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Shuttle Atlantis Lands To End NASA’s 30 Year Shuttle Program

The space shuttle Atlantis landed for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday at 5:57 am Thursday morning while it was still dark, ending its final 12 day mission to the International Space Station, ISS. Atlantis will be retired to a museum along with the other space shuttles, and as NASA ,the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration, end this 30 year space shuttle program it will now focus on deep-space exploration. However, trips to the ISS which is manned at all times, will still be made, relying for now on the Russian Soyuz rockets, a different space craft design to the shuttles which had horizontal wings. The Soyuz rockets land vertically with the aid of parachutes, and will be used to take American astronauts to the … Read entire article »

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Atlantis Shuttle – Update Of Last Mission Of Shuttle’s 30 Year Space Program

The four astronauts at the International Space Station that traveled there on the shuttle Atlantis are scheduled to return to Earth on Thursday, after the last mission of the Shuttle Space program by the United States. On this mission the astronauts were kept busy fixing things, like a stuck storage locker which had air purifiers for the ISS, and on Saturday they got it fixed. They also managed to get one of the 5 computers aboard Atlantis back online, although it is not known why it failed on Thursday, cosmic radiation is suspected. It was the second computer failure in 5 days, with that failure being traced to a faulty switch which was replaced. All five computers are critical for the shuttle’s return to Earth later this week. The astronauts also set … Read entire article »

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Computers Are Changing Our Brains, Study Reports

A new study reported in the journal Science, published recently that the Internet and computers are changing our lives and altering our brains. The team of researchers was led by Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University who is a psychologist, and the study found that while our brains are still very capable of remembering things, we are less likely to remember the actual information, but more likely to remember where we can find the information. Sparrow says that we are tending to choose what we remember, and that is a direct result of what is available on Google Search or other search engines. People tend to remember those things which are not easily found online, because we know that the other information is easily found by searching the internet. In the past, people … Read entire article »

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Police In California Use Tiny Body Cameras To Record Incidents

Along with bulletproof vests, police departments in Oakland, California as well as many other police forces across the country are now adding a small video camera to their body for protection, or at least looking into the option. These are tiny cameras which are smaller than a smartphone, and is worn on the chest. It can be activated easily at the first sign of trouble, and record the events, providing excellent documentation as to what was said and done, thus protecting the police against false accusations. There is also a new cable reality television series, Police POV, which uses some of the footage from the police in Cincinnati, Chattanooga and also Fort Smith in Arkansas to show police work to the public. Anthony Parkinson a Police Officer in Fort Smith appears … Read entire article »

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Did You Know Google Releases Information To Governments?

When Google Inc. is requested by governments to provide information to them, it does so most of the time, and releases information every six months in efforts to provide greater transparency. So for example, law enforcement in India submitted over 1,600 requests for information to Google Inc during the second half of 2010, and Google complied partially or in full 79 per cent of the time. The United States puts in the most requests, 8,888 last year,  followed by Brazil with 4,239 and then India with 3,129, according to information which Google made available earlier this week. The United Kingdom requested user details 2,505 times last year, France 2,038 and Germany 1,436. The types of requests Google receives may be from law enforcement agencies to remove blogs or videos for various reasons, … Read entire article »

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LulzSec Hackers Quit After 50 Days

A group of hackers called LulzSec or Lulz Security announced on Saturday that they are quitting, a week after a teenager who was allegedly connected to them was arrested in the United Kingdom. The group was formed about two months ago and began to take the credit for hacking into various web sites, including PBS, Sony Pictures, and even the Brazilian government. Ryan Cleary who is 19 was arrested last week in England after investigations by Scotland Yard and the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) and charged with conspiring to carry out distributed denial of service attacks, DDoS, causing web sites to be flooded with traffic, so much that it crashes sites. LulzSec denied that he was connected with their group. In a statement LulzSec announced that “For the past 50 days … Read entire article »

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Brazil Government Sites Hacked In latest Cyber Attacks

Brazilian government sites seemed to be this weeks target for cyber attacks, with a Brazilian statistics site shut down on Friday by a denial of service attack. The dos (denial of service) attacks  disrupt access to a website, but does not necessarily compromise data from that site. This follows other attacks this week to the Tax Authority, the Sports Ministry and the Senate in Brazil, as well as to the presidential website which was shut down for over 4 hours earlier in the week. In a telephone interview, the presidential spokesman Murilo Gabrielli confirmed this saying that “Several sites, including that of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, suffered attacks, but no data was lost or stolen.” Brazil’s Federal Data Processing Service, or Serpro is investigating these cyber attacks, with an internal task force being … Read entire article »

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UK Police Arrest Teen Over Hacking Allegations

Police in the United Kingdom have arrested a teenage who is suspected of hacking into various companies’ web sites, including the Serious Organized Crime Agency, SOCA in the UK and the CIA, the Central Intelligence Agency. According to a private security agency, the 19 year old was arrested on Monday evening about 55 km north-east of London in Wickford, during a joint investigation between Scotland Yard and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI. It came after SOCA had to shut down its website because of a distributed denial of service attack, or DDoS on Monday. The hacker group LulzSec claimed they were responsible for this attack as well as those on the CIA website which is available to the public, and some of the Sony servers. Recently the IMF … Read entire article »

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Sega Pass Latest To Be Hacked

