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Security camera hack exposes hospitals, workplaces, schools

Security camera hack exposes hospitals, workplaces, schools

Technology
Hackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance said they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera startupBy MATT O'BRIEN and FRANK BAJAK Associated PressMarch 10, 2021, 8:40 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance said they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera startup.That California startup, Verkada, said Wednesday it is investigating the scope of the breach, first reported by Bloomberg, and has notified law enforcement and its customers.Swiss hacker Tillie Kottmann, a member of the...
CaSSIS mission: The camera capturing Mars’ craters and canyons

CaSSIS mission: The camera capturing Mars’ craters and canyons

Science
ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSISIt is a busy time for Mars at the moment. This month the Red Planet entered its new year, what is known as Year 36, and it has not long been overtaken by Earth in its orbit of the Sun. The distance between Earth and Mars constantly changes because of their different speeds around the Sun, therefore the optimum launch window for missions is just once every 26 months when the planets come closest together.Many are anticipating the touchdown of Nasa's Perseverance rover - the most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to land on a planet - on 18 February.However, the Red Planet is already being closely observed.Since its launch in 2016 and its subsequent orbit insertion around Mars, an instrument named the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) has been used to enhanc...
World’s deepest octopus captured on camera

World’s deepest octopus captured on camera

Science
The deepest ever sighting of an octopus has been made by cameras on the Indian Ocean floor. The animal was spotted 7,000m down in the Java Trench - almost 2km deeper than the previous reliable recording. Researchers, who report the discovery in the journal Marine Biology, say it's a species of "Dumbo" octopus.The name is a nod to the prominent ear-like fins just above these animals' eyes that make them look like the 1940s Disney cartoon character.The scientist behind the identification is Dr Alan Jamieson.He's pioneered the exploration of the deep using what are called "landers".These are instrumented frames dropped overboard from research ships. They settle on the seabed and record what passes by. ...
‘Hypertelescope’ camera could revolutionize celestial photography

‘Hypertelescope’ camera could revolutionize celestial photography

Science
March 18 (UPI) -- A new camera design, using arrayed telescopes, could capture images of celestial objects simultaneously and with great detail, a study released on Wednesday said. The camera would potentially allow hypertelescopes, small units arranged in multi-field patterns, instead of standard telescopes with a single and massive mirrored lens, to obtain of planets, pulsars, and distant galaxies outside the solar system. "A multi-field hypertelescope could, in principle, capture a highly detailed image of a star, possibly also showing its planets and even the details of the planets' surfaces," said Antoine Labeyrie of the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur and pioneer of the hypertelescope design. "It could allow planets outside of our solar system to be seen with enough detail that spec...
Wild grey seal caught clapping on camera for first time

Wild grey seal caught clapping on camera for first time

Technology
A wild grey seal has been filmed clapping its flippers underwater for the first time.The underwater footage, filmed near the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland, shows the male seal repeatedly clapping its flippers to create a loud gunshot-like noise. The video is part of an international study led by Monash University, Australia, and has been published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Image: Seals make the noise during breeding season. Pic: Ben Burville Dr Ben Burville, a researcher at Newcastle University, has described the moment he captured the phenomenon."I've heard the distinctive shotgun-like cracks many times over the years and I felt sure this clapping behaviour was the source, but filming the seals in action h...