Hacking The Universe is about figuring out how things work. Any things. All things. But specifically, for now, information security things and things about science.

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When Virtual Worlds Become Larger Than the Real World

Virtual and augmented environments are becoming more complex and more vivid as computing and graphics power grows. By networking many computers together and sharing the processing capability, it becomes possible to create massive virtual environments that are certainly larger than the total space within which most of us live our lives. In the near future, […]

Liquid Metal Antenna Tuning

Antennas resonate harmonically with radio waves according to how the length of the antenna matches the wavelength. Antennas can be tuned to a specific wavelength by changing their length. Using an applied voltage to change the length of some liquid metal, creates an antenna that can be tuned electronically. An antenna capable of tuning by […]

Robot Pets

Pet ownership can become expensive and requires time and effort. In some circumstances, this overhead is prohibitive, despite the emotional bonding and companionship pets provide. Robotic pets solve many of the problems associated with pet ownership and will increasingly be able to provide companionship as their software matures. Robot Pets of the Future – [youtube.com] […]

APT versus OODA Security Controls

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) is a kind of attack comes from a team with advanced skills, deep resources, and specific targets. They use advanced tools and techniques that are capable of circumventing defenses. They use stealth and demonstrate good situational awareness in evaluating the state of the defenders they face. They respond quickly and with […]

3D Printing a Jet Engine

Using Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) to fuse thin layers of hybrid alloys together, a team of engineers at GE has printed a small jet engine that operates. The 3D Printed Jet Engine – [youtube.com] These Engineers 3D Printed a Mini Jet Engine, Then Took it to 33,000 RPM – [gereports.com] Consider it a jet […]

A Quarantine of Intelligence

Human history is a dismal record of failure to expand ethical considerations beyond the self. We have left a trail of hundreds of millions of lives lost in warfare, torture, and enslavement of various kinds. We have a well established track record of making poor decisions based on personal interest and without regard to consequences. […]

Overlays of Tailored Security Controls

Tailoring security controls involves adapting the generic baseline sets of security controls to better fit a specific operating environment. Here is a list of tailoring activities: Defining “Common Controls” that are centrally managed and can be used by several information systems. Applying “Scoping Considerations” Using “Compensating Controls” Defining “Organizational Parameters” Adding “Supplementary Controls” Using “Overlays” […]

Software That Creates Hardware

All of our work at chiseling shapes out of matter originates with an idea of something. Then we find a way to manifest that idea through some technique of manipulating energy and matter. We “see” patterns in the swirl of the world around us and decide to recreate that pattern in a new form. The […]

Skin Suit

In the future, we will wear a basic clothing under suit that could be considered as super skin. It will be made from a variety of layers of composite materials: Nanofoams – hybrids of ceramic, metal, and polymer nanofoams will offer layers of light insulation, armor, and conduction of both liquids and electric current in […]

Superconducting Islands Amplify Photon Pressure

The ripple in space that we call a photon, or wave/particle of light, does have some mass, but it is so small that is almost zero. It normally takes millions of photons just to measure any impact at all. Joint research based in Finland shows that an island of superconductivity can amplify the ability to […]