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Scientists discover new molecule from local herb with potential for drug development

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have discovered a new molecule which can join together chains of amino acids – the building blocks of protein.

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Anthropology unlocks clues about Roman gladiators’ eating habits

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during excavations in the ancient city of Ephesos.

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Amid a Shift in Strategy, IBM Reports Weak Earnings

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

The chief executive called results disappointing as the company said it would pay $1.5 billion to shed its chip-making unit.

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Best of Last Week – First map of hidden universe, pursuit of compact fusion and new clues about the causes of depression

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

(Phys.org) —It was an interesting week for physics as scientists built the first map of the hidden universe—astronomers led by a team with the Max Planck Institute in Germany created the first 3D map of the universe depicting things just three billion years after the Big Bang. Also, Lockheed Martin revealed new details about its pursuit of a compact fusion reactor concept, announcing they are on the fast track to developing what they describe as the ultimate power source and predicting they’ll have a prototype in just five years. And a team of physicists from China and Singapore conducted quantum tests that strengthen support for EPR steering—it concerns particularly strong types of entanglement in which the two systems are not just correlated, but are correlated in a specific direction.

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Strong iPhone 6 demand boosts Taiwan export orders

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan’s export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record $43.3 billion, the government said Monday.

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Google changes ‘to fight piracy’

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Google announces changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy.

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Solar farms ‘blight on landscape’

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Environment Secretary Liz Truss says large-scale solar farms are "ugly" as she confirms plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy for the schemes.

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

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•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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Flexible paper electrodes with ultra-high loading for lithium-sulfur batteries

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

With the rapid development of portable electronic devices, electric automobiles, and renewable energy storage, high-density energy storage systems are needed. Lithium-ion batteries, though mature and widely utilized, have encountered the theoretical limit and therefore can not meet the urgent need for high energy density. Lithium-sulfur batteries, owning a theoretical energy density of 2600 Wh kg-1, which are approximately 4 times as much as commercially used lithium-ion batteries, are considered to be strong candidates. The abundance and environmentally friendly nature of the element sulfur as cathode material are factors in the huge potential of lithium-sulfur batteries. The combination of nanocarbon and sulfur is effective at overcoming the insulating nature of sulfur for lithium sulfur batteries.

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Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

At the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, field work and bench investigations keep ARS scientists on the scientific front lines of converting biomass into cellulosic ethanol.

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Students create interactive tool that tells the story of global change

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

An innovative project led by Stanford students harnesses the power of first-person and local news stories – presented in an interactive online map – to help people grasp the science of global environmental impacts on their communities.

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1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and published in Nature Physics today.

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Europe ‘will fail to protect climate’

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

IPCC expert says EU’s plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.

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Why there are so many spiders in Britain’s homes this year

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Giant spiders are invading Britain’s homes – if media reports this year are anything to go by. But are they dangerous? Museum expert Stuart Hine explains why we are seeing more spiders this autumn, and what you should do if you spot one.

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DealBook: Shouts on Bond-Trading Floor Yield to Robot Beeps

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

JPMorgan Chase is moving more of its bond trading to electronic platforms, following a trend on Wall Street in stock trading, which was transformed by automation years ago.

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IBM to pay $1.5B to shed its chip division

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

IBM is paying $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division.

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Hot explosions on the cool sun

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

(Phys.org) —The Sun is more spirited than previously thought. Apart from the solar eruptions, huge bursts of particles and radiation from the outer atmosphere of our star, also the cooler layer right below can be the site of explosions: in some areas magnetic energy builds up and discharges within only a few minutes in temperature eruptions of up to 100000 degrees. Researchers under the lead of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have now for the first time found evidence of such short-lived heat pockets in data from NASA’s space telescope IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph). 

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Researchers study why we buy so much for Christmas

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

The mindset of shoppers can be divided into two groups, say researchers: those focused on avoiding risk and opportunity-seekers who respond to messages about maximising pleasure.

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Maternity burden on small business overstated, finds new review

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Small business owners over-estimate the burden of providing maternity protection to their staff a new review, conducted by a team of experts from Middlesex University for the International Labour Organization, has revealed in a new report, out 20 October 2014.

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NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter watches comet fly near

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

The longest-lived robot ever sent to Mars came through its latest challenge in good health, reporting home on schedule after sheltering behind Mars from possible comet dust.

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Japan firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

A free-floating image created by firing lasers into thin air was unveiled in Japan on Monday, offering the possibility one day of projecting messages into a cloudless sky, as seen in Batman.

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Parents benefit from Head Start program, pattern especially strong in African-Americans

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Head Start programs may help low-income parents improve their educational status, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers.

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Anonymising router project shut down

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

A plan to raise cash to make a router that hides what people do online has been suspended after questions were raised about the project.

