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scientists horrified trump’s anti-science administration will push us into a ‘fa


in an interview with the new republic, dr. rush holt who is the president of the american association for the advancement of science (aaas), holt described the threat presently facing the scientific community as “existential.”“the level of concern and anxiety among scientists—and i guess i’d say the science friendly public—about the place of science in society and government, has gone beyond concern to anxiety,” holt explained, noting that this particular moment is especially of concern.holt told the outlet that the fear among those in the science community used to be one of whether or not they would receive research funding, but “that’s not so much what we’re hearing now … the concern now is whether policymakers even understand the meaning of evidence. whether there is any truth to this d






un experts express concern about growth of ‘fake news’


united nations (ap) — experts monitoring freedom of expression at the united nations and key regional organizations are expressing concern at the growing prevalence of “fake news” and propaganda — and alarm at public authorities denigrating the media as “lying” or “the opposition.”in a joint declaration published friday, the experts highlighted the obligation of governments to foster freedom of expression and said that restrictions can only be imposed in accordance with international law.david kaye, the u.n. special investigator on freedom expression, said “‘fake news’ has emerged as a global topic of concern and there is a risk that efforts to counter it could lead to censorship, the suppression of critical thinking and other approaches contrary to human rights law.”






concern raised about 23andme's new genetic tests for disease


the fda has given 23andme the right to sell members of the public genetic tests that estimate a person’s risk for 10 health conditions, including parkinson’s and late-onset alzheimer’s disease. the decision drew concern from laura rivard, a genetics professor at the university of san diego. rivard told the union-tribune in an email, “my concern is that customers understand the limitations of what they are buying. the predictive health tests being offered again by 23andme are largely based on the results of population level genome-wide association studies. that is not the same as the genetic test that would be performed if you lost a parent to huntington’s disease, for example, and want to understand your risk.“the latter is much more precise in delivering the percentage chance (either 0% o






jackie shroff expresses concern over ram gopal varma’s drinking


jackie shroff expresses concern over ram gopal varma’s drinkingram gopal varma’s tweets comparing tiger shroff and vidyut jhamwal evoked major backlash on social media. apparently jaggu dada, whose son, tiger was embroiled in this controversy, was heard showing concern for the director and expressing that ramu should quit alcohol. it’s not doing any good to him. he was extremely polite and warm with his reactions, with no trace of anger but mere concern for the director who is known to tweet such things quite often. in fact, dada who is incidentally working with ramu in his upcoming sarkar 3 also was heard saying ramu should quit alcohol also because he gets destructive post getting drunk. we agree!






putting astronauts on sls debut flight sparks safety group's concern


a safety oversight panel expressed concern thursday (feb. 23) about an idea, currently being studied by nasa, to put astronauts aboard the first flight of the heavy-lift space launch system rocket.






concern about global warming rising across us


a record number of americans are concerned about climate change, a gallup poll released wednesday indicated. far more people than in recent years say they believe global warming is a serious threat, that the effects are happening now and that global warming is caused by human activity. nationwide concern over global warming has been rising since…






radioactive bloom over europe sparks nuke test concerns


(newser) – as mysterious radiation spread over the arctic and south into europe last month, conspiracy theorists quickly claimed russia had restarted nuclear testing at novaya zemlya, the drive reports. but the truth is—probably—a lot less menacing. according to the independent barents observer, a spike in the radioactive isotope iodine-131 was first measured on the norway-russia border in mid-january. but the spike wasn't made public until later, when it reached france, science alert reports. the levels of iodine-131 weren't high enough to be a danger to the public, but the isotope is usually connected to nuclear fission, so concern abounded. that concern only deepened when the us, with no explanation, sent its nuclear "sniffing" aircraft to europe. despite the alarm, the radiation bloom






security services 'prevented 13 uk terror attacks since 2013'


image copyrightafpsecurity services have prevented 13 potential terror attacks since june 2013, the uk's most senior counter-terrorism police officer has revealed. assistant commissioner mark rowley also said there were 500 live counter-terror investigations at any time.he disclosed the figures as he launched an appeal, action counters terrorism, for the public to report suspicions.information from the public has helped police in a third of the most high-risk investigations, figures show.it has also contributed to stopping some of the 13 attacks - a figure one higher than the last update, given in october.police have not detailed what the 13 incidents since 2013 were.describing the public's contribution as "extraordinary", mr rowley said: "some of that information is a change in someone's






security services 'prevented 13 uk terror attacks since 2013'


