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How to log into any backdoored Juniper firewall - hard-coded password published

The access-all-areas backdoor password hidden in some Juniper Networks' Netscreen firewalls has been published.

Last week it was revealed that some builds of the devices' ScreenOS firmware suffer from two severe security weaknesses: one allows devices to be commandeered over SSH and Telnet, and the other allows encrypted VPN communications to be monitored by eavesdroppers.

An analysis by security firm Rapid 7 of the firmware's ARM code has uncovered more details on that first vulnerability - specifically, a hardcoded password that grants administrator access. And that password is: <<< %s(un='%s') = %u.

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Human organs grown in pigs and sheep by US research farm

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A pig at the swine unit of the University of California, Davis. Scientists hope to grow human organs in such animals.
United States Research Farms are moving ahead with attempts to grow human organs inside living animals such as pigs and sheep.

United States Research Farms have decided to continue their efforts to grow live human organs inside animals like pigs and sheep. The process has been under fire regarding the issue's ethics and concerns stemming from crossing animal DNA with human organs. The human-animal Chimeras are stirring ethical and health debates in many venues regarding the studies. The term Chimera was coined after years of experiments have taken place, as explained in the 2013 article on the Slate website by Daniel Engber.

The recent MIT Technology Review article details efforts to grow organs like hearts, livers, and lungs. According to the article at least 20 pig pregnancies containing human DNA have been confirmed. Although the pregnancies took place, no experimental publications have been published and none of the pregnancies have made it to full term.

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Top scientist resigns from post - admits Global Warming is a scam

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Hal Lewis, Professor Emeritus UCSB
As reported by the Gateway Pundit: Top US scientist Hal Lewis resigned this week from his post at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He admitted global warming climate change was nothing but a scam in his resignation letter.

From the Telegraph (because for some reason the Liberal Media here in the U.S don't like this stuff getting out).

The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor Emeritus of physics Hal Lewis of the University of California at Santa Barbara

Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis
From: Hal Lewis, University of California, Santa Barbara
To: Curtis G. Callan, Jr., Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society
6 October 2010

Dear Curt:

When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago).

Comment: The Earth is certainly going through a number of changes, many of which are influencing the climate and weather, however we're not going into a warming period; it seems that we are heading into another ice age. See more: As well as the book: Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk


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'Infectious Madness': The surprising science of how we 'catch' mental illness

One hundred and sixty odd years ago, Ignaz Semmelweis realized that physicians who didn't wash their hands were carrying tiny germs from bedside to bedside and causing the childbed fever that killed many women. After doctors began washing their hands, fewer women died. The series of realizations in the 19th century that germs — bacteria and viruses — caused diseases like cholera and tuberculosis and influenza ushered in modern medicine. Mortality rates declined; children lived longer. Germ theory had a dramatic clarity to it. It pushed medicine away from holistic conceptions of illness as imbalance toward conceptions of illness as a specific entity. You get the germ, you fall sick, you take antibiotics or fight it off (or die). Ironically, though, the tidiness of this relationship helped obscure cases where germs may have less direct but still devastating effects — a complex reality we are now beginning to understand better.

Comment: While there are likely many factors at play in developing mental illness, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that microbial pathogens of various sorts (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) do influence people's thinking to various degrees. When you consider that these pathogens are alive and their evolution is intimately linked with the human species, it seems almost impossible for them to not have some level of influence over a person's thinking, at the very least by virtue of them taking substances from the body while releasing their own waste into a person's blood stream. They also have the goal, like all life, of reproducing and spreading their genetics and, therefore, may have developed ways through evolution of influencing human behavior to meet their own goals while they occupy their human host.

Sound a little far-fetched? How about an example from nature:
So what to do about it? Consider iodine: Some additional related information:


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Visible light spotted from black hole by telescope for the first time

For the first time, astronomers have seen dim flickers of visible light from near a black hole, researchers with an international science team said. In fact, the light could be visible to anyone with a moderate-size telescope.

These dramatically variable fluctuations of light are yielding insights onto the complex ways in which matter can swirl into black holes, scientists added. The researchers also released a video of the black hole's light seen by a telescope. In a statement, they added that such light from an active black hole could be spotted by an observer with a 20-cm telescope.
© Michael Richmond/Rochester Institute Of Technology
This image still from a video by scientists studying the black hole V404 Cygni located about 7,800 light-years from Earth shows visible light that could be viewable by stargazers with a medium-size telescope.
Anything falling into black holes cannot escape, not even light, earning black holes their name. However, as disks of gas and dust fall or accrete onto black holes — say, as black holes rip apart nearby stars — friction within these accretion disks can superheat them to 18 million degrees Fahrenheit (10 million degrees Celsius) or more, making them glow extraordinarily brightly.

