The man thought he had swallowed it. But he hadn’t.
Nose pickers are often said to be digging for gold. But a 48-year-old Australian man needed an entirely different kind of nugget mined from his schnoz.
Doctors excavated from the man's right nasal cavity a 19mm×11mm rock-hard mass—the calcified remains of a small amount of marijuana he tried to smuggle into prison a startling 18 years earlier.
The man's nose stone—reported this month in the journal BMJ Case Reports—is a rare example of illicit drugs causing a rhinolith, which are rare on their own. Rhinoliths are stone-like concretions formed by the gradual buildup of salts around things not normally found in the nose. The term rhinolith comes from the Greek rhino (meaning nose) and lithos (meaning stone). They're estimated to show up in 1 out of 10,000 outpatient visits to an ear, nose, and throat doctor.
Inquiring lawsuits want to know what the DOJ, DEA, & FBI are using the tech for.
The use of facial recognition has spread from photo albums and social media to airports, doorbells, schools, and law enforcement. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union wants top US agencies to share records detailing what face data they're collecting and what they're doing with it.
The ACLU in January submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI seeking records relating to the agencies' "use of face recognition programs and other biometric identification and tracking technology." Almost 10 months later, the ACLU has received no response. And so the organization today filed suit against all three agencies, seeking the records.
The records are "important to assist the public in understanding the government's use of highly invasive biometric identification and tracking technologies," says the complaint, filed in federal court in Massachusetts. Through the records, the ACLU seeks to "understand and inform the public about, among other things, how face recognition and other biometric identification technologies are currently being used by the government and what, if any, safeguards are currently in place to prevent their abuse and protect core constitutional rights."
Huawei’s next Android tablet could be a high-end model with support for a digital pen and a keyboard cover — which would help explain why Evan Blass says the tablet will have a new name. Goodbye Huawei MediaPad. Hello Huawei MatePad Pro. Th…
Huawei’s next Android tablet could be a high-end model with support for a digital pen and a keyboard cover — which would help explain why Evan Blass says the tablet will have a new name. Goodbye Huawei MediaPad. Hello Huawei MatePad Pro. The name’s not the only thing that’s new though — a series of […]
Inferring what ancient humans were like by examining gene control sequences we didn’t get from them.
John Capra, a research scientist at Vanderbilt University, wants to know how evolution has shaped our genomes and how differences in genetics can account for differences in species. In his latest work, he tries to get a better sense of what ancient humans—Neanderthals and Denisovans—may have been like. This has been difficult because there is only so much that scientists can glean about biological traits from fossils and DNA. And it's not much.
Capra's new study takes advantage of the fact that Neanderthals interbred with modern humans (yes, Jean Auel was a prescient genius). Collectively, we have about a third of the Neanderthal genome scattered across our cells' nuclei, or at least Eurasian populations do. Most of this Neanderthal DNA is in regions that don't encode proteins, a category that includes gene regulatory regions that dictate where, when, and how much a gene is expressed.
Ancient vs. modern
Much of the Neanderthal DNA that has been retained in the modern genome influences the immune system, hair and skin, and neurological development. But to figure out which genetic regions have divergent regulatory effects in ancient and modern humans, Capra's lab didn't look at the Neanderthal DNA sequences that modern humans got. It looked at the sequences we didn't get.
The 2017 incident occurred shortly after Trump named Rudy cybersecurity advisor.
On January 12, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump named Rudy Giuliani to be his cybersecurity advisor. A month later, on February 7, Giuliani walked into a San Francisco Apple Store with a problem: his iPhone had gotten locked down after 10 unsuccessful passcode attempts, NBC reports.
iPhones are designed to become permanently inaccessible after 10 failed login attempts. Rudy—who is now Trump's personal lawyer—had little choice but to wipe the phone and start over.
"Proceeded with DFU [device firmware update] restore and will set up the phone again from a current iCloud backup," an Apple store employee wrote in Apple's internal database.
MSI is expanding its line of affordable thin and light laptops with the release of the new MSI Modern 15. Measuring just 0.6 inches thick and weighing about 3.5 pounds, it’s a bit heavier than the 2.6 pound MSI Modern 14 that launched a few month…
MSI is expanding its line of affordable thin and light laptops with the release of the new MSI Modern 15. Measuring just 0.6 inches thick and weighing about 3.5 pounds, it’s a bit heavier than the 2.6 pound MSI Modern 14 that launched a few months ago. But it’s still pretty compact for a notebook with […]
This design would blow away the foldable competition. Is it real, though?