image copyrightafpsecurity services have prevented 13 potential terror attacks since june 2013, the uk's most senior counter-terrorism police officer has revealed. assistant commissioner mark rowley also said there were 500 live counter-terror investigations at any time.he disclosed the figures as he launched an appeal, action counters terrorism, for the public to report suspicions.information from the public has helped police in a third of the most high-risk investigations, figures show.it has also contributed to stopping some of the 13 attacks - a figure one higher than the last update, given in october.police have not detailed what the 13 incidents since 2013 were.describing the public's contribution as "extraordinary", mr rowley said: "some of that information is a change in someone's






security services 'prevented 13 uk terror attacks since 2013'


image copyrightafpsecurity services have prevented 13 potential terror attacks since june 2013, the uk's most senior counter-terrorism police officer has revealed. assistant commissioner mark rowley also said there were 500 live counter-terror investigations at any time.he disclosed the figures as he launched an appeal, action counters terrorism, for the public to report suspicions.information from the public has helped police in a third of the most high-risk investigations, figures show.it has also contributed to stopping some of the 13 attacks - a figure one higher than the last update, given in october.describing the public's contribution as "extraordinary", mr rowley said: "some of that information is a change in someone's behaviour, some of that's about suspicious activity."sometimes






security services 'prevented 13 uk terror attacks since 2013'


image copyrightafpsecurity services have prevented 13 potential terror attacks since june 2013, the uk's most senior counter-terrorism police officer has revealed. assistant commissioner mark rowley also said there were 500 live counter-terror investigations at any time.he disclosed the figures as he launched an appeal, action counters terrorism, for the public to report suspicions.information from the public has helped police in a third of the most high-risk investigations, figures show.it has also contributed to stopping some of the 13 attacks - a figure one higher than the last update, given in october.describing the public's contribution as "extraordinary", mr rowley said: "some of that information is a change in someone's behaviour, some of that's about suspicious activity."sometimes






security services 'prevented 13 uk terror attacks since 2013'


media captionwould you make that call? a storage depot worker did and prevented a terror attacksecurity services have prevented 13 potential terror attacks since june 2013, the uk's most senior counter-terrorism police officer has revealed. assistant commissioner mark rowley also said there were 500 live counter-terror investigations at any time.he disclosed the figures as he launched an appeal, action counters terrorism, for the public to report suspicions.information from the public has helped police in a third of the most high-risk investigations, figures show.it has also contributed to stopping some of the 13 attacks - a figure one higher than the last update, given in october.police have not detailed what the 13 incidents since 2013 were.describing the public's contribution as "extrao






why is the federal government trading away public land to the 1 percent?


in the battle over public lands, house republicans recently carried out a raid. in early january, the house approved a small change to the rules dictating how federal land can be transferred to state or local governments, doing away with a requirement that the value of offloaded land be offset in the federal budget.it’s a detail with far-reaching consequences. calling the change “outrageous and absurd,” arizona rep. raúl m. grijalva explained in a letter to fellow democrats that the revision allows congress to “give away every single piece of property we own, for free, and pretend we have lost nothing of any value.”the legitimate concern here is that states are more likely than washington to sell off public land to private parties. but the truth is that the federal government has been quie






why is the federal government trading away public land to the 1 percent?


in the battle over public lands, house republicans recently carried out a raid. in early january, the house approved a small change to the rules dictating how federal land can be transferred to state or local governments, doing away with a requirement that the value of offloaded land be offset in the federal budget.it’s a detail with far-reaching consequences. calling the change “outrageous and absurd,” arizona rep. raúl m. grijalva explained in a letter to fellow democrats that the revision allows congress to “give away every single piece of property we own, for free, and pretend we have lost nothing of any value.”the legitimate concern here is that states are more likely than washington to sell off public land to private parties. but the truth is that the federal government has been quie






rare, often fatal, respiratory disease carried by mice confirmed in king county


two cases of the rare hantavirus have been confirmed in king county, including one fatality, raising questions about when health officials should notify the public about such a low-risk, but dangerous threat.maureen waterbury came close to dying after she contracted a rare disease, hantavirus, in november. waterbury, a registered nurse who lives in the union hill area outside redmond, spent 10 days in intensive care and six on a ventilator, before recovering.an issaquah man, 34, was not so fortunate. he died feb. 24 of hantavirus, according to king county health officials. but they did not notify the public of his death or of waterbury’s case.that led her husband, mark waterbury, to create a blog that has focused on two questions: why hasn’t king county notified the public about the hantav






