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US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google

US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google

Fifteen-year-old high school student Jack Andraka likes to kayak and watch the US television show Glee.

And when time permits, he also likes to do advanced research in one of the most respected cancer laboratories in the world.

Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field. He has applied for a patent for his test and is now carrying out further research at Johns Hopkins University in the US city of Baltimore.

And he did it by using Google.

The Maryland native, who won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his creation, cites search engines and free online science papers as the tools that allowed him to create the test.

The BBC’s Matt Danzico sat down with the teenager, who said the idea came to him when he was “chilling out in biology class”.


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Social media predicts unemployment spikes

Social media predicts unemployment spikes
By Eve Tahmincioglu

Some day we won’t have to wait until the monthly unemployment report to know what’s happening in the job market.

New research shows cyber chatter can predict the rise and fall of unemployment in real time.

Many of us complain about our financial health in social media, including everything from cutting back on healthcare to deciding not to buy that new car. Such discussions can provide a window into employment conditions months before traditional government statistics.

Those are the findings of a recent study by software firm SAS and a United Nation’s data initiative UN Global Pulse that looked at online discussions in the United States and Ireland over a two-year period and found increased social media talk about things such as postponing vacations or taking more mass transit predicted spikes in the unemployment rates in both countries.

It’s all about giving governments, social service groups and policy makers economic information while its happening so they’re not responding to drops in employment months after they occur, said Anoush Rima Tatevossian, a spokesman for the UN Global Pulse, a UN Secretary-General program to mine digital data in an effort to do good.

“We don’t have enough real time indicators of what’s happening to people as it’s happening,” he said, adding that the study’s findings are evidence digital data is a key source for finding out about the economic here and now.

The idea is similar to what Google has done with its flu tracking initiative, known as Google Flu Trends, that tracks searches related to flu terms in real time in an effort to pinpoint rates of flu nationally.

In the SAS-UN study, researchers looked at half a million entries on web forums and blogs over a two-year period to pinpoint fluctuations in the jobless rate, said I-Sah Hsieh, global manager, international development at SAS.

With this type of information, he continued, policy makers will be able to know right away if the steps they’re taking to deal with economic crises are working and they’ll be able to figure out how much time there is to implement new policies. “With analytics we can quantify how much of a runway we have,” he explained.

In the United States, for example, an increase in angry chatter about workers’ jobs preceded a spike in unemployment by three months, he maintained.

And there are certain leading and lagging indicators of a jobless uptick.

The researchers found an increase in the amount of hostile and depressed chatter in the United States predicted an unemployment spike four months out. On the other hand, talk about housing loss or car repossession happened two and three months, respectively, after a rise in the jobless rate.

In the future, such research will include popular social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, said Hsieh. “We’re already starting talks on that, particularly Twitter.”

While he admitted this type of data mining might sound like Big Brother to some people, he stressed that researchers are just analyzing information that’s already in the public forum.

For the UN, it’s a chance to get in on the big data bandwagon and use the information to do deal with global economic issues, added Tatevossian. “Everything is moving faster because the world is so connected now,” he pointed out. “Economic shocks can appear in one part of the world and reverberate all over.”

Real-time data will uncover growing joblessness more quickly, he added, “and we’ll be able to intervene and protect people faster.”

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YOU are the Terrorist your President warned you about

Report: Federal Agents Demand Customer Lists From Food Storage Facility

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“Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.”

-Unknown

You may recall that the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement have regularly issued bulletins regarding domestic terrorist related activities that include suspicious purchasing habits to look for and how to recognize the 8 signs of terrorism. Federal training programs held for police departments across the country detail specific habits and characteristics of potential domestic terrorists including everything from homeschooling, leaning towards libertarian political philosophies, and holding strong religious views, to reading survivalist literature. It’s no secret that the government has been attempting to keep tabs on Americans who are acting outside of the status quo, warning those in the mainstream that any deviation in “normal” behavior should be construed as suspect and potentially dangerous – even your best pal could be a terrorist if he begins acting counter to his usual behavior.

