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New Study Evaluates Radiation Risks Of Airport X-Ray Screeners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed 486 full body scanners in U.S. airports and plans to install another 1000 by the end of 2011.  Besides the privacy issues that have become quite controversial, there has been concern over the amount of radiation these scanners emit and what their potential is for increasing risk of serious health problems.

 


Relief Yourself - A One-Stop Disaster Relief Center

A new application has been designed to provide as much disaster relief as possible in one place.

Unclear On Nuclear? Try Thorium - Nuclear Energy Without The Side Effects

Thorium is a safer and more abundant nuclear energy source than uranium. So where are the reactors?

Social Media 'Sock Puppet' Impostors OK'd By Military

How many remember the flack that emerged when someone impersonated the Dalai Lama two years back leading the Twitter founders to believe they could create "enlightenment in 140 characters" - only to learn he was an impostor leaving them no recourse but to exile him from the site. Well, now the government is condoning this activity as they enter the game of creating 'fake online identities' in hopes of using social media to counter anti-U.S. messaging around the world.

For He's A Jolly Google Fellow - Google Takes A Stance On Climate Change

Google announces 21 Google Science Communication Fellows, who have been charged to spread the word about climate change.

Pass The Bill - Giving Your Representative An Informed Opinion

POPVOX gives you the facts, and allows you to petition your representative without partisan interference.

Life On The Death Star - Shooting Lasers At Space Junk

Scientists want to shoot all the space junk out of the sky, just like Darth Vader taking pot shots at X-wings.

Positive Enforcement - The Military Wants To Make Friends

The military is being taught how to win friends and influence people.

iWallet Bills Itself As High-Tech Way To Keep Your Money From Going Missing

New from the iWallet corporation is - you guessed it from the name - the iWallet! Playing off of the popular "i" trend, the company has created what it says is a remarkably secure update to the standard wallet concept.


Earthquake Damaged Japanese Nuclear Plant has a Shaky History

The devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan on March 10 of 2011 affected many nuclear power plants in the region. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is of special concern, not only due to damage to its cooling system but because of the plant's somewhat dubious safety record.

Lost Your Android? It's No Problem If You've Got Seek Droid

Now here's an app that we can all definitely use! If you're the type of person who often loses (or misplaces) your phone then Seek Droid might just be what you need. It's a $0.99 investment that can help you safeguard the personal information and data on your Android should it fall into the hands of the wrong person.

Lemelson-MIT Awards RPI Student For New Bomb Detection Method

A doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing a new technique for detecting hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous materials from a safe distance.

 


Slamming Scamming Spammers - How To Identify Anonymous Email Authors

Spammers are on notice: you can run, but you cannot hide. Although you spend so much time at the computer, you probably can't run far.

New Study Reveals How TV Influences Your Fear Of Crime

It seems like there are more crime dramas, more violent movies, and especially more true crime TV shows than ever before. And then there is the daily local, national, and international reports of crime.  While clearly crime pays the TV networks, what effects does it have on viewers?

Social Media Stars Are A Million To One: Kutcher vs Sheen

The Twitterverse is home to many and like the real world, it allows for different opportunities dependent on your rank, file and serial number. In the case of celebrities it's proven to be fertile ground for real-time soap-box messaging, instant ego gratification as well as becoming a lucrative revenue-generator. Racing to a million followers has become sport for the elite and us mere mortals seem to enjoy watching it from the sidelines - even though most of us have no shot at ever reaching a million followers in our lifetimes.

Social Media Chink In Facebook's Privacy Armor Shows Support For Gaddafi?

Social media is based on engaging with others you choose to engage with. Ever since Facebook's Open Graph commandeered its way onto the digital highway, we've been asked to rethink how we can become more accessible by relinquishing more and more of our private data. After all, this is the 21st Century and FB should have the right to redefine what today's interpretation of privacy means. Hold it right there, Mr. Zuckerberg. Not so fast!

Big Brother Is Watching You, And You, And You... - Cameras That Know Who You Are

Now cameras can tell who and where you are better than ever before. Feeling secure?

Google Trades In One Engine For Another That Drives Itself?

It's been long noted that Google's inability to develop an effective social media network has been a definite chink in the search giant's armor, leaving way for Facebook to potentially surpass them as this decades Internet leader. Yet Google seems to have all the time in the world for pet projects such as artificial intelligence, energy plants and now even a car that can drives itself - talk about giving a whole new meaning what a "search engine" is capable of.

Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

Handler's Beliefs May Cause Search Dog's False Results

Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs.  The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.