The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:15pm
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – "a long time coming," according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, "paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case." The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond's key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. "As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University]," Wood said, "I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard." In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

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D’oh! Crash: The History of VR on The Simpsons

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:59pm

Turns out America's favorite family has been getting their virtual on since 1993.

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Snapchat’s Viacom Deal Is a Sign It’s About to Go Mainstream

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:49pm

Viacom’s new ad deal with the highly valued messaging service offers more proof that Snapchat is nearing the point where it tips into the mainstream.

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Jeep/Chrysler's New Gearshift Appears To Be Causing Accidents

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:33pm
bartle writes: The new gearshift design for the Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be causing rollaway accidents: 121 crashes and 30 injuries so far. The gear shifter is designed to look and feel similar to a traditional automatic gear shift lever but it is meant to cycle through the gears rather than move directly to a certain gear. A driver who is used to placing their vehicle in park by pressing the shifter all the way forward may instead be setting it to neutral before exiting the vehicle. The NHTSA is investigating.

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Star Wars Gives Disney Its Best Quarter in Company History

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:02pm

Oh, hey, thanks Rey!

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FBI Gripes "We Can't Read Everyone's Secrets"

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:52pm
New submitter rdukb writes: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigators still can't access the phone contents of one of the San Bernadino killers. He went on to argue that the phenomenon of communications "going dark" due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is "overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations, including, not only the San Bernadino murders, but also investigations into other murders, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. This might increase pressure on Apple to loosen the backdoor restrictions. Will the industry relent and allow Government access to data from these devices?

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Dear Mr. Know-It-All: Should You Delete Someone’s Facebook Account After They Die?

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:40pm

How long should you wait before shutting down someone’s Facebook account?

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Common gene variant influences food choices ... for better or worse

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:24pm
Scientists have recently discovered that for girls who are carriers of a particular gene variant (DRD4 VNTR with 7 repeats), the crucial element that influences a child's fat intake is not the gene variant itself. Instead, it is the interplay between the gene and girls' early socioeconomic environment that may determine whether they have increased fat intake or healthier than average eating compared to their peers from the same class background.
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New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:24pm
An engineering research team has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices.Their findings could open the door to the development of flexible electronic devices with applications as wide-ranging as display technology to medical imaging and renewable energy production.The transistor is easily scaled and has power-handling capabilities at least 10 times greater than commercially produced thin film transistors.
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Behind the levees: Flood risk can be higher with levees than without them

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:24pm
The long-term damage of levees can be far worse for those living behind them than if those levees were not there, a case study of the Sny Island levee district found.
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Figuring out why artificial joints fail

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:18pm
Using an advanced technology, research has begun a retrospective study to analyze joint implants that fail in the hope of improving future implants and preventing or decreasing the incidence of joint replacement failure.
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Americans recognize 'past presidents' who never were, study finds

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:18pm
Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the United States, finds a news study by memory researchers.
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Companies must adapt internal communication as demographics change, study finds

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:18pm
As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and the development of metrics to determine employee engagement, according to a new study.
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Ted Cruz Says Donald Trump Is Just a Sore Loser

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:13pm

About what you said last night ... .

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Twitter Launches Trust and Safety Council To Help Put End To Trolling

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has announced a new trust and safety council to stamp out bullying and trolling on the microblogging site. The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will initially be formed of around 40 bodies, including the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, ICT Watch, NetSafe, and Samaritans. These organisations, along with safety experts, academics and security researchers, will work to ensure a safe and secure platform for users to express themselves freely and safely. The Council's main focus will be to protect minors, encourage 'greater compassion and empathy on the internet,' and promote efforts in media literacy and digital citizenship. Community groups will also participate to help prevent online 'abuse, harassment, and bullying,' as well as mental health problems and suicide.

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Google Display Ads Going All-HTML, Will Ban Flash In 2017

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 8:34pm
Google has announced its plan for display ads to go 100% HTML 5, in hopes of reaching the widest possible audience across screens. Starting on June 30, 2016, Google will no longer accept new Flash display ads from advertisers. And on January 2, 2017, even old Flash display ads will be blocked. This move comes as no surprise, as Google has been nudging its advertisers to stop using Flash. In fact, Google is not the only one moving away from Flash in favor of HTML. Steve Jobs hated Flash, and even Adobe itself has dropped Flash for Adobe Animate.

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You–Yes, You–Can Calculate the Speed of Light Using Jupiter

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 8:27pm

Ole Roemer used the moons of Jupiter to estimate the speed of light. Here's how he did it.

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Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso ‘Family Car’ Steers With All 4 Wheels

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 8:11pm

Ferrari’s new show-off machine is outfitted with a new control system called 4RM-S, which delivers four-wheel drive, but also four-wheel steering.

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Google Hands Flash Another Major Defeat

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 8:10pm

There's an end in sight for Flash on a huge chunk of the Web.

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Raspberry Pi's Raspbian OS Finally Ships With Open-Source OpenGL Support

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 7:52pm
An anonymous reader writes: With this month's Raspbian OS update, the Debian-based operating system for the Raspberry Pi ships experimental OpenGL driver support. This driver has been developed over the past two years by a former Intel developer with having a completely open and mainline DRM kernel driver and Mesa Gallium driver to open up the Pi as a replacement to the proprietary GPU driver.

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