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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Fixed Wing Drone by Parrot

The Parrot “Disco” is a fixed wing drone with a fish-eye lens camera, a range of nearly 2 kilometers, and flying time of over 45 minutes. It costs $1,300, flies at up to 80 kph (50 mph), and has automated take off and landing modes. There is a joystick operated control panel that integrates with […]

Mapping Clusters of Galaxies

A new technique of mapping clusters of galaxies using the direction in which they are moving, creates a new look at superclusters of galaxies. Galaxies clump together into clusters and clusters of galaxies clump together into supergalaxies. The name given to our supercluster is Laniakea, which is Hawaiian for “immeasurable heaven”. Laniakea: Our home supercluster […]

How Real Hacking Works

Hacking computers is a mysterious and dangerous world that most of us don’t really understand. This video shows some hackers at DEFCON demonstrating their techniques on a reporter who volunteered to be hacked. The video shows some basic “social engineering” which may use technical knowledge and experience, but involves classic “confidence” manipulation to gain credentials […]

Vortex Wind Generator Wiggles

Vortex bladeless wind generators respond to air movement by vibrating and oscillating as eddy currents curl around them. The motion created in the masts can be harnessed to produce electricity, using a linear alternator. This greatly reduces the cost of energy capture. Vortex Bladeless Wind Generator. – [youtube.com] Vortex Bladeless: a wind generator without blades […]

1913 – Erdos – bio

Paul Erdos was born in 1913 in Hungary and was a mathematician. He had an eccentric personality and was one of the most prolific mathematicians in history, either writing or collaborating on 1,475 papers. He did work in number theory, set theory, and probability theory, and is credited with founding the field of discrete mathematics. […]

The Difference Between Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets

Ceres was discovered in 1801 as the first asteroid. Pluto was discovered in 1930 as the ninth planet in the Solar System. But recently, it was reclassified as a “dwarf planet”. Let’s take a look at how the classification works for asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets: Asteroid – a mostly rocky object that is smaller […]

Using a Home Email Server for Federal Govt Business

The following article was published in March of 2015, but it’s worth a fresh look since we now know much more about Hillary Clintons home email server. Specifically, the requirement for assessment and authorization seems to have been ignored completely in the media stories. The State Department CIO had specific responsibility for this and the […]

Computer Security For Beginners

Don’t put any information that you don’t want exposed on any computer system that is connected to anything. Consider using a second computer that is not connected or a portable USB drive that can be unplugged or encrypted. Don’t connect any computer system to any other system or network of system without considering possible negative […]

47 Years Ago Tonight

The Apollo 11 mission marked the first human landing on the Moon. Apollo 11 Descent: Film and LRO Imagery – youtube.com Side by side view of Apollo 11’s descent, showing the view out of the lunar module’s window side by side with the broader panorama reconstructed from LRO data.Video Courtesy of GoneToPlaid.

Smart Wound Stitches Collect Data

The use of smart thread in wound sutures (stitches) allows them to wirelessly collect data that can help doctors diagnose the healing process. Researchers invent “smart” thread that collects diagnostic data when sutured into tissue – [tufts.edu] For the first time, researchers led by Tufts University engineers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into […]