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Brave New Web?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 | Tags:

Note: This guest post was written by NC State News Services stalwart, and all-around swell guy, David Hunt. The Internet may seem like a limitless universe of websites, blogs and Facebook pages but it’s actually filling up. Eventually, if people keep adding websites and connecting computers, notebooks, tablets and mobile devices to the Internet, all

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Enter The Hacker: New DroidKungFu Malware Is Bad News For Androids

Saturday, June 4th, 2011 | Tags:

Computer science researchers at NC State have identified new Android malware, called DroidKungFu, which appears to be able to avoid detection by mobile anti-virus software. The researchers, assistant professor Xuxian Jiang and Ph.D. student Yajin Zhou, have so far identified at least two DroidKungFu-infected applications for Android platforms, which are circulated in more than eight

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Using Desire To Be A ‘Good Dad’ To Curb Domestic Violence

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | Tags: ,

A lot of fathers who have battered their partners, and/or their kids, also witnessed domestic violence in their own homes as children. Many of these men want to do a better job as fathers. A pilot study in North Carolina is trying to tap into that desire to be a “good dad” to curb domestic

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Bad Bugs of Summer: Horse Flies

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Mosquitoes and ticks are nasty, but no family of blood feeders can compete with horse flies. They’re the most diverse group of blood-feeding animals on Earth (and, as far as we know, in the entire universe). Whether you call them horse flies, greenheads, deer flies or bloodthirsty so-and-sos, these insects are all part of the

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Bad Bugs of Summer: Black Widows

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , ,

It’s hard to think of an arthropod with a worse reputation than the black widow. Heck, the term is even used to describe serial killers – and it doesn’t get much worse than that. We’ve already covered mosquitoes, ticks and carpenter bees in our “bad bugs” series, but any conversation about bugs people hate has

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