This Android Malware Can Drain Your PayPal Account

Disguised as an innocent battery-enhancing app, Android Optimization can reportedly steal hundreds of dollars in seconds.

The malware, which is available on third-party app stores rather than Google Play, was reported by cybersecurity firm ESET this week.

Unlike other banking trojans, Android Optimization leverages a device’s accessibility services, which are designed to assist users with disabilities.

Simply granting permission to “Enable Statistics” notifies cyberthieves when you access financial apps — and triggers an automatic withdrawal when PayPal is opened.

Experts recommend only installing apps from trusted sources.

Learn More:  Motherboard

This Is How Geckos Walk on Water

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They’re running away with it. We now know that the curious reptiles navigate an aqua surface by whirling their front feet in a circular motion — like speedy cartoon characters — and hit the water hard to create pockets of air, keeping them afloat.

A team of researchers at New York’s Rockefeller University made the discovery after taking high-speed video of eight geckos skimming across a 14-inch-long water-filled basin 63 times.

Exploiting surface tension while having water-repellent skin also helps keep them from sinking.

Learn More:    New Scientist      New Atlas

Elon Musk’s Rocket Lofts Christmas Dinner Into Orbit

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Smoked turkey, cranberry sauce, candied yams and fruitcake were blasted toward the orbiting International Space Station by way of Musk-founded SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

The shipment was delayed one day after mold was found on food meant for 40 mice living on the station.

The 5,600 pounds of cargo also include 36,000 worms used for research on aging and muscle studies.

Unfortunately, the rocket’s first-stage booster missed its landing for the first time at Cape Canaveral, dropping into the Atlantic Ocean.

Learn More:    Time    NPR

Why Antarctic fish don’t freeze to death

The notothenioid fishes that inhabit the Antarctic Ocean have evolved an unusual adaptation to living in icy waters.

Their blood contains antifreeze proteins that prevent ice from growing within the fishes’ bodies and actually lower the freezing temperature of their tissues.

In this video, Reactions meets these bizarre animals:

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