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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Slashdot - 4 hours 22 min ago
dcblogs (1096431) writes The Census Bureau reports that only 26% of people with any type of four-year STEM degree are working in a STEM field. For those with a degree specifically in computer, math or statistics, the figure is 49%, nearly the same for engineering degrees. What happens to the other STEM trained workers? The largest numbers are managers at non-STEM businesses (22.5%), or having careers in education (17.7%), business/finance (13.2%) and office support (11.5%). Some other data points: Among those with college degrees in computer-related occupations, men are paid more than women ($90,354 vs. $78,859 on average), and African American workers are more likely to be unemployed than white or Asian workers.

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The newest Jedi comes from the planet Krypton

from News.com - 4 hours 26 min ago
Could Clark Kent be the man to bring balance to the Force? Or would he fall to the dark side and rule the Galactic Empire?
Categories: Open Source

Apple seen inching closer to a mobile-payment service

from News.com - 4 hours 52 min ago
The iPhone maker has long been expected to jump into mobile payments. Now a new report says that Apple's talks with payment industry players have "heated up."






Categories: Open Source

Batten down the hatch- ... oh. Quantum's actually close to growth

The Register - 4 hours 52 min ago
Keep it up, lads, and you might get yourselves back to black

It’s Quantum quarterly results time. The temptation is to immediately think same old, same old, but is its drawn-out recovery finally becoming visible?…

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European Central Bank hacked, personal data stolen

from News.com - 4 hours 54 min ago
ECB says a database linked to its website was compromised and email addresses and phone numbers were stolen.
Categories: Open Source

The top Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola

Boing Boing - 5 hours 59 sec ago

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, a hero who has treated hundreds of people in the recent deadly outbreak, is in a Doctors Without Borders isolation ward after working at a hospital where three nurses had previously died of the virus.

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Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Slashdot - 5 hours 3 min ago
vrml (3027321) writes "A novel brain imaging study published by the prestigious Neuroimage journal sheds light on different reactions that players' brains display when they meet a virtual character in a game world. While their head was inside a fMRI machine, participants played an interactive virtual experience in which they had to survive a serious fire emergency in a building by reaching an exit as soon as possible. However, when they finally arrived at the exit, they also found a virtual character trapped under an heavy cabinet, begging them for help. Some participants chose not to help the character and took the exit, while others stopped to help although the fire became more and more serious and moving away the cabinet required considerable time. Functional brain imaging showed activation of very different brain areas in players when they met the character. When there was an increased functional connectivity of the brain salience network, which suggests an enhanced sensitivity to the threatening situation and potential danger, players ignored the character screams and went for the exit. In those players who helped the character, there was an engagement of the medial prefrontal and temporo-parietal cortices, which in the neuroscience literature are associated with the human ability of taking the perspective of other individuals and making altruistic choices. The paper concludes by emphasizing how virtual worlds can be a salient and ecologically valid stimulus for modern social neuroscience."

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Categories: The Essentials

Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Slashdot - 5 hours 3 min ago
vrml (3027321) writes "A novel brain imaging study published by the prestigious Neuroimage journal sheds light on different reactions that players' brains display when they meet a virtual character in a game world. While their head was inside a fMRI machine, participants played an interactive virtual experience in which they had to survive a serious fire emergency in a building by reaching an exit as soon as possible. However, when they finally arrived at the exit, they also found a virtual character trapped under an heavy cabinet, begging them for help. Some participants chose not to help the character and took the exit, while others stopped to help although the fire became more and more serious and moving away the cabinet required considerable time. Functional brain imaging showed activation of very different brain areas in players when they met the character. When there was an increased functional connectivity of the brain salience network, which suggests an enhanced sensitivity to the threatening situation and potential danger, players ignored the character screams and went for the exit. In those players who helped the character, there was an engagement of the medial prefrontal and temporo-parietal cortices, which in the neuroscience literature are associated with the human ability of taking the perspective of other individuals and making altruistic choices. The paper concludes by emphasizing how virtual worlds can be a salient and ecologically valid stimulus for modern social neuroscience."

