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This Man Has a Key That Can Shut Down the Entire Internet - TIME

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This Man Has a Key That Can Shut Down the Entire Internet TIME In case you missed it, The Guardian ran an almost unbelievable story last month about individuals from around the world who hold keys that, when combined into one master key, have the...
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Firefox 28 Launches With Support For VP9 Video And Web Notifications In OS X ... - TechCrunch

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Nanosphere Enters Into $30 Million Common Stock Purchase Agreement With ... - Wall Street Journal

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Prion-like proteins drive several diseases of aging

Prion-like proteins drive several diseases of aging | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

Two leading neurology researchers have proposed a theory that could unify scientists’ thinking about several neurodegenerative diseases and suggest therapeutic strategies to combat them. The theory and backing for it are described in the September 5, 2013 issue of Nature.

 

Mathias Jucker and Lary Walker outline the emerging concept that many of the brain diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are caused by specific proteins that misfold and aggregate into harmful seeds. These seeds behave very much like the pathogenic agents known as prions, which cause mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease in deer, scrapie in sheep, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

 

Walker is research professor at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University. Jucker is head of the Department of Cellular Neurology at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research at the University of Tübingen and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

 

Unlike prion diseases, which can be infectious, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases can not be passed from person to person under normal circumstances. Once all of these diseases take hold in the brain, however, it is increasingly apparent that the clumps of misfolded proteins spread throughout the nervous system and disrupt its function.

 

The authors were the first to show that a protein that is involved in Alzheimer’s disease – known as amyloid-beta – forms prion-like seeds that stimulate the aggregation of other amyloid-beta molecules in senile plaques and in brain blood vessels. Since then, a growing number of laboratories worldwide have discovered that proteins linked to other neurodegenerative disorders also share key features with prions.

 

Age-related neurodegenerative disorders remain stubbornly resistant to the discovery of effective treatments. Jucker and Walker propose that the concept of pathogenic protein seeding not only could focus research strategies for these seemingly unrelated diseases, but it also suggests that therapeutic approaches designed to thwart prion-like seeds early in the disease process could eventually delay or even prevent the diseases.


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Suffolk County Government - Suffolk County First Municipality on East Coast to Implement PulsePoint Smartphone App

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This is an app that could save a life. You might want to check it out if you have an iPhone. Hopefully they will have it on all operating systems soon.This is one time most would agree to a bit of location   tracking.

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Bellone: The launch of the Suffolk County’s PulsePoint App will help response times for residents experiencing sudden cardiac arrest Phone application

Holbrook, N.Y. (February 20, 2014) – Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone joined Fire Rescue Emergency Services (FRES) Commissioner Joe Williams along with members of the Suffolk County EMS, the Suffolk County Joint Chiefs Association, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council at the Holbrook Fire Department to announce the implementation of the Suffolk County PulsePoint App today.  The new service, funded through federal grants, is the first municipal phone application on the East Coast that empowers CPR-trained residents to provide life-saving assistance to those in cardiac arrest.

“Suffolk County will continue to utilize the latest technological advances to provide life-saving assistance to our residents,” said County Executive Bellone.  “With hundreds of residents and emergency management personnel signed up in the first 24-hours, I ask any and all CPR-trained residents to download the application, sign-up for the service and join those who are already users of this life saving service.”


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How Web search optimization has changed - Goshen News

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How Web search optimization has changed
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Any time a search engine like Google, Yahoo, or Bing is used, these search engines quickly present a list of relevant results from all over the web for the term you entered.
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US can learn from Venezuela's democracy - New Zimbabwe.com

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Perhaps one of the most outstanding aspects of Venezuelan democratic reform is the electoral system and the technology used to record, verify, and transmit votes.
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So what makes Venezuela so important to Washington? Any real estate agent could tell you: location. Given that Venezuela sits atop the strategic intersection of the Caribbean, South and Central American worlds, control of the nation, has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into these three regions and beyond.

Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves. At the heart of the country's current turmoil is Washington's anger that Venezuela's oil money is going to help its people and not into American shareholders' pockets. The issue in Venezuela is not democracy, it is oil.

