Facebook Has an Interesting Dating Rule

Buried in a larger piece about how companies are handling employee relationships in the wake of the #metoo movement—the upshot: they’re reexamining their relationship policies and, per one lawyer, “drawing a hard line in the sand” about those in plum positions dating subordinates—comes an interesting dating nugget. The Wall Street Journal reports on a particular part of Facebook’s policy: Employees are permitted to ask a co-worker out once, and if the answer is a no—and even an ambiguous or gentle-seeming one, like “Oh, I already have plans Friday night”—they aren’t permitted to ask again.

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Black With (Some) White Privilege 

When I was in my early 30s, I started making a list of every child I could think of who had a black parent and a white parent and was born between 1960 and the mid- to late 1980s. It was a collection of people like me, who grew up and came of age after the Supreme Court decision in 1967 that overturned the laws in more than a dozen states that outlawed interracial marriage.I was thinking of people I knew or had heard of, so of course the list included actors like Tracee Ellis Ross (born 1972) and Rashida Jones (1976); athletes like Derek Jeter (1974) and Jason Kidd (1973); singers like Mariah Carey (1969) and Alicia Keys (1981); and, eventually, politicians and public servants like Adrian Fenty (1970) and Ben Jealous (1973).

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Queer Eye Reboot Hits Netflix: A New Fab Five For A New Era : NPR

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy ran on the Bravo TV network from 2003 to 2007. The show focused on a group of five chatty, personable gay men, called the “Fab Five,” as they gave a make over to a straight man who needed help getting his life back on track. Each member of the Fab Five specialized in one of the essential elements of style: design, personal grooming, fashion, food and pop culture.

The show was a surprise hit as it aired in a country that was still working on bringing LGBTQ culture and issues into the public’s consciousness.Fifteen years later, LGBTQ acceptance and rights have come a long way. Now, Queer Eye is back with a new cast, mission and platform — now streaming on Netflix.Queer Eye creator and producer David Collins spoke with NPR’s Michel Martin about how the reboot of this TV show is different from the 2003 original.

Source: Queer Eye Reboot Hits Netflix: A New Fab Five For A New Era : NPR

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Snapchat pic prompts mandatory ‘diversity training’ at GW

The George Washington University plans to implement nine new diversity initiatives in response to a racist Snapchat post, even after absolving both of the students pictured in it.Encompassing many common approaches employed by universities to combat discrimination and promote diversity, GW’s plan includes mandatory “diversity training” for all incoming students and staff members who “work closely with students,” a new “bias incident reporting system,” a “GW Race in America speaker series,” and numerous initiatives to reform the Greek system.

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A phone that says “no” to little kid fingers 

It may soon be possible for your phone to automatically figure out whether it’s you or your five-year-old who’s swiping the screen—and, if it’s the latter, block apps you want to keep off-limits to kids.That’s the vision of researchers at the University of South Carolina and China’s Zhejiang University, who’ve created an algorithm that can spot whether your kid is accidentally trying to, say, order from Amazon without your knowing.There are already plenty of activity-monitoring apps that aim to control what kids do on phones, but parents need to add them and turn them on, and they could be disabled by tech-savvy children. The researchers figured that automated age-range detection would make it easier for parents to hand their phones over to curious children without worrying that the kids will stumble upon an inappropriate website or get into a work e-mail account.

Source: A phone that says “no” to little kid fingers – MIT Technology Review

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Bright Kids Shouldn’t Be Dulled Down with Drugs 

When my stepdaughter, Adrienne, was in first grade, her teacher pressured me to put her on stimulants. She explained that Adrienne daydreamed; she also became hyper when she learned something new.“Inattention and hyperactivity are classic symptoms of ADHD. They can be treated with Adderall or Ritalin,” her teacher explained.But I knew this was absurd. Adrienne did not have ADHD.“That just sounds like any bright kid,” I responded. “If she’s ahead of her classmates, she’ll be bored sometimes.”Smart Kids Are More Likely to Be MisdiagnosedI was on to something. Some scientists believe that kids with IQs in the top 5 to 10 percent of the population are especially at risk for ADHD misdiagnosis. Although there are no hard numbers, experts estimate that somewhere between one-third and one-half of intelligent kids diagnosed with ADHD are misdiagnosed. Even the manual used to diagnose ADHD warns doctors against confusing intelligence with ADHD.

Source: Bright Kids Shouldn’t Be Dulled Down with Drugs – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

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Facebook “likes” are a powerful tool for authoritarians, says US court petition in Cambodian politics case

A Cambodian opposition leader has filed a petition in a California court against Facebook, demanding the company disclose its transactions with his country’s authoritarian prime minister, whom he accuses of falsely inflating his popularity through purchased “likes” and spreading fake news.