The latest government effort to identify would-be terrorists and persons-of-interest comes to us from Tennessee, where federal agents have taken the need to acquire actionable intelligence to a whole new level. They are, by all accounts, no longer just sitting back and waiting for business owners like surplus store owners or the general public to provide them with suspicious activity reports, but rather, are taking matters into their own hands.

Oath Keepers has learned that federal agents recently visited a Later Day Saints (Mormon) Church food storage cannery in Tennessee, demanding customer lists, wanting to know the identity of Americans who are purchasing food storage from the Mormons.

This incident was confirmed, in person, by Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President, Rand Cardwell. Here is Rand’s report:

“A fellow veteran contacted me concerning a new and disturbing development. He had been utilizing a Mormon cannery near his home to purchase bulk food supplies. The man that manages the facility related to him that federal agents had visited the facility and demanded a list of individuals that had been purchasing bulk food. The manager informed the agents that the facility kept no such records and that all transactions were conducted on a cash-and-carry basis. The agents pressed for any record of personal checks, credit card transactions, etc., but the manager could provide no such record. The agents appeared to become very agitated and after several minutes of questioning finally left with no information. I contacted the manager and personally confirmed this information.”

“So on the one hand, government agencies both state and federal are urging you to be prepared and even checking up on you to see how prepared you are, and on the other hand, we now have federal agencies that are attempting to gather information on individuals that are following FEMA suggestions. What is the reasoning behind gathering this information? Are American citizens now being ‘listed’ by DHS if they are simply following FEMA guidance and purchasing bulk food and emergency supplies for their families? It appears as so.”

So why do federal agents want to know who is storing away long-term food storage? We suspect it is for the following reasons:

1. DHS/FEMA wants to know which Americans have food storage so the federal government can at some future point confiscate that food. Just as with lists of gun owners, compiling such lists is the first step toward future confiscation.

2. DHS wants to identify those Americans who are “switched on” and squared away enough to actually store food for coming hard times (such as during an economic collapse). That population of awake, aware, and prepared Americans poses a “threat” to whatever DHS and its masters have in store for the American people, and as Joseph Stalin so ably demonstrated, one of the easiest ways to subjugate defiant people is to confiscate their food and starve them into submission.

Clearly, in light of the above, if you purchase food storage, along with any other preparedness items, you should be concerned about those purchases being tracked and your name winding up on some government list. But don’t let that stop you from storing food and other essential supplies, and don’t let this disturbing incident keep you from using your local Mormon cannery to do so. You need to get prepared. But do it while following the advice of James Wesley, Rawles over at www.survivalblog.com, who repeatedly urges his readers to “think OPSEC!” – if at all possible, buy with cash and pick it up in person, just like the customers of this particular cannery did, which left the “agitated” agents empty handed and frustrated.

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Oath Keepers (via a report by Oathkeepers Founder Stewart Rhodes)

If this report is accurate – and we have no reason to believe it’s not – then not only is government intrusion into the private and lawful activities of American citizens reaching unprecedented levels, but every individual who has ever taken the time to acquire bulk foods and supplies or even discuss preparedness related information on an internet message board is now a person-of-interest.

For many it may be impossible to “get off the grid,” and with so many nodes in the modern day police state there is a paper or digital trail for almost everything. As recommended by Oathkeepers’ Stewart Rhodes, while you may not be able to keep all of your personal activities private (highly ironic considering the principles on which this country was founded), you may be able to minimize your foot print:
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Assume everything you do is monitored and archived. Everything. Which means, chances are, you’ve already left a Sasquatch footprint in a Fusion center somewhere.

Use cash whenever possible. This is not always feasible, but is good practice, especially when buying hundreds of pounds of food at one time. You can also try temporary credit cards (available at your local grocery store or gas station) but even these provide only a thin level of security.

