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Self-driving cars will exacerbate organ shortages. Angelo Merendino/Getty Images Much has been said about the ways we expect our oncoming fleet of driverless cars to change the way we live—remaking us all into passengers, rewiring our economy, retooling our views of ownership, and reshaping our cities and roads.

Self-driving cars will exacerbate organ shortages.

They will also change the way we die. As technology takes the wheel, road deaths due to driver error will begin to diminish. It’s a transformative advancement, but one that comes with consequences in an unexpected place: organ donation. Since the first successful recorded kidney transplant in 1954, organ transplant centers have been facing critical shortages. It’s morbid, but the truth is that due to limitations on who can contribute transplants, among the most reliable sources for healthy organs and tissues are the more than 35,000 people killed each year on American roads (a number that, after years of falling mortality rates, has recently been trending upward).

Amazon. Get ready for the robot propaganda machine. This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2015.

Get ready for the robot propaganda machine

Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. Humanity has been advancing the field of propaganda for as long as we've been at war or had political fights to win. But today, propaganda is undergoing a significant change based on the latest advances in the fields of big data and artificial intelligence. Over the past decade, billions of dollars have been invested in technologies that customise ads increasingly precisely based on individuals' preferences. Now this is making the jump to the world of politics and the manipulation of ideas. Some recent military experiments in computational propaganda indicate where this could be taking us.

These stories will be nearly indistinguishable from those written by humans. This technology exploits the simple fact that we are much more impressionable than we think. R/AskHistorians. A Bit of Bathground Many things in the Capitol building are added as afterthoughts, and then later formalized during renovations.

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The women's restroom in the Capitol is one of those things. The Release of GMO Creatures Into the Wild - WAKING SCIENCE. Mosquitoes have been described as the world’s deadliest animals.

The Release of GMO Creatures Into the Wild - WAKING SCIENCE

More aptly, this applies to female mosquitoes, which are the ones that bite humans. While male mosquitoes survive quite well by feeding off of flower nectar, females require meals of blood in order to develop and lay eggs.The problem is when a female mosquito pierces your skin with her proboscis: it’s similar to inserting a hypodermic needle. Some of her saliva gets injected into your body as she feeds, along with any diseases she may be carrying.Malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, chikungunya, and West Nile virus are all transmitted by mosquitoes. So, too, is Lyme disease and the latest public health “emergency,” Zika virus.There’s no debating that mosquitoes can indeed be deadly. Humans have been waging war against them since ancient times, when Egyptians began sleeping under nets to avoid their bites. US Health Regulators Say GE Mosquitoes Are Safe The U.S. Pew: Americans are ‘Actively Engaged’ with Public Libraries. Just in time for the 2014 Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., the Pew Research Center Thursday released a long anticipated “typology” of Americans and their library use.

Pew: Americans are ‘Actively Engaged’ with Public Libraries

Calling it “the first of its kind,” Pew officials said the report, drawn from data gathered in a recent survey, “sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the U.S.” “Building this typology has given us a window into the broader context of public libraries’ role in Americans’ technological and information landscape today,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, research associate at the Pew Research Center and a main author of the report. “Rather than describe the basic library usage of various groups, as we’ve done in the past, this typology pulls back to look at what traits go along with higher—or lower—levels of library engagement, and what people with certain library habits and views have in common with each other.” Theverge. Federal officials released a new set of dietary guidelines today that could have set a new path for Americans by encouraging people to eat less red meat and less sugar-sweetened beverages.

But instead the US government released a report that many experts say shows just how much it succumbed to pressures by the meat and the soda industry — yet again. For some nutrition experts, the disappointment that follows the release of the latest dietary guidelines is familiar. Every five years, the US government publishes a revised set of the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans — "and every five years I'm disappointed," says Christopher Gardner, a nutrition scientist at Stanford University. The guidelines' focus is on disease prevention, and they're very influential; they have an effect on everything from how companies label their food, to what types of food are included in school lunch programs. "The meat lobby is very powerful in Congress. " Willet isn't the only one who feels let down. The Heart is the Center of the Universe. Odyssey - About.