YT Video: Frank Abagnale: “Catch Me If You Can” | Talks at Google

Verrrry Interesting. Watch it here www.youtube.com.

“His transformation from one of the world’s most notorious con men to an international cybersecurity expert trusted by the FBI has been mythologized in film and literature – but the takeaways he shares are the real deal. Frank’s contributions to the world of security are immeasurable. He has become a hero to hundreds of public and private sector organizations for his indispensable counsel and strategic insight on safeguarding information systems and combating cyber-fraud. With an eye on the latest techniques developed by high-tech criminals to deceive and defraud, Frank leaves audiences with a deep understanding of today’s evolving security landscape, and more importantly, a vision of how to make the world a safer place.”

Ten years of Large Hadron Collider discoveries are just the start of decoding the universe

This item is excerpted from this article at theconversation.com.

The most significant discovery to come from the LHC so far is the discovery of the Higgs boson, sometimes refered to as the ‘God particle, on July 4, 2012. The Higgs boson was the last remaining piece of what we call the standard model of particle physics. This theory covers all of the known fundamental particles — 17 of them — and three of the four forces through which they interact, although gravity is not yet included. The standard model is an incredibly well-tested theory. Two of the six scientists who developed the part of the standard model that predicts the Higgs boson won the Nobel Prize in 2013.

There is still lots to be understood. There are a number of questions that the standard model does not answer. For example, studies of galaxies and other large-scale structures in the universe indicate that there is a lot more matter out there than we observe. We call this dark matter since we can’t see it. The most common explanation to date is that dark matter is made of an unknown particle. Physicists hope that the LHC may be able to produce this mystery particle and study it. That would be an amazing discovery.

This Hearing Aid Can Translate For You—and Track Steps Too

This item is excerpted from this Wired.com article: www.wired.com.

“While other high-end hearing aids have included similar technology in recent years, Starkey Hearing Technologies’ new Livio AI hearing aids also count your steps and track how much time you spend talking to people rather than in isolation. They can detect when the wearer has fallen, and with an impending software update will be able to notify a loved one or 911. They can even listen to another language and whisper a near real-time translation in your ear, Star Trek style. While some or all of these features have been available in consumer devices known as “hearables,” they’ve never before been packed into a hearing aid—a government-approved medical device that has to be small, comfortable, and include batteries that last for days rather than hours.”

Measuring Magnets with Mils

The Casio fx-260 Solar scientific calculator is a handy little device. I recently found one on ebay that’s even handier; it has a magnetic strip on its case so you can stick it on a magnetic surface. The ebay description said it was a “30 mil magnet”; not knowing what that was, I had to look it up. Discountmagnets.com‘s page provided a good description of magnetic sheeting and included some prices. Other companies’ websites from the Google search may also be helpful.

Magnetic sheeting seems to be something it could be fun to use and experiment with. You can find it on Amazon, and on ebay.