UK: NHS COVID-19 app developers ‘tried to block rival symptom trackers’

NHSX, the health service technology unit responsible for the government’s failed contact-tracing app, attempted to block rival apps to protect its own, hampering efforts to track the early spread of the coronavirus. Developers of several apps were urged to stop Read More …

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

A group of nearly 175 UK academics has criticised the NHS’s planned COVID-19 contact-tracing app for a design choice they say could endanger users by creating a centralised store of sensitive health and travel data about them. In the open Read More …

Hong Kong researchers invent antiviral “coating”

A team of researchers from a Hong Kong university claim to have developed an antiviral coating they say can provide 90 days of “significant” protection against bacteria and viruses such as the novel coronavirus. Read more… Source: Reuters  

COVID-19: Cambridge-based Moderna sends possible coronavirus vaccine for testing

A Cambridge company has submitted a potential coronavirus vaccine for federal testing just two months after an outbreak of the infectious virus that started in China, killing 2,500 people while spreading rapidly through Asia into Europe and the United States. Read More …

Scientists develop a concept of a hybrid thorium reactor

Russian scientists have proposed a concept of a thorium hybrid reactor in that obtains additional neutrons using high-temperature plasma held in a long magnetic trap. This project was applied in close collaboration between Tomsk Polytechnic University, All-Russian Scientific Research Institute Read More …

UK cyber security legislation ‘crying out for reform’, new report finds

A new report released today by the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CLRNN) – a collaboration between academics, practitioners and other legal experts – finds the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (CMA) is “crying out for reform”. he CMA criminalises individuals Read More …

J-WAFS zeroes in on food security as agricultural impacts of the climate crisis become more apparent

Early this August, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued yet another in a series of grave and disquieting reports outlining the extreme challenges placed on the Earth’s systems by the climate crisis. Most IPCC reports and accompanying media Read More …

Ebola outbreaks: UCL-developed model may predict next one

The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new UCL-developed model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease. The model could help policymakers to decide where to Read More …

Energy to Launch $5.5M Artificial Intelligence Research Center

The Energy Department unveiled plans to launch a $5.5 million research center that will bring together top thinkers from three federal and academic institutions to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in artificial intelligence. Researchers from Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Read More …

Iranian hackers resume credential-stealing phishing attacks against universities around the world

An Iranian hacking operation has expanded a global phishing campaign that targets universities in an attempt to steal usernames and passwords. Dubbed Colbalt Dickens, the campaign was initially detailed in August last year, with researchers at Secureworks blaming cyberattacks targeting universities in 14 Read More …