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« Reply #10665 on: May 13th, 2014, 5:29pm »

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« Reply #10670 on: May 14th, 2014, 08:55am »

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« Reply #10671 on: May 14th, 2014, 08:58am »

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Human learning altered by electrical stimulation of dopamine neurons

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May 13, 2014

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Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania. A report in the Journal of Neuroscience describes for the first time that human learning can be modified by stimulation of dopamine-containing neurons in a deep brain structure known as the substantia nigra. Researchers suggest that the stimulation may have altered learning by biasing individuals to repeat physical actions that resulted in reward.

"Stimulating the substantia nigra as participants received a reward led them to repeat the action that preceded the reward, suggesting that this brain region plays an important role in modulating action-based associative learning," said co-senior author Michael Kahana, PhD, professor of Psychology in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences.

Eleven study participants were all undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatment for Parkinson's disease. During an awake portion of the procedure, participants played a computer game where they chose between pairs of objects that carried different reward rates (like choosing between rigged slot machines in a casino). The objects were displayed on a computer screen and participants made selections by pressing buttons on hand-held controllers. When they got a reward, they were shown a green screen and heard a sound of a cash register (as they might in a casino). Participants were not told which objects were more likely to yield reward, but that their task was to figure out which ones were "good" options based on trial and error.

When stimulation was provided in the substantia nigra following reward, participants tended to repeat the button press that resulted in a reward. This was the case even when the rewarded object was no longer associated with that button press, resulting in poorer performance on the game when stimulation was given (48 percent accuracy), compared to when stimulation was not given (67 percent).

"While we've suspected, based on previous studies in animal models, that these dopaminergic neurons in the substainia nigra -- play an important role in reward learning, this is the first study to demonstrate in humans that electrical stimulation near these neurons can modify the learning process," said the study's co-senior author Gordon Baltuch, MD, PhD, professor of Neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "This result also has possible clinical implications through modulating pathological reward-based learning, for conditions such as substance abuse or problem gambling, or enhancing the rehabilitation process in patients with neurological deficits."

The research team included lead study author Ashwin Ramayya, a Neuroscience MD/PhD student at Penn, along with Amrit Misra from Drexel University. The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health (MH55687).

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Nasa's Curiosity Rover Captures 'Cigar-Shaped' UFO Orbiting Mars

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13 May 2014



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UFO enthusiasts have spotted a "cigar-shaped" UFO orbiting the planet Mars, while looking through photographs taken by Nasa's Curiosity Rover earlier this month.

Curiosity has been exploring the Gale Crater on Mars since 2012, tasked with the mission of investigating the Martian climate and geology to assess whether a selected field site inside Gale Crater can offer environmental conditions suitable for microbial life.

Raw images are taken by the Mars Rover during its explorations based on commands issued by the mission team. There are a total of 147,901 images uploaded onto Nasa's Mars Science Laboratory website, and these images can only be relayed back to Earth when orbiters pass over the Rover.

On 4 May, the Rover's right-hand side navigation camera picked up a long, thin white object hovering in the air for about 16 minutes.

According to UFO Sightings Daily blogger Scott Waring, a teacher living in Taiwan who has authored a few books on UFOs, time-travel and young adult fantasy fiction, the UFO is the same one that was captured on camera by Curiosity on 28 April.

"NASA photos used to have high detailed descriptions, but not these rover photos. NASA tries not to give a lot of details in case a photo surfaces with something they cannot and will not explain, like these six images, five having a UFO in them," he writes in a blog post.

"I took the photos and enlarged them from 3kb size to 19kb size in order to show the true detail of the photo. I am not a NASA scientist and should not have to do this.

"They get photos from the rover that are always 1MB at the smallest and upwards of 600MB in size in HD detail, so why does NASA put up these tiny images for the public to view, when they have such massive sized originals? It shows NASA's obliviousness to the needs of the people."

User UFOvni2012 on YouTube has also spotted the UFO captured by Mars, and created a video putting Nasa's images together, that shows the unidentified object landing in the Gale Crater and flying through the air.

The video also points out UFOs behind the cigar-shaped object moving through the atmosphere as well.

Could the objects in the Nasa photos be the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite that orbits Mars to pick up data from the Curiosity Rover, or a UFO?

