Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Mother Breastfeeds Too Soon After Fake Tanning… Then THIS Happens.

A mother shared a hilarious “epic parenting fail” moment earlier this week, which promptly went viral.

Gemma Colley, from England, posted a photo on The Unmumsy Mum Facebook page of her baby son with a fake tanned face after she accidentally breastfed him a little too soon after getting a spray tan.

Thankfully, Colley saw the funny side of what she described as her “epic parenting fail” and laughed about it, along with the rest of the world.

1. A British mother has shared a picture of her baby boy, who accidentally received a fake tan “five o’clock shadow” after she breastfed him a little too soon after having a spray tan.

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A Mother Breastfeeds Too Soon After Fake Tanning... Then THIS Happens.Alongside her image on Facebook, Colley wrote:
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‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper dead at 61

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Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Wrestling superstar “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at age 61. Multiple reports indicate that Piper died in his sleep from a heart attack.

“Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night,” Piper’s agent Jay Schacter told Variety. “I am shocked and beyond devastated.”

Upon learning of his death, WWE chairman Vince McMahon tweeted that Piper was “one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE beloved by millions of fans around the world.”

Piper, whose real name was Roddy Toombs, is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and was one of the core members of the ’80s-era WWE (then known as the WWF). He competed in the very first Wrestlemania, working a faux-Scottish angle, and quickly became one of the sport’s most hated villains.

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New Brain Chip Implant So Tiny, You Wouldn’t Know You Were Implanted

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A new and emerging technology is paving the way for a new brain chip implant that is so microscopic, you wouldn’t even know if you had been implanted.  The technology would effectively make you half-human, half-computer.

From Natural News [1]:

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), have come up with a concept they’ve dubbed “neural dust” that they say can be implanted into people’s brains for data collection purposes. And the technology is reportedly so small that humans wouldn’t even know it was inside their heads.

Using a special wire apparatus, the neural dust can be “dipped” into a person’s cerebral cortex, report scientists, where it would remain embedded indefinitely. And since it’s powered by special piezoelectric materials, this dust wouldn’t require a recharge, which means once it’s there, it’s there for good.

According to reports, this neural dust contains a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) that allows it to monitor and track a person’s brain activity. After gathering this data, the dust then transmits it to a special transmitter installed on a person’s scalp.

Here’s how The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) describes the technology:

“Thousands of biologically neutral microsensors, on the order of one-tenth of a millimeter (approximately the thickness of a human hair), would convert electrical signals into ultrasound that could be read outside the brain.”

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Privacy and targeting are among new video controls for Facebook Pages

Privacy and targetting are among new video controls for Facebook PagesIt might not sound very Facebook-ish to introduce tools that allow users to throttle down the number of people who see their posts, but that’s what Facebook announced on Tuesday.

In a release, Facebook announced two new updates that give publishers more control over how their videos are organized and who can see them.

One update is a new video library that gives publishers a streamlined, centralized place to manage their videos.

The other update is an upload feature that gives Page owners the ability to customize video distribution options, including secret videos and the ability to prohibit embeds on third-party sites.

Facebook says that page owners can now:

  • Restrict the audience of a video by age and gender (in addition to location and language, which are already available).
  • Set an expiration date for a video and retain its insights, even after the video has been removed.
  • Publish video directly to the Videos tab for your Page, without distributing to News Feed or Timeline.
  • Allow or prohibit video embeds on third-party sites.

Other new features include the ability to use custom thumbnails with your own or suggested images, and video categorization through the use of labels based on interest categories, including Entertainment and News.

The appeal of setting age limits is clear: plenty of videotaped material is inappropriate for youngsters.

Of course, Facebook’s age verification techniques have been notably ineffective.

Its policy is that users have to be over the age of 13, but that is probably more to do with a US law about children’s online privacy than with Facebook thinking it’s not a safe place for kids.

It’s admitted that it has no technical means to age-verify.

