Bitcoin falls 20 percent after China pullback
SHANGHAI — Baidu, China’s biggest search engine, stopped accepting Bitcoins after the nation’s central bank barred financial institutions from handling transactions, triggering a drop in the virtual currency.Continued ...
FBI uses malware to get info on suspects
WASHINGTON — The man who called himself “Mo” had dark hair, a foreign accent and — if the pictures he emailed to federal investigators could be believed — an Iranian military uniform. When he made a series of threats to detonate bombs at universities and airports across a wide swath of the United States last year, police had to scramble every time.Continued ...
Study: Gut microbes link to autism-like symptoms in mice
Many physicians and parents report that their autistic children have unusually severe gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic constipation or diarrhea. These observations have led some researchers to speculate that an ailing gut contributes to the disorder in some cases, but scientific data has been lacking. Now, a provocative study claims that a probiotic treatment for gastrointestinal issues can reduce autism-like symptoms in mice and suggests that this treatment could work for humans, too.Continued ...
Google, Facebook, payroll accounts targeted in major password theft, security experts say
Hackers using malicious software have scooped up the usernames and passwords for about 2 million accounts on some of the most popular sites in the Web, including Facebook and Google, security researchers say.Continued ...
Jay Z is going vegan for 21 days. Is this good for veganism?
Earlier this week, Jay Z made an important announcement on his website: “On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!” Hova joins a long roster of celebrities — Oprah, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zooey Deschanel — who have temporarily forsaken all animal products. Perhaps in part because of its most visible advocates, veganism retains an aura of girliness — real men, according to a persistent and stupid stereotype, eat meat. But unlike most famous vegans, Jay Z has machismo to burn. Could Jay’s decision to go vegan for a few weeks be an effective antidote to veganism’s effete image?Continued ...
Report: Abrupt climate change still looming
Climate change poses little threat of causing greenhouse gases to gush from the Arctic or the Gulf Stream to slosh to a stop, at least in this century, concludes a report released Tuesday by a committee of the National Research Council (NRC). But the uncertainties associated with passing tipping points in the climate system are dangerously large, the NRC committee finds. To remedy that, the committee recommends the creation of an early warning system to alert policymakers to new threats of abrupt change and, of course, further research to reduce those uncertainties.Continued ...
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