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Sony founder nephew starts as head of PlayStation unit

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The nephew of a Sony founder on Monday started as head of a regional gaming unit, after the Japanese electronics giant sailed past the 10 million mark in sales of its PlayStation 4.

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Japan firm showcases ‘touchable’ 3D technology

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there.

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Antarctic waters ‘rising faster’

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report finds.

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Naked photos of celebrities leaked

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Naked pictures of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence are posted online but some stars claim the photos are fake.

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Thailand totters towards waste crisis

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A blaze at a vast rubbish dump home to six million tonnes of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.

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Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.

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Japan says electronics OK during take-off and landing

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union.

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Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

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BBC begins push to help kids code

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The BBC unveils plans to support England’s computer coding curriculum with a new section of its Bitesize learning site and tech-themed TV shows.

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Q&A: Don’t Judge Them by Their Shells

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

They look different, but the difference in nutritional value between the different-colored eggs is negligible.

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China Plans a Market for Carbon Permits

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The nation plans to use the market, expected to be introduced in 2016, to slow its rapid growth in climate-changing emissions.

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Cholesterol Drug Halves Heart Attack and Stroke in Early Test

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The results, though not conclusive, provide the first evidence that targeting a protein known as PCSK9 could reduce cardiovascular risks for millions of patients.

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Dot Earth Blog: Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow From Coal-Burning Plants

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A pitch for considering a lifetime’s worth of carbon dioxide emissions when examining power plants in the context of climate change.

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Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process.

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New Novartis Drug Effective in Treating Heart Failure

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The experimental drug developed by the Swiss company Novartis reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular causes and could replace what has been the bedrock treatment for more than 20 years, researchers said.

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World Briefing: Central America Hit by Severe Drought

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America, and as many as 2.8 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Program said Friday.

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Leadership and Calm Are Urged in Ebola Outbreak

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Leadership and help from Western nations are needed to eradicate the virus in West Africa, according to some of the top experts in disease eradication.

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Nuclear Waste Is Allowed Above Ground Indefinitely

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s move means new nuclear plants can be built and old ones can expand their operations despite the lack of a long-term plan for disposing of the waste.

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Quarantine for Ebola Lifted in Liberia Slum

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The president of Liberia had rejected the advice of Ebola experts in quarantining the West Point neighborhood, a move that resulted in deadly clashes.

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Swirls of Dust and Drama, Punctuating Life in the Southwest

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Children, drivers and other residents have learned how to prepare for huge dust storms, sometimes called haboobs, that can turn day into night in seconds.

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Experimental Drug Would Help Fight Ebola if Supply Increases, Study Finds

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

All 18 monkeys exposed to a lethal dose of the virus and given the experimental drug survived, raising hopes that ZMapp will work in people.

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Forensic Hydrology at the Gowanus Canal

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Eymund Diegel, an environmental planner who wants the cleanup of the canal done right, uses unorthodox forensic methods to account for the natural watershed, the underground springs and streams feeding the canal.

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Use of ‘language of deceit’ betrays scientific fraud

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Distinguishing scientific papers known to be fraudulent from those that contain genuine results can be done simply by comparing the writing styles

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Emailing angry? Your keyboard feels your pain

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

By measuring the way you are typing, a computer program can detect how you are feeling with 80 per cent accuracy

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Beautiful spiral cracks could be a feature, not a flaw

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Unusually uniform, watercolour-like fractures that form in high-tech materials could be used to manufacture micro-patterned surfaces

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AIDS Progress in South Africa Is in Peril

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Though few Americans realize it, South Africa owes much of its success in the fight against AIDS to a single United States program — one that is now moving elsewhere.

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3D-printed books make pictures real for blind children

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Children’s classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar have come to life for visually impaired children thanks to 3D-printed Braille text and tactile pictures

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As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Monrovia has become, in a few short weeks, a major focal point of the epidemic, with the outbreak overwhelming the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to Single Funeral Where 14 Women Were Infected

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

An explosion of cases in early summer seems to stem from a traditional healer’s funeral at which 14 women were infected, according to scientists.