The presence of lots of underage kids on Facebook is well-known: reports from 2013 estimated that over 38% of Facebook users under the age of 18 were actually under the age of 13.

continue https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/07/24/privacy-and-targeting-are-among-new-video-controls-for-facebook-pages/

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British man receives world’s first bionic eye implant for macular degeneration

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This Tragic New PSA About Using Your Phone While Driving Is Something EVERYONE Should See

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Continuing need for the ‘medical effects of sword-swallowing’ study

Jennifer Weiss, writing in the Wall Street Journal, explores the continuing need for the prize-winning study “Sword-Swallowing and Its Side Effects“. The study’s authors, Brian Witcombe and Dan Meyer, were awarded the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize for medicine. Witcombe and Meyer’s Ig Nobel acceptance speech is documented in this brief video:

CONTINUE http://www.improbable.com/2015/07/25/continuing-need-for-the-medical-effects-of-sword-swallowing-study/

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Reading tragic news can lead to depression and anxiety: researchers

In today’s society, it’s nearly impossible to escape national news, which is more often than not rife with tragedy. Yet, as we’re frequently made aware of these tragic news stories, be it through TV or social media, we’re less aware of the effects constant consumption has on our mental health. A new study from the Netherlands may help to bridge this gap.

Researchers were actually in the middle of a study on the prenatal and postnatal mental health of women in the Netherlands when they noticed women were “measurably more depressed” following the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash, Live Science reported. At this point, women began to list tragedy as a “major life event” they had experienced during their pregnancy. Victor Pop, study author and researcher at the University of Tilburg, said this became “a side note of the project.”

“We realized that possibly we could have very interesting data in our hands, because we had women who had completed the [same] questionnaires in 2013,” Pop told Live Science.

These questionnaires required women to measure their levels of depression on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most depressed. When comparing the two groups’ answers, Pop and his team found an increase in depression among women involved in the study in 2014, the year the plane crash took place. These women had an average score of 5.21 on the depression scale compared to an average score of 4.11 among the women who filled out the questionnaire in 2013.

CONTINUE http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/reading-tragic-news-can-lead-to-depression-and-anxiety-researchers/

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Tortoise Gets a new 3D Printed Shell After Forest Fire

tortoise1One of my favorite reasons for covering the 3D printing space is the fact that I get to report on some really inspiring stories. I’m an animal lover and love seeing instances where humans and animals help each other in ways which make you realize the special connections we have with our pets. Previously we have covered many stories related to humans using 3D printers to come to the aid of animals. Just this past March, we did a story on a tortoise named Cleopatra, who had received a 3D printed shell due to a disorder that she had. This shell was not meant as a replacement for Cleopatra’s original, but was rather a means to supplement the deformed shell that was already there.

Today, however, comes news out of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, where another tortoise, named Fred, has received an entire 3D printed shell as a replacement for one that he had lost. Fred specifically is a Red-Footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaris), a species found in many areas of South America. Unfortunately he was the victim of a recent forest fire that completely deteriorated the majority of his shell.

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How Tiny Lab-Grown Human Brains Are Giving Big Insights Into Autism

First came lab-grown mini-hearts. Then came 3D printed skin. Now scientists have taken “body on a chip” to a whole new level.

Starting with skin cells from patient biopsies, scientists transformed them back into stem cells, and from those grew pea-sized, self-organizing, crazy-looking nuggets of living — yes, LIVING — brain.

These “cerebral organoids” are the brainchild of Dr. Madeline Lancaster, a neuroscientist at Cambridge who is interested in how our brains develop as embryos. A few years back while working as a postdoc in Vienna at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), Lancaster noticed off-hand that her cultured brain cells weren’t sticking to the bottom of the dish as usual — instead, they floated up and aggregated into tiny balls.

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Curiosity piqued, Lancaster tinkered around with growth conditions until her mini-brains expanded several millimeters wide — tiny compared to a normal human brain, but still something previously unachievable.

continue with video http://singularityhub.com/2015/07/26/how-tiny-lab-grown-human-brains-are-giving-big-insights-into-autism/

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These Burgers Are Made of Flies and They Are Amazingly Nutritious

Every year, during the rainy season, trillions of midges – small flies – rise from the water of Lake Victoria, in Africa, and fly in giant swarms that are said to be so dense they can suffocate a person. However, for the people living on the shores of the great lake, they are just a welcome source of protein.

