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.

solar system

Space Station Flyover Time Lapse

Earth time lapse 2015, International Space Station, ISS, fly over, Orbit – [youtube.com] International Space Station Flyover in HD, compilation NASA footage. All footage captured during Jan/Feb 2015. All footage courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Centre. Links to original footage found at http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Post Production After Effects and [...]

Nanoparticles Reverse Bone Loss in Mice

Silica nanoparticles not only suppress bone loss but also promote bone acretion. Silica Nanoparticles Partially Reverse Osteoporosis in Mice – [fightaging.org] At the small scale, bone structure is constantly remodeled throughout life. We lose bone mass and strength as we age, a condition known as osteoporosis, in part due to a systemic shift of the [...]

NSA APT? – “THE EQUATION GROUP”

Kaspersky Lab uncovers online spy tools with potential NSA connections – [youtube.com] Equation Group: The Crown Creator of Cyber-Espionage – [kaspersky.com] For several years, Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) has been closely monitoring more than 60 advanced threat actors responsible for cyber-attacks worldwide. The team has seen nearly everything, with attacks becoming [...]

The Moon as a Fuel Depot

There are good reasons to mine the Moon. Ice will supply water and oxygen for life, and hydrogen and oxygen for fuel. Aluminum and other metals can be extracted and formed into basic building block materials for construction. But both the ice and the building materials will be mostly thrown out into space for use [...]

-0575 – Pythagoras – bio

Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician born around -575 on the island of Samos. He is best known for the “Pythagorean theorem” which states that in a triangle with a ninety degree angle (right angle), a square formed by the long side opposite the right angle (the hypotenuse) is equal to the sum of the squares [...]

1879 – Korzybski – bio

Alfred Habdank Sharbek Korzybski was born in 1879 in Warsaw, Poland. He founded the theory of general semantics which deals with developing an awareness of the difference between layers of abstraction that separate symbols (such as words) and the events they represent. PRECURSOR: -0384 – Aristotle 1839 – Peirce 1848 – Frege 1861 – Whitehead [...]

Satellite Launch From Aircraft

Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) is a DARPA program designed to launch small satellites into low earth orbit with rockets fired from aircraft at high altitude. This has the ability to reduce costs and planning overhead. ALASA Concept Video [youtube.com] DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) seeks to propel 100-pound satellites into [...]

British Army “Twitter Brigade”

During World War II, the British Army created a commando/special forces unit called the “Chindits” that operated in Burma and India, using guerrilla warfare tactics to operate deeply behind Japanese lines. They were formally known as the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade and operated on foot, getting resupplied by parachute drops. They were known for collecting [...]

Tailoring Security Controls

The NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) is a six step process as follows: Categorize both the information and the system based on impact. Select a baseline set of security controls. Implement the controls. Assess the effectiveness of the security controls. Authorize the system to operate. Monitor the ongoing state of protection the security controls are [...]

timeline of calculating machines

-3,000 – abacus 1614 – logarithms – by John Napier 1622 – slide rule invented by Oughtred 1623 – calculating clock by Schickard could add and subtract up to six places 1642 – Pascal built an “arithmetical machine” which used wheels linked by teeth, capable of automatic carrying to the next place 1668 – Morland [...]