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Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility

Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility

Health
A New York state lawmaker is demanding a federal investigation into New York state's care for the disabled following a recent Associated Press story that revealed the case of a man infested with maggots in a state-run group home. Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, of Utica, told the AP on Saturday that he is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the group home and other state-regulated facilities for the disabled where there have been allegations of abuse and neglect. "It's clear from seeing this that New York state cannot be relied on to police itself," he said. "When you have thousands of cases (of abuse and neglect) happening across the state — this being one of the most egregious — we must give some reassurance to families that their loved ones a
NASA seeks employee to protect Earth from aliens

NASA seeks employee to protect Earth from aliens

Technology
Anyone whose skill set includes the ability to protect Earth from aliens still has more than a week to apply for what may just be their dream job.NASA is looking for a planetary protection officer.What that means in technical terms is someone who can help with the "avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration".The job advert notes that "space flight missions may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies".Equally, spacecraft could return "to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration".The job ad says that "frequent travel may be required", although it does not specify whether that is simply on Earth, or around the so...
Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Technology
The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages.Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted.Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists.But security experts say strong encryption protects citizens' privacy.What's the issue?Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect's communications to police with an appropriate warrant.However, messaging companies cannot hand over messages that have been end-to-end encrypted because they do not receive a legible copy.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThis enc...