Should We Mine Ancient Shipwrecks to Push Science Into the Future?

Should We Mine Ancient Shipwrecks to Push Science Into the Future?

We humans are a sentimental horde, which is why we get squeamish about places where people used to live, and places where people bit the dust. But how much should we value preserving the past when it impedes our ability to move into the future? The battle over the fate of a few long-shipwrecked vessels is forcing us to confront some uncomfortable questions about progress.

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Dots gets festive with new Winter Wonderland theme

Coinciding with opening that first door on your advent calendar, Betaworks One has pushed out a festive surprise for all Dots players on iPhone and iPad. Now available from the App Store, the latest update adds a Winter Wonderland theme, playable in games modes. On top of that, Betaworks One also promises “a few bonus gifts.”

We’re also given fixes for a couple of crashes, including one related to in-app purchases and one where the app would crash on launch on devices running iOS 5. Grab it from the App Store at the link below and have a jolly old time, one and all.

    



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iRiver On Review: When Bad Apps Ruin Great Fitness Gadgets

iRiver On Review: When Bad Apps Ruin Great Fitness Gadgets

Getting detailed data about your workouts is great and all, except there’s so much cumbersome gear involved. A chest strap for your heart rate, your phone to track distance and play music, some headphones so you can listen to music in the first place and hear your training app’s voice prompts.

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Ouya’s new all-white console comes with double the storage

With the PlayStation 4 now on sale and the Xbox One hitting stores this week, news of Ouya’s latest console refresh comes at a busy time for gamers. With holidays closing in, it’s unveiled a new limited edition all-white case for its Android-powered console, also doubling the system’s internal storage to 16GB to store more games and important media. Ouya has already opened pre-orders with a $129.99 price tag ($30 more than the 8GB model), and if you order before December 8th, you should have it by Christmas. While the white model, with its expanded storage, is only available in North America, all is not lost — Ouya’s latest software update will bring support for USB storage (and many other new features) to older consoles when it arrives later this month.

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Jon Jones on mapping his future, becoming heavyweight champion and re-inventing himself

In this exclusive interview with MMA Fighting, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones discusses his relationship with the mixed martial arts fans and polarizing identity, setting new goals for himself in this new stage of his career, how the decision to fight Glover Teixeira came about, ‘dominating’ Alexander Gustafsson in their potential rematch, injuries and becoming the UFC heavyweight champion in less than three years.

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World’s top diplomats to join Iran nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif waits for the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva Switzerland, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Six world powers are dangling the prospect of easing some sanctions against Iran if Tehran agrees to curb work that could be used to make nuclear weapons. Talks resume Thursday between Iran and the six _ The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif waits for the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva Switzerland, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Six world powers are dangling the prospect of easing some sanctions against Iran if Tehran agrees to curb work that could be used to make nuclear weapons. Talks resume Thursday between Iran and the six _ The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman arrives prior to the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva Switzerland, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Six world powers are dangling the prospect of easing some sanctions against Iran if Tehran agrees to curb work that could be used to make nuclear weapons. Talks resume Thursday between Iran and the six _ The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

A general view shows participants before the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva Switzerland, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Six world powers are dangling the prospect of easing some sanctions against Iran if Tehran agrees to curb work that could be used to make nuclear weapons. Talks resume Thursday between Iran and the six _ The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, left, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, right, during a photo opportunity prior the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva Switzerland, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Six world powers are dangling the prospect of easing some sanctions against Iran if Tehran agrees to curb work that could be used to make nuclear weapons. Talks resume Thursday between Iran and the six _ The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Carney answered questions on negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program, and the ongoing rollout of the new health care law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

GENEVA (AP) — Four world powers are dispatching their top diplomats to Geneva on Friday to add their weight to negotiations aimed at putting initial limits on Iran’s ability to make atomic weapons.

French, British and German foreign ministers are joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva, who will be coming “to help narrow differences in negotiations,” according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

Negotiators were keeping details of their talks confidential. But Kerry, in comments to Israeli television, suggested Washington was looking for an Iranian commitment to stop any expansion of nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons as a first step. Tehran would be looking for significant relief from sanctions stifling its economy for such a concession.

