After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans' Levees Are Sinking

An anonymous reader shares a report: The $14 billion network of levees and floodwalls that was built to protect greater New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was a seemingly invincible bulwark against flooding. But now, 11 months after the Army Corps of Engineers completed one of the largest public works projects in world history, the agency says… Read More »

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 9:00 am

Doctors Used HIV To Develop Cure For 'Bubble Boy' Disease

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: U.S. scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or "bubble boy" disease. The babies, born with little to no immune protection, now have fully functional immune systems. Untreated babies with this disorder have to live in… Read More »

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 8:00 am

BlackBerry Messenger To Shut Down In May

The consumer version of Blackberry Messenger is shutting down May 31. CNET reports: Emtek, the company BlackBerry partnered with in 2016 to run the consumer version of the messaging app, said in a blog post Thursday that the technology industry is "very fluid" and despite "substantial efforts," users have moved on to other platforms. "We poured… Read More »

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 5:00 am

TESS Discovers Its First Earth-Sized Planet

Iwastheone shares a report from MIT News: NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet. The planet, named HD 21749c, is the smallest world outside our solar system that TESS has identified yet. In a paper published today in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, an MIT-led team of… Read More »

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 2:00 am

Source Code of Iranian Cyber-Espionage Tools Leaked on Telegram

In an incident reminiscent of the Shadow Brokers leak that exposed the NSA's hacking tools, someone has now published similar hacking tools belonging to one of Iran's elite cyber-espionage units, known as APT34, Oilrig, or HelixKitten. From a report: The hacking tools are nowhere near as sophisticated as the NSA tools leaked in 2017, but they are… Read More »

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 12:30 am

Global Attention Span Is Narrowing and Trends Don't Last As Long, Study Reveals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: It's just as you suspected; the information age has changed the general attention span. A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the… Read More »

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 10:30 pm