The petition, filed Feb. 8, brings the ongoing debate over Facebook’s power to undermine democracies into a legal setting. The petitioner, Sam Rainsy, says that Hun Sen, the prime minister, “has used the network to threaten violence against political opponents and dissidents, disseminate false information, and manipulate his (and the regime’s) supposed popularity, thus seeking to foster an illusion of popular legitimacy.”Rainsy alleges that Hun had used “click farms” to artificially boost his popularity, effectively buying “likes.”

The petition says that Hun had achieved astonishing Facebook fame in a very short time, raising questions about whether this popularity was legitimate. For instance, the petition says, Hun Sen’s page is “liked” by 9.4 million people “even though only 4.8 million Cambodians use Facebook,” and that millions of these “likes” come from India, the Philippines, Brazil, and Myanmar, countries that don’t speak Khmer, the sole language the page is written in, and that are known for “click farms.”

Source: Facebook “likes” are a powerful tool for authoritarians, says US court petition in Cambodian politics case — Quartz

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10 Cool Chrome Flags You Should Enable

Google Chrome is the world’s most popular browser, but just because it gets a lot right doesn’t mean you can’t improve it. If you know how to use Chrome, you likely understand that some of its best options are hidden.Many of these secret options live in the Flags menu. Let’s discuss some of these Chrome flags that you can tweak for a faster, more useful, or more enjoyable experience.

Doing so will grant you access to the backdoor list of new options. Chrome keeps these options hidden so that novice users don’t play with them and accidentally create issues. Not all of them are applicable for normal use, but you’ll find several that are worth tweaking.

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Herpes rates decline across US 

Herpes infections are decreasing across nearly every demographic in the United States, according to a new report.The report, published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looks at the prevalence of both types of herpes simplex viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2, from 1999 to 2016.It found that approximately 48% of all Americans were infected with HSV-1 and 12% with HSV-2 in 2015-16. This represents an 11.3 percentage point decrease in HSV-1 and a 5.9 percentage point decrease in HSV-2 since 1999.”This is good news,” said Geraldine McQuillan, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the CDC and a lead author of the report. “I think its take-home message is that two of our most prevalent viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2, are steadily declining in the US population.”

Source: Herpes rates decline across US – CNN

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Cal Poly wants out-of-state students to fund diversity grants

Cal Poly has proposed hiking fees for out-of-state students by thousands of dollars per year in order to fund a grant program aimed at “increasing diversity on campus.”The “Cal Poly Opportunity Fee” would apply to incoming out-of-state students beginning in the fall 2018 semester, and would initially be set at $2,010 per year, according to a press release put out Wednesday by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.”[T]he Cal Poly Opportunity Grant would allow the university to increase the diversity of its student population.”    Tweet ThisThe fee would then increase by $2,010 each year for several years, maxing out at $8,040 in 2021, with the proceeds earmarked for a “Cal Poly Opportunity Grant” that would provide financial assistance to low-income California students.

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Modulation of Host Learning in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes:


How mosquitoes determine which individuals to bite has important epidemiological consequences. This choice is not random; most mosquitoes specialize in one or a few vertebrate host species, and some individuals in a host population are preferred over others. Mosquitoes will also blood feed from other hosts when their preferred is no longer abundant, but the mechanisms mediating these shifts between hosts, and preferences for certain individuals within a host species, remain unclear. Here, we show that olfactory learning may contribute to Aedes aegypti mosquito biting preferences and host shifts. Training and testing to scents of humans and other host species showed that mosquitoes can aversively learn the scent of specific humans and single odorants and learn to avoid the scent of rats (but not chickens). Using pharmacological interventions, RNAi, and CRISPR gene editing, we found that modification of the dopamine-1 receptor suppressed their learning abilities. We further show through combined electrophysiological and behavioral recordings from tethered flying mosquitoes that these odors evoke changes in both behavior and antennal lobe (AL) neuronal responses and that dopamine strongly modulates odor-evoked responses in AL neurons. Not only do these results provide direct experimental evidence that olfactory learning in mosquitoes can play an epidemiological role, but collectively, they also provide neuroanatomical and functional demonstration of the role of dopamine in mediating this learning-induced plasticity, for the first time in a disease vector insect.