“We are asking them to step up and provide a complete freeze over where they are today,” Kerry said Thursday.

Their decision to fly to Geneva comes after signs that global powers and Iran were close to a first-stage deal that would cap some of Iran’s suspected nuclear programs in exchange for limited relief from economic sanctions. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not plan to attend. There was no word from Beijing on any plans by the Chinese foreign minister to join his colleagues.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the first to arrive, spoke of progress, but told reporters “nothing is hard and fast yet.”

“I’ve come to Geneva to take part in the negotiations because the talks are difficult but important for regional and international security,” he said. “We are working to reach an accord which completes the first step to respond to Iran’s nuclear program.”

There has been no confirmation that an accord is within reach or details of possible elements of such a pact. But Israel is strongly critical of any deal that stops short of totally disabling Iran from making nuclear arms, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he “utterly rejects” the “bad deal” he said was in the making.

He spoke before meeting with Kerry in Jerusalem on Friday. “I understand the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva as well they should because they got everything and paid nothing,” Netanyahu told reporters.

“They wanted relief of sanctions after years of grueling sanctions, they got that. They paid nothing because they are not reducing in any way their nuclear enrichment capability. So Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal,” Netanyahu said.

“Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and defend the security of its people,” he said. Israel has frequently dangled the prospect of military action against Iran should negotiations fail to reach the deal it seeks — a total shutdown of uranium enrichment and other nuclear programs Tehran says are peaceful but which could technically be turned toward weapons.

Even if an agreement is reached, it would only be the start of a long process to reduce Iran’s potential nuclear threat, with no guarantee of ultimate success.

Still, an initial accord would mark a breakthrough after nearly a decade of mostly inconclusive talks focused on limiting, if not eliminating, Iranian atomic programs that could be turned from producing energy into making weapons.

Tehran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, told Iranian state TV on Thursday that the six — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — “clearly said that they accept the proposed framework by Iran.” He later told CNN that he thinks negotiators at the table are now “ready to start drafting” an accord that outlines specific steps to be taken.

Though Araghchi described the negotiations as “very difficult,” he told Iranian state TV that he expected agreement on details by Friday, the last scheduled round of the current talks.

The talks are primarily focused on the size and output of Iran’s enrichment program, which can create both reactor fuel and weapons-grade material suitable for a nuclear bomb. Iran insists it is pursuing only nuclear energy, medical treatments and research, but the United States and its allies fear that Iran could turn this material into the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

President Barack Obama, in an interview with NBC on Thursday, described any sanctions relief as “modest” but said core sanctions against Iran would remain in place.

“Our job is not to trust the Iranians,” Obama said. “Our job is to put in place mechanisms where we can verify what they’re doing and not doing when it comes to their nuclear program.”

International negotiators representing the six powers declined to comment on Araghchi’s statement. Bur White House spokesman Jay Carney elaborated on what the U.S. calls a “first step” of a strategy meant to ultimately contain Iran’s ability to use its nuclear program to make weapons.

An initial agreement would “address Iran’s most advanced nuclear activities; increase transparency so Iran will not be able to use the cover of talks to advance its program; and create time and space as we negotiate a comprehensive agreement,” Carney told reporters in Washington.

The six would consider “limited, targeted and reversible relief that does not affect our core sanctions,” he said, alluding to penalties crippling Tehran’s oil exports. If Iran reneges, said Carney, “the temporary, modest relief would be terminated, and we would be in a position to ratchet up the pressure even further by adding new sanctions.”

He described any temporary, initial relief of sanctions as likely “more financial rather than technical.” Diplomats have previously said initial sanction rollbacks could free Iranian funds in overseas accounts and allow trade in gold and petrochemicals.

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I Applied For An Online Payday Loan. Here’s What Happened Next

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Payday lenders made about $49 billion in high-interest loans last year. More than a third of those loans were made online. I wondered what happens when you apply for such a loan, so I decided to find out.

In the course of reporting a story earlier this year, I logged on to a site called eTaxLoan.com and filled out an application.

I asked for $500 and, to be safe, I made up an address, a name (Mary) and a Social Security number. The site asked for more sensitive stuff — a bank account number and a routing number — and I made that up, too.

In spite of the made-up information, in less than a minute, I got a response.

