19 Jun 2018

Ex-CIA Employee Charged in Major Leak of Agency Hacking Tools



Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a former CIA employee with violations of the Espionage Act and related crimes in connection with the leak last year of a collection of hacking tools that the agency used for spy operations overseas.

Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment with illegally gathering and transmitting national defence information and other related counts in connection with what is considered to be one of the most significant leaks in CIA history.

Google Is Training Machines To Predict When A Patient Will Die



A woman with late-stage breast cancer came to a city hospital, fluids already flooding her lungs. She saw two doctors and got a radiology scan. The hospital's computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 percent chance she would die during her stay.

Then came Google's turn. An new type of algorithm created by the company read up on the woman -- 175,639 data points -- and rendered its assessment of her death risk: 19.9 percent. She passed away in a matter of days.

The harrowing account of the unidentified woman's death was published by Google in May in research highlighting the health-care potential of neural networks, a form of artificial intelligence software that's particularly good at using data to automatically learn and improve. Google had created a tool that could forecast a host of patient outcomes, including how long people may stay in hospitals, their odds of re-admission and chances they will soon die.

How to send text messages from your PC with Android Messages for web




Have you ever wanted to send text messages from the comfort of your desktop or laptop computer? Well if you’re on Android, now you can thanks to the latest update of the Android Messages app. Android Messages is Google’s SMS/RCS chat client on Android devices. It’s pre-installed on millions of devices worldwide and thanks to the update, you can now access all of your messages from a web client that works on browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, and more. The best part? It’s totally free!

Irrfan Khan on coping with cancer: Fear and panic should not overrule me and make me miserable



A few months ago, Irrfan Khan revealed that he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer. His illness came as a shock for his fans but the shock wasn’t limited to just his fans, this episode has been quite “different” for Irrfan as well.

Irrfan’s peers and colleagues have all respected his privacy and have not divulged details about his treatment and even Irrfan has not interacted with the media since his diagnosis. He has now spoken about his illness and described his turmoil to The Times of India.

The Yo-Yo conundrum: Players should be given a second chance, says Patil



The Yo-Yo test, the new benchmark for attaining fitness to play for Team India, has also become a source of heartbreak for many players who've failed to clear it since it was made mandatory. After Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Washington Sundar were dropped for falling below the '16.1' score, the latest 'victim' of the BCCI's 'Yo-Yo' policy was in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu, who was dropped from India's limited overs team for the forthcoming tour to England after failing to clear the endurance test.

Rayudu's axing, coming close on the heels of Sanju Samson being removed from the India 'A' side for the tour of England for the same reason, has set off a debate on the logic of dropping players on the basis of just their failure to clear the 'Yo-Yo test.' While appreciating the stress on improving the fitness levels of the Indian team, former India batsman, coach and chief selector Sandeep Patil asks for some leniency while judging players' careers.

Explosive volcanoes spawned mysterious Mars rock formations



A mysterious rock formation on Mars may have been caused by explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward, a study has found.

The finding, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, could add to scientists' understanding of Mars's interior and its past potential for habitability,

The Medusae Fossae Formation is a massive, unusual deposit of soft rock near Mars's equator, with undulating hills and abrupt mesas.

Scientists first observed the Medusae Fossae with NASA's Mariner spacecraft in the 1960s but were perplexed as to how it formed.

Astronomers witnessed a black hole ripping apart a star, first ever



For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the cosmic monster.

The scientists tracked the event with radio and infrared telescopes, including the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), in a pair of colliding galaxies called 'Arp 299', nearly 150 million light-years from Earth.

DU admissions 2018 first cut-off highlights: 98.50% for economics (H) at SRCC





The Delhi university colleges have started releasing the first cut-offs for admissions in academic year 2018-19. Here are the highlights of the release of DU’s first cut-offs for various colleges and courses:

7.45pm: Kamala Nehru college first cut-off list below:

6.38pm: Gargi College releases its 1st cutoff. Applied Psychology, Economics, Mathematics have the highest cutoffs with 97%. Mathematics cutoff increases by 0.5% points, while economics cutoff drops by 0.5% points. Applied Psychology had the same cutoff last year.

6.35pm: Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) on Monday released its first cut-off for Economics and BCom Honours for the 2018-19 academic year. The first cut-off of SRCC for Economics (hons) stands at 98.50% and for BCom (Hons) at 97.75% for general category students.

China calls for trilateral meeting with India and Pakistan, says 'we cannot stand another Doka La incident'



Days after Chinese premier Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SCO Summit in Qingdao and accepted his invitation to visit India for an informal meeting in 2019, China proposed a trilateral summit to settle boundary issues between India and Pakistan.

"Some Indian friends suggested that India, China, and Pakistan may have some kind of trilateral summit on the sidelines of the SCO. So, if China, Russia, and Mongolia can have a trilateral summit, then why not India, China, and Pakistan," Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui was quoted as saying by ANI.

Speaking at a seminar, titled "Beyond Wuhan: How Far and Fast Can China-India Relations Go" in New Delhi, Zhaohui appealed for a joint effort to maintain peace along the border, and said, "We cannot stand another Doka La incident."

World Cup 2018: Three Things We Learned From England's 2-1 Win Against Tunisia



Captain Harry Kane scored a brace as England overcame Tunisia with a 2-1 victory in their FIFA World Cup Group G opening clash at the Volgograd Arena in Russia on Monday.

Captain Harry Kane scored a brace as England overcame Tunisia with a 2-1 victory in their FIFA World Cup Group G opening clash at the Volgograd Arena in Russia on Monday. Harry Kane gave England the lead in the 11th minute but Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty to pull Tunisia level in the 35th minute. However, Kane headed home off a corner in the 90+1st minute to give England the winning goal. England kept it late to seal the win but their overwhelming start nearly blew Tunisia away. England were all over Tunisia, beginning the match in an emphatic manner

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