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Europe secures new generation of weather satellites

Written By: admin - Oct• 21•14

Contracts were signed today to build three pairs of MetOp Second Generation satellites, ensuring the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come.

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Kickstarter suspends privacy router campaign

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Kickstarter has suspended an anonymizing router from its crowdfunding site. By Sunday, the page for "anonabox: A Tor hardware router" carried an extra word "(Suspended)" in parentheses with a banner below stating "Funding for this project was suspended 2 days ago."

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Blind cave fish may provide insight on eye disease and other human health issues

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but recent research indicates they may have quite a bit to teach us about the causes of many human ailments, including those that result in loss of sight. A team of researchers, led by Suzanne McGaugh, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, is looking to the tiny eyeless fish for clues about the underpinnings of degenerative eye disease and more.

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Gaming final packs Seoul stadium

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

On the ground at the League of Legends World Championship’s final

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Japan man jailed for making guns with 3D printer

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A Japanese court on Monday jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

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Nepal to end rescue operation on trekking route

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to have been stranded on a trekking route by a series of deadly blizzards are now safe.

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African solar plan to power UK homes

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

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VIDEO: Plastic food packaging health fears

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

BBC Inside Out examines whether health fears over plastic food packaging are justified and asks if BPA should be banned in the UK.

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Robert W. Fri, Energy Adviser and Director at Smithsonian, Dies at 78

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Mr. Fri, who nearly doubled attendance at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History during his tenure, also served in posts at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Study shows medication is frequently, unintentionally given incorrectly to young children

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital researchers, 63,000 children under the age of six experienced out-of-hospital medication errors annually between 2002 and 2012. One child is affected every eight minutes, usually by a well-meaning parent or caregiver unintentionally committing a medication error.

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Mummy remains refute antiquity of ankylosing spondylitis

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic disease that causes inflammation in the spinal joints and was thought to have affected members of the ancient Egyptian royal families. Now a new study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, refutes that claim, finding instead a degenerative spinal condition called diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis in royal Egyptian mummies from the 18th to early 20th Dynasties.

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Scientists say national Alzheimer’s plan milestones must be strengthened to meet goal by 2025

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A workgroup of nearly 40 Alzheimer’s researchers and scientists says the research milestones in the US Government’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease must be broadened in scope, increased in scale, and adequately funded in order to successfully achieve this goal. A series of proposals by the workgroup to enlarge and strengthen the Plan are published today in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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A Comet’s Brush With Mars

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

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Dot Earth Blog: A Passing: Rick Piltz, a Bush-Era Whistleblower

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A gutsy Bush-era whistleblower and defender of climate science passes away.

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Fear of Ebola Closes Schools and Shapes Politics

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Within the escalating debate over how to manage potential threats to public health, the line between vigilance and hysteria can be blurry.

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Dial and Redial: Phone Hackers Stealing Billions

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A phone fraud on the rise and aided by Internet-connected phone systems can lead to six-figure bills for businesses.

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Bits Blog: IBM Sets Announcement on Monday, Possibly on Chip-Making Unit

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Analysts say the most likely possibility is that it has a deal in its long-running effort to shed its computer chip manufacturing operations.

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Dozens Declared Free of Ebola Risk in Texas

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

The 21-day monitoring period ended for nearly everyone who had contact with the country’s first Ebola fatality, as the Pentagon said it would form a 30-person military medical team.

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Stephen Colbert Has a Mock Feud With Google Over Search Results

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Stephen Colbert chided the search engine for getting his height wrong, a situation that highlighted challenges about the accuracy and sources of its information.

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Yahoo’s Tumblr Teams Up With TV Shows to Reach Their Audiences

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

In a bid to expand its own audience, the social media and blogging site is reaching out to fans of certain shows through deals with the shows’ creators.

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Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Nuclear proponents say that extending plants’ lifetimes is more economical — and a better way to hold down carbon dioxide emissions — than building new plants.

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Bits Blog: IBM Sets Announcement on Monday, Possibly on Chip-Making Unit

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Analysts say the most likely possibility is that it has a deal in its long-running effort to shed its computer chip manufacturing operations.

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The Week Ahead: Tech Giants’ Earnings and Eurozone Bank Stress Tests

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Yahoo will report quarterly results, and the results of the eurozone banks’ tests are approaching.

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Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.

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Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

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Tropical storm batters southern Mexico coast, kills six

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Six people were killed as tropical storm Trudy—since downgraded to a tropical depression—lashed Mexico, prompting evacuations and stranding 16 communities, authorities said Sunday.

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N.F.L. Backs Push for Its Fan-Friendly Mobile Service

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

NFL Now, a mobile video service, provides game highlights, updates and news reports directly to fans and competes with TV and cable networks.

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Sesame Workshop to Tackle Preschool Literacy With Technology

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

The first products from a partnership between the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk could be available early next year.

