Links for 2nd April 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Neuroscientists propose project to comprehensively map mammalian brain circuits

    "The case for committing resources to assembly of a whole-brain circuit map is particularly strong, they say, because it almost certainly will provide insights about what goes wrong in brain dysfunctions spanning a range of neurodevelopmental illnesses including autism, schizophrenia, and perhaps mood disorders such as depression, bipolar illness, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Further, the authors argue that technological advances along with decreasing computational and data-storage costs have made such an effort feasible now, when it could only be dreamt of even in the recent past."

    Tagged with: brainneurosciencemappinganalysissimulationmammalspsychologytranshumanism

  2. China accused over global computer spy ring

    "An enormous electronic espionage programme run from servers in China has been used to spy on computers in more than 100 countries, according to two reports published at the weekend.

    The reports, published by the universities of Cambridge and Toronto, detail a "murky realm" where cyber spooks infiltrate email, take over humble desktop computers and use them to spy on organisations, individuals and governments.

    The reports name the system GhostNet, and claim that it has been used to attack governments in south and south-east Asia as well as the offices of the Dalai Lama. In two years, the reports suggest, the operation infiltrated 1,295 computers in 103 countries.

    While one of the reports remains mute on the identity of the perpetrators, the other has no such qualms, warning that the Chinese government ran a series of cyber attacks on Tibetan exile groups. The Chinese foreign ministry could not be reached for comment."

    Tagged with: Chinamalwarehackersghostnethackingespionagesecurity

  3. Aircraft could be brought down by DIY ‘E-bombs’

    "ELECTROMAGNETIC pulse weapons capable of frying the electronics in civil airliners can be built using information and components available on the net, warn counterterrorism analysts. All it would take to bring a plane down would be a single but highly energetic microwave radio pulse blasted from a device inside a plane, or on the ground and trained at an aircraft coming in to land."

    Tagged with: militarydefenseaircraftmicrowaveEMPweaponterrorisminsurgency

  4. Behind the Name – the Etymology and History of First Names

    Does what it says on the tin; great writing tool for character naming.

    Tagged with: writinglanguageresourcedatabasenameetymologycharacter

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