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Google Bans Sexually Explicit Content From Websites Hosted On Blogger

<b>Update, 27/02:</b> Google has decided to reverse the proposed ban. Instead it will “step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.” (H/t Engadget)<p>Google is banning adult content from websites hosted on Blogger from next month, after the company updated regulations governing …

Internet
Retirement

Electoral Commission seeks police advice on ineligible Ferny Grove candidate

Authorities are considering whether to take action against an ineligible candidate in the recent Queensland election.<p>Palmer United Party candidate in …

'This Is Really Extreme Science': Adrift in the Arctic Ice With a Shipload of Norwegians

A Norwegian research vessel has locked itself in the shrinking ice cap to gather data needed to predict the cap's future—and that of the planet.<p>R.V. <i>LANCE</i>, 82.6 Degrees North—Curious polar bears, venturing too close to working scientists, have had to be scared off with flares shot from a gun. …

Why You Should Turn Off the Built-In Flash on Your Camera Right Now

We’ve all gone to sporting events and seen the audience cameras flashing two hundred or more yards distant from the action on the field. The truth is …

Shutter Speed

The Internet is for everyone, by everyone. The U.S. doesn’t own it.

A few days ago, tech publication Re/code released a video interview with President Obama in which he said European regulators were purposefully setting up roadblocks for American companies in order to stop them from competing in Europe. He also said “We have owned the Internet. Our companies …

15 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love with the Adorable Ermine

The short-tailed weasel, or stoat, is an adorable little character that always looks like he's always up to no good. The animal goes by the name ermine when it's in its pure white winter coat. In the spring and summer, its fur is a reddish brown. The photo above shows the ermine in Italy's Gran …

Cute

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

Sleep

Sea Snail’s Teeth Just Dethroned Spider Silk As The Strongest Biological Material

Introducing the limpet as the heavyweight champion of the animal kingdom<p>The strongest biologic material in the world rivals the strength it takes to turn carbon into diamonds. It doesn’t come from one of the biggest creatures, but rather the tiny teeth of a sea snail.<p>Until now, spider silk has …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

The Life of Vivian Maier, the Nanny-Turned-Photographer Whose Incredible Story Was Nominated for an Oscar

Vivian Maier may have been virtually unknown during her lifetime, but she will go down in history as one of the most iconic photographers alongside the names of masters like Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary titled <i>Finding Vivian Maier</i>, …

Street Photography

Why 16 Megapixels, When I Could Have 50?

If there was a 100 MP DSLR announced tomorrow, I would pre-order it, then spend many sleepless nights waiting for it to arrive. I’d suffer nightmares …

Cameras
Cyber-attacks

Senior Liberal warns 'governance' issues stemming from Credlin-Loughnane marriage must be resolved

A senior Liberal Party figure has warned of internal "governance" problems stemming from the marriage of the Prime Minister's chief of staff to the …

Serco stripped of control for sterilising Fiona Stanley Hospital's medical equipment

Serco has been stripped of control of sterilising medical equipment at Perth's Fiona Stanley Hospital because of delays in returning it to operating …

Health Care

Highlights from the Snowden, Poitras, and Greenwald post-Oscars Reddit AMA

Poitras reveals she plans to release more footage from the Citizenfour shoot and Snowden shares his biggest regret<p>Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and Laura Poitras, the whistleblower and journalists behind the revelations into the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens and foreign targets abroad, …

Surveillance

Children suffering from allergies? It could be your dishwasher's fault

Hand-washing your dishes may not sanitize as well as a dishwasher, but it may correlate with a lower risk of allergies in your children, Swedish researchers said in a new study released on Monday.<p>The scientists believe the dishwashing method introduced children to more microbes, helping develop …

Biomedicine

Saunas protect middle-aged men against heart attacks

Scientists have found that the dry heat of a sauna can actually prolong life for middle-aged men<p>The Finns describe them as the ‘poor man’s pharmacy’ and now researchers have proved that saunas are indeed beneficial to health.<p>Scientists have found that the dry heat of a sauna does more than work up …

Why Apple Is Spending $1.9 Billion To Open Data Centers In Denmark And Ireland

Apple follows Microsoft and Google by opening data centers in Europe. Whether that’s NSA-motivated is unclear.<p>Apple said Monday that it is investing $1.9 billion to open data centers in Denmark and Ireland, according to the AFP. It is a move likely to comfort European politicians and security …

North Carolina

Hundreds of convicted criminals have visas revoked under Migration Act amendment

More than 200 bikies, drug traffickers and sex offenders have had their visas cancelled in the past three months and have started being deported from …