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“If You’re An Advertiser Trying To Get Hits On A Website, Or A Secretary Asking For A Volunteer To Bring A Cake To Monday’s Meeting, Then Using An Automatic E-mail Sent To Many People Might Not Be The Best Way To Go,” Scientist Greg Barron Told New Scientist Magazine On Wednesday

As Patil, a veteran officer with a flat-top haircut and thick mustache, speaks, he begins swiping through gruesome crime scene photos stored on his phone before coming to a video that officers believe helped stoke fear and unease. It shows photos of pale, lifeless children laid out in rows, half covered with sheets. A voiceover warns parents to be vigilant and on the lookout for child snatchers.

Two years into their little science project, Thierry Legault and Emmanuel Rietsch have managed to record the International Space Station, the X-37B space plane and the Keyhole and Lacrosse spy satellites, the kind probably used to peer into Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound.

Using this haptic feedback glove, you can control a robotic hand from across the world. And the sensations feel real.

Silver S, Phung L. 2011. Novel expansion of living chemistry or just a serious mistake? FEMS Microbiology Letters 315(2): 79-80. DOI:10.1111/j.1574-6968.2010.02202.x

This was how the day played out for 13-year-old Erik Martin, who got to be a superhero, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation grants wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions (Erik has liver cancer), but this one is probably the most elaborate (and geeky!) wish I’ve seen. More than 300 people volunteered to make this wish come true – they even shut down highways and 20 motorcycle cops escorted Electron Boy in his DeLorean. Doctor Dark and Blackout Boy were played by Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson from Deadliest Catch.

To read Wired News’ complete coverage of e-voting, visit the Machine Politics section.

Of 103 elected deputies who responded to the survey, only 45 percent thought the Internet would play an important role in the run-up to the 2002 elections. Only one in four deputies had considered the possibility of creating one’s own website for the elections, and over half of the politicians admitted that they had no plans to do so.

Customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and security codes were stolen in the breach. Target previously said there was no indication that PIN numbers on bank-issued or Target debit cards were compromised.

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And then there are some books such as children’s books and cook books, says Anderson, where the paper counterparts are likely to outsell their digital namesakes. “You can drop those into the bathtub or spill some sauce on it without it going bust,” she says.

Al-Jubier denies that Saudi Arabia blocks sites deemed politically objectionable, but admits that sometimes mistakes happen. “One time Fox News was blocked and we didn’t know why, but we manually unblocked (it).”

Early attempts to confirm the information independently were unsuccessful. Dozens of messages to Cuban retailers and government officials in Cuba went unanswered. Cuba’s spokesman in Washington, Luis Fernandez, was consistently evasive.

PLoS’s rapid growth has shaken things up. Some journal groups, such as Elsevier, have responded by allowing authors to pay to have a paper open-access on publication. Yet commercial publishers that do this tend to retain certain rights that PLoS does not, and they’re less likely to release underlying data, metadata about the publications, or other data and rights. And the practice creates a weird and uncertain market: You can go to, say, Neuron, and find, in the same issue, one paper you can download for free and another that costs $30. The difference? The authors of the latter paper didn’t pay the open-access fee.

The deal puts the Daily News under the umbrella of one of the nation’s major newspaper chains, with properties spanning from the Hartford Courant in Connecticut to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.

One reason is that Casper figured out how to turn a burden — “we dropped a big heavy box on your doorstep, good luck” — into a social media phenomenon. Customers (including the editor in chief of this publication) loved the customized tool for slicing through the plastic, the occasional handwritten note, the kid-at-Christmas vibe. “It certainly caught me, and the industry, by surprise,” says Michael Magnuson, the founder of a mattress reviews site called GoodBed.com. “People had been shipping mattresses in boxes for years, and it had never been a selling point. Now all of a sudden people preferred it!”

“The French National Library has its own (project), which is a prototype for what it is proposing (for the EC),” said J.L. Needham, partner-development manager for Google Print, agreeing that the EC had the requisite technological capabilities to put the books of its national libraries online.

“If you’re an advertiser trying to get hits on a website, or a secretary asking for a volunteer to bring a cake to Monday’s meeting, then using an automatic e-mail sent to many people might not be the best way to go,” scientist Greg Barron told New Scientist magazine on Wednesday.

