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03-23-2018 Security
After Days of Silence, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Admits to ‘Mistakes’ With User Data

Facebook Inc. FB 0.74% Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence five days into a growing uproar about how outsiders handle Facebook’s user data, admitting mistakes and pledging an investigation but failing to calm some who thought he should have gone further in his remarks.

The growing controversy has shaken the social-media company, knocking its stock price lower and prompting renewed calls for governments to better regulate technology businesses that hold enormous quantities of information about their users.

Mr. Zuckerberg, in a post Wednesday on Facebook, said the company has already taken many steps to address user privacy in recent years, but he said “we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”

Among the measures he said Facebook will take, the company will investigate and look for any potential abuses of personal data by app developers on its platform that have had access to large amounts of user data. Facebook also will audit any apps that display suspicious activity and notify any users affected, he said.

The investigation requires Facebook ?to map out how much and what kind of data was requested by app developers between 2007 and 2015, an expensive and far-reaching endeavor. Facebook will start by examining apps that had large user bases of around 100,000 people or more and those apps that pulled extensive data about a smaller group of people, according to people familiar with Facebook. ?The process could involve analyzing tens of thousands of apps, some of the people said.

In an interview with CNN, Mr. Zuckerberg apologized and said the company had been too trusting of developers in the past. Mr. Zuckerberg added that he would be willing to testify in front of Congress if it was the right thing to do and said he didn’t oppose some forms of regulation, specifically around ads transparency—a project that Facebook has been working on since last fall.

Sen. ?Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), who has been critical of Facebook’s response, said earlier Wednesday that the company’s leaders need to do more and Mr. Zuckerberg needs to testify. After the interview aired, she said she was “surprised” at his support for the Senate’s ad transparency efforts and called on Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc. to do the same.

“The steps Facebook has laid out to protect its users are a start but Zuckerberg still needs to come testify” before Congress, she said in a post on Twitter earlier Wednesday. “Facebook should show good faith & support the Honest Ads Act. To truly regain the public’s trust, Facebook must make significant changes so this doesn’t happen again.” ...

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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03-23-2018 Science&Technology
Soyuz takes off with three bound for space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off and shot into orbit Wednesday, carrying a Russian cosmonaut and two NASA astronauts, all veteran space fliers, on a two-day flight to the International Space Station.

With Soyuz MS-08/54S commander Oleg Artemyev at the controls in the spacecraft’s center seat, flanked on the left by flight engineer Drew Feustel and on the right by Ricky Arnold, the workhorse booster’s main engines ignited with a crackling roar at 1:44 p.m. EDT (GMT-4; 11:44 p.m. local time) and quickly throttled up to full thrust.

After last-second checks, the booster was released from its firing stand and the rocket climbed away into a clear, night sky atop a brilliant jet of flaming exhaust. Launching directly into the plane of the space station’s orbit, the rocket arced away to the east and slowly faded from view as it accelerated toward space.

After helping push the rocket out of the thick lower atmosphere, the Soyuz FG’s four liquid-fueled strap-on boosters fell away as planned about two minutes after liftoff and the flight continued on the power of the rocket’s central core and upper stage.

Live television views from inside the central command module showed Artemyev calmly monitoring cockpit displays while Feustel and Arnold followed along, all three looking relaxed.

“Everything is fine on board,” Artemyev reported. “We’re doing excellent.” Toward the end of the climb to space, he added “the crew’s mood is festive.”

Finally, eight minutes and 45 seconds after launch, the third stage engine shut down and the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft was released to fly on its own. A few moments after that, its solar arrays and navigation antennas deployed and Russian flight controllers reported the Soyuz was healthy and in good shape to press ahead with the planned two-day rendezvous.

At the moment of launch, the space station was 261 miles above the south Atlantic Ocean, east of Argentina and heading toward Baikonur. Launching into the same orbital plane as the station, the Soyuz crew will carry out a series of carefully choreographed thruster firings to adjust the altitude — and velocity — as required to catch up with the space station Friday afternoon.

