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San Diego Research Suggests Autism Develops During Pregnancy

March 26
By David Wagner
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By pinpointing irregularly developed patches in young autistic brains, UC San Diego researchers have found new evidence that autism begins in the womb.

Facebook Is Betting Big On Virtual Reality

March 25
By David Wagner
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Mark Zuckerberg just paid $2 billion for Oculus VR, the makers of a virtual reality headset. But will any of us actually use virtual reality in our daily lives?

US Navy Sends Black Box Locator To Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search Site (Video)

March 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Navy is sending a piece of specialized equipment called the Towed Pinger Locator 25 to the southern Indian Ocean to assist in finding the black box of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

How Turkey Still Tweets Despite Twitter Ban

March 21
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Not long after Turkey's prime minister imposed a ban on Twitter, Internet users in Turkey went on — what else? — Twitter to find ways to circumvent the blockade.

UC San Diego Computer Is Better Than You At Spotting Fakers

March 21
By David Wagner
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Researchers at UC San Diego have programmed a computer that can recognize feigned expressions of pain better than humans.

Cyber Security Industry On The Rise In San Diego

March 20
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The report, compiled by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Sentek Global and Bank of America, says the region is positioned to experience substantial job creation in the industry, outpacing other local business sectors.

Google Says It's Beefed Up Encryption Because Of NSA Revelations

March 20
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Google says it is now encrypting data as it moves between its servers and every session of Gmail will use a secure connection. The government has said tech companies knew the NSA was collecting data.

Scripps Research Institute Consortium Receives $28M To Fight Ebola Virus

March 20
By City News Service
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Scripps professor Erica Ollmann Saphire will lead a team of researchers from around the world to develop a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus.

Report Says California Targeted By Cyber-Gangs

March 20
Don Thompson / Associated Press
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Aside from long-time trafficking in drugs, guns and people, the report by California Attorney General Kamala Harris says criminals are turning to cybercrime to target businesses and financial institutions.

Baby Gorilla On The Upswing, Avoids Hairy Health Situation

March 19
By Greg Magnus
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Move over, baby panda, there’s a cute new sheriff in town.