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'Minibrains' Could Help Drug Discovery For Zika And For Alzheimer's

Some tiny clusters of brain cells grown in a lab dish are making big news at this week's Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.<p>Known as "minibrains," these rudimentary networks of cells are small enough to fit on the head of a pin, but already are providing researchers with insights into …

Neuroscience

WWII veteran finally gets medals he earned more than 70 years ago

A 95-year-old World War II veteran in Kansas has finally received medals he deserves.<p>“I didn't know I had most of these, because when I came out of the Army in '45 shortly after the war, they were turning us loose so rapidly, all they did was give us a discharge and send us on our way,” says …

Manufacturing jobs return to US during election year – but not quite like before

When Fred Robinson moved to his cottage in 1960, it was on little more than a dirt lane surrounded by cotton fields. For 42 years, like so many others in Cleveland County, North Carolina, Robinson made his living turning that cotton into cloth, manning a weaving machine at the local Dover mill. His …

Manufacturing

Stock Selloff Deepens as Investors Seek Safety

Financial shares drop, as bond yields also decline<p>U.S. stocks fell for the fourth consecutive session Tuesday, led by declines in financial shares.<p>Recent market action has dragged the S&P 500 back from near-record levels as investors consider coming central-bank decisions, the state of the global …

Stock Markets

Developer of anonymous Tor software dodges FBI, leaves US

In its mission to hunt criminals, the FBI has been keen to hack Tor, the Internet browser that hides your true location.<p>The FBI's attempts to break into Tor are starting to manifest in strange ways.<p>FBI agents are currently trying to subpoena one of Tor's core software developers to testify in a …

Privacy

Rotating tiny house in Portland soaks up sunshine all day long

Have you ever wished the windows on your house faced a different direction so you could soak up those last few hours of sunlight? PATH Architecture …

Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it

Reykjavik<p>Michael Porter, a Harvard economist who made his name working on ideas around competition, has come to the capital of Iceland to talk about social process and how to measure it. Here at a conference on the topic, he reminds the audience that economic indicators—while we’re very used to …

Economics

Apple dives straight into health care with release of first CareKit apps

To succeed, the tech giant will have to get doctors on board<p>Today, Apple announced the release of the very first apps made using CareKit, an open software platform that lets developers create iPhone apps that can help people manage various medical conditions and share information with their …

The best free ways to send secure, private emails

So you’ve decided you want private and anonymous email.<p>It sure can be useful. “Normal” email is about as secure as a postcard. After it’s sent and …

Privacy

Shortened URLs make it easy to spy on people

Security researchers have discovered that short URLs are able to be brute-forced, potentially exposing personal data to anyone motivated to look. The issue was found by Martin Georgiev and Vitaly Shmatikov after looking at the abbreviated web addresses used by companies like Google, Microsoft and …

10 Weekend Trips To Take This Spring

The dreary months of winter may have you hankering for a vacation, and spring is the perfect time to take a quick weekend getaway. Whether you’re …

Cherry Blossom

Indonesia threatens to bar DiCaprio over rainforest comments

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be banned from returning to Indonesia over his criticisms that palm oil plantations are destroying the country's rainforests and endangering wildlife, an immigration official said Saturday.<p>The Oscar winner made a one-day visit to …

Speaker Paul Ryan Should Intervene Right Now In Risk Corridor Class Action

A class action lawsuit brought by a failed health insurer in Oregon against the United States over a federal program called “Risk Corridors” has serious implications for the doctrine of separation of powers that has been a crucial part of our constitutional Republic. If differing views on …

These 7 American Cities Will Compete for $40 Million to Create Transportation Utopias

The US government is offering seven cities a remarkable challenge: reinvent urban transportation for the 21st century, with a particular focus on …

What you need to know about encryption on your phone

While we wait for the courts or Congress to rule on Apple vs. FBI, learn more about what is and isn't encrypted on your phone, and how you can better protect yourself.<p>The heated and very public confrontation between the FBI and Apple has spurred a lot of talk about encryption, the technology that …

Privacy

Buffett Is Doing One of His Biggest Debt Deals Ever–And the Bond Market Is Gobbling It Up