Reports from various sources are informing the public that Sega’s Sega Pass database has been breached, and that the system has been shut down since Thursday evening. Although email addresses and dates of birth if members was obtained, the password information was encrypted, and no payment information was leaked. This is the latest in a series of hacking operations which are causing havoc amongst many companies. Sony PlayStation Network was hacked earlier this year, and as a result was off line for almost 2 months while security was upgraded. However, it is not just entertainment sites which are being targeted. Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace and defense company which has interests worldwide, had problems too, as well as the IMF, the International Monetary Fund. In the meantime, Sega Pass is offline as … Read entire article »

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Robotic Gas Station Experiment To Leave On Final Shuttle

The last NASA space shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS) is slated to leave on its mission on 8 July, ending NASA’s 30 year space shuttle program, but with it, it will be taking the Robotic Refueling Mission experiment gear. The RRM is an experiment to discover what is needed for satellites to be able to refuel in space, The Atlantis STS-135 is a 12 day mission to the ISS, during which time a platform will be attached to the exterior of the space station, and then the robot Dextre which is remote-controlled will experiment with trying to refuel satellites that were never built to be refueled. In the past satellites have carried all the fuel they needed to get into orbit, but if these experiments go well, satellites that … Read entire article »

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Facebook – Number Of Members Still Growing Overall

As social media continues its popularity all over the world, the membership of Facebook continues to grow to over 685 million users world wide as of the beginning of June this year, but the growth is not in all countries. Although there are always fluctuations in membership numbers, there are various reports that the number of members in the United States and Canada is declining, and in the last month memberships in the United Kingdom, Norway and Russia each dropped in May by about 100,000. However, Brazil, Argentina and India all grew by more than 5 per cent in May, and in Brazil this meant the number of members increasing from about 17 million users to about 19 million. A statement sent by email from a Facebook spokesman addressed the issue of … Read entire article »

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IMF Hacked But Who By?

The International Monetary Fund is investigating a breach in security, which apparently has all the signs of being a sophisticated attack on the IMF which collects information on its 187 member nations and their financial systems, information which is very sensitive in nature. The concern is that data could be leaked and used to manipulate currencies as well as bonds around the world. Because of the nature of the attack, and the infiltration involved ahead of the actual attack, as well as the code which was written specifically for this cyber attack which was then uploaded onto one computer at the IMF, this has a lot of experts wondering just who is behind this. Nothing has been announced officially by the IMF, but in an internal memo which has been leaked to … Read entire article »

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Spain Arrest Three For Hacking Networks

The Spanish police announced on Friday that they have arrested three members of the group that call themselves Anonymous, accusing them of hacking into government and corporate web sites. A statement from the police said that the arrests were made in Barcelona, Valencia and Almeria, which came after analyzing more than 2 million chat registration lines and web pages which were used by the hacker group. Police are saying that the arrests are key members of Anonymous, but Barrett Brown who is an unofficial spokesman for Anonymous said “They captured a couple of regional people who were involved in Anonymous and got a server.” The server is reported to be the computer which was used in cyber attacks on government web sites which was seized by Spanish police at the home … Read entire article »

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Hackers Claim Sony Attacked – Again

Hackers are claiming they have breached Sony’s security systems and gained access to the personal information of their Sony Pictures customers. The group identifying themselves as LulzSec has said that it has obtained information about over one million users in this latest attack, but no one has come forward claiming responsibility for the April attack on Sony PlayStation Network and Qriocity which shut the network down for close to a month and apparently compromised the accounts of over 75 million users. LulzSec says that none of the data they obtained from Sony was encrypted. A subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Sony Pictures said on Thursday that they were aware of the claims made by LulzSec and were looking into them. On their web site LulzSec have listed some of the information … Read entire article »

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Endeavour Shuttle Returning To Earth Wednesday

NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour is returning to Earth for the last time after a successful 16 day mission to the International Space Station. The space shuttle left Earth on 16th May, and is due to land in Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the early hours on Wednesday 1st June. This was the shuttle’s final mission, before it is decommissioned and put on display to the public in California. On July 8th, the shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to be launched, and this will be the final mission to the International Space Station for the American Shuttle program, which is in its thirtieth and final year. During Endeavour’s 25th mission, named STS-134,the six astronauts on board were responsible for repairs to the ISS, as well as delivering a $2 billion astrophysics experiment … Read entire article »

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Last Walk In Space For Shuttle Astronauts

Gregory Chamitoff and Mike Fincke made history on Friday when they became the final two spacewalkers for NASA’s thirty year shuttle program, as they completed the construction of the International Space Station by adding an extension boom, a 50 foot robotic arm, during the fourth and final walk of Endeavour’s STS-134 mission. Chamitoff and Fincke also unloaded a spare arm for Dextre, which is the ISS’s Canadian-built robotic arm costing $200 million. Dextre is a 12 foot tall robot which has a 30 foot wingspan which is designed to undertake most of the maintenance jobs necessary outside of the space station. This reduces the number of dangerous spacewalks that the astronauts at the ISS must make. Friday’s walk completed the 164th spacewalk by astronauts of the shuttles, with the first one being … Read entire article »

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Google Introduces Google Wallet

On Thursday in New York, Google announced a new mobile payments system they are calling Google Wallet.This will allow its users to swipe their phones like they do their credit cards to pay for items. However, details are still coming out, and it seems like the Nexus S 4G Smartphone will be the first device used for this launch. To begin with only a few cities and companies will be involved. CitiMastercard will be supported by the Google Wallet, as will a Google Prepaid card, according to Google engineers Rob von Behren and Jonathan Wall writing on the Google blog. “From the outset, you’ll be able to tap your phone to pay wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted,” it says. At today’s press announcement, Google also introduced Google Offers, which is a daily … Read entire article »

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