If all goes well, Artemyev and Feustel will monitor an automated approach to the lab complex, moving in for docking at the upper Poisk module around 3:41 p.m. Friday. After hooks and latches engage to firmly lock the ferry ship in place, the crew will stand by for extensive leak checks to verify an airtight, structurally sound seal. ...

Source: Spaceflight Now

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03-23-2018 Science&Technology
YouTube will 'frustrate and seduce' you into its music service (updated)

It's no secret that many people use YouTube as an unofficial Spotify alternative, and artists aren't happy knowing that many of these listeners have little incentive to pay for music as a result. YouTube has a new solution, though: nag users until they switch over. The service's music head Lyor Cohen told Bloomberg in an interview that YouTube will boost the number of ads some viewers see between music videos. This would theoretically "frustrate and seduce" would-be subscribers to YouTube's next-gen streaming service.

This would give the new service a head start, and might soften complaints that it neither pays artists enough nor does much to encourage paid streaming. YouTube has offered paid music services for a while, but it doesn't have anywhere near the clout of Spotify or Apple Music and their tens of millions of subscribers. Why pay for music on YouTube when you can listen to it for free with only occasional ad interruptions? While more frequent ads are bound to irritate some listeners, they might create a clearer division between free and paid access.

Whether or not it works is another story. Apple and Spotify have a gigantic head start in a market where there isn't much room for other competitors. Frequent ads are only going to do so much to convert users. There's also the question of the network effect (you listen to Spotify because your friends do, for example) and deep integration with devices. YouTube will have to make itself relatively ubiquitous if it's going to grab a significant chunk of the paid music market.

Update: A YouTube spokesperson clarified Cohen's remarks. This wouldn't increase ad volume for everyone, or even every music video viewer -- just that "specific subset" of people who use YouTube as if it were a music service. They'd also see more direct upsells to the service itself. You can read the full statement below.

"Our top priority at YouTube is to deliver a great user experience and that includes ensuring users do not encounter excessive ad loads. We do not seek to specifically increase ad loads across YouTube. For a specific subset of users who use YouTube like a paid music service today - and would benefit most from additional features - we may show more ads or promotional prompts to upsell to our paid service."

Source: Engadget

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03-23-2018 Business
Huawei dealt a blow, loses Best Buy as smartphone retailer

It's going to get harder for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to sell its smartphones in the US.

Best Buy, the nation's largest electronics big box retailer, has ceased ordering new smartphones from Huawei and will stop selling its products over the next few weeks, according to a person familiar with the situation. Best Buy made the decision to end the relationship, the person said.

Best Buy didn't provide any additional details.

"We don't comment on specific contracts with vendors, and we make decisions to change what we sell for a variety of reasons," said a Best Buy spokeswoman.

A Huawei spokeswoman called Best Buy a valued partner. But "as a policy, we do not discuss the details of our partner relationships," she said.

The move is a critical blow to Huawei, which is the world's third-largest smartphone vendor behind Apple and Samsung but has struggled to establish any presence in the US. Best Buy was one of Huawei's biggest retail partners, and one of the rare places where you could physically see its phones. Huawei phones aren't sold by any US carriers, where a majority of Americans typically buy their phones.

Huawei was widely expected to announce a partnership with AT&T in January at CES to carry the Mate10 Pro smartphone, but the carrier reportedly backed out because of political pressure. A few days later, Verizon reportedly nixed its own plans to sell Huawei phones.

While on stage during his CES keynote in January, Richard Yu, CEO of the company's consumer business, acknowledged that the lack of a carrier partner hurt, but said that it was "a bigger blow to consumers" who lose out on a strong alternative for an Android phone in the Mate10 Pro. CNET editor Andrew Hoyle called it "a beautiful, big-screen bruiser" that earns its place among other high-end smartphones.

AT&T declined to comment on the reports, but noted it has never publicly committed to selling a Huawei phone. Verizon couldn't be reached for comment but has previously declined to weigh in on the matter.

Security concerns have long dogged Huawei in the US. In 2012, the House Intelligence Committee released a report accusing Huawei and fellow Chinese vendor ZTE of making telecommunications equipment that posed national security threats, and banned US companies from buying the gear. At the time, the committee stressed that the report didn't refer to its smartphones.

