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Submission Provisions Found in the TPP, CETA, and TiSA Trade Agreements->

Dangerous_Minds writes: From time to time, the topic of a trade agreement appears in the news. While proponents suggest that these trade agreements are significant to increasing economic prosperity, very few ever go into much detail of what is in these agreements. Freezenet is offering an update to known provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the Trades in Services Agreement (TiSA). Among the findings are provisions permitting a three strikes law and site blocking, multiple anti-circumvention laws, ISP liability, the search and seizure of personal devices to enforce copyright at the border, and an open door for ISP level surveillance. Freezenet also offers a brief summery of what was found while admitting that provisions found in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as it relates to digital rights remains elusive for the time being.
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Submission You can see "direct" sunlight with neutrinos, but not light

StartsWithABang writes: It’s a good thing that sunlight doesn’t reach us simply from its moment of creation in the core of stars, otherwise we’d be bombarded with lethal gamma rays, rather than the life-giving UV, visible and infrared light we actually experience. But the neutrino signatures from those reactions can travel to us directly, allowing us to observe that direct sunlight indirectly, rather than from the photosphere or corona.

Submission Government finds new emails Clinton did not hand over->

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The U.S. Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton did not give to the State Department, the State Department said on Friday, despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as secretary of state.

The correspondence with General David Petraeus, who was commander of U.S. Central Command at the time, started shortly before she entered office and continued during her first days as the top U.S. diplomat in January and February of 2009.

News of the previously undisclosed email thread only adds to a steady stream of revelations about the emails in the past six months, which have forced Clinton to revise her account of the setup which she first gave in March. Nearly a third of all Democrats and 58 percent of all voters think Clinton is lying about her handling of her emails, according to a Fox News poll released this week.

Clinton apologized this month for her email setup, saying it was unwise. But as recently as Sunday, she told CBS when asked about her emails that she provided "all of them."

The emails with Petraeus also appear to contradict the claim by Clinton's campaign that she used a private BlackBerry email account for her first two months at the department before setting up her account in March 2009. This was the reason her campaign gave for not handing over any emails from those two months to the State Department. The Petraeus exchange shows she started using the account by January 2009, according to the State Department.

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Submission Light-based memory chip is first to permanently store data->

sciencehabit writes: Today’s electronic computer chips work at blazing speeds. But an alternate version that stores, manipulates, and moves data with photons of light instead of electrons would make today’s chips look like proverbial horses and buggies. Now, one team of researchers reports that it has created the first permanent optical memory on a chip, a critical step in that direction. If a more advanced photonic memory can be integrated with photonic logic and interconnections, the resulting chips have the potential to run at 50 to 100 times the speed of today’s computer processors.
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Submission A cold spot in the Atlantic has scientists seriously freaked out ->

Kristine Lofgren writes: While the rest of the planet is suffering through an astoundingly hot year so far, one increasingly cold spot in the northern Atlantic has some scientists thinking that one of their worst fears about climate change is coming true. Research by the NOAA shows that this chilly spot means that currents in the area may be slowing down, allowing cold water to sink and warmer water to move in. If that is what is happening, and it looks like it is, it could mean that the current ocean currents could go haywire, and we all know how important the ocean is for regulating temperatures on land, right?
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Submission How societies learn to count to 10->

sciencehabit writes: In some traditional cultures, counting is as easy as one, two, three—because it stops there: Their languages have no words for higher numerals, and instead simply use varieties of words like “many.” But over time some societies acquired higher numbers, as the major languages spoken on the planet today must have done long ago. Now, a new study of an Australian language family reveals how languages add, and sometimes lose, higher numbers—and how some languages lasted for thousands of years without them.
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Submission Plastic in the seafood you eat->

Taco Cowboy writes: The ubiquity of anthropogenic debris in hundreds of species of wildlife and the toxicity of chemicals associated with it has begun to raise concerns regarding the presence of anthropogenic debris in seafood

Samples of fish were bought from markets in Makassar, Indonesia, and from California, USA

Anthropogenic debris was extracted from the digestive tracts of fish and whole shellfish using a 10% KOH solution and quantified under a dissecting microscope. In Indonesia, anthropogenic debris was found in 28% of individual fish and in 55% of all species. Similarly, in the USA, anthropogenic debris was found in 25% of individual fish and in 67% of all species. Anthropogenic debris was also found in 33% of individual shellfish sampled

The likely presence of anthropogenic marine debris in seafood raises several questions regarding human health. For example, anthropogenic debris can elicit a biological response through both physical and chemical mechanisms of toxicity. Small anthropogenic debris has been shown to cause physical damage leading to cellular necrosis, inflammation and lacerations of tissues in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract

Moreover, in nature, anthropogenic debris is recovered from the marine environment with a cocktail of chemicals, including chemicals accumulated from ambient water in addition to the ingredients of the debris itself. Some of these chemicals can transfer from anthropogenic debris to fish upon ingestion. In turn, the ingestion of marine animals that have consumed anthropogenic marine debris has the potential to increase the burden of hazardous chemicals in humans

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Comment Re:Maybe we actually need fewer humans. (Score 1) 45

Sometimes I think we are like the fire-suppressed forests. We have been putting out fires for a hundred years, letting the understory build up until finally a fire feeds on this accumulated fuel and rages unstoppable. As disease suppression allows the human understory to build relentlessly, one day a disease will come along that rages through the population.

Comment What a waste of time and money. (Score 1) 21

Computer 'science'? B.S. How about K-12 classes in critical thinking? People that can think will pick up CS in a heart beat. Kids that are taught 'computer science' will be unlikely to actually think, and will have wasted their time as soon as the technology they were taught is obsolete.

Backed up the system lately?