It’s Not Just You. TV Has Hit Peak WTF

Wired News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 7:19pm
'Twin Peaks: The Return' and 'American Gods' are immersive head-scratchers that deny explanations and defy expectations. Being befuddled has never been more fun. The post It's Not Just You. TV Has Hit Peak WTF appeared first on WIRED.
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New tech promises easier cervical cancer screening

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 7:10pm
Researchers have developed a handheld device for cervical cancer screening that promises to do away with uncomfortable speculums and high-cost colposcopes. If widely adopted, women might even self-screen, transforming screening and cure rates in low-income regions where cervical cancer is most prevalent.
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Ethiopia Turns Off Internet Nationwide as Students Sit Exams

Slashdot - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:42pm
Ethiopia shut down the internet yesterday ahead of a scheduled national examination that is underway in the country today. Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday -- reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with another 288,000 preparing for the grade 12 university entrance exams that will take place next week. From a report: Outbound traffic from Ethiopia was shutdown around 4pm UK time on Tuesday, according to Google's transparency report, which registered Ethiopian visits to the company's sites plummeting over the evening. By Wednesday afternoon, access still had not been restored. Last year, activists leaked the papers for the country's 12th grade national exams, calling for the postponement of the papers due to a school shutdown in the regional state of Oromia. Now, the government appears to have taken the move to shut down internet access as a preventative measure.

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Game changing strategy for pain relief developed

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
Researchers have developed a new drug delivery strategy able to block pain within the nerve cells, in what could be a major development of an immediate and long lasting treatment for pain.
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How our brains integrate online reviews into our own product preferences

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
Researchers have identified how the human brain integrates social information when a person decides how much they like something, by studying how user reviews on Amazon influence how people rate the products.
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Like chimpanzees, humans may console victims of aggression out of empathy

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
Like chimpanzees, humans may console their threatened peers out of empathy, according to a new study.
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Budgerigars can identify spoken sounds without prior exposure to human speech

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
No experience with human speech is necessary for budgerigars to perceive the difference between 'd' and 't', according to a new study.
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Nathusius and Soprano bats are attracted to green light

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
Some migratory bats are attracted to artificial green light which may interfere with their flight paths, according to a new study.
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Decoded genome may help Mojave Desert tortoise win race to survive

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
Researchers may have a new tool to help conserve the Mojave Desert tortoise -- an iconic desert reptile in the Southwestern US For the first time, they have decoded the animal's genome and expect their findings to help direct conservation efforts in the future. This tortoise species is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and is facing serious threats to its survival.
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'Harder, better, faster, stronger': Tethered soft exosuit reduces metabolic cost of running

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
What if running the 26.2 miles of a marathon only felt like running 24.9 miles, or if you could improve your average running pace from 9:14 minutes/mile to 8:49 minutes/mile without weeks of training? Researchers have demonstrated that a tethered soft exosuit can reduce the metabolic cost of running on a treadmill by 5.4% compared to not wearing the exosuit, bringing those dreams of high performance closer to reality.
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Linguistic style is key to crowdfunding success

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
In one of the first crowdfunding studies focusing on social enterprises, researchers have found that how a pitch is voiced and worded is much more important for social entrepreneurs than for their commercial counterparts.
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Support for tidal energy is high among Washington residents

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
A new study found that people who believe climate change is a problem and see economic, environmental and/or social benefits to using tidal energy are more likely to support such projects. This is the first US study to look broadly at residents' beliefs and feelings about tidal energy and one of only a few worldwide to take a social science approach to examining this young industry.
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In a cosmic hit-and-run, icy Saturn moon may have flipped

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
Enceladus -- a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn -- may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers have found the first evidence that the moon's axis has reoriented, according to new research published in Icarus.
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Making prosthetic limbs feel more natural

Science Daily - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 6:36pm
A new surgical technique could allow prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural limbs. Through coordination of the patient's prosthetic limb, existing nerves, and an artificial muscle graft, amputees would be able to sense where their limbs are in space and to feel how much force is being applied to them.
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