richard simmons addresses fans in new statement to people


los angeles — after an absence from the spotlight, richard simmons is speaking out directly to his fans, saying, "hope to see you again soon!"simmons issued a statement to people magazine wednesday, and his spokesman, tom estey, confirmed its authenticity.the statement marks simmons' first public comments since calling into tv's "entertainment tonight" last year. the 68-year-old fitness guru has been out of the public eye since 2014, an absence that inspired the popular podcast "missing richard simmons" earlier this year.after reportedly being hospitalized monday for severe indigestion, simmons sent greetings wednesday to "everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes."he also says that "by now you know that i'm not 'missing,' just a little under the weather. i'm sure i






richard simmons addresses fans in facebook statement


los angeles — after an absence from the spotlight, richard simmons is speaking out directly to his fans, saying, "hope to see you again soon!"simmons posted a statement on his facebook page wednesday, and his spokesman, tom estey, confirmed its authenticity.the statement marks simmons' first public comments since calling into tv's "entertainment tonight" last year. the 68-year-old fitness guru has been out of the public eye since 2014, an absence that inspired the popular podcast "missing richard simmons" earlier this year.after reportedly being hospitalized monday for severe indigestion, simmons sent greetings wednesday to "everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes."he also says that "by now you know that i'm not 'missing,' just a little under the weather. i'm sure






legislature must give the public a chance to weigh in on k-12 funding


as they develop a historic education-funding solution, washington lawmakers should be providing more opportunity, not less, for public input.washington lawmakers must provide the public with frequent opportunities to weigh in on their plans to overhaul the state education-funding system.this is the most consequential legislation in decades. all washingtonians will be affected whether they have children or not, because the task involves tax changes and adjusting spending priorities.residents are keenly aware that lawmakers have failed for years to fully fund basic education and are close to a solution.even so, the urgency of the situation does not justify shorting public involvement. there is plenty of time in this legislative session to get this done the right way.most read storiesunlimite






south gate teacher dies after contracting meningitis, causing parental concern


a teacher at montara avenue elementary school in south gate died last week after contracting meningitis, leading parents to worry about whether their children might have been exposed. the los angeles unified school district issued a statement saying the los angeles county public health department "is taking appropriate measures to identify and protect those who may have come in contact with our employee. they have provided preventative antibiotics, as well as information about meningococcal disease." parents gathered in front of the school monday morning. public health officials are holding a meeting at the school monday morning to share more information with parents, said l.a. unified spokeswoman barbara jones. "we realize that our teacher’s death from a meningococcal bacteria-relate






your dropbox public folder isn't public anymore


if you’re a longtime dropbox user, you might have noticed that your dropbox folder changed a little yesterday. that’s because the public folder is no longer public.advertisementfor any dropbox accounts created after october 4, 2012, the public folder, once known as the repository for all the weird stuff you regularly share with people or oddball, one-off web sites, is no more. if you happen to be an old school dropbox user who has an account older than october 4, 2012, the folder will remain public, but sadly you can’t render html content anymore. for everyone else, the contents of your public folder are now private, and if anyone visits that public folder url, they’ll just get an error page. of course, you can still share folders and links, but the catch-all, single link public folder is






cuban: “just plain stupid” to not go public


billionaire entrepreneur mark cuban spoke on stage at the upfront summit in los angeles on thursday, where he voiced concern about the lack of tech ipos recently. “i don’t understand the reticence to going public,” he said. “it’s just plain stupid.”after a slow 2016, there have yet to be any tech ipos in 2017. appdynamics was supposed to debut in january and reopen the “window,” but it was acquired by cisco in the 11th hour.  “that’s bad for everybody,” cuban said, implying that the acquisition was negative for the economy.cuban said that instagram, oculus and twitch could have been better off as separate public companies. “they’d be much more in the public conscience” if they were on the stock market, he said. all eyes will be on snap, when it is expected to go public in early march. if i






have a safe hike with the re-launched mountain conditions report app


why it matters to you professional guides are doing their best to make sure that information impacting safety is readily available for the general public.safety is always a big concern when exploring the wilderness, and finding up-to-date reports on trail conditions can be difficult, to say the least. the newly relaunched mountain conditions report (mcr) website and app, however, provide exactly that.mcr is a free public platform for professional guides to share relevant information on. it was founded in partnership with the association of canadian mountain guides (acmg) and has been around for decades. originally, the service existed as an email-based system for guides to send information between other guides, but mcr has recently relaunched in an effort to broaden its reach to the genera






