Science & Technology

‘Junk’ DNA found to play crucial role in health or disease

Junk DNA

Human biology is a mysterious thing, which is why perplexing diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and psychiatric disorders are so hard to predict and, as is often the case, to treat as well. Another complexity involves understanding how and why one individual might contract a debilitating or deadly disease …

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The ultimate goal of the surveillance state

The surveillance state

Surveillance is coming at us from all angles. Chips, drones, TSA checkpoints, smart meters, back-doored electronic products, video cameras, spying home appliances; our phone calls and emails and keystrokes and product purchases are recorded. The government and its allied corporations will know whatever they want to know about us. What …

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Hacker shuts down GoDaddy in Tango Down attack

GoDaddy

Shortly after 1 p.m. EST someone by the Twitter handle “Anonymous Own3r” on Twitter claimed responsibility for shutting down millions of websites, blogs and email accounts hosted by GoDaddy.com. At this time, Anonymous Own3r isn’t revealing his reasons for shutting down GoDaddy, only stating via Twitter: “I’m taking godaddy down bacause (sic) …

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Teen captures photos of Space from $600 camera off ebay

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NASA‘s space missions cost millions and millions of dollars, but a British teenager has managed to get some stunning shots of planet Earth using just a camera he bought on eBay and a do-it-yourself spacecraft. Nineteen-year-old Adam Cudworth spent just 40 hours and about $600 to grab the images you see above, …

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FBI launches $1 billion face recognition project

face recognition technology

Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development …

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Scientists discover “junk” DNA has uses

DNA double helix

For decades more than 98 percent of our genetic code was dismissively labeled “junk” DNA. But a massive new study shows that it actually plays a crucial role – a discovery that could revolutionize science and medicine. We know that only 1.2 per cent of our genetic code contains specific …

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Web inventor warns governments: Internet has no off switch

Tim Berners Lee Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, on Wednesday warned governments that attempts to block the Internet were doomed to failure due to its scattered structure. Speaking at the launch of a league table showing which countries use the web most effectively, Berners-Lee said the lack of …

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Google’s self-driving cars to take on Californian roads

Google self driving car

The California state legislature has passed a bill approving Google’s self-driving cars this week, allowing autonomous vehicles to be operated on state roads – including highways. The bill, known as SB 1298, allows these “robot” cars to be tested on California’s roads and outlines rules and standards for the driverless …

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