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Facebook Manipulated User News Feeds To Create Emotional Responses

Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on 689,003 users, manipulating their news feeds to assess the effects on their emotions. The details of the experiment were published in an article entitled “Experimental Evidence Of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks” …

Police to step up presence during Mexico's World Cup game Sunday

Police and sheriff's deputies will increase patrols Sunday in Huntington Park during Mexico's<p>World Cupmatch against the Netherlands after unruly behavior erupted during Mexico's previous game.<p>In addition, a three-block stretch along Pacific Boulevard--Huntington Park's main business corridor--will …

California

U.S. launches sale of $17.2 million of bitcoin seized in raid

The federal government is accepting bids Friday for nearly $17.2 million worth of bitcoin booty.<p>The auction, which takes place over 12 hours starting …

A Former Obama Cabinet Official Made The Strongest Snowden Allegation Yet

Their primary allegation: Snowden is a witting or unwitting agent of a foreign intelligence operation against the U.S. (rather than a whistleblower).<p>A former member of President Obama's cabinet told Epstein in March "that there are only three possible explanations for the Snowden heist: 1) It was a …

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9 huge government conspiracies that actually happened

We all know the conspiracy theories — the government's plan for 9/11, the second gunman who shot JFK, the evolution of the elite from a race of blood-drinking, shape-shifting lizards.<p>But the people who spread these ideas usually can't prove them.<p>As the years pass, however, secrets surface. …

Ted Kennedy

Tomorrow's robots drive, climb, and drill through walls at DARPA trials

This weekend 17 teams headed down to Homestead, Florida to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, a gauntlet of eight tasks designed to test robots that could aid after natural disasters.<p>The tasks included driving a vehicle, traversing uneven terrain, climbing a ladder, clearing debris, …

A Guide To Spotting And Hiding From Drones

Like birdwatching, but for military robots.<p>Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on one side, a rough bird watcher's guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section …

Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

When President Obama announced his BRAIN Initiative in April, he promised to give scientists "the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action."<p>An early version of one of those tools already exists, scientists say. It's a relatively new set of techniques called optogenetics that …

The lie that won’t die: “We don’t know enough about marijuana!”

Drug warriors insist we still don’t know enough about its possible therapeutic properties. It’s simply not true<p>Speaking recently with the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, UCLA professor and former Washington state "pot czar" Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the …

The New Politics of Pot: The 2014 Candidates Who Want to Legalize It

Forget decriminalization or medical marijuana. Bolstered by state ballot victories, top-tier contenders in 2014 are seeking full legalization, the …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

Australian Universities

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Twitter Vulnerability Lets Apps Send DMs Without Permission

Security researcher Egor Homakov has discovered a Twitter vulnerability which allows apps to send DMs without requiring explicit user permission. TNW has verified the findings and can confirm the bug.<p>This means Twitter apps that don’t ask for permission to send DMs can do so anyway. For example, …

Weather wars: who should be allowed to engineer our climate?

“The big thing nuclear weapons did wasn't all the details,” says Harvard climate scientist David Keith. “The really big thing is, they changed what it means to be a nation-state.” It’s on his mind because as the next century unfolds, Keith expects it to happen again.<p>Scientists usually shy away from …

Angioplasty may not offer added benefits - Futurity

For patients with stable coronary artery disease who are not experiencing a heart attack, angioplasty may not offer more benefits than drug therapy …

Medicine

Updated US policy permits accidental bald eagle death via wind turbine

Wind farms that inadvertently kill federally protected bird species, including bald and golden eagles, are getting a reprieve as part of a new permit policy laid out by the Obama administration today. Under the new system, companies with wind farms can kill or injure a number of these birds as long …

Big Pic: Submerged Navy Submarine Launches Drone

Zero to "oh my god did that drone just come from under the water" in seconds.<p>Getting aircraft into the sky typically requires a dedicated launching area—usually a flat, sturdy surface. These are hard to come by in the middle of the ocean. Aircraft carriers are one way to bring runways to the sea, …