Conducting the Milgram experiment in Poland, psychologists show people still obey

Science Daily - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:15pm
A replication of one of the most widely known obedience studies, the Stanley Milgram experiment, shows that even today, people are still willing to harm others in pursuit of obeying authority.
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Louisiana wetlands struggling with sea-level rise 4 times the global average

Science Daily - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:15pm
Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana's wetlands, particularly in the westernmost part of the state, there is little chance that the coast will be able to withstand the accelerating rate of sea-level rise, a new study concludes.
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Buzzing the brain with electricity can boost working memory

Science Daily - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:15pm
Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronize brain waves.
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Power of shared pain triggers extreme self-sacrifice

Science Daily - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:15pm
The extreme self-sacrificial behavior found in suicide bombers and soldiers presents an evolutionary puzzle: how can a trait that calls for an individual to make the ultimate sacrifice, especially in defense of a group of non-kin, persist over evolutionary time?
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Defect in non-coding DNA might trigger brain disorders such as severe language impairment

Science Daily - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:15pm
Genetic variation in the non-coding DNA could give rise to language impairments in children and other neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder, scientists have found.
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Major research project provides new clues to schizophrenia

Science Daily - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:15pm
Researchers are taking an integrative approach to unravel the disease mechanisms of schizophrenia. In the very first results, the researchers show that patients with schizophrenia have lower levels of the vital neurotransmitter GABA as well as changes in the brain's immune cells.
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Female soccer players suffer the most concussions in high school sports

Science Daily - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:15pm
High school girls have a significantly higher concussion rate than boys, with female soccer players suffering the most concussions, according to new research.
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Enter the 9,000-Degree Hell That Melts 2 Million Tons of Steel a Year

Wired News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:00pm
It gets pretty toasty at the TimkenSteel factory in Canton, Ohio. The post Enter the 9,000-Degree Hell That Melts 2 Million Tons of Steel a Year appeared first on WIRED.
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A Game That Perfectly Captures Small-Town Malaise as … a Cat

Wired News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:30am
<em>Night in the Woods</em> is a conversation-heavy adventure game that captures the wild longing of a young person (well, cat) desperate to escape the Rust Belt. The post A Game That Perfectly Captures Small-Town Malaise as … a Cat appeared first on WIRED.
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Tag Heuer’s New $1,600 Smartwatch Is (Almost) Worth It

Wired News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:15am
The only unique thing about the Connected 45 is the comma in its price. The post Tag Heuer's New $1,600 Smartwatch Is (Almost) Worth It appeared first on WIRED.
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'Asteroid Hunters' Look to Defend Earth: Q&A with Author Carrie Nugent

Space.com - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:11am
The solar system is much wilder and more chaotic than most people think, and vigilant scientists are all that stand between Earth and a catastrophic asteroid impact, according to a new book on the science of asteroid monitoring and tracking.
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NASA Celebrates Pi Day with Space Math Challenge

Space.com - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:01am
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is celebrating Pi Day (March 14) with a set of four math problems — featuring Martian craters, distant exoplanets, Saturn orbits and eclipses — to be understood with the number pi.
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Don’t Know What a Honeypot Is? Try This Analogy on for Size

Wired News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:00am
The folks at Jigsaw teamed up with The Washington Post to create a browser plug-in that uses analogies to explain arcane security terms. The post Don't Know What a Honeypot Is? Try This Analogy on for Size appeared first on WIRED.
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The Feds Are Spending Millions to Help You Survive Nuclear War

Wired News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:00am
For a decade the government has been subsidizing contingency plans for the worst of the worst: nuclear disaster. The post The Feds Are Spending Millions to Help You Survive Nuclear War appeared first on WIRED.
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Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It’ll Be Gone

Wired News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:00am
The history of coffee gives us surprising insight into the future of the world's most popular banana. The post Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It'll Be Gone appeared first on WIRED.
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Record-Setting Star Orbits Dangerously Close to Black Hole

Space.com - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:00am
A white dwarf star apparently whips around its companion black hole once every 28 minutes, a new study suggests. That means the two objects are likely separated by just 2.5 Earth-moon distances — the tightest such orbit ever observed around a black hole,
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How Scientists Collected a Piece of the Sun

Space.com - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 11:00am
Our mighty sun bathes Earth in a tender glow. Reach overhead on a cloud-free, summer day, and it almost feels like you can catch a few of its caressing rays.
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Nintendo Switch Ships With Unpatched 6-Month-Old WebKit Vulnerabilities

Slashdot - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nintendo's Switch has been out for almost two weeks, which of course means that efforts to hack it are well underway. One developer, who goes by qwertyoruiop on Twitter, has demonstrated that the console ships with months-old bugs in its WebKit browser engine. These bugs allow for arbitrary code execution within the browser. A proof-of-concept explainer video was posted here. The potential impact of these vulnerabilities for Switch users is low. A Switch isn't going to have the same amount of sensitive data on it that an iPhone or iPad can, and there are way fewer Switches out there than iDevices. Right now, the Switch also doesn't include a standalone Internet browser, though WebKit is present on the system for logging into public Wi-Fi hotspots, and, with some cajoling, you can use it to browse your Facebook feed. The exploit could potentially open the door for jailbreaking and running homebrew software on the Switch, but, as of this writing, the exploit doesn't look like it provides kernel access. The developer who discovered the exploit himself says that the vulnerability is just a "starting point."

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In Photos: Arianespace Soyuz Rocket Launches Hispasat 36W-1 Geostationary Satellite

Space.com - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 9:42am
On Jan. 27, 2017, an Arianespace Soyuz rocket launched the Hispasat 36W-1 geostationary satellite into orbit for Spain's Hispasat. See photos of the launch here.
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Hey! You Can Find Pi With a Random Walk. Here’s How

Wired News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 9:30am
Yay for pi, the hidden ninja of the physical world. The post Hey! You Can Find Pi With a Random Walk. Here's How appeared first on WIRED.
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