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Testing for Ebola Vaccines to Start Soon, W.H.O. Says

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The plans signify that a response to the Ebola outbreak is finally gathering steam, but it is still unclear if any of these vaccines will work.

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Ebola Prompts Universities to Tighten Travel Rules

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Several schools have allowed humanitarian exceptions to restrictions on trips to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries most affected by the virus.

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Ebola Outbreak Erodes Recent Advances in West Africa

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Ebola is wiping away the small gains made in war-scarred parts of West Africa, potentially threatening the hard-won stability in a tinderbox part of the world.

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Growth for Yahoo, at Last, but Strategy Is No Clearer

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Strong third-quarter results, including an improved performance by mobile, ended a long pattern of declines at Yahoo.

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Power Up: For South Korea, E-Sports Is National Pastime

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The extent to which video games have become part of mainstream culture in South Korea may be a sign of things to come in the West.

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DealBook: Google Invests Heavily in Magic Leap’s Effort to Blend Illusion and Reality

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Google is leading a $542 million investment in a little-known firm called Magic Leap, in an investment that is said to value the start-up at about $2 billion.

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IPad Air 2 and Mini 3 Review: One Thumb Up, and Another Down

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The iPad Air 2 is substantially faster than its predecessor, and both it and the Mini 3 include Touch ID and Apple Pay. Needless to say, both products are costly.

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DealBook: Google Invests Heavily in Magic Leap’s Effort to Blend Illusion and Reality

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Google is leading a $542 million investment in a little-known firm called Magic Leap, in an investment that is said to value the start-up at about $2 billion.

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Growth for Yahoo, at Last, but Strategy Is No Clearer

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Strong third-quarter results at Yahoo ended a long pattern of declines.

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Critics attack new 10-year US fusion plan

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Report "lacks vision" and fails to address real problems, say researchers

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Slumbering lions win top photo prize

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

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Physics reveals how nature sparkles

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature’s most dazzling shines.

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Demand Jumps for Protective Equipment as Ebola Cases Spur Hospitals Into Action

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Major manufacturers of protective equipment are increasing production as people across the United States brace for new potential cases of the virus.

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DealBook: After JPMorgan Breach, a Greater Push to Fortify Wall Street Banks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Regulators are said to be discussing how to improve a critical area of cybersecurity: outside vendors, including law, accounting and marketing firms and even janitorial companies.

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Bits Blog: Staples Is Latest Retailer Hit by Hackers

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The company said it was working with law enforcement agencies to determine the extent of the problem. It is one of many retailers and restaurant chains to be hit by hackers over the last year.

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Can data predict the perfect entrepreneur?

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Why being over 40 makes you the perfect entrepreneur

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DealBook: After JPMorgan Breach, a Greater Push to Fortify Wall Street Banks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Regulators are said to be discussing how to improve a critical area of cybersecurity: outside vendors, including law, accounting and marketing firms and even janitorial companies.

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DealBook: Google Invests in Magic Leap, an Augmented Reality Firm

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Google is leading a $542 million investment in a little-known firm called Magic Leap, in an investment that is said to value the start-up at about $2 billion.

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Ebola serum for Africa ‘in weeks’

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

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DealBook: After JPMorgan Cyberattack, a Push to Fortify Wall Street Banks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Regulators are said to be discussing how to improve a critical area of cybersecurity: outside vendors, including law, accounting and marketing firms and even janitorial companies.

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UMD researchers formulate cyber protection for supply chains

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The supply chain is ground zero for several recent cyber breaches. Hackers, for example, prey on vendors that have remote access to a larger company’s global IT systems, software and networks.

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UT Arlington researcher’s device could detect vapors in environment or a person’s breath

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has received a three-year, $400,369 National Science Foundation grant to build a handheld device that could analyze a person’s breath to reveal whether certain dangerous gasses are present that need more immediate medical attention.

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NASA Webb’s heart survives deep freeze test

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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Yahoo Revenue and Profit Surpass Estimates

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Strong third-quarter results at Yahoo ended a long pattern of declines.

