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Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Technology
An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ——— RESULTS: Teams left with gold, silver and bronze medals in a variety of categories. The Europe team won a gold award for getting the most cumulative points over the course of the competition. Poland got silver and Armenia bronze. Finland won a gold award for winning the best win-loss record. Silver went to Singapore and bronze to India. There were also awards for engineering design, innovation and inte
Global cyberattack may have aimed for havoc, not extortion

Global cyberattack may have aimed for havoc, not extortion

Technology
The cyberattack that has locked up computers around the world while demanding a ransom may not be an extortion attempt after all, but an effort to create havoc in Ukraine, security experts say. "There may be a more nefarious motive behind the attack," Gavin O'Gorman, an investigator with U.S. antivirus firm Symantec, said in a blog post . "Perhaps this attack was never intended to make money, rather to simply disrupt a large number of Ukrainian organizations." The rogue program landed its heaviest blows on the Eastern European nation, where the government, dozens of banks and other institutions were sent reeling. It disabled computers at government agencies, energy companies, cash machines, supermarkets, railways and communications providers. Many of these organizations had recovered by T...
'Powerful' cyberattack on Ukraine goes global

'Powerful' cyberattack on Ukraine goes global

Technology
A "powerful" cyberattack that started in Ukraine has spread across the world, hitting banks, government IT systems and energy firms.British advertising group WPP said its computer networks in several locations had been targeted.The UK's National Cyber Security Centre is investigating how many more UK firms have been hit and is "trying to get an understanding of a fast-moving situation".:: What is the virus behind cyberattack?Companies in six other countries were also hit, after Ukraine declared it had been struck by the biggest cyberattack in its history.Chernobyl's radiation monitoring system is among the most serious digital networks affected. It has since been shut down, leaving employees to "go out and measure the (radiation)levels with hand-held meters".Image:Flights faced delays at K...
Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

World
Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack.British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence.The virus, the source of which is not yet known, freezes the user's computer until a ransom in untraceable Bitcoin is paid.Ukrainian firms, including the state power company and Kiev's main airport, were among the first to report issues.The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has also had to monitor radiation levels manually after its Windows-based sensors were shut down.The Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab said its analysis showed that there had been about 2,000 attacks - most in Ukraine, Russia and Poland.The international police organisation Interpol has said it was "closely monitori...
Global hotspots for alien invasions revealed

Global hotspots for alien invasions revealed

Science
Great Britain is in the top 10% of areas for harbouring alien species, according to a study.Animals that have moved in from afar include the grey squirrel, rose-ringed parakeet and the noble false widow spider.The UK also has more established alien plants than elsewhere in Europe, such as Himalayan balsam.Scientists say islands and mainland coastal regions are global "hotspots" for alien species.They are calling for more effective measures to stop further introductions of plants and animals into vulnerable ecosystems."We need to be much better at trying to prevent the introduction of species that can be harmful in the first place," said Dr Wayne Dawson of Durham University, UK. "Prevention is better than cure with invasive species."Alien species are plants or animals that are non-native (o...