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is finding willing buyers for its $9 billion debt offering<p>‘s is having little trouble issuing its largest bond deal on record, reflecting the continued appetite for debt from highly-rated companies. Even as riskier companies have struggled to issue debt this …

Car Hacking Really Is For Dummies With This Sexy (And Free) Software

Craig Smith does car hacking as safely as possible.<p>The softly-spoken security researcher doesn’t take risks like cutting cars’ power on public roads, as executed on a Jeep by researchers last year. Indeed, he warns against such stunt hacking, something he tends not to partake in. Yet Smith is one …

Information Security

First OS X ransomware detected in the wild, will maliciously encrypt hard drives on infected Macs [Update: How to fix]

<b>Update</b>: Version 2.92 of Transmission has now been released. This claims to actively remove the ‘KeyRanger’ malware files from the infected Mac.<p>OS X users have today been hit with the first known case of Mac ‘ransomware’ malware, found in the Transmission BitTorrent client released last week. …

Kansas shooting: Gunman kills 3, wounds 14 at lawn care company

<b>(CNN) —</b> A gunman killed three people in shootings that ended at a lawn care company in Kansas on Thursday, authorities said.<p>An additional 14 people were injured -- 10 of whom are in critical condition at local hospitals.<p>The shooter was also killed by police, bringing the total number of fatalities …

FBI reportedly forced researchers to hand over data that exposed TOR users

The FBI made a group of security researchers hand over their findings about the TOR anonymity network so that it could track users’ digital footprints, the BBC reports.<p>The two Carnegie Mellon University researchers’ data – after being subject to a court order – was used by the FBI to identify the …

Apple said to be working on unhackable iPhone

Stronger encryption might be aimed at heading off the next battle with the US government over gaining access to iPhones.<p>Apple's battle with the FBI is nowhere near an end, but the iPhone maker appears to be girding for its next fight over encryption.<p>Apple engineers are working on new security …

Apple working on stronger iCloud backup encryption and iPhone security to counter FBI unlock requests

In a conference call with reporters last week, an Apple exec said it was reasonable to expect the company to continue strengthening the security policies of its products in light of the Apple/FBI battle.<p>In complementary reports today, The New York Times and Financial Times are detailing that Apple …

Wilco makes an intimate return to NPR’s Tiny Desk series

Wilco’s brand of neo-Americana is well suited for both a fleshed-out instrumental set-up and a more intimate atmosphere. The latter is what the group …

No hate crime convictions for white San Jose State students who clamped black roommate in bike lock

The “pranks” began shortly after Donald Williams Jr. started his freshman year at San Jose State University.<p>Alongside other first-years, the 18-year-old was assigned a dormitory suite with seven other students, including a high school friend with whom he shared a bedroom. But collegial …

San Jose

Wilco will perform in Millennium Park this summer

Over the weekend, <i>The Guardian</i> published an interview with Jeff Tweedy, in which the Wilco frontman revealed that his band has another record ready to …

The US just told Russia where some of its troops are in Syria — but there’s a chance things could now get 'messy'

And there's also the possibility that the Russians won't keep the sensitive information to themselves.<p>"I don't have any assurances, really, from the Russians," Lt. Gen. Charles Brown, commander of the US Air Forces Central Command, told reporters during a briefing on Thursday.<p>"But we told them …

N.H. Primary: Where Each 2016 Candidate Needs to Place to Build Momentum

The Granite State has a history of winnowing the field of prospective candidates, but WSJ’s Jerry Seib explains why this year’s New Hampshire primary may be a departure from most years. Photo: AP Voters in New Hampshire head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in the second presidential …

4AM

As Oil Busts, This Texas Tycoon Sees A Land Of Opportunity

<i>After selling 7 deals in 7 years for $7 billion, press-shy wildcatter Trevor Rees-Jones is better equipped than anyone to pick through the wreckage of the oil and gas bust.</i><p>As Trevor Rees-Jones steps down from his plane, two black labs bound out after him, followed by his wife, Jan, and her terrier. …

Paul Ryan Pushes Republicans to Make Poverty an Issue

When Paul Ryan was the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, he was repeatedly stymied by Mitt Romney aides when he wanted to give a speech on …