Some bird species migrate to Lake Victoria during the rainy season so they can take advantage of this free feast. The flies create a sort of constantly buzzing living smog and cover every available surface as they break off from their mating ritual. But no matter how many of them are gobbled up by birds and other natural predators, there are always more than enough for the locals. As disgusting as eating flies may seem, the reality is they make up a huge quantity of biomass equivalent with large herds of big game. People living on the shores of Lake Victoria simply can’t ignore the nutritious protein flying all around them, so they catch the flies and cook them as charcoal-black fly burgers.
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950 Million Android Phones Can Be Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages

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Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website, a security researcher reported Monday.

The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android phones and tablets, according to Joshua Drake, vice president of platform research and exploitation at security firm Zimperium. It resides in “Stagefright,” an Android code library that processes several widely used media formats. The most serious exploit scenario is the use of a specially modified text message using the multimedia message (MMS) format. All an attacker needs is the phone number of the vulnerable Android phone. From there, the malicious message will surreptitiously execute malicious code on the vulnerable device with no action required by the end user and no indication that anything is amiss.

In a blog post published Monday, Zimperium researchers wrote:

A fully weaponized successful attack could even delete the message before you see it. You will only see the notification. These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual—with a trojaned phone.

continue http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/950-million-android-phones-can-be-hijacked-by-malicious-text-messages/

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English Bulldog Absolutely LOVES Pinball

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Government Agent Blows Up Federal Lab While Making Meth — No Arrests, No Charges

Not that meth labs are wonderful or anything, but once again, this shows there is one rule for the government, another for everyone else. The government loves to fight the drug war… and make the drugs, too.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland – A high-ranking NIST officer was recently forced to resign after creating an explosion inside of a government lab while attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to NBC News, the explosion happened at the Gaithersburg, Md. campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, around 7:30 PM on Saturday.

An officer on the scene, who has not been named by police, was reportedly found with severe burns on his hands and arms, implicating him in the explosion.

Additionally, supplies were found on the scene that are typically associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. When they arrived, police reportedly found pseudoephedrine, drain opener and even a recipe for methamphetamine.

Witnesses told police that after the explosion, the officer was seen throwing something in the trash and then running to his care to hide a duffle bag. The officer then attempted to tell police that he accidentally burned himself with a lighter.

SOURCE http://washingtonweeklynews.com/government-agent-blows-up-federal-lab-while-making-meth-no-arrests-no-charges/

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Ripping CDs and movies for personal use is once again illegal in UK

Making copies of copyrighted music and videos for personal use is again illegal in the UK because of a ruling by the High Court issued today.

Today’s ruling quashes the 2014 regulation that made it legal to make personal copies of performances for private use as long as the person doing so has lawfully acquired the content and doesn’t distribute it to anyone else. That regulation allowed people to make backups or play songs or movies in different formats but didn’t allow selling copies or sharing them with family and friends.

But the High Court ruled last month that the regulation hadn’t been enacted properly. The personal use exception wasn’t immediately thrown out because other remedies could have been considered, but today’s ruling takes it off the books.

“A judge ruled that the government was wrong legally when it decided not to introduce a compensation scheme for songwriters, musicians, and other rights holders who face losses as a result of their copyright being infringed,” the BBC reported. The decision came “after a legal challenge from Basca, the Musicians’ Union, and industry representatives UK Music.”

It seems unlikely that anyone would be punished for making copies if they’re not distributing them. “It’s unclear how the change will be enforced,” the BBC noted. “Court action was rare under the previous law and the industry often turned a blind eye to people copying data for personal use.

continue http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/ripping-cds-and-movies-for-personal-use-is-once-again-illegal-in-uk/

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Oslo Creates World’s First ‘Highway’ to Protect Endangered Bees

oslo_bee_highwayFrom flower-emblazoned cemeteries to rooftop gardens and balconies, Norway’s capital Oslo is creating a “bee highway” to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production.