Huawei had spent the last few years slowly building a fan base by selling unlocked phones through retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg.

But that's changed over the last several months. The directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA all expressed their concerns about the risks posed by Huawei and ZTE.

Huawei, for its part, has noted that its products -- both telecom equipment and phones -- are sold elsewhere around the world and with different global companies. ...

Source: Cnet

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03-23-2018 Politics
Mueller Investigated Sessions for Perjury on Russia Statements

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI investigated Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year for misleading lawmakers about his contacts with Russians before eventually closing that part of the case, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

The investigation, which examined statements Sessions made last year during his confirmation process to become attorney general, was authorized by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing a sensitive matter. Sessions fired McCabe on March 16 for a lack of candor and misleading Justice Department officials in a separate matter.

The probe into Sessions shows the breadth of Mueller’s investigation and offers a rare glimpse into an episode that the special counsel has decided to close without charges. The investigation into Sessions was first reported Wednesday by ABC News.

“The Special Counsel‘s Office has informed me that after interviewing the Attorney General and conducting additional investigation, the Attorney General is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and related written submissions to Congress," Charles Cooper, Sessions’ lawyer and founder of Cooper & Kirk PLLC, said in a statement Wednesday.

Sessions wasn’t aware of the investigation into his actions when he fired McCabe, according to a person close to the attorney general. ...

Source: Bloomberg

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03-23-2018 Games
Xbox One's 'Sea Of Thieves' Is No More Than 10% Of A Finished Game

As expected, Sea of Thieves was released yesterday and the game is….very much like what we’ve seen in the early tests the past few weeks and months. There was this running pre-defense of Sea of Thieves by Xbox fans that secret depths were lurking under the surface, that we were only seeing the tip of the iceberg but that simply is not the case.

Sea of Thieves feels like a good deal when rolled into Microsoft’s $10-a-month-for-a-whole-bunch-of-games Xbox Game Pass, but less so when you realize this is being sold as a $60 title to most players. Playing the game myself, watching more advanced people play “later” stages on Twitch, it seems very clear that this is a totally unfinished game, and yes, my earlier, much-derided predictions about Sea of Thieves having No Man’s Sky’s strengths and weaknesses were warranted.

Some things about Sea of Thieves are great. I really like the fundamental mechanic of missions being little more than a map and an X, and it’s up to you to figure out where you’re going and what to dig up without giant flashing indicators on your screen telling you exactly where to go. And there’s obviously a lot of fun to be had in a larger crew with friends, goofing around, trying to steer your ship properly, but being matchmade with randoms or being forced to play solo siphons almost all enjoyment out of Sea of Thieves immediately.

The problem is that Sea of Thieves is not a complete game. It just isn’t. It’s maybe 5 or 10% of one, but given what other open world/co-op games can offer you for $60, it’s just astonishing how little Sea of Thieves offers. The issues? Where to start.

All three factions feel the same with nearly identical, radiant fetch quests that have you go to X island to get X thing and return without sinking/dying. Raids are just some waves of skeletons.

The islands are almost entirely lifeless. You can see them all in about a day of play, and they almost never house anything interesting other than your quest objective, however pretty they may be.

Enemy variety is almost non-existent, skeletons, snakes and an "endgame boss" kraken that has already been turned into a meme by players, as the thing is just tentacles with no actual body lurking under the water. Perhaps a metaphor for the entire game.

Progression is almost entirely cosmetic short of a couple new weapons and items. And while you can change your ship’s sails and paint, there are fundamentally still only two kinds of ships in this entire pirate game, which seems crazy. ...

Source: Forbes

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03-23-2018 Science&Technology
A Visiting Star Jostled Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

Around the same time our ancestors left Africa, a dim red dwarf star came to within 0.8 light-years of our Sun, marking the closest known flyby of a star to our Solar System. New research suggests Scholz’s Star, as it’s known, left traces of this interstellar encounter by perturbing some comets in the outer Oort Cloud.

