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Wood wide web: Trees’ social networks are mapped

Wood wide web: Trees’ social networks are mapped

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to one another. This subterranean social network, nearly 500 million years old, has become known as the "wood wide web".Now, an international study has produced the first global map of the "mycorrhizal fungi networks" dominating this secretive world.Details appear in Nature journal.Using machine-learning, researchers from the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and Stanford University in the US used the database of the Global Forest Initiative, which covers 1.2 million forest tree plots with 28,000 species, from more than 70 countries.Other st...
Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks

Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks

Technology
Government regulation of social media and the internet could have "unintended consequences" for victims of sexual abuse, a charity has warned.The Internet Watch Foundation said that "knee-jerk regulation" in response to a string of data and privacy scandals could come at a "heavy cost".The UK government is expected to publish a White Paper that will lay out how it plans to tackle "online harms".Culture Minister Jeremy Wright said it would be published in the coming weeks. He told the BBC's Dave Lee: "We are taking our time to get it right".What will the White Paper say?The White Paper will detail new rules that the government wants introduced for social networks and web giants if they want to operate in the UK, or target services at British citizens.Mr Wr...
Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector

Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector

Technology
The mobile network industry has called for a new European security testing scheme to check the safety of 5G equipment before it is deployed.Several countries have stopped individual companies supplying equipment for their next-generation networks, citing security concerns.Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE have both faced intense scrutiny.The GSMA, which represents 800 network operators, said a testing scheme would reduce the need to ban suppliers.Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have already barred Huawei from supplying equipment for their future 5G networks.Meanwhile, Canada is carrying out a security review of Huawei's products and UK service provider BT is removing Huawei kit from the core of its 5G network.Many countries fear that the Chinese...
Hyperactive brain networks can multiply fibromyalgia pain: Study

Hyperactive brain networks can multiply fibromyalgia pain: Study

Health
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A new study reveals evidence that fibromyalgia patients have hypersensitive brain networks that multiply pain.Researchers at the University of Michigan and South Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology reported evidence of a phenomenon called explosive synchronization in fibromyalgia patients.The chronic condition is characterized by widespread pain and a heightened response to pain, and the new study, published this week in Scientific Reports, suggests the associated pain may be magnified by the brain."For the first time, this research shows that the hypersensitivity experienced by chronic pain patients may result from hypersensitive brain networks," Dr. Richard Harris, an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, said in a press rel...
How Blockchain Will Shape the Future of Social Networks

How Blockchain Will Shape the Future of Social Networks

Finance
Shutterstock photo“If you’re not paying for the product, then you’re the product...” The saying may be well-versed in the world of social networks, however many users aren’t aware of the true price they are paying while posting online.Many of the major social networking websites of today are all free to use, so naturally users aren’t aware of any hidden costs. While at the other end, the sites themselves keep becoming more and more valuable based on the contributions and data provided by users.According to Metcalfe’s law, the value of a social network is directly proportional to the square of number of users. This is evident in the recent sky-high valuations of companies like Snapchat, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Whatsapp which have billions of dollars in market cap, even though some are yet t