Judge: NSA Snooping Is "Almost Orwellian"
Today marks the first major legal setback for the NSA wiretapping program.
In the first major legal setback for the NSA wiretapping program exposed last spring by Edward Snowden, a federal district court judge ruled today that the program "implicates the Fourth Amendment each time a government official monitors" an American citizen's phone calls. When the Supreme Court ruled that collecting metadata does not violate the Constitution in 1979, Judge Richard Leon wrote, it could not have imagined the wealth of data packed into a modern smartphone:
Put simply, people in 2013 have an entirely different relationship with phones that they did thirty years ago...This rapid and monumental shift toward a cell phone-centric culture means that the metadata from each person's phone "reflects a wealth of details about her familial, political, professional, religious, and sexual associations"...that could not be gleaned from data collection in 1979.
Judge Leon did not mince words:
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Neuroscience is working to conquer some of the human body's cruelest conditions: Paralysis, brain disease, and schizophrenia.
- Neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia.
- Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs. It rewires neural messages from the brain's motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person's own muscles.
- Deep brain stimulation is another wonder of neuroscience that can effectively manage brain conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson's, and may one day mitigate schizophrenia so people can live normal, independent lives.
As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.
- The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
- But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
- Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
A recent study gives new meaning to the saying "fake it 'til you make it."
- The study involves four experiments that measured individuals' socioeconomic status, overconfidence and actual performance.
- Results consistently showed that high-class people tend to overestimate their abilities.
- However, this overconfidence was misinterpreted as genuine competence in one study, suggesting overestimating your abilities can have social advantages.
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