New Evidence May Identify Mystery Object at Milky Way Galaxy's Core

Space.com - 10 hours 19 min ago
Known to many as "G2," the unidentified object making a loop around the monster black hole at the center of our galaxy could be a cloud of gas, or it could be a star, depending on who you ask.
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The Galaxy S6 Edge Is Totally Beautiful—And Pointless

Wired News - 10 hours 34 min ago

On Wednesday morning, Samsung’s two new phones arrived at my desk. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two of the most anticipated, most important devices of the year. They represent an entirely new design direction from Samsung, with glass and carefully machined aluminum where there was once dimpled plastic that looked a lot like […]

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New RPG Pillars of Eternity: Silly Name, Terrific Story

Wired News - 10 hours 38 min ago

This Kickstarted throwback RPG is hitting all its marks with me so far.

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Blocking cellular quality control mechanism gives cancer chemotherapy a boost

Science Daily - 10 hours 39 min ago
Scientists have found a new way to make chemotherapy more effective against breast cancer cells. They show that blocking a cellular quality control mechanism before administering chemotherapy makes breast cancer cells die faster than when they were exposed to chemotherapy alone. The work is a long way from being applied in people, but it could lead to new treatment strategies for patients in the future.
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How lifeforms know to be the right size: Fruit fly study reveals new clues

Science Daily - 10 hours 39 min ago
In a new study, scientists are asking how life forms grow to be the correct size with proportional body parts. Probing deeply into genetics and biology at the earliest moments of embryonic development, researchers report that they have found new clues to explain one of nature's biggest mysteries. Their data from fruit flies show the size and patterning accuracy of an embryo depend on the amount of reproductive resources mothers invest in the process before an egg leaves the ovary.
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Harmless bacteria may be helpful against meningococcal outbreaks

Science Daily - 10 hours 39 min ago
Nasal drops of harmless bacteria can inhibit a related bug that sometimes causes meningococcal disease, according to new findings. The study -- conducted among college students, a group at higher risk for this often serious illness -- suggests a new approach that could help suppress outbreaks of the disease, if supported by future research.
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Best view yet of dusty cloud passing galactic center black hole

Science Daily - 10 hours 40 min ago
The best observations so far of the dusty gas cloud G2 confirm that it made its closest approach to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way in May 2014 and has survived the experience. The new result shows that the object appears not to have been significantly stretched. It is most likely to be a young star with a massive core that is still accreting material.
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Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Slashdot - 10 hours 42 min ago
hcs_$reboot writes The Germanwings plane crash takes a scary turn. After a couple of days investigation, it appears that the co-pilot requested control of the aircraft about 20 minutes into the flight. The pilot then left the cockpit, leaving the co-pilot in full control of the plane. Then, the co-pilot manually and "intentionally" set the plane on the descent that drove it into the mountainside in the southern French Alps. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, could be heard breathing throughout the plane's descent and was alive at the point of impact, according to the prosecutor.

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Surprising Star Survives Supermassive Black Hole | Video

Space.com - 11 hours 2 min ago
What astronomers thought was a cloud of gas being stretched as it whipped past our galaxy's central black hole now turns out to look much more like a young, hot compact star.
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New Tech Could Protect Astronauts' Eyes on Mars Mission

Space.com - 11 hours 3 min ago
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute Industry Forum has funded three companies as part of its "Vision for Mars" challenge, which seeks to mitigate the visual problems astronauts experience during long-term spaceflight.
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5 Human Body Questions the 1-Year Space Station Mission May Answer

Space.com - 11 hours 5 min ago
NASA has a lot of questions about what happens to people who live in space for long periods of time, and it's almost time to get some answers.
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Building sound foundations: A matter of granular dynamics

Science Daily - 11 hours 6 min ago
Applying the hydrodynamics approach to granular matter helps explain its wide range of behavior, regardless of whether the material is solid- or fluid-like. Sand, rocks, grains, salt or sugar are what physicists call granular media. A better understanding of granular media is important - particularly when mixed with water and air, as it forms the foundations of houses and off-shore windmills.
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Prostate cancer and treatment choices: Decision shared by doctor and patient?

Science Daily - 11 hours 6 min ago
Doctors strive to make treatment decisions together with their patients – but is the decision really shared? According to researchers, shared decision-making isn’t easy, and clinicians need help. The international research group has studied the decision aids for treatment choice of localized prostate cancer.
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Agricultural waste could be used as biofuel

Science Daily - 11 hours 6 min ago
Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, into bioethanol -- a well-known alcohol-based biofuel.
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Recycling histones through transcription

Science Daily - 11 hours 6 min ago
Cells reuse a part of the histones which are used to pack DNA, according to research conducted on yeast cells. However, researchers say that it is likely that similar mechanisms are important for human beings as well.
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Researchers effectively, safely overcome radiation resistance in leukemia with an engineered precision medicine

Science Daily - 11 hours 6 min ago
Improved survival rates have been demonstrated in mouse models of aggressive human leukemia using leukemia cells taken directly from patients, according to a new study.
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Boys plagiarize more than girls at school

Science Daily - 11 hours 12 min ago
The phenomenon of academic plagiarism among secondary school students has been the focus of recent study that confirms that this practice is widespread in secondary education, especially among the boys. Also, those who leave tasks to the last minute are the ones with a greater tendency to copy, authors say.
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Metabolic imbalance increases risk of respiratory diseases in childhood

Science Daily - 11 hours 12 min ago
An imbalance in our metabolism can trigger inflammatory processes in the body and activate the immune system. In a recent study, researchers have been able to show that this applies even to newborns and children under one year of age, and is correlated with the development of respiratory diseases in early childhood.
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In debated surgical procedure, technique trumps technology

Science Daily - 11 hours 13 min ago
Modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach, a team of orthopedic surgeons has found.
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Two new ways to identify joint replacement patients at risk for post-operative complications

Science Daily - 11 hours 13 min ago
Orthopedic surgeons have developed two new prediction tools aimed at identifying total hip and knee replacement patients who are at-risk of developing serious complications after surgery. "Improved anesthesia and rehabilitation techniques have made outpatient and overnight stay for total hip and total knee replacements more common than ever," said a study's lead investigator. "At the same time, pressures on hospitals to lower costs have led to an across-the-board emphasis on shortening or even eliminating in-hospital stays. While shorter stays are obviously a major overall benefit, we have to make sure that we identify patients who are at greater risk of complications and should thus not have their knee or hip replaced on an outpatient or overnight basis. Our tool provides this guidance."
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