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Categories: The Essentials

Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Slashdot - 5 hours 3 min ago
vrml (3027321) writes "A novel brain imaging study published by the prestigious Neuroimage journal sheds light on different reactions that players' brains display when they meet a virtual character in a game world. While their head was inside a fMRI machine, participants played an interactive virtual experience in which they had to survive a serious fire emergency in a building by reaching an exit as soon as possible. However, when they finally arrived at the exit, they also found a virtual character trapped under an heavy cabinet, begging them for help. Some participants chose not to help the character and took the exit, while others stopped to help although the fire became more and more serious and moving away the cabinet required considerable time. Functional brain imaging showed activation of very different brain areas in players when they met the character. When there was an increased functional connectivity of the brain salience network, which suggests an enhanced sensitivity to the threatening situation and potential danger, players ignored the character screams and went for the exit. In those players who helped the character, there was an engagement of the medial prefrontal and temporo-parietal cortices, which in the neuroscience literature are associated with the human ability of taking the perspective of other individuals and making altruistic choices. The paper concludes by emphasizing how virtual worlds can be a salient and ecologically valid stimulus for modern social neuroscience."

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Google meets with EU over 'right to be forgotten'

from News.com - 5 hours 4 min ago
The European Union is reportedly concerned that Google isn't doing enough to hide search results internationally.






Categories: Open Source

Despite new data, Mars remains a mystery

Boing Boing - 5 hours 11 min ago

We have lots of new information about Mars, writes Alexandra Witze at Nature, but scientists are still struggling with what that information means and how all the parts work together.

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Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/24/14: What is this?

from News.com - 5 hours 18 min ago
If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.






Categories: Open Source

Another execution by experimental drug cocktail goes horribly wrong

Boing Boing - 5 hours 19 min ago

An execution in Arizona turned torturous yesterday, with convicted murderer Joseph Wood taking almost two hours to die after he was injected with a secret mixture of drugs.

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Upcycled t-shirts with patched-over logos

Boing Boing - 5 hours 21 min ago


Logo Removal Service takes discarded gimme shirts bedecked with sponsor logos, and carefully patches over them with new fabric, transforming them into amazing and abstract new one-of-a-kind garments. (more…)

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Who has your credit card data? 1 million HOLIDAY-MAKERS' RECORDS exposed

The Register - 5 hours 23 min ago
Travel agent fined £150K – Sloppy coding fingered

A UK-based online travel firm has been fined £150,000 over a breach of breach of the Data Protection Act after their "insecure" coding reportedly exposed more than a million customer records to cybercrooks.…

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Endangered species condoms say, "Think before you breed."

Boing Boing - 5 hours 39 min ago

The Center for Biological Diversity has distributed hundreds of thousands of free condoms in endangered species-themed wrappers, with the message that more humans means more extinctions.

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Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Slashdot - 5 hours 47 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes Dutch law makes it illegal for the Dutch intelligence services to conduct mass data interception programs. But, according to a court in the Hague, it's perfectly all right for the Dutch government to request that data from the U.S.'s National Security Agency, and doing so doesn't violate any treaties or international law.

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The horror and the wonder of mayfly birth

Boing Boing - 5 hours 50 min ago

Remember that upper Midwest mayfly apocalypse that Xeni wrote about? Here's how those flies are born. The female dies while laying her eggs. The babies hatch within seconds.

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Internet of Stuff my Pockets: Investors plough 1 BEELLION dollars into IoT

The Register - 5 hours 52 min ago
Let's hope it catches on

The "internet of things" – the rebranding of good old machine-to-machine comms – has investors chucking ludicrous amounts of cash at firms who hope to get our gadgets talking to each other.…

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Summer reading list: graphic novels

Boing Boing - 6 hours 11 min ago

Being a compendium of some of my most popular graphic novel reviews from the past year, from The Encyclopedia of Early Earth to RASL Read the rest

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