlon Podcast Techathlon isn’t quite officially back from summer break, but we recorded a short episode to help soak up hours of driving during your long rides to the beach. This installment of the Techathlon Decathlon pulls 10 trivia questions from the past few weeks. Play along! When you do well, tell your parents you want to go pro. Or, just talk smack on Twitter about it. You can listen in the player above, subscribe on iTunes, add us on Stitcher, join us on Anchor, or check us out on Spotify. Capital One got hacked It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all the companies suffering data breaches, but this week a major bank took the security spotlight. The issue affects more than 100 million people in the U.S. and includes roughly 140,000 social security numbers, which is bad news. Apple won’t let contractors listen to your conversations with Siri anymore A report from The Guardian claims that contractors working...
  • I grow seed libraries. (illustration by Rafael Alvarez/) Rebecca Newburn, Co-founder of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library in Richmond, California In 2010, a friend and I started the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library. It’s a lot like a regular library, but instead of books, we lend packets of seeds. You can check them out, plant them at home, and harvest new ones that you’re welcome to return to us for the next person to use. A century ago, just about every farmer in this country saved seeds from their crops to replant the following year. Now, most buy new ones each season from big agriculture companies, which engineer them to produce uniform, high-yield harvests. But breeding for consistency rather than biodiversity can make plants more susceptible to various diseases and pests. I found this out after taking a permaculture design class taught by Christopher Shein, who started one of the first of these libraries in the U.S. I was inspired, so I got a jump-start of donations from a small ­heirloom-seed company, and soon enough, people in the community started hearing about us and began donating their own. We had a 90-year-old man share little handmade pouches of seeds from Clarkia flowers he’d been growing for decades. Today we have well over 100 jars of seeds at any time, labeled and stored in cabinets including an old wooden card-­catalog drawer. Seed saving offers so many gifts: nourishment, flavor, biodiversity, and climate resiliency. It also connects people, and gives us a connection to the past. Over the years in our country, we’ve lost much of the knowledge on how to keep seeds. We hope to bring it back. As told to Sarah Whitman This article was originally published in the Summer 2019 Make It Last issue of Popular Science. 10 minutes...
  • TLDR: Cutting-edge tech makes this smart pepper spray a nightmare for any would-be assailant. Your phone, your home and your appliances have been getting smart for years, so it’s probably about time for your personal defense to get an upgrade too, right?  While the idea of smart pepper spray may immediately sound like one of those silly Saturday Night Live parody commercials, Plegium Smart Pepper Spray is actually very real — and it’s kinda brilliant. Right now, it’s $10 off the regular price, just $39 from TNW Deals. Plegium Smart Pepper Spray looks like a normal hand-held pepper spray can, compact and, at half an ounce, lightweight enough to fit effortlessly into a bag. When faced with an attacker, it has a spray distance of over 10 feet and can fire up to 10 bursts at multiple targets, comparable with other personal protection pepper spray items. When the pepper spray is triggered, the device springs into action, sounding a 130 dB siren hitting frequencies where the human ear is most sensitive to alert everyone in earshot to your predicament. Meanwhile, three strobe LED lights fire as well, flashing up to 19 times per second to help blind or disorient your attacker.  And once you fire a burst is when the truly smart part kicks in. The Bluetooth-enabled device is linked to the free Plegium app on your phone, which automatically texts an alert including your current location to up to five of your chosen emergency contacts. At the same time, the app will also call your contacts directly, warning them that you are in danger. The unit comes with a battery capable of running for four years without charging, so you can just carry the Plegium and forget it until needed. It comes in basic black or a jaunty light...
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  • European businesses are the worst in the world at encrypting data, despite the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to experts. Research by Thales and IDC released in May found that just 27% of European organisations used encryption for email. For other forms of encryption, such as data at rest on PCs, big data environments and internet of things (IoT) applications, encryption rates are even lower. The only instance where encryption is higher in Europe than the rest of the world is in cloud native provider encryption. The survey findings come a year after all EU organisations introduced GDPR, which includes swingeing fines for data breaches – which could easily be mitigated if all affected data was encrypted. While the research found that businesses had cleared the initial hurdle of GDPR compliance, using extra budget to stack their security inventory, the processes developed have been on a manual basis, with plenty of scope for improvement. “In other words, data security and GDPR compliance are yet to become operationalised into business-as-usual,” reads the report. Speaking at a roundtable event in London, Jason Hart, cyber security evangelist at Thales, said that compliance with GDPR alone will not solve the data security issues European businesses have, and that actually reducing security risks is what helps with compliance. “If you look at every major breach that’s occurred, they say ‘oh, we had encryption’, but you didn’t implement it correctly because the actual key to unlock the encryption was in the same database,” he said. Lack of understanding Hart added that, while GDPR has brought out a lot more interest in encryption, organisations still lack an understanding of what data they are supposed to be protecting, something that has not changed for 25 years: “We drive everything from a technical point of...