DnB Week In The News – Week of Feb 13 2018

Frequent use of self-deprecating humour has been linked to a better overall psychological wellbeing, a study has discovered. When you hear someone making fun of themselves, you would usually assume that they’re doing so to conceal their insecurities. However, a recent study has found that the opposite may be the case; that making yourself the butt of your jokes actually demonstrates greater levels of happiness and self-assurance.

· Express UK – The ‘Illuminati’ is REAL and secretly running our world claims former DEFENCE MINISTER

Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian Minister of Defense, is believed to be the highest-ranking former politician to come out as a believer of the popular conspiracy theory. As one of the world’s biggest conspiracy theories, the Illuminati is said to be a secretive global elite which runs governments from behind the scenes and is planning to introduce a New World Order (NWO).

· Fox – ‘Cloverfield’ crayfish created a new species of self-replicating female mutants

A global invasion is underway. A 10-legged mutant crayfish is on the march throughout the world. They’re all female. They don’t need males to fertilize their eggs. And they’re proving remarkably resilient and adaptive. Now they’re threatening the destruction of native freshwater species and the devastation of entire ecosystems.

· NBC – Vanessa Trump taken to hospital as precaution after white powder sent to her home

The suspicious letter that sent President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law to a Manhattan hospital was postmarked from Boston and appeared to contain corn starch, multiple senior law enforcement officials told NBC News. The letter was addressed to Vanessa Trump’s husband, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, officials said. Vanessa Trump and two other people were taken to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center strictly as a precaution.

· Chicago Tribune – WLS-Ch.7 blames graphics ‘mix-up’ for confusion between P.F. Chang’s and Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul in South Korea, and the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. P.F. Chang’s is an Asian-inspired chain restaurant with 210 U.S. locations, including ones in Chicago, Lombard, Northbrook, Orland Park and Schaumburg. This distinction, however, appears to have eluded WLS-Ch.7’s news team, which on Saturday morning accidentally broadcast a report about the political backdrop to the Winter Olympics, illustrated with the graphic, “P.F. Chang 2018.”

· Guardian – ‘Hurtful’ Harper Lee and Mark Twain dropped from Minnesota curriculum

A school district in Minnesota has pulled To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum, arguing that the classic novels’ use of racial slurs risked students being “humiliated or marginalised”. The Duluth school district will keep the titles in its libraries, but from the next school year, they will be replaced on the curriculum for ninth and 11th-grade English classes, according to local newspaper the Bemidji Pioneer.

· Tech Crunch – New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors

According an article out in the journal Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice.These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs that can cut off their blood supply, shriveling them up and killing them.

· Fox – 33 pounds of fentanyl – enough to wipe out Massachusetts – seized in Boston

Boston authorities said they seized more than 33 pounds of fentanyl—enough to kill millions of people—in connection with one of Massachusetts’ biggest drug busts ever. In announcing the results of a six-month wiretap probe called “Operation High Hopes,” prosecutors said the synthetic opioid was being sold on the street by a drug gang with links to Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa Cartel, the drug organization once led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Addictive substances that claim more lives in Massachusetts than all homicides, all suicides, and all car crashes, statewide, combined.”

· Telegraph – Lost wreckage of ‘British Roswell’ flying saucer discovered in Science Museum

Missing wreckage from a miniature ‘flying saucer’ which was hailed as the ‘British Roswell’ has been found in a tin box in London’s Science Museum. The lump of metal discovered on Silpho Moor near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, in 1957 was so strange that it was dubbed the ‘Silpho UFO’. The disc, which was 16 inches in diameter and weighed 22 lbs was inscribed with hieroglyphics, similar to the wreckage of the so-called spacecraft found at Roswell, New Mexico in June 1947.

The man is believed to have been poaching pride of lions when the big cats attacked. Screams were heard as he was being mauled to death at South African reserve. The lions devoured most of the poacher’s body but left his head untouched.

