Daily Archives: March 31, 2017

Blood-Sucking Flies May Help Fight Infectious Diseases

shutterstock_2614192102028129Blood-sucking flies might be the newest way to identify emerging infectious diseases in wild animals before they spread to humans.

A team of researchers have discovered that these flies can act as ‘flying syringes’ because pathogens such as malaria are preserved in the blood meals of flies.

These blood meals could be used as an indirect, non-invasive way of studying the circulation of pathogens in wild animals, improving scientists’ ability to identify and control the global outbreak of new and re-emerging infections including the Ebola and Zika viruses.

There are seven new pathogens identified worldwide each year and that number is predicted to reach 15 to 20 annually by 2020 due to increased human contact with wildlife species that are potential reservoirs of disease.

Despite significant scientific advances, researchers are unable to predict where, when and how epidemics arise.

“This is a huge public health issue that urgently requires new tools for the active monitoring of outbreaks and rapid diagnosis of the pathogens involved,” senior author and evolutionary geneticist Franck Prugnolle, from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Montpellier, France, said in a statement. “We wanted to investigate whether blood-feeding insects could act as a sampling tool out in the wild environment, allowing us to monitor the presence and emergence of infectious disease.”

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Fears Grow of Terror in U.S. With Weaponized Civilian Drones

The successful use of small drones as weapons by terrorists in Middle Eastern war zones is raising concerns among U.S. security agencies that homegrown extremists will utilize them for domestic attacks.

As millions of light-weight drones flood the consumer market and the federal government struggles with monitoring the devices, counter-terror agencies now see a possibility that they could be used in the U.S. to carry explosives or as surveillance platforms, according to officials at a security conference in Washington on Wednesday.

“They are doing all sorts of innovative and experimental things,” John Mulligan, deputy director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, said. “We’ve seen them using them in surveillance. We’ve seen them using them in weapons delivery. We can rest assured that they will continue to fine tune their capabilities in this regard.”

continue https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-29/terror-risk-from-small-domestic-drones-has-u-s-officials-worried

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Student has grade docked for using ‘mankind’ in English paper

A Northern Arizona University student lost credit on an English paper for using the word “mankind” instead of a gender-neutral alternative.

Cailin Jeffers, an English major at NAU, told Campus Reform that she received an email from one of her professors, Dr. Anne Scott, informing her that she had been docked one point out of a possible 50 on a recent paper for “problems with diction (word choice)” related to her use of the word “mankind” as a synonym for “humanity.”

“The words we use matter very much, or else teachers would not be making an issue of this at all.”   

“I would be negligent, as a professor who is running a class about the human condition and the assumptions we make about being ‘human,’ if I did not also raise this issue of gendered language and ask my students to respect the need for gender-neutral language,” Scott explained. “The words we use matter very much, or else teachers would not be making an issue of this at all, and the MLA would not be making recommendations for gender-neutral language at the national level.”

Scott then offered to let Jeffers revise the paper to earn additional points in five categories, including diction, but noted that she is under no obligation to do so.

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

couple_on_phones_photo_via_shutterstockNearly one-fifth of mobile phones and one-quarter of video game consoles shipped abroad are fake, according to a report by the the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Trade in Counterfeit ICT Goods report, published ahead of the 2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum this month, identified a growing trend in fake goods.

Smartphone batteries, chargers, memory cards, magnetic stripe cards, solid state drives and music players are also increasingly falling prey to counterfeiters.

On average, 6.5 per cent of global trade in ICT goods is in counterfeit products, according to analysis of 2013 customs data, that is up from 2.5 per cent of overall traded goods found to be fake in a 2016 report.

China is the primary source of fake ICT goods, and US manufacturers are the worst affected by lost revenue and erosion of brand value, the report said. Almost 43 per cent of seized fake ICT goods infringe the IP rights of US firms, followed by 25 per cent for Finnish firms and 12 per cent for Japanese firms.

continue https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/29/one_in_five_mobes_shipped_abroad_are_fake_says_oecd/

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Man arrested for spray painting swastikas on his home not believed to be Jewish

There’s a new shocking revelation to the man whom Schenectady Police claim faked his own hate crime.It turns out he may not even be Jewish as he claimed to be.“I looked and said, ‘what the hell is going on here?’”That was Andrew King during a NEWS10 ABC interview in February. He showed the messages of hate, swastikas spray-painted on the front of his Schenectady home.As he adjusted his yarmulke, the proud man of faith expressed deep fear.“I didn’t know, maybe they are going to do more than that, maybe from spray paint to trying to harm me.”

