Cyber security bill advances in Senate | Reuters


“The bill would grant legal immunity to companies who in sharing information actually violate your privacy,” Rand Paul said in the Senate shortly after a procedural vote of 83 to 14, well above the 60 “yes” votes needed to move ahead.

Source: Cyber security bill advances in Senate | Reuters

Obama uses veto for only fifth time, rejecting defense authorization bill | The Washington Post


The veto is a shot across the bow of Congress, which differs with Obama over the outlines of a budget for fiscal 2016.

And Obama made an extra point by publicly signing the veto statement before a pool of White House press. The fiscal year ended Oct. 1, and a continuing resolution will temporarily keep the government open through Dec. 11.

Source: Obama uses veto for only fifth time, rejecting defense authorization bill – The Washington Post

Climate Influenced Rise and Fall of Agrarian States


The researchers hypothesize stable climate conditions led to political centralization, while unstable conditions led to sociopolitical instability and decentralization.

“The climate information in both areas is good enough to establish that climate is playing some role in the rise and fall of these city states,” said Douglas Kennett.

Source: Climate Influenced Rise and Fall of Agrarian States

The end of cancer | Aeon


A cancer cell starts as a perfectly normal adult cell packed tightly, shoulder to shoulder, with other similar cells. They can talk to each other by communicating through their contact points, like pressing a buzzer on an intercom.

Depending on which organ the cells are in, the signals generally say: Sit still, do your job, make proteins, excrete waste, but, as much as you might like to, don’t even think about dividing

Source: The end of cancer – Vincent DeVita & Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn – Aeon

Green Hills Software multicore operating system helps modernize C-130 mission software | Intelligent Aerospace


INTEGRITY-178 tuMP defines groupings (called affinity groups) of how cores will be utilized by one or more applications, with the grouping of cores and applications being permitted to vary over time.

Sets of affinity groups are then scheduled independently of other sets of affinity groups, permitting time-lines that closely correspond to application requirements, yet also permitting other sets of affinity groups to be developed that can make use of time windows where cores are not being utilized.

Support for multiple simultaneous schedules further extends the tuMP scheduling capabilities, permitting tailoring of available applications and processor time resources based on the vehicles’ operational needs, such as flight or combat phase.

Source: Green Hills Software multicore operating system helps modernize C-130 mission software – Intelligent Aerospace

Graphene-based inks for high-speed manufacturing of printed electronics


Graphene is a 2-D sheet of carbon atoms, just one atom thick. Its flexibility, optical transparency and electrical conductivity make it suitable for a wide range of applications, including printed electronics. Although numerous laboratory prototypes have been demonstrated around the world, widespread commercial use of graphene is yet to be realized

“This method will allow us to put electronic systems into entirely unexpected shapes,” said Chris Jones of Novalia. “It’s an incredibly flexible enabling technology.”

Source: Graphene-based inks for high-speed manufacturing of printed electronics

MIT System Successfully Processes Big Data Without Human Involvement


MIT’s Data Science Machine, however, utilized algorithms to successfully — and quickly — analyze Big Data without human intervention.

The system successfully outperformed hundreds of human teams in recent data science competitions.

“We view the Data Science Machine as a natural complement to human intelligence,” said Max Kanter [2], whose master’s thesis provided the basis for the project.

Source: MIT System Successfully Processes Big Data Without Human Involvement

California’s Emissions Law: Big Electric Shocks Big Oil | Bloomberg Business


California’s three large private utilities, which were also involved in crafting the bill’s language, were pleased, too.

The electric companies see a chance to grab a piece of the $55 billion the state’s drivers spend each year filling up.

“We really need to have a big push for charging,” Tony Earley, chief executive officer of PG&E, said in an Oct. 15 appearance at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club.

“The charging station ought to be part of our grid infrastructure.”

Source: California’s Emissions Law: Big Electric Shocks Big Oil – Bloomberg Business

Draghi’s Open Mouth Operations Briefly Sent Italian and Spanish Two-Year Yields Negative | Bloomberg Business


Yields on sovereign debt plunged across the member nations of the currency union, with Italy and Spain’s two-year yields briefly dipping into negative territory

Source: Draghi’s Open Mouth Operations Briefly Sent Italian and Spanish Two-Year Yields Negative – Bloomberg Business

Mis-selling fears hamper funds’ fintech revolution | Reuters


The world’s largest fund firm BlackRock is advancing further still, pumping millions of dollars into another fintech innovation known as ‘robo-advice’ – a concept designed to provide automated, algorithm-based wealth management guidance that could be easily delivered by phone or online.

While the possible benefits are well trailed, few expect robots to replace human advisers any time soon.

“In the medium term, you’re going to have to support it with a person,” said Richard Keers, chief financial officer at Schroders. “That person might be in front of you, might be on the telephone, might be on a Skype link.”

Source: Mis-selling fears hamper funds’ fintech revolution | Reuters