Over the past half century, America has descended from popular democracy to corporate dictatorship. Enthusiasm and voter participation have declined immensely and corporate control over politics has increased markedly. In fact, over the last few years, the top thirty American companies spent more money on lobbying politicians than they paid in federal taxes, according to a report from the non-partisan reform group Public Campaign.

The "democratic" process is slowly but surely breaking down in the United States. American voter turnout is less than 50%; this is the lowest of all countries in the entire developed world. Most Americans do not even bother to vote anymore because they realize that neither party actually represents the interest of a majority of the U.S. voters, but merely those of corporate lobby groups and, of course, Wall Street.

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United cracking down on too-big carry-ons

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United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags. The Chicago-based airline has installed new bag-sizers at most airports. It also emailed its frequent fliers, reminding them of its rules on carry-on size.
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Before they crack down we need to let them know that if you are booking to leave for a two weeks, or month or so then the one bag limit is crazy in the first place. This is just another way to force more money out of customers. We also should not have to rebuy luggage and have to make claims for lousy care of what is checked. Other non-American lines are often not like this...maybe we should book more on those lines and they will then offer better prices for their services as well....The food and everything is usually better on the other international airlines.

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Use Glossed.it to save interesting sentences on the Web - CNET

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There are quite a few options for saving the content you read on the Web. The issue with many of them is that they can become overcomplicated in their attempts to help you.
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GE Commits Additional $10 Billion To Clean Technology Development - Forbes

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GE Commits Additional $10 Billion To Clean Technology Development Forbes Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it will invest additional $10 billion by 2020 for development of clean technologies which along side generating revenues...
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Apple expected to launch iOS in the Car auto integration next week

Apple expected to launch iOS in the Car auto integration next week | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
After announcing its iOS in the Car initiative at last year’s WWDC, Apple is expected to launch the program next week with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, according to a Financial Times report.
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New Spy Technology To Spawn Oil Revolution | Zero Hedge

The future of oil exploration lies in new technology--from massive data-processing supercomputers to 4D seismic to early-phase airborne spy technology that can pinpoint prospective reservoirs. Oil and gas is getting bigger, ...
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There has been so much advancement  in technology it seems we could by pass so much need for fossil fuels at this at this point and put far more of the R & D funds into sustainable, less harmful resources. 

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10 of the best new Android apps from February

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Looking for some of most notable new Android apps to hit Google Play in the past month? Here’s 10 of the best.
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US, UK 'Enemies of the Internet' for first time - RT

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RT US, UK 'Enemies of the Internet' for first time RT The United Kingdom and the US have been branded 'Enemies of the Internet' for the first time by Reporters Without Borders on their annual list of countries which disrupt freedom of information...
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Mozilla and Unity collaborate to give Web gaming a boost - ITworld.com

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Develop Mozilla and Unity collaborate to give Web gaming a boost ITworld.com At this week's Game Developer Conference in San Francisco Mozilla's goal is show what an attractive gaming platform the Web has become, and how it's working with partners...
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Apps now helping to monitor medical conditions - Medill Reports: Chicago

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Medill Reports: Chicago Apps now helping to monitor medical conditions Medill Reports: Chicago Between the Internet and smartphones, monitoring one's medical condition, on the one hand, and physical fitness, on the other, is becoming extremely easy...
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Here is on of the best great uses for technology…. This helps people live better, more freely and safely.

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The Video You Need To See Before You Spend Another Second Arguing About Health Care

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There's a reason Congress had to sneak this through in the middle of the night.

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OMG and I mean that literally because prayers ARE needed! This is without a doubt one of the best scoops to come out of Unworthy! Remember Trent Lott?  I remember listening to an interview of him on MPR one morning on the way to work. This was right before this senior drug bill vote and there was also a push by get rid of the affirmative action by the GOP at the same time. They ask Trent about bout all this on the local Mississippi Public Broadcasting shows here. He said on both he wasn't happy and they would revisit both topics when they reconvened.  A little remembered man named Bill Frist was brought in to seal the drug and medical deals.

