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Education

Submission + - Classroom Clashes over Science Education (aaas.org)

cheezitmike writes: In a two-part series, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) examines two hot-button topics that create clashes in the classroom between science teachers and conservative-leaning students, parents, school boards, and state legislatures. Part 1 looks at the struggle of teachers to cover evolution in the face of religious push-back from students and legislatures. Part 2 deals with teaching climate change, and how teachers increasingly have to deal with political pressure from those who insist that there must be two sides to the discussion.
Businesses

Submission + - Elite Social Network TopCom Isn't Evil: An Interview with Tibco CTO Matt Quinn (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "Back when the news dropped that the World Economic Forum had commissioned software giant Tibco to produce TopCom, a social network supposedly designed for the 200 most powerful figures in the world, people started to freak out. It was described as the antithesis of the open, social web: A hyper-exclusive Facebook where the world’s elite could communicate instantly and secretly, whether that be coordinating sanctions against Iran or sharing goofy pictures from important galas.

Blame it on the Internet’s raw nerves following the SOPA fiasco and general paranoia, but the news about TopCom ruffled skeptics’ feathers. The Esquire profile of Tibco CEO Vivek Ranadivé, which focused on his vision of dominating the information-aggregation realm, may not have helped allay fears that TopCom wasn’t the tool of some new world order.

According to Tibco CTO Matt Quinn, TopCom is ultimately an über-secure version of tibbr, Tibco’s social platform that builds connections around topics rather than relationships. For world leaders, it’s billed as a quicker way to find expert advice on key issues and disasters."

Comment mHealth (Score 3, Insightful) 111

Using mobile technologies for healthcare is not just for self-diagnosis or as an alternative to expensive medical care. Many doctors and hospitals are adopting the technology and encouraging their patients to adopt it. There are lots of things you can do smaller and cheaper where telehealth systems or healthcare websites are currently being used. Preventive medicine mobile applications have been successful for improving health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, in particular. Read the article before casually dismissing the field as a bunch of hypochondriacs trying to self-medicate.

If you're a developer interested in the mobile health field, the mHealth Summit is currently the best annual conference.focused specifically on mobile health out there: http://www.mhealthsummit.org/ Eric Topol, the subject of the NY Times article in the summary above, was one of the keynote speakers at the 2011 conference, along with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
Google

Submission + - Will Google+ Break Search? (readwriteweb.com)

nonprofiteer writes: A journalist at RWW wrote an angry screed about what social signals from Google+ are doing to Google search results, as it starts to privilege social content over straight informational content. His main example is that a recent story he wrote is outranked by two Google+ posts commenting on the story. Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic asks whether the missions of a social network and a search engine are antithetical.http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/atop-the-litany-of-google-plus-complaints-its-breaking-search/250863/
Google

Submission + - Will Google+ Break Search? (readwriteweb.com)

nonprofiteer writes: A journalist at RWW writes an angry screed about the way that Google is starting to privilege Google+ posts over content from other websites. His example is that one of his own RWW stories is outranked by two + posts about the story. He is worried that as Google tries to compete in social, it will ruin its dependable search interface. Madrigal at The Atlantic asks if "the missions of a social network and a search engine are antithetical." http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/atop-the-litany-of-google-plus-complaints-its-breaking-search/250863/

Comment Getting sued by Hasbro (Score 1) 168

ASUS is also facing a lawsuit from Hasbro, who feels that the name "Transformer Prime" might just be infringing on one of its trademarks... http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/21/it-had-to-happen-eventually-hasbro-sues-asus-over-transformer-name/ Hasbro's asking for an injunction to halt sales until the case is resolved...
Cellphones

Submission + - Smartphones Take on Silent Killers (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: New technology can turn your cellphone into a portable “silent killer” detector. And in the near future, this technology has the potential to convert the average cellphone into a handheld detector capable of warning you of chemical warfare attacks and automatically calling for help.

On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology division demonstrated at the California Fire Department’s training center exactly how this new Cell-All technology — which we learned about back in April of last year — can save lives. As of this week, Synkera Technologies has a Bluetooth version developed with DHS available to the public for trial and evaluation. An external sleeve that would go over the phone — and was developed by NASA's Center for Nanotechnology with a major smartphone manufacturer — may soon be available as well.

Space

Submission + - Mercury Turns Out to be a Weird Little World (jhuapl.edu) 1

sighted writes: "The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER, now orbiting the first planet, has found odd features on its surface, including unexplained, blueish 'hollows' that may be actively forming today. The new findings will be published this week in Science. One scientist said, 'The conventional wisdom was that Mercury is just like the Moon. But from its vantage point in orbit, MESSENGER is showing us that Mercury is radically different from the Moon in just about every way we can measure.'"
Chrome

Submission + - Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, says the Web statistics firm StatCounter, which shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft's IE no later than December. As of Wednesday, Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%. The climb of Chrome during 2011 has been astonishing: It has gained eight percentage point since January 2011, representing a 50% increase. During that same period, Firefox has dropped almost four percentage points, a decline of about 13%, while IE has also fallen four points, a 9% dip. That means Chrome is essentially reaping all the defections from Firefox and IE."

Submission + - The Evolution of 'Star Trek' (Infographic) (space.com)

adumonit writes: TV producer, Gene Roddenberry's optimistic vision of the future has captivated fans for nearly half a century. Six television series and 11 films depict humanity hundreds of years in the future, exploring the stars and battling alien enemies that include Klingons, Romulans and Borg.
Power

Submission + - Apple Files Patent For A Zero-Power PSU (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple just filed a patent for a simple, but rather ingenious invention that could cut overall power consumption in any electronic device that depends on a power supply unit (PSU). Apple thinks of a much more complex PSU for the future, which will effectively cut the power draw to zero from a PSU when an electronic device is shut off.
Businesses

Submission + - Algo trading rapidly replacing need for humans (computerworlduk.com)

DMandPenfold writes: Algorithmic trading, also known as high frequency trading (HFT), is rapidly replacing human decision making, according to a government panel which warned that the right regulations need to be introduced to protect stock markets.

Around one third of share trading in the UK is conducted by computers fulfilling commands based on complex algorithms, said the Foresight panel in a working paper published yesterday.

Nevertheless, this proportion is significantly lower than in the US, where three-quarters of equity dealing is computer generated.

The Foresight panel, led by Dame Clara Furse, the former chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, argued that there are both benefits and severe risks to algorithmic trading.

There was "no direct evidence" that the computer trading in itself increased volatility, it said, but in specific circumstances it was possible for a series of events with "undesired interactions and outcomes" to occur and cause massive damage.

Apple

Submission + - Samsung Tablet Banned in Germany (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "A German court has ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is too similar to Apple's iPad 2 and may not be sold in Germany. But Samsung isn't giving up the fight: 'We will take all available legal options including continuing to aggressively pursue Apple for its ongoing violation of Samsung's wireless technology patents around the world,' a Samsung spokesman said."
Government

Submission + - HIPPA will bite over health-care privacy blunders (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Healthcare organizations that are performing risk assessments as a way to craft patient-privacy policies might want to consider a new potential attack vector: federal regulators. Later this year, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to start auditing up to 150 health providers at random through December 2012 in an effort to find medical entities that fail to comply with HIPAA and HITECH regulations about how personal data must be handled securely."

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