Don’t readily identify yourself as a preparedness minded individual

Be aware that when you say or do something, someone else may see something and report it

If you have like minded family and/or friends then make an effort to diversify your assets. Don’t keep all of your food and other supplies in any one location. Confiscation, as we saw in the aftermath of New Orleans, is the reality when martial law has been declared. If you are engaging in any of the “suspicious” activities and behaviors highlighted in this article, then you should assume that you will be targeted by agents of whatever authority is charged with protecting residents in a disaster or emergency area.

Consider preemptive contingency planning for the possibility of confiscation now. Obviously, someone is trying to get their hands on lists of names, and you must assume you’re on that list (regardless of how careful you think you’ve been). If they come, they will come at exactly the moment that you have nothing to spare. Designate one or two people to acquire goods, while others store those goods at your retreat or bug out locations. While not foolproof, this strategy may provide some level of protection.

Always have backups for your backups. Get a shovel, dig a hole. Store at least 60 – 90 days of emergency food and other supplies (you know which ones) in a location that is known only by you and your closest and must trusted family/friend(s). Also remember, as a prepper, you can never have enough holes dug (take that literally or figuratively)

You can call it paranoia. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that you’re justified in your thinking – and you’re not alone.

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Google+ will force users to identify themselves.. or leave the site

Use your real name or else. New social network will force Google+ users to identify themselves.. or leave the site

By Hannah Roberts

Web users who go by bogus names will be booted off the new Google+ social network.

The company has recently launched the network as a rival to Facebook.

But If Google learns the name you’re using on the network is not your real name, you have just four days to clean up your act. If you don’t your profile will be removed.

Saurabh Sharma, product manager on the Google+ team, announced the new rule in a video shared on YouTube and on Google+.

The company said it tried to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world, so those signing up for the service are required to use the name they commonly go by in the real world.

Google+ is billed as the next generation social network

The new regulations were billed as an ‘update to how we handle potential violations of our common name policy.’

In the past, when the company suspended the profile of those it judged were not using their real identity, and then let the user appeal.

But from now on there will be no appeals permitted, msn news reported.

Sharma said: ‘If we find that your profile name does not adhere to our policy, we’ll give you a 4-day grace period to fix your profile name before we take further action.’

‘Taking action means your account is closed although you will be allowed to ‘take all your content with you, even after your profile is suspended. Visit Google Takeout for more details.’

GOOGLE+ GETS SOCIAL

Google has begun integrating Google+ into search results with public Google+ posts now appearing in Social Search.

Links shared on Google+ will show up under that link when it appears in a friend’s search results.

Google+ now joins Flickr, Twitter, Quora and Google Buzz as input for Google’s Social Search.

Social Search debuted in 2009 at the Web 2.0 Summit, partly as a response to Bing’s integration with Facebook and Twitter.

Social Search highlights links a user’s friends are sharing on the web and returns ‘relevant’ results based on your friends’ interests.

The news immediately angered users.

‘Gwyddonaid’ on YouTube said: ‘I will be removing Google+ from my online activities. There are many reasons for the use of pseudonyms, including personal safety. For years, we have instructed children and others to not use their ‘real names’ online for privacy and safety concerns. Now Google, in its INFINITE UNwisdom? decrees that only ‘real names’ will be used,” said ‘Goodbye, Google. So much for ‘do no evil.’

Emilio Osorio wrote: ‘What about the necessity of those involved in risky political environments and the use of Google+ as a reach out medium? How’s google+ going to handle those real needs of the rest of us that are living in unsecure places (like Mexico)? Or google+ just needs to be considered as a “linkedin/facebook” thing with only rosy politically correct content?’

And said another: ‘No. I’ll gladly give you my real name, you can keep it, give it to advertisers, I really don’t care, that’s OK with me, its part of the service and I understand that, but, I will not have my display name as my ‘real’ legal name, I just simply don’t use that name with people, I don’t use it on the web,? its not me, I don’t like it, I won’t do it.’

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