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Submission + - Bacteria-Inspired Robots To Perform Medical Procedures Inside Human Body (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in Switzerland are collaborating to develop a range of micro-robots which can be introduced into the human body to treat a variety of conditions, delivering drugs and performing minor operations. The scientists hope that the small bots could help reduce the number of operations currently required for certain procedures, such as clearing clogged arteries. The bots are flexible and soft, with no motor, and made using a biocompatible hydrogel and magnetic nanoparticles. An electromagnetic field is applied to orientate the nanoparticles, then a polymerisation process is used to solidify the hydrogel. The scientists were inspired by the bacterium which causes African trypanosomiasis, otherwise known as sleeping sickness. This matter uses a thread-like material called a flagellum to push itself around the body, and hides it away on entering the bloodstream as part of its survival mechanism.

Submission + - Wasserman Schultz won't Speak at Dem Convention After Wikileaks Revelations (cnn.com)

HughPickens.com writes: CNN reports that the head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Submission + - How Alex Jones Uses Fear of the Government to Sell Diet Supplements (vice.com)

citadrianne writes: Alex Jones has a unique advantage when selling diet supplements: His fans don't trust any scientific or government institution that tells them that, say, colloidal silver has no medical use and can turn your skin blue. He pushes his version of B12 by explaining something called "The B12 Conspiracy." He hawks "nascent iodine" by saying it will protect you from the poison the government has been putting in the water supply for "eugenics." And all the while, he's making himself rich.

Submission + - Pending bill would kill a big H-1B loophole (computerworld.com)

ErichTheRed writes: This isn't perfect, but it is the first attempt I've seen at removing the "body shop" loophole in the H-1B visa system. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would raise the minimum wage for an H-1B holder from $60K to $100K, and place limits on the body shop companies that employ mostly H-1B holders in a pass-through arrangement. Whether it's enough to stop the direct replacement of workers, or whether it will just accelerate offshoring, remains to be seen. But, I think removing the most blatant and most abused loopholes in the rules is a good start.

Submission + - EPA's gasoline efficiency tests are garbage

schwit1 writes: The tests the EPA uses to establish the fuel efficiency of cars are unreliable, and likely provide no valid information at all about the fuel efficiency of the cars tested.

The law requiring cars to meet these fuel efficiency tests was written in the 1970s, and specifically sets standards based on the technology then. Worse,

[T]he EPA doesn’t know exactly how its CAFE testing correlates with actual results, because it has never done a comprehensive study of real-world fuel economy. Nor does anyone else. The best available data comes from consumers who report it to the DOT—hardly a scientific sampling.

Other than that, everything is fine. Companies are forced to spend billions on this regulation, the costs of which they immediately pass on to consumers, all based on fantasy and a badly-written law. Gee, I’m sure glad we never tried this with healthcare!

Submission + - SPAM: Space reporter reveals how President Jimmy Carter saved the space shuttle

MarkWhittington writes: Eric Berger has published an account in Ars Technica about how President Jimmy Carter saved the space shuttle program. The article is well worth reading for its detail. In essence, around 1978 the space shuttle program had undergone a crisis with technical challenges surrounding its heat-resistant tiles and its reusable rocket engines and cost overruns. President Carter was not all that enthused about human space flight, to begin with, adhering to the since discredited notion that robotic space probes were adequate for exploring the universe. His vice president, Walter Mondale, was a vehement foe of human space flight programs, maintaining that money spent on them were better used for social programs.
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Submission + - SPAM: Mobile Phone expansion disrupts Key weather Satellites

Ol Olsoc writes: As Hurricane Patricia barrelled down on Mexico last October, forecasters at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grabbed as many satellite images as they could to track its progress. But at least one crucial shot failed to download. A 22 October image from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system showed a black swathe — no data — across most of the Pacific Ocean.

“You couldn’t even see the hurricane,” says Al Wissman, chief of data management and continuity operations for NOAA’s satellite and information service in Silver Spring, Maryland. “That’s how devastated the imagery was.” The culprit was radio interference from mobile-phone companies. Story here: [spam URL stripped]...

Submission + - Throwing our IoT investment in the trash thanks to NetGear (networkworld.com)

Miche67 writes: Alan Zeichik tells a cautionary tale about what happens when Internet of Things device makers stop supporting devices and the cloud services that go with them. For him, it's NetGear's termination of its services for VueZone wireless video cameras that's led him to throw those devices in the trash.

