Reversing tissue damage caused by heart attacks?

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 4:20pm
A new discovery helps to explain how cells which surround blood vessels, called pericytes, stimulate new blood vessels to grow with the hormone 'leptin' playing a key role. Leptin is produced by fat cells which helps to regulate energy balance in the body by inhibiting the appetite. This study may have important implications for the treatment of heart attacks and also for cancer.
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How texting can protect babies from sudden death

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 4:20pm
Educational videos delivered by text or email successfully encouraged new mothers to use safe sleep practices for their babies, reducing the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, a new study has found.
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Adobe Announces that in 2020, Flash Player Will Reach Its 'End-of-Life' in Light of Newer Technologies

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 4:15pm
Adobe said on Tuesday it will stop distributing and updating Flash Player at the end of 2020 and is encouraging web developers to migrate any existing Flash content to open standards. Apple is working with Adobe, industry partners, and developers to complete this transition. From a blog post: Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch never supported Flash. For the Mac, the transition from Flash began in 2010 when Flash was no longer pre-installed. Today, if users install Flash, it remains off by default. Safari requires explicit approval on each website before running the Flash plugin.

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Figma Wants Designers to Collaborate Google-Docs Style

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 4:07pm
The startup unveiled two key features that should give its competitors pause.
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It Looks Like Facebook Is Also Building a Smart Speaker With Touch Screen

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 4:00pm
From a report: Facebook may launch its own smart home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. DigiTimes reports from Taiwan that Facebook is building a 15-inch touch screen smart speaker. Citing sources from the "upstream supply chain", Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 launch, with a small pilot run having already been produced. It's said to have been designed by Facebook secretive new hardware lab Building 8, using an LG in-cell touch screen with magnesium-aluminum-alloy chassis. While no further details are known about the speaker's functionality, it could potentially extend Facebook's feed of photos and videos plus its dominant messaging platform into the bedroom, living room, or kitchen.

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'Star Trek' Historians Says CBS 'Spared No Expense' with 'Star Trek: Discovery'

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 3:53pm
The authors of a book about the first 25 years of "Star Trek" talked about where the franchise has been and where it's going, at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
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Intel Exits the Maker Movement

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 3:20pm
Reader szczys writes: Intel just killed off its last "maker movement" hardware offering without fanfare by quietly releasing a Product Change Notification PDF. The Arduino 101 is halting production on September 17th. This microcontroller board is built around the Intel Curie module around which Intel bankrolled a television series called America's Greatest Makers. News on the end of life for the Arduino 101 board follows the recent cancellations of their Joule, Galileo, and Edison boards. This is the entirety of Intel's maker offerings and seems to signal their exit from entry-level embedded hardware.

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How They Pulled Off 'Atomic Blonde''s* Killer Action Sequence

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 3:00pm
Director David Leitch used analog techniques to make action cinema feel real again.
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Amazon Jacked Up Prime Day Prices, Misleading Consumers, Says Vendor

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Charlotte-based startup says e-commerce king Amazon jacked up their suggested retail price during the company's annual discount event -- Prime Day -- to deceive consumers into thinking that they were getting a deal, when in reality, they weren't. Jason Jacobs, founder of Remodeez, a small company that specializes in non-toxic foot deodorizers and other odor stoppers, says he had an agreement with Amazon since 2015 on a suggested retail price of $9.99 for his products and was shocked after the tech giant almost doubled that on Prime Day to make it look like people were getting a discount, when they were actually paying full price. "They showed the product at $15.42 and then exed it out to put '$9.99 for Amazon Prime Day.' And on the final day, the price was like $18.44. So, we put a support ticket in right away and I rallied some friends through social media to go to their complaint board and complain," Jacobs tells FOX Business.

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Feeling stressed during the workday? Playing video games may help

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:07pm
Human factors/ergonomics researchers found that engaging in casual video game play during rest breaks can help restore mood in response to workplace stress.
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Secret to giving the perfect gift: Stop being afraid

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:07pm
People would prefer to receive sentimentally valuable gifts, but instead they often receive superficial gifts related to their personal preferences, researchers have found.
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Dodder: A parasite involved in the plant alarm system

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:06pm
Parasitic plants of the genus Cuscuta (dodder) not only deplete nutrients from their host plants, but also function as important 'information brokers' among neighboring plants, when insects feed on host plants, a team of scientists has discovered.
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Symbiosis: Butter for my honey

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:06pm
Textbooks tell us that, in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses, the host plant supplies its fungal symbionts solely with sugars, in return for inorganic nutrients. New findings now show that lipids are also on the menu.
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Mexico City Is Killing Parking Spaces. Pay Attention, America

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:00pm
One of the world’s most trafficky cities gets a parking overhaul.
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Film Your Greatest Hits (and Misses) With These Action Cameras From GoPro, Garmin, Sony

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:00pm
These high-quality 4K video cameras will survive nearly any extreme stunt, even if you don’t.
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Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg's Understanding of AI Is Limited

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Elon Musk is a man of many characteristics, one of which apparently is not shying away from calling out big names when they are not informed about a subject. A day after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Musk's doomsday prediction of AI is "irresponsible," the Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity founder returned the favour by calling Zuckerberg's understanding of AI "limited." Responding to a tweet Tuesday, which talked about Zuckerberg's remarks on the matter, Musk said he has spoken to the Facebook CEO about it, and reached the conclusion that his "understanding of the subject is limited." Even as AI remains in its nascent stage -- recent acquisitions suggest that most companies only started looking at AI-focused startups five years ago -- major companies are aggressively placing big bets on it. Companies are increasingly exploring opportunities to use machine learning and other AI components to improve their products and services and push things forward. But as AI is seeing tremendous attention, some, including people like Musk worry that we need to regulate these efforts as they could pose a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation." At the National Governors Association summer meeting earlier this month in the US, Musk added, "I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don't know how to react, because it seems so ethereal." Over the weekend, during Zuckerberg's Facebook Live session, a user asked what he thought of Musk's remarks. "I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic," Zuckerberg said. "And I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios -- I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible."

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Image of the Day

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 1:34pm
What looks like two circles of starlight around this galaxy's core are actually its spiral arms, which have wound themselves around it over time.
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Making polymer chemistry 'click'

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 1:04pm
A research team has developed a faster and easier way to make a class of sulfur-containing plastics that will lower the cost of large-scale production.
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Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 1:01pm
Essential electronic components, such as diodes and tunnel barriers, can be incorporated in single graphene wires (nanoribbons) with atomic precision. The goal is to create graphene-based electronic devices with extremely fast operational speeds.
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Climate change poses threat to European electricity production

Science Daily - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 1:01pm
The vulnerability of the European electricity sector to changes in water resources is set to worsen by 2030 as a consequence of climate change, conclude researchers.
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