Though Scholz’s Star visited the outer reaches of our Solar System some 70,000 years ago, awareness of this celestial meet-and-greet first emerged three years ago in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

According to this research, a dim red dwarf star, along with its even dimmer brown dwarf companion—a kind of bloated gas giant that failed to ignite into a full-blown star—came to within 0.8 light-years of our Sun (4.7 trillion miles, or 50,600 AU, where 1 AU is the average distance of the Earth to the Sun), and possibly as close as 0.6 light-years (3.53 trillion miles, or 37,900 AU). That’s a close shave, at least by cosmological standards. By comparison, MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that will be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft on New Year’s Day 2019, is about 43 AU from the Sun.

Scholz’s Star, this research suggested, just grazed the outer reaches of the Oort Cloud, that remote bubble of debris that marks the outermost limits of the Sun’s dominant gravitational influence. The red dwarf has been drifting ever since, and it’s now about 20 light-years away. The University of Rochester researchers who conducted the 2015 study said it was unlikely that Scholz’s Star, with a mass around 9 percent of the Sun, and it’s brown dwarf, at about 6 percent the Sun’s mass, were able to disturb or jostle any of the objects in the Oort Cloud to a significant degree.

But new research published this week in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society suggests this interpretation was wrong, and that Scholz’s Star did in fact influence the trajectories of some Oort Cloud objects. In the study, astronomer brothers Carlos de la Fuente Marcos and Raúl de la Fuente Marcos from Complutense University of Madrid, along with Sverre J. Aarseth from the University of Cambridge, identified the movements of dozens of known Oort Cloud objects as having been influenced by this ancient encounter. ...

Source: Gizmodo

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03-23-2018 Health
Authorities Warn Of Street Drug Laced With Bug Spray That Causes Zombie-Like Effects

A drug known as KD has raised concerns in Indianapolis as medics reported seeing a spike in overdose cases involving this street drug mixed with bug spray.

Drug Mixed With Bug Spray

There are different variations of KD, which include those that use spice, marijuana, tobacco, and banana leaves. However, all are laced with a heavy-duty bug spray, such as the pesticide Raid, and smoked.

The bug spray contains pyrethroids, compounds that in high concentration, may induce respiratory distress and neuroexcitation that can cause sweating, seizure, and the risk of falling into a coma.

"You look at what it does to a bug," said Scott Lebherz, an Indianapolis firefighter. "And then you got to think what it's doing to your brain, and your body and everything else."

Experts said that mixing a substance is actually a way to enhance a drug's predicted high. Chris Major, the Indianapolis Fire Department captain, described the potency of the drug. He said that the effect of the drug on those who use it is so fast, users are passing out with KD still in their hand.

KD Causes Zombie-like Effects

Major said that the people who use the drug experience zombie-like effects marked by the inability to talk to authorities, as well as drooling, and loss of function.

Users were also observed to have slow and lethargic movement and were found engaged in odd behaviors. Some were found with their clothes off, pulling dirt off the ground, and trying to put this into their mouth, and eating grass.

Last year, a man who broke into a random house, ransacked the place and attempted to slash his throat in front of a mother and her four children, admitted smoking a mixture of methamphetamine and bug spray before committing the crime.

Highly Addictive

Major warned that the drug is highly addictive and even a small amount can cause an overdose. He said that his team once responded to about 12 calls for KD-related overdoses in a single day.

"We send them off to the hospital to get checked out and within two hours they may be back out there on the street doing it again. We have had the same person multiple times in one day," Major said.

Health experts said that an individual's reaction to mixed drugs like KD depends on several factors which include the concentration of the chemical, the ingredients used, and the person's physiological response to these substances.

Source: Tech Times

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03-22-2018 Security
WhatsApp Co-Founder, Who Made Billions from Facebook, Says It's Time to #DeleteFacebook

Among the many voices calling for people to leave scandal-hit Facebook, one stands out: Brian Acton, the co-founder of messaging service WhatsApp, which Facebook now owns.

Facebook’s stock price is down more than 11% since last weekend’s reports that Cambridge Analytica, a right-leaning political consultancy, acquired and misused the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The social network is now facing crackdowns from regulators in the U.S. and Europe, and an investor lawsuit over that share price slump.

