Why whisky tastes better when diluted with water

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:36pm
There is a reason why whisky is diluted with water before being bottled. The same reason also makes many whisky enthusiasts add a few drops of water in their glasses – it makes the whisky taste better. But why is this so? Researchers have now presented an answer to this question.
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Spoiler alert: Computer simulations provide preview of upcoming eclipse

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
Scientists have forecast the corona of the sun during the upcoming eclipse. The findings shed light on what the eclipse of the sun might look like Aug. 21 when it will be visible across much of the US, tracing a 70-mile-wide band across 14 states.
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Archaeologists uncover ancient trading network in Vietnam

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
A team of archaeologists has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago.
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Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature. In other words, the more things change, the more they are the same.
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Histone 1, the guardian of genome stability

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
Genomic instability is the main risk factor for tumor development in humans. Therefore understanding its origin and and exploring therapeutic targets is paramount. Histone 1 silences a region of the genome that causes irreparable DNA damage when translated and is lethal for the organism.
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Gene variant activity is surprisingly variable between tissues

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
Every tissue has its own pattern of active alleles, a large-scale study has found. Researchers were able to show that the differential allele activity is regulated by tissue-specific, regulatory DNA elements known as enhancers - a process that could also be involved in many diseases.
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Right kind of collaboration is key to solving environmental problems

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
Society's ability to solve environmental problems is tied to how different actors collaborate and the shape and form of the networks they create, says a new study.
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Allergies: Cross-reactivity between cypress pollen and peaches/citrus fruits explained

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
Medical researchers have identified the likely origin of the cross-reactivity between cypress pollen, peaches and citrus fruits. Their work has shown that these sources contain allergens belonging to a new family of proteins involved in pollen food associated syndrome. This discovery paves the way for the development of novel allergy diagnostic tests.
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Citrus fruits were the clear status symbols of the nobility in the ancient Mediterranean

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:21pm
New research reveals that citrons and lemons were status symbols for the ancient Roman ruling elite. It also plots the route and evolution of the citrus trade in the ancient Mediterranean.
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Spider silk protein may be useful for engineering artificial cardiac tissue

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:20pm
Ever more people are suffering from cardiac insufficiency. The main cause of reduced cardiac functionality lies in the irreversible loss of cardiac muscle cells due to disease, especially ischemic diseases such as cardiac infarction. There is still no treatment to reverse damage of this nature. Research is ongoing to develop methods of repairing such damage to normalize cardiac function. A promising approach: cardiac muscle tissue made of spider silk.
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Hypertension during pregnancy may affect women's long-term cardiovascular health

Science Daily - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:20pm
Women who experience hypertension during pregnancy face an increased risk of heart disease and hypertension later in life, according to a new study.
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White Supremacy Isn't a Philosophy, It's a Filter

Wired News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:00pm
To view the world through a supremacist lens is to live in the complicity of false equivalences, to willfully color malice as virtue.
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Review: Essential Phone

Wired News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:00pm
Think of Essential's flagship phone as the anti iPhone.
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Essential 360˚ Camera: Hands-On First Impressions

Wired News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:00pm
This add-on for the Essential phone shoots spherical photos, and demonstrates the company's magnetic accessory dock.
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Google Researchers Made An Algorithm To Delete Watermarks From Photos

Slashdot - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 1:00pm
"Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright," writes Khari Johnson via VentureBeat. "The consistent nature in which the watermarks are placed on photos can be exploited using an algorithm trained to recognize and automatically remove watermarks." From the report: Changing the position or opacity of a watermark do not impact the algorithm's ability to remove watermarks from images with copyright protection. Randomization, the researchers say, is required to keep images from being stolen. In results presented at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference last month, subtle modifications to each watermark can make it harder to remove watermarks. With these warped watermarks, attempts to get rid of watermarks with an algorithm or photo editing software leaves noticeable marks, rendering an image useless. "As often done with vulnerabilities discovered in operating systems, applications or protocols, we want to disclose this vulnerability and propose solutions in order to help the photography and stock image communities adapt and better protect its copyrighted content and creations," research scientists Tali Dekel and Michael Rubenstein wrote in a blog post today. "From our experiments much of the world's stock imagery is currently susceptible to this circumvention." You can learn more about the different types of randomization that can be done to combat watermark removal and see more example images in Google's blog post. The full report and research is available via the project's GitHub page.

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NASA Launches New Satellite to Beam Back Data from Hubble Telescope, Space Station

Space.com - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 12:15pm
NASA has launched another next-generation communications satellite to help beam data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station (ISS) and other orbiting spacecraft down to Earth.
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Here's a Timeline of When the 2017 Solar Eclipse Begins and Ends

Space.com - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 11:29am
The Great American Solar Eclipse arrives on Aug. 21, 2017. Here’s a timeline of where the eclipse will be visible throughout the day.
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The Overlooked Heroes Who Lead Climbers Up Everest

Wired News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 11:00am
Meet the Sherpas, porters and other workers of the tallest mountain in the world.
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What a Border Collie Taught a Linguist About Language

Wired News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 11:00am
The whistles that a shepherd uses to command her dog sound a whole lot like human language.
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Get Ready to Robo-Rumble With This Giant Fightin' MegaBot Mech

Wired News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 11:00am
Sixteen feet tall. Twelve tons of steel. Tank treads for feet, and an interchangeable arsenal. It's MegaBot time!
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