“We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it,” Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the Bybi, an environmental group supporting urban bees, which is leading the project.

“To correct that we need to return places to them to live and feed,” she explained, sitting on a bench in a lush city centre square bursting with early Nordic summer growth.

With its sunflowers, marigolds and other nectar-bearing flowers planted by bee-loving locals and school children, Abel’s Garden was until recently covered only in grass but is now a floral “feeding station” for bees.

Oslo’s “bee highway” aims to give the insects a safe passage through the city, lined with relays providing food and shelter – the first such system in the world, according to the organisers.

Participants in the project – state bodies, companies, associations and private individuals – are invited to post their contribution on a website (polli.no), which maps out the bees’ route across the city.

On the 12th floor of an ultra-modern office block in the capital’s chic business district on the edge of Oslo fjord, a major accountancy firm has covered parts of its terrace in brightly-flowering Sedum plants and two bee hives.

continue http://fracturedparadigm.com/2015/07/22/oslo-creates-worlds-first-highway-to-protect-endangered-bees/

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Obama DOJ Plans To Investigate…The Group That Busted Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to investigate the group that produced undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees admitting that they harvest and sell organs ripped from the bodies aborted babies. Politico reported the news of the coming DOJ investigation earlier today:

JUSTICE TO PROBE CENTER FOR MEDICAL PROGRESS — While congressional committees investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices, the Justice Department agreed to look into whether the group that released the sting videos obtained the footage legally. In response to a request by House Democrats, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday afternoon that Justice would “review all of the information and determine what the appropriate steps moving forward would be.” Planned Parenthood has staunchly defended its practices and claims that the Center for Medical Progress illegally obtained its footage, then excessively edited it to misrepresent what the organization does.

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High-speed Onion Routing at the Network Layer

by Darren Pauli

Five academics have developed a Tor alternative network that can handle up to 93Gb/s of traffic while maintaining privacy.

The HORNET system is more resistant to passive attacks than existing anonymity networks like Tor and delivers faster node speeds for a “practically unlimited” number of sources.

It is the brainchild of leader researcher Chen Chen of Carnegie Mellon University, together with Daniele Enrico Asoni, David Barrera, and Adrian Perrig of the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and George Danezis of University College London.

“Unlike other onion routing implementations, HORNET routers do not keep per-flow state or perform computationally expensive operations for data forwarding, allowing the system to scale as new clients are added,” the team wrote in the paper HORNET: High-speed Onion Routing at the Network Layer (PDF).

“HORNET offers payload protection by default, and can defend against some global observation attacks.

“It is designed to be highly efficient: instead of keeping state at each relay, connection state (such as onion layer decryption keys) is carried within packet headers, allowing intermediate nodes to quickly forward traffic for large numbers of clients”

The team contends HORNET is as low-latency as existing anonymity protocols like Dovetail [PDF] without the “significantly degraded security guarantees” in which endpoints can be de-anonymised when attackers such as nation states have global data collection abilities.

continue http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/24/hornet_highspeed_onion_routing_at_the_network_layer/

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Falsifying History In Behalf Of Agendas

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In an article on April 13 I used the so-called Civil War and the myths with which court historians have encumbered that war to show how history is falsified in order to serve agendas. I pointed out that it was a war of secession, not a civil war as the South was not fighting the North for control of the government in Washington.

As for the matter of slavery, all of Lincoln’s statements prove that he was neither for the blacks nor against slavery. Yet he has been turned into a civil rights hero, and a war of northern aggression, whose purpose Lincoln stated over and over was “to preserve the union” (the empire), has been converted into a war to free the slaves.

As for the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln said it was “a practical war measure” that would help in defeating the South and would convince Europe, which was considering recognizing the Confederacy, that Washington was motivated by “something more than ambition.”

The proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederacy, not in the Union. As Lincoln’s Secretary of State put it: “we emancipated slaves where we cannot reach them and hold them in bondage where we can set them free.”

A few readers took exception to the truth and misconstrued a statement of historical facts as a racist defense of slavery. In the article below, the well-known African-American, Walter Williams, points out that the war was about money, not slavery.

