New gene discovered associated with Tau, a common form of brain pathology

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:45pm
Investigators have reported the discovery of a new gene that is associated with susceptibility to a common form of brain pathology called Tau that accumulates in several different conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, certain forms of dementia and Parkinsonian syndromes as well as chronic traumatic encephalopathy that occurs with repeated head injuries.
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Biodiversity loss shifts flowering phenology at same magnitude as global warming

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:45pm
Researchers have revealed that declining plant diversity -- from habitat loss, human use, and other environmental pressures -- causes plants to flower earlier, and that the effects of diversity loss on the timing of flowering are similar in magnitude to the effects of global warming. The finding could have a powerful influence on the way scientists study ecosystem changes and measure the effects of global warming.
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Samsung's Calls For Industry To Embrace Its Battery Check Process as a New Standard Have Been Ignored

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:40pm
Months after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the topic remains too hot for the rest of the wireless industry to handle. From a report on CNET: With Samsung's Galaxy S8 to launch next week, a renewed discussion of the Note 7, which had an unhealthy tendency to catch fire and which had to be recalled, is inevitable. Samsung opened that door in January when it embarked on a mea culpa tour. Beyond spelling out the cause of the overheating problem in its popular phone, the company unveiled an eight-point battery check system it said surpassed industry practices, and it invited rivals to follow its model. But two months after the introduction, what's the industry response? A collective shrug. Interviews with phone makers and carriers found that while all placed a high priority on safety, few would talk specifically about Samsung's new battery check process or the idea of adopting it for themselves.

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Blinking Cursor Devours CPU Cycles in Visual Studio Code Editor

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:01pm
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications." In fact, VSC turns out to be rather inefficient when it comes to CPU resources. Developer Jo Liss has found that the software, when in focus and idle, uses 13 percent of CPU capacity just to render its blinking cursor. Liss explains that the issue can be reproduced by closing all VSC windows, opening a new window, opening a new tab with an empty untitled file, then checking CPU activity. For other macOS applications that present a blinking cursor, like Chrome or TextEdit, Liss said, the CPU usage isn't nearly as excessive. The issue is a consequence of rendering the cursor every 16.67ms (60 fps) rather than every 500ms.

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It’s Hard Out Here For a Pigeon

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:00pm
In this week's Gadget Lab podcast, we talk to the director of the final episode of Planet Earth II. The post It's Hard Out Here For a Pigeon appeared first on WIRED.
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Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of some -- but not all -- heart conditions

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 5:58pm
Moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of several, but not all, cardiovascular diseases, finds a large study of UK adults. The finding that moderate drinking is not universally associated with a lower risk of all cardiovascular conditions suggests a more nuanced approach to the role of alcohol in prevention of cardiovascular disease is necessary.
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Alcohol Is Good for Your Heart -- Most of the Time

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 5:20pm
Alcohol, in moderation, has a reputation for being healthy for the heart. Drinking about a glass of wine for women per day, and two glasses for men, is linked to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease. From a report on Time: A new study of nearly two million people published in The BMJ adds more evidence that moderate amounts of alcohol appear to be healthy for most heart conditions -- but not all of them. The researchers analyzed the link between alcohol consumption and 12 different heart ailments in a large group of U.K. adults. None of the people in the study had cardiovascular disease when the study started. People who did not drink had an increased risk for eight of the heart ailments, ranging from 12 percent to 56 percent, compared to people who drank in moderation. These eight conditions include the most common heart events, such as heart attack, stroke and sudden heart-related death.

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App That Lets People Make Personalized Emojis Is the Fastest Growing App In Past Two Years

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:40pm
From a report on Axios: Bitmoji is the fastest-growing app in America, per comScore, with a more than 5000 percent increase in monthly unique visitors over the past two years. E-commerce apps OfferUp and Letgo are the 2nd and 3rd fastest-growing apps. The findings from comScore's latest study highlight three of the fastest-growing mobile market trends: E-commerce: Letgo (3), OfferUp (2), Flipp (4), Venmo (5) and Wish (7), are facilitating real-world marketplace transactions. Travel: Uber (6), Waze (8) and Lyft (9) all help users travel from one point to another via auto. Social connectivity: Tinder (10), Bitmoji (1) and GroupMe (11) all facilitate gatherings and social interaction. FastCompany wrote a profile of Bitmoji and why so many people seem to be a big fan of it.

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Neurosurgical practices must evolve and transform to adapt to rapidly changing healthcare industry

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:37pm
Neurosurgeons hoping to successfully navigate the rapidly changing healthcare industry must advance their strategies and adapt new ways of thinking in order to continue to thrive in an evolving environment, say authors of a new report.
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Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:35pm
A decade after the genre's peak, virtual reality turns out to be the perfect medium for indulging the rock-god fantasy. The post Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm appeared first on WIRED.
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Alien from 'Life' Invades Space.com! (And I Live to Talk About It)

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:20pm
The new science-fiction thriller "Life" focuses on the discovery of alien life from Mars that might not be so nice, so what's in this box the folks behind the movie sent Space.com?
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How Can You Measure How Much Pain a Baby Feels?