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New Study Offers Clues to Swift Arctic Extinction

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A study seems to rule out assimilation as the reason for the sudden disappearance of the Paleo-Eskimo population that thrived alone for more than 4,000 years.

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Ebola Could Strike 20,000, World Health Agency Says

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The forecast came as the World Health Organization said the overall toll had risen by more than 100, to 1,552 out of 3,069 cases in four West African countries.

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Liberian Doctor Treated With an Experimental Drug Dies From Ebola

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Dr. Abraham Borbor, deputy chief medical doctor at Liberia’s largest hospital, received ZMapp — the same drug given to two infected Americans who survived.

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Dot Earth Blog: Winged Warning: Heavy Metal Song Distortion

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A series on birds as environmental sentinels includes a story on how mercury contamination distorts birds’ songs.

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Matter: Parasites Practicing Mind Control

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A new study suggests that Toxoplasma can turn its host’s genes on and off, influencing behavior.

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Europe launches two satellites into wrong orbit

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Two satellites destined for the Galileo global positioning network may have to burn most of their fuel to get back into formation, or be replaced

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Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in Mice

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

M.I.T. researchers say a technique that adjusts emotions attached to memories could eventually lead to more effective therapies for people with psychological problems.

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W.H.O. Moves Team in Sierra Leone After a Medical Worker Contracts Ebola

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A day after announcing a reinvigorated commitment in the country, the World Health Organization said it had removed its Ebola response team after an epidemiologist came down with the virus.

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Dot Earth Blog: Oceans Agency Lists 20 Coral Species as Threatened

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Twenty coral species, facing harms from global warming, coastal pollution and other perils are listed as threatened by the federal oceans agency.

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Ferguson protests spark calls for cops to wear cameras

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

On-body cameras mean police use less force, and a range of new apps are giving citizens new ways to hold errant police officers to account

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Supercomputers make discoveries that scientists can’t

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

No researcher could read all the papers in their field – but machines are making discoveries in their own right by mining the scientific literature

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Stretchy plastics hide secret pictures

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A new invisible ink that reveals secret messages when squeezed could be useful in preventing fraud

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Life in Lego: how mini-figure academics went viral

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Donna Yates explains how her Lego female scientists became a Twitter hit

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Scientists get set for simulated nuclear inspection

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Some 40 scientists and technicians from around the world will descend on Jordan in November to take part in a simulated on-site inspection of a suspected nuclear test site on the banks of the Dead Sea.

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Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant’s U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure.

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Pupils begin ‘tough’ new curriculum

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Teaching of a "tough" new national curriculum including computer coding classes begins in England.

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VIDEO: Greenhouse gas fear over meat production

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Global consumption of meat needs to fall to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment, a study says.

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Pupils begin ‘tough’ new curriculum

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Teaching of a "tough" new national curriculum including computer coding classes begins in England.

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Greenhouse gas fear over meat eating

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

New research estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.

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Q&A: Don’t Judge Them by Their Shells

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

They look different, but the difference in nutritional value between the different-colored eggs is negligible.

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VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.

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Hi-tech cars are security risk

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Researchers worry new cars could be vulnerable to hackers

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The Media Equation: Amazon Bets on Content in Deal for Twitch

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Twitch has built a platform that hosts live events akin to the N.F.L., the United States Open or the X Games — and it has the audience to show for it.

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Bits Digital Diary: On Instagram’s Hyperlapse, and Fast-Forwarding to the Future

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Instagram’s new tool for capturing time-lapse video could provide a new prism through which people view and present themselves to the world.

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Mental Floss Is Buoyed by Online Video

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Mental Floss has become one of the magazine industry’s biggest video success stories by deploying a secret weapon — the author and YouTube star John Green.

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NATO Set to Ratify Pledge on Joint Defense in Case of Major Cyberattack

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing.

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Xenon and argon banned for athletes

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Doping experts have yet to find an effective test for athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a worldwide ban is introduced.

