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How Long Couples In Lasting Relationships Should Wait To Start Having Sex, According To Science

How Long Couples In Lasting Relationships Should Wait To Start Having Sex, According To Science

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For new couples, moving too fast or too slow when it comes to getting physical can be a big worry.  Many people wonder when the best time is to start being sexually intimate in a relationship. The answer is complicated, spanning anywhere from a few dates to a few months after beginning to spend time together. Valentine's Day is coming soon, signaling a romantic milestone for many couples. But for some new pairs, the worry that your relationship is moving too fast or too slow can become a major concern. Which got us wondering: When is the best time to start being sexually intimate in a relationship, according to science? The answer is complicated, spanning anywhere from a few dates to a few months after you start to spending time together. One of th...
Sqreen wants to become the IFTTT of web app security

Sqreen wants to become the IFTTT of web app security

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French startup Sqreen recently launched a Security Hub with dozens of plugins to put you in control of the security of your web app. In many ways, it feels like enabling tasks on popular automation service IFTTT. Sqreen participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield and Y Combinator’s current batch. The vision of the product hasn’t changed. Sqreen lets you protect your web service with little effort from your side. Big companies have dedicated security teams that protect services, try to run attacks to find weaknesses and more. Smaller companies don’t necessarily have enough time and money to build a dedicated team. But your product is still vulnerable to SQL injections, XSS attacks and brute-force attacks. Sqreen isn’t a firewall. You just have to install ...
Scientists Think They’ve Finally Figured Out What Caused The Mysterious Radioactive Cloud That Wafted Across Europe

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Figured Out What Caused The Mysterious Radioactive Cloud That Wafted Across Europe

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Over two months towards the end of last year, several organizations began detecting unusual levels of radioactivity billowing across much of Europe. The particles – which were rapidly assessed to be harmless to people – were tentatively traced to somewhere around the Ural Mountains, although rather worryingly no one was entirely sure of their origin, and no one was admitting to the release. Now, a new report published this month by the French Institute of Radioprotective and Nuclear Security (IRSN), who have been trying to piece together what led to the discharge of ruthenium-106, a radioactive nucleotide that is created by splitting atoms in a reactor, and does not occur naturally, appears to come to a fairly solid conclusion. The...
Paints And Cleaning Products Now Match Cars For Urban Pollution

Paints And Cleaning Products Now Match Cars For Urban Pollution

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For decades the primary source of urban air pollution has been cars. Now many cities are reaping the clean air rewards of automobile pollution controls, but we've overlooked smaller contributors that, collectively, are now as much of a problem as transport. Many widely used chemicals release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some advertise the fact with the familiar fresh paint smell, but others can easily go unnoticed. It's long been known VOCs can be a major problem indoors, causing conditions such as “sick building syndrome”. However, the great outdoors was thought to be a different matter. After all, Americans go through about 15 times as much fuel in cars as they use petroleum-based chemicals for everything else, and it was naturally e...
Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farm for election meddling

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farm for election meddling

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just handed down a set of indictments, charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations with interference in the U.S. presidential election in efforts dating back to 2014. The indictment names the Internet Research Agency, a bot farm and disinformation operation based out of St. Petersburg, as one of the sources of the fake accounts meant to create divisions in American society. Those accounts were active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the indictment brings up specific examples from the internal review results that these tech companies handed over to Congress.
Apple employees are reportedly walking into walls at the companys fancy new glass office

Apple employees are reportedly walking into walls at the companys fancy new glass office

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People in glass offices should probably watch where they’re going. Collisions have been one very clear downside of Apple’s $427 million spaceship office in Cupertino, according to a story out of Bloomberg. The “people familiar with the incidents” won’t say how widespread a phenomenon all of this is, but there’s a definite potential downside to glass walls in a setting where occupants are regularly staring down at their phones. In an effort to combat the phenomenon, some have apparently taken to sticking Post-Its on potential hazard zones — a sort of primitive form of augmented reality.  As someone who regularly runs into stuff, I can personally confirm that walls, not people are to blame in this situation, and likely the whole things is more...
Essential Phones new Halo Gray color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

Essential Phones new Halo Gray color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

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The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon and which is now available to pre-purchase. Amazon is a partner to Essential both as a sales channel, and as an investor. The distribution partnership with Amazon has been particularly fruitful, among all its sales channels, according to Essential President Niccolo de Masi, so it made sense to do something unique for Amazon with the ‘Halo Gray’ colorway. With the Halo Gray Essential Phone, customers get the dark, matte finish of...
Annual WHO Report Reveals Top 10 Pathogens That Pose Greatest Risk To Public Health In 2018

Annual WHO Report Reveals Top 10 Pathogens That Pose Greatest Risk To Public Health In 2018

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Roughly once a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) publishes a list of the pathogens posing the greatest risk of a Contagion-level catastrophe. Or, as they put it: “This tool seeks to identify those diseases that pose a public health risk because of their epidemic potential and for which there are no, or insufficient, countermeasures.” The diseases selected will be prioritized by the WHO Research and Development (R&D) Blueprint team for the next year, but the report authors warn it's “not an exhaustive list” and it does not “indicate the most likely causes of the next epidemic”. So, who made the cut? In no particular order, the diseases to watch out for in 2018 are: 1. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fe...
Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can represent copyright infringement

Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can represent copyright infringement

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A recent ruling by a New York federal judge could have significant implications for how copyright laws are enforced. The ruling was made in a case where Justin Goldman accused publications including Breitbart, Time, Yahoo, Vox Media and the Boston Globe of violating his copyright by embedding into their stories tweets with his photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Goldman had posted the photo to Snapchat, but it went viral and other users subsequently uploaded it to Twitter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the photo in question was a picture of Brady, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and others, and it was used in stories about whether Brady might help the Celtics recruit Kevin Durant. The publishers had asked for a summary judgment in this case, based on wha...
“Supercharged” Graphene Device Can Make Polluted Seawater Drinkable

“Supercharged” Graphene Device Can Make Polluted Seawater Drinkable

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A newly invented variant of graphene has successfully been used to make the heavily polluted water in Sydney Harbor drinkable. Dubbed GraphAir, its inventors explain in an accompanying press release how their “perfect" water purification membrane is able to filter out essentially all the dangerous contaminants and salt in one single go. Publishing their work in the journal Nature Communications, the team – led by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) – note that their tiny, proof-of-concept "supercharged" purification device can process around half a liter (0.11 gallons) of water per day. That’s not much in practical terms, but if the membrane is as successful at clearing up water as this work s...
Oracle grabs Zenedge as it continues to beef up its cloud security play

Oracle grabs Zenedge as it continues to beef up its cloud security play

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Oracle announced yesterday that it intends to acquire Zenedge, a 4-year old hybrid security startup. They didn’t reveal a purchase price. With Zenedge, Oracle gets a security service to add it to its growing cloud play. In this case, the company has products to protect customers whether in the cloud, on-prem or across hybrid environments. The company offers a range of services from web application firewalls to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack mitigation, bot management, API management and malware prevention. In addition, they operate a Security Operations Center (SOC) to help customers monitor their infrastructure against attack. Their software and the SOC help keep watch on over 800,000 websites and networks across the world, according to information supplied by Oracle. ...