American Indians in the Space Program to be Honored on 2019 US Dollar Coin

Space.com - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 1:30pm
The United States Mint will honor the important roles that Native Americans have held in the U.S. space program with the issuance of a dollar coin in 2019.
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Punkt MP01 Review: You'll Love This Very Smart Dumbphone

Wired News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 1:00pm
Of all the antidotes to always-on anxiety, the most intriguing is this handset that only offers calling and texting.
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Verizon Is Killing Tumblr's Fight For Net Neutrality

Slashdot - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net's day of action. Tumblr CEO David Karp was also part of a group of New York tech CEOs that met with then-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in Brooklyn that summer, while the FCC was fielding public comment on new Title II rules. President Obama invited Karp to the White House to discuss various issues around public education, and in February 2015 The Wall Street Journal reported that it was the influence of Karp and a small group of liberal tech CEOs that swayed Obama toward a philosophy of internet as public utility. But three years later, as the battle for net neutrality heats up once again, Tumblr has been uncharacteristically silent. The last mention of net neutrality on Tumblr's staff blog -- which frequently posts about political issues from civil rights to climate change to gun control to student loan debt -- was in June 2016. And Tumblr is not listed as a participating tech company for Battle for the Net's next day of action, coming up in three weeks. One reason for Karp and Tumblr's silence? Last week Verizon completed its acquisition of Tumblr parent company Yahoo, kicking off the subsequent merger of Yahoo and AOL to create a new company called Oath. As one of the world's largest ISPs, Verizon is notorious for challenging the principles of net neutrality -- it sued the FCC in an effort to overturn net neutrality rules in 2011, and its general counsel Kathy Grillo published a note this April complimenting new FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plan to weaken telecommunication regulations.

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Pew Pew Pew! Why Scientists Are Fired Up About Futuristic Space Lasers

Space.com - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:50pm
Lasers are helping scientists conduct highly precise measurements and observations on Earth, in orbit around our planet and in space.
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Chicken Sandwich Flight to Near-Space Delayed Again

Space.com - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:50pm
A high-altitude balloon flight that would have carried a chicken sandwich to the edge of space has been delayed again, due to wind conditions on the ground.
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System detects, translates sarcasm on social media

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:33pm
Researchers have developed a machine translation system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media. It could one day help people on the autism spectrum, who often have difficulty interpreting sarcasm, irony and humor.
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Biologist develops new method to calculate populations of elusive species

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:33pm
An innovative new method of estimating the density of snake populations without employing the capture-mark-recapture technique has been created by a biologist.
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HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus likelier to pass virus that causes AIDS to infant

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:33pm
HIV-positive women with CMV in their urine at the time of labor and delivery are more than five times likelier than HIV-positive women without CMV to transmit HIV to their infants. The research also found that they are nearly 30 times likelier to transmit CMV to their infants.
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Frequent sexual activity can boost brain power in older adults

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:30pm
More frequent sexual activity has been linked to improved brain function in older adults, according to a new study.
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An enzyme to synthetize carbohydrates designed

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:29pm
Sugar or carbohydrate synthesis is important for the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and new drugs. In a study, researchers have synthesized carbohydrates with enzymes through a reaction that was not much studied so far on these biomolecules and which creates few by-products.
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Adulthood wellbeing lower for single-parent kids

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:29pm
People who grew up in single-parent families have lower levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction in adulthood, according to new research.
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Can animal diet mitigate greenhouse emissions?

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:29pm
The inclusion of agroindustrial by-products in pig feed can reduce the nitrous oxide emissions (N2O) of the slurry used as manures up to 65%, suggests new research.
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Dogs to sniff out chemicals that identify human remains

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:28pm
New research to help improve accuracy of criminal investigations involves a partnership between humans and their canine coworkers.
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New spectral eye video database SPEED revolutionizes eye-tracking

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:28pm
Techniques to acquire spectral data have been static for a long time - until now. Exciting and novel spectral video technologies are emerging, allowing us to extract increasingly dynamic knowledge from light. Using a spectral video device in eye-tracking, computational spectral imaging and eye-tracking researchers have created a novel - first of its kind - combined spectral video/spectral image database: the SPectral Eye vidEo Database, SPEED.
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Flipping the switch to stop tumor development

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:28pm
Researchers show how a protein prevents the uncontrolled expansion of immune cells, and have outlined their findings in a new report.
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Text messaging effective support in treatment of HIV and tuberculosis

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:27pm
Mobile phone text messaging is a powerful tool for improving quality of care, researchers show. A new study has developed and tested a method in Mozambique, helping patients with severe diseases to follow through with their treatments.
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Pathogen that causes sleeping sickness: Promising new target

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:27pm
The life-threatening African trypanosomiasis, also called sleeping sickness, is caused by protozoa of the species Trypanosoma brucei. A team of researchers has studied the pathogens and reported exciting news: The trypanosomes have a so far unknown enzyme which does not exist in humans and other vertebrates. This makes it a promising target for therapy.
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Radioactive elements in Cassiopeia A suggest a neutrino-driven explosion

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:27pm
Stars exploding as supernovae are the main sources of heavy chemical elements in the Universe. In particular, radioactive atomic nuclei are synthesized in the hot, innermost regions during the explosion and can thus serve as probes of the unobservable physical processes that initiate the blast. Using elaborate computer simulations, a team of researchers was able to explain the recently measured spatial distributions of radioactive titanium and nickel in Cassiopeia A, a roughly 340 year old gas remnant of a nearby supernova.
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Secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmoking adult cancer survivors has declined

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:25pm
From 1999/2000 to 2011/2012, exposure to secondhand smoke among nonsmoking adult cancer survivors declined from 39.6 percent to 15.7 percent, but rates of exposure were higher among those with a history of a smoking-related cancer and those living below the federal poverty level compared with those with other types of cancer and those with the highest incomes, respectively.
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Studies of US Lassa fever patient offer clues about immune response, viral persistence

Science Daily - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 12:25pm
Researchers were able to closely study a Lassa fever patient's immune response over time after he was evacuated to the US for treatment. An experimental drug, favipiravir, was used in treating the US patient and an additional patient infected with Lassa virus in Germany. The drug appeared to have few serious side effects, but its efficacy is unknown. Individual patient reports cannot be generalized to broader population, but findings suggest promising areas for future research.
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