Many people have pointed out that Cambridge Analytica didn’t use Facebook’s data in an unusual way: it wanted to influence people. But even before the latest scandal hit, Facebook was caught up in a furor over propaganda that might have influenced the 2016 U.S. election, and growing disquiet over its deliberately addictive and arguably divisive nature.

“It is time. #deletefacebook,” Acton tweeted on Tuesday night. The hashtag he used has been trending since the weekend’s scandal broke.

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Acton was an engineer and executive at Yahoo before he co-founded WhatsApp in 2009. Facebook bought the messaging app in 2014, making Acton a multi-billionaire, and he hung around there until November last year.

Now, Acton heads up the Signal Foundation. Signal is a rival of WhatsApp, albeit one that pitches itself much more to security-minded users. That said, WhatsApp has for the last few years actually used Signal’s open-source, end-to-end encryption technology, which was developed by Signal founder Moxie Marlinspike and his team at Open Whisper Systems.

Last month Marlinspike announced the creation of the Signal Foundation, a new nonprofit funded by Acton, who has put $50 million into the project as a starter. Signal was previously reliant on support from the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Source: Fortune

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03-22-2018 Cars
Self-Driving Cars Keep Rolling Despite Uber Crash

The death of a woman who was struck by a self-driving Uber in Arizona on Sunday has auto-safety advocates demanding that U.S. regulators and lawmakers slow down the rush to bring autonomous vehicles to the nation’s roadways.

Don’t count on it.

Efforts to streamline regulations to accommodate the emerging technology have been under way since the Obama administration with strong bipartisan support. And the Trump administration’s aversion to restrictions and regulations makes it even more unlikely that the accident in Tempe, Arizona, in which an autonomous Uber sport utility vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, will result in significant new barriers, according to former U.S. officials and some safety advocates.

"Honestly, the last thing under this administration that car companies and self-driving vehicle developers have to worry about is heavy regulation," said David Friedman, a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator under President Barack Obama who’s now director of cars and product policy for Consumers Union.

In January, the safety administration began soliciting comment from industry and the public on how to rewrite auto safety rules -- many from decades ago -- to accommodate autonomous vehicles.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s policy guidance for self-driving vehicle safety, released in September, used the word "voluntary" 57 times.

Supporters say the technology could help reduce the 35,000 highway deaths in the U.S. each year, the vast majority of which, research shows, are caused by human error. Safety advocates have criticized the approach as too light, and lacking oversight of a technology that is still mostly in the development phase.

"They’ve decided to sit this one out and simply let the industry develop the technology as the industry wishes," said Peter Kurdock, director of regulatory affairs at Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. "When you have no federal oversight, unfortunately, we are concerned that we are going to see more deaths as a result of this technology being placed on the roads before this technology has been properly tested and vetted." ...

Source: Bloomberg

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03-22-2018 Science&Technology
If You Love Old Android Apps, Android P Doesn't

The preview build of Android P flaunts several new features that appear quite useful. Sadly, it might not support some of the older apps.

Unlike Google, Apple regularly reviews its online store to verify and remove applications that no longer support its newest operating system versions. The former looks like it plans to follow suit and clear out its inventory of apps that have not been updated by its developers.

Reports claim that once the latest mobile operating system is updated to P, Play Store items should meet the strict API that requires compatibility with no more than one year from the most current version.

Further Confirmation Needed

Based on the above-stated conditions, it means that all programs in the Google Play Store must be compatible with Android Oreo. Yet, the company did not outright specify the actual minimum it could permit for applications.

A preview build of the latest software development kit meant for the new OS apparently lists apps not older than Android Jellybean 4.2. The information has yet to be officially confirmed by the team tasked with the P's development.

Reason Behind The Restrictions

The decision to render older apps that do not meet the requirements for Android P is to reduce the possibility of performance problems. Some older versions of the programs might not be equipped to handle the security parameters in place for the latest operating system.

As a result, it could cause users to experience issues not intended in the first place or even open their devices to outside threats that could circumvent older security protocols included with the archaic software.

The official developer documentation states that "applications targeting lower values will fail to install and run." Sources believe, however, that the latest platform version could just generate a warning notification about the possible problems it could bring to the user experience.

