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Submission + - Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems (newsweek.com)

oxide7 writes: In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with U.S. foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to Western companies and markets. These differences embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet’s future that has only gathered force subsequently. Assange describes his encounter with Schmidt and how he came to conclude that it was far from an innocent exchange of views.

Submission + - Fake Cell Towers Allow the NSA and Police to Keep Track of You

oxide7 writes: The Internet is abuzz with reports of mysterious devices sprinkled across America—many of them on military bases—that connect to your phone by mimicking cell phone towers and sucking up your data. There is little public information about these devices, but they are the new favorite toy of government agencies of all stripes; everyone from the National Security Agency to local police forces are using them.

Submission + - Techs next big shot in the arm

oxide7 writes: This is the big secret about Obamacare: It is pushing the health care industry to spend unprecedented money building out shiny new technology that is going to do amazing stuff. We're witnessing the creation of a vast, new nationwide digital health information platform, for which entrepreneurs can develop entirely new kinds of applications. "The consumer apps are literally a game-changer," says Len Nichols, a health economist at George Mason University. He and others believe we're heading into an epochal health tech boom that will ripple through society.

Submission + - Banker offers $1M to solve Beal Conjecture

oxide7 writes: A Texas banker with a knack for numbers has offered $1 million for anyone who can solve a complex math equation that has stumped mathematicians since the 1980s. The Beal Conjecture states that the only solutions to the equation A^x + B^y = C^z, when A, B and C are positive integers, and x, y and z are positive integers greater than two, are those in which A, B and C have a common factor. Like most number theories, it's “easy to say but extremely difficult to prove.”

Submission + - First 'Bionic' Dog Receives Four Prosthetics After Losing Paws

oxide7 writes: A mixed-breed dog who lost his four paws after being stricken with frostbite has been given a second chance at living a normal life with his new prosthetic paws. Naki'o's surgeries went without a glitch. A medical pioneer, he's believed to be the first "bionic" dog, with prosthetics on all fours.

Submission + - Social Isolation Shortens Lifespans Of Loners

oxide7 writes: But in a recent study that collected 6,500 people from the United Kingdom, researchers found that the debilitating emotions from loneliness and infrequent contact with loved ones and friends could shorten a person's lifespan.
"We were thinking that people who were socially isolated but also felt lonely might be at particularly high risk," Andrew Steptoe, lead author and professor of psychology at University College London, told NPR.

Submission + - Bloomberg: Survelance Drones Inevitable

oxide7 writes: Surveillance drones have many benefits, but privacy isn't one of them. Though the public has grown increasingly concerned with the government's domestic usage of drones, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes the issue is "scary" but inevitable. "You can do it from further away, you can see more, you can do it continuously, you can do it undetected in ways you couldn't before," Bloomberg said. "And al Qaeda can do it too. It's a scary world. Everyone wants their privacy, but I don't know how you're going to maintain it."

Submission + - Evolution challenged with new dates

An anonymous reader writes: An international team of researchers has found evidence challenging existing views about the timescale of two major events in human evolution: the first migration out of Africa, and the dating of "mitochondrial Eve,' the last common ancestor of all humans along the matrilineal line.

Submission + - ZeekRewards, Zeekler Users 'In Shock' as service declared Ponzi Scheme

oxide7 writes: Users of ZeekRewards.com and Zeekler.com are searching for answers — and their lost money — after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the sites' owner, Paul Burks, with an alleged $600 million Ponzi scheme.

"I was in shock," said a Zeek member who used the site for five months but asked to not be identified because of the ongoing investigation. "I thought it was going to be a rather simple inquiry and investigation and they would reveal to the attorney general that it was a very profitable business model and that everything was going to be OK."

Submission + - China Has 'Back Door' Access to 80% of World Communications

oxide7 writes: The Chinese government has access to 80 percent of the world's communications, a former pentagon analyst has claimed.

Using equipment supplied by Chinese electronics giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE corporation, the People's Liberation Army and the government have "back door" access to a vast majority of the world's electronic information, including sensitive military and intelligence data

Submission + - Kaspersky warns on growing proliferation of cyberweapons

oxide7 writes: In Israel, where computer hacking has become something of a national sport and young hackers are cultivated to become members of elite army technology units, Eugene Kaspersky, a world-renowned cybervirus sleuth who visited the country last week, got a very warm reception.

But Kaspersky's message was anything but cordial.

"I'm afraid it's just the beginning of the game, and I'm afraid it will be the end of the world as we know it," Kaspersky said during a press conference after speaking at the International CyberSecurity Conference at Tel Aviv University.

Submission + - 'Stacked' Space Station Photos Highlight Star Trails

oxide7 writes: A scientist aboard the International Space Station took extraordinary photos of the start scape from aboard the vessel, using a special technique that highlights their movement.

"Modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image," Pettit explained.

"To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”

Submission + - Blind Mice Can SeeAfter Scientists Regrow Nerves

oxide7 writes: Three blind mice (and a few more) are running a little bit better now, thanks to a group of scientists that were able to coax the nerves in their eyes to regrow.

Larry Benowitz, a professor of surgery and ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, has been working on nerve generation in mice for years. His latest experiment involves mice blinded in one eye after their optic nerves were artificially damaged.

The technique for making the retinal ganglion cells grow again requires three elements. "It's a proof of principle that rewiring the visual system may be possible."

Submission + - Teen Diabetes Rate Soars

oxide7 writes: The number of teens with diabetes and pre-diabetes is soaring, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Between 2000 and 2008 the number rate of diabetes in teens and adolescents increased from 9 percent to 23 percent — an increase researchers said is "concerning."

"To get ahead of this problem, we have to be incredibly aggressive and look at children and adolescents and say you have to make time for physical activity," Larry Deeb, pediatric endocrinologist and former president of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association.

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