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Science Progressing: February 24

White House releases proposed “Privacy Bill of Rights”
The White House has requested “companies, privacy advocates and other stakeholders” take part in a discussion on internet privacy and “Do Not Track Technology.” In the wake of the Google privacy policy, the Cybersecurity Bill and the even more recent revelation of Google’s infraction of Apple and Microsoft browser security, a “Bill of Rights” is right on time.

What does 3-D printing mean to you?
Slate’s Future Tense delves into 3-D printing technology and brings you up to speed with what to really expect from this much-hyped technology.

Internet activists creating an unstoppable “mesh-net”
Originally, the Internet’s design was built upon a decentralized and redundant network of connections. That has changed with internet service providers now centralizing and feeding the majority of internet users today. Activists intend to “get back to the basics.”

DNA Sequencing- in your pocket
A startup biotechnology company in Britain is set to release a genome sequencing USB device. With a price tag of $900, it beats the $10,000 and up cost of many laboratory genomic tests by a long shot.

DOE issues offer for new competitive research grants
The DOE will award $30M for research on onboard natural gas storage and at-home refueling. There is also an award for $10M for algal biofuels. Much needed investment to spur technology innovation that advances economic, environmental, and energy security goals.

Views of Science from the Arab perspective
Princess Sumaya of Jordan, president of Jordan’s Royal Scientific Society, worries over the experiments that consume so much of the world’s research budget. Calling for a “global alliance to start plotting research priorities,” Princess Sumaya presses for more focus on climate and water issues that better serve the entire world.

Republican scientists confront their representatives
Five registered Republican scientists share their stories of being repeatedly denied access to their representatives. When access was granted they left feeling less than welcome.

NSA warns of ‘Anonymous’ group’s growing capabilities
Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency has warned that the hacker group Anonymous could have the capabilities to cause widespread disturbance to the Nation’s power grid.

Majority of students found willing to contribute to DNA “biobank”
Olivia Adolphson, an undergraduate student at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, conducted research that showed that 64% of the 500 students were willing to contribute to DNA biobanks. The aggregation of whole genome information is necessary to fully understand the correlation between disease, lifestyle, and environment.

This week’s news was compiled and summarized by Jason Thomas, an intern with Science Progress at the Center for American Progress.


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