Why Coffee Seems to Cause Cancer in California

Coffee is the latest substance to earn a warning that it contains a chemical “known to the state of California to cause cancer.” (The chemical, acrylamide, is formed when beans are roasted.) But this is a legal designation, not a purely scientific one.
The law that comes into play is the state’s Proposition 65, a ballot initiative from 1986 that may have been intended as an awareness-raising stunt. (One of its authors, David Roe, told Newsweek that its proponents didn’t expect it to pass; “it was more to draw attention to some failings in government to act on toxic chemicals.”)

Morrissey Launches New Website With A Scathing Attack On The Indepedent

Morrissey has unveiled a new website called Morrissey Central. One of the first posts comes in the form of a long message from Mozzer himself about how he has much antipathy for the British news site The Independent.
The essay was written as a reaction to a story The Independent published on March 17th called ‘This Charmless Man: How Morrissey’s Big Mouth Struck Again… And Again.’ But Morrissey dubs this particular opinion editorial a ‘Hate Piece’.

Researchers Steer Cyborg Mice Through Maze with Brain Stimulation

How do you know if a cyborg mouse with mind-controlling hardware in its brain is really under human command as it navigates a maze? If it scurries right past a sexy lady mouse and an enticing pile of food to reach the end. 
If you want to get straight to the point (like the mice), scroll down to the video below and start watching at 2:05. 
A team of Korean researchers created their ingenious cyborg mice by tapping into a brain circuit involved when an animal investigates a new object or gives chase to prey.

To Truly Fight Terror, Counter Salafist Jihadist Ideology First

Now that the Islamic State has fallen and lost the battle on the ground, it is time to seriously consider the next steps to win the fight against terrorism in the long run. A recent report by the Soufan Center has traced back 5,600 ISIS foreign fighters who returned home. While the returning foreign fighters may not try to carry out attacks immediately, there is no doubt that many of them will certainly be the seeds of future recruits or act as organizers and facilitators in the name of ISIS.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, during his testimony at a congressional hearing on the worldwide threat assessment of the U.S. intelligence community on March 6, stated that “ISIS almost certainly will continue to give priority to transnational terrorist attacks. Its leadership probably assesses that, if ISIS-linked attacks continue to dominate public discourse, the group’s narrative will be buoyed.”
Yes, it is almost impossible to counter every terrorist attack, particularly if carried out by the terrorists with no direct connections to known terrorist members. However, it is essential we understand that if we cannot neutralize or counter the ideology behind these attacks, which is Salafist jihadism stemming from Wahhabism, there will always be new attacks regardless of the security precautions we take.

US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC

For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.
The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies—which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves—have been silent on the issue until now.

Taco Bell is bringing back an iconic menu item with a cult following — but there’s a huge catch

Taco Bell is bringing back th e Beefy Crunch Burrito, to the delight of fans of the cult-favorite menu item — but only in thirty locations.
On Tuesday, the fast-food chain announced plans to add new items to its $1 value menu. On April 5, Taco Bell will debut the new $1 Triple Melt Burrito and $1 Triple Melt Nachos in locations across the US.

Apple macOS 10.13.4 renders key third-party display products useless

Thousands of Mac users are crying foul at Apple following the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 having rendered key third-party display products and services useless. Particularly, neither DisplayLink docking products nor the Duet Display Mac app are working in this latest version.
A DisplayLink product manager responded to complaints on its own support forums, confirming that macOS 10.13.4 is to blame for the error, and that it’s working on a fix. This update specifically renders the display capabilities of its docks inert, while other functions remain unaffected.

Why Coffee Seems to Cause Cancer in California

Coffee is the latest substance to earn a warning that it contains a chemical “known to the state of California to cause cancer.” (The chemical, acrylamide, is formed when beans are roasted.) But this is a legal designation, not a purely scientific one.
The law that comes into play is the state’s Proposition 65, a ballot initiative from 1986 that may have been intended as an awareness-raising stunt. (One of its authors, David Roe, told Newsweek that its proponents didn’t expect it to pass; “it was more to draw attention to some failings in government to act on toxic chemicals.”)

Facebook and Instagram ban 135 Russian troll accounts over meddling

The social network says the pages were controlled by the Internet Research Agency, an organisation with links to the Kremlin.

Facebook has identified and removed 135 accounts linked to a Russian influence campaign during the US presidential election.
After “months of work”, the social network said it has banned 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts – alongside 138 Facebook pages – which were controlled by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), an organisation based in St Petersburg.

YouTube shooter’s father says she was angry at company

The night before Nasim Aghdam opened fire in a courtyard at YouTube’s headquarters Tuesday afternoon, Mountain View police found the San Diego woman sleeping in her car.
She had been reported missing by her family in Southern California, and her father Ismail Aghdam told police she might be going to YouTube because she “hated” the company. Police called the family at 2 a.m. Tuesday to say she’d been found and that everything was “under control,” her father said.
Ismail Aghdam said his daughter was a vegan activist and animal lover. As a youngster, she would not even kill ants that invaded the family home, instead using paper to remove them to the back yard, he said. State records show she had once established a charity called Peace Thunder Inc., to “educate people about animal cruelty, environmental pollution” and other causes.