Yet it’s hard to imagine Amazon isn’t thinking hard about its place in the physical world. Yes, its price-scanning app has turned every competitor’s store into an Amazon showroom. But after a point, the returns generated by hanging a percentage of your business on someone else’s physical space might start to diminish. The pleasures of going to a physical place to shop don’t seem likely to disappear so long as people still have five senses. As much as Amazon has depended on keeping its physical distance from customers to succeed, Jeff Bezos may some day want to engage the entire human animal.

Amazon hasn’t made clear how much bloggers can charge for their blogs but it will split revenue from the subscriptions with the individual publishers. Currently most blogs on the Kindle charge $2 for subscription. Amazon has said individual publishers will get 30 percent of the revenue, with 70 percent going to the company.

The stem cell bank opened Oct. 19 with the aim of serving as the main center for providing scientists around the world with embryonic stem cells, seen as a potential source of replacement tissue for people with a variety of ailments.

Instead of carefully targeting customers, using experienced sales reps who knew their products, and treating people with respect, the industry blanketed US phone lines, used predictive dialers that abandoned huge numbers of calls, and relied on ridiculous and stilted sales “scripts” for operators who had no idea what they were selling but could manage to read from a screen.

While we walk, Stine, who’s originally from Denmark, tells me about her obsession with November Project. She’s been a member of the Boston tribe—bears repeating: tribe—for about four months and is visiting San Francisco for the week. “It’s been such a great way to meet people. Cities can be lonely, but you have this instant community,” she says, using a nice-enough line that begins to sound like propaganda as I hear other members repeat it.

But that’s not all. Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. As always, click on the headlines to read the full story in each link posted. And stay safe out there!

“I look at sites for different types of stunting, and for people’s cheer motions, like arm motions,” Sims said. “I print out stuff for my team to show them the basic stuff. Sometimes you can e-mail other cheerleaders so they become contacts, especially cheerleaders in the South, where it’s really hardcore.”

Until now, when Lamar Smith, the chair of the House Science Committee, said that climate scientists come to their conclusions for political reasons rather than science, he sounded like Darth Sidious addressing the Galactic Senate. But now that science, collectively, has operated as a political force, the game has shifted to Smith’s home field. Scientists have engaged in collective action on their own behalf. When officials like Smith and the EPA-hating head of the EPA Scott Pruitt have the long knives out, it’s an admission that could show those enemies exactly where to cut.

“When I met with the distinguished group of national security experts…  both Democratic and Republican…they made a very strong point that the recruitment and radicalization that goes on, online, has to be much more vigorously intercepted and prevented,” she said.

Bill Gates, who is the first to admit that hamburgers are one of his favorite foods, says he became an investor because “we need more options for producing meat without depleting our resources.”

Zebigo may look and sound familiar to Seattle residents, who were able to join in a state-funded pilot carpooling program called go520 from ridesharing software company Avego.

Motorsport has existed for more than 100 years. Like anything old, the pastime has developed a handful of truisms. Some are great. Some are terrible. Some have made their way into cliché and could be recited by your grandmother.

Between medications and food, there’s a huge swath of edible products that don’t need approval from the Food and Drug Administration, including energy drinks, vitamins, weight-loss pills, and other supplements. And while the companies that make those goods test their products for safety, they don’t usually offer test results that vouch for efficacy or mention the less savory ingredients that often lurk inside their pills and potions. Which leaves most of us wandering the aisles of GNC wondering if everything on the shelves is safe, or has a fraction of the miraculous powers claimed.

That changed in 2012 when Japan’s Elpida filed for bankruptcy and was sold to Micron Technology, leaving only three major suppliers of DRAM, a type of memory chip used in servers, computers and handsets: Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron.

But milk, he explains, nourishes more than babies. Mothers expend a lot of metabolic energy to synthesize sugars in their milk that babies don’t digest. From an evolutionary standpoint, that sounds wasteful, but recent research suggests that these undigested sugars feed beneficial bacteria in a baby’s gut. Researchers are still working to understand the function of these bacteria.

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