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Op-Ed: Don’t let coronavirus market swings hijack your brain

Op-Ed: Don’t let coronavirus market swings hijack your brain

Finance
Our brains are wired to look for danger and react quickly to an approaching attack; however, this most recent threat is invisible, but no less distressing to our primitive brains. Plummeting stock prices are sending some investors over the edge, leading to irrational behavior that has dire long-term financial repercussions.In his book, "Your Money & Your Brain," journalist Jason Zweig explains that financial losses are processed in the same part of the brain that responds to mortal danger. As investors see their investment portfolios plunge and paychecks disappear, an almond-shaped tissue in our brains called the amygdala kicks into high gear. The amygdala plays a crucial role in processing and steering your emotions, such as fear and anger, allowing you to respond quickly to dangerous...
Food writer Jack Monroe ‘loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack’

Food writer Jack Monroe ‘loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack’

Technology
Jack Monroe says she has lost about £5,000 after her phone number was hijacked and re-activated on another Sim card. The criminals were then able to receive her two-factor authentication messages and access her bank and payment accounts. The bestselling food writer tweeted she was "paranoid about security" and already had strong measures in place. A privacy campaigner said the industry had failed to address "Simjacking".Ms Monroe tweeted she was "white-hot angry" and had been told although she should get her phone number back soon, the money "will take longer to recover". "The money stolen has run into thousands of pounds - I'm a self-employed freelancer and I have to absolutely hustle for every single pound I earn. And someone has just helped themselves ...
Male black widow spiders hijack silk strands of their rivals to find a mate

Male black widow spiders hijack silk strands of their rivals to find a mate

Science
Aug. 2 (UPI) -- To find mates, male black widow spiders follow the silk trails left by their rivals, according to a new study. The revelation, detailed this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, surprised scientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Scientists assumed males followed the scents, or pheromones, released by females and avoided those emitted by males. It is the pattern followed by most mate-seeking insects. "We expect males to use female cues to find a potential mate, and use those left by their rivals to avoid them," Catherine Scott, a doctoral candidate at UTSC, said in a news release. "We found male black widows follow rather than avoid rival males, using their silk trails as highways that rapidly lead them to a female's web, even if they can't s...
Hackers hijack Ethereum Classic blockchain in rare '51% attack'

Hackers hijack Ethereum Classic blockchain in rare '51% attack'

Technology
Unknown hackers may have successfully hijacked the Ethereum Classic blockchain through a rare so-called "51% attack". Cryptocurrency exchanges including Coinbase have frozen trading of the token amid fears that the exceptionally rare blockchain attack has been executed.According to Coinbase, the reorganisation of the blockchain has led to the attacker taking control of tokens worth almost £400,000.Dr Patrick McCorry, assistant professor of computer science at King's College London, told Sky News it was important to distinguish Ethereum - the second-largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin - and Ethereum Classic, which is in the top 20 and split from Ethereum in 2015."The underlying technology of a cryptocurrency, the blockchain, is responsible for recording all transactio...