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DealBook: Google Invests in Magic Leap, an Augmented Reality Firm

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Google is leading a $542 million investment in a little-known firm called Magic Leap, in an investment that is said to value the start-up at about $2 billion.

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DealBook: After JPMorgan Cyberattack, a Push to Fortify Wall Street Banks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Regulators are said to be discussing fortification of a critical area of cybersecurity: outside vendors, including law firms, accounting and marketing firms and even janitorial companies.

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DealBook: Google Invests in Magic Leap, an Augmented Reality Firm

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Google is leading a $542 million investment in a little-known firm called Magic Leap, in an investment that is said to value the start-up at about $2 billion.

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Bits Blog: F.T.C. Names New Chief Technologist

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Ashkan Soltani, an independent technology consultant, co-wrote some articles in The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-winning series based off Edward Snowden revelations.

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Biologist reels in data to predict snook production

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

FIU researcher Ross Boucek wants to give more predictability to anglers hoping to catch a bounty of snook.

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Atom-width graphene sensors could provide unprecedented insights into brain structure and function

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama’s brain initiative. Electrical monitoring and stimulation of neuronal signaling is a mainstay technique for studying brain function, while emerging optical techniques—which use photons instead of electrons—are opening new opportunities for visualizing neural network structure and exploring brain functions. Electrical and optical techniques offer distinct and complementary advantages that, if used together, could offer profound benefits for studying the brain at high resolution. Combining these technologies is challenging, however, because conventional metal electrode technologies are too thick (>500 nm) to be transparent to light, making them incompatible with many optical approaches.

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Apple sees iCloud attacks; China hack reported

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Apple said Tuesday its iCloud server has been the target of "intermittent" attacks, hours after a security blog said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system.

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Bits Blog: Longtime Microsoft Executive Opens Cloud Database Start-Up

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Bob Muglia helped build Microsoft’s server and tools business into a $17 billion-a-year juggernaut. Now he’s running a cloud database start-up that has raised $26 million in funding.

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Ancient Greek well yields rare wooden statue

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Archeologists in Greece have uncovered a rare wooden statue preserved in the muddy depths of an ancient well in Piraeus, the port of Athens.

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US state reaches deal to keep dinosaur mummy

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

North Dakota reached a $3 million deal to keep a rare fossil of a duckbilled dinosaur on display at the state’s heritage center, where it will serve as a cornerstone for the facility’s $51 million expansion, officials said Tuesday.

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When the isthmus is an island: Madison’s hottest, and coldest, spots

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

As Dane County begins the long slide into winter and the days become frostier this fall, three spots stake their claim as the chilliest in the area.

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Dot Earth Blog: Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Seeking constructive dialogue on the merits and limits of clean, efficient lighting.

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China Attack Aims at Apple iCloud Storage Service

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said iCloud users in China may have given away login information to a third party.

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Bits Blog: Staples Is Latest Retailer Hit by Hackers

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The company said it was working with law enforcement agencies to determine the extent of the problem. It is one of many retailers and restaurant chains to be hit by hackers over the last year.

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DealBook Column: The Truth Hidden by IBM’s Buybacks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

IBM has posted large earnings and sent out large dividends to shareholders, but the company’s success has been tied more to financial engineering than actual performance.

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Bits Blog: Verizon Reports Higher Profit During a Price-Cutting War

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Amid a price-cutting war in the American wireless industry, the Verizon juggernaut keeps growing, even though its prices are generally higher.

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Special microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges.

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Hendersons introduce hoverboard and a future beyond wheels

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Greg and Jill Henderson are behind a hoverboard that uses a magnetic field to generate lift, and they have turned to crowdfunding to put the finishing touches on their California-based Hendo Hoverboard. They said that "perfecting it will take a little more time and resources," and their target date is October 2015. Their plan is to procure parts from a number of overseas suppliers, with the final assembly in Los Gatos, California.

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Ebola serum for Africa ‘in weeks’

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

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Bits Blog: Longtime Microsoft Executive Opens Cloud Database Start-up

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Bob Muglia helped build Microsoft’s server and tools business into a $17 billion-a-year juggernaut. Now he’s running a cloud database start-up that has raised $26 million in funding.