Just as Jews who tell the truth about Israel’s policies are called “self-hating Jews,” will Walter Williams be called a “self-hating black?” Invective is used as a defense against truth.

continue http://real-agenda.com/falsifying-history-in-behalf-of-agendas/

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MPAA Sues MovieTube Sites Over Mass Piracy

The MPAA has revived its legal campaign against piracy sites with a new lawsuit against movie streaming platform MovieTube. The people behind MovieTube allegedly operate a group of infringing sites and the studios are demanding millions of dollars in damages. The first success may have already been booked, as all mentioned sites are currently offline.

movietubeUnauthorized movie streaming sites have been a thorn in the side of Hollywood for many years, and yesterday the MPAA decided to take one of the most prominent players to court.

MPAA members 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros filed a lawsuit against a group of MovieTube affiliated websites, which operate from more than two dozen domain names.

CONTINUE https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-sues-movietube-sites-over-mass-piracy-150725/

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Giant Squid Attacks The Side Of Ship

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Q&;A With An Animal Prosthetist

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Courtesy of OrthoPets

Dog with a fore limb prosthetic

When his cousin’s schnauzer, Walt, had a stroke and faced leg amputation in 2002, prosthetics expert Martin Kaufmann put together an improvised brace—even though he had never worked with nonhumans before. Walt kept his leg, and the following year, Kaufmann and his wife founded the world’s first veterinary clinic for orthotics (limb supports) and prosthetics in Denver. At OrthoPets, Kaufmann keeps dogs—as well as cats, horses, and even llamas—on their feet.

Why did you switch from treating humans to helping animals?

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Snotbot, the whale snot-collecting drone, builds on Ig Nobel Prize-winning research

The new project, Snotbot, describes itself:

About this project.  We’ve invented a way to learn about whales while removing the need to harass them in the process. It’s called Snotbot.

What is a Snotbot? Snotbots are custom-built drones created in partnership between Ocean Alliance and Olin College of Engineering. They hover in the air above a surfacing whale and collect the blow (or snot) exhaled from its lungs. Snotbot then returns that sample back to researchers a significant distance away….

Why drones? 

By using Snotbots, the whale never knows the data is being collected. The custom-built drones fly well above the surface of the water and into the blow, the subjects are never touched or approached closely. Ideally, whale researchers should be positioned about half a mile away from their subjects, giving the whales plenty of room to go about their business. Dozens of technological hurdles had to be overcome in order to make the drones capable of collecting a physical sample at this distance in an uncontrolled marine environment.

Nidhi Subbaraman, writes about it, for BetaBoston: “Whale conservationists seek backers on Kickstarter for snot-harvesting drone“.

Patrick Steward, he of Star Trek, the Next Generation, stars in a video about Snotbot:

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Flash is dying. Here’s how to kill it

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They say you should never compromise your security for the sake of simplicity.

And yet most of us have installed Flash, the popular web browser plugin at some point in the last year, because a popup said so, or for a time you needed it for that Facebook game you played once, but never used again. All the meanwhile, you’re open season to hackers and malware — even if you didn’t know it. Just this month alone, three previously undisclosed vulnerabilities were found in the trove of data stolen from the surveillance company Hacking Team.

Flash is buggy, riddled with security vulnerabilities, requires updating every few days (at least it seems), and hogs your computer’s memory. Flash is a burden on your online life, and yet you put up with it because the impression is that — you would think — that the internet would be a duller, pixelated place where rich video and animated content no longer existed.

Flash may have been for a while the be-all and end-all for the web experience. You’d be wrong. Almost anyone using a phone or a tablet nowadays is already on the Flash-less experience, and you probably didn’t realize it. Flash was never allowed on the iPhone or iPad, and Android ditched the plugin in 2012.

