Engaging fathers in parenting intervention improves outcomes for both kids and fathers

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:55pm
A parenting program where fathers engage with their children through reading was found to boost the fathers' parenting skills while also improving the preschoolers' school readiness and behavior, finds a new study.
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Medical assistance in dying will not increase health care costs in Canada

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:55pm
Providing medical assistance in dying to people in Canada will not increase health care costs, and could reduce spending by between $34.7 and $138.8 million, according to a new research paper. The savings exceed the $1.5 million to $14.8 million in direct costs associated with implementing medical assistance in dying.
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New crab species shares name with two 'Harry Potter' characters and a hero researcher

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:55pm
While not much is known about the animals living around coral reefs, ex-Marine turned researcher Harry Conley would often take to the island of Guam, and dig deep into the rubble to find fascinating critters as if by magic learnt at Hogwarts. Years after his discoveries and his death, a secret is revealed -- a new species and genus of crab, Harryplax severus.
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Landmarks, On and Off Earth, Honor Apollo 1 Astronauts 50 Years After Fire

Space.com - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:40pm
A football field used by schools surrounding Johnson Space Center in Houston will take on a new name in memory of the astronauts who died in a launch pad fire 50 years ago. Apollo Field joins a number of memorials on and off Earth for the fallen crew.
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Breathtaking Earth Images Delivered By New NOAA Satellite | Video

Space.com - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:25pm
The first set of images from the GOES-16 satellite have been released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N0AA). The geostationary satellite will be used for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking and more.
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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Title Revealed

Space.com - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:20pm
The title for December's eighth installment of the "Star Wars" episodic series has been announced as "The Last Jedi."
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Oracle Lays Off More Than 1,000 Employees

Slashdot - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: According to the Mercury News, Oracle is laying off approximately 450 employees in its Santa Clara hardware systems division. Reports at The Layoff, a discussion board for technology business firings, claim about 1,800 employees company-wide are being pink-slipped. Oracle claims the company isn't closing the Santa Clara facility with this reduction in force. Instead, "Oracle is refocusing its Hardware Systems business, and for that reason, has decided to lay off certain of its employees in the Hardware Systems Division."

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Early Meteorite Bits Reveal Clues About Solar System's Evolution

Space.com - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:00pm
Many meteorites found on Earth are remnants of one titanic solar-system collision that took place more than 460 million years ago. But researchers have found the composition of space rocks before then are quite different than those today.
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Not just funny: Satirical news has serious political effects

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:57pm
Satirical news programs, often dismissed as mere entertainment, have real political effects on the people who watch them, new research suggests. A study found that people chose satirical news that matched their pre-existing attitudes -- liberal or conservative -- and that watching satirical news reinforced those attitudes as much as watching serious news.
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We need to talk about school start times

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:55pm
Later start times could help Canadian teens’ grades and health, research indicates. Researchers found that students from schools that started earlier slept less, were less likely to meet the national sleep recommendations for their age, and were more often tired in the morning.
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New treatment recommendations for a high-risk pediatric leukemia

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:52pm
Medical researchers have identified genetic alterations that can be used to guide treatment of pediatric acute megakaryoblastic leukemia, which has a dismal prognosis.
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How B cell metabolism is controlled: GSK3 acts as a metabolic checkpoint regulator in B cells

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:52pm
New research addresses the lack of knowledge about how B cell metabolism adapts to each of their various environments -- development in the bone marrow, proliferation and hypermutation in the lymph nodes and spleen and circulation in the blood. New findings show that the protein GSK3 acts as a metabolic sensor, or checkpoint, that promotes the survival of circulating B cells while limiting growth and proliferation of B cells in germinal centers.
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Wolf-size extinct otter discovered: 6.24 million years old

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:52pm
A large extinct otter, Siamogale melilutra, has been found in the Miocene Shuitangba site in northeastern Yunnan Province in China. The new prehistoric otter was the size of a modern wolf and is one of the largest otter species known to science.
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Experiment resolves mystery about wind flows on Jupiter

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:52pm
A team of geophysicists has recreated Jupiter's jets in the laboratory for the first time and shown that they likely extend thousands of kilometers below Jupiter's visible atmosphere.
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Where belief in free will is linked to happiness

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:51pm
Free will describes the ability to make independent choices, where the outcome of the choice is not influenced by past events. In this study, researchers show that Chinese teenagers who believe in free will also show increased happiness, suggesting that this phenomenon is not influenced by Western/Asian cultural differences.
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How plant cells regulate growth shown for the first time

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:51pm
Researchers have managed to show how the cells in a plant, a multicellular organism, determine their size and regulate their growth over time. The findings overturn previous theories in the field and are potentially significant for the future of agriculture and forestry -- as it reveals more about one of the factors which determine the size of plants and fruits.
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Increasing energy efficiency of metal-air batteries

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:51pm
Scientists have introduced a new way to increase energy efficiency of metal-air batteries.
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Android Device's Pattern Lock Can Be Cracked Within Five Attempts, Researchers Show

Slashdot - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:40pm
The popular Pattern Lock system used to secure millions of Android phones can be cracked within just five attempts -- and more complicated patterns are the easiest to crack, security experts reveal. From a research paper: Pattern Lock is a security measure that protects devices, such as mobile phones or tablets, and which is preferred by many to PIN codes or text passwords. It is used by around 40 percent of Android device owners. In order to access a device's functions and content, users must first draw a pattern on an on-screen grid of dots. If this matches the pattern set by the owner then the device can be used. However, users only have five attempts to get the pattern right before the device becomes locked. New research from Lancaster University, Northwest University in China, and the University of Bath, which benefitted from funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), shows for the first time that attackers can crack Pattern Lock reliably within five attempts by using video and computer vision algorithm software. By covertly videoing the owner drawing their Pattern Lock shape to unlock their device, while enjoying a coffee in a busy cafe; for example, the attacker, who is pretending to play with their phone, can then use software to quickly track the owner's fingertip movements relative to the position of the device. Within seconds the algorithm produces a small number of candidate patterns to access the Android phone or tablet.

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The Full Star Wars: Episode VIII Title Has Finally Been Revealed

Wired News - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:25pm
And it's a title that's sure to cause quite a bit of speculation about its meaning. The post The Full Star Wars: Episode VIII Title Has Finally Been Revealed appeared first on WIRED.
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Scientists get best view yet of cancer-causing virus HPV

Science Daily - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 4:16pm
New details of the structure of the human papillomavirus (HPV) may lead to better vaccines and HPV anti-viral medications, according to research.
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