Why Some GMO Foods Don’t Have Genetically Modified DNA

sugarcandiesif I hear someone say “GMO ingredient” one more time, my head will probably explode in cloud of neural fireworks. When someone thinks that sugar or insulin from a genetically modified organism is somehow different from sugar or insulin from another source, I am tempted to bang my head against the wall. Combine these misconceptions into one person with an extreme lack of understanding about genetics and we emerge with a self-righteous food warrior, bearing an appeal to nature in one hand and the overconfidence effect in the other.
As Ken Ross, the CEO of Global ID (which owns FoodChainID, that allows consumers to scan products to determine if they are genetically modified or not), told NPR: there is “no DNA left” in oils or sugars which come from a genetically modified source. In fact, any molecule that is being isolated from or goes through processing will arrive on the consumer without any DNA of any kind.
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How Blind Programmers Write Code

'm a coder. I'm also blind. Blind as a bat, you might say. And I was born this way.

When I mention this to my fellow human beings - the ones who've never suffered any form of visual impairment - they usually ask one of following questions:

  • Then, how can you even read what I'm typing?
  • Wow. How are you even able to code?
  • Or, the crowd favorite - Do you dream?

A picture of Florian Beijers, also known as Zersiax
This is me: Florian Beijers, or Zersiax, as I'm known in coding circles. I'm told this is a good picture of me.
I get these questions again and again. So let me answer these three questions in this blog post. I'll try and sketch out an image for those of you who are curious about accessibility, and how blind people use computers to code, and to do the work of the 21st century.




How do you even know what I'm typing?


I like this question, because it allows me to immediately explain how blind people actually use computers.

A lot of people are under the impression that blind people require specially adapted computers in order to get anything done. Even some of my fellow Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs) tend to think this.

Well let me debunk this myth right here and now. I am currently typing this on a normal Dell Inspiron 15r SE notebook, which can be bought in any laptop store that sells (somewhat less recent) laptops. The machine runs windows 8 (not my personal choice, but UEFI is too much of a pain to downgrade). All I did to adapt it was install an open-source screen reader called NVDA(www.nvaccess.org).

A screen reader basically, at its most basic level - wait for it - reads the screen. It tells you the textual content of the screen with a synthesized text-to-speech Siri-like voice. Screen readers also allow for the use of a braille display, a device that consists of a line of refreshable braille cells that can form letters according to what content is highlighted on the screen.

David Strathairn and Dan Aykroyd coding in the movie "Sneakers"
David Strathairn played Irwin "Whistler" Emery, a blind hacker and phone phreak, in the 1992 thriller "Sneakers". The character interfaced with computers through a braille display. 

This is really all the adaptation a blind computer user needs. Using this program, I can do many things you probably wouldn't imagine being able to do with your eyes closed, such as:

  • Browsing the web using Firefox
  • Writing up reports in Microsoft Word, then marking them up to conform to college professors' stringent layout demands.
  • Writing up snazzy blog posts like this one
  • Recording, editing, mixing and publishing audio (My hobbies include singing and making music) 
  • Using audio production apps like Reaper, Goldwave, Audacity and Sonar
  • Coding websites and applications using Eclipse, (the ironically named) Visual Studio, and good old NotePad++

The reason I'm naming all these mainstream technologies is to show you that I can use them just like people who aren't ocularly challenged.

If you're writing the next big application, with a stunning UI and a great workflow, I humbly ask you to consider accessibility as part of the equation. In this day and age, there's really no reason not to use the UI toolkits available. It's a lot easier than you may think. Yes, these include the Android Activities, iOS NsViews and HTML5 widgets you may be thinking of.
CONTINUE http://blog.freecodecamp.com/2015/01/a-vision-of-coding-without-opening-your-eyes.html

NASA to launch earth observation mission SMAP

NASA has announced that its latest Earth observation satellite, Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will launch on Jan 29, 2015 (1) from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
It will take off on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit at about 410 to 425 miles above the Earth’s surface.
The SMAP will use a radiometer and a synthetic aperture radar to measure soil moisture to a depth of five centimeters and its freeze-thaw state.
According to the space agency, “The accuracy, resolution, and global coverage of SMAP soil moisture and freeze/thaw measurements are invaluable across many science and applications disciplines including hydrology, climate, carbon cycle, and the meteorological, environmental and ecology applications communities.”
The mission will allow for the coverage of the Earth’s surface every two to three days and will last at least three years.
The data that the SMAP gathers will be of vital importance to a wide variety of people, including farmers, climate scientists, and disaster relief officials.
Farmers will be better able to determine what amount of water is needed to grow their crops. Scientists will have a better understanding of the dynamics of climate change and how it may affect the water supply in various regions of the world. Disaster relief officials will gain a better understanding of how floods and droughts occur and how they affect the Earth’s surface.

Beyond "fake invoice" scams - crooks can get money out of real invoices, too!

Here's a scam.
I email you and tell you that I work for X, one of your suppliers.
X just switched banks, so you should update your database so that future payments no longer go to account Y at bank Z.

Instead, you need to pay them into account P at bank Q.
Then I sit back and wait for the money to roll in.

Heck, I don't even need to bother with fake invoices, because I just wait for X to send you real invoices and for someone else in your accounts department to approve payment...
...straight into my account.

Then I cut and run, timing my exit from the scene just before X's debt collector phones you up and asks why you're behind in your payments.

That would never work!

Of course, that sort of scam would never work.
Companies don't update their payment records merely on the say-so of a dodgy-looking email.
But what if the crooks behind the scam know enough about you and your company to make their
 email look non-dodgy?

Even if the crooks aren't elite enough to hack right into your network (in which case they could probably update your database themselves), what if they have access to a couple of employees' email accounts?

Or a stash of company paperwork, such as existing invoices showing your payment history – invoices that might not even have been lifted from your network?
continue  https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/01/26/beyond-fake-invoice-scams-crooks-can-get-money-out-of-real-invoices-too/