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25 September 2016

When Information Storage Gets Under Your Skin

Electronic RFID tags that go under the
skin are being used to store personal
information and give users access to
secure areas.  Photo: Henrik Andree/
Telefonica Basecamp/Digiwell.com
When Information Storage Gets Under Your Skin
by Nina Adam and William Wilkes, The Wall Street Journal,
18 September 2016

Tiny implants can replace keys, store business cards and medical data—and eventually a lot more

Patrick Paumen doesn’t have to worry about forgetting his keys and being locked out of his apartment. That is because he doesn’t need a key anymore—he simply unlocks the door with a wave of his hand.

The 32-year-old IT expert from the Dutch city of Heerlen is one of a growing number of people with electronic implants under their skin, mostly to use as keys or for identification.

Mr. Paumen has several such implants, or tags, embedded in the fatty tissue of his hands and his lower arm. He uses separate tags to unlock not only his apartment door, but also his office and the gate to a secure parking lot at work. Another stores information he would otherwise put on a business card—name and contact details—and yet another holds similar information for nonbusiness encounters.

The implants can be activated and scanned by readers that use radio frequency identification technology, or RFID. Those include ordinary smartphones and readers already installed in office buildings to allow entrance with a common ID card.

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

On September 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks of climate change. The letter warns that the consequences of opting out of the Paris agreement would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.

A full list of signers follows the text of the letter.

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
20 September 2016

Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.

Phone Makers Could Cut Off Drivers. So Why Don’t They?

Rafa Alvarez
Phone Makers Could Cut Off Drivers. So Why Don’t They?
by Matt Richtel, The New York Times, 
24 September 2016

The court filings paint a grisly picture: As Ashley Kubiak sped down a Texas highway in her Dodge Ram truck, she checked her iPhone for messages. Distracted, she crashed into a sport utility vehicle, killing its driver and a passenger and leaving a child paralyzed.

With driving fatalities rising at levels not seen in 50 years, the growing incidence of distracted driving is getting part of the blame. Now a lawsuit related to that 2013 Texas crash is raising a question: Does Apple — or any cellphone maker or wireless company — have a responsibility to prevent devices from being used by drivers in illegal and dangerous ways?

The product liability lawsuit, filed against Apple by families of the victims, contends that Apple knew its phones would be used for texting and did not prevent Ms. Kubiak from texting dangerously. The suit is unlikely to succeed, legal experts said, and a Texas magistrate in August preliminarily recommended the case’s dismissal on grounds that it was unlikely that lawyers could prove that the use of the iPhone caused the fatal accident.

Ms. Kubiak was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to five years on probation. Her lawyer, Jason Cassel, said she now keeps her phone in the back seat.

International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague –12 -16 October 2016

The first international and citizens' tribunal will be held at The Hague in October 2016. Members of the Steering Committee include:

Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage, Marie-Monique Robin, Olivier de Schutter, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Hans Herren.



International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague –12th -16th of October 2016

For an increasing number of people from around the world, Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture. This chemical-intensive form of production pollutes the environment, accelerates biodiversity loss, and massively contributes to global warming.

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Monsanto, a US-based company, has developed a number of highly toxic products, which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people. These products include:

Is There Any Hope for Learning?: College Students Addicted to Texts and Tech

And their eyes glazed over
Joelle Renstrom, eon.co, 12 September 2016

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?

I have a rule about cellphones in class: if one disrupts us by ringing, vibrating or sounding an alarm, the owner has to sing a song or bust some dance moves in front of the class. At first, this provision in the syllabus elicits snickers, but it’s no laughing matter. You need to be able to turn off your phones and pay attention, I say. On the first day of class, they shut off their phones. But it doesn’t stay that way.

The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New iPhone 7

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The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New 
iPhone 7
Posted by Donald Kaufman, truthdig.com,
20 September 2016

New product releases from Apple often are a time for analysis, comparison and celebration. But the arrival of the iPhone 7 has brought unwanted attention to the company’s darker side of globalization, oppression and greed.

In a report from The Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty says that Apple oppresses Chinese workers, does not pay its fair share of taxes and deprives Americans of high-paying jobs while making enormous profits.

Is Addiction a "Brain Disease"?

[Consider cell phone and internet addictions when reading this article.]

Is addiction a “brain disease”?
by Michael Bierer, MD, Contributor, health.harvard.edu, 11 March 2016

There are many good reasons to emphasize the biological underpinnings of substance use disorders. Perhaps most important, the biologic basis of this chronic disease is a strong argument for parity: that is, treating (and funding treatment for) addiction on par with other “biologic” diseases.

The stigma and shame of addiction has much to do with the perception that people with substance use disorders are weak, immoral, or simply out for a good time at society’s expense. Understanding that addiction impairs the brain in many important ways may reduce such stigma. What’s more, the specific type of brain dysfunction may help identify a range of effective interventions and preventions. For example, during adolescence, the brain is at its most plastic — and vulnerable. This is a time when caution and intervention may prove most valuable. The earlier the drug exposure or trauma to the brain, the greater the damage.

13-Year-Old Was a Week Away from Death After Delays in Diagnosing Brain Tumour

Campaign:  Lita with mum Emma.
[While we do not know the origin of Lita's brain tumor, we warn everyone - especially children and teenagers - to limit their use of cell phones and use wired headsets when making calls.  Never hold a cell phone directly to the ear:  the user manuals all recommend holding the phone at a certain distance from the head and body.]

13-year-old was a week away from death after delays in diagnosing brain tumour
by Dave_Knapper, stokesentinel.co.uk, 
29 August 2016

SCHOOLGIRL Lita Ruskin was just a week away from death – after delays in diagnosis meant a tumour took over almost half her brain.

Her worried family took Lita to see her GP and optician and even called 999 after she was violently sick and complained of blurred vision.

But the huge mass measuring 10cm by 8cm was discovered nine months after her symptoms began when an specialist discovered her optical nerve was being squashed by the pressure.

Now, as 13-year-old Lita continues her remarkable recovery, her parents are highlighting a campaign to raise awareness of holdups in diagnosing brain tumours in children and particularly girls.

Brain Tumor Risk Linked with Higher Education, Study Finds

Credit:  Peter Titmuss / Shutterstock.com
[Our comment:  Could it be that people with higher levels of education also have jobs which require more frequent use of cell phones? ]

Brain Tumor Risk Linked with Higher Education, Study Finds

by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Contributing Writer, livescience.com, 20 June 2016

People with higher levels of education may be more likely to develop certain types of brain tumors, a new study from Sweden suggests.
Researchers found that women who completed at least three years of university courses were 23 percent more likely to develop a type of cancerous brain tumor called glioma, compared with women who only completed up to nine years of mandatory education and did not go to a university. And men who completed at least three years of university courses were 19 percent more likely to develop the same type of tumor, compared with men who did not go to a university.

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You
by Kaveh Waddell, Atlantic, 24 August 2016

It can even be trained to read your lips.

City dwellers spend nearly every moment of every day awash in Wi-Fi signals. Homes, streets, businesses, and office buildings are constantly blasting wireless signals every which way for the benefit of nearby phones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and other connected paraphernalia.

When those devices connect to a router, they send requests for information—a weather forecast, the latest sports scores, a news article—and, in turn, receive that data, all over the air. As it communicates with the devices, the router is also gathering information about how its signals are traveling through the air, and whether they’re being disrupted by obstacles or interference. With that data, the router can make small adjustments to communicate more reliably with the devices it’s connected to.