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Bits Blog: For Microsoft, Cloud Business Looks More Promising Than Mobile

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Despite being a laggard in cloud computing, Microsoft has established real credibility, and now runs twice as many data centers as Amazon and six times as many as Google.

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Bits Blog: Verizon Reports Higher Profit During a Price-Cutting War

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Amid a price-cutting war in the American wireless industry, the Verizon juggernaut keeps growing, even though its prices are generally higher.

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Machine Learning: Shopping With Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores but Quirky Online

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Integrating the new payment system with varied apps still has some flaws, but brick-and-mortar purchases are easy and fun.

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N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs.

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

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Team advances genome editing technique

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Customized genome editing – the ability to edit desired DNA sequences to add, delete, activate or suppress specific genes – has major potential for application in medicine, biotechnology, food and agriculture.

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Verizon Posts Higher Revenue as Profit Estimates Fall Short

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The largest wireless carrier in the United States posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings, but revenue rose as it added 1.5 million net subscribers.

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Q&A: Exporting Video From iPhoto

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Plus, tips on removing malicious software from browsers.

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More hackers targeting mobile phones to get bank info, survey says

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Hackers are increasingly targeting mobile phones to get into bank accounts of victims and steal money, security researchers said Tuesday.

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Testing shows billfish demonstrate bone remodeling without osteocytes

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

(Phys.org) —A large team of biologists with members from Israel, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. has found that billfish are able to remodel their large protruding jawbones in the absence of osteocytes. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their research and results and the implications of what they found.

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Ebola serum for Africa ‘in weeks’

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

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Dot Earth Blog: Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Seeking constructive dialogue on the merits and limits of clean, efficient lighting.

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Sleepy sun could make Mars trips deadly

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

An unexpected lull in the sun’s activity will let more cosmic radiation into the solar system, endangering astronauts on long interplanetary missions

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Scientists show that evolution of complex bioluminescent traits may be predictable

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable. A team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara may have found a preliminary answer. The genetic underpinnings of complex traits in cephalopods may in fact be predictable because they evolved in the same way in two distinct species of squid.

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Scientists model molecular movement within narrow channels of mesoporous nanoparticles

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine the optimal diameter of channels within the nanoparticles to maximize catalytic output.

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HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honor

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

A supercomputer created by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that uses warm water to cool its servers, and then re-uses that water to heat its building, has been honored as one of the top technological innovations of the year by R&D Magazine.

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Researchers construct a model of impact for El Nino / La Nina events

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

(Phys.org) —A small team made up of researchers from the U.S. and Europe has constructed a model that helps map parts of the world that are most at risk of flooding due to El Niño/La Niña events. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they compared weather data over the past half century with economic impacts of actual floods to create a model that may soon be used to help predict flooding events in the future.

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Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish’s programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement.

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Google’s streaming music service adds mood to mix

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Google’s music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners’ mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.

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Chaotic cosmic wombs may birth backwards planets

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Rebel planets orbit their stars the wrong way around – and prenatal turmoil may be to blame

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Biologists use unique tools to investigate squirrel sounds and gestures

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Everyone has watched squirrels playfully climbing trees, gracefully leaping from branch to branch, and scurrying across parks. Thaddeus McRae, Ph.D ’12, adjunct assistant research professor of biology in the University of Miami College of Arts Sciences, has taken these observations to a scientific level.

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Staples investigating possible data breach

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

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Dot Earth Blog: Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limts of Efficient Lighting

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Seeking constructive dialogue on the merits and limits of clean, efficient lighting.

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Kung fu stegosaur

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Stegosaurs might be portrayed as lumbering plant eaters, but they were lethal fighters when necessary, according to paleontologists who have uncovered new evidence of a casualty of stegosaurian combat. The evidence is a fatal stab wound in the pubis bone of a predatory allosaur. The wound – in the conical shape of a stegosaur tail spike – would have required great dexterity to inflict and shows clear signs of having cut short the allosaur’s life.

