This Smart Harness Tells Owners How Their Guide Dogs Are Feeling


 Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a device that notifies users if their guide dogs are distressed or sick. Because dogs usually express illness or stress through their breathing, posture, and heart rate it can be difficult for blind or otherwise disabled folks to tell when they’re not feeling well. This device measures the dog’s breathing and heart rate… Read More Read more »

The ‘female Viagra’ goes on sale today, though fears persist about its dangers


Today, October 17, a new drug will be available to fight low libido in women: Addyi, known as the "female Viagra." But it comes with strings attached: a history of regulatory rejections, concerns about its effectiveness, daily dosage, and potentially fearsome effects when combined with alcohol A magic bullet, it's not While Addyi has been hailed as a huge step forward in enabling and accepting women to express their sexuality by increasing the urge to have sex, it has vocal scientific critics who have decried its side effects and lack of testing on women. One major bone of contention: its safety assurances rely on a study that included only two women out of 25 patients — 6 of whom suffered "severe adverse reactions" including dizziness, low blood pressure, and passing out after taking the drug along with a lot of alcohol Read more... More about Business , Advertising , Addyi , Female Viagra , and Sprout Pharmaceuticals Read more »

Congress proves it’s now impossible to talk sanely about abortion


When Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards testified before Congress on Tuesday, she had to politely remind the Republicans questioning her that abortion is indeed a legal medical procedure in the United States Many of them clearly believe it should be illegal and barely concealed their contempt for Richards, the nonprofit organization she leads and the practice of terminating a pregnancy before it is viable See also: Congressmen mansplain women's health issues to Planned Parenthood president Richards' opponents draw passionate conviction from having watched highly-edited, "undercover" videos of Planned Parenthood officials talking about legal fetal tissue research donation programs, and have charged the organization with "trafficking" in the sales of body parts belonging to unborn children Read more... More about Politics , Congress , Us World , Us , and Abortion Read more »

Pope Francis as ‘Rocky’ is all you need to celebrate the papal visit


On Saturday morning, New York City bid farewell to His Holiness as Pope Francis headed south to Philadelphia. There's no better way to welcome the Pope to the city of brotherly love than to pay tribute to another Philly icon: Rocky Balboa. See also: Pope Francis comes to America: Follow his trip This clip from Vine user PopeIsHope is very real, definitely not edited footage of Pope Francis's Philly arrival [H/T: Rob Tornoe ] BONUS: The 5 biggest moments from Pope Francis' speech to Congress Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... Read more »

How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley


 Twelve years after filing for U.S. residency, I finally took the oath of citizenship in a quaint suburban theater, having spent seven of those prime entrepreneurship years mired in the Green Card queue. This wait damages the entrepreneurship spirit and, worse, impacts career prospects, thereby crimping the economy. Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Read More Read more »

Tech CEOs Call On The House To Move Its Ass On Patent Reform

 Today the CEOs of Yelp, Yahoo, Twitter, TripAdvisor, Rackspace, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google, Gilt, and Etsy wrote a letter to leaders of the House of Representatives, pressing the politicians to pass a patent-reform bill called the Innovation Act of 2015 “this summer.” Read More Read more » Makes Lodging Complaints At Your Elected Officials A Breeze

 The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched a new simple tool today,, which allows users to contact their representatives in Congress in an incredibly easy manner. The process begins with the user entering in their address which pulls up a list of their representatives and allows them to start typing an email to them immediately. “Being able to contact your elected… Read More Read more »

US personnel chief resigns in wake of massive data breach


WASHINGTON — The head of the government's personnel office has resigned in the wake of a massive data breach on her watch. A White House official says President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta on Friday morning. She'll stay on the job through the end of the day. The official says deputy director Beth Cobert will become acting director starting Saturday. Archuleta's resignation comes the day after her agency disclosed that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people. Previous government estimates of how many were affected by the breach were far smaller Read more »

Is this BlackBerry’s First Android Phone?

 For the past month or so, the general thinking around the rumor mill has been that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right? Now we’ve got a rough idea of what their first Android handset might look like. Posted by the endlessly resourceful Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the photo shows a device that appears to have curves on both halves… Read More Read more »

Court Rules NSA Bulk Data Collection Can Resume

 The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records. The ruling revives the NSA program that was halted earlier this month when a certain provision of the Patriot Act expired June 1. The government had sought to reinstate the section by passing the USA Freedom Act on June 2, which curtailed… Read More Read more »