Would-be space explorers can view a wide range of Mars images taken by both the Orbiter and the Curiosity Rover in the Multimedia section of Nasa's Mars website. (http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/)

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Another object crashes into a house:


Western NC man perplexed after ‘UFO’ crashes through roof

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EDNEYVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man is perplexed after an unidentified flying chunk of metal crashed through his roof and ceiling on Monday, according to WLOS.
The four-inch by four-inch two-pound piece of metal created a bowling ball-sized hole in the ceiling and was on the floor when Bob Poer walked into his home on Monday.

Poer told WLOS he found the metal part about 8-feet away from his bed.
“According to the police and fire department, they think it had to come from an airplane. A lot of planes go across here,” Poer said.

However, the FAA told WLOS the part did not come from an airplane.

Poer was initially hesitant to pick up the metal object for fear it was radioactive. Officials later confirmed the object was not radioactive.
Officials have still not determined where the piece of metal originated.

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Files Uncovered: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army

By Klaus Wiegrefe
14 May 2014

For nearly six decades, the 321-page file lay unnoticed in the archives of the BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency -- but now its contents have revealed a new chapter of German postwar history that is as spectacular as it is mysterious.

The previously secret documents reveal the existence of a coalition of approximately 2,000 former officers -- veterans of the Nazi-era Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS -- who decided to put together an army in postwar Germany in 1949. They made their preparations without a mandate from the German government, without the knowledge of the parliament and, the documents show, by circumventing Allied occupation forces.

The goal of the retired officers: to defend nascent West Germany against Eastern aggression in the early stages of the Cold War and, on the domestic front, deploy against the Communists in the event of a civil war. It collected information about left-wing politicians like Social Democrat (SPD) Fritz Erler, a key player in reforming the party after World War II, and spied on students like Joachim Peckert, who later became a senior official at the West German Embassy in Moscow during the 1970s.

The new discovery was brought about by a coincidence. Historian Agilolf Kesselring found the documents -- which belonged to the Gehlen Organization, the predecessor to the current foreign intelligence agency -- while working for an Independent Historical Commission hired by the BND to investigate its early history. Similar commissions have been hired by a number of German authorties in recent years, including the Finance and Foreign Ministries to create an accurate record of once hushed-up legacies.

Kesselring uncovered the documents, which were given the strange title of "Insurances," while trying to determine the number of workers employed by the BND.

Instead of insurance papers, Kesselring stumbled upon what can now be considered the most significant discovery of the Independent Historical Commission. The study he wrote based on the discovery was released this week.

An Ease in Undermining Democracy

The file is incomplete and thus needs to be considered with some restraint. Even so, its contents testify to the ease with which democratic and constitutional standards could be undermined in the early years of West Germany's existence.

According to the papers, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer didn't find out about the existence of the paramilitary group until 1951, at which point he evidently did not decide to break it up.

In the event of a war, the documents claimed, the secret army would include 40,000 fighters. The involvement of leading figures in Germany's future armed forces, the Bundeswehr, are an indication of just how serious the undertaking was likely to have been.

Among its most important actors was Albert Schnez. Schnez was born in 1911 and served as a colonel in World War II before ascending the ranks of the Bundeswehr, which was founded in 1955. By the end of the 1950s he was part of the entourage of then Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss (CDU) and later served the German army chief under Chancellor Willy Brandt and Defense Minister Helmut Schmidt (both of the SPD).

Statements by Schnez quoted in the documents suggest that the project to build a clandestine army was also supported by Hans Speidel -- who would become the NATO Supreme Commander of the Allied Army in Central Europe in 1957 -- and Adolf Heusinger, the first inspector general of the Bundeswehr.

Kesselring, the historian, has a special connection to military history: His grandfather Albert was a general field marshal and southern supreme commander in the Third Reich, with Schnez as his subordinate "general of transportation" in Italy. Both men tried to prevent Germany's partial surrender in Italy.

In his study, Kesselring lets Schnez off easily: He doesn't mention his ties to the right-wing milieu, and he describes his spying on supposed left-wingers as "security checks." When asked about it, the historian explains that he will deal with these aspects of the file in a comprehensive study in the coming year. But the BND has recently released the "Insurances" files, making it possible to paint an independent picture.

The army project began in the postwar period in Swabia, the region surrounding Stuttgart, where then 40-year-old Schnez traded in wood, textiles and household items and, on the side, organized social evenings for the veterans of the 25th Infantry Division, in which he had served. They helped one another out, supported the widows and orphans of colleagues and spoke about times old and new.

