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Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

Technology
Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives.The possibility of "financial and reputational" damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The Register.Instead, IBM staff who need to move data around will be encouraged to do so via an internal network.The decree banning removable storage acknowledges that complying with it could be "disruptive".Losing dataIBM staff were told about the policy in an advisory from Shamla Naidoo, the company's global chief security officer.Some IBM departments had been banned from using removable portable media for some time, said Ms Naidoo, but now the decree was being implemented worldwide. IBM staff ar...
Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

Health
Using e-cigarettes has been promoted as a way to help adult smokers cut back or quit smoking, or at least to minimize the health damage that smoking causes. Teens, even middle schoolers, have taken up e-cigarettes as well. But as researchers continue to study their safety, a new report in Pediatrics shows vaping could lead to the presence of concerning levels of toxic chemicals. Almost 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area were examined in the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigarettes only, 16 used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all. Urine and salivary gland testing looked for breakdown products of toxic chemicals that have been associated with cancer -- and found them in both smokers and vapers -- but not ...
Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

Health
The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the uptick in the percentage of American women who use ADHD medicine was most pronounced among those ages 25 to 29, the report also stated that the number of women ages 15 to 44 with private health insurance who filled a prescription for ADHD medicine increased by 344 percent between 2003 and 2015. Women in the 30 to 34 age group had the second-highest percent increase -- 560 percent -- in the number of prescriptions filled for ADHD medicine. The findings, published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly R...
Chanje Kunda: The poet using pole dancing to explain particle physics

Chanje Kunda: The poet using pole dancing to explain particle physics

Entertainment
Poetry, pole dancing and particle physics don't often meet. But they do in a new theatre show by a performer who wants to reclaim the way the female body is portrayed.Poet, playwright and performance artist Chanje Kunda took lessons in several forms of dance to prepare for her latest one-woman show Superposition - ballet dancing, contemporary dancing, pole dancing and lap dancing.The latter two are normally performed in certain clubs for certain men, but Kunda is reinventing them for her own positive purpose."I wanted to explore female sensuality and eroticism because female sensuality within the media has been commodified and cheapened and exploited, and I wanted to try and find new ways as a feminist to be able to celebrate that," she says.It was her movement director who suggested she h...