“Congratulations. Tremont Lending has been selected as your lender and you have been pre-approved for a loan up to $750.”

If I wanted to borrow $750 for a week, I would have had to pay $225 in interest. The site said that was an annual percentage rate of more than 1,300 percent.

I did not agree to take the loan.

But within minutes, my phone rang (I had entered my real phone number). It was a guy from Tremont Lending, in South Dakota. I told him I was a reporter, that I didn’t really want a loan, and I figured that would be the end of it. But then, I started to get more calls.

“Hi, Mary. My name is Ethan, Ethan Foster, and I’m calling from InstaLoan. And this call is regarding the loan application which you put online. It has been successfully approved by our company as a personal loan.”

And:

“This message is intended for Mary Kettler. Mary, the very second you receive this message, I need your urgent attention to return the call. My name is Tom Watson.”

For months, I got dozens of calls. Many of the callers has strong foreign accents. One caller, who said his name was Kevin, told me that Mary had been approved for a loan of up to $5,000 — 10 times what I initially asked for.

Kevin said he was from a company called Cash 4 You, which was unconnected to eTaxLoan.com. By this point, I was wholly confused. ETaxLoan had said it was a secure site, but now, many different companies had my application — and, presumably, my personal information.

It turns out there’s a huge online bidding process for such loans. ETaxLoan isn’t a lender at all, but something called a lead generator. It finds potential customers, then passes them on.

When I tried to contact eTaxLoan to learn more, I might as well have been looking for the holy grail. The company’s customer service line connected to a recording that said “due to an overwhelming response to great loans,” it could not take calls. The site lists an address in Delaware — but the company isn’t at that address. I spent days trying to find the company’s physical location, without success.

And when I tried to call back the people who had offered me loans, I couldn’t get through.

But eventually, I did find someone willing to talk about the business. Jack Murray heads Fix Media Group, in Virginia, which has a site called wefixmoney.com. Murray says his company — not unlike eTaxLoan — is really a marketing firm.

“We are a matching service, just like an Expedia is for a travel company or a Hotels.com is for a hotel company,” Murray says.

But instead of matching travelers with hotels, Murray matches those who need cash — and can’t get it elsewhere — with those willing to lend.

For that, he might get anywhere from $1 to $100 per lead. Murray draws a big distinction between his company and others in the business. He says he’s completely above board and works only with partners he trusts.

“We have a pretty limited network of lenders and we know what each of our lenders is looking for,” he says. “So whether it’s a certain state or other qualifications or characteristics of the customer, it will match the appropriate lender based on those things.”

Murray says neither he nor his lenders resell personal data, like the kind I submitted. But he says that others do, and that’s likely what happened in my case. It doesn’t take long online to discover there’s a whole network of people trying to buy and sell payday loan leads.

None of this surprises Benjamin Lawsky, the superintendent of financial services for New York State and one of many regulators trying to clamp down on payday lending.

“Once you made that application, you basically sent up a red flag with them that you are someone in need of this money and you need it on a short-term basis,” he told me. “That’s when the vultures come out.”

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Springer will publish lecture series with the Mathematical Biosciences Institute

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Books in tutorial series demonstrate applications of mathematical sciences to life sciences

Springer and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) in the US have signed a publishing agreement to collaborate on the Mathematical Biosciences Institute Graduate Lecture Series. The lecture series consists of readable, up-to-date collections of authored volumes that are tutorial in nature and are inspired by annual programs at the MBI. Publication will commence in early 2014.

The purpose of the MBI Graduate Lecture Series is to provide curricular materials that illustrate the applications of the mathematical sciences to the life sciences. The collections are organized as independent volumes, each one suitable for use as a two-week module in standard graduate courses in the mathematical sciences. They are written in a style accessible to researchers, professionals and graduate students. The MBI Graduate Lecture Series can also serve as an introduction for researchers to recent and emerging subject areas in the mathematical biosciences.

All books in the lecture series will be available as eBooks on Springer’s online platform, SpringerLink (link.springer.com), and in print. The Mathematical Biosciences Institute has editorial oversight of the series and Springer will publish, market and sell the books. Approximately five to eight books are planned each year.

