Mapping the History of L.A.’s Notorious Sprawl

Wired News - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 6:40pm

A new interactive map shows the ages of the nearly 3 million buildings in Los Angeles.

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The Incredible FX Behind Mad Max: Fury Road

Wired News - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 6:35pm

For all the attention the movie has received for its emphasis on practical effects and stunts, it's still the result of an astounding amount of VFX wizardry.

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The 1st American Spacewalk in NASA Photos

Space.com - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 6:27pm
NASA astronaut Ed White became the first American astronaut to walk in space on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission. See photos from White's historic spacewalk.
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GameStop Swoops In To Buy ThinkGeek For $140 Million

Slashdot - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 6:27pm
Lirodon writes: Remember a few days ago, when Slashdot's former parent company was the subject of a $122 million takeover bid by Hot Topic? Well, another geeky retailer entered the fray in the battle for ThinkGeek, and won. GameStop will be acquiring Geeknet for $140 million. The video game retailer has promised synergies, such as in-store pickup and integration with its rewards program.

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XCOM 2’s Best Idea So Far? Launching on PC

Wired News - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 6:20pm

XCOM 2 will be a PC exclusive when it ships this November. Let's relish the firstie.

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NASA Developing Plans for Human Missions to Cislunar Space in 2020s

Space.com - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 6:18pm
While NASA does not yet have specific plans for human missions beyond 2021, the agency is in the early stages of developing a sequence of missions in cislunar space in the 2020s to prepare for later missions to Mars.
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Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

Slashdot - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: Today the New York Times published a stunning exposé revealing the strategies used by one of the Web's greatest enemies: professional, government-backed "internet trolls." These well-paid agent provocateurs are dedicated to destroying the value of the Internet as an organizing and political tool. The trolling attacks described within are mind-boggling -- they sound like the basis of a Neal Stephenson novel as much as they do real life -- but they all rely on the usual, inevitable suspects of imperfect security and human credulity.

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Hidden costs: Emotion responses to command and control

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:23pm
Creating a conflict with the population that a policy targets can backfire. The most successful public policies are those that are framed positively and support choice, a new study concludes.
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Microendoscope could eliminate unneeded biopsies

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:23pm
In a clinical study of patients in the United States and China, researchers found that a portable, low-cost, battery-powered microendoscope could eventually eliminate the need for costly biopsies for many patients undergoing standard endoscopic screening for esophageal cancer.
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Immunity enzyme defends against tuberculosis infection, study shows

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:23pm
A study has identified how an enzyme involved in protecting the body from pathogens senses Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterial pathogen that infects millions of people worldwide and causes about 1.5 million deaths annually.
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Global water-pricing practices suggest approaches to managing california water scarcity

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:22pm
As water scarcity and quality issues grow in California and around the world, a new book examines the experience of 15 countries where conservation has been achieved through water-pricing incentive systems.
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Natural variants in genetic system that affects aging identified

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:22pm
A study of the rapid evolution of the insulin-signaling molecular network that regulates growth, reproduction, metabolism and aging lays important groundwork for future studies.
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Plasma for medical, biological uses: New electron density diagnostic method

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
An electron density diagnostic method has been developed for atmospheric pressure low-temperature plasma that is anticipated to be applicable for the fields of environmental protection and of medicine and biology. Diagnostics techniques for fusion plasma research are applied to this achievement and make it possible to diagnose electron density using an interferometer, which in the past had been difficult due to influences from the atmosphere.
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Chemists weigh intact virus mixture with mass spectrometer

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
Chemists have separated and weighed virus particles using mass spectrometry. This is the first time that researchers successfully used matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization MS to analyze a mixture of intact virus particles.
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Saving money and the environment with 3-D printing

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
The environmental effects of 3-D printing metal aircraft parts has been examined by scientists. They found the method could reduce an airplane's weight by 4 to 7 percent. Conventional manufacturing methods tend to be inefficient and wasteful, the researchers noted.
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Scientists discover a protein that silences the biological clock

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
A new study has found that a protein associated with cancer cells is a powerful suppressor of the biological clock that drives the daily ('circadian') rhythms of cells throughout the body. The discovery adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting a link between cancer and disruption of circadian rhythms, while offering new insights into the molecular mechanisms of the biological clock.
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Does Agion silver technology work as an antimicrobial?

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
The antibacterial effectiveness of Agion silver zeolite technology was tested on door handles across the Penn State Erie campus and after four years of sampling, a significant difference was observed between the bacterial populations isolated from silver versus control-coated door handles.
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Oral bacterium possibly associated with systemic disease found in Alabama schoolchildren

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
Prevalence of a recently discovered serotype of oral bacterium, with a possible link to a number of systemic diseases, was found for the first time in a small cohort of African-American schoolchildren in a southwest Alabama town, according to research.
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Is our first line of defense sleeping on the job?

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
The skin microbiome is considered our first line of defense against pathogens. Across our bodies, we are covered with a diverse assemblage of bacteria. However, the skin can be a harsh environment for beneficial bacteria to live on due to UV exposure, high salinity, and desiccation stress. Research has found that these suboptimal conditions may cause some bacteria to enter a dormant state, while other bacteria may simply die.
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End game: Sport can ease the transition into retirement

Science Daily - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 5:07pm
Adjusting to the many changes retirement brings can mean the difference between a positive quality of life and one that struggles under the weight of change. A new study examined sport and its ability to impact the quality of life of a person as he or she transitions to retirement.
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