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Probiotics: If you don’t just just poop them out, they may muck up your guts
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Enlarge / Lactobacillus acidophilus and L. casei cultured from a commercial probiotic food gel sold in health food stores. (credit: Getty | Scimat) There’s a pungent cloud of hype and hope around probiotics—and researchers have long tried to clear the air about what the bowel-blasting products can ( and mostly can’t) do. Now, a new […]

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This Company Embeds Microchips in Its Employees, and They Love It
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Last August, 50 employees at Three Square Market got RFID chips in their hands. Now 80 have them. From a report: The idea came about in early 2017, president of Three Square Market Patrick McMullan says, when he was on a business trip to Sweden — a country where some people are getting subcutaneous microchips […]

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Scientists say they revived 42,000-year-old frozen worms
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A group of scientists in Russia claim to have revived a pair of frozen nematodes, or roundworms, that were between 30,000 and 42,000 years old. One of the specimens was found in a soil sample collected from a ground squirrel burrow located around 100…

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Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70%
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Enlarge / Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays. (credit: Getty | Ian Nicholson) Tearing down walls and cubicles in offices may actually build up more barriers to productivity and collaboration, according to a new study. Employees at two Fortune 500 multinational companies saw face-to-face interaction time drop by about 70 percent, the […]

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26% of Companies Ignore Security Bugs Because They Don't Have the Time to Fix Them
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Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A survey compiled last month at the RSA security conference reveals that most companies are still behind with proper security practices, and some of them even intentionally ignore security flaws for various reasons ranging from lack of time to lack of know-how. The survey, which compiled answers from 155 security […]

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UK to fine critical organizations up to $24M if they fail to put in strong cyber security
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 As companies gear up to make themselves complaint with upcoming data protection regulations in Europe around GDPR, those doing business in Member States will also be facing another wave of requirements around cyber security, as part of the NIS Directive covering network and information security that must be put into place across Member States by […]

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Republican lawmaker says tech execs should watch what they say     – CNET
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Outgoing Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California thinks it’s bad for Silicon Valley to fight with President Trump. Oh, and he’s also glad net neutrality is dead.

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Twitter says Trump, other world leaders can tweet what they want     – CNET
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The social network says blocking or removing officials’ tweets would hide information that’s meant to be debated — even if the tweets violate its rules.

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Roombas Will Soon Build a Wi-Fi Coverage Map While They Clean
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The feature is arriving later this month on the iRobot app, making it possible for WiFi-enabled Roombas to create a map of indoor signals. The map exists alongside the existing Clean Map feature, letting users toggle between the two, like they would, say, satellite and standard imagery […]

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