Very few girls took computing A-level

Very few girls took computing A-level By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 17 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The problem begins at primary school, according to the BCS A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed in freshly-released A-level data – only 9.8% of those completing a computing…

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WIRED Awake August 17: Tech firms take action against neo-nazi content

Apple CEO Tim Cook Andrew Burton / Getty Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, companies including CloudFlare and Apple are taking action against white supremacist groups, conservationists are trying to reintroduce and protect the critically endangered European mink, Apple reportedly plans to spend $1 billion on original TV content in 2018 and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED…

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Robots can now heal themselves

Science Museum / Heritage Lottery Fund Roboticists have designed soft robots that can heal themselves. ADVERTISEMENT Cutting your hand or tearing a muscle are both injuries that heal over time for living organisms. But what if robots could heal too? New research published in the Science Robotics Journal suggests this may be the case in…

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From pussyhats to Pokémon: here’s the shortlist for 2017’s best designs

Avy Search and Rescue Drone This drone was specifically designed to help find refugee boats. Designers Paul Vastert, David Wielemaker, Christian McCabe and Patrique Zaman built it to be capable of flying long distances, detecting vessels, dropping life jackets, life buoys, food supplies, medication and communication equipment. Credit Avy Meet Graham: The only person designed…

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Silicon Valley’s getting tough on white extremists – it’s about time

Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images On Saturday, a car drove into anti-fascism protesters in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was killed and more than 30 people were left injured following the incident. During the weekend’s protests, white supremacists walked through the city’s streets, proudly performing Nazi salutes and shouting “Hail…

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Scottish Parliament targeted in ‘brute force’ cyber attack

Scottish Parliament targeted in ‘brute force’ cyber attack 15 August 2017 From the section Scotland politics Image caption MSPs have discussed cyber security on several occasions recently The Scottish Parliament has been targeted by a “brute force” cyber attack, officials have said. Chief executive Sir Paul Grice said the attack, from “external sources”, was similar…

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AI seeks fantasy football challengers

AI seeks fantasy football challengers By Mary-Ann Russon Technology Reporter, BBC News 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A UK university is challenging fantasy football fans to beat its AI at predicting Premier League results Computer scientists at University of Southampton are testing an artificially intelligent tool for…

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Refugee Open Ware, real-life Iron Man, Improbable join WIRED Live 2017

Leon Csernohlavek Placing targeted drugs in microbubbles, attempts to map human consciousness, and leveraging 3D printing in crisis-hit areas – just three areas of expertise of the eight newly confirmed speakers at November’s WIRED Live. ADVERTISEMENT Aimed at executives, innovators, strategists and entrepreneurs looking to keep up on technology driven business and design, WIRED Live…

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NHS ransomware ‘hero’ allowed back online ahead of US trial

Marcus Hutchins (right) attends court with his lawyers Marcia Homann and Brian Klein Getty Images / JOSHUA LOTT / Contributor MalwareTech, the UK security researcher who stopped the NHS-crippling WannaCry ransomware, has been allowed back online following his arrest for allegedly creating malware that targeted banks. ADVERTISEMENT Marcus Hutchins, 23, took to Twitter to thank…

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Intel chief resigns from Trump council

More executives resign from Trump council 15 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Image caption Intel chief Brian Krzanich said there should be “no hesitation in condemning hate speech” Two more chief executives have resigned from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council following Charlottesville. Intel’s Brian Krzanich and Under Armour head Kevin Plank…

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WIRED Awake August 15: British security researcher pleads not guilty on Kronos malware charges

iStock / sasar Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, British security researcher Marcus Hutchins is back online following a not guilty plea on malware charges, service providers are shutting down right-wing extremist sites and chat servers following a weekend of white supremacist rallies in the USA, DJI is developing a private ‘local data mode’ for its…

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Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger

Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger 14 August 2017 From the section China Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Some internet addiction “boot camps” employ military-style discipline in treating patients A Chinese teenager has died days after he was sent to an internet addiction treatment centre, reigniting criticism of these controversial institutions.…

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Snapchat registered with Russian regulator ‘unknowingly’

Snapchat registered with Russian regulator ‘unknowingly’ 11 August 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption Snapchat has been registered with a Russian regulator Snapchat’s parent company says the US messaging app has been registered with Russia’s technology regulator without its knowledge. Snap told the BBC that the Roskomnadzor agency had unilaterally put…

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To photograph the future of death, you’ve gotta feel dead

The alkaline hydrolysis Resomator at the University of California is the latest in crematory technology. The high-pressured chamber, pictured above, is more environmentally friendly than your average cremation, with potassium hydroxide being mixed with water and heated to 150°C, dissolving the body and avoiding CO2 emissions. This, is the future of death. For WIRED photographer…

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WIRED Awake 11 August: China investigates social media giants over national security risk

iStock / c8501089 Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, China’s biggest social media platforms are under investigation for allowing users to spread terrorism-related material, Google has cancelled an internal diversity meeting following online harassment of staff, Android creator Andy Rubin has shared production images of the delayed Essential smartphone and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent…

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