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Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.

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Rising above the risk: America’s first tsunami refuge

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Washington’s coast is so close to the seismically active Cascadia Subduction Zone that if a megathrust earthquake were to occur, a tsunami would hit the Washington shoreline in just 25 minutes.

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Ebola serum for Africa ‘in weeks’

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

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DealBook Column: The Truth Hidden by IBM’s Buybacks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

IBM has posted large earnings and sent out large dividends to shareholders, but the company’s success has been tied more to financial engineering than actual performance.

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Less-numerate investors swayed by corporate report presentation effects

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Publicly traded corporations are increasingly publishing social responsibility reports for investors, who now consider such information alongside traditional financial data before investing in a company.

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Ancient Europeans intolerant to lactose for 5,000 years after they adopted agriculture

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

By analysing DNA extracted from the petrous bones of skulls of ancient Europeans, scientists have identified that these peoples remained intolerant to lactose (natural sugar in the milk of mammals) for 5,000 years after they adopted agricultural practices and 4,000 years after the onset of cheese-making among Central European Neolithic farmers.

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Color and texture matter most when it comes to tomatoes

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), evaluated consumers’ choice in fresh tomato selection and revealed which characteristics make the red fruit most appealing.

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Backpack physics: Smaller hikers carry heavier loads

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. Although petite backpackers might appreciate the excuse to hand off heavier gear to the larger members of the group, it turns out that they may not need the help.

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NASA sees Gonzalo affect Bermuda’s ocean sediment: Stirred, not shaken

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites captured before and after images of Bermuda and surrounding waters before and after Hurricane Gonzalo struck the island on Oct. 17. The images revealed how Gonzalo stirred up the sediment from the ocean bottom.

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Verizon Posts Higher Revenue as Profit Estimates Fall Short

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The largest wireless carrier in the United States posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings, but revenue rose as it added 1.5 million net subscribers.

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For E.U. Climate Meeting, Deep Divisions and High Stakes

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Curbing emissions has long been a popular cause in the European Union. But leaders have to agree on how to generate and distribute energy.

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Beyond LOL cats, social networks could become trove of biodiversity data

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey. Grumpy Cat. "Peanut," the Ugliest Dog in the World. These might be a sampling of the most familiar animals to millions of users of social networking sites like Facebook.

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Study shows how texas campus police tackle stalking

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

One out of every five female students experience stalking victimization during their college career, but many of those cases are not reported to police, according to a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI) at Sam Houston State University.

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A legal trade in horn would improve rhino protection and help sustainable development

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The extinction in the wild of the southern white rhino population could be prevented by letting local communities take responsibility of the animals and giving them permission to harvest horns in a controlled manner through a legal trade. Rhino horn is made of the same material as human hair and fingernails and grows back in 2–3 years.

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Bite to the death: Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

They may be tiny and stingless but there’s nothing sweet and innocent about a species of native Sugarbag bee when it goes to war over a coveted honey-filled hive.

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Verizon reports higher 3Q net income, revenue

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported higher net income and revenue in its third quarter, helped by strong wireless subscriber growth and demand for its FiOS Internet services.

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POLARBEAR detects curls in the universe’s oldest light

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

(Phys.org) —Cosmologists have made the most sensitive and precise measurements yet of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background.

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Quantum internet could cross seas by container ship

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Communication using quantum means is super secure, but sending it long distance is a problem. Perhaps container ships are the solution

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A global surge of great earthquakes from 2004-2014 and implications for Cascadia

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The last ten years have been a remarkable time for great earthquakes. Since December 2004 there have been no less than 18 quakes of Mw8.0 or greater – a rate of more than twice that seen from 1900 to mid-2004. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost and massive damage has resulted from these great earthquakes. But as devastating as such events can be, these recent great quakes have come with a silver lining: They coincide with unprecedented advances in technological and scientific capacity for learning from them.

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DealBook Column: The Truth Hidden by IBM’s Buybacks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

IBM has posted large earnings and sent out large dividends to shareholders, but the company’s success has been tied more to financial engineering than actual performance.