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The 3-D Printer That Can Print Circuits Right Into Other Objects

Despite all the fanfare, 3D printing has yet to hit its stride. Up until now, its best uses have been in designing, prototyping, and making creepy copies of yourself. This tends to stem from the fact that you can generally only print with one material at a time, and in most cases, it’s faster to use traditional manufacturing methods than 3D printing. But Voxel8 wants to change that: Its printer can print circuits right into other objects. “3D printing fails when it’s asked to do the same thing that a traditional manufacturing process already does,” co-founder Dan Oliver told Quartz. He said the company was born out of Harvard’s material science lab and the research of Professor Jennifer Lewis. Oliver said the name Voxel8 is a combination of “voxel”—which is a pixel with volume—and a play on the word “pixelate,” meaning to digitize an image. And that’s basically what its printer will let you do: make physical objects with digital elements. continue http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/07/3-d-printer-can-print-circuits-right-other-objects/118552/

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Teen who built gun-firing drone charged with assaulting cops

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What One Boy With Cerebral Palsy Decided To Do Inspired His Classmates To Respond Like This

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Could This French Shortstop Be the MLB’s First Female Player?

When Melissa Mayeux first took the field, she wasn’t looking to make baseball history. She was just following her older brother.

Now the 16-year-old shortstop from France is generating major league buzz in baseball circles as a prospect who could become the first female MLB player ever.

Mayeux plays on France’s under-18 junior national baseball team and last month became the first female ever to be placed on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to sign a contract with any of the 30 big league teams in the sport called “America’s pastime.”

“I’ve received a lot of messages from many girls who play baseball across the world and who told me that I had become their new idol,” Mayeux told Reuters in a recent interview.

Prospects typically are placed on the international list at Major League Baseball-sanctioned events after verifying their dates of birth and citizenship. While anyone can be placed on the list, only those who have the potential to be signed are generally registered.
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The French Scrabble Champ Does Not Speak French

They call him the Bearded Wonder. Okay, no one actually calls him that (that we know of), but they should. He’s the greatest living Scrabble player in the world, and he’s at the height of his powers. Tennis has Serena Williams. Golf has Jordan Spieth. Soccer has Lionel Messi.

Scrabble has Nigel Richards, and he’s arguably more dominant at his game than any of these other athletes are at theirs.

On Monday, July 20, Richards—a native of New Zealand—won the French-language world Scrabble championship. He does not speak a word of French. It’s Nigel Richards’s world, and we’re all just Scrabbling in it.

“He doesn’t speak French at all, he just learnt the words,” Liz Fagerlund, a friend of Richards’s, told The New Zealand Herald. “He won’t know what they mean, wouldn’t be able to carry out a conversation in French I wouldn’t think.” Richards reportedly memorized an entire French dictionary in the two months leading up to the competition.

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Coke , Ford . and Xerox have asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors

Who would want to be associated with these guys after finding out the sell dead babies? Not these guys!

Representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox say they’ve asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors to the embattled organization.

The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors. That list, which was featured on Planned Parenthood’s website, has since been removed.

This latest development comes in the wake of two undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives talking about the sale of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is facing both federal and state investigations—and the possibility of losing taxpayer funding.

Earlier this week, The Daily Signal used information from 2nd Vote to publish the names of 41 companies listed by Planned Parenthood as contributors. Shortly after the story was published, representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox contacted The Daily Signal to say they were erroneously listed and requested that Planned Parenthood take them off its website.

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YouTube Is Now More Popular Than Cable

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During Google’s recent earnings conference call, Google chief business officer Omid Kordestani said that YouTube is now bigger than any individual US cable network when it comes to attracting 18-49 year olds, advertising’s most sought after demographic.

Despite YouTube’s apparent inability to generate much of a profit, the popular video sharing site has seen user engagement metrics skyrocket in recent months. Speaking to this, Kordestani relayed that viewers are spending more time watching YouTube videos than ever before. Year over year, the amount of time users, on average, spend watching videos is up an impressive 60%. Underscoring this tremendous growth, Kordestani added that this is the fastest growth rate in viewing time YouTube has seen in over two years.

As one would expect, the increase in viewing hours is mostly attributable to mobile devices. In the last year alone, the average time mobile users spent watching YouTube clips more than doubled. More to the point, the average time users spend watching YouTube videos on mobile devices now checks in at 40 minutes.

