Daily Archives: November 18, 2016

Performance Artist Arrested for Offering Free Vaginal Touching in

Swiss performance artist Milo Moiré who performs by generally being naked in public, has outdone herself. She’s now inviting strangers over the age of 18 to touch her breasts and genitals through a mirrored box, according to a report from Artnet.She was arrested for her activities in London’s Trafalgar Square, one of the three places she’s performed the piece, and was jailed for 24 hours.She performed in Düsseldorf with a mirrored box over her bare breasts, but in Amsterdam and London, she wore a trapezoidal mirrored box over her waist, inviting onlookers to touch her genitals for 30 seconds each. The performances are an homage to a 1968 piece titled Touch Cinema by Austrian artist Valie Export.

Source: Performance Artist Arrested for Offering Free Vaginal Touching in London | | Observer

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Man arrested for being too high on the Lord

A 42-year-old man was arrested Nov. 2 after yelling about the Lord from his porch.A deputy was dispatched to the 27000 block of Huffsmith near Conroe in reference to a man standing on his porch with his hands in the air and yelling about the Lord. The deputy made contact with the man who admitted to having taken narcotics in the last few hours.District 4 – West CountyA 25-year-old woman was arrested Nov. 1 on a public intoxication charge. A deputy observed a vehicle in the Shell parking lot in the 16000 block of Butera Road. The deputy approached the vehicle and observed a woman take the keys out of the ignition and throw them into the back seat. The woman admitted having drank too much and had pulled over to await a friend to come get her.

Source: Man arrested for being too high on the Lord – The Courier

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Laser Crosswalk Saves Pedestrians From a Painful Death

When the light turns red, a huge laser wall projecting apparitions of crossing pedestrians spans across the crosswalk. The concept is designed to keep cros

Source: Laser Crosswalk Saves Pedestrians From a Painful Death | Gearfuse

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First home brain implant lets ‘locked-in’ woman communicate

By Jessica HamzelouA paralysed woman has learned to use a brain implant to communicate by thought alone. It is the first time a brain–computer interface has been used at home in a person’s day-to-day life, without the need for doctors and engineers to recalibrate the device.“It’s special to be the first,” says HB, who is 58 years old and wishes to remain anonymous. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2008. The disease ravages nerve cells, leaving people unable to control their bodies. Within a couple of years of diagnosis, HB had lost the ability to breathe and required a ventilator. “She is almost completely locked in,” says Nick Ramsey at the Brain Center of University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.When Ramsey met her, the woman relied on an eye-tracking device to communicate. The device allows her to choose letters on a screen to spell out words, but may not work forever – one in three people with ALS lose the ability to move their eyes. However, teams around the world have been working to develop devices that are controlled directly by the brain to help people like HB.These devices work by reading brain activity and translating it into a signal that can control a computer or a robotic limb, for example. But so far, it has been difficult to make these devices fit into people’s daily lives. They tend to need recalibrating by a team of engineers on a daily basis, and many are so complex that they cannot work wirelessly.“They have not actually been useful for anyone,” says Ramsey. “We thought, let’s make it simple and affordable for a patient who really needs it,” says Ramsey.

Source: First home brain implant lets ‘locked-in’ woman communicate | New Scientist

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SecureDrop Leak Tool Produces a Massive Trove of Prison Docs

It’s been more than two years since the debut of SecureDrop, a piece of software designed to help whistleblowers easily and anonymously leak secrets to media outlets over the Tor anonymity network. Now, that system is finally bearing fruit, in the form of a massive dump of files from one of the country’s largest prison phone companies.On Wednesday, the investigative news site the Intercept published a story based on a collection of 70 million call records taken from a database of Securus, a Dallas, Texas-based company that provides phone service to more than 2,200 prisons around the United States. The database, which the Intercept says was stolen from Securus by a hacker, shows that the company keeps records of every phone call made by the more than 1.2 million inmates who use the service in 37 states, including the time, phone numbers called, inmate names, and even the audio recordings of every call. Those records are routinely sold to law enforcement customers, according to the Intercept’s reporting, and most damningly, include inmate conversations with lawyers that are meant to be protected by the privacy of attorney-client privilege. “This reveals exactly how much surveillance is going on in the criminal justice system,” Jordan Smith, a co-author of the story, tells WIRED. “Many of these calls should never have been recorded in the first place.”

Source: SecureDrop Leak Tool Produces a Massive Trove of Prison Docs | WIRED

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CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time

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Gene-editing could improve the ability of immune cells to attack cancer.A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique.On 28 October, a team led by oncologist Lu You at Sichuan University in Chengdu delivered the modified cells into a patient with aggressive lung cancer as part of a clinical trial at the West China Hospital, also in Chengdu.Earlier clinical trials using cells edited with a different technique have excited clinicians. The introduction of CRISPR, which is simpler and more efficient than other techniques, will probably accelerate the race to get gene-edited cells into the clinic across the world, says Carl June, who specializes in immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and led one of the earlier studies.First CRISPR clinical trial gets green light from US panel”I think this is going to trigger ‘Sputnik 2.0’, a biomedical duel on progress between China and the United States, which is important since competition usually improves the end product,” he says.

Source: CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time : Nature News & Comment

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How To Send Handwritten Notes In The Messages App In iOS 10

Handwritten notes is one of the new feature introduced in the Messages app in iOS 10. It’s possibly one of the lesser known ones because there is no obvious way to access it. Unless you know about the feature you won’t really look for it. The feature is similar to the digital touch feature in that it lets you ‘write’ a message. Unlike digital touch, your recipient receives the final message you’ve written. It isn’t played out like a digital touch message. The writing itself looks like ink to give it more handwritten look, hence the name. It comes with a few preset messages that you can send but you’re free to compose your own. Here’s how it works.Make sure the orientation lock on your iPhone is turned Off. You can turn it Off from the Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and tap the lock icon at the top right to toggle orientation lock. If the icon is red, it means orientation lock is On.Open the Messages app and rotate your phone to landscape mode. It should automatically switch to handwritten notes mode. You get a canvas for writing your note. At the bottom are preset messages. Tap a message to enter it. You can add more to the message by scrolling right. To do so, tap the arrow on the right. The handwritten note mode has an ‘Undo’ button that will undo the last stroke you made.

Source: How To Send Handwritten Notes In The Messages App In iOS 10

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