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Submission + - Bill Nye "The Science Guy": Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children (youtube.com)

timeOday writes: BigThink has released a video missive by Bill Nye "The Science Guy" in which he challenges the low level of acceptance of evolution, particularly in the United States. He does not mince words: 'I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.'
Privacy

Submission + - FBI Ramps Up Next Generation ID Roll-Out —Wi (eff.org)

An anonymous reader writes: nextGov.com is reporting that the FBI will begin
rolling out its Next Generation Identification (NGI)
facial recognition service as early as this January.
Once NGI is fully deployed and once each of its
approximately 100 million records also includes
photographs, it will become trivially easy to find
and track Americans.

Submission + - DNA may carry a memory of your living conditions i (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Canadian and British scientists have found that how rich your family was when you were a kid — as judged by wealth, housing conditions and occupation of parents — has a huge impact on your current DNA. "This is the first time we've been able to make the link between the economics of early life and the biochemistry of DNA," says Moshe Szyf, professor of pharmacology at McGill University. The study did not show whether the DNA changes identified are passed on to offspring, but if so, repeat cycles of poverty could be putting poor children at a serious disadvantage for heart disease, diabetes and lung disorders.
Transportation

Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits 278

It turns out the soy-based wire covering on cars built after 2002 is irresistible to rodents. Nobody knows this better than those unlucky enough to park at DIA's Pikes Peak lot. The rabbits surrounding the area have been using the lot as an all-you-can-eat wiring buffet. Looks like it's time to break out The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Submission + - Family Guy to promote Windows 7 in special episode (cnet.co.uk) 3

CNETNate writes: A special edition of Family Guy, along with various other live-action performances from the show's creator Seth MacFarlane and pals, will air with the sole purpose of telling the world how awesome Microsoft's new OS is. The content of Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (the current working title) is unclear. But it's essentially going to be 30 minutes of Family Guy-themed content, without any ad breaks, filled with Windows 7 product placement. But is this product placement going too far?

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