The takeaway from this is that YouTube has successfully transformed itself from a site where users go to watch one-off videos into a site where users stick around for nearly an hour. Of course, this is no happy accident. Over the past few years, Google has rolled out a number of varying site enhancements in an effort to increase the site’s ‘stickiness’. From suggested videos to auto-playing of new videos following the conclusion of another, Google’s experimentations are clearly paying dividends.

continue http://bgr.com/2015/07/19/youtube-popularity-cable-comparison/

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Tomb, a Successor To TrueCrypt For Linux Geeks

Tomb, the Crypto Undertaker 2.1

Tomb is a system to make strong encryption easy for everyday use. A tomb is like a locked folder that can be safely transported and hidden in a filesystem. Its keys can be kept separate; for example, you can keep the tomb on your computer and its key on a USB stick. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links shared components: it consists of a ZShell script and desktop integration apps; it uses standard GNU tools and the crypto API of the Linux kernel (dm-crypt) via cryptsetup.

Tags dyne-org security cryptography archiving shell terminal console linux
License GNU GPLv3
State mature

GET IT HERE http://freshcode.club/projects/tomb

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Seattle Sees Unexpected Fallout from $15 Per Hour Min. Wage

Low wage workers in Seattle who spent months agitating for a city-wide $15-per-hour minimum wage were quite successful in their quest. But many have suddenly found that the new rate has had unexpected consequences.

Some workers across the city are left telling bosses to give them fewer hours at the higher wage because a full week’s earnings now puts them past the threshold for some welfare payments such as food stamps and assistance with rent.

Of course, one of the things that supporters of the higher wage said was that they wanted to help lift min. wage workers out of poverty and welfare.

Only last week, for instance, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed that a $15 min. wage in his city would lift 600,000 out of poverty. Self-avowed socialist

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

16% Senator and a candidate for the Democrat nomination in 2016, also recently claimed that a $15 min. wage would “lift millions” of Americans out of poverty, off welfare, and into the buying public.

But now some workers in Seattle are finding that the higher wage is forcing them off the welfare programs they would rather stay enrolled in and, instead of celebrating their higher income, they are imposing fewer work hours on themselves in order to stay on assistance.

Seattle’s KIRO-TV recently spoke to a nursing nonprofit that admitted that some workers are trying to cut hours and earn less to avoid losing assistance. In another case, a local radio station has been talking about the story.

“If they cut down their hours to stay on those subsidies because the $15 per hour minimum wage didn’t actually help get them out of poverty, all you’ve done is put a burden on the business and given false hope to a lot of people,” said KIRO-FM’s Jason Rantz said this week.

There have been other unforeseen consequences to the higher wage. Some restaurants are tacking on a 15 percent surcharge onto customer’s bills in order to avoid firing workers.

Other stores, restaurants, and small businesses are simply closing down because they can’t afford the wage hike. By March of this year, for instance, restaurant closings increased at a much higher than average rate in Seattle.

Many restaurants noted that the new wage put labor costs at nearly 50 percent of operating costs, and that made profit margins disappear.

source http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/24/seattle-sees-unexpected-fallout-from-15-per-hour-min-wage/

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American Teens Having Less Sex According To Study

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — American teens are having less sex, especially boys.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed roughly 2,000 boys and girls, 15 to 19 and found the percentage of teens who reported they had sex at least once has dropped significantly since the 80s. The decline for male teens was greater than female teens.

In 2013, 44% of teenage girls surveyed said they had experienced sex, compared to 51% in 1988.

For teenage boys, the drop was more dramatic. In 1988, 60% reported they’d had sex compared to only 47% in 2013.

Changing sexual mores could explain the overall decline, but one expert believes it is because teens are better educated about sex. Dr. Brooke Bokor, an Adolescent Medicine Specialist at the Children’s National Health System says their smartphones may provide a private, comfortable space to access information.

“They’re looking on the web,” Bokor told the Washington Post. “They’re looking for guidance from parents, guardians and physicians. They can and will make positive decisions for their own health, both sexual and otherwise.”

The study also looked at contraceptive use and childbearing among teens in the United States.

