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Submission + - The gene editor CRISPR won't fix sick people anytime soon. Here's why (

sciencehabit writes: This week, scientists will gather in Washington, D.C., for an annual meeting devoted to gene therapy—a long-struggling field that has clawed its way back to respectability with a string of promising results in small clinical trials. Now, many believe the powerful new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR will add to gene therapy’s newfound momentum. But is CRISPR really ready for prime time? Science explores the promise—and peril—of the new technology.

Submission + - Air rage? Blame the first-class cabin (

sciencehabit writes: Flights with a first-class section are nearly four times more likely to have air rage incidents in their economy class, according to a new study, and these incidents of “belligerent behavior” or “emotional outbursts” become nearly 12 times more likely among first-class passengers and more than twice as likely among economy-class passengers if people were made to board from the front of the plane and walk through the first-class section together. As first-class sections have become more common and larger since being introduced on airplanes in the late 1970s, they appear to be triggering more air rage incidents among passengers at the back of the plane. The authors argue that airplanes are, in essence, miniature versions of society, where stark differences in class are often a major cause of social unrest.

Submission + - DuckDuckGo wants to leverage open source to compete with search giants

An anonymous reader writes: In an article on, DuckDuckGo's Tal Raviv writes:

DuckDuckGo is a search engine known for putting privacy first for users. So, when we passed 3 billion annual searches last year, we knew it was critical that we continue to serve users without sacrificing their privacy. The key, we realized, was open source.

First, we created an API. Then we started Instant Answers, where anyone can join us in improving search results. Instant Answers appear above the organic search results, and we now have hundreds of people from all over the world contributing. Since our first community commit almost four years ago, we've learned a lot of powerful lessons about what makes an open source community thrive. They've contributed hundreds of data sources and thousands of pull requests, which amount to around 800 Instant Answers at the time of this writing, capable of answering millions of searches.

We certainly have a long way to go, but we've learned that building a successful open source community—like any active community—comes down to providing value for individuals. Learn how to tune in to their motivations, find ways to align those motivations with your goals, and work hard to get barriers out of their way.

Communities always come down to people. The more DuckDuckGo has invested in helping them, the more we have received in turn.

Submission + - T-Mobile mistakenly sells cellphone with porn (

destinyland writes: "T-Mobile sold a woman a new cellphone, but when she got home it had 60 X-rated pictures on it. T-Mobile's phone rep wrongly insisted she or her boyfriend had taken the photos, or they'd received them via email and added them to their phone's photo gallery. T-Mobile later admitted an "isolated incident," and said they were taking "appropriate measures" to correct it. Apparently the number they assigned the phone corresponded to an already-existing photo gallery.

Besides the corporate incompetence, there's privacy implications. Whose naked photos did T-Mobile just hand out at the mall? And if you have time, watch the local newscasters feigning alarm."

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