The Daily Dose: Deadly malware spreading across the globe; Death by plastic

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Crossing the Rubicon: A terrifying form of malware is spreading across the globe, a recent article in the MIT Technology Review reports. Called “Triton,” it is the first time the cybersecurity world had seen code deliberately designed to put lives at risk. It has been discovered in safety instrumented systems that provide the last line of defense in industrial internet of things.

Eggs are bad again: It’s not safe to eat a lot of eggs again due to cholesterol again, at least according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study analyzed data pooled from six studies involving a total of 29,615 people who were followed for a median of 17.5 years. The researchers found an association between egg consumption and increased risk. However, other scientists criticized the paper as “sloppy science.”

Ebola outbreak far from over: Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could stretch until next year. Redfield had just returned from the region on a fact finding mission and was set to inform Congress of the situation. “Let’s not underestimate this outbreak,” he said.

Death by plastic: A dead whale weighing 1,100 pounds and measuring 15 feet long washed up on the shores of the Philippines. Inside, it carried over 40 pounds of plastic in its stomach. Some of the plastic had been in its stomach so long that it had been compacted to the point of calcification. The Philippines is the world’s third largest polluter of plastics behind China and Indonesia.

Jack the Ripper revealed, maybe: A new paper in the Journal of Forensic Studies has identified Jack the Ripper. According to the scientists, the killer was Aaron Kominsky, long a prime suspect in the murders. “The tests compared fragments of mitochondrial DNA—the portion of DNA inherited only from one’s mother—retrieved from the shawl with samples taken from living descendants of Eddowes and Kosminski.” Other Ripper experts have dissenting opinions… of course they do.

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