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Category: Sci-Tech

Google Is Quietly Recording Everything You Do

Even though this may not come as a surprise to most of you, it is still something that is happening all around us, all the time, and right under our noses: Google is quietly recording everything we do, from conversations we have over the phone and texts to videos we send and create over webcams and camera phones. As if that weren’t enough, they are even tracking our movements and logging every place we visit.

Children with high lead exposure also commit more crimes as adults…

High lead exposure during early childhood may increase the risk of a child getting suspended or jailed during their school years, according to a recent study published online on the National Bureau of Economic Research website. However, a significant decrease in lead exposure during childhood may help stem the likelihood of children getting involved in crime as an adult, the study revealed.

IBM wants to encrypt the world…

IBM, the computing giant, wants to get rid of both. The company said Monday that it has achieved a breakthrough in security technology that will allow every business, from banks to retailers to travel-booking companies, to encrypt their customer data on a massive scale — turning most, if not all, of their digital information into gibberish that is illegible to thieves with its new mainframe.

A neural switch for becoming alpha male

Researchers have identified a neural circuit in the brains of mice that plays a role in social dominance. Stimulating the neurons in this circuit significantly boosted a mouse’s chance of becoming the “winner” during aggressive encounters with other mice. Many species in the animal kingdom compete with each other to form a system of social hierarchy. From this hierarchy, a phenomenon called the “winner effect” has been observed, whereby each victory against a peer increases the victor’s probability of winning the next social dominance showdown.