Month: May 2017

Study: effective handwashing does not require hot water?

Handwashing is a hot topic in the world of food safety. Lack of proper handwashing procedures in foodservice and other sectors can lead to the spread of foodborne illness. Are current handwashing rules in need of updating? A new study suggests it may be time. According to research released by Rutgers University, cool water is ...

Volcanic energy could be new source of sustainable power

Iceland is experimenting with a well drilled almost three miles down into the Earth that captures volcanic heat for a new supply of more sustainable energy. Although not without pollutants, the new approach to accessing and using Iceland‘s geothermal energy would require only three to five wells to generate the same amount of power as ...

German threat actor spreads Houdini Worm on Pastebin

A threat actor from Germany appears to be behind the propagation of the Houdini malware on Pastebin sites—as well as actively editing an open source ransomware variant called MoWare H.F.D. According to Recorded Future analyst Daniel Hatheway, there have been three distinct spike in malicious Visual Basic scripts (VBScript) posted on paste sites, the majority ...

Delays & cancellations continue at British Airways after a long weekend of disruption

British Airways is working to restore its computer systems after a power failure caused major disruption for thousands of passengers worldwide. The airline is "closer to full operational capacity" after an IT power cut resulted in mass flight cancellations at Heathrow and Gatwick. Thousands of passengers remain displaced, with large numbers sleeping overnight in terminals. ...

Don’t let someone burst your bubble

Life is a bit like the soap bubble. We have great hopes and visions of what will be when we shake our bottle and get ready to blow. We have an idea of where we want to go with the bubbles; we have checked the direction. We undertake a bit of a  'mini-risk assessment' but without the need ...

Blockchain technology set to grow further with international standards in pipeline

Blockchain technology holds immense promise to revolutionize financial transactions – and with it, improve a whole host of things from financial inclusion to efficiencies in government, health and all areas of business. A new ISO technical committee promises to take it to the next level, having now defined areas for future standardization work. The inaugural ...

From bean to bar: the challenges on the cocoa industry

From bean to bar: the challenges of the cocoa industry

It is the key ingredient in one of the world’s favourite affordable luxury treats, but the reality behind cocoa is bittersweet. A sustainable cocoa industry is the goal of a new ISO technical committee that hopes to build a better future for cocoa farmers –for the greater benefit of us all. Cocoa farmer Francisco Miranda ...

Astonishing! How Facebook’s tentacles reach further than you think

Facebook's collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look "under the bonnet" at the tech giant's algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company. A couple of years ago, Vladan Joler and his brainy friends in Belgrade ...

5 lessons for entrepreneurs about preparing for crisis communications

Ubiquitous cell phone cameras mean every embarrassing mistake you or an employee makes is made in public. In a time where you can pretty much bank on cell phone cameras capturing every moment, it is more important than ever for brands to make smart decisions when it comes to delivering on promises to their customers. ...

AgriShield, a new risk management tool for Canadian farmers

Canadian farmers will soon have another tool in their toolbox for dealing with risk on the farm. The federal government invested $786,921 towards the development of an online resource to help farmers manage uncontrollable challenges, according to a May 25 release. Farm Management Canada will develop AgriShield to monitor a variety of farm risks, including ...

BlackBerry expands crisis communications services

To help federal managers communicate with their teams during an emergency, BlackBerry announced additional capabilities for its AtHoc crisis communication solution, which automates safety and availability status updates of people before, during and after an event. The new AtHoc Account combines input from managers regarding their teams, information from call center operators, data feeds from ...