Google has yet to issue an official statement to address some of the questions users might have with Android P. Even though most users are already on the latest operating systems, there might be some who are stuck with older versions of the OS. Therefore, users should be aware of what will happen if they make the jump to the newest version.

Stepping Forward

Android still lags behind Apple when it comes to timely software updates. Due to the different manufacturers and its respective requirements, smartphones on Google's system cannot receive updates on the same day except for some models.

The developer build of the new OS is currently available for the Pixel series and other brands that opt to keep their factory-unlocked units updated will get it as soon as it's available. Android P will reportedly get is public release later this year.

Source: Tech Times

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03-22-2018 Health
Male birth control pill one step closer to reality

(CNN) - Researchers say male birth control pills are moving closer to becoming a reality.

The results of a study were presented Sunday at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Chicago, IL.

Researchers said a proposed hormone pill, dimethandrolone undecanoate, could reduce testosterone and other hormone levels responsible for sperm production without causing any serious side effects.

A safe and effective male birth control pill has been a longtime goal in medicine. But for decades, such pills have been exclusively used by women.

Researchers said the sample size for this study was small, so there would need to be more research to assess any potential side effects.

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03-15-2018 Science&Technology
Fitbit just unveiled its $200 answer to the Apple Watch — here's what it can do

With its new smartwatch, Fitbit is keeping women in mind.

The $200 Fitbit Versa, announced on Tuesday, is Fitbit's second true smartwatch and the first geared toward a more mainstream audience — and smaller wrists.

Fitbit Versa looks a lot like an Apple Watch — although it's a bit smaller — and is less fitness-focused than the watch Fitbit debuted last year, called Fitbit Ionic.

The new Fitbit Versa still has plenty of fitness tracking capabilities built in, including on-watch workouts, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, and personalized fitness tips. But the Versa watch can also answer texts, download apps, and store music. And it also has several new features specifically dedicated to women's health.

Fitbit Versa is available for preorder starting Tuesday, and will go on sale in April. Here's what it can do:

Fitbit Versa comes in three colors: black, silver, and rose gold.

The watch looks pretty similar to an Apple Watch.

t features the same rounded-yet-squarish design and full touchscreen face, and it's about the same dimensions — the Fitbit measures a few millimeters smaller, though.

While the Fitbit Versa only comes in three colors, there are plenty of bands to go with it.

The sport bands are sweat- and water-resistant, and come in peach, gray, black, periwinkle, and white.

Fitbit also offers stainless steel and metal-mesh bands in black and silver. ...

Source: Business Insider

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03-14-2018 Politics
GOP rep: We’re going to show the CIA ‘got it wrong’ on Russia trying to help Trump

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) said on Monday that an upcoming report by House Intelligence Committee Republicans will show that the CIA was incorrect in its assessment that Russia sought to help elect President Trump in 2016.

"I have spent a couple days out to the CIA actually reading the raw intelligence; actually reading what we were basing this on," Stewart, a member of the intelligence panel, said on CNN. "And when we release this report, we're going to be able to show, you know what, the CIA just got it wrong."

The CIA and other agencies within the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a report made public early last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and sought to sway the race in Trump's favor.

"The CIA is not perfect. They often – or at least from time to time – will make mistakes, as do I, as do you, as does any agency," Stewart said. "And we're just going to have to show people they were wrong on this. They just misinterpreted some very key intelligence and drew the wrong conclusion."

The House Intelligence Committee abruptly ended its investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election on Monday, with Republicans on the panel asserting that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), the lawmaker leading the committee's Russia probe, said that while committee Republicans believed that the Russians used "active measures" to disrupt the election, they disagreed with the intelligence community assessment that Moscow favored Trump's candidacy.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee blasted the decision to end the investigation, accusing Republican members of failing to conduct a thorough investigation in order to protect the president from scrutiny.

A criminal investigation into the matter is being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. That probe has appeared to expand in recent weeks. Last month, Mueller unsealed indictments against 13 Russians in connection with an alleged plot to sow chaos and division in the U.S. election.

Source: The Hill

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03-14-2018 General
Take a little off the top: How visits to the barbershop helped reduce blood pressure in...

