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UPS now runs the first official drone airline
Today, UPS announced that its drone service is the first of its kind to be recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial airline. With the certification in wing, UPS has the right to run as many drones as it likes, in as many places as it likes—as long as it follows the still-strict regulations relating to operator line of sight and more. UPS plans to extend its drone-delivery service well beyond its initial testing grounds in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Decades-old code is putting millions of devices at risk
Some ancient code that became an industry standard for devices like patient monitors, routers, security cameras, and more has severe vulnerabilities that are just now coming to light. “It’s a mess, and it illustrates the problem of unmanaged embedded devices,” says Ben Seri, vice president of research at Armis. “The amount of code changes that have happened in these 15 years are enormous, but the vulnerabilities are the only thing that has remained the same.” With so many different platforms and devices running on the same code, Seri adds, “I don’t know if it will ever be accomplished to update all of these machines.”
Fast Fact: 80 Percent
That’s how much of the human DNA used in genetic studies comes from people of European descent, which translates into pharmaceutical companies developing new drugs based overwhelmingly on the genomes of white people. A startup called 54gene is trying to change that.
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