Slack’s New Threaded Messages Tame Your Meandering Chats

Wired News - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 6:00pm
Finally. Slack has just released threaded messaging, a way to connect related messages within a chatroom. The post Slack's New Threaded Messages Tame Your Meandering Chats appeared first on WIRED.
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Japan To End Tourists' Toilet Trouble With Standardised Buttons

Slashdot - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 6:00pm
The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies producing plumbing products has agreed to unify the iconography used on the often baffling control panels for Japanese toilets. From a report on The Guardian: Navigating the array of buttons on Japan's high-tech toilets can be a disconcerting experience for the uninitiated, who, expecting to hear a familiar flushing sound, are instead subjected to a sudden, and unwanted, cleansing of the nether regions. As Japan prepares for an influx of overseas visitors during the 2019 rugby World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics the following year, the country's sanitation industry has agreed to standardize pictograms on toilets so users know for certain if they are about to receive a blast of warm air or a jet of water. Nine manufacturers belonging to the Japan sanitary equipment industry association will soon start using the same eight symbols to explain the buttons found on their state-of-the-art WCs. At a launch event this week, the firms said they had agreed to simplify the pictography in response to complaints from tourists that they are confused by symbols that differ depending on the make of toilet. In a survey of 600 foreign visitors, a quarter said they could not understand some of the symbols that appear on the toilet buttons.

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What You Need to Know From Ryan Zinke’s Interior Secretary Hearing

Wired News - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:59pm
With a history of voting to expand fossil fuel exploration on public lands and weakening regulations, Zinke curries no favor with environmentalists. The post What You Need to Know From Ryan Zinke's Interior Secretary Hearing appeared first on WIRED.
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Super-resolution imaging offers fast way to discern fate of stem cells

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:58pm
A new way to identify the state and fate of individual stem cells earlier than previously possible has now been developed by a team of scientists.
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Which facebook 'friends' help most when looking for a job? Depends where you live in the world

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:57pm
Research used anonymous Facebook data from almost 17 million social connections in 55 countries to determine that the role of weak and strong ties in job searches is important around the world, but the value of a single strong tie is even more important for job seekers in countries with pronounced income inequality.
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Heat from earth’s core could be underlying force in plate tectonics

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:57pm
For decades, scientists have theorized that the movement of Earth's tectonic plates is driven largely by negative buoyancy created as they cool. New research, however, shows plate dynamics are driven significantly by the additional force of heat drawn from the Earth's core. The new findings also challenge the theory that underwater mountain ranges known as mid-ocean ridges are passive boundaries between moving plates. The findings show the East Pacific Rise, the Earth's dominant mid-ocean ridge, is dynamic as heat is transferred.
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Massive sea lion, fur seal hunting in the Patagonian coasts is altering Southern Atlantic Ocean ecosystems

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:56pm
Sea lion hunting by the Europeans at the Atlantic coasts of South America – it started in the 19th Century and continued up to the second half of the 20th century in Argentina and Uruguay – changed its nutrition guidelines of these pinnipeds as well as the structure of the coastal trophic network, according to new research.
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Severe side effects of approved multiple sclerosis medication

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:52pm
The multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy alemtuzumab can trigger severe, unpredictable side effects. Scientists report on two patients for whom the infusion of alemtuzumab significantly worsened symptoms. The team also describes a treatment that successfully curbed the harmful side effects.
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Heartbeat could be used as password to access electronic health records

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:52pm
Researchers have devised a new way to protect personal electronic health records using a patient's own heartbeat.
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Gestational diabetes increases risk for postpartum depression

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:52pm
Gestational diabetes raises the risk of postpartum depression in first-time mothers, researcher have concluded.
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Seafloor valleys discovered below West Antarctic glaciers

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:52pm
Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat.
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Study finds new target for controlling cell division

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:52pm
Modern genome sequencing methods used to measure the efficiency of synthesis of individual protein during cell division has found that the enzymes that make lipids and membranes were synthesized at much greater efficiency when a cell is ready to split.
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Researcher examines effect of exercise on breast cancer survivors

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:52pm
A new study has focused on the effects of exercise and physical activity on postmenopausal breast cancer survivors taking AIs -- hormone-therapy drugs that stop the production of estrogen. The work concludes that a combination of resistance and aerobic exercise helps mitigate the side effects of AIs and improves health outcomes in breast cancer survivors, particularly their body composition.
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Deep-space mission to metal asteroid

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:41pm
Scientists are planning to send a deep-space probe to a metal asteroid, enabling them to see what is believed to be a planetary core. Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal.
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Russia Extends Edward Snowden's Asylum To 2020, To Offer Citizenship Next Year

Slashdot - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:20pm
Whistleblower and former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been allowed to remain in Russia for another three years and will next year qualify to apply for Russian citizenship. From a report on CNN: Edward Snowden's leave to remain in Russia has been extended until 2020, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has confirmed to CNN. Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor, sought asylum in Russia in June 2013 after leaking volumes of information on American intelligence and surveillance operations to the media. On Tuesday, Zakharova announced an extension of a "couple of years" in a Facebook post that criticized former CIA acting director Michael Morell for an opinion piece he wrote suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin should consider returning Snowden to the United States as "the perfect inauguration gift" to President-elect Donald Trump. Snowden settled in Moscow after initially traveling to Hong Kong following his 2013 public disclosure of classified information. The Russian government granted him asylum soon after. In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year extension to his leave to remain in Russia. That extension was due to expire this year.

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2016 Warmest Year Ever - How NASA Knows | Video

Space.com - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:08pm
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) took measurements from 6300 weather stations across the world, sea surface teships and buoys for sea surface temperatures and measurements from Antarctic research stations to come to the conclusion.
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Geoengineering Earth's Atmosphere: How It Could Affect Astronomy

Space.com - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:00pm
Creating clouds in the sky or redirecting sunlight to bring down the Earth's temperature could have an effect on astronomy.
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2016 Warmest Year Ever - Largely Due To Human Emissions | Video

Space.com - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:41pm
Using measurements from 6,300 locations, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has come to the conclusion that 2016 was the warmest ever and is breaks the record set just last year.
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Thousands of Note 7 Phones Still in Use On Verizon, All Non-911 Calls To Be Rerouted To Customer Service

Slashdot - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:40pm
Thousands of Verizon customers continue to use the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the carrier said. This despite the widely publicized recalls spurred by battery fire concerns and a software upgrade designed to kill the phone by preventing it from recharging. From a report: "In spite of our best efforts, there are still customers using the recalled phones who have not returned or exchanged their Note 7 to the point of purchase," a Verizon spokeswoman said. "The recalled Note 7s pose a safety risk to our customers and those around them." So now Verizon is fighting fire with fire, so to speak. The carrier plans to reroute all non-911 outgoing calls to its customer service line, and it might bill the holdouts for the full retail cost of the phone.

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2016 warmest year on record globally, NASA and NOAA data show

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:25pm
Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and NOAA. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.
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