Researchers have been studying the Tibetan people to help determine what exactly allows them to thrive at high altitudes. According to the researchers, genetic adaptations for life at high elevations that have been found in Tibetans are believed to have first surfaced about 30,000 years ago in people related to contemporary Sherpa.
What could be one of the most advanced cyber-espionage and malware systems has been identified, with Kaspersky Lab discovering a wide-reaching hacking scheme that has affected more than 380 different victims across 31 different countries. Dubbed "The Mask" from the Spanish slang "Careto" - meaning "ugly face" or "mask" - found in the malware code, the hackers have put together what Kaspersky describes as an "extremely sophisticated" set of tools including versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, and potentially Android and iOS. In addition to the broad range of potential victims, the amount of data that can be extracted from an infected machine is vast.
Tiny motorized probes have navigated through live human cells steered by magnetic fields and propelled by ultrasonic waves for the first time, opening the door to fighting cancer or performing intracellular surgery from the inside. The nanomotor research, handiwork of a team led by Tom Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Materials Chemistry and Physics at Penn State, sees tiny, missile-shaped probes ingested by cells and then activated with ultrasonic waves, at which point they begin to move around inside the cell and impact with its internal structure.
Back in 1956 a scientists named Dean Bumpus from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod was out in the ocean tossing bottles into the water as a way to track ocean currents. Recently a scientist that was studying grey seals near Nova Scotia found one of the messages in a bottle, 58 years later.
The US military has been rolling out portable electronic devices in droves for soldiers in the field. These gadgets run the gamut from tablets and smartphones to more dedicated devices for specific uses on the battlefield. Having more intelligence in the palm of their hand is a great thing for soldiers, but it also opens the door for those electronic devices to be captured by the enemy potentially revealing data that could be catastrophic in a battle.
Renault has revealed its own autonomous car prototype, the NEXT TWO, a self-driving vehicle that the French company says could launch by 2020. Unlike most such concepts we've seen, such as Nissan's autonomous Leaf EV or Google's long-running project, Renault has taken a more tempered approach, aiming to take over tedious city driving and parking duties while leaving higher-speed travel to the human behind the wheel.
Researchers around the world are working to create more lifelike prosthetic hands and other limbs for amputees. Prosthetic hands have been around for years in multiple forms, typically nothing more than a plastic hand or hook that gives the user rudimentary functionality if any at all.
Twitter holds vast amounts of data, information that has been used by multiple entities in the past to do things from mapping racism to helping form profiles on individuals. In an effort to help with research-based initiatives such as these, Twitter has announced a pilot program called Twitter Data Grants.
A bionic hand that allows its wearer to actually feel what the prosthetic is touching has been tested for the first time, with a Danish amputee able to tell the strength of his grasp, along with the shape and consistency of objects he picked up. The hand, developed by teams at EPFL in Switzerland and SSSA in Italy, is wired into nerves in the wearer's upper arm, with stress in the artificial tendons running through the fingers translated into electrical impulses delicate enough to be fed into the body.
This morning we've got some new news and some news that's been in the making for 120 million years. While we've got reasearch popping up that describes how it's possible for northern China to have such a massive amount of fossils appearing in one place, we're also talking about the iWatch. In this you'll really come to appreciate the breadth of tech news coverage in general - it's wide open this week!