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17-Year-Old Hacks US Air Force For The Biggest Bug Bounty | Defense One

The Defense Department’s third vulnerability-finding contest invited international participants to attack USAF websites. They found the most bugs yet. Foreign and domestic hackers probed hundreds of security holes in critical Air Force networks for weeks in late spring, and the Pentagon knew all about it. But instead of getting punished, the hackers got paid. The Defense Department’s third and most successful bug ... Read More »

Sticky when wet: Strong adhesive for wound healing: Slug-inspired, flexible medical bio-glue sticks to wet surfaces without toxicity | ScienceDaily

Anyone who has ever tried to put on a Band-Aid when their skin is damp knows that it can be frustrating. Wet skin isn’t the only challenge for medical adhesives — the human body is full of blood, serum, and other fluids that complicate the repair of numerous internal injuries. Many of the adhesive products used today are toxic to ... Read More »

Most football players who donated their brains to science had traumatic injury | Science News

A majority of football players whose brains were donated for research suffered a degenerative brain disease during their lives, according to the largest sample of players ever studied. The finding provides more evidence that the repetitive injuries to the brain sustained while playing American football are associated with the disease, researchers say. Of 202 deceased former football players, 177 were ... Read More »

Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness | ScienceDaily

New research is challenging the age-old adage that money can’t buy happiness. The study, led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School, suggests that using money to buy free time — such as paying to delegate household chores like cleaning and cooking — is linked to greater life satisfaction. “People who hire a housecleaner or ... Read More »

Study finds 90 percent of American men overfat | ScienceDaily

Does your waist measure more than half your height? If so, you may be part of the global overfat pandemic. A recent article, published in Frontiers in Public Health, suggests it to be even more prevalent in developed countries where up to 90 percent of adult males and 50 percent children may suffer from this condition. In the top overfat countries, ... Read More »

For white middle class, moderate drinking is linked to cognitive health in old age | ScienceDaily

Older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers, according to a University of California San Diego School of Medicine-led study. The findings are published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Previous studies have found a correlation between ... Read More »

YouTube is tricking people who search for ISIS videos | Houston Chronicle

YouTube unveiled its latest weapon in its effort to combat terrorist propaganda on its site: redirection. Users who search for such content will now be directed to videos that show victims of terrorism and clerics refuting violent religious narratives. Social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Google have been rushing to respond to the wave of hate speech and ... Read More »

Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues | ScienceDaily

Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose, is widespread and increasing. Emerging data indicate that artificial, or nonnutritive, sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting. To better understand whether consuming artificial sweeteners is associated with negative long-term effects on weight and heart disease, researchers from the University of Manitoba’s ... Read More »