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Scientists develop ‘electronic nose’ for rapid detection of C. diff infection

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C. diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of Leicester.

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Why plants in the office make us more productive

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

‘Green’ offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery, new research shows.

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Dot Earth Blog: Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow From Coal-Burning Plants

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A pitch for considering a lifetime’s worth of carbon dioxide emissions when examining power plants in the context of climate change.

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Bits Blog: Google Joins Amazon in Dreams of Drone Delivery

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Who needs UPS trucks and bicycle delivery when you can fly in things people buy online?

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Bits Blog: San Francisco Exhales During ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The event draws more than 50,000 people, many of whom are from the tech industry. And while they’re away, the city’s hard-to-get-into restaurants and bars aren’t so hard to get into.

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Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors’ plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

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DealBook: Top Bitcoin Proponent to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Charles Shrem, a leading backer of Bitcoin, is to plead to one federal count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business.

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Experts seek to save Haiti’s archaeological sites

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A group of international experts is traveling across Haiti to examine the country’s archaeological sites and develop a plan to better protect them.

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Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that – if current trends continue – food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2050.

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Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average, a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent’s icesheet, scientists said on Sunday.

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Mixing in star-forming clouds explains why sibling stars look alike

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The chemical uniformity of stars in the same cluster is the result of turbulent mixing in the clouds of gas where star formation occurs, according to a study by astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Their results, published August 31 in Nature, show that even stars that don’t stay together in a cluster will share a chemical fingerprint with their siblings which can be used to trace them to the same birthplace.

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Discovery reveals how bacteria distinguish harmful versus helpful viruses

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

When they are not busy attacking us, germs go after each other. But when viruses invade bacteria, it doesn’t always spell disaster for the infected microbes: Sometimes viruses actually carry helpful genes that a bacterium can harness to, say, expand its diet or better attack its own hosts.

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A new synthetic amino acid for an emerging class of drugs

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Swiss scientists have developed a new amino acid that can be used to modify the 3-D structure of therapeutic peptides. Insertion of the amino acid into bioactive peptides enhanced their binding affinity up to 40-fold. Peptides with the new amino acid could potentially become a new class of therapeutics.

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Iceland issues new volcano alert

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Iceland issues an aviation alert after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano, but the warning is later lowered.

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Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp the Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are locating in and around Cleveland. They’re taking advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

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Bits Blog: San Francisco Exhales During ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The event draws more than 50,000 people, many of whom are from the tech industry. And while they’re away, the city’s hard-to-get-into restaurants and bars aren’t so hard to get into.

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18th century brewery remains found at Va. college

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it.

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Bits Blog: San Francisco Exhales During ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

The event draws more than 50,000 people, many of whom are from the tech industry. And while they’re away, the city’s hard-to-get-into restaurants and bars aren’t so hard to get into.

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14 detained trying to prevent Faroe Island dolphin hunt

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Fourteen animal rights activists have been detained on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt, their organisation said Sunday.

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Iceland issues new volcano alert

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

Iceland raises its aviation warning level to red after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano.

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DIY glove-based tutor indicates muscle-memory potential

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•14

A senior editor at IEEE Spectrum worked on a DIY project that enabled his 11-year-old son to improve his touch typing by use of a vibrating glove. His son was already "pretty quick on the keyboard," said his father, David Schneider, but his finger technique could have used some more training. Schneider tried making a glove to serve as a training tool. Eight vibration motors were sewn into the fingers of cycling gloves. He programmed the Arduino to activate a given motor for a quarter of a second corresponding to each character he sent to the microcontroller’s serial port—"a "1" would vibrate the motor pressing on the left pinkie, a "2" for the left ring finger, a "3" for the left middle finger, and so forth." He had to write a program that could run on a laptop for his son to associate the stimulation of the fingers with the correct sequence of keystrokes. He chose Tkinter, Python’s de-facto standard Graphical User Interface package. The program presented a word and showed the word spelled out on the screen. It sent the appropriate character to the Arduino so that the corresponding finger was vibrated.

