“The potential for an adversary to disrupt, shut down (power systems), or worse … is real here,” said Scott White, Professor of Homeland Security and Security Management and Director of the Computing Security and Technology program at Drexel University. “It’s absolutely real.”
Malicious hackers often gain access to sensitive data and systems by targeting a low-level employee—one who may not have received any useful security training—and escalating their privileges until they gain the desired level of access.
The solution, according to the MIT team, is twofold: completely redesign the world’s computers to eliminate inherent flaws and implement a stronger method of authentication.
For price and technicals, we use the CRB index, a proxy for the commodities complex. Note that petroleum has a large weight in this index. As the two decade chart reveals, the CRB index touched the 1999 and 2001 lows in August of this year during a panic sell off. The CRB is trading 58% lower than its 2009 highs, while it is down 48% from its 2011 highs. These are huge corrections.
The 20-page report from Britain’s Met Office, entitled “Big changes underway in the climate system?”, highlights current transitions in major weather patterns that affect rainfall and temperatures at a regional level.
An El Nino weather pattern centred in the tropical Pacific Ocean is “well underway”, the report says, and shaping up to be one of the most intense on record. Very strong El Ninos also occurred over the winters of 1997 and 1982.
A blaze that covered one square mile on Thursday quickly burned more than 100 square miles and was only 5% contained by Friday evening. By Saturday afternoon firefighters had gained some ground and containment had increased to about 10%, fire officials said.
Four firefighters were injured on Saturday, sustaining second-degree burns, officials said.
Oil prices have plunged 50pc this year with Brent crude trading well below $50 per barrel, a level which makes it uneconomical for many producers. Opec, under pressure from Saudi Arabia, has allowed oil prices to fall in an effort to protect its shrinking market share especially from the rise of shale oil drillers in the US.
However, the strategy has caused deep divisions within the group, which controls a third of the world’s crude. Venezuela has formally asked for an emergency meeting of Opec to review its current strategy.
Now that California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has filed its “notice of intent to list” glyphosate as a known cancer agent, the public will have until October 5th to comment. There are no restrictions on sale or use associated with the listing.
What makes this of interest to farmers is that Penn State researchers working to isolate exactly which compounds in the poops trigger those fungal defenses. If they can be isolated and extracted, we’ll end up with a protection against fungal infections that comes straight from nature, one that’s unlikely to have any unwanted environmental impacts because it merely triggers the plant to do what it’s evolved to do anyway. Pretty cool! And all thanks to caterpillar poops.
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