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Monthly Archives: October 2013

He points out that recent studies “have not supported any significant association between saturated fat intake and risk of CVD.” Instead, saturated fat has been found to be protective.One of the earliest obesity experiments, published in the Lancet in 1956, compared groups consuming diets of 90% fat versus 90% protein versus 90% carbohydrate and revealed that the greatest weight loss was in the fat consuming group.

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France summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday after Le Monde newspaper reported the huge scale of alleged American spying on French citizens, with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius calling the revelations unacceptable.Le Monde said the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) recorded 70.3 million items of French telephone data between December 10, 2012 and January 8, 2013 and had collected tens of thousands of French phone records.

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The identification of the DNA markers associated with aging has brought us one step closer to the ever-elusive Fountain of Youth. UCLA geneticist Steve Horvath just published details about the discovery, and says that this could actually lead to drugs that reverse the process of aging.

“Ultimately, it would be very exciting to develop therapy interventions to reset the clock and hopefully keep us young,” Horvath told The Guardian. He studied the methylation of nearly 8,000 samples of healthy and cancerous tissue and found 353 DNA markers that varied with aging. They effectively work like little biological clocks. Interestingly, different types of tissue age at different rates. Whereas the biological age of heart tissue appears around nine years younger than it should, cancerous tissue appears to be an average of 36 years older.

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http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.3515v6

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Google recently announced an update to its Terms of Service, focused on displaying your profile name and photo next to advertisements and reviews. The new feature, which goes into effect on November 11, is calledShared Endorsements and will allow you to share your recommendations (whether a +1 on Google Play or a restaurant rating on Google Maps) with your connections.

For example, if your friend searches “Indian food” and an advertisement shows up for a local restaurant you’ve rated, your profile picture, name, and review might show up alongside it. Many users will take issue with their likeness used to promote sponsored links without their explicit consent—as Facebook knows all too well. Even more users rightfully have concerns with the fact that old comments posted with one online landscape in mind are now being reused in a completely different manner and placed before a completely different audience.

A crucial component of privacy iscontrol, and being able to control how your information is used is an important user right. Thankfully, Google has made it very simple to opt out of Shared Endorsements. 

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Many companies spend a significant amount of time and money on logistics. From e-commerce stores to small businesses, everyone wants to know how they can deliver products faster and cheaper.This desire led Zookal, an Australian-based textbook rental service, to create a drone-based delivery service. The company was able to decrease delivery times from days to minutes and cut delivery costs by 90% via self-driving drones. 

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Don’t think that the NSA’s bulk communication data collection is focused solely on the communications themselves. The Washington Post has published moreEdward Snowden documents which reveal that the agency collects large volumes of contact lists from email and instant messaging users around the world. 

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The National Security Agency may have attempted to penetrate and compromise a widely used network designed to protect the anonymity of its users, but it was only because terrorists and criminals use it, too.That’s the explanation from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about the recently disclosed attacks by the NSA and its companion agency in the U.K. against The Onion Router, or Tor, a network that uses a constantly changing list of specially configured servers to relay and anonymize the Internet traffic of its users.

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Instead of dealing with spotty connections and speeds that resemble early ’90s dialup, use the hotel’s ethernet connection. Regardless of which room you spring for, there’s a good chance yours will have ethernet. With this wired connection you can create your own wireless network that actually gets you online. You basically have two options: Use your computer or a travel Wi-Fi router.The Asus WL-330NUL N150 is a tiny wireless access point that can also be used as USB ethernet adapter for ultrabooks and Macbook Airs without ethernet ports. Just plug it into that unused networking cable, create a Wi-Fi network with a password, and enjoy speedy wireless internet that’s not being shared with the entire hotel.

If you don’t travel enough to justify buying a pocket router, you can turn your own computer into a wireless access point. All you need is a live ethernet cable, a visit to the the System Preferences panel (for OS X), or a quick third-party app download (for Windows).

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Ladar Levison chose to shutter Lavabit rather than comply with the FBI’s demands. While the new details aren’t shocking given the government’s desire to catch Snowden, they help explain Levison’s past statements; he felt that it was better to defend Lavabit in court than risk violating the privacy of his customers.

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