'we just got shot at': how a college assignment turned horrific


"don't freak out," began a text to my best friend sent in the early afternoon. "but i was out on assignment with an editor on the west side, and we just got shot at."april 8 had started off ordinarily enough. a classmate and i were going to oak park to film a story about michael romain, editor of the austin weekly news. the irony of running the newspaper from the upscale oak park suburb didn't escape us, so we were excited to follow romain into austin for his "street beat" column.our biggest concern at 9 a.m. was that we didn't want to pay for the uber from northwestern university, having previously decided we didn't want to risk carrying the expensive camera equipment on public transit. our biggest concern at 9:45 a.m. was our belief that we had managed to hit every red light in chicago o






jobs vs. ai: what happens when everything is automated?


one of the reasons i like to interview experts and students of technological change is to look at the differing perspectives we encounter. bob reselman is a technology press colleague of mine. when he told me he was researching the impact of automation on jobs, i knew i had to sit down and chat with him.more robotics hungry? this six-wheeled robot might be delivering your next pizza domino's pizza to trial autonomous delivery robots from starship. bob asks, " what will we do when everything is automated?" as the author of how to save jobs [free download], i immediately went to what i thought was the the big concern: lots and lots of people out of work. but in our interview, bob took the question somewhere else entirely. his concern is how will people spend their time. it's an interesting c






jobs vs. ai: what happens when everything is automated?


one of the reasons i like to interview experts and students of technological change is to look at the differing perspectives we encounter. bob reselman is a technology press colleague of mine. when he told me he was researching the impact of automation on jobs, i knew i had to sit down and chat with him.more robotics hungry? this six-wheeled robot might be delivering your next pizza domino's pizza to trial autonomous delivery robots from starship. bob asks, " what will we do when everything is automated?" as the author of how to save jobs [free download], i immediately went to what i thought was the the big concern: lots and lots of people out of work. but in our interview, bob took the question somewhere else entirely. his concern is how will people spend their time. it's an interesting c






southeast asian nations have expressed “grave concern” over north korea’s nuclea


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressmanila, philippines (ap) — southeast asian nations have expressed “grave concern” over north korea’s nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






funding concern factored in public radio firing


nashville, tenn. — university officials who fired a chattanooga public radio reporter for not identifying herself in sessions with tennessee lawmakers were worried about losing state funding if they didn't take action, according to emails obtained by the associated press.the university of tennessee-chattanooga terminated jacqui helbert last month following her report about a high school gay rights club's visit to the state capitol. the club went to speak out against a bill requiring transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates.legislators, including republican sen. mike bell, later complained they did not know they were being recorded secretly. while bell said he doesn't take issue with the substance of the report, he was upset about






cuban: “just plain stupid” to not go public


billionaire entrepreneur mark cuban spoke on stage at the upfront summit in los angeles on thursday, where he voiced concern about the lack of tech ipos recently. “i don’t understand the reticence to going public,” he said. “it’s just plain stupid.”after a slow 2016, there have yet to be any tech ipos in 2017. appdynamics was supposed to debut in january and reopen the “window,” but it was acquired by cisco in the 11th hour.  “that’s bad for everybody,” cuban said, implying that the acquisition was negative for the economy.cuban said that instagram, oculus and twitch could have been better off as separate public companies. “they’d be much more in the public conscience” if they were on the stock market, he said. all eyes will be on snap, when it is expected to go public in early march. if i






palestinians strike in support of prisoners' protest


ramallah, west bank — palestinians across the west bank are observing a general strike in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by israel.palestinians say between 1,300 and 1,500 prisoners have been on a hunger strike for 11 days, demanding better conditions and more contact with relatives. israel puts the number at about 1,100.the widely observed strike in the west bank and east jerusalem reflects the palestinian consensus on prisoners. in 50 years of israeli rule, hundreds of thousands have been jailed by israel at some point, affecting virtually all palestinian families.qadoura fares, who runs the prisoners' club advocacy group, said thursday's strike "reflects the large public concern" for the prisoners.in ramallah, shops closed and public transport stopped running. pro






funding concern factored in public radio firing


nashville, tenn. (ap) — university officials who fired a chattanooga public radio reporter for not identifying herself in sessions with tennessee lawmakers were worried about losing state funding if they didn’t take action, according to emails obtained by the associated press.the university of tennessee-chattanooga terminated jacqui helbert last month following her report about a high school gay rights club’s visit to the state capitol. the club went to speak out against a bill requiring transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates.the university emails, released under state public records laws, show a flurry of correspondence among officials after republican lawmakers complained that they didn’t know they were being recorded during t






judge rules uw violated public- records law in redacting malpractice settlements


a king county judge ruled the seattle times is entitled to recover legal costs and can seek monetary penalties against the university for the violations.a king county judge ruled this week that the university of washington broke the state’s public-records law when it redacted key details from medical malpractice settlement agreements provided to the seattle times in response to two public-records requests made by the newspaper in 2015. superior court judge laura inveen ruled monday the uw “improperly” redacted and withheld “non-exempt information” — including names of physicians and claimants, dates and other key details — from hundreds of pages of settlement agreements drafted by the uw medical center and other university-affiliated health care organizations to resolve malpractice and neg






