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Nerve Cells Made From Blood Cells

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-05-24 05:31
BarbaraHudson writes: CBC reports that Canadian scientists are turning blood into nerve cells. They do so by manipulating stem cells that have been taken from a patient's blood, eventually switching them into neural stem cells (abstract). These can then give rise to multiple different nerve cells suitable for use in the rest of the body. Team leader Mick Bhatia said, "We can actually take a patient's blood sample, as routinely performed in a doctor's office, and with it we can produce one million sensory neurons. We can also make central nervous system cells." They're working on turning the neural stem cells into motor neurons for treatment of diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Vietnam-lovin' VoIP man's 50-nation tally couldn't hold him back

The Register - Sun, 2015-05-24 05:00
Every single journey's got a story to tell

The eXpat Files In this instalment of The eXpat Files, we meet Joshua Puckett – a native of Maryland, USA – who, at 23, has managed to work in 50 countries, with extended stays in Switzerland and Hungary.…

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

The Register - Sun, 2015-05-24 04:00
But the absence of one can

Worstall @ the Weekend What with another budget just coming up, to correct the one that chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne kidded everyone with before the election, it might be time to answer the question of whether deficits really matter?…

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Software Patch Fixes Mars Curiosity Rover's Auto-focus Glitch

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-05-24 02:20
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have successfully uploaded and applied a software patch to NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars. The patch fixes a focusing problem that cropped up in November when the laser that helps to focus one of its cameras failed. "Without this laser rangefinder, the ChemCam instrument was somewhat blind," said Roger Wiens, ChemCam principal investigator at Los Alamos. "The main laser that creates flashes of plasma when it analyzes rocks and soils up to 25 feet [7.6 meters] from the rover was not affected, but the laser analyses only work when the telescope projecting the laser light to the target is in focus." Before the fix, scientists had to shoot images at nine different focus settings to distill a decent set of data. Now, they say the new software results in better images in a single shot than even before the laser broke down. The program that runs the instrument is only 40 kilobytes in size.

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Cleveland protests erupt after officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-05-23 23:34
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012, one in a series of cases that have raised questions over police conduct and race relations in the United States.
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Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-05-23 23:16
Mark Wilson sends word that Amazon will begin paying corporate taxes on profits made in the UK. The company had previously been recording most of its UK sales as being in Luxembourg, which let them avoid the higher taxes in the UK. But at the end of last year, UK regulators decided they were losing too much tax revenue because of this practice, so they began implementing legislation that would impose a 25% tax on corporations routing their profits elsewhere. Amazon is the first large corporation to make the change, and it's expected to put pressure on Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others to do the same.

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Saudi clerics urge calm as village hit by Islamic State seethes

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-05-23 22:02
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top Sunni cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shi'ite Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government's indifference to their safety.







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Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-05-23 21:45
DUBLIN (Reuters) - The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalized homosexuality two decades ago.
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OpenStack isn't just ready for enterprise adoption, it's already there

Linux Today - Sat, 2015-05-23 21:00

 ZDnet: Forrester still worries about OpenStack in the enterprise.

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Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-05-23 20:04
sciencehabit sends news of a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology which found that science is still perceived as a predominantly male profession across the world. The results were broken out by country, and while the overall trend stayed consistent throughout (PDF), there were variations in perception. For explicit bias: "Countries where this association was strongest included South Africa and Japan. The United States ranked in the middle, with a score similar to Austria, Mexico, and Brazil. Portugal, Spain, and Canada were among the countries where the explicit bias was weakest." For implicit bias: "Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, and Sweden were among the countries with the highest implicit bias scores. The United States again came in at the middle of the pack, scoring similarly to Singapore. Portugal, Spain, and Mexico had among the lowest implicit bias scores, though the respondents still associated science more with men than with women."

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The Hoverboard Flies Closer To Reality

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-05-23 19:01
Dave Knott writes: Fans of 1980s cinema were disappointed when the year 2015 arrived without a practical version Marty McFly's hoverboard. Now, a Montréal-based man has brought it closer to reality by setting a new record for longest "flight" by hoverboard. In a filmed test recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records, Catalin Alexandru Duru pilots his somewhat cumbersome looking rig for 250 meters — five times the previous record — at a height of five meters above Quebec's Lake Ouareau. Duru and his business partner "hope to have a new prototype finished by the end of the year and then have hoverboards available for purchase across the country. He wouldn't say how much the prototype cost to build, but said that the first generation of the machine will likely be 'quite expensive.'" "This thing is still quite dangerous," he added, explaining that the pilot uses only his or her feet to fly the contraption. The commercial version's software will limit it to flying below a height of about one-and-a-half meters above the ground.

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Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:59
An anonymous reader writes: A new report from The Information (paywalled) says Google is working on an operating system called "Brillo" that would be a platform for Internet-of-things devices. It's supposedly a lightweight version of Android, capable of running on devices with extremely limited hardware — as little as 32 MB of RAM, for example. The company is expected to launch the code for Brillo at its I/O event next week. This is particularly relevant now that Google has acquired Nest, Dropcam, and Revolv — a trio of "smart home" companies whose devices could potentially by unified by Brillo.

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Breach (May 21, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has acknowledged that an attack on one of its databases compromised the personally identifiable information of 1.......

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Dating Site Hackers Expose Details Of Millions Of Users (May 23, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

Adult FriendFinder's 3.......

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Export License for Zero-Days (May 21, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

The US Department of Commerce has proposed changes to the Wassenaar Agreement, seeking to impose more stringent rules for the export of zero-day exploits to entities outside the country.......

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Medical Device Security Guidance for Developers (May 21, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

A paper titled "Building Code for Medical Device Software Security," offers guidance for developers.......

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mSpy Acknowledges Database Breach (May 21, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

mSpy, a company that sells software that people can use to spy on others, has admitted that attackers broke into its systems and stole data.......

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Password Security Questions Easy to Guess (May 21, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

Google's analysis of hundreds of millions of password security questions found that it would be easy for people intent on gaining access to someone's account to do so.......

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NetUSB Vulnerability Affects Routers and Internet of Things Devices (May 20 & 21, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

An unchecked input flaw in the NetUSB device sharing service could be exploited to execute code remotely or cause denial-of-service conditions.......

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FCC Policy Means Broadband Providers Must Adhere to Stricter Privacy Rules (May 21, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-05-23 17:14

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is notifying Internet providers to let them know that they are now subject to stringent privacy regulations.......

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