Daily Archives: April 6, 2017

Cops Seek Help Identifying Woman Who Says She’s a Mermaid Named Joanna, 

Do you know this woman? Call 559-621-2455.   (KTLA)(NEWSER) – She says she’s a mermaid named Joanna, but California police are now trying to find out the real identity of a woman they found wandering in the middle of the street not far from a local casino, KFSN reports. KTLA notes the barely clothed woman with wet hair was picked up early Tuesday. After she presented her mermaid story to Fresno County officers, they tried to pry more out of her, but she mostly replied, “I don’t know” to their queries (except for letting them know she’d recently been in the water).

Source: Cops Seek Help Identifying Woman Who Says She’s a Mermaid Named Joanna, Found Wandering in Fresno County, California

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WWW Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wins $1 Million Turing Award

Without a doubt, Tim Berners-Lee is one of the world’s most influential people when it comes to issues like online privacy and transparency. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has now awarded him the 2016 Turning Award.Often called the Nobel Prize for Computing, this award is given to individuals who make “major contributions of lasting importance to computing.” In its announcement, ACM cited him for “inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the web to scale.” This year’s award marks the 50th anniversary of Turning Award.

Source: WWW Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wins $1 Million Turing Award

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Report: ISIS Car Bomb Killed Civilians in Mosul, Not Coalition Airstrike

Iraqi officials believe that an Islamic State (ISIS) car bomb, not a coalition airstrike, caused a March 17 blast in Mosul, according to a new report.A coalition airstrike on that day had targeted a building with ISIS fighters holed up inside, after Iraqi forces coming under strong fire called for coalition air support. Initial reports blamed the strike for collapsing a building that killed civilians in a nearby building.But an Iraqi military spokesman told DoD News, a Pentagon-run news service, that an examination of the site of the blast showed that an airstrike did not collapse the building; rather it fell due to a nearby ISIS bomb-laden vehicle at the time of the strike.“There was no hole in the building,” Saeed al-Jayashi, a spokesman for the Iraqi military, told reporters traveling in Iraq with Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The strike was 100-percent accurate and it was correct.”

Source: Report: ISIS Car Bomb Killed Civilians in Mosul, Not Coalition Airstrike

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USB Canary Sends an SMS When Someone Tinkers with Your USB Ports

A new tool released on GitHub last week can help paranoid sysadmins keep track of whenever someone plugs in or disconnects an USB-based device from high-value workstations.

Called USB Canary, this tool is coded in Python and currently, works only on Linux. As its author told Bleeping Computer in a private conversation, work is already on its way for Windows and Mac versions.

The tool works by watching USB connectors for any activity while the computer is locked, which generally means the owner has left his desk.

If an USB device is plugged in or unplugged, USB Canary can perform one of two actions, or both. It can alert the owner by sending an SMS message via the Twilio API, or it can post a message in a Slack channel, which can be monitored by other co-workers.

continue https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/usb-canary-sends-an-sms-when-someone-tinkers-with-your-usb-ports/

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Country Folk Aren’t Perfect, but No, Coastal Liberals, Trump Is Not Their Fault 

If you didn’t bother to look at the data and relied entirely on the popular narrative, you could be forgiven for thinking that Donald Trump won the presidency by getting everyone who lives in a rural area on a low income to spontaneously decide to start voting. Trump won, the story goes, because of those rural white working class voters. They’re the people who vote against their own best interests.This has led to a resurgence in popular classism in the public square. It’s in vogue in certain liberal circles to laugh at the very real struggles of the poor. When a story of horrific racism comes across their feed, the Twitter wags ironically cluck “economic anxiety,” to mock the narrative that economic anxiety made the racist punch that black person or call in that bomb threat.A variation on that joke is liberal smirking at the prospect of some poor person who voted incorrectly losing health care as a result of Trump’s monstrous policies. These bon mots are explained away because after all, it’s those rural white low-income earners who got us Trump, a man who would happily terrorize a litter of puppies if it earned him a dollar.

Source: Country Folk Aren’t Perfect, but No, Coastal Liberals, Trump Is Not Their Fault – The Daily Beast

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The menstrual cycle has now been re-created on a plastic chip

A series of human organs have been connected to form a working model of the female reproduction system. The tissues are cultured and connected on little plastic chips. Researchers can induce the system to get pregnant or have a period, creating a more complex, realistic system that makes it easier to test new medication and study diseases. Indeed, this system is one of a growing number of “organs-on-chips” that are recently being developed for medical studies.

Meet Evatar

Previously, preclinical studies just tested drugs on individual cells. Theses cells are missing a lot of what organs have: the environment, the tissue architecture, and the blood flow. Therefore, they don’t give the most accurate results on how drugs will affect an organ. Additionally, no animal has a reproductive cycle that is similar enough to a human’s to be a good model.

Now, a large team coordinated by Teresa Woodruff, a reproductive scientist at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, has solved this problem. They created a more accurate model of the reproductive system. The different organs are all miniaturized on plastic chips and connected like they are in the female body. The device is named Evatar, a combination of Eve and avatar. The menstrual cycle in Evatar is 28 days long, exactly like in humans.

continue http://www.zmescience.com/medicine/menstrual-cycle-now-re-created-plastic-chip/

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The life-saving treatment that’s being thrown in the trash

Enlarge / A little needlework and blood has never looked better.
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Transplanted umbilical cord blood can be used to treat or cure more than 80 conditions, from leukemia to sickle-cell disease. For Mosaic, Bryn Nelson follows the story of one man, Chris. After being diagnosed with leukemia in his early 40s, his best chance of survival comes in the form of blood from three babies he’ll never meet, nor even know the names of. This article was first published by Wellcome on Mosaic and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

A few hours before beginning chemotherapy, a man named Chris faces his cellphone camera with a mischievous smile and describes a perfectly absurd milestone at 1:37pm on a Wednesday. “There is no more beautiful moment in a man’s life…” he says with puckish glee. Because how can you not laugh when you’ve been invited to bank your sperm in advance of being “Godzilla-ed” with chemotherapy and radiation, all just four days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 43 and given a 5 to 15 percent chance of survival?

continue https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/the-life-saving-treatment-thats-being-thrown-in-the-trash/

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