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Medicine

+ - Is there a God gene? Or why we think like we do...->

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jake-in-a-box
jake-in-a-box writes "Why do religious people live longer, healthier lives, achieve more and in general have better quality of life? This study suggests that the meme for religion has a fitness factor because it results in better self-control, fostering goal-oriented behavior and all that comes from it. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081231005355.htm. It also has implications for understanding extremist behavior. Perhaps getting people blow themselves up is the wetware equivalent of planting a logic bomb."
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Graphics

+ - Nvidia threatens website for hosting their drivers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We understand that you are distributing or facilitating the unauthorized distribution of NVIDIA's drivers for its GPU and/or MCP products. We are writing to remind you that these drivers constitute intellectual property ("IP"), including copyrights, of NVIDIA. As the exclusive owner of this IP, under Section 106 of the Copyright Act, NVIDIA alone has the right to authorize distribution. Since you are not authorized, we ask that you immediately stop all activities that distribute, allow or facilitate distribution of NVIDIA's drivers on your web site. Unauthorized distribution is a serious violation of NVIDIA's intellectual property rights and if it continues, we will take the necessary steps to prevent further unauthorized distribution."
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United States

+ - Natalee Holloway The other side of the story...->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A diffrent side of the Natalee Holloway story one with bizare facts.. and even conspiracy. How the case wasnt about Natalee Holloway but money.. Story is in dutch so babelfish required. and to add to conspiracy hasnt been posted on any big american news site... 2 links http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_31994 .php http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_31997 .php"
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Security

+ - A Look Into Internet Based Exploitation Attacks->

Submitted by cellphoneer
cellphoneer (1122081) writes "InformIT.com is running a story that examines how the average surfer gets owned. In this real case, afrigadget.com (a blog site dedicated to African Gadgetry) was replaced with an IFRAME that loaded up obfuscated code that then exploited an IE vulnerability causing a malicious Trojan to download and install. Apparently, afrigadget's hosting company (Dreamhost) had just been dealt a serious blow by leaking some 3500 accounts — 20% of which were altered. It is simply amazing how all these attacks/exploits work together in an attempt to gain access to personal/financial data."
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Education

+ - Can IT Turn Around Teacher Turnover?->

Submitted by AzTechGuy
AzTechGuy (1108805) writes "Teacher turnover (also known as teachers quitting their jobs) is becoming a critical concern for school and district administrators. Not only can it have a negative impact on student learning, especially in troubled districts, but it's emerging as a fairly major financial drain on districts in all regions, according to a recent study released by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF). So is there anything school and district technology leaders can do about it?"
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The Matrix

+ - Nanotechnology coming to a brain near you->

Submitted by hakaii
hakaii (1058696) writes "If you have seen the movie The Matrix then you are familiar with 'jacking in' — a brain-machine neural interface that connects a human brain to a computer network. For the time being, this is still a sci-fi scenario, but don't think that researchers are not heavily working on it. What is already reality today is something called neuroprosthetics, an area of neuroscience that uses artificial microdevices to replace the function of impaired nervous systems or sensory organs. Different biomedical devices implanted in the central nervous system, so-called neural interfaces, already have been developed to control motor disorders or to translate willful brain processes into specific actions by the control of external devices. These implants could help increase the independence of people with disabilities by allowing them to control various devices with their thoughts (not surprisingly, the other candidate for early adoption of this technology is the military). The potential of nanotechnology application in neuroscience is widely accepted. Especially single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) have received great attention because of their unique physical and chemical features, which allow the development of devices with outstanding electrical properties. In a crucial step towards a new generation of future neuroprosthetic devices, a group of European scientists developed a SWCNT/neuron hybrid system and demonstrated that carbon nanotubes can directly stimulate brain circuit activity. More: http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=2177.php"
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Censorship

UK Proposal To Restrict Internet Pornography Sparks Row 561

Posted by Zonk
from the i've-got-that-song-stuck-in-my-head-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports on the row over proposals by the UK Government to criminalize possession of 'extreme' porn. The bill, published last week, would include the prohibition of fictional depictions of violence and images of acts between consenting adults. The law would also apply to screenshots taken from a legal film, if the screenshot was made for erotic purposes. The goal is to prevent disturbed individuals from accessing content online that would trigger violent behavior. From the article: 'Labour MP Martin Salter, who has worked closely ... in pushing the legislation, rejected the BDSM community's claims their civil liberties were being undermined. He said: "No-one is stopping people doing weird stuff to each other but they would be strongly advised not to put it on the internet. At the end of the day it is all too easy for this stuff to trigger an unbalanced mind."' The bill follows from plans initially announced last August."
Security

Research Indicates Beijing Is World Virus Capital 119

Posted by Zonk
from the they-totally-win dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Chinese capital city of Beijing is now a global leader in distributing viruses. According to UK-based managed security services company Network Box, Beijing accounts for 40 percent of all viruses that passed though the company's servers in June, and 5.25 percent of detected spam. This compares with slightly lower percentages for cities in countries noted for having a malware problem. Moscow was second for spam with 5.12 percent, Seoul third with 3.58 percent, Turk in Turkey fourth with 3.4 percent, and London in fifth place at 2.47 percent. 'As more and more users come online in China, there's a good chance those computers are using pirated software without up-to-date security fixes, making them prime targets for hackers who are actually located elsewhere in the world, [Simon] Heron said. Those compromised computers, which are used to send spam and make it more difficult to identify the spammer, are so valuable that hacker gangs have been competing to take over machines. If one gang finds a machine running another gang's Trojan horse program — one that appears harmless to the victim but can be used to control a machine — they'll try to remove the software.'"
Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo! Photos closing up shop in September->

Submitted by ApolloX
ApolloX (1017440) writes "Just got an e-mail from Yahoo! (confirmed on their website) saying the following:

"For some time now, we've supported two great photo sharing services: Yahoo! Photos and Flickr. But even good things come to an end, and we've decided to close Yahoo! Photos to focus all our efforts on Flickr — the award-winning photo sharing community that TIME Magazine has called 'completely addictive.' We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT.""

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