Why we may never know who created the Flame virus


Antivirus firms are warning that another computer worm has evaded their radar. Nicknamed Flame, it is described as one of the most complex viruses ever and has the power to cripple national infrastructure. But a full two years after the last major threat – Stuxnet – was discovered, its authors have still not been exposed, although new evidence suggests they work for US and Israeli intelligence (see “Obama ‘gave full backing to Stuxnet attack on Iran’”). So what chance is there of tracking down the creators of this latest threat? Continue reading

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WEBINAR: Nanoparticle fabrication and characterization for biomedical research applications

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Nanotechnology refers to a field of applied science and technology that involves materials and devices that are typically smaller than 200 nanometers (nm) in diameter – nanoparticles. The combination of nanotechnology and biomedical sciences can lead to novel therapies such as targeted drug delivery, gene therapy, as well as diagnostics (new biomedical devices and biomarkers). Continue reading

Smokey the Bug

Melanophila-acuminataThe larvae of the pine beetle Melanophila acuminata can only develop by eating wood inside freshly burned trees. In order to provide for their hungry offspring, the Melanophila beetle, known as the black fire beetle, developed an interesting trait. They possess a small external organ (indicated by the arrow in the picture here) that detects infrared heat radiation (such as would be produced in a forest fire) from great distances. Continue reading