Source: Man arrested for spray painting swastikas on his home not believed to be Jewish

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Juncker threatens to promote Ohio independence after Trump’s Brexit backing 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday he would promote the independence of U.S. states if Donald Trump continues to encourage EU countries to follow the U.K.’s example and leave the bloc.At a meeting of leaders of the center-right European People’s Party in Malta, Juncker said Brexit would not be the end of the European Union — even if some people, such as Trump, would like that outcome.In response to White House claims that Trump was “a leader on Brexit,” Juncker declared: “If that continues, I’ll call for Ohio to be independent and Texas to leave the United States.”Juncker’s remarks came a day after Britain formally notified the EU that it intended to depart.“Brexit should be the beginning of something new, something better,” Juncker said. “We need to continue.”Juncker added that there was much for the 27 remaining EU members to do, including strengthening security and defense policy. “A chicken coop is a close combat formation compared to Europe’s common defense,” he said, speaking in German. ALSO ON POLITICOWhite House: Trump was a leader on BrexitCYNTHIA KROET

Source: Juncker threatens to promote Ohio independence after Trump’s Brexit backing – POLITICO

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Wiki release shows CIA uses computer code to hide origins of hacking attacks

WikiLeaks has published hundreds more files today which it claims show the CIA went to great lengths to disguise its own hacking attacks and point the finger at Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.The 676 files released today are part of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 tranche of files and they claim to give an insight into the CIA’s Marble software, which can forensically disguise viruses, trojans and hacking attacks. WikiLeaks says the source code suggests Marble has test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi (the Iranian language).

It says: ‘This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese.’

This could lead forensic investigators into wrongly concluding that CIA hacks were carried out by the Kremlin, the Chinese government, Iran, North Korea or Arabic-speaking terror groups such as ISIS.

Source: WikiLeaks says CIA disguised hacking as Russian activity  | Daily Mail Online

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Chicken in Echo Bay, Ont. lays massive 180 gram egg

dennis-goslowA hobby farmer near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. made a surprising discovery last week when he went to collect his chicken’s eggs.

One of Dennis Goslow’s hens has laid an egg that is 180 grams. That’s heavier than a major league baseball and the size of a large apple.

“[The egg] seems to be a little bit warped,” Goslow said from his home in Echo Bay, Ont. “You can imagine, the poor thing coming out. It looks like an egg, but it’s a little rough.”

“It was warm when I picked it up,” he said.

continue http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/giant-chicken-egg-1.4042422

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How To Print From Your Phone To A Desktop Printer

Modern desktop printers come in two types; network connected printers, and standard printers. A network connected printer can connect to your WiFi or Ethernet network and receive print jobs from other devices on the network. A standard printer can only receive print jobs from a desktop. This kind, a standard printer, is more common in homes. It’s still in use in many work places as well. A standard printer requires a desktop in order to work. That alone is a major restriction but it also can’t receive print jobs from a mobile device. In terms of hardware, there is just no easy way to bridge that gap. In terms of software though, you can print from your phone to a desktop printer if you have a few things set up via Google Cloud Print. Here’s what you need to do.

What You Need

To print from your phone to a desktop printer, you need;

  1. A properly installed desktop printer. You should be able to print to this printer from your desktop without running into any hiccups.
  2. The Chrome web browser installed on your desktop
  3. A Google account added to Chrome under Chrome>Settings

Add Deskrop Printer To Google Cloud Print

As mentioned in the introduction, software is what bridges the gap between a smartphone and a standard printer. Specifically, we’re talking about a service; Google Cloud Print. Google Cloud Print connects with both network and standard printers. For our purpose, we need to add a standard printer.

Turn your printer on and connect it to your desktop. While not necessary it’s best to connect it to avoid problems.

Open Chrome on your desktop and go to chrome://devices/. Click on ‘Add Printers’.

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