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It’s National Day of the Cowboy!!

YEEHAW! This July 25th is the 11th annual National Day of the Cowboy!!!

It’s a day that was created to preserve pioneer heritage and cowboy culture!!

READ MORE http://peewee.com/2015/07/25/its-natonal-day-of-the-cowboy/

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LINKS FROM BLOGS FROM ANOTHER MOTHER

Eric Holder Back to Wall Street-Tied Law Firm After Years of Refusing to Jail Bankers

GMO’s And The Power Of The Consumer

McBULLSHIT: Did You Know McCain KILLED a Move to Arm Soldiers In The US?

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Nazi Concentration Camp Victim’s Remains Found… In Jars

A memorial near Strasbourg to the 86 Jews killed for August Hirt's medical experiments

A memorial near Strasbourg to the 86 Jews killed for August Hirt’s medical experiments
Image: Christian Lutz

REMAINS BELONGING TO victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found at a forensic medicine institute in Strasbourg, eastern France, local authorities said in a statement.

86 Jews had been sent to the gas chambers in 1943 and their bodies brought to the French city , then under Nazi occupation and where Hirt was assembling a macabre collection of corpses.

The bodies, some intact, others dismembered or burned, were found in November 1944 after the liberation of Strasbourg, in bins filled with distilled alcohol. They were then buried in a common grave in 1946 following autopsies.

But on 9 July, historian Raphael Toledano found that some remains were still lying undiscovered at the forensic medicine institute more than 70 years on.

Along with the current director of the institute Jean-Sebastien Raul, the historian managed to identify several of the body parts, including “a jar containing skin fragments of a gas chamber victim”.

Test-tubes containing the intestine and stomach of a victim were also found.

The remains found at the institute had actually been preserved by a forensic professor from Strasbourg’s medicine faculty, Camille Simonin, as part of an investigation into Hirt’s crimes.

continue http://www.thejournal.ie/august-hirt-bodies-2228203-Jul2015/

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Let your old computer have a second life

Windows requires more and more hardware power as its version number increases (95, 98, 2000, Me, XP, etc.). So if you want to keep running Windows, you need to constantly buy new hardware. But I can’t see any good reason for so fast an evolution. Of course, many people need a lot of computer power and new hardware and technologies are really helping them. But for most users, who surf the web, read and write emails, write text files and slides, what’s the point of buying a new computer every 2, 3 or 4 years, apart from letting computer vendors earn more money? What is exactly the profound reason why your computer can’t do any more of what it did perfectly well 5 years ago?

Linux runs perfectly well on older hardware, on which Windows 7 would probably even refuse to install, or leave you waiting for 20 seconds after each click. Of course, Linux won’t make a race-winner out of your 12-year old computer, but it will run very well on it and allow you to perform usual tasks (surfing the web, writing documents, etc.) just fine. The very computer that delivers this page to you is not very young and runs Linux: if you can read this, then it is up and running (and if the website loads slowly, blame my Internet connection only).

source http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net

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Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash for Hillary Clinton

As immigration and incarceration issues become central to the 2016 presidential campaign, lobbyists for two major prison companies are serving as top fundraisers for Hillary Clinton.

Corrections Corporation of America and the Geo Group could both see their fortunes turning if there are fewer people to lock up in the future.

Last week, Clinton and other candidates revealed a number of lobbyists who are serving as “bundlers” for their campaigns. Bundlers collect contributions on behalf of a campaign, and are often rewarded with special favors, such as access to the candidate.

Richard Sullivan, of the lobbying firm Capitol Counsel, is a bundler for the Clinton campaign, bringing in $44,859 in contributions in a few short months. Sullivan is also a registered lobbyist for the Geo Group, a company that operates a number of jails, including immigrant detention centers, for profit.

As we reported yesterday, fully five Clinton bundlers work for the lobbying and law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in America, paid Akin Gump $240,000 in lobbying fees last year. The firm also serves as a law firm for the prison giant, representing the company in court.

continue https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/23/private-prison-lobbyists-raising-cash-hillary-clinton/

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