· Reuters – Olympic Games organizers confirm cyber-attack, won’t reveal source

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber-attack during Friday’s opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source

· MSN – NBC apologizes to Korean people after correspondent’s ‘ignorant, ‘insensitive’ comment

NBC Sports has apologized for an incendiary comment made during Friday’s Opening Ceremony led to widespread anger and tens of thousands of angry social media posts. NBC Asian correspondent Joshua Cooper Ramo said that “every Korean” respected Japan for their recent achievements as a nation, insinuating that South Korea had forgotten about the 35 brutal years of Japanese rule that ended after World War II.

· NBC – Tampa man says Apple AirPod earphone blew up

Colon, of Tampa, was listening to a dance mix at the LA Fitness on 4th Street in St. Petersburg when he noticed something strange. “I saw white smoke start billowing out,” he said. He left the AirPods on a piece of workout equipment and got help. When he returned, he was shocked. “It was already like this. It was already popped. I didn’t see it happen, but I mean, it was already fried!  You can see flame damage,” Colon said. He’s thankful he thought to remove the wireless AirPods when he sensed trouble.

· Daily Star – Human Jurassic Park? Cloning fears after boffins grow EGGS in lab

HUMAN eggs have been grown in a lab for the first time – but social media users aren’t all speaking out in support of the major scientific breakthrough. Scientists hope this is a huge development in improving fertility treatment for women. They removed egg cells from ovary tissue at their earliest stage of development and grew them to the point at which they were ready for fertilisation, according to the study published in Molecular Human Reproduction.

· Defense One – US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years. The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike exercise, which took place last July and August at Michigan’s Camp Grayling.

· BBC – Asteroid had’close’ 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Feb 10

An asteroid up to 40m in size and only discovered five days before it’s fly by, and skimmed past the Earth on Friday. Asteroid 2018 CB passed by at just less than one-fifth the distance between the Earth and the Moon. It was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Arizona, a Nasa-funded project to record potentially hazardous asteroids. However, while the pass is relatively close in astronomical terms, it’s nowhere near enough to be a threat.

· Gizmodo – NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Official Twitter Account to Communicate With Foreign Spies

According to the reports, an unnamed Russian met with US spies in person in Germany, and the NSA sometimes communicated with the Russian spy by sending roughly a dozen coded messages from the NSA’s Twitter account. The one important question: Were the messages sent via direct message or were they sent out as public tweets? The New York Times report leaves some ambiguity, but according to James Risen in The Intercept they were very public:

·  Gizmodo – Report: Equifax Lost Even More Information on Consumers Than It Told the Public

Confidential documents filed with the Senate Banking Committee suggest that Equifax could have lost considerably more personal information about over 145 million Americans to hackers than it’s publicly let on, CNN Money reported. While Equifax had disclosed that names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers might have been compromised, as well as some drivers’ license numbers, the documents reveal that the license state and date of issue of those licenses might have been exposed. According to the Wall Street Journal, additional information that Equifax may have lost includes tax identification numbers (which the Internal Revenue Service sometimes assigns in lieu of an SSN) and email addresses.

· Gizmodo – Boston Dynamics’ Unsettling Robodog Can Now Escape Through (Unlocked) Doors

The first time we saw Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robo-dog in action, it used its gripping arm to help load a dishwasher. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since

Today, AMD is launching two new APUs, or accelerated processing units, that are way cheaper than their Intel rivals but with performance that’s far better. APU, if you’re unfamiliar, is the AMD-coined term for a CPU with integrated graphics. APUs, and CPUs with integrated graphics, don’t need an additional graphics card (or GPU) in order to function, and right now that is a very big deal. Into the fierce market of video cards and GPUs enters AMD with a new CPU with an integrated graphics card so good you can leave the other GPUs to the crypto-miners. The price is great, with great performance in games. But there are still some compatibility issues with drivers.













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