So here’s the very latest in tech, from local to across the universe…
* Hey, mark your calendars now for your final Last Thursdays Unwired at Lawrence Technological University event for this academic year. It’ll be held Thursday, March 28 at 8 a.m. And the basic theme is, “How to get a tech job in Detroit.” Where the jobs are, what the skill sets in demand are, that sort of thing. We’re still looking for sponsors and presenters at what may turn out to be a de facto mini job fair, too. If you’re interested, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A look at the five weirdest tech stories of the week. Including mind-melded rats.
* The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show.
* Who can keep up with all the content out there? The fact is, nobody. So give yourself a break.
* Two new studies suggest that wild bees, which are important for pollinating crops, seem to be dwindling rapidly.
* In an unprecedented case, doctors in Mississippi believe they have “functionally cured” a toddler of an HIV infection. Recent tests of a 2-year-old born premature with the disease show no detectable levels of the virus, according to the National Institutes of Health. http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57572280-76/two-year-old-infected-with-hiv-functionally-cured/
* A privately owned Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering a ton of supplies with high-flying finesse after a shaky start to the mission, as clogged thrusters almost ruined things.
* Space radiation may be to blame for corrupted memory used by the Curiosity Mars rover’s flight computer, resulting in software glitches that interrupted the flow of science data Wednesday and prompted ground controllers to switch over to a redundant computer Thursday, NASA officials said.
* Professor Hod Lipson, a leading authority on 3D printing technology from Cornell University and author of the book “Fabricated: The New World of 3-D Printing,” says he thinks the technology is “just beginning.” Star Trek replicators, here we come.
* A federal judge on Friday erased nearly half of the $1 billion in damages that a jury decided that Samsung Electronics should pay Apple in a high-profile trial over the smartphone and tablet computer patents.
* Astronomers at the University of North Texas may have spotted the birth of planets around a disk of dust and gas circling a star 335 light years away.
* Facebook is readying a new look for the newsfeed this week. Wonder how they’ll manage to make it less user friendly.
* U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers of Michigan said on Friday that negotiations with the White House on a new cybersecurity bill have resumed, and the two sides are not “that far apart” after making progress last week.
* Evernote, a Web-based note-sharing service, said it was resetting the passwords of its 50 million users because hackers managed to breach its computer network and access some usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords.
* Fareed Zakaria speaks with the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, about the implications of the meteor that exploded over the Ural Mountains last month.
* Yahoo is shutting down seven applications, including its BlackBerry app.
* Ho boy. Another Java zero-day vulnerability.
* And it turns out there are three, not two, radiation belts circling the Earth.