Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it’s not symmetrical challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe.
But that's not as bad as it sounds, because the discovery could help scientists solve one of the biggest mysteries in theoretical physics - where is all the dark matter? - and could also explain why travelling backwards in time might actually be impossible.
Chip-maker Intel is reported to be considering the sale of its cybersecurity arm, Intel Security, previously called McAfee, which it had acquired in 2011 for $7.7bn(£5.75bn). The company is still searching for potential buyers and if the deal works out, it will be one of the biggest ever in the sector.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to be able to predict what form malware will morph to so it can plan how to block it when it becomes reality.
DHS has granted Charles River Analytics in Cambridge, Mass., $500,000 to develop the technology, known as Predictive Malware Defense (PMD).
Charles River will use machine learning and statistical models to predict attacks based on new malware as well as create defenses ahead of time. The models will look at features of families of malware and predict how they might evolve.
Biometrics in security can be anything from a simple fingerprint system enabling access to phones and laptops, through to complex systems such as retinal scanning and facial recognition.
Convergence means that biometrics can be used for physical or logical access to networks and systems; the same biometrics being potentially used for both systems. They can be combined with other technologies to create combinations, such as a smart card and fingerprint system.
Generating a string of random numbers is easy. The hard part is proving that they’re random. As Dilbert creator Scott Adams once pointed out, “that’s the problem with randomness: you can never be sure.”
While this might sound like the kind of brain-teasers algorithm geeks play around with over a beer on a Friday night, however, it’s not purely an academic problem. When it comes to security, our faith in encryption services relies on people knowing for certain that the long strings of seemingly random numbers generated can’t be decoded by potential adversaries.