The inside screen in all its glory. Check out the curved display sides! Look at that notch! [credit:
Update 6:30pm ET:Evan Blass has dropped even more images of the new Razr on his private Twitter account (which you can see above), and these are much more revealing than the initially-published images. We actually get clear views of the inner and outer screen now, which shows clearly that, yes, the inside of the phone houses one long, skinny, flexible display.
A notch at the top houses the earpiece and front facing camera, and theres a complicated-looking hinge mechanism in the middle. The display looks unlike anything else on the market, with an absolutely wild curve happening on the top and bottom edges of the display. The aspect ratio is tall and skinny—it seems like it's way taller than 21:9, but the angled images make it hard to tell exactly. If we take a rough measurement of the Motorola's patent drawings, which provide a front view, we get 23:9.
So far, this looks like a very faithful recreation of the original Razr phone, and this new incarnation does really come to market, is that a good design? Is a tall, skinny screen really appropriate for Android, which was primarily designed for 16:9 devices? Will that bottom chin get in the way of navigation gestures or buttons, which in a modern smartphone now live at the very bottom of the screen?
Openload, one of the largest file-hosting sites on the Internet, has seemingly lost control of its domain names. Openload.co and several related domains, including those of Streamcherry and Streamango, now show a banner suggesting that they have been taken over by global anti-piracy coalition ACE.
With millions of regular visitors, file-hosting site Openload generates more traffic than popular streaming services such as Hulu or HBO Go.
While the site has plenty of legal uses it is also a thorn in the side of many copyright holders, due to the frequent appearance of pirated content.
This pirate stigma most recently resulted in a mention on the US Government’s list of “Notorious Markets”.
Today the site’s regular users are welcomed with a rather unpleasant surprise. Instead of the usual interface, allowing them to access the latest videos, they see a message from the global anti-piracy alliance ACE.
“The website is no longer available due to copyright infringement. You will be redirected to alliance4creativity.com,” it reads.
A closer look at the DNS information shows that the domain name now points to the ns3.films.org and ns4.films.org nameservers, which have been used in the past for similar seizures.
Whether the ‘takeover’ is limited to just the domains or whether any additional property has also been seized is unknown at the moment. TorrentFreak reached out to ACE to confirm or deny their involvement along with a request for additional detail, but the Alliance didn’t immediately reply.
It appears, however, that Openload.co, and many related Openload domains such as oload.cc, oload.club and oload.download, openload.pw and oloadcdn.net are not the only affected domains.
With millions of daily visitors, the redirects are causing trouble for the ACE website too, which is slowing down and returning errors regularly. This is no surprise, as Openload.co alone has an estimated 65 million visits per month, according to SimilarWeb.
Without official confirmation, there is always a possibility that the domain redirects are the result of a hostile takeover or elaborate prank, but thus far all signs point towards ACE being behind the development.
This is a breaking story, we will add or update the article if and when new information becomes available.
Plus deals on Apple Watch Series 3, USB-C PD chargers, LEGO kits, and more.
Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of discounts and price drops. Today's list is headlined by a deal on the 128GB variant of Apple's 6th-gen iPad, which is down to $299 at Walmart as of this writing. That matches the price we saw during Amazon's Prime Day event, and this price tag comes in about $30 below the typical price we've seen whenever the tablet has been discounted in the past year.
The big caveat here is that Apple recently replaced this iPad with a new model, which starts at $329 for a 32GB model. That 7th-gen iPad bumps up the screen size from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches and adds support for Apple's Smart Connector port, meaning it can use Apple's Smart Keyboard accessory instead of solely relying on Bluetooth keyboards. It also bumps up the RAM from 2GB to 3GB.
Other than that, though, this older model performs almost identically to the new one. It has the same A10 processor, the same camera and battery specs, the same Lightning port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the same iPadOS software. It's also saddled with the same non-laminated display and relatively dated design. Springing more for an iPad Air (or a refurbished 10.5-inch iPad Pro) will bring you a noticeable hardware upgrade, the 10.2-inch iPad may grant you an extra year of iPadOS support down the road, and it's always possible Black Friday will bring prices down further. But if you just want an affordable iPad and value the extra storage, this is a good value.