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Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.

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Scottish fish ‘first to have sex’

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests.

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Bits Blog: A Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Rhizome, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and conserving digital art, has developed a tool that records the immersive experience of a website or a social network.

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Sex? It all started 385 million years ago (w/ Video)

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

It may not have been love as we know it, but around 385 million years ago, our very distant ancestors—armoured fish called placoderms—developed the art of intercourse.

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Imaging electric charge propagating along microbial nanowires

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say a new collaborative study provides stronger evidence than ever to support their claims.

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Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream: Scientists have designed the first large DNA crystals

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, biology, and more. Researchers have been working to master the ability to coax DNA molecules to self assemble into the precise shapes and sizes needed in order to fully realize these nanotechnology dreams.

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Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Scientists at The University of Manchester hope a major breakthrough could lead to more effective methods for detoxifying dangerous pollutants like PCBs and dioxins. The result is a culmination of 15 years of research and has been published in Nature. It details how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants.

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Robert W. Fri, Energy Adviser and Director at Smithsonian, Dies at 78

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Mr. Fri, who nearly doubled attendance at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History during his tenure, also served in posts at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Robert W. Fri, Energy Adviser and Director at Smithsonian, Dies at 78

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Mr. Fri, who nearly doubled attendance at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History during his tenure, also served in posts at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Solar farms ‘blight on landscape’

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Environment Secretary Liz Truss says large-scale solar farms are "ugly" as she confirms plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy for the schemes.

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Power Up: In South Korea, E-Sports Are Competitive and Commonplace

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•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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Britain threatens Internet ‘trolls’ with two years in jail

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile case of abuse on Twitter.

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Bits Blog: A Look Behind the Snapchat Photo Leak Claims

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Three men who built a tool called Snapaved to store images from the messaging service have come forward to offer details of how a recent theft of thousands of private photos occurred.

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Bits Blog: Trying to Live in the Moment (and Not on the Phone)

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

By providing a scoreboard of our smartphone use, new apps may help us change our ways.

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Bits Blog: A Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Rhizome, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and conserving digital art, has developed a tool that records the immersive experience of a website or a social network.

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Japan’s ‘sacred’ rice farms rotting from inside

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan’s struggling rice industry.

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With new entrants, streaming TV sees watershed moment

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•14

For years, the notion of on-demand, anywhere television has been slowly disrupting the traditional pay TV industry. Now it seems that streaming video has hit a watershed moment.

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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized half a tonne of ivory being smuggled from Africa to east Asia.

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Heavy rains leave 22 dead in Nicaragua

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Days of torrential rains in Nicaragua left 22 people dead and left homeless more than 32,000 others, according to an official report Saturday.

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New iPad cellular models have Apple SIM flexibility

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Cellular-enabled iPad models are under a new paradigm, said AppleInsider, regarding the Apple SIM. Apple’s newest iPad models with cellular connectivity use a SIM card which tech sites said could eventually spell changes in the carrier business and in pricing for customers.

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Women more likely to develop anxiety and depression after heart attack

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Patients with depression are nearly 6 times more likely to die within 6 months after a heart attack than those without depression. The increased risk of death in patients with depression persists up to 18 months after the heart attack. But despite the fact that post-heart-attack depression is common and burdensome, the condition remains under-recognized and under-treated.

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Rare white rhino dies in Kenya, pushing breed close to extinction

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

One of the last northern white rhinos on the planet has died in a reserve in Kenya, leaving the sub-species on the verge of extinction, experts said Saturday.

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Solar farms ‘blight on landscape’

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Environment Secretary Liz Truss says large-scale solar farms are "ugly" as she confirms plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy for the schemes.

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Dozens in Ohio Monitored for Possible Exposure to Nurse With Ebola

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died earlier this month in Dallas from the Ebola virus.

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At Service for Dallas Ebola Victim, Relatives Recall a Gentle, Generous Man

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Family and friends bid farewell at a North Carolina church on Saturday to Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who was the first person to die of Ebola in the United States.

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Applied Science: When Those Who Know Won’t Share

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Teamwork may be important in the workplace, but research shows that individual workers find various rationales for keeping knowledge to themselves.

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Deep space ‘snowball’ nears close shave with Mars

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

A comet the size of a small mountain is about to skim past Mars, and NASA hopes its spacecraft will be able to photograph the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

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Orbiters on alert as comet skims Mars

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Scientists should get a grandstand view of a comet on Sunday when it makes a dramatic flyby of Mars.

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Bits Blog: A Look Behind the Snapchat Photo Leak Claims

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Three men who built a tool called Snapaved to store images from the messaging service have come forward to offer details of how a recent theft of thousands of private photos occurred.