Fears of Attack from the East

But their debates always returned to the same question: What should be done if the Russians or their Eastern European allies invade? West Germany was still without an army at the time, and the Americans had removed many of their GIs from Europe in 1945.

At first, Schnez' group considered allowing themselves to be defeated and then leading partisan warfare from behind the lines, before relocating somewhere outside of Germany. In the event of a sudden attack from the East, an employee with the Gehlen Organization would later write, Schnez wanted to withdraw his troops and bring them to safety outside of Germany. They would then wage the battle to free Germany from abroad.

To prepare a response to the potential threat, Schnez, the son of a Swabian government official, sought to found an army. Even though it violated Allied law -- military or "military-like" organizations were banned, and those who contravened the rules risked life in prison -- it quickly became very popular.

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Whistleblowers Beware: Apps Like Whisper and Secret Will Rat You Out

By Andy Greenberg
05.14.14 | 3:45 pm

Anonymously spilling personal gossip and corporate secrets online is all fun and games–until someone gets a subpoena.

Startups like Secret and Whisper have defined a buzzy new category of social media, attracting millions of users and tens of millions of dollars in venture capital investments with the promise of allowing anyone to communicate with anonymity. But when it comes to actually revealing corporate and government secrets–a “whistleblowing” function that the two services either implicitly or explicitly condone–users should read the fine print.

For all their vaunted anonymity, both companies collect enough information to easily identify their secret-sharers, and both have exceptions written into their terms of service that allow them to rat out their private users at the first whiff of legal controversy.

Legal and security experts who reviewed those terms of service for WIRED say that broad exceptions in their anonymity protections make the companies’ services legal scandals waiting to happen at best. And at worst, they’re a trap for anyone who uses them to spill secrets that violate an NDA or a security clearance. “They say you can use this app to tell the world whatever you want to anonymously, but when you start reading the privacy policy, you realize it’s not all that anonymous,” says Runa Sandvik, staff technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology and a former developer for the anonymity software Tor. “As soon as law enforcements asks, they’ll turn over information about who said what and when.”

The Big Caveat

In the second paragraph of the Whisper’s privacy policy, for instance, the company reserves the right to reveal everything it knows about a user in a range of situations that seem to include a law enforcement investigation, a subpoena in a civil lawsuit, or simply an accusation of “wrongdoing” on the service. “WhisperText may preserve any transmittal or communication by you through the Service, or any service offered through the Service, and may disclose that information if legally required to do so or if WhisperText determines that the disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce these Terms or to protect any rights hereunder or to respond to claims of wrongdoing by others,” the policy says.

Secret offers a similar caveat in its privacy policy, warning that it will share information about its users “in response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with any applicable law, regulation or legal process, or as otherwise required by any applicable law, rule or regulation.”

Later in the policy, the company explains “How We Respond to Subpoenas from Courts,” an even stronger red flag. “We have taken great effort to build strong security and encryption architecture to keep your Posts completely anonymized,” the policy says. “While it is difficult to access, it is still technically possible for us to connect your Posts with your email address, phone number, or other personal data you have provided to us. This means that if a court asks us to disclose your identity, we may be compelled to do so.”

To be fair, both services don’t have much choice in the matter: In many cases, they’re legally compelled to comply with search warrants and subpoenas, says Hanni Fakhoury, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. But “it’s the doublespeak that’s problematic,” Fakhoury adds. “You have to be very careful about selling a program as a secure way to secretly communicate, and then reserve the right to turn over that information whenever necessary.”

Whisper and Secret could simply not collect users’ identifying information in the first place. But while neither service actually requires a user to share his name or telephone number upon registration, both say they collect other information from users, such as unique device identifiers for mobile phones, IP addresses, browser cookies, the user’s internet service provider, and plenty of other data that can be used to finger a secret-spiller. Secret even admits in its privacy policy that its website ignores the advertising industry’s “do not track” option built into browsers.

Calling All Whistleblowers

Apps like Whisper and Secret still don’t seem to have entirely figured out their intended usecase, and the notion that anyone would share real secrets on the services may seem farfetched. But at a panel discussion last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Whisper CEO Michael Heyward described the company’s efforts to give a voice to exactly that sort of whistleblower, describing someone who “comes on to the service and says I work at the NSA and your president is abusing his constitutional powers and illegally reading your emails and listening to your phone calls.”

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