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The Coming Cyberwar #1

Accountability & Traceability: Telling WHO did an attack can be rather difficult and part of the problem with cyberwarfare.Legality:The British GCHQ is legally allowed to hack and conduct cyber attacks. Financial Attacks: HSBC, the British bank, claims to have fought off a cyber attack. Show More Summary

“Can the Courts End Racial Gerrymandering?”

To the Point: The Constitution requires that the boundaries of congressional districts be re-drawn every 10 years, according to the latest census.  In 2010, Republicans won control of legislatures all over the country—and those GOP lawmakers then collectively increased their … Continue reading ?

The Mystery of Michigan's Menominee Crack Deepens

In 2010, Michigan's Upper Peninsula recorded its first-ever earthquake when a large crack opened in the ground near the city of Menominee, according to a press release from Michigan Technological University. Now researchers finally know what caused the mysterious Menominee Crack. Sort of. Live Science reports the crack—360 feet...

One Key to Civilization's Rise? Fear of an Angry God

The belief in all-seeing and punitive gods may be a huge factor in how modern civilization came to be. So report researchers in the journal Nature after studying nearly 600 individuals from eight communities, including plant cultivators on the South Pacific island of Tanna, wage laborers on Fiji and in...

Keeping a Balanced Body After Abuse

Recovering from trauma of abuse often means learning to be more in touch with the body. Victims of abuse have a tendency to dissociate. In order to cope with the trauma, the mind is removed from the present physical condition. The body becomes “not me.” […]

The universe has a high (but not infinite) Sleep Number

As everyone knows, this was a momentous week in the history of science.  And I don’t need to tell you why: the STOC and CCC accepted paper lists finally came out. Haha, kidding!  I meant, we learned this week that gravity waves were directly detected for the first time, a hundred years after Einstein first predicted them […]

Most precise measurement of reactor Antineutrino spectrum reveals intriguing surprise

Members of the International Daya Bay Collaboration, who track the production and flavor-shifting behavior of electron antineutrinos generated at a nuclear power complex in China, have obtained the most precise measurement of these subatomic particles' energy spectrum ever recorded. Show More Summary

“Legislature to begin work on new congressional maps Monday”

News and Observer: Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said in a news release that they still hope the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a stay that allows them to avoid a lower court’s deadline next week to produce new … Continue readi...

For a special Valentine? Beyond diamonds and gems: The world's rarest minerals

Scientists have inventoried and categorized all of Earth's rare mineral species described to date, each sampled from five or fewer sites around the globe. Individually, several of the species have a known supply worldwide smaller than a sugar cube. read more

Using stories to teach human values to artificial agents

The rapid pace of artificial intelligence (AI) has raised fears about whether robots could act unethically or soon choose to harm humans. Some are calling for bans on robotics research; others are calling for more research to understand how AI might be constrained. But how can robots learn ethical behavior if there is no "user manual" for being human? read more

Trump Tweets That He has Standing to Sue Cruz Over His Natural Born Citizenship Status

Trump: If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016 It is possible that Trump … Continue reading ?

“How Crossroads GPS beat the IRS and became a social welfare group”

The detailed story from Robert Maguire of Open Secrets. Michael Hiltzik: A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics Earlier, I wrote: Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS manages to make it even harder to find the dark money … Continue reading ?

Kobach Defends EAC Director Decision on Citizenship

TPM: In an interview with TPM earlier this week, Kobach defended the move and Newby’s authority to issue it. He denied that it was any special favor from a former colleague, and said the state would have requested the proof-of-citizenship … Continue reading ?

New method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production

A new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass has been discovered by researchers. Both the yeast strain and the method of its design could help overcome a significant...Show More Summary

Long-term cancer surviors still need guidance about screening, side effects, lifestyle

Researchers have published an article that addresses the needs of cancer survivors who are at least nine years beyond an initial diagnosis. The Q &A article discusses how to better care for long-term survivors.

Paleontologists discover evidence of new types of dinosaurs in Idaho including Tyrannosaur ancestors

A team of paleontologists has identified several new types of dinosaurs from fossil evidence discovered in eastern Idaho, demonstrating the presence of a much more diverse group of theropods in the area than was previously known.

Earth’s rarest minerals could hint at life on other planets

The first inventory of our planet's minerals finds that many arise from biological processes  and so may serve as an indicator of life on other worlds

Unraveling the enigma of salty taste detection

Scientists from the Monell Center have further characterized the identity and functionality of salt-responding taste cells on the tongue. The knowledge may lead to novel approaches to develop salt replacers or enhancers that can help reduce the sodium content of food while retaining desirable salty taste.

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