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Rare Earth, Bio Nanoparticles, Backpage Down, Facebook Tip


April 13 · Issue #27 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Rare Earth, Bio Nanoparticles, Backpage Down, Facebook Tip

Our gadget futures are saved. A virtually unlimited supply (like almost forever) of precious, rare-earth materials was just discovered in Japanese waters. These are the kinds of oxides used in semi-conductors, which are then used in our equally-precious smart phones. It’s not clear how anyone will mine this trove. Japan so far is only committed to a five-year feasibility study for moving the materials from the earth and, maybe eventually, to our gadgets.
Japan rare earths: Huge deposit of metals found in Pacific
Breakthrough. Scientists have drilled down to what may be the tiniest controllable element in our bodies: extracellular vesicles. These nanoparticles are released by human cells and understanding them could be the key to treating various diseases and even regrowing human tissue. Researchers have known about the existence of EVs for a while, but never really knew why the cells were releasing them or what they meant. Now a team of scientists in Australia may have cracked the code. Different EVs play different roles in human tissue repair. Understanding that could help scientists create radical new treatments. Isn’t science awesome?
Scientists unlock path to use cell's own nanoparticles as disease biomarkers: Extracellular vesicles can now be identified at the individual level -- ScienceDaily
It’s all true. Looks like virtually every bad thing you’ve read and heard about – prostitution ads, money laundering – were all true. Turns out the reason the feds raided and shut down the online classified ads service and rounded up executives last week is because CEO Carl Ferrer pleaded guilty, agreed to testify against other Backpage execs, and gave a lengthy and damning statement. Expect all this to play out in the courts in the coming months. 
Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleads guilty in three states, agrees to testify against other website officials - The Washington Post
This is your life on Tech. It’s fair to question the cultural value and impact of every technological change. Has the smartphone helped us or are we slaves to its constant pings and beeps? Is email making us more efficient or overwhelming us with “Thanks!” messages? A new report from Barclays looks at tech innovations going all the way back to Ben Franklin’s time and measures how much more productive each major teach leap and invention has made us and put it all on one very impressive chart. Yes, even Bitcoin gets a nod.
Barclays Equity Gilt Study: How technology has changed the world - Business Insider
King Konged. Billy Mitchell, the mullet-sporting video-game wizard featured in the 2007 documentary, “The King of Kong,” may not have been so kingly after all. Mitchell was just stripped of his insanely-high Donkey Kong scores after officials determined that the scores were not from arcade hardware. Seriously, is anything real anymore?
Billy 'King of Kong' Mitchell's 'Donkey Kong' scores were a lie
Even if you’re not part of the #DeleteFacebook movement, you can lean a hella lot about what Facebook knows about you by downloading your archive. It’s easy and will not impact your current membership status. 

Just go to Settings, Manage Account and click on Edit. Scroll past the account deactivation details. At the bottom is “Download a copy of your Facebook data”. Click that and follow the instructions. It can take a while to compile all of it. When Facebook is ready, you’ll see the image above. The zip file could be large, so make sure you have the room to store it. Now you can open it up and find out what all the fuss is about.
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