His three-year investment into two VueZone camera systems and their services is lost.

All that VueZone equipment is headed for the dustbin of IoT history. There is nothing wrong with the access points or cameras. There is nothing wrong with the cloud-based service VueZone relies upon—except that it is no longer cost-effective for NetGear to offer the service.

Submission + - FBI Director: Guccifer Admitted He Lied About Hacking Hillary Clinton's Email

blottsie writes: The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, real name Marcel Lehel Lazar, admitted to the FBI that he lied to the public when he said he repeatedly hacking into Hillary Clinton's email server in 2013, FBI Director James Comey testified before members on Congress on Thursday.

Lazar told Fox News and NBC News in May 2016 about his alleged hacking. Despite offering no proof, the claim caused a huge stir, including making headline news on some of America's biggest publications, which offered little skepticism of his claims.

Submission + - SPAM: Stop supporting terrorists

shanen writes: Why don't mass media companies agree NOT to compete for eyeballs when it supports terrorism? It's the same kind of free publicity that gave us Donald Trump, but much worse because it actually kills people. No, we can't ignore the stories, but we should NOT do what the terrorists want, which is be afraid or terrified. Nor should the mass media be playing the game on the terrorists terms, but should report the minimal amount of news and especially NOT compete for eyeballs with bigger and uglier stories about terrorism and terrorists.

Submission + - Big coal producer warns of cutting 80 percent of workforce (foxnews.com)

FlyHelicopters writes: Biggest private coal producer warns of cutting 80 percent of workforce, head blames Obama policies

Murray Energy Corp., the largest privately held coal miner in the U.S., has warned that it may soon undertake one of the biggest layoffs in the sector during this time of low energy prices.

In a notice sent to workers this week, Murray said it could lay off as many as 4,400 employees, or about 80% of its workforce, because of weak coal markets. The company said it anticipates “massive workforce reductions in September.”

The law requires a 60-day waiting period before large layoffs occur.

Submission + - SPAM: Jupiter Space Probe uses about same amount of energy as a blender

Taco Cowboy writes: Launched on Aug. 5, 2011, NASA's Juno probe has traveled nearly 1.8 billion miles (2.8 billion kilometers) through space to reach Jupiter and study the planet's history and is scheduled to slide into orbit around the solar system's largest planet on the upcoming Monday (July 4)

One amazing fact is that the Juno Space Probe operates on the amount of energy roughly equivalent to that of a blender

Jupiter is located about five times farther from the sun than Earth and receives about 25 times less sunlight, because of Juno's extremely low power consumption, the probe can stay alive by collecting sunlight using three large solar arrays that extend from the spacecraft's hexagonal body

In a web series, called "Crazy Engineering," produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Mike Meacham, a mechanical engineer at JPL, discussed Juno's low power needs and the science behind the probe's solar arrays

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Submission + - Landlords, ISPs Team Up To Rip Off Tenants On Broadband (backchannel.com)

itwbennett writes: Eight years ago, the FCC issued an order banning exclusive agreements between landlords and ISPs, but a loophole is being exploited, leaving many tenants in apartment buildings with only one choice of broadband service provider. The loophole works like this: Instead of having an exclusive agreement with one provider, the landlords refuse to let any other companies than their chosen providers access their properties, according to Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford, who wrote an article about the issue.

Submission + - AT&T - Directv Privacy policy prohibits litigation (directv.com) 1

mknewman writes: A new "Privacy Policy" from Directv(AT&T) was released at 23;00 today 6/29/16, one hour before it took effect and prohibits individual suits and requires arbitration or FCC action or small claims only, in Section 9.

1) DIRECTV and you agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims between us. This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. It includes, but is not limited to: â claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory; â claims that arose before this or any prior Agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising); â claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class; and â claims that may arise after the termination of this Agreement. References to "DIRECTV," "you," and "us" include our respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services or Devices under this or prior Agreements between us. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may bring an individualized action in small claims court. This arbitration agreement does not preclude you from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state, or local agencies, including, for example, the Federal Communications Commission. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and DIRECTV are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of this Agreement.

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