Source: Modulation of Host Learning in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes: Current Biology

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Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts Teen, Young Adult Employment Rates, Study Finds

A new study shows that raising the minimum wage has played a role in the decline of teen employment and the labor force participation rate, which has fallen by about half since 1994.The study, conducted by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, examined three possible factors to explain why teen employment has declined since 2000: higher minimum wages, more labor competition from immigrants, and rising returns to schooling.Mercatus found that a higher minimum wage was the “predominant” factor in lower teen employment.“The percentage of teens not in the labor force who reported wanting a job fell by almost half between 1994 and 2009, from 24 percent to 13.2 percent,” according to the study, “Declining Teen Employment: Minimum Wages, Other Explanations, and Implications for Human Capital Investment,” published Feb. 7.

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Facebook deletes claims it helped influence 2015 general election for Scottish National Party

Facebook has deleted several boasts about the social network’s influence in political campaigns, including one of helping the Scottish National Party “achieve an overwhelming victory” in the 2015 general election.The social media giant has deleted half a dozen posts from a page promoting “success stories” on Facebook’s electioneering to clients, including a page called “Triggering a landslide” claiming Facebook helped the SNP secure a near total victory in Scotland during the election.Facebook was recently revealed to operate an obscure government and politics unit that has helped multiple political campaigns, providing advice and advertising to reach voters.Other, now deleted, political campaigns Facebook promoted to advertisers included Bernie Sanders’ 2016 US Democratic primary campaign and Republican Rick Scott’s run for Florida governor.

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Police: Description, sketch led to arrest warrant for man accused of Central Market theft

Hung Phuoc Nguyen was charged Wednesday with stealing cash from a Central Market stand last month. He was identified after police released a detailed description and a sketch submitted by a witness at the time.FacebookTwitterEmailPrintPolice issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a male suspect charged with stealing cash last month from a Central Market stand in Lancaster.

Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, homeless, pretended to be an employee at a vendor’s stand Jan. 30 at 23 N. Market St. while a real employee was away, police said.He reportedly fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.Police released a detailed description Tuesday, along with a hand-drawn sketch of Nguyen, submitted by a witness at the time.”We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect,” Lancaster city police said in a Facebook post. “This was not done in jest.”

Source: Police: Description, sketch led to arrest warrant for man accused of Central Market theft | Local News | lancasteronline.com

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The Sinister True Story of the Triplets Separated at Birth as Part of Cruel Social Experiment

In 1980, when Robert Shafran arrived for his first day of college at Sullivan County Community College in New York, he was confused and overwhelmed by people he had never met warmly greeting him with hugs and high-fives, and, strangest of all, calling him Eddy. The reason behind the odd reception emerged when he met his new roommate Michael Domitz.It turned out that Michael’s roommate from the previous year was Eddy Galland, a young man who not only looked exactly like Robert, but walked, talked, and acted like him as well. The two men were exact copies of each other, so after Michael learned that Robert was born on the same day as his old roommate and that, like him, he was adopted, he decided the two of them had to meet.“He had the same grin, the same hair, the same expressions — it was his double,” Domitz says in Tom Wardle’s new documentary “Three Identical Strangers”, which won a special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

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As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains

Incoming European privacy laws which carry a global impact for anyone doing business in the Union are continuing to cause an epic policy meltdown at internet overseer ICANN.This week the European Commission responded [PDF] to the US-based organization’s latest efforts to resolve a stark conflict between the domain name system’s Whois service and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that will come into force this May.It was not impressed.”Given the level of abstraction of the models, it is difficult to assess the scope and impacts of the proposed approaches,” wrote the EC’s director-general of technology and communications, Roberto Viola.

Source: As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains • The Register

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We’re not addicted to smartphones, we’re addicted to social interaction

We all know people who, seemingly incapable of living without the bright screen of their phone for more than a few minutes, are constantly texting and checking out what friends are up to on social media.These are examples of what many consider to be the antisocial behaviour brought on by smartphone addiction, a phenomenon that has garnered media attention in the past few months and led  investors and consumers to demand that tech giants address this problem.But what if we were looking at things the wrong way? Could smartphone addiction be hyper-social, not anti-social?Professor Samuel Veissière, a cognitive anthropologist who studies the evolution of cognition and culture, explains that the desire to watch and monitor others, but also to be seen and monitored by others, runs deep in our evolutionary past. Humans evolved to be a uniquely social species and require constant input from others to seek a guide for culturally appropriate behaviour. This is also a way for them to find meaning, goals, and a sense of identity.In a forthcoming study published in Frontiers in Psychology, Samuel Veissière and Moriah Stendel, researchers in McGill’s Department of Psychiatry, reviewed current literature on dysfunctional use of smart technology through an evolutionary lens, and found that the most addictive smartphone functions all shared a common theme: they tap into the human desire to connect with other people.