... African American men

When a customer opens the well-worn door to Eric Muhammad’s barbershop in Inglewood, he’ll be looking to relax in the comfort and camaraderie of a neighborhood meeting place and maybe to take a little off the top or sides.

If that visitor is among the close to 40% of African American men with high blood pressure, he might also get a little taken off the top of that vital health reading.

New research suggests that shops like Muhammad's A New You Barber and Beauty Salon might be just the place to rescue African American men from an epidemic that has ravaged their ranks: uncontrolled hypertension.

The study found that when a group of African American men with untreated high blood pressure got a screening and a friendly nudge from their barber, as well as a visit to the shop from a pharmacist, close to two-thirds of the men brought their blood pressure into a healthy range.

Their systolic blood pressure — the top-line number that measures the pressure in your vessels when the heart beats — fell by an average of 27 points. In addition, their diastolic blood pressure — the bottom number that measures pressure on the vessels' walls between heart beats — fell by an average of nearly 15 points.

The 132 men who got a barbershop visit from a pharmacist were almost six times more likely to bring their blood pressure under control than were those who just got a barber's advice to eat better, exercise more and see a doctor. Fewer than 12% of the 171 men in the latter group brought their blood pressure under control. (Their average reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings were too small to be considered statistically significant.)

The clinical trial was conducted from February 2015 to July 2017 in 52 black-owned barber shops across Los Angeles County. Two pharmacists specially trained to treat high blood pressure shuttled across a 450-square-mile area bringing advice and an array of medications to the study's participants.

"Bringing rigorous medicine directly to men in a barbershop, and making it so convenient for them, really made a difference," said Dr. Ronald G. Victor, who led the new study.

"We had hoped for maybe a seven-point difference" between the two groups in their systolic blood pressure, the one that is considered a better predictor of heart attack and stroke risk, Victor said. "But this was a really big difference" — the kind that "could make an impact on a national level" if the initiative were scaled up, he said. "We were really ecstatic." ...

Source: Los Angeles Times

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03-13-2018 Science&Technology
Elon Musk says 1st flight of SpaceX’s Mars spaceship may happen in 2019 Read more at http://www.spac

While at South by Southwest, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he believes the first test flights of SpaceX’s “Big Falcon Rocket” (BFR) spaceship could happen in the first half of 2019, although he admits to having optimistic timelines.

The comment came during a surprise March 11, 2018, question and answer session at the annual technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas, and less than 24 hours after Musk made another surprise appearance the night before during a panel with the co-creators of the HBO series Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Just like the panel, the Q&A session was run by Nolan, who is a friend of Musk.

The first topic discussed was SpaceX’s ambitions to send humans to Mars and its progress on the BFR, which was unveiled by Musk in September 2016 and further refined in September 2017. The architecture, which will be able to send more cargo to low-Earth orbit than even NASA’s Saturn V Moon rocket and be fully and rapidly reusable, consists of a 190-foot (58-meter) tall booster for its first stage, and a 157-foot (48-meter) tall spaceship that doubles as a second stage. Musk said the Hawthorne, California-based company was “making good progress” on the spaceship portion.

“We are building the first ship,” Musk said. “I think we’ll be able to do short flights, short sort of up and down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year.”

Musk said that people have told him that his projected timelines have historically been optimistic. As such, he said he is trying to “re-calibrate to some degree,” although it is unclear if the 2019 time frame for the first spaceship tests have been included in his new calibrations. In September 2017, the SpaceX founder said he expected the first full test flight of the BFR rocket and spaceship on a trip to Mars could happen as early as 2022.

Regardless of when the BFR flies, Musk said once SpaceX builds the vehicle, it would be a “point of proof” that other companies and countries could follow.

“They currently don’t think it is possible,” Musk said. “So if we show them that it is, then I think they will up their game and they will build interplanetary transport vehicles as well.”

Musk said that once the BFR and similar ships are built, there will be an economical means of getting cargo and people to and from the Moon as well as Mars and other destinations in the Solar System. He said that is where a tremendous amount of entrepreneurial resources will be needed in order to build out entire industrial bases and everything that allows modern civilization to exist.

Source: Spaceflight Insider

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