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Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:50pm
sciencehabit writes: Stark and rising inequality plagues many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and — fortunately — scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But inequality's effects may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that family differences in income and education are directly correlated with brain size in developing children and adolescents. The findings could have important policy implications and provide new arguments for early antipoverty interventions, researchers say.

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Mysterious Childhood Paralysis Linked to a Cold Virus

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:30pm

Scientists have confirmed that a polio-like virus called EV-D68 is behind a mysterious outbreak of paralysis in children last year.

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Microsoft rolls out first Windows 10 preview with 'Spartan' browser (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

TechMeme - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:20pm

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft rolls out first Windows 10 preview with ‘Spartan’ browser  —  Summary:Microsoft has released to testers a new Windows 10 Desktop preview build, the first to include the coming new ‘Project Spartan’ browser.  —  Microsoft is making available to its Windows Insiders testers …

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Oops: World Leaders' Personal Data Mistakenly Released By Autofill Error

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:08pm
mpicpp writes in with this story about a mistake that saw personal details of world leaders accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department. "With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office. Passport numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information of the heads of state attending a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, were inadvertently emailed to one of the organizers of January's Asian Cup football tournament, according to The Guardian. The U.K. newspaper obtained the information as a result of an Australia Freedom of Information request. Aside from President Obama, leaders whose data were released include Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The sender forgot to check the auto-fill function in the email 'To' field in Microsoft Outlook before hitting send, the BBC reports."

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Plug and Play with DNA Constructs

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:00pm

DNA production is becoming cheaper than ever, propelled down a Moore’s law curve by maturing technologies and cheaper reagents. This new biosynthetic industry allows researchers to order up a customized sequence for overnight delivery. But many users don’t just want a chain of nucleotides, they want ready-to-use sequences that can be inserted into a cell […]

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DHS subpoenas Reddit for personal data on users involved with defunct dark-web marketplace Evolution (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

TechMeme - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:55pm

Andy Greenberg / Wired:
DHS subpoenas Reddit for personal data on users involved with defunct dark-web marketplace Evolution  —  Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum  —  Over the last year, Reddit's “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene.

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Hand-Drawn and Inkjet Printed Circuits for the Masses (Video)

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:26pm
We started looking at ways to make instant hand-drawn or inkjet-printed circuit boards because Timothy met an engaging young man named Yuki Nishida at SXSW. Yuki is a co-founder of AgIC, a company that makes conductive ink pens and supplies special paper you can use to write or draw circuits or, if you have the right model of Brother printer, to print them with special inkjet inks. The AgIC people are agressvively putting the 'A' in STEAM by marketing their products to artists and craftspeople. Indeed the second line on their website's home page says, 'AgIC offers handy tools to light up your own art works.' This is an excellent niche, and now that AgIC has developed a circuit eraser (due to ship this April), it may lead to all kinds of creative designs. And as is typical with this kind of company these days, AgIC has been (at least partly) crowdfunded. A little cursory Google searching will soon lead you to other companies selling into the home/prototype circuit board market, including Cartesian Co and their Argentum 3-D printer that does prototype and short-run PCBs and only costs $899 (on special at the time this was written) and Electroninks, which markets the Circuit Scribe pen and associated materials with an emphasis on education. There are others in this growing field, and a year from now there will probably be more of them, all working to replace the venerable breadboard the same way electronic calculators replaced slide rules.

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Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:41pm
itwbennett writes Two former U.S. government agents face charges related to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin while assisting with an investigation of the Silk Road underground online marketplace, with one accused of using a fake online persona to extort money from operators of the site. Facing charges of wire fraud and money laundering are Carl Force, 46, of Baltimore, a former special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and Shaun Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, a former special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Both served on the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, which investigated illegal activity on the Silk Road website, the Department of Justice said Monday in a press release.

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This Impossibly Light Electric Bike Is Gonna Set You Back

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:00pm

The ProdecoTech Titanio 29er won’t save you any money, but this electric bike will save you some energy.

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Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:00pm
malachiorion writes DARPA knows that people are afraid of robots. Even Steve Wozniak has joined the growing chorus of household names (Musk, Hawking, Gates) who are terrified of bots and AI. And the agency's response--a video contest for kids--is equal parts silly and insightful. It's called Robots4Us, and it asks high schoolers to describe their hopes for a robot-assisted future. Five winners will be flown to the DARPA Robotics Competition Finals this June, where they'll participate in a day-after discussion with experts in the field. But this isn't quite as useless as it sounds. As DRC program manager Gill Pratt points out, it's kids who will be impacted by the major changes to come, moreso than people his age.

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China's Foreign Ministry: China Did Not Attack Github, We Are the Major Victims

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:17pm
An anonymous reader writes At the Regular Press Conference on March 30, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying responded on the charge of DDoS attack over Github. She said: "It is quite odd that every time a website in the US or any other country is under attack, there will be speculation that Chinese hackers are behind it. I'd like to remind you that China is one of the major victims of cyber attacks. We have been underlining that China hopes to work with the international community to speed up the making of international rules and jointly keep the cyber space peaceful, secure, open and cooperative. It is hoped that all parties can work in concert to address hacker attacks in a positive and constructive manner."