Source: We’re not addicted to smartphones, we’re addicted to social interaction | Newsroom – McGill University

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Future robots won’t look like humans because we’re poorly designed

Humanoid robots are a vanity project: an attempt to create artificial life in our own image – essentially trying to play God. The problem is, we’re not very good at it. Ask someone on the street to name a robot and you might hear “Terminator”, “the Cybermen” or “that gold one from Star Wars”. What you’re not going to be given are names like Tesla Model X, Cassini or DJI Inspire 2. These are all robots, but they don’t follow the sci-fi narrative of what robots should be like. The fact is, the robots of the near future won’t be going about on two legs like the shuffling C3PO. And they’ll be much more efficient than us bipeds.

Our impression of what a robot is has been tainted by science fiction and popular culture. The term “robot” was first used in 1920 by Karel and Josef Čapek in a play called R.U.R. to describe an artificial automaton. Since then, our narcissistic desires have seen the word become synonymous with humanoid robots, or androids.We like to think that we’re the dominant creatures on the planet, so mobile robots should look like us. But the fact is, they shouldn’t.

We can’t fly, we’re not very good swimmers, we can’t live in a vacuum and if we want to travel more than a mile, most of us will get on some type of wheeled vehicles. Bipedal locomotion has served us well but it is limited and requires a huge amount of brain power and years of learning to perfect. The computer versions of our brain are nowhere near our level and are unlikely to be so for decades to come. After nearly 100 years of development, our most advanced humanoid robots can only just open a door without falling over (too often).

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Owning Pets Doesn’t Actually Seem to Have Health Benefits

Kids who grow up in homes with cats are much less likely to have behavioral issues than kids who grow up in homes without cats.This is according to a divisive statistical analysis thrust upon the world this week by scientists at the RAND corporation. Pro-pet research findings like this have been piling up since the 1980s. The results have ranged from less heart disease among pet owners to better rates of survival after heart attacks to a reduced risk of asthma and allergic rhinitis among kids who had been exposed to pet allergens as infants.Over the decades there has come to be a sort of implicit consensus that pet ownership had benefits for human health. That is, it seemed that these correlations weren’t coincidental. In a 2005 literature review in the journal BMJ, a team of clinicians concluded it’s likely that “pet ownership itself is the primary cause of the reported benefits,” since “no studies have found significant social or economic differences between people who do or do not have pets that would adequately explain [these] differences in health.”

Source: Owning Pets Doesn’t Actually Seem to Have Health Benefits – The Atlantic

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Positive age beliefs protect against dementia even among elders with high-risk gene

One of the strongest risk factors for dementia is the ε4 variant of the APOE gene. Yet, many who carry it never develop dementia. The current study examined for the first time whether positive age beliefs that are acquired from the culture may reduce the risk of developing dementia among older individuals, including those who are APOE ε4 carriers. The cohort consisted of 4,765 Health and Retirement Study participants who were aged 60 or older and dementia-free at baseline. As predicted, in the total sample those with positive age beliefs at baseline were significantly less likely to develop dementia, after adjusting for relevant covariates. Among those with APOE ε4, those with positive age beliefs were 49.8% less likely to develop dementia than those with negative age beliefs. The results of this study suggest that positive age beliefs, which are modifiable and have been found to reduce stress, can act as a protective factor, even for older individuals at high risk of dementia.

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US Judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘haters’ case as too ‘banal’

The phrase “haters gonna hate” is too “banal” to be copyrighted, a US judge has declared.Judge Michael W Fitzgerald made the comments while dismissing a copyright case against Taylor Swift.Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued the star last year, arguing her single Shake It Off stole from their composition, Playas Gon’ Play.They said the chorus of her song relied on their lyric, “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate”.Although short phrases are generally immune from copyright claims, the writers argued that combining the two thoughts was original enough to warrant protection.

Source: US Judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘haters’ case as too ‘banal’ – BBC News

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Tired of texting? Google tests robot to chat with friends for you 

Are you tired of the constant need to tap on a glass keyboard just to keep up with your friends? Do you wish a robot could free you of your constant communication obligations via WhatsApp, Facebook or text messages? Google is working on an AI-based auto-reply system to do just that.Google’s experimental product lab called Area 120 is currently testing a new system simply called Reply that will work with Google’s Hangouts and Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter direct messages and Slack.Reply aims to take the smart AI-based suggested replies that are available in Google’s Gmail and Allo apps to the next level. In an email test sent to volunteers, acquired by Android Police, Area 120 says: “You probably get a lot of chat messages. And you want to be there for people, but also for people in the real world. What if replying were literally one tap away?”

