krou writes: The Wrap has an interesting interview with Eric Schmidt on Google's new plan for news. Google is apparently planning on rolling out high-quality news to users who not actively searching for news. Expected to launch in approximately six months' time, the first two news organisations to be involved will be The New York Times and The Washington Post. "Under this latest iteration of advanced search, users will be automatically served the kind of news that interests them just by calling up Google's page. The latest algorithms apply ever more sophisticated filtering — based on search words, user choices, purchases, a whole host of cues — to determine what the reader is looking for without knowing they're looking for it. And on this basis, Google believes it will be able to sell premium ads against premium content." Although Schmidt confirmed that companies like the New York Times won't get any of this ad revenue, he commented that it will push stories to users who want them, drive up traffic to those stories, and in turn bring higher advertising rates for those stories.
from the near-the-top-of-the-food-chain dept.
goran72 writes "A new study has suggested that strands discovered in fossil hyena poop found in a South African cave could be the oldest-known human hairs. According to a report in National Geographic News, researchers discovered the rock-hard hyena dung near the Sterkfontein caves, where many early human ancestor fossils have been found."
pmbasehore writes: "When an employee saw a help-wanted ad in the newspaper for a position that looked suspiciously like her current job — and with her boss's phone number listed — she assumed she was about to be fired.
So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years' worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million."
With the increase of cybercrime, it seems likely that this sort of thing will replace the disgruntled-employee-with-an-assault-rifle deal. What do you think?
KonradW writes: If your "cure" for a hangover involves popping lots of acetaminophen and chasing it with copious amounts of coffee, you could be harming your liver, says a U.S. study .
"Individuals would have to drink upwards of 20 cups of strong coffee a day to have any increased risk of liver toxicity from acetaminophen," Nelson told CBCNews.ca.
You have to love science research that informs essentially informs us: "Drinking upwards of 20 cups of strong coffee per day is BAD for you."