Lampreys selectively manipulate their own genes

This is quite interesting: Lampreys selectively delete unused parts of their own genome during development. Most animals (like humans) silence unused parts of the genome by using expression markers to control which part of the genome is expressed, and carry the 'useless' DNA around. I wonder what mechanism the lamprey use to delete parts of… Read More »

Safe and fast – isolating data processing as an alternate approach to patching Meltdown and Spectre

When we talk about security, we usually think about processors as stand-alone units. But they aren't. And that means that while individual PCs still need to be patched, with targeted organizational changes, you might be able to keep processing power and speed for the more important data analysis servers – while keeping attackers out of… Read More »

When Monocropping takes its toll

There's only one species of banana sold commercially: The big Michel. This is because it's the only banana resistant to a certain plague that killed off all the other commercial species a while ago, and tasted similar enough to the other species that consumers would accept it. And since then, banana researchers have been saying… Read More »

Coming soon: Privacy-enabled open source mobile

The creator of Mandrake Linux is taking a bold step to go up against Google – by building am open-source Android operating system that isn't going to cough up all your data to Google. 'Do no evil.' Or so they once said, at Google. This definitely looks like an effort worth supporting, in these days… Read More »

Security bug: MacOS root access!

In case you missed the news… Originally shared by +Vlad Markov If you have a High Sierra Mac OS, make sure to fix this bug, steps to fix, if you have administrator privileges:macbook:user1$ sudo passwd rootPassword: <your user1 password>Changing password for root.New password: <new password for root>Retype new password: <new password for root> Major macOS… Read More »