Source: Tired of texting? Google tests robot to chat with friends for you | Technology | The Guardian

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Indian Man Allegedly Steals Wife’s Kidney as Unpaid Dowry

28-year-old Rita Sarkar’s husband frequently complained about her family’s failure to pay her dowry after their wedding, but she never imagined he would go as far as stealing one of her kidneys to make up for the unpaid dowry. She was wrong.The young woman recently told reporters that she had been the victim of domestic abuse from her husband and his family over her unpaid dowry for many years. She had gotten used to it, but what Rita didn’t know was that her husband, Biswajit Sarkar, would stop at nothing to get his hands on the money he felt he was owned. So when an opportunity to steal one of his wife’s kidneys presented itself, the man did not hesitate.

“Around two years ago, I began suffering from acute stomach ache. My husband took me to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where he and the medical staff told me that I would be fine after removing my inflamed appendix through surgery,” Rita Sarkar told the Hindustan Times newspaper.The operation went well, but Rita began to feel that something was wrong when Biswajit told her that she was to talk to no one about it. Soon after returning home, Rita began experiencing sharp pain in her lower back, but despite begging her husband to take her to a doctor, he flat-out refused. Instead, he kept her in the house, away from her family and friends until she recovered on her own.

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Vaping May Increase Pneumonia Risk 

Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, likely boosting disease risk, researchers said Thursday.A study published in the European Respiratory Journal did not directly compare vaping’s effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes.But the findings did suggest that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not vape, the research team reported.

“If you choose to take up e-cigarettes… this indicates a red flag that there may be an increased susceptibility” to pneumococcal bacteria, study co-author Jonathan Grigg of the Queen Mary University of London told AFP.Grigg and a team conducted three types of experiment. One exposed human nose lining cells to e-cigarette vapour in the lab, another involved mice inhaling vapour and then being exposed to pneumococcal bacteria, the main cause of pneumonia.A third trial studied the nose lining of 11 e-cigarette users compared to six non-vapers.

Source: Vaping May Increase Pneumonia Risk | Newsmax.com

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No cars allowed: Georgia considers highway just for trucks

Georgia transportation officials are exploring the idea of a separate highway for trucks only.It would be the first highway of its kind in the United States, said John Hibbard, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s operations director.WABE Radio reports that the toll-free highway would stretch 40 miles (65 kilometers) from metro Atlanta to Macon. It would give trucks their own separate roadway, which would have its own exits and entrances, Hibbard said.State transportation officials say they expect truck traffic to double by 2040. The truck-only lanes have been proposed as a solution to reducing congestion for drivers of noncommercial vehicles on Georgia interstates.Gov. Nathan Deal praised the truck-only highway during a recent Georgia Transportation Alliance meeting, calling it “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like.”

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No, Asparagus Won’t Give You Cancer | American Council on Science and Health

One of the top trending Google searches at the time of this writing was “asparagine,” one of the roughly 20 amino acids that make up the proteins in our bodies and in our food.Why was this rather boring molecule that biology majors are forced to memorize grabbing international headlines? Because, according to the media, it causes cancer. And where can you find asparagine? It can be found in any food that contains protein — which is a lot of foods — including asparagus, the vegetable after which it was named.Thus, asparagus causes cancer.Think I’m joking? I’m not. This headline is from The Times of London:This article from The Guardian is fairly well explained, but it has an abominable headline:And this is from Evening Standard:How Does the Media Get Something So Wrong?What went wrong on, literally, a global scale?

Sloppiness combined with a greater desire for eyeballs and ad revenue rather than telling people the truth.Here is an abridged version of the abstract from the research paper, along with some added emphasis:”[A]sparagine synthetase expression in a patient’s primary tumour was most strongly correlated with later metastatic relapse. Here we show that asparagine bioavailability strongly influences metastatic potential. Limiting asparagine by knockdown of asparagine synthetase, treatment with L-asparaginase, or dietary asparagine restriction reduces metastasis without affecting growth of the primary tumour, whereas increased dietary asparagine or enforced asparagine synthetase expression promotes metastatic progression.”