 

Trent didn't like the drug buy plan that was on the table, nor did he think it was a good idea to undermine the affirmative action at that time. He was the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate and by the time they reconvened he was out of a job… They said it was because he said something racist at the 100th birthday of Strom Thurmond. He said the world would be a different place if he had been elected president when he ran and we would have had all these problems. Strom was a huge racist most if not all of his life…Trent was like that when he was younger I hear. But let us get real on this….When was the last time a Republican got dropped out of a top spot for because of a racist comment? CPAC just elected Rand Paul for president pick even after he said he supports denying service to whoever you want based on their color or beliefs.Trent had proven or perhaps “changed” his true colors for the good in Mississippi race relations and affirmative action by that time.  The timing struck me as odd based on the fact that it had become clear there were no weapons of mass destruction by this time and the guy that took us to the wrong war was held in place and supported. This might be the only time in recent history that a Republican was pushed from high office by his own in order to satisfy angry Democrats. Anyone even with even a very tiny brain would have to wonder if there wasn't something more to that whole thing.

 

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/success-story/exposing-senate-majority-leader-bill-frist’s-corruption

 

OK what follows is the one that has more details about the Frist family backgrounds and why Frist was the man to plug into place to seal the drug deal for seniors also rips the Tax payers off.

 

http://www.laweekly.com/2003-01-16/news/the-bad-doctor/

 

Excerpt from the last mentioned la weekly  link….

 

“Consider the special servicing he gave to pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. In another example of his “patriotism,” Frist engineered the insertion into the Homeland Security bill of a provision that would protect Eli Lilly from lawsuits over Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in its vaccines. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Lilly by parents who believe Thimerosal caused autism and other neurological maladies in their kids.”

 

(This could be were the current battle over vaccines and autism hails from and I never even heard of this…I was just tuning in back then.)

 

Trent confirmed in his book what I long thought after seeing him replaced by Frist and hearing the debate on the drug deal promptly closed and sealed upon Trent’s departure.

 

What follows is From Wikipedia..I also heard Trent say the same himself on a MPR interview:

 

“In his 2005 book, Herding Cats, A Lifetime in Politics, Lott accuses Frist of being "one of the main manipulators" in the debate that ended Lott's leadership in the Republican Senate. Lott wrote that Frist's actions amounted to a "personal betrayal". Frist "... didn't even have the courtesy to call and tell me personally that he was going to run ... If Frist had not announced exactly when he did, as the fire was about to burn out, I would still be majority leader of the Senate today," Lott wrote.”

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Mansur Gidfar


Many a pundit has wrung their hands over the “enigma” that is astronomically high health care costs in the United States. Once you follow the money, however, things get a lot less mysterious in a hurry.


Watch the video at http://www.upworthy.com/the-video-you-need-to-see-before-you-spend-another-second-arguing-about-health-care?c=ufb2


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OMG and I mean that literally because prayers ARE needed! This is without a doubt one of the best scoops to come out of Upworthy! Remember Trent Lott?  I remember listening to an interview of him on MPR one morning on the way to work. This was right before this senior drug bill vote and there was also a push by get rid of the affirmative action by the GOP at the same time. They ask Trent about bout all this on the local Mississippi Public Broadcasting shows here. He said on both he wasn't happy and they would revisit both topics when they reconvened.  A little remembered man named Bill Frist was brought in to seal the drug and medical deals.

 

Trent didn't like the drug buy plan that was on the table, nor did he think it was a good idea to undermine the affirmative action at that time. He was the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate and by the time they reconvened he was out of a job… They said it was because he said something racist at the 100th birthday of Strom Thurmond. He said the world would be a different place if he had been elected president when he ran and we would have had all these problems. Strom was a huge racist most if not all of his life…Trent was like that when he was younger I hear. But let us get real on this…. When was the last time a Republican got dropped out of a top spot for because of a racist comment?


CPAC just elected Rand Paul for president pick even after he said he supports denying service to whomever you want based on their color or beliefs. Trent had proven or perhaps “changed” his true colors for the good in Mississippi race relations and affirmative action by that time.  The timing struck me as odd based on the fact that it had become clear there were no weapons of mass destruction by this time and the guy that took us to the wrong war was held in place and supported. This might be the only time in recent history that a Republican was pushed from high office by his own in order to satisfy angry Democrats. Anyone even with even a very tiny brain would have to wonder if there wasn't something more to that whole thing.