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Robert W. Fri, Energy Adviser and Director at Smithsonian, Dies at 78

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Mr. Fri, who nearly doubled attendance at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History during his tenure, also served in posts at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Corner Office: Michelle Munson of Aspera, on Always Respecting the Opportunity

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

For the chief executive of the Aspera unit of IBM, respecting an opportunity means embracing it and dedicating yourself to making the most of it.

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Germ-zapping robot could support war against Ebola (w/ Video)

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Some years ago, when Ebola was not in any global news headlines, researchers presented their paper, "Use of Medical Robotics in Biothreat Situations" to an American Medical Informatics Association symposium where they said that "In biothreat situations, mobile robots have several advantages over humans including: imperviousness to infection; ability to be coated in self-decontaminating surfaces; 24-hour availability; and the ability to serve as a virtual telepresence and communication conduit for one or more participants. In the case of new biothreats, mobile robots could carry some of the burden that falls upon clinicians including: collecting lab specimens, delivering medications and meals, transporting bio-hazardous materials and biological waste."

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VIDEO: New dinosaur ‘may be in T-Rex family’

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Scientists think that a newly discovered species of dinosaur, whose remains were found after 20 years of excavation in Venezuela, maybe related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Bits Blog: Trying to Live in the Moment (and Not on the Phone)

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

By providing a scoreboard of our smartphone use, new apps may help us change our ways.

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Bits Blog: A Look Behind the Snapchat Photo Leak Claims

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•14

Three men who built a tool called Snapaved to store images from the messaging service have come forward to offer details of how a recent theft of thousands of private photos occurred.

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MasterCard, Zwipe announce fingerprint-sensor card

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

On Friday, MasterCard and Oslo, Norway-based Zwipe announced the launch of a contactless payment card featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor. Say goodbye to PINs. This card, they said, is the world’s first contactless payment card featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor.

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Many docs believe mobile health apps can improve patient care

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

(HealthDay)—A Manhattan Research survey recently found that many physicians believe digital communication technologies, including mobile apps, can be used to improve patient outcomes, according to an article published Oct. 8 in Medical Economics.

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Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication between small organisms and fish. These are the results of research carried out by Wageningen University and IMARES, part of Wageningen UR, published in the latest issue of Environmental Science and Technology. It is the first time that such effects of plastic on freshwater organisms have been studied.

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Atomic trigger shatters mystery of how glass deforms

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

Throw a rock through a window made of silica glass, and the brittle, insulating oxide pane shatters. But whack a golf ball with a club made of metallic glass—a resilient conductor that looks like metal—and the glass not only stays intact but also may drive the ball farther than conventional clubs. In light of this contrast, the nature of glass seems anything but clear.

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Vitamin D deficiency increases poor brain function after cardiac arrest by sevenfold

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

Patients with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have a poor neurological outcome or die after sudden cardiac arrest than those who were not deficient. Nearly one-third of the patients who were deficient in vitamin D had died 6 months after their cardiac arrest, whereas all patients with sufficient vitamin D levels were still alive.

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Experts Oppose Ebola Travel Ban, Saying It Would Cut Off Worst-Hit Countries

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

Health specialists said a travel ban would do more harm than good because it would isolate impoverished nations that are barely able to cope with the Ebola outbreak.

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Before Ebola, New Czar Handled Political Crises

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

A seasoned crisis-response operative, Ron Klain, is charged with managing the federal efforts to contain the deadly virus that has raised questions about the competence of Mr. Obama’s administration.

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Feminist Critics of Video Games Facing Threats in ‘GamerGate’ Campaign

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

The atmosphere has become so toxic that critics and developers are urging big companies in the $70-billion-a-year video game industry to do more to stop it.

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Vice-Presidential Aide To Lead Ebola Response

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

A seasoned crisis-response operative, Ron Klain, is charged with managing the federal efforts to contain the deadly virus that has raised questions about the competence of Mr. Obama’s administration.

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Sunset Solar Eclipse

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

On October 23rd, the Moon will pass in front of the sun, off-center, producing a partial solar eclipse visible in most of the United States.

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US company sells out of Ebola toys

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

They might look tasteless, but satisfied customers dub them cute and adorable. Ebola-themed toys have proved such a hit that one US-based company has sold out.

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Fitbit Says It Will Make Changes to Address Complaints About Allergic Reactions

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

The wristband will now come with a warning that it contains nickel, a common allergen used in many types of products, and a new sizing guideline to prevent users from wearing the devices too tightly

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UN biodiversity meet commits to double funding

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

A UN conference on preserving the earth’s dwindling resources wrapped up Friday with governments making a firm commitment to double biodiversity aid to developing countries by 2015.

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Snapchat weaves ads into vanishing message service

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•14

Snapchat on Friday said it will begin weaving ads into the popular service for sending ephemeral smartphone messages, but promised not to be "rude" to its members.

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