Source: No, Asparagus Won’t Give You Cancer | American Council on Science and Health

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Confirmed: Facebook Is Testing A Downvote Button

Facebook is testing a new feature that allows its users to downvote the comments they consider inappropriate or unmeaningful for the community. This step could be seen as a means to promote healthy discussion and interaction among the users.This move can also be connected to the recent push being made by the company to bury the content from the websites and media companies that don’t help users. As per The Daily Beast, Facebook has confirmed that it’s testing a feature for people to share feedback about comments on public posts. At the moment, the test is being carried out with just a tiny segment of people.It’s worth observing that Facebook has refrained itself from calling it a “dislike” button, however, it undoubtedly works like one. If rolled out publicly, this will allow an individual to dislike comments and help the negative statements push to the bottom of the comments feed.

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New York City bar bans customers who use the word ‘literally’ 

Those who “literally can’t even” are going to have to find a new bar to patron.The Continental, in New York City’s East Village, has banned use of the word “literally” in its establishment, calling the word “the most overused, annoying word in the English language.”In a sign prominently displayed at the bar, the owners warn those who “say the word ‘literally’ inside Continental you have 5 minutes to finish your drink and then you must leave. If you actually start a sentence with ‘I literally’ you must leave immediately!!!”“Stop Kardashianism now!” the flyer ends.

Source: New York City bar bans customers who use the word ‘literally’ | Fox News

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Polluted Air May Pollute Our Morality – Association for Psychological Science

Exposure to air pollution, even imagining exposure to air pollution, may lead to unethical behavior, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. A combination of archival and experimental studies indicates that exposure to air pollution, either physically or mentally, is linked with unethical behavior such as crime and cheating. T

he experimental findings suggest that this association may be due, at least in part, to increased anxiety.“This research reveals that air pollution may have potential ethical costs that go beyond its well-known toll on health and the environment,” says behavioral scientist Jackson G. Lu of Columbia Business School, the first author of the research. “This is important because air pollution is a serious global issue that affects billions of people—even in the United States, about 142 million people still reside in counties with dangerously polluted air.”

Source: Polluted Air May Pollute Our Morality – Association for Psychological Science

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Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse! 

Tens of thousands of websites are going to find themselves labeled as unsafe unless they switch out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.Thanks to a decision in September by Google to stop trusting Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certs, from mid-April Chrome browser users visiting websites using a certificate from the security biz issued before June 1, 2016 or after December 1, 2017 will be warned that their connection is not private and someone may be trying to steal their information.

They will have to click past the warning to get to the website.This will also affect certs that use Symantec as their root of trust even if they were issued by an intermediate organization. For example, certificates handed out by Thawte, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL that rely on Symantec will be hit by Google’s crackdown. If in doubt, check your cert’s root certificate authority to see if it’s Symantec or not.The change will come in build 66 of Chrome – due for public release on April 17 – and the problem will get even bigger on October 23 when build 70 is released and all Symantec certificates will be listed as not being trustworthy.

Source: Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse! • The Register

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Best Elbow Pads Wrist Rest Carpal Tunnel Treatment 2017

After spending 40 days straight sitting at the desk in my home office in a frantic attempt to finish the way-overdue manuscript for my second book, I can tell you that my favorite office supply is no longer a Sharpie or a binder clip, but a soft-yet-supportive gel pad (or, rather, two of them) that has saved me from near-constant, searing elbow pain.Resting my arms on a hard desk surface for 12 hours every day was murder on my elbow joints.

I slowly but surely developed a version of the classic tennis-elbow injury, called “computer elbow” (yes, it’s a real modern ailment). My elbows were tender, sore, burning, and throbbing, even when I was lying in bed or relaxing on the couch. At one point, I was typing with bags of ice strapped to them in a desperate attempt to relieve the pain. After resorting to using travel packs of tissues to cushion my elbows as I typed, I decided to consult the internet and mercifully found these (hilarious) gel pads called Jelbows, made to be placed under your arms while you’re working at your desk.

Source: Best Elbow Pads Wrist Rest Carpal Tunnel Treatment 2017

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Kratom: Why the FDA Just Warned the Herb is an ‘Opioid’ 

The herbal drug kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has become something of a household name in the United States over the past decade, lining the shelves of convenience stores and smoke shops and arriving in mailboxes in inconspicuous packages from online retailers. Kratom, which has natural pain-killing qualities when smoked or ingested, offers reasonably affordable benefits for people who live with chronic pain or physical opioid dependencies, but federal drug regulators have serious concerns about its safety.In a statement released Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration outlined its case for categorizing kratom as an opioid, which could bring it closer to the same legal status as prescription opioid drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and morphine.

