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NO MERE NUISANCE … MOSQUITOES

No mere nuisance … mosquitoes The great science writer Isaac Asimov was stumped by the mosquito. “Human beings can easily destroy every elephant on earth, but we are helpless against the mosquito,” he wrote. Indeed, the minuscule bloodsuckers kill hundreds of thousands of humans each year, earning the notorious distinction of being the Read more…

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A PHARMA CO THAT SPENT $500,000 TRYING TO KEEP THC ILLEGAL JUST GOT DEA APPROVAL FOR SYNTHETIC THC

Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that was one of the chief financial backers of the opposition to marijuana legalization in Arizona last year, received preliminary approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week for Syndros, a synthetic marijuana drug. Insys gave $500,000 last summer to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the group opposing marijuana legalization in Arizona. The Read more…

Hack causes pacemakers to deliver life-threatening shocks
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HACK CAUSES PACEMAKERS TO DELIVER LIFE THREATENING SHOCKS

Researchers criticize device-maker Medtronic for slow response Lucien Monfils / Wikimedia Life-saving pacemakers manufactured by Medtronic don’t rely on encryption to safeguard firmware updates, a failing that makes it possible for hackers to remotely install malicious wares that threaten patients’ lives, security researchers said Thursday. At the Black Hat security Read more…