Scientists discovered accreting black holes in the Milky Way more than 40 years ago. Previous research suggested that the accretion disks of black holes can have dramatic effects on galaxies. For instance, streams of plasma known as relativistic jets that spew out from accreting black holes at near the speed of light can travel across an entire galaxy, potentially shaping its evolution. However, much remains unknown about how accretion works, since matter can behave in very complex ways as it spirals into black holes, said study lead author Mariko Kimura, an astronomer at Kyoto University in Japan, and her colleagues.

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Scientist claims to have found the source of gravity

Source of Gravity Defined in Quantized Ether?

Throughout the history of modern physics, scientists have theorized about the existence of "dark energy" or "ether," a substance that, if it exists, envelops and fills everything - all space and all reality. Ether has often been theorized to be the substance which is the conduit for the life-giving force of the universe.

Yet physicists throughout the years have argued about this concept without ever reaching a consensus even regarding its existence, much less its makeup or nature. Those who argue in favor of the existence of this "ether" run into the problem of a lack of an ability to "quantize" it. Those who argue against it run into the problem of the conventional mainstream understanding of physics which is unable to account for many aspects of reality - both quantum and physical.

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Researchers find link between low-stress environments and healthier more diverse microbiomes

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Researchers of a University of Guelph-led study found a link between healthier communities of micro-organisms and low stress in wild squirrels
Red squirrels living in a low-stress environment harbour healthier communities of micro-organisms, a result that might hold implications for human health, according to a new University of Guelph-led study.

Researchers tested squirrel microbiomes and analyzed the animals' stress hormones. Their study appears in the journal Biology Letters.

Microbiomes are communities of micro-organisms living in and on the bodies of all living things, including people. Found in the mouth and gut and on the skin, microbiomes consist of a mix of beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria that changes constantly and can affect their host's health.

"A diverse microbiome is generally a good thing for your health - it's why people take probiotics," said lead researcher Mason Stothart, a former undergraduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology.

"We wanted to understand the relationship between the microbiome and stress. The greater the stress in the squirrels, the less bacterial diversity they had, which can be an indicator of poor health."

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Strong magnetic fields discovered in majority of stars

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Stars like the Sun puff up and become red giants towards the end of their lives. The red giants ('old' Suns) of the same mass as the Sun do not show strong magnetic fields in their interior, but for stars slightly more massive, up to 60 percent host strong magnetic fields.
An international group of astronomers led by the University of Sydney has discovered strong magnetic fields are common in stars, not rare as previously thought, which will dramatically impact our understanding of how stars evolve.

Using data from NASA's Kepler mission, the team found that stars only slightly more massive than the Sun have internal magnetic fields up to 10 million times that of the Earth, with important implications for evolution and the ultimate fate of stars.

"This is tremendously exciting, and totally unexpected," said lead researcher, astrophysicist Associate Professor Dennis Stello from the University of Sydney.

"Because only 5-0 percent of stars were previously thought to host strong magnetic fields, current models of how stars evolve lack magnetic fields as a fundamental ingredient," Associate Professor Stello said. "Such fields have simply been regarded insignificant for our general understanding of stellar evolution.

"Our result clearly shows this assumption needs to be revisited."

The findings are published today in the journal Nature.

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Facebook founder Zuckerberg makes building an AI butler his New Year's resolution

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may not quite be Tony Stark, but he wants to build an artificially intelligent digital assistant modeled after Jarvis, the cyber-butler from Marvel's 'Iron Man' universe. Can the "Age of Ultron" be far behind?

The tech billionaire announced his plan on Sunday night, saying that he wants an AI assistant to help run his life more efficiently.

Comment: See more:
  • Corporate charity = Corporate power
  • Mark Zuckerberg's phony generosity



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4 new elements added to the periodic table

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Welcome to the world, elements 113, 115, 117 and 118!

Four new elements will join more than a hundred others on the periodic table of the elements, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced last week. The last time the venerable chemistry mainstay added new elements to its roster was in 2012, when elements 114 and 116 got the names flerovium and livermorium, respectively.

"The chemistry community is eager to see its most cherished table finally being completed down to the seventh row. IUPAC has now initiated the process of formalizing names and symbols for these elements," Jan Reedijk, president of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of IUPAC, said in a statement.