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:00pm
The FDA is issuing a new warning on anesthesia for infants, and it poses a difficult question for doctors. What's more dangerous: pain or pain treatment? The post How Can You Measure How Much Pain a Baby Feels? appeared first on WIRED.
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Americans' Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:00pm
Jed Kolko, writing for FiveThirtyEight: The suburbanization of America marches on. Population growth in big cities slowed for the fifth-straight year in 2016, according to new census data, while population growth accelerated in the more sprawling counties that surround them. The Census Bureau on Thursday released population estimates for every one of the more than 3,000 counties in the U.S. I grouped those counties into six categories: urban centers of large metropolitan areas; their densely populated suburbs; their lightly populated suburbs; midsize metros; smaller metro areas; and rural counties, which are outside metro areas entirely. The fastest growth was in those lower-density suburbs. Those counties grew by 1.3 percent in 2016, the fastest rate since 2008, when the housing bust put an end to rapid homebuilding in these areas. In the South and West, growth in large-metro lower-density suburbs topped 2 percent in 2016, led by counties such as Kendall and Comal north of San Antonio; Hays near Austin; and Forsyth, north of Atlanta.

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National Noise Map Charts Americans’ Aural Misery

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 3:30pm
Work from government cartograph-ears puts transportation-related noise in perspective. The post National Noise Map Charts Americans' Aural Misery appeared first on WIRED.
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Some Of Hacker Group's Claims Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Accounts Aren't False

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 3:20pm
Earlier this week, a hacker group claimed that it had access to 250 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, who called themselves part of Turkish Crime Family group, threatened to reset passwords of all the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe those iPhones. Apple could stop them, they said, if it paid them a ransom by April 7. In a statement, Apple said, "the alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services," and that it is working with law enforcement officials to identify the hackers. Now, ZDNet reports that it obtained a set of credentials from the hacker group and was able to verify some of the claims. From the article: ZDNet obtained a set of 54 credentials from the hacker group for verification. All the 54 accounts were valid, based on a check using the site's password reset function. These accounts include "icloud.com," dating back to 2011, and legacy "me.com" and "mac.com" domains from as early as 2000. The list of credentials contained just email addresses and plain-text passwords, separated by a colon, which according to Troy Hunt, data breach expert and owner of notification site Have I Been Pwned, makes it likely that the data "could be aggregated from various sources." We started working to contact each person, one by one, to confirm their password. Most of the accounts are no longer registered with iMessage and could not be immediately reached. However, 10 people in total confirmed that their passwords were accurate, and as a result have now been changed.

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Some Of Hacker Group's Claim Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Account Aren't False

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 3:20pm
Earlier this week, a hacker group claimed that it had access to 250 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, who called themselves part of Turkish Crime Family group, threatened to reset passwords of all the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe those iPhones. Apple could stop them, they said, if it paid them a ransom by April 7. In a statement, Apple said, "the alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services," and that it is working with law enforcement officials to identify the hackers. Now, ZDNet reports that it obtained a set of credentials from the hacker group and was able to verify some of the claims. From the article: ZDNet obtained a set of 54 credentials from the hacker group for verification. All the 54 accounts were valid, based on a check using the site's password reset function. These accounts include "icloud.com," dating back to 2011, and legacy "me.com" and "mac.com" domains from as early as 2000. The list of credentials contained just email addresses and plain-text passwords, separated by a colon, which according to Troy Hunt, data breach expert and owner of notification site Have I Been Pwned, makes it likely that the data "could be aggregated from various sources." We started working to contact each person, one by one, to confirm their password. Most of the accounts are no longer registered with iMessage and could not be immediately reached. However, 10 people in total confirmed that their passwords were accurate, and as a result have now been changed.

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Rome From Space - Italy’s Capital Gets Orbital Look | Video

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 3:04pm
ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-2a satellite captured imagery of the area in January 2016. ’Earth from Space’ host Kelsea Brennan-Wessels explains.
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Europe's Jupiter Explorer Mission Moves to Prototype Production

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 3:04pm
The European Space Agency completed the preliminary design review for the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer, giving a go-ahead to prime contractor Airbus and its partners to start building a prototype spacecraft to test systems for the mission known as Juice.
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Human-Caused Climate Change Made 2016 Way Too Hot

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:58pm
The year 2016 was one for the record books, at least when it comes to the weather. Last year had the highest global temperature in modern history and extremely high levels of carbon dioxide and sea level rise.
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US Military's 'Gremlin' Program Lets Pilots Launch and Snag Drones in Midair

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:53pm
The fairy-tale-inspired "Gremlin" program aims to launch and retrieve drones in midair.
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