Marty Golubitsky, Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, said, “Interaction between the mathematical and life sciences is rapidly expanding to the benefit of both disciplines. The MBI Graduate Lecture Series aims to accessibly showcase some of the recent and exciting research at this interface.”

Achi Dosanjh, Senior Editor Mathematics at Springer, said, “Springer is delighted to be working with the Mathematical Biosciences Institute to provide professional publishing, international marketing and distribution services for the MBI lectures.”

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Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe especially in Germany and the Netherlands primarily for physicians and professionals working in healthcare and road safety education. Springer published roughly 2,200 English-language journals and more than 8,000 new books in 2012, and the group is home to the world’s largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. In 2012, Springer Science+Business Media S.A. generated sales of approximately EUR 981 million. The group employs more than 7,000 individuals across the globe.



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Springer and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) in the US have signed a publishing agreement to collaborate on the Mathematical Biosciences Institute Graduate Lecture Series. The lecture series consists of readable, up-to-date collections of authored volumes that are tutorial in nature and are inspired by annual programs at the MBI. Publication will commence in early 2014.

The purpose of the MBI Graduate Lecture Series is to provide curricular materials that illustrate the applications of the mathematical sciences to the life sciences. The collections are organized as independent volumes, each one suitable for use as a two-week module in standard graduate courses in the mathematical sciences. They are written in a style accessible to researchers, professionals and graduate students. The MBI Graduate Lecture Series can also serve as an introduction for researchers to recent and emerging subject areas in the mathematical biosciences.

All books in the lecture series will be available as eBooks on Springer’s online platform, SpringerLink (link.springer.com), and in print. The Mathematical Biosciences Institute has editorial oversight of the series and Springer will publish, market and sell the books. Approximately five to eight books are planned each year.

Marty Golubitsky, Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, said, “Interaction between the mathematical and life sciences is rapidly expanding to the benefit of both disciplines. The MBI Graduate Lecture Series aims to accessibly showcase some of the recent and exciting research at this interface.”

Achi Dosanjh, Senior Editor Mathematics at Springer, said, “Springer is delighted to be working with the Mathematical Biosciences Institute to provide professional publishing, international marketing and distribution services for the MBI lectures.”

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The Mathematical Biosciences Institute fosters innovation in the application of mathematical, statistical, and computational methods in the resolution of significant problems in the biosciences. In addition, the institute encourages the development of new areas in the mathematical sciences motivated by important questions in the biosciences. To accomplish this mission, MBI holds many weeklong research workshops each year, trains postdoctoral fellows and sponsors a variety of educational programs.

Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe especially in Germany and the Netherlands primarily for physicians and professionals working in healthcare and road safety education. Springer published roughly 2,200 English-language journals and more than 8,000 new books in 2012, and the group is home to the world’s largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. In 2012, Springer Science+Business Media S.A. generated sales of approximately EUR 981 million. The group employs more than 7,000 individuals across the globe.



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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9, Pebbles, Kindles, Chromecasts, Moto X [Deals]

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9, Pebbles, Kindles, Chromecasts, Moto X [Deals]

Audio-Technica has announced that they’ll be offering a $50 rebate on their fantastic ATH-ANC9 headphones. I’m currently wearing a pair of ATH-M50′s, which are my favorite headphones ever, one of the most popular items we ever listed deals on, and the headphone of choice around the office. Wireless, or wired with phone controls, can be used to make calls with built-in mic, $50 off MSRP before the $50 rebate. [Amazon]

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Space Gray iPad Air hands-on photo gallery

It’s here! Since the UK is in the future, we’ve got our hands on our very own iPad Air in the fetching Space Gray color we’re now so fond of. This is literally fresh out of the box, and we’ll be back with a ton of content throughout the day, but we figured you might be interested in a few snapshots!

Apple has done a really fantastic job slimming down the form factor, and even from just a few moments with the iPad Air, it feels nicer to hold. Not so large, not so thick and not so heavy. The difference is noticeable, and I think a lot of you are going to be really happy with it! Keep on clicking for the photo gallery, and if you’re still waiting in line somewhere drop into the comments and let me know what you’re waiting to get!

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Apple’s full-sized iPad gets slimmed down. Features include:

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