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This Ransomware Demands Nudes Instead of Bitcoin


For years, cybercriminals have been extorting victims by locking their computers with malware. The hackers promise to give the victim their files back as long as they fork over the cryptocurrency. Now, someone has added a new, perverse twist: demanding naked photographs instead of Bitcoin.

Architects Seek Plastic Bottles to Build Shelters for Mexico Quake Homeless

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Tens of thousands of empty plastic bottles could be filled with rubble and earth to build quake-resistant emergency shelters for people made homeless in Mexico’s recent tremors, said architects who are urging people to donate bottles.

NASA Tech Aids Relief Workers After Mexico Quakes

Disaster relief workers on the ground in Mexico City were responding to last week’s earthquakes by using a suitcase-sized radar instrument capable of detecting human heartbeats under rubble.

End of the World Won’t Start Today, But Next Extinction Could Happen in 2100, Says Scientist


A new analysis of previous mass extinctions adds more support to the idea that there will be another - and soon.

New Smart Device Lets Users Make Great Craft Beer


As Pico C doubles its crowdfunding goal the new smart hobby device is aiming to change the world of craft brewing by adding an online marketplace, custom brewing, a subscription service and a mobile app.

Report Reveals Details of How the Cuban Government Censors the Internet

Miami Herald

The Cuban government has blocked internet content deemed critical of the revolution from reaching users on the island for years, but apparently its censorship methods are not that sophisticated.

Earthquake Early Warning System Helped Mexico City


Mexico’s second major quake in as many weeks inflicted death and destruction across the country with more than 200 dead. Yet Mexico City has one thing to give solace: an early warning system to avert even greater tragedy when earthquakes strike.

Chihuahua Studio Draws on Indigenous Mythology for Action-Adventure Game Mulaka

Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.

Police ’Porn Dogs’ Sniff Out Crimes Against Children


It’s a ruff job, but someone’s got to do it. New sniffer dog units, dubbed “electronic-detection forensic K-9,” are being used by U.S. police officers to sniff out pedophiles’ secret stashes of child porn.

Why Seismologists Didn’t See Mexico’s Deadly Tehuantepec Earthquake Coming

The Conversation

More detailed studies of the geophysical records obtained from the Sept. 7 Tehuantepec quake will help shed light on unanswered questions as Mexico moves forward, learning from this tragedy as Oaxaca and Chiapas rebuild.

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