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Seriously important PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT for US-based folks: this comes via the Corporate Security Department of my University, who have learnt from law enforcement sources that cellphones are being targeted in a new “missed call phone scam.”

If you receive a missed call from an unknown number showing certain area codes:
•    268
•    284
•    473
•    809
•    876
Your phone may have been targeted. DO NOT call the number back.

Scammers use an autodialer to call your cellphone, then hang up after one ring. The scam phone number then shows up as a missed call on your phone. If you call the number back, you will be connected to a pay-by-minute phone line—usually an adult entertainment service—that will charge $9 or more per minute directly to your cellphone bill. Since these numbers are based overseas, you may also be charged a steep international call fee.
 
Always be suspicious of missed calls from numbers you don't know—especially if they don't leave a voicemail. The Better Business Bureau warns that missed calls from the the above mentioned area codes are known to be involved in the scam.

If you think you may have been victimized by the scam, report it immediately to the carrier and keep an eye on future cellphone bills. Document the day, time and number received, along with the day and time the call was returned and any additional or pertinent information.

Please be vigilant.
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That is quite possible, I guess. For the time being though, we have been warned about cellphones only.

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Another brilliant science essay by one of my most favorite science writers, Ed Yong. This demonstrates the concept of episodic memory in invertebrates. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/09/cuttlefish-remember-what-where-and-when-they-ate/
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Thanks! Will definitely be more careful with buying, prepping, and cooking. Very informative.

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Good gawd! I am not going anywhere near the Delaware Bay! Look at the teeth of the larger one!
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Italian biomedical research in serious peril from excessive restrictions on animal use: I discuss a report by Alison Abbott in Nature News.
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Exciting science! Oncolytic Viruses, an emerging anti-tumor therapeutic modality - my take on a recent PLOS Pathogens review. As usual, please comment after the blog if you can.
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PSA: Yesterday, it was announced that a botnet that commanded and controlled databases of user credentials for Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, ADP and others was discovered. In plainspeak, it means that your email IDs and passwords for various accounts may have been compromised. Do go to this website: http://haveibeenpwned.com/
and check if your email ID has been compromised. If you use any of these services (and chances are that you do), please immediately change your passwords for them. More detail via +ZDNet here: http://www.zdnet.com/how-to-find-out-if-your-password-has-been-stolen-7000023990/
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Thanks Kausik!

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We read this amazing story last year, and now it's on video, narrated by the fortunate man himself. Touching, very touching.
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Wow...just wow.

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Spam Skillet Casserole Redux: surreal spam comments received on my professional blog at SciLogs.com. If you can, please comment after the blog. It requires a free registration at the Wordpress site (if you don't have one). http://www.scilogs.com/in_scientio_veritas/spam-skillet-casserole-redux/
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+Ed Yong describes enigmatic giant viruses - named "Pandoraviruses" - that maintain life-cycle in amoebae: 4th domain of life?
http://www.nature.com/news/giant-viruses-open-pandora-s-box-1.13410
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This is a neighborhood gem, servicing a large part of the Northeast Baltimore communities. The theaters are small, but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the movies. They get good movies, even 3D versions, and the ticket price is relatively cheap. If I were to nitpick and point out some lacunae, it would be that the selections in the concessions is rather restricted, and the nearby Reel Cafe closes rather early. None of which affect my enjoyment of the movies, though.
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