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Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop – The Guardian

Westfield’s Smartscreen network was developed by the French software firm Quividi back in 2015. Their discreet cameras capture blurry images of shoppers and apply statistical analysis to identify audience demographics. And once the billboards have your attention they hit record, sharing your reaction with advertisers. Quividi says their billboards can distinguish shoppers’ gender with 90% precision, five categories of mood from “very happy to very unhappy” and customers’ age within a five-year bracket. | Get the Full Story

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Putting female mosquitoes on human diet drugs could reduce spread of disease – Science Daily

Unlike humans, who usually get hungry again only a few hours after eating, a female mosquito that has fed on human blood will lose her appetite for several days. Because movement of female mosquitoes from human to human — male mosquitoes do not consume blood — is the means by which mosquito-borne infections are passed along, researchers have theorized that reducing the frequency with which female mosquitoes feed is one way to lessen the spread of disease. | Get the Full Story

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Who’s listening? Mosquitoes can hear up to 10 meters away – Science Daily

Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to researchers at Cornell and Binghamton University.

Their findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

Until now, scientists believed that organisms required eardrums for long-range hearing, and that the feathery antennae with fine hairs that mosquitoes and some insects use to hear only worked at close distances of several centimeters (a few inches).

A series of experiments has now provided neurophysiological and behavioral evidence that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — which transmit such diseases as yellow fever, Dengue, Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses — can hear specific frequencies as far away as 10 meters (32 feet) or more. | Get the Full Story

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Leftzilla – Mitch McConnell “aided and abetted” Russia’s attack on our election, says Mueller-biographer Garrett Graff – AmericaBlog

Garrett Graff, who wrote the seminal biography of Robert Mueller (The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI and the War on Global Terror), is one of America’s top experts on Trump-Russia. Garrett joins us to talk about the Russia probe, from its beginnings to where it may ultimately lead and whether justice will finally be served. | Get the Full Story

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Leftzilla – Mueller Calls For Harsh Sentence In Manafort Case, Citing ‘Gravity’ Of Crimes – Talking Points Memo

Special counsel Robert Mueller advocated for a significant sentence for Paul Manafort in a Feb. 22 sentencing memo, citing the “gravity” of the former Trump campaign chairman’s criminal conduct.

“For over a decade, Manafort repeatedly and brazenly violated the law,” prosecutors write. “His crimes continued up through the time he was first indicted in October 2017 and remarkably went unabated even after indictment.” | Get the Full Story

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Rightzilla – ‘Reporters’ Dox Private Citizen for Believing in QAnon – Big League Politics

In one of the biggest scoops of their miserable careers, The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer and Zach Everson teamed up to publish a Friday story about a pastry chef who follows the QAnon internet phenomenon, and sometimes makes pastries with the “Q” symbol on them.

“Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort appears to employ a pastry chef who frequently posts online about her belief in the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory,” Sommer said. | Get the Full Story

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Rightzilla – Former RNC chairman claims Trump ‘probably not happy’ police foiled white nationalist’s planned attacks – The Blaze

(Michael) Steele’s comments came during a segment on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House” in which the entire panel castigated the president for commenting on the Jussie Smollett saga, but failing to assail white nationalism in the wake Christopher Paul Hasson’s arrest.”I guess I have, at this point, reached…my glass is no longer half-full, it’s just overflowing with all the crazy that comes out of Trump,” Steele said. “On this one, why would we be surprised a self-proclaimed nationalist would not speak out against a self-proclaimed white nationalist?” | Get the Full Story