Information Technology

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes “Michael S. Rosenwald reports in the Washington Post that, according to cognitive neuroscientists, humans seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online at the expense of traditional deep reading circuitry… Maryanne Wolf, one of the world’s foremost experts on the […]

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Porn site that spews copyright suits uses lie detectors on defendants
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Lwp Kommunikáció via flickr The business of mass-copyright litigation has taken off in the past few years. Several firms around the country gather forensic evidence about illegal downloads on BitTorrent, and then file lawsuits against hundreds, or thousands, of users, demanding settlement fees of several thousand dollars each. One of the most prolific litigators is […]

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Dec. 25, 2004: Next Stop, Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon
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Its orbit around Saturn securely established, the Cassini mission releases the probe designed to send back information from the planet’s largest satellite.     

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Google Introduces In-App Content Search Globally
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Sounds a bit complicated doesn’t it? Well, Google has left that part to the developers who build all of those awesome apps, which you use on a day to day basis. Basically, Google Search will now allow you to open your search results via an app, provided it is installed on your device. We search […]

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Net Brass Calm Solons' Woes Over 'Internet Giveaway'
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The lords of the Internet and the Obama administration this week sought to calm congressional fears that the U.S. was planning to give control of the Web to foreign powers. At a public hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fadi Chehadé, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and […]

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Fukushima Photo Essay: a Drone's Eye View
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Hallie Siegel (2973169) writes “Here’s stunning photos and incredible interactive aerial maps of the devastation, cleanup and reconstruction effort in the region around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Adam Klaptocz of Drone Adventures in collaboration with Taichi Furuhashi, researcher at the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo show the current […]

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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?
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An anonymous reader writes “Genome sequencing is getting faster and cheaper every year. This article points out that in the not-too-distant future, a DNA test will be a common diagnostic tool for doctors. It’s a good thing for figuring out what’s wrong with you — but there will unintended consequences. The test will also return […]

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Nokia And WWF Launch Official App For Earth Hour 2014
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We are just two days away from what started off as an initiative and has now turned into a world’s largest voluntary environmental action. Earth hour as we know it, is gradually changing from just switching off our lights for an hour, to an entire movement that focuses on renewable energy. The WWF Renewables Market […]

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Australian National University CIO Peter Nikoletatos departs
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Sudden split ‘by mutual consent’ Australian National University (ANU) chief information officer Peter Nikoletatos left his post yesterday.…

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