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Tractor beam breaks distance record

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Scientists have turned a laser into a reversible "tractor beam" that can repel or attract objects.

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Reading a biological clock in the dark

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Our species’ waking and sleeping cycles – shaped in millions of years of evolution – have been turned upside down within a single century with the advent of electric lighting and airplanes. As a result, millions of people regularly disrupt their biological clocks – for example, shift workers and frequent flyers – and these have been known to be at high risk for such common metabolic diseases as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A new study published in Cell, led by Weizmann Institute scientists, reveals for the first time that our biological clocks work in tandem with the populations of bacteria residing in our intestines, and that these microorganisms vary their activities over the course of the day. The findings show that mice and humans with disrupted daily wake-sleep patterns exhibit changes in the composition and function of their gut bacteria, thereby increasing their risk for obesity and glucose intolerance.

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What happens when ultracold atomic spins are trapped in an optical lattice structure

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Every electrical device, from a simple lightbulb to the latest microchips, is enabled by the movement of electrical charge, or current. The nascent field of ‘spintronics’ taps into a different electronic attribute, an intrinsic quantum property known as spin, and may yield devices that operate on the basis of spin-transport.

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How to safely enjoy the October 23 partial solar eclipse

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

2014 – a year rich in eclipses. The Moon dutifully slid into Earth’s shadow in April and October gifting us with two total lunars. Now it’s the Sun’s turn. This Thursday October 23 skywatchers across much of the North America and Mexico will witness a partial solar eclipse. From the eastern U.S. the eclipse will reach maximum around the time of sunset, making for dramatic picture-taking opportunities. Further west, the entire eclipse will occur with the sun up in the afternoon sky. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

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Altitude and attitude in the fractious row over crying babies

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Aircraft passengers have strong opinions about what to do and whom to blame when a baby or small child starts crying mid-flight but the issue has been largely ignored by airlines, according to research.

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Students build Oculus Moon robot

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

US team develop a robot that can send back live pictures from the Moon as part of attempt to win Google’s Lunar X-Prize.

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Work on pioneering pan-European neutron facility underway

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

A state-of-the-art facility capable of generating neutron beams 30 times brighter than current facilities is about to be constructed in the Swedish town of Lund. The EUR 1.8 billion will help scientists examine and test new materials at the molecular level, with implications extending beyond nanotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, materials engineering and experimental physics.

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Making smartphone browsing 20% faster while reducing power consumption by 40%

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Nokia Networks today announced that it has conducted the first live network trial of a software feature that improves smartphone performance on 3G networks. Nokia High Speed Cell FACH cuts smartphone-generated network signaling by up to 80%, boosts response time by up to 65% and achieves up to 20% faster browsing. Up to 40% power savings, contributing to longer smartphone battery life for subscribers, were also shown. The tests were run on the commercial 3G/HSPA network of a major European operator using test devices fitted with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors that support High Speed Cell FACH.

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Freescale introduces world’s smallest integrated tire pressure monitoring system

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family, which is the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams. The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs. Freescale’s newest TPMS system-in-package solution provides low power consumption combined with the highest level of functional integration in one package, featuring a dual-axis accelerometer architecture, pressure and temperature sensor, integrated MCU, RF transmitter and low frequency receiver.

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Wake up and smell the coffee … it’s why your cuppa tastes so good

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

Most of what we taste we actually smell. The only sensations that we pick up in our mouth are sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. Without its smell, coffee would have only a sour or bitter taste due to the organic acids. Try it with your next cup of coffee – hold your nose as you take your first sip.

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What’s next for the smartphone in a rapidly changing market?

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

It should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months – the length of a typical contract with a network service provider. After all, it is a fast-moving, high-turnover market and planned obsolescence is how it is kept moving.

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Julian Assange: ‘I hope there’s much still to come’

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

The WikiLeaks co-founder says the internet can be both a tool of political empowerment and the road to dystopia

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Stopping the leaks

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•14

When a big old cast-iron water main blows, it certainly makes for a spectacular media event.

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