The FDA’s argument rests on several pieces of evidence, one of the most significant of which is a somewhat damning computer analysis of the chemicals contained in kratom.Kratom is an evergreen shrub, a member of the coffee family, whose leaves can be made into a tea, ground up and encapsulated as pills, or reduced into a potent extract.Using computer models that created 3-D images of the active compounds in the drug, FDA scientists were able to compare their structures to known opioid compounds to predict how the chemicals in question will affect the human body.“The model predicted that 22 (including mitragynine) of the 25 compounds in kratom bind to mu-opioid receptors,” reads the statement. This means that, if the computer model is correct, many of the chemicals in the leaves of kratom will fit into the same molecules in a person’s brain as opioid drug molecules fit into.

Source: Kratom: Why the FDA Just Warned the Herb is an ‘Opioid’ | Inverse

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Tiny Michigan town in water fight with Nestle

Global food conglomerate Nestle is in a battle with critics in tiny Osceola Township, Michigan where residents complain the Swiss company’s water extraction techniques are ruining the environment.

Maryann Borden, a retired teacher who has lived in the western Michigan town since 1953, has photos documenting changes in the Twin Creek river since Nestle began pumping water in the region in the early 2000s for its “Ice Mountain” brand of bottled water.

“It’s not the same creek,” Borden, 73, told AFP. “It’s narrower and deeper and therefore warmer,” compared with the “biting cold” water of her youth.

“The trout can’t survive in it because the water is warmer,” she added.

Located about four hours north of Detroit and with a population of just 900, Osceola Township is a sleepy rural community whose biggest employer is SpringHill Camp, a Christian-oriented program for kids.

The town opposes granting Nestle a permit to build a pumping booster station along a water pipeline that feeds a tanker load dock in Evart, another small town nearby.

The booster station would help the company pump more water from a controversial Osceola County wellhead if the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approves the project. Nestle wants to pump 400 gallons of water a minute, up from the 250 a minute currently.

Town officials voted in January to appeal a county court’s ruling in Nestle’s favor, portending a judicial saga.

“If you look at the culverts, they provide an historic landmark,” said Tim Ladd, manager of Osceola Township.

Source: Tiny Michigan town in water fight with Nestle

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American student told to leave Sweden over money error: ‘I feel very frustrated’ 

An American student has been refused the right to stay in Sweden because she briefly transferred some of the money she had saved over to her parents’ account in the US for safe-keeping.Miranda Andersson, 24, who is studying for a Master’s degree in Digital Media at Uppsala University, moved the money over the summer and left it in her parents’ account for just two months, but has now been informed by Sweden’s Migration Agency that she must leave the country.  The reason? Her account in Sweden briefly dropped below the 80,640 kronor ($10,126) foreign students from outside the EU need to have in their accounts to get residency.

“I feel very frustrated,” Andersson told The Local. “It’s very aggravating to deal with with school and everything going on at the same time. I wanted to study and get my degree and it feels that they don’t want me to do that.”  She said that she had believed that it was enough to have the required funds available.  “I showed them that I can support myself for the whole year, but they said ‘you can’t do that, you can’t just take money out and put it back in’,” Andersson said. The money was in her account at the time she applied for residency, and was returned to it as soon as she realized her error.

“They wanted me to keep the money in my account at all times. I just misunderstood that. When I discovered it, I just put the money back into my account.”   Andersson said that had initially wanted to keep the money in my parents’ account for safekeeping, but then realized that she needed to keep her living funds in her own account.  “I sold my car in August, and they sold it on my behalf – so that’s where the final money came from. All the money had been mine all along, I just didn’t want to keep that large an amount of money in my account all at once.”

Source: American student told to leave Sweden over money error: ‘I feel very frustrated’ – The Local

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High school cancels musical after white student lands lead role

Social justice activists at a New York high school successfully shut down a production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” after a white student landed a lead role.Protests of the production began when an African-American student quit Ithaca High School’s musical production due to the role of Esmeralda being given to a white classmate.“It shows you that theater wasn’t made for you,” the student told the Ithaca Journal. “And it shows you that, if you can’t get the parts that are written for you, what parts are you going to get?”

Student activists then banded together under the umbrella of Students United Ithaca and wrote a letter that included a list of demands, saying that, while the young lady cast as Esmeralda was “a stellar actor, singer, and dancer” any production would be “lucky to have,” she couldn’t be cast in this role because she is the “epitome of whiteness.”

Source: High school cancels musical after white student lands lead role | Fox News

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Trudeau demands Facebook crackdown on his “political enemies” – The Rebel

After Trudeau’s humiliating “Peoplekind” gaffe his Principal Secretary Gerald Butts lashed out at the media on Twitter where he labeled the media “Nazis”.

