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Facebook will not notify the half a billion users caught up in its huge data leak, it says

The Independent - Tech

Facebook will not notify the more than half a billion people caught up in a huge leak of personal information, it has said. Over the weekend, it emerged that a vast trove of data on more than 530 million users – containing information including their phone numbers and dates of birth – was being made freely available online. Facebook said that the data was gathered before 2019. It later said that " "malicious actors" had obtained the data prior to September 2019 by "scraping" profiles using a vulnerability in the platform's tool for synching contacts, and that the loophole that allowed them to do so had now been closed. But it said that it did not inform users when the leak happened, and does not have plans to do so now.


Scientists are growing tiny brains in 3D-printed reactors

The Independent - Tech

Scientists are growing miniscule amounts of brain tissue in 3D-printed systems, allowing them to watch them grow and develop on a tiny scale. The organoids were grown from human cells over the course of a week, where a small but if brain tissue developed a cavity surrounded by a self-organising structure similar to a developing neocortex – the part of the brain used for motor commands, spatial reasoning and language. The technology that has made this development possible is'microfluidics', where nutrients can be delivered through minute tubes connected to a chip. Compared to mainstream methods, this new system has numerous benefits: growing organic material in commercial culture dishes are is costly, and the dishes are only compatible with specific microscopes. Moreover, scientists are unable to let nutrients flow through them to help the tissue grow.


OnlyFans leak: Company says 'group of people' illegally distributing premium adult content for free

The Independent - Tech

OnlyFans says that a "group of people" are downloading paid-for content from its site and illegally distributing it for free. The platform has become best known as an outlet for adult content, though it is also becoming increasingly broad in focus, hosting chefs, musicians and other influencers. Fans pay a subscription fee to get access to a feed of photos and videos from creators, who can monetise their work in a way that is not possible on more traditional social media sites. In recent days, report suggested that cybercriminals were assembling a Google Drive folder that was filled with content that had seemingly been stolen from the platform. The files had been shared on a "low-tier hacker forum by a threat actor known for collecting and exchanging sexually explicit material", according to Backchannel, the cyber security research firm that made the files public. It said that the files included "videos and pictures stolen from hundreds of OnlyFans users".


Scientists discover record-breaking 'failed stars' that are nearly tearing themselves apart

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Astronomers have found the fastest brown dwarf stars in the known universe, spinning at such a rapid rate that they risk ripping themselves asunder. A brown dwarf, otherwise known as a'failed star', are formed when stars cannot gather enough mass to trigger nuclear reactions, which would convert their cores from hydrogen into helium. "We seem to have come across a speed limit on the rotation of brown dwarfs," said Megan Tannock, the Western University physics and astronomy graduate student who led the discovery. "Despite extensive searches, by our own team and others, no brown dwarfs have been found to rotate any faster. In fact, faster spins may lead to a brown dwarf tearing itself apart."


'We could probably build Jurassic Park,' says co-founder of Elon Musk's Neuralink

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Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak, who started the brain-computer interface company with Elon Musk, has claimed that humans have the technology to recreate Jurassic Park. "We could probably build jurassic park if we wanted to. "Maybe 15 years of breeding engineering to get super exotic novel species". It is unclear who Hodak is referring to when he says "we". Neuralink has demonstrated a chip implanted into the brain of a pig and a monkey, but does not appear to have made any announcements with regards to animal cloning. If Hodak is referring to scientists and genetic researchers as a whole, the prospect becomes more feasible – although is undeniably difficult. Scientists have cloned a number of animals, including wolves, dogs, cats, monkeys and, famously, sheep. A black-footed ferret, which is on the US endangered species list, has also been cloned, but scientists have not managed to create an extinct animal yet. Starship SN15 test dates set as SpaceX launches debris hotline Aliens would be'friendly but we can't gamble on it' Scientists connect human brain to computer wirelessly for first time ever Nasa reveals Easter eggs hidden on Mars perseverance Aliens would be'friendly but we can't gamble on it' "Biodiversity (antifragility) is definitely valuable; conservation is important and makes sense.