enterprise iot adoption to hit critical mass by 2019, but security remains a top


security breaches are a major concern for those adopting iot. image: aruba aruba released a global iot study on tuesday that revealed that just over half of respondents have implemented iot, but 84% have already experienced a security breach as a result.the study, with 3,100 respondents from key industry sectors and it surveyed in november and december 2016, shows that mass adoption of iot will occur by 2019, because 56% of participants have already adopted iot, and another 32% plan to implement it within the next two years. "one thing i think was a little surprising was almost just over half of the respondents that participated had already implemented some level of iot solution. that was a little higher than we would have expected. certainly there is hype in the marketplace today, but we






officials say flaring at chevron richmond is no cause for concern – the mercury


richmond — a flaring incident reported at the chevron richmond refinery wednesday is not harmful to residents, the refinery said.the incident happened at the facility at 525 castro street, according to a tweet posted just before 4:30 p.m. by the refinery’s account.“we apologize for any concern this has caused our neighbors,” the tweet said. “there is no need to shelter in place. … this is an isolated issue and the (r)efinery continues to operate.”the tweet urged concerned residents to visit fenceline.org/richmond to see real-time air quality data.no alerts went out on the county’s community warning system at http://cococws.us.contact george kelly at 408-859-5180.






funding concern factored in public radio firing


nashville, tenn. — university officials who fired a chattanooga public radio reporter for not identifying herself in sessions with tennessee lawmakers were worried about losing state funding if they didn't take action, according to emails obtained by the associated press.the university of tennessee-chattanooga terminated jacqui helbert last month following her report about a high school gay rights club's visit to the state capitol. the club went to speak out against a bill requiring transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates.the university emails, released under state public records laws, show a flurry of correspondence among officials after republican lawmakers complained that they didn't know they were being recorded during the me






‘a safer vaccine to protect against smallpox’ | the global dispatch


share thistagsbioterrorismhorsepoxsmallpoxtonixvaccinesvaccinia tonix pharmaceuticals holding corp. (tonix), a company that is developing innovative pharmaceutical products to address public health challenges, working with researchers from the university of alberta, a leading canadian research university, today announced the successful synthesis of a potential smallpox-preventing vaccine. this vaccine candidate, tnx-801, is a live form of horsepox virus (hpxv) that has been demonstrated to have protective vaccine activity in mice.image/qimono“presently, the safety concern of existing smallpox-preventing vaccines outweigh the potential benefit to provide immunization of first responders or the general public. by developing tnx-801 as a horsepox vaccine to prevent smallpox infection, we hope






silicon valley faces balancing act between white house criticism and enga ent


as he and other technology executives were voicing concern over the weekend about president donald trump’s immigration order, elon musk also asked the public for suggestions for how to fix it.“please read immigration order. [let me know] specific amendments,” read a post sunday on the tesla motors inc. chief executive’s twitter account. mr. musk added that he intended to recommend changes to the policy as a member of a white house...






americans have shallow understanding of cybersecurity, survey shows


americans recognize the need for strong passwords and know that public wi-fi hot spots aren’t necessarily safe for online banking or e-commerce. but u.s. adults are not as good at recognizing email “phishing” schemes or determining if a website is encrypted, a pew survey shows.san diego — when it comes to cybersecurity, americans recognize the need for strong passwords and know that public wi-fi hot spots aren’t necessarily safe for online banking or e-commerce.but u.s. adults are not as good at recognizing email “phishing” schemes or determining if the website where they’re entering credit-card information is encrypted.that’s according to a new pew research center survey titled “what the public knows about cybersecurity.” it tallied responses from 1,055 adults last year about their unders






colin staub makes good for denver pioneers in win


university of denver sophomore right wing colin staub was one of 12 players in the pioneers’ lineup for a 5-0 national collegiate hockey conference win over omaha at magness arena on urday night who are older than nathan mackinnon, the avalanche’s 21-year-old representative at the nhl all-star festivities in los angeles this weekend.staub, who had two power-play goals and an ist in the pioneers’ romp, will turn 23 on march 26.as reflected by the wide range of ages on rosters — they can range from 18 to the mid-20s — ncaa hockey can be about biding time between high school and college, often in the united states hockey league.in staub’s case, his hiatus e after he graduated from palmer high in colorado springs and involved three full seasons with the north american hockey league’s wichita f