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Big Data Analysis to find Nuclear Submarines?

Are Submarines About to Become Obsolete? http://nationalinterest.org/feature/are-submarines-about-become-obsolete-12253 I got to admit I was skeptical when I first read the title. People have been trying for decades to find a way to easily locate submarines with little to show for it, … Continue reading

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AA for Obesity

Diet and exercise not enough, obesity experts say http://www.cbsnews.com/news/diet-exercise-treatment-for-obese-patients/ There is increasing evidenced that many chronically obese people are that way because of the gut flora (e.g.), so if this is a medically treatable condition, what distinguishes it from any … Continue reading

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Common detergent causes birth defects in mice!

Missing Mouse Mojo Cracking the case of laboratory mice that suddenly stopped reproducing involved a little chemical sleuthing http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41943/title/Missing-Mouse-Mojo/ The abstract from the article: Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are antimicrobial disinfectants commonly used in commercial and household settings. Extensive use … Continue reading

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Our ‘Justice’ system is even more corrupt than I thought!

Will HSBC Deal Come Back to Haunt Loretta Lynch? Deal to save HSBC’s American office looks very bad in retrospect http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/will-hsbc-deal-come-back-to-haunt-loretta-lynch-20150209 Got to be read to be believed, but the gist of the matter is the ‘punishment’ that our so-called … Continue reading

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Watchdogs watch in private

’22 fraudulent clinical trials’ on FDA radar ‘hidden from journals and public’ http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289167.php A trawl of internal documents held by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed official action due to “significant departures from good clinical practice” against … Continue reading

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Shhh! Your TV is listening…

Samsung Privacy Policy: Watch What You Say Around Your Smart TV http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/samsung-privacy-policy-watch-smart-tv/story?id=28829387 Not terribly surprising to me given that with the proper malware installed on your phone anyone can listen to any nearby conversation and that people can also turn … Continue reading

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Wow! Email encryption relies on just ONE guy!

The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work. http://www.propublica.org/article/the-worlds-email-encryption-software-relies-on-one-guy-who-is-going-broke Also interesting comments here. It is … Continue reading

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‘Expensive’ placebos work better than ‘cheap’ ones!

Does getting ‘expensive’ drug affect how much patient benefits? http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/aaon-dg012215.php Since I talk about the placebo effect from time to time I figure this might be interesting to my reader(s)… For the study, 12 people with Parkinson’s disease were told … Continue reading

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Forming your own echo chamber

The propagandists have won: What Fox News and the pornography revolution have in common Truthiness has replaced truth. Now that we all have our own facts, we may rue the day we personalized the news http://www.salon.com/2014/12/21/the_propagandists_have_won_what_fox_news_and_the_pornography_revolution_have_in_common/ I rant about ‘sheeple‘ … Continue reading

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Whose side are _you_ on?

Free speech and state power: Americans shouldn’t feel complacent about French hypocrisy Yeah, the French look like merde arresting a comedian for a Facebook post. But we’re free-speech hypocrites too http://www.salon.com/2015/01/17/free_speech_and_state_power_americans_shouldnt_feel_complacent_about_french_hypocrisy/ Another thoughtful article on Salon; though to be fair, … Continue reading

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