Struggle to get up in the morning? You’re at risk of early death

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People who prefer to stay up late seem to have a greater risk of dying. A six-year study of nearly half a million people in the UK has found that people who were night owls were 10 per cent more likely to die during that time period.

Kristen Knutson, of Northwestern University in Chicago, and her colleagues found that people who stayed up late had higher rates of diabetes, mental health disorders, and neurological conditions. They were also more likely to experience psychological stress, use drugs or alcohol, and not get enough exercise or sleep.

The problem may be that people who are night owls have a body clock that fails to match their external environment, says Knutson. “They shouldn’t be forced to get up for an 8am shift. Make work shifts match people’s chronotypes – some people may be better suited to night shifts.”

Artist Paints with the Sun Using Magnifying Glass as His Brush

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The word heliography usually refers to a photographic process invented in 1822, but Colorado-based artist Michael Papadakis has given it a new meaning after using it to describe his art of harnessing the sun to burn intricate artworks onto wooden panels with a magnifying glass.

Up until five years ago, Michael Papadakis used to create art the old fashioned way, with painting and drawing supplies, but on a trip along the Silk Road from Asia to Europe, he discovered a new and ingenious tool – the magnifying glass.

“When I was in China my friend had a magnifying glass sitting on his table and I vividly remember the sun shining through the window onto the magnifying glass,” Papadakis told Caters News. “I instantly had a moment of realisation where I thought to myself, ‘I could probably draw with that’.” …

イラク日報435日分、防衛省公表 「戦闘」の記述複数

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防衛省は16日午後、これまで「存在しない」としてきた自衛隊のイラク派遣の際の活動報告(日報)を公表した。同省幹部によると、日報の複数の箇所で「戦闘」という文言が記されているという。「自衛隊の派遣先は非戦闘地域」としてきた当時の政府の説明と、派遣部隊が拠点としたイラク南部サマワ周辺の当時の情勢との「乖離(かいり)」が浮き彫りになる可能性がある。

小泉政権は2004~06年、イラク復興支援特別措置法に基づいてイラク南部のサマワに陸上自衛隊を派遣。派遣部隊が日報を作成し、現地の治安情勢や部隊の活動状況を報告していた。この日公表されたのは、計435日分、約1万5千ページにのぼる …

Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked

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Apple recently sent a lengthy memo warning employees about leaking. As you might have guessed, that memo got leaked.
On Friday, Bloomberg News published what it described as an “internal blog” post in full. The memo warned that Apple “employees, contractors, or suppliers—do get caught, and they’re getting caught faster than ever.”

The post also reportedly noted that, “in some cases,” leakers “face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets both classified as federal crimes,” adding that, in 2017, “Apple caught 29 leakers, and of those, 12 were arrested.”

Facial recognition used to catch suspect in crowd of 60,000 concertgoers

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Police check Ao’s identity before arresting him at a concert in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, on Friday. (WANG JIAN/CHINA DAILY)

Police nabbed a crime suspect at a concert in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, thanks to a facial recognition system. The 31-year-old suspect, surnamed Ao, from Zhangshu, Jiangxi province, was wanted by police in connection with an economic dispute in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

On Friday, Ao and his wife and several friends drove to Nanchang for a concert by Jacky Cheung, a well-known Hong Kong singer, at Nanchang International Sports Center. Shortly after the concert started on Saturday evening, several police officers appeared in front of Ao and took him away…

AV1 beats x264 and libvpx-vp9 in practical use case

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Improved video compression is important for delivering digital video files more quickly and with higher quality, while using less bandwidth and storage. Everything from 4K movie streaming to smartphone video chat to laptop screen sharing can be enhanced by making the video files smaller through better compression codecs.

The Alliance for Open Media — a consortium founded in 2015 and made up of video-on-demand providers including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Netflix, along with web browser developers and semiconductor firms — has just released AV1 (also known as AOMedia Video 1), a new open, royalty-free video format that promises to be a significant step forward in compression efficiency.

「個人情報を国外に出さず、管理する」IT基本方針から予想する未来 | SciencePortal China

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中国のインターネットの特徴のひとつに強力なネット規制が知られている。よく知られるところではTwitterやFacebookやYouTubeなど、様々な著名サイトにアクセスできないというものだ。これらは中国の管理外で中国に不都合な情報を見せない、出さないというものがある。

もうひとつの特徴として、中国はワールドワイドウェブ、もっというとアメリカ支配、ないしは西側諸国と共有するインターネットからの独立を一貫して考えているという点がある。この意味は、中国国内と中国国外のサイトを見ることは可能であるが、インターネットルールは世界ルールではなく各国が決めるというものだ。これは中国が浙江省の烏鎮という場所で、毎年アメリカのIT企業やアジア・アフリカ諸国のトップを招聘して開催する「世界互聯網大会(世界インターネット大会)」でも毎回主張している。

また国務院が2016年7月に発布した「十三五国家科技創新計画(第13次五か年計画中国国家ハイテククリエイティブ計画)」においても、数ある目標のひとつとして、国家ハイテクプログラム重大特別プロジェクト(国家科技重大専項)において、中国側で全てが把握できるCPUやネットワークやOS製品の開発が指定されている。

This wearable device can respond to your thoughts

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The signals the wearable picks up are given to a system that analyzes the data, associating specific signals with words.

MIT researchers have created a wearable device called AlterEgo that can recognize nonverbal prompts, essentially “reading your mind.” The system is made up of a device that loops around a user’s ear, follows their jawline, and attaches underneath their mouth, and a computer system. The wearable device has electrodes that pick up neuromuscular signals in your jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalizations (aka saying words in your head) but can’t be seen by the human eye. These signals are then given to a machine learning system that analyzes the data, associating specific signals with words.

Hacking your brain(scan): security bugs in EEG software open hospitals to attack

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Cisco Talos reveals “multiple vulnerabilities” in hardware common at hospitals.

Today, Cisco’s Talos security research group revealed five security vulnerabilities in NeuroWorks, a Windows-based software that is used in multiple electroencephalogram systems sold by Nautus. The Windows-based Natus Xltek NeuroWorks 8 software uses hospitals’ Ethernet networks to connect to EEG devices and integrate with patient data systems, and it is vulnerable to attacks that could allow remote code execution—allowing an attacker to gain access to the data on the device and to other systems on the hospital network—and denial of service. The systems hosting the software could then be used to stage wider attacks on hospital networks.

ロシア製寿命計測アプリ。機械学習で寿命アルゴリズムを確立

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モスクワ物理工科大学(MIPT)とバイオテクノロジ会社のGEROの研究チームは、ウェアラブルデバイスから取得した活動データをもとに、寿命を計測可能なiPhone向けアプリ「Gero Lifespan」フリーベータ版を公開した。

Gero Lifespanを作った研究者たちは、生物学的年齢と患者の死亡リスクについて調べるために、ウェアラブルデバイスによる活動データと、2003年から2006年の米国国民健康栄養調査(NHANES: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey)のデータを用いて、患者の1週間の活動をニューラルネットワークで学習させた。