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Drought is causing Earth's crust to rise in the West
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography...
California Drought Has Resulted in Mountains Rising Another Half an Inch, New ... University Herald
Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels dropLos Angeles Times
Droughts accelerate mountain rise by 15 mm in CaliforniaWallStreet OTC
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Google News Sci Tech: Android Apps can do a Sneak Attack and Ambush Each Other - Android Headlines - A->

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Android Apps can do a Sneak Attack and Ambush Each Other
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AH Virus Malware Piracy Skull Death Samsung logo 1.0 Security and wireless mobility are always a hot topic of discussion and new antivirus programs are being developed and sold every daybut do they really protect your personal information from...
Gmail Users Beware of Installing Malicious Android AppsDumb-Out
Researchers: Android app hack test proves Gmail an easy target, Amazon a bit ... Tech Times
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Google News Sci Tech: New Galileo satellites launched - Arab News->

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New Galileo satellites launched
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A handout photo released by ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE on Friday shows a Russian-built Soyuz taking off from Europe's Kourou space centre, in French Guiana. (AFP). AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE. Published — Saturday 23 August 2014. Last update 22...
Galileo, the European GPS, takes another step toward completionFox News Latino
Europe launches two more Galileo satelliteseuronews
Two Galileo satellites successfully launchedPrague Post
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Google News Sci Tech: Civilization Dev Opening Its Doors for First-Ever Firaxicon, Tickets On Sale Now->

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Civilization Dev Opening Its Doors for First-Ever Firaxicon, Tickets On Sale Now
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Firaxis Games to hold inaugural event September 27-28 in Maryland; includes "Evening with Sid Meier" presentation. eddienoteddy. by Eddie Makuch on August 22, 2014. 9 Comments Shares Tweets +1 Civilization series developer Firaxis Games has...
Missing pieces: Wasteland 2's release date, how to go hands-on with Civ ... PCWorld (blog)
Firaxis Announces Firaxicon, Strategy Game ConventionArcade Sushi
Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay video takes a detailed look at building an ... PC Gamer Magazine
Gadget Review-The Gamer Headlines
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Google News Sci Tech: Sunlight, Not Bacteria, Responsible For Most Of Arctic's CO2 Conversion - Headli->

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Sunlight, Not Bacteria, Responsible For Most Of Arctic's CO2 Conversion
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Sunlight may be responsible for up to 90 percent of carbon conversion in the Arctic. (Photo : REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON). New research suggests sunlight, not bacteria, is responsible for most of the carbon dioxide in Arctic inland waters. The findings could...
Sunlight, Not Microbes, Control Carbon Release in the ArcticNature World News
Sunlight controls the fate of carbon released from thawing Arctic permafrostR & D Magazine
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Google News Sci Tech: Google Acquires Mechanical Engineering Firm Gecko Design - Wall Street Journal->

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Google Acquires Mechanical Engineering Firm Gecko Design
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Google Inc. said Friday that it acquired mechanical engineering and product-design company Gecko Design Inc. as the Internet-search giant increasingly works on hardware products, rather than just software. No price was disclosed. Jacques Gagné...
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Google Acquires Gecko, Which Did Mechanical Design For The Original FitBitTechCrunch
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Google News Sci Tech: Corals, fish can sniff out a bad neighborhood, say scientists (+video) - Christi->

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Corals, fish can sniff out a bad neighborhood, say scientists (+video)
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Corals and fish are able to detect chemicals in the water that signal a sickly ecosystem, suggests new research. By Megan Gannon, LiveScience News Editor August 22, 2014. About video ads. Professors Mark Hay and Danielle Dixson talk about their...
Picky young fish can detect good and bad reefsTech Times
A Smell Test? Fish and Coral Smell a Bad ReefThe News Ledge
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Techdirt: University Bans Social Media, Political Content and Wikipedia Pages On Dorm WiFi->

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My understanding is that there was once a theory that America's public universities were havens of free speech, political thought, and a center for the exchange of ideas. I must admit that this seems foreign to me. I've always experienced universities primarily as a group-think center mostly centered around college athletics. That said, if universities want to still claim to be at the forefront of idea and thought, they probably shouldn't be censoring the hell out of what their students can access on the internet.

Yet, as btr1701 writes in about, that's exactly what Northern Illinois University appears to be doing.

Northern Illinois University enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that goes further than banning torrents, also denying students access to social media sites and other content the university considers unethical or obscene. A discussion on the ban was brought to Reddit by user darkf who discovered the new policy while trying to access the Wikipedia page for the Westboro Baptist Church from his personal computer in his dorm room. The student received a filter message categorizing the page as illegal or unethical. It seems possible to continue to the webpage, but the message warns that all violations will be reviewed.
While sites that only potentially violate the policy, such as the Wikipedia page for stupidest church in America, are still accessible after the warning, other sites that NIU has deemed offensive, defamatory, or threatening remain. These, oddly, include pornography sites, for some reason. It also includes social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIN, the latter of which seems like an especially odd choice since it's primarily a job networking site and I'd think that would be the kind of thing a university would want their students to be doing. Granted, this usage policy applies to staff as well as students, but that's the entire problem with a catchall filtering system like this: you block too much good along with the "bad."

But where this really goes off the rails is NIU's apparent attempt to stifle political discussion on their campus.

Perhaps one of the most controversial of the terms is the restriction on political activities such as surveying, polling, material distribution, vote solicitation and organization or participation in meetings, rallies and demonstrations, among other activities...Isnt it obvious that an institute of higher learning should be the last place to put a huge block in the information pathway?
It's not just obvious, it seems like the antithesis of what a public university ought to be doing. Forget the social media and pornography sites for a moment. Turning the filters up to the point when Wikipedia pages are blocked is insane. That site is a go to resource for, well, everyone, but probably especially for students. And the ban on political activism and traffic suggests NIU is turning a blind-eye to the important role that universities have always played in political thought and activism.

Shame on NIU for trying to strangle the internet access their students rely on as they learn and become adults.



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