Tech & Science A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins University taught monkeys how to gamble—and their experiments have revealed an area of the brain that plays an important role in risk-taking behavior. The findings—which are published in the journal Current Biology—cast new light on the willingness of primates to take risks and could have important implications for the development of treatments for destructive, risky behaviors, such as gambling, in humans. It is widely thought that one’s willingness to take risks is a consistent trait in individuals, but research has shown that this isn’t necessarily the case. “A person can be risk-averse for some things but inclined to risk in others, like someone who saves a lot of money but also skydives," Veit Stuphorn, a co-author of the study from Johns Hopkins, said in a statement. Recommended Slideshows 67 The Best Pictures Ever Taken in Space 47 Underwater Photographer of the … [Read more...] about Gambling Monkeys Reveal a Brain Area Responsible for High Risk Behavior
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Secunia's Personal Software Inspector 3 (PSI) has been discontinued by Flexera, which bought it in 2015. People who have been using it to update Windows programs over the past decade are now looking for a replacement - and if you have not been using a vulnerability management program like this, you should consider it.Microsoft provides Windows Update to keep its operating system up to date, and other programs may have their own background processes - Google Chrome and Firefox are examples - or check for new versions when they are run. PSI provided a simple way to check and update a wide range of third-party programs, including ones that hadn't been used recently. This helps avoid malware attacks on vulnerable software such as Oracle's Java JRE, Adobe Reader, Adobe's Flash Player, and Apple's iTunes and QuickTime.And you may well have more programs on your PCs than you think. My Dell desktop, for example, came with a suite of Nvidia programs that support the graphics card, the Killer … [Read more...] about Finding a software updater to replace Secunia’s PSI
By M. Mitchell WaldropApr. 12, 2018 , 2:00 PM At 11:15 on a Monday morning in May, an ordinary looking delivery van rolls into the intersection of 16th and K streets NW in downtown Washington, D.C., just a few blocks north of the White House. Inside, suicide bombers trip a switch. Instantly, most of a city block vanishes in a nuclear fireball two-thirds the size of the one that engulfed Hiroshima, Japan. Powered by 5 kilograms of highly enriched uranium that terrorists had hijacked weeks earlier, the blast smashes buildings for at least a kilometer in every direction and leaves hundreds of thousands of people dead or dying in the ruins. An electromagnetic pulse fries cellphones within 5 kilometers, and the power grid across much of the city goes dark. Winds shear the bomb's mushroom cloud into a plume of radioactive fallout that drifts eastward into the Maryland suburbs. Roads quickly become jammed with people on the move—some trying to flee the area, but many more looking for … [Read more...] about What if a nuke goes off in Washington, D.C.? Simulations of artificial societies help planners cope with the unthinkable
Fasoo has updated its Wrapsody enterprise document platform solution with behavioral analytics to solve issues with information management and ROT (redundant, obsolete, trivial) data, the company said. Wrapsody collects actual usage logs wherever documents are and offers an easy-to-view graphical interface that shows how much an employee revised, viewed, and engaged inbound or outbound documents. It compares the employee's activities on unstructured data with the assigned target as well as percentage comparison to group average and company average. It also provides analytics on their usage patterns and trends of a specific user or group. It has been "impossible" to collect this quality of log data, especially from unstructured data, Fasoo said, but Wrapsody will now allow companies to apply behavioral analytics to drastically improve collaboration in the workplace. "Wrapsody's background as offering security in the document-level has provided us with indispensable know-how on tracking … [Read more...] about Fasoo’s Wrapsody offers behavioral analytics for max workspace output
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Post Politics Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Eli Rosenberg by Eli Rosenberg Email the author April 7 at 8:00 AM Email the author The Capitol Hill condo building where Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has stayed in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Among the ethics scandals now swirling around Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is the recent disclosure that he leased a room in a D.C. condominium from the wife of an energy lobbyist. For about … [Read more...] about ‘That’s bizarre’: Realtors weigh in on Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night condo room deal in D.C.