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Hospitals, insurance companies leak more health data than hackers

Hospitals, insurance companies leak more health data than hackers

Hospitals, insurance firms, physician offices, and similar companies leak more personal health data than hackers, a new study has revealed. According to researchers with two major US universities, more than half of personal health data breaches resulted from problems with the medical providers themselves rather than an external force, such as hackers.

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Millions of giant termite mounds in Brazil are visible from space

Millions of giant termite mounds in Brazil are visible from space

A new study reveals the existence of giant termite mounds large enough to be seen from space. These mounds are believed to have been deposited by termites during the process of creating underground tunnels. The structures cover a large area in Northeast Brazil, where the land is said to be "climatically stable" and seasonally dry.

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Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

NASA awarded the contract to build its experimental X-59 supersonic aircraft to Lockheed Martin and the company's famous Skunk Works. Some of the coolest aircraft of all time have been made at the Skunk Works. Lockheed has announced that the building of the aircraft has commenced with the manufacturing of the first part for the X-59 recently completed.

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Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

An ambitious project to make contact lenses that could track glucose levels for people with diabetes has been shelved, with Alphabet's Verily admitting the technology just wasn't up to scratch yet. The health-centric lenses were one of the company's first public projects to break cover back in 2014, and a headline example of how it would work with the pharmaceutical industry.

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Redefining the kilogram was incredibly difficult, but scientists have done it

Redefining the kilogram was incredibly difficult, but scientists have done it

As you stand in the produce aisle of the local grocery store weighing bananas, few have wondered exactly how we come by the pounds, kilograms, ounces, and grams that are used to measure the weight of something around the world. As it turns out, deciding on a standard way to know that a kilogram is a kilogram is very difficult. Today knowing that a kilogram is a kilogram is done with a set of international prototype kilogram weights made from very hard metals like platinum, but even that isn't entirely accurate.

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Supervolcano Campi Flegrei activity hints at future major eruption

Supervolcano Campi Flegrei activity hints at future major eruption

A large, active supervolcano near Naples, Italy, may be transitioning into a pre-eruption state, according to a new study. Called Campi Flegrei, this supervolcano has a colorful history, having produced a super-colossal eruption about 40,000 years ago. The location's most recent eruption was in 1538, though it was far less substantial in size. A new study has found that the supervolcano may be once again accumulating magma.

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Russian nuclear rocket engine aims for the ultimate reusability

Russian nuclear rocket engine aims for the ultimate reusability

One of the keys to making space travel between planets more achievable is to make rockets more powerful and reusable. A rocket that can be reused makes space mission of all sorts cheaper. SpaceX has done a good job with this for its Falcon rockets and the Falcon Heavy that it plans to launch in 2020 with its first government payload aboard. While SpaceX and others are using current technology for their rocket engines, a Russian research group claims to have created a rocket engine that uses new tech.

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Huge meteorite impact crater found hidden under Greenland ice

Huge meteorite impact crater found hidden under Greenland ice

NASA has announced the discovery of a massive meteorite impact crater hidden deep beneath the Greenland ice. The crater measures over 19 miles wide and 1,000ft deep, making it one of the top 25 largest impact craters on the planet. The discovery was made by a team of researchers led by the University of Copenhagen's Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

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Gaia satellite spots dim, low-density galaxy hiding in the Milky Way’s shadow

Gaia satellite spots dim, low-density galaxy hiding in the Milky Way’s shadow

Massive amounts of data are generated by orbiting scientific platforms like the Hubble, and the ESA's Gaia satellite; so much data that it often takes years for researchers to pour through. An international team of astronomers were pouring through Gaia data recently and discovered a massive "ghost" galaxy hiding behind the shroud of the Milky Way's disc. The new galaxy has been named Antila 2 or Ant 2 and is said to be an extremely low-density galaxy.

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Chinese fusion experiment generates an electron temperature of over 100 million degrees

Chinese fusion experiment generates an electron temperature of over 100 million degrees

A team of Chinese researchers has conducted an experiment that is nicknamed the "Chinese artificial sun" using the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) fusion device. The EAST device has been conducting a four-month-long experiment with the goal of seeing how hot the electron temperature inside the fusion device could be. The scientists were able to achieve an electron temperature in the core plasma of over 100 million degrees.

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3D printed mushroom hat made of bacteria generates electricity

3D printed mushroom hat made of bacteria generates electricity

There are some mundane projects out there that aim to find an alternate way to produce electricity using things like solar power or wind. Then there is the new project that researchers Manu Mannoor and Sudeep Joshi from Stevens Institute of Technology devised that involves a 3D printed network on the cap of a living mushroom to generate electricity. The pair sees their creation as a symbiosis between the mushroom and cyanobacteria.

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Study finds decreased social media use improves mood and wellbeing

Study finds decreased social media use improves mood and wellbeing

Researchers with the University of Pennsylvania have found a casual link between social media use, depression, and loneliness. The study looked at Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, finding that the use of these apps resulted in a decrease in one's sense of wellbeing. This is said to be the first study that has found a casual link between social media use and depression/loneliness.

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