It was the first time Trudeau faced ridicule in the mainstream media (except the CBC) so he wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Trudeau acts like his intention is to remove fake news, but this is really his attempt to silence dissenting voices like The Rebel.

WATCH my video to see why Canadians should be concerned with how Trudeau will “persuade” Facebook to follow his orders.

Source: Trudeau demands Facebook crackdown on his “political enemies” – The Rebel

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Girl Scout Sells Over 300 Boxes of Cookies Outside California Pot Shop

The nine-year-old sold 312 boxes of Girl Scout cookies out of a wagon near a legal marijuana dispensary in just two three-hour-trips on Wednesday and Friday. The girl’s father has requested that both he and his daughter remain anonymous.The dispensary, called Urban Leaf, thoughtfully promoted the sales of Girl Scout on their Instagram account.“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with — shopping is more fun with friends anyways,” the company posted to Instagram. “GSC” is a marijuana strain flavored with tastes said to be similar to those used in Girl Scout cookies.Girl Scouts San Diego clarified that scouts are permitted to sell from wagons if they have parent or guardian present.“So if that’s what they say they were doing… then they were right within the rules,” said Alison Bushan, of Girl Scouts San Diego, ABC 10 News reported.

Source: Girl Scout Sells Over 300 Boxes of Cookies Outside California Pot Shop – The Fifth Column

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Mass surveillance and security on the Internet 

Not five years ago, as Edward Snowden unveiled thousands of classified and secret documents, the world became shockingly aware of a covert, suspicion-independent and global mass-surveillance of the Internet and telecommunication networks, which had been operated by the so-called “Five Eyes” (Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, UK and the USA) at least since 2007. This surveillance relied on monitoring programs such as PRISM (with the more or less voluntary participation of Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype und Apple), XKeyscore (a system to perform virtually unlimited monitoring of anyone around the world using metadata and content), and Tempora (skimming and caching almost all Internet traffic directly from the network hubs and transatlantic data links). While the public outrage after Snowden’s revelations was unprecedented, this has since largely subsided, and Intelligence Services enjoy once again nearly unhindered ability to siphon off, evaluate and store data on a large scale. With all probability, the methods of the “Five Eyes” and those of their larger partners are even more sophisticated today. What is more, initial sporadic protests had little if any effect: in the US, for example, the legal basis for PRISM and the like was not even challenged at the time, hence it remains firmly in place. Not even the US President, Donald Trump, seems inclined to curtail the powers and behaviour of US intelligence agencies in this respect.

Source: Mass surveillance and security on the Internet | Offiziere.ch

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Cops realize tiger is stuffed animal after 45-minute standoff | New York Post

A Scottish farmer frantically called cops to report a tiger in his cow shed, sparking an armed police standoff — only to learn it just was a large, cuddly stuffed animal.Bruce Grubb, 24, was throwing a housewarming party when he spotted the bizarre sight and called police, fearing his pregnant cows were about to be devoured.Modal TriggerFacebookNow “I feel a bit silly for calling the police, but I thought it was a real emergency,” he told the Scottish Sun. “I had absolutely no doubt it was real. I got a hell of a scare.

”The frightened farmer said the first officer to respond to the scene was so scared that he “refused to get out of the squad car.”North East Police even checked a local wildfire park to see if they had an escaped tiger on the loose.After armed cops engaged in a 45-minute “standoff,” they realized the supposedly terrifying beast was actually just a big plush toy.Cops said they determined the false call was made with “genuine good intent” in a Facebook post about the ordeal.They even asked an embarrassed Grubb if they could keep the stuffed tiger as a mascot.It’s unclear how the stuffed toy got in the shed.

Source: Cops realize tiger is stuffed animal after 45-minute standoff | New York Post

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Canada’s rapists, murderers can now go to women’s prisons “based on how they self-identify”

I’m not kidding, this is a real news story. Published in the Ottawa Citizen:

Federal transgender inmates to be housed, addressed according to gender identity; These changes come after the federal government added ‘gender identity and expression’ to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination

In other words, you just say, “I feel like a woman today.”

You don’t even have to put on lipstick or a wig, let alone go full Bruce Jenner.

So you’re a prison guard. You’re guarding, say, Paul Bernardo.Rapist, murderer, serial killer, psychopath. You have to call him “Pauline” now. Or maybe he wants to call himself after one of the girls he murdered and raped — “Tammy” one day, “Leslie” the next day, “Kristen” another day.

And any prison guard who doesn’t obey his murderer prisoner is the lawbreaker now.

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