 

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/success-story/exposing-senate-majority-leader-bill-frist’s-corruption

 

OK what follows is the one that has more details about the Frist family backgrounds and why Frist was the man to plug into place to seal the drug deal for seniors also rips the Tax payers off.

http://www.laweekly.com/2003-01-16/news/the-bad-doctor/

 

Excerpt from the last mentioned la weekly  link….

 

“Consider the special servicing he gave to pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. In another example of his “patriotism,” Frist engineered the insertion into the Homeland Security bill of a provision that would protect Eli Lilly from lawsuits over Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in its vaccines. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Lilly by parents who believe Thimerosal caused autism and other neurological maladies in their kids.”

 

(This could be were the current battle over vaccines and autism hails from and I never even heard of this…I was just tuning in back then.)

 

Trent confirmed in his book what I long thought after seeing him replaced by Frist and hearing the debate on the drug deal promptly closed and sealed upon Trent’s departure.

 

What follows is From Wikipedia..I also heard Trent say the same himself on a MPR interview:

 

“In his 2005 book, Herding Cats, A Lifetime in Politics, Lott accuses Frist of being "one of the main manipulators" in the debate that ended Lott's leadership in the Republican Senate. Lott wrote that Frist's actions amounted to a "personal betrayal". Frist "... didn't even have the courtesy to call and tell me personally that he was going to run ... If Frist had not announced exactly when he did, as the fire was about to burn out, I would still be majority leader of the Senate today," Lott wrote.”

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iPhone Apps | OpenSecrets

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OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).

 

Dollarocracy

If you've ever wondered who pays the bill for all those TV ads and political campaigns for Congress every election year, Dollarocracy is just the ticket! Learn how Washington really works:

  • 10 Things every American needs to know about money in politics

  • Contribution profiles for every member of Congress

  • and every major industry and interest group

  • Spending and contribution profiles of every Congressional and Senate race


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Here is an app that could make democracy work better. Hope everyone with an iPhone will try this out and they develop an app for all the other phones as well.

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Is Digital Connectivity Pulling Society Apart? - Business 2 Community

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Andrew Leonard's thought-provoking voice often alerts us to the dark sides of digital technology. But sometimes he sees a glass half empty when ...
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This is interesting and provides something to think about. Just what is the down side of all these connestions online?.

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Camera Setup Tips for Increased Home Security

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The idea of having your home broken into and burglarize [...]
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Play-i is building an ecosystem for its robots to teach coding in schools

Play-i is building an ecosystem for its robots to teach coding in schools | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Play-i, a company behind two robots called Bo and Yana that aim to teach programming to children as young as five years old, is keen on building up a robust ecosystem that covers software and even educational material for schools.
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Supreme Court caught on video! (hidden camera footage) - YouTube

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The court seems to love corporate persons much more than real ones with a heart beat.

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Bitcoin vs. Coin: Which will have the most success in 2014?

Bitcoin vs. Coin: Which will have the most success in 2014? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Joe Polverari is the General Manager of Yodlee Interactive, which powers global financial innovation happening outside of banks.
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Many of us are hearing a lot about Bitcoin and other virtual currency. This article gives a good idea about what is going on with these new forms of money. The idea here seems to be that virtual money companies need to pair up with traditional ones. I have to wonder if traditional was working all that well why would we need something new? Also, why cut the traditional banks and credit card companies into the gains?


The idea of all this seems to be offer a way around a cumbersome old way. So if the other traditional banks didn't develop virtual money and come up with the idea first why let them jump in and take the reins now? The assumption that the public and consumers trust banks and credit card companies must come from within those industries…not from without. For many people these industries which once served the public seem mainly to serve themselves best these days.

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Imo to discontinue support for third-party messaging services on March 3 to focus on own platform

Imo to discontinue support for third-party messaging services on March 3 to focus on own platform | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Imo messenger has announced plans to drop support for third-party services, such as Facebook and Google Hangouts, on March 3 as it redirects resources to its own platform.
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Applications Of Neutrinos In Technology - Business Insider

Applications Of Neutrinos In Technology - Business Insider | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Neutrinos are invisible and almost massless particles, but they could be the building blocks for some incredible new technology.
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There could be many amazing ways to use Neutrinos. They might one day help us communicate through the planet rather than around it, detect who has nuclear materials, or help identify mineral deposits.

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