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Census: Orca population in Puget Sound falling

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

With two new deaths this year and no new calves since 2012, the population of endangered killer whales in the Puget Sound continues to decline.

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Fujifilm vs Ebola: Japan giants turn hands to medicine

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

When Japan announced it was ready to supply a new drug to help combat the deadly Ebola virus, one unusual detail emerged—it would be made by Fujifilm.

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Booming electric car sales under fire in Norway

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Ministers in Norway—a major and rich oil-producing country—are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales.

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Water police on patrol in drought-scarred Los Angeles

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Los Angeles isn’t the world’s wettest city at the best of times. But a record drought has triggered extra measures—now including "water police" checking on over-zealous sprinkler users and the like.

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US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.

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Indian start-up launches shoes that show you the way

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

"Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas.

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‘Halo’ makers shed light on live-action series

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

"Halo: Nightfall" is returning to familiar territory.

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Renal denervation more successful when it includes accessory arteries

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Renal denervation seems to be more successful at reducing blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension when it includes accessory renal arteries, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Linda Schmiedel from Germany.

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Wine only protects against CVD in people who exercise

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Wine only protects against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people who exercise, according to results from the In Vino Veritas study presented at ESC Congress today by professor Milos Taborsky from the Czech Republic.

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Drinking tea reduces non-CV mortality by 24 percent

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24 percent, reveals a study in 131,000 people presented at ESC Congress today by professor Nicolas Danchin from France.

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New method predicts optimal number and location of AEDs

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

A new method to predict the optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators was presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Benjamin Dahan from France. According to the predictive method, Paris needs 350 AEDs located in public places for optimal prevention of out of hospital cardiac arrest.

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Local anesthetic for TAVI as safe and effective as general anesthetic

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Local anesthetic is as safe and effective for transcatheter aortic valve implantation as general anesthetic, according to results of the FRANCE 2 registry presented at the European Society for Cardiology Congress today by Dr Romain Chopard from France.

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Retrievable transcatheter aortic valve effective and safe in real world setting

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

A retrievable and repositionable transcatheter aortic valve is effective and safe in a real world setting, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Dr Stylianos Pyxaras from Germany. The direct flow medical transcatheter aortic valve has unique features that improve operator control and has the potential to improve transcatheter aortic valve implantation outcomes in patients with severe aortic stenosis.

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Batteryless cardiac pacemaker is based on automatic wristwatch

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement.

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AF mortality and morbidity high at 1 year despite good anticoagulant use

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Mortality and morbidity of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients remains high at one year despite good use of oral anticoagulants, according to the one year follow-up of the Atrial Fibrillation General Pilot Registry. The findings were presented for the first time at ESC Congress 2014 today by registry chairperson professor Gregory Lip.

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DealBook: Top Bitcoin Proponent to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Charles Shrem, a leading backer of Bitcoin, is to plead to one federal count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business.

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End-of-Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process.

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Hal Finney, Cryptographer and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies at 58

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Mr. Finney made advancing online privacy his life’s work, and he took part in the first Bitcoin transaction, when Satoshi Nakamoto sent him 10 Bitcoins.

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Power Up: E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting for Real Money in Virtual Contests

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Professional video gaming is becoming a worldwide spectator sport offering big prizes to competitors, helping the game industry gain even greater cultural and economic clout.

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Bits Digital Diary: On Instagram’s Hyperlapse, and Fast-Forwarding to the Future

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Instagram’s new tool for capturing time-lapse video could provide a new prism through which people view and present themselves to the world.

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Bits Blog: Lyft Says Uber’s Recruitment Efforts Are Hurting Drivers

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

In instances when Uber ambassadors take rides to recruit Lyft drivers, those Lyft drivers experience a considerable drop in pay, according to company data.

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Bits Blog: Apple Appeals Judge’s Decision to Deny a Ban on Samsung Products

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

The smartphone giants Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop patent suits against each other outside the United States, but their fight here clearly isn’t over.

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Q&A: How to Manage Google Location Tracking

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•14

Plus, writing about yourself on Wikipedia.

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