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Cleaner Living Through Smarter Microbiology

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:03pm

Petroleum-derived products undergo a complicated, energy intensive journey from the oil deposits deep underground to our homes, cars, and clothing. “Our lifestyle is very difficult on the environment,” explains Emily Leproust, CEO of Twist Bioscience. “It’s expensive and it’s harmful; there needs to be another way.” Fortunately, it seems that there may in fact be […]

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Body Maps Expose the Chemical Residue That Coats Our Skin

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:00pm

All that soap, sunscreen, and lotion you slather on your body? That stuff sticks.

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The Week in Trailers: Tom Cruise Boards a Plane—In Midair

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:45pm

Mission Impossible 5, a pair of Sundance 2015's hottest commodities, and an unexpected zombie tragedy top this week's best trailers.

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Book Review: Future Crimes

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:34pm
benrothke writes Technology is neutral and amoral. It's the implementers and users who define its use. In Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It, author Marc Goodman spends nearly 400 pages describing the dark side of technology, and those who use it for nefarious purposes. He provides a fascinating overview of how every major technology can be used to benefit society, and how it can also be exploited by those on the other side. Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review.

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Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

Slashdot - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:53pm
tsu doh nimh writes If you're an American and haven't yet created an account at irs.gov, you may want to take care of that before tax fraudsters create an account in your name and steal your personal and tax data in the process. Brian Krebs shows how easy it is for scammers to register an account in your name and view your current and past W2s and tax filings with the IRS, and tells the story of a New York man who — after receiving notice from the agency that someone had filed a phony return in his name — tried to get a copy of his transcript and found someone had already registered his SSN to an email address that wasn't his. Apparently, having a credit freeze prevents thieves from doing this, because the IRS relies on easily-guessed knowledge-based authentication questions from Equifax.

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Screw Justin Bieber. Watch These Roasts Instead

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:50pm

Tonight Justin Bieber gets roasted on Comedy Central. But no matter how rough the roasters get with the Biebs, they may never burn has hard as these jokes.

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DEA Agent Charged With Acting as a Paid Mole for Silk Road

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:40pm

Nearly 18 months after the Silk Road online drug market was busted by law enforcement, the criminal charges rippling out from the case have now come full circle.

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Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:30pm

Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene.

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What It Will Be Like To Buy An Apple Watch

ReadWriteWeb - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:27pm

The waiting's almost over for those of you eager to strap an Apple wearable to your wrist, with pre-orders for the Apple Watch starting on April 10 and the device available to buy from April 24. As the on-sale date approaches, we're seeing a pile of leaked information about how the retail experience will work.

No walk-in sales, for example, so you'll need an Apple Store appointment to get your hands on a shiny new smartwatch; VIP areas for Apple Watch Edition buyers; and no opportunity to swap bands while you're actually trying on the device.

Both 9to5Mac and MacRumors claim to have seen training documents and spoken to insiders regarding the upcoming device, giving some indication of how you'll be able to test and pick up a watch on the 24th. Here are the highlights.

Roll Up, Roll UpApple Watch display cases.

If you walk into an Apple Store to buy an Apple Watch, you're going to need an appointment to be able to try on a device—otherwise you'll have to join a walk-in queue that staff may or may not get around to.

Once your try-on time with an Apple Watch specialist is booked, you'll be taken to one of the dedicated display cases to see a full set of Apple Watches put through their paces via a demo loop. You can then choose two to try on.

In the try-on area, Apple is planning secure watch drawers that can only be unlocked by special RFID sensors carried by Apple employees. Again, the demo loops will be in place, but customers can try out the haptic feedback and tested how it feels on the wrist. Mats and cleaning cloths will be available.

Once you've gone through this process, you'll then be offered the chance to buy accessories such as alternative straps and Bluetooth headphones. An extended AppleCare+ program is going to be available, as well as a combined coverage plan for an Apple Watch and an iPhone.

If you've reserved a watch in advance, you can walk away with your new purchase. If not, you'll be invited to make a reservation for your chosen model either in store or online.

The VIP TreatmentApple Watch Edition.

If you're planning to spend $10,000 or above on the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, meanwhile, Apple Store staff will treat you like tech royalty. Buyers will be connected straight to an expert adviser, with no need to wait around, and you'll get a separate try-on area away from the masses spending less on their wearables.

Appointments will be longer and can last up to an hour (rather than 5-15 minutes) if you're buying the premium model. To reduce the risk of theft, you'll only be able to try two gold watches at once.

When you're happy with the deal, your accommodating Apple Store assistant can set up the watch for you, or you can connect to a specialist from home via a video link—these are the kinds of perks that several thousand dollars can get you. 24/7 live video assistance is apparently going to be available for Apple Watch Edition owners.

On the one hand, this all fits in with the noises Apple has been making so far: This is very much a different type of device to an iPad or an iPhone, and the company wants to provide a different type of sales experience too, one that's much more personal and guided.

On the other hand, the problems Apple has had trying to get its Watch right—and manufactured in sufficient quantities—have been widely reported. It's also possible that this custom-made, appointment-only system is designed to help the company limit supply until Apple Watch 2.0 is ready to go.

Images courtesy of Apple

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