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Link to video: Who holds the seven keys to the internet? In a nondescript industrial estate in El Segundo, a boxy suburb in northern Los Angeles just a mile or two from LAX international airport, 20 people wait in a windowless canteen for a ceremony to begin. Outside, the sun is shining on an unseasonably warm February day; inside, the only light comes from the glare of halogen bulbs. There is a strange mix of accents – predominantly American, but smatterings of Swedish, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese can be heard around the room, as men and women (but mostly men) chat over pepperoni pizza and 75-cent vending machine soda. Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security | Technology | The Guardian
By Catey Hill, MarketWatch Doris Tamai / Shutterstock.com 1. “Owning our product may be hazardous to your health.” In the U.S., there are now somewhere between 270 million and 310 million guns, according to the Pew Research Center — that’s almost one gun for every person in the nation. Judges and legislators across the political spectrum recognize the constitutional right to bear arms. 10 things the gun industry won’t tell you - 10 things
The Secret Life of a Cat: What mischievous moggies gets up to behind their owners' backs New television show uncovers the 'secret lives' of domestic cats50 felines from the Surrey village of Shamley Green were fitted with GPS collars and 'cat cams'Footage shows cats stealing food, fighting, killing moths and roaming across seven acres of farmland By Alice Azania Jarvis PUBLISHED: 02:32 GMT, 13 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 14 June 2013
Tracing Ancestry, Researchers Produce a Genetic Atlas of Human Mixing Events The rise and fall of empires, the march of armies, the flow of trade routes, the practice of slavery — all these events have led to a mixing of populations around the world. Such episodes have left a record in the human genome, but one that has so far been too complex to decipher on a global scale. Now, geneticists applying new statistical approaches have taken a first shot at both identifying and dating the major population mixture events of the last 4,000 years, with the goal of providing a new source of information for historians. Some of the hundred or so major mixing events they describe have plausible historical explanations, while many others remain to be accounted for.
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Time-lapse video showcases stunning storms | Compass When photographer Randy Halverson set out to make a time-lapse video of the aurora borealis and the Milky Way, he decided to embrace the clouds. Instead of waiting for a clear night, he allowed the storms to be in the picture. "For a good nighttime shot, you need two hours to shoot it," Halverson told Yahoo Travel. "You need a storm that's moving toward you and that's moving slow enough."
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Crowns, Pounds and Guineas: A Quick Guide To British Currency by Ellen Micheletti If you read a novel set in Great Britain, whether it is a romance novel or a classic by Charles Dickens, you will come across references to money. The monetary system of Great Britain can be very confusing to the average American reader, especially since the system until fairly recently, was not a decimal one. The reader will come across words like pounds, shillings and pence, but just what were they, how did they relate to each other, and what in the world did regency bucks mean when they talked about betting a monkey on a prizefight? Here is a quick guide to British currency along with some slang terms that were often used. All About Romance Novels - Crowns, Pounds and Guineas: A Quick Guide To British Currency
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How bad is gun crime in the US? The latest data from the FBI's uniform crime reports provides a fascinating picture of the use of firearms in crimes across America. Barack Obama is under pressure to tighten gun laws after following the disclosure by police that the Newtown gunman used a semi-automatic assault rifle equipped with "numerous" high-capacity magazines holding hundreds of bullets to carry out his massacre of young children. The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world - there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans, compared to 6 in England and Wales. And the murder figures themselves are astounding for Brits used to around 550 murders per year. In 2011 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,664 murders in the US. Gun crime statistics by US state: download the data. Visualised | World news
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Exhaustive family tree for birds shows recent, rapid diversification Image by Arne Mooers (SFU), Gavin Thomas (Sheffield) and Cody Shrank (Yale). A Yale-led scientific team has produced the most comprehensive family tree for birds to date, connecting all living bird species — nearly 10,000 in total — and revealing surprising new details about their evolutionary history and its geographic context. Analysis of the family tree shows when and where birds diversified — and that birds’ diversification rate has increased over the last 50 million years, challenging the conventional wisdom of biodiversity experts. “It’s the first time that we have — for such a large group of species and with such a high degree of confidence — the full global picture of diversification in time and space,” said biologist Walter Jetz of Yale, lead author of the team’s research paper, published Oct. 31 online in the journal Nature.
'Near-death experiences occur when soul leaves nervous system' London, Oct 31, 2012, (PTI) A near-death experience occurs when quantum substances which form the soul leave the nervous system and enter the universe at large, according to a ground-breaking theory proposed by two eminent scientists.According to this idea, consciousness is a programme for a quantum computer in the brain which can persist in the universe even after death, explaining the perceptions of those who have near-death experiences. Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Centre of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, has advanced the quasi-religious theory, the Daily Mail reported. It is based on a quantum theory of consciousness he and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose have developed which holds that the essence of our soul is contained inside structures called microtubules within brain cells.
Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing 25 October 2012Last updated at 09:01 ET By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent Experts working on proto-Elamite hope they are on the point of 'a breakthrough' The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.
Life and Death in Tana Toraja, Indonesia Article and Photos by Chris Dunham “We bury the babies in this tree so the wind can waft away their souls”, explained Stefan, our local guide, as we stared up at the baby-grave tree in Kembira, Sulawesi. Its trunk was patch-worked with little niches, each the poignant final resting place of a baby, dead before cutting its first tooth. Death and burial, ruled by a complex set of long-established customs, are an ever-present feature of life in Tana Toraja, an isolated, predominantly animist community in the center of this little-known, octopus-shaped island in Eastern Indonesia.
“I am calling you from Windows”: A tech support scammer dials Ars Technica When the call came yesterday morning, I assumed at first I was being trolled—it was just too perfect to be true. My phone showed only "Private Caller" and, when I answered out of curiosity, I was connected to "John," a young man with a clear Indian accent who said he was calling from "Windows Technical Support." My computer, he told me, had alerted him that it was infested with viruses.
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The other day an article written by me appeared in the Washington Post saying that algebra was useless and shouldn’t be taught in high school. The hate mail that followed (written mostly by math teachers) was unbelievable. Mostly accusing me of being irrational and incapable of thought, and stating that math teaches people to think. Back to School: A message to high school students who hate high school; Here is why you hate it
Brazil’s Coastal Rainforest Suffers Widespread Species Extinction The Atlantic forest in Brazil, once a part of the great Amazon basin on the South American continent, is suffering from widespread species loss according to a new study. Ecologist Carlos Peres with England’s University of East Anglia and then University of Cambridge graduate student Gustavo Canale traveled through the region between 2003 and 2005. They documented 200 of the largest and least disturbed old-growth forest fragments in the vast region of the Atlantic forest.
Stratosphere Targets Deep Sea to Shape Climate | University of Utah News Sept. 23, 2012 – A University of Utah study suggests something amazing: Periodic changes in winds 15 to 30 miles high in the stratosphere influence the seas by striking a vulnerable “Achilles heel” in the North Atlantic and changing mile-deep ocean circulation patterns, which in turn affect Earth’s climate. “We found evidence that what happens in the stratosphere matters for the ocean circulation and therefore for climate,” says Thomas Reichler, senior author of the study published online Sunday, Sept. 23 in the journal Nature Geoscience. Scientists already knew that events in the stratosphere, 6 miles to 30 miles above Earth, affect what happens below in the troposphere, the part of the atmosphere from Earth’s surface up to 6 miles or about 32,800 feet. Weather occurs in the troposphere. Researchers also knew that global circulation patterns in the oceans – patterns caused mostly by variations in water temperature and saltiness – affect global climate.
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