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Scientists Discover Unlikely Source Of Electricity

"The impact of this discovery in the field of biological piezoelectricity will be huge ..."By Tracy Mastaler
on October 6, 2017 at 8:35amScientists have discovered a way to produce electricity from human tears and saliva, which could — if harvested effectively — become a new fuel for implanted medical devices.The finding came when researchers in Ireland from the University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute applied pressure to lysozyme, a protein found in both tears and saliva.The team’s groundbreaking report was published in the October 2, 2017, issue of the scientific journal Applied Physics Letters.Researchers made the discovery after applying pressure to a film of lysozyme crystals squeezed between two glass slides.The team was able to detect and measure the production of piezoelectricity, a form of energy in which an electric charge accumulates in response to pressure.Although piezoelectricity has been known and understood for years, the process has been applied to materials…

An Introduction to JSX

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For a high-quality, in-depth introduction to React, you can’t go past Canadian full-stack developer Wes Bos. Try his course here, and use the code SITEPOINT to get 25% off and to help support SitePoint.When React was first introduced, one of the features that caught most people’s attention (and drew the most criticism) was JSX. If you’re learning React, or have ever seen any code examples, you probably did a double-take at the syntax. What is this strange amalgamation of HTML and JavaScript? Is this even real code?Let’s take a look at what JSX actually is, how it works, and why the heck we’d want to be mixing HTML and JS in the first place!What is JSX?Defined by the React Docs as an “extension to JavaScript” or “syntax sugar for callingReact.createElement(component, props, ...children))”, JSX is what makes writing your React Components easy.JSX is considered a domain-specific language (DSL), which can look very similar to a template language, such as Mustache, Thymeleaf, Razor, Twig, …

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence & Ransomware on Agenda for RSA® Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RSA® Conference (http://www.rsaconference.com/), the world’s leading information security conference and exposition, has today announced the agenda for this year’s event, which includes a dynamic offering of thought-provoking keynotes and engaging sessions. The conference will be held from November 7-8, 2017 at Emirates Palace Hotel, with the support of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).In its third year, the conference offers a platform that encourages discussion and debate around the industry’s most pressing challenges. Conceptualized with the “Power of Opportunity” in mind, it will feature five tracks and nine keynote sessions that will cover a range of topics, curated to engage attendees. The tracks this year are Cybercrime & Threats and Security, Security Strategy, Infrastructure and Operations with sponsored sessions on trends including Blockchain, AI, Cloud, IoT & Ransomware.H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, …

CenturyLink wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy Level 3 telecoms

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WASHINGTON • Telecommunications provider CenturyLink Inc. has won U.S. antitrust approval for its purchase of Level 3 Communications Inc. on condition that it sell certain assets, according to a court filing dated on Monday.CenturyLink agreed to buy Level 3 last year in a deal valued at about $24 billion. It is seeking to expand its reach in the business communications market and compete with rivals such as AT&T and Verizon.Louisiana-based CenturyLink provides broadband and landline phone services, mainly in rural areas, as well as backhaul, considered the backbone of the internet.The deal was approved on condition that the companies sell Level 3's telecommunications networks in Albuquerque, Boise, and Tucson. It must also offer long-term leases called indefeasible rights of use for unused fiber optic cable, also called dark fiber, along 30 intercity routes.The deal, which the companies expected to close in mid- to late-October, is awaiting approval by the Federal Communicatio…

Researchers Connect Human Brain To Internet For The First Time In History

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"Brainternet" was created by two fourth year students at a university in Johannesburg, South Africa.Source: PixabayFor the first time in history, researchers have connected the human brain to the internet. The invention links a small Raspberry Pi computer to a headset with 14 nodes that correspond to different parts of the brain. Each brain wave can be monitored on a screen. In the future, this technology could be used to transfer information back and forth between mind and computer.“Brainternet” came about as the fourth year project of biomedical students Jemma-Faye Chait and Danielle Winter from the Wits School of Electrical and Information Engineering in Johannesburg, South Africa. The students were supervised by Wits professor Adam Pantanowitz.According to Pantanowitz, the technology is much less scary than it sounds. “Brainternet is a new frontier in brain-computer interface systems. There is a lack of easily understood data about how a human brain works and processes i…

India poised to enter the new 5G era

TELECOM subscribers in India, a hassled lot for decades, are expecting much better services in the future. There was a ray of hope last week of a possible and significant improvement in telephone services over the next three to four years.The Indian government set up ‘a high-level forum’ comprising bureaucrats and telecom experts, to elevate the country into the 5G era in just three years.“We have created a high-level 5G forum that will work on the vision, mission and goals of 5G service in the country,” declared Manoj Sinha, the telecoms minister. “When the world will roll out 5G in 2020, I believe India will be at par with it.”The proposed 5G India 2020 Forum — with access to a Rs5 billion support fund — would be headed by Aruna Sundarajan, the telecom secretary, and also include Ajay Kumar Sawhney, the IT secretary, and Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, department of science and technology, and some experts.Sinha admits that India missed the opportunity in steering itself into 3G and 4G …

Google's new Gmail security: If you're a high-value target, you'll use physical keys

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The Advanced Protection Program will use Google's USB Security key in place of two-step verification.Google will soon be offering an Advanced Protection Program to lock down the Gmail accounts of high-value targets.According to Bloomberg, the new Gmail service will block third-party apps from accessing user data and introduces a replacement for two-factor authentication based on Google's USB Security Key.Google will begin offering the Advanced Protection Program next month, which will be marketed to "corporate executives, politicians and others with heightened security concerns".The service appears to be aimed at raising defenses against sophisticated phishing attacks of the type that led to the Gmail hack of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman, John Podesta, and the breach of the Democratic National Convention's (DNC) databases.Bloomberg notes that the service builds on USB Security Key, for which Google introduced software in 2014. Security Key is a ph…