Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Space.com - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:21pm
Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).
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Windows 10 Successor Codenamed 'Redstone,' Targeting 2016 Launch

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:20pm
MojoKid writes: Windows 10 isn't even out the door yet, so what better time than now to talk about its successor? Believe it or not, there's a fair bit of information on it floating around already, including its codename: "Redstone." Following in the footsteps of 'Blue' and 'Threshold', Redstone is an obvious tie-in to Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft, which it snagged from Mojang last year. Redstone is an integral material in the game, used to create simple items like a map or compass as well as logic gates for building electronic devices, like a calculator or automatic doors. The really important news is that we could see Windows Redstone sometime in 2016.

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Are current dietary guidelines for sodium and potassium reasonable?

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
A recent study looked at how well people in France, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States are meeting World Health Organization dietary goals for limiting sodium and increasing potassium intake. The data confirm that people in all these countries eat too much sodium and not enough potassium. But they also suggest that the daily amounts proposed by WHO and other health agencies are unfeasible because the targets are so out of reach.
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Discovering another interoperability challenge in health information exchange

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
Researchers are proposing strategies for improving and standardizing facility identification in electronic health record transactions.
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Common drug is re-engineered to improve surgery outcomes

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
A gas molecule has been attached to protamine sulfate by a research team, creating a new nitric oxide generator that could potentially reduce bleeding complications during surgery. During open-heart procedures, physicians administer large doses of a blood-thinning drug called heparin to prevent clot formation. When given too much heparin, patients can develop complications from excessive bleeding. A common antidote is the compound protamine sulfate, which binds to heparin to reverse its effects.
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New report identifies possible next steps in US energy development

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
The social, political, technical and environmental components of a methane economy have just been identified. The new report also addresses how industry, government and the public might best work together to advance common energy goals.
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Archaeologists Uncover Ancient ‘Spooning’ Couple in Greece

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:15pm
Almost 6,000 years ago, the man was placed behind the woman with his arms around her body, and their legs were intertwined. They were buried. Why they were interred in this manner is not yet determined, but the international team that discovered them in Greece is still searching for answers.
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NY Cops Used ‘Stingray’ Spy Tool 46 Times Without Warrant

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:08pm

In the single case in which police sought permission from a court, they asked for a court order rather than a warrant, which carries a lower burden of proof.

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Rolls-Royce Takes the First Step in Building an…SUV

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:04pm

This mule is made for developing the all-wheel drive system Rolls says will deliver a "magic-carpet" ride both on-road and off.

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Google Let Root Certificate For Gmail Expire

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 8:38pm
Gr8Apes writes: The certificate for Google's intermediate certificate authority expired Saturday. The certificate was used to issue Gmail's certificate for SMTP, and the expiration at 11:55am EDT caused many e-mail clients to stop receiving Gmail messages. While the problem affected most Gmail users using PC and mobile mail clients, Web access to Gmail was unaffected. I guess Google Calendar failed to notify someone.

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Saturn Shines with the Moon Tonight: How to See It

Space.com - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 8:28pm
Saturn will shine near the moon late Tuesday and early Wednesday (April 7-8), making the ringed planet a great target for amateur astronomers. Here's how to see it.
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How the Louvre’s Pyramid Inspired French Laundry’s Kitchen

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 8:00pm

Both I.M. Pei’s pyramid at the Louvre and The French Laundry's redesigned kitchen are modern structures meant to give a jolt of energy to revered, structures that are left unchanged.

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TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:56pm
msm1267 writes: What's next for TrueCrypt now that a two-phase audit of the code and its cryptography uncovered a few critical vulnerabilities, but no backdoors? Two alternative open source encryption projects forked TrueCrypt once its developers decided to abandon the project in early 2014, giving rise to VeraCrypt and CipherShed — and both are ready to accelerate growth, compatibility and functionality now that the TrueCrypt code has been given a relatively clean bill of health.

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Guiding Our Search for Life on Other Earths

Space.com - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:48pm
A telescope will soon allow astronomers to probe the atmosphere of Earthlike exoplanets for signs of life. To prepare, astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger and her team are modeling the atmospheric fingerprints for hundreds of potential alien worlds.
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Mortality and blood pressure directly linked to relationship quality

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:33pm
While other studies have shown that stress and negative marital quality can influence mortality and blood pressure, there has not been research that discussed how it might affect married couples over time. Using systolic blood pressure as a gauge, researchers assessed whether an individual's blood pressure is influenced by their own as well as their partner's reports of chronic stress and whether there are gender differences in these patterns.
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New model could help identify root cause of swallowing disorder

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:33pm
Nearly 40 percent of Americans 60 and older are living with dysphagia. Although it is a major health problem associated with aging, it is unknown whether the swallowing disorder is a natural part of healthy aging or if it is caused by an age-related disease. Researchers have established a model that identifies aging as a key factor in the development of dysphagia, which may lead to new therapeutic treatments.
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Epidemiology of HIV-1 transmitted drug resistance

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:33pm
Only a limited number of surveillance drug-resistance mutations are responsible for most instances of non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor- and nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor-associated resistance, and most strains of HIV-1 transmitted drug resistance in sub-Saharan Africa and south/southeast Asia arose independently, according to a new study.
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Stunning Einstein Ring of Gravitationally-Lensed Galaxy Snapped | Video

Space.com - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:29pm
Astronomers working with the ALMA telescope in Chile, took high resolution images of the ring-shaped image of light from a galaxy almost 12 billion light-years away. Such circlets form when a massive cluster of galaxies lies along our line of sight.
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Common birds bring economic vitality to cities

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:23pm
A new study tries to determine what economic value residents in two comparable cities place on having birds in their backyards and parks. Researchers compared two types of common birds -- finches and corvids -- in both cities, asking residents how much they would pay to conserve the species and what they spend, if anything, on bird food. In Seattle, that value of enjoying common birds is about $120 million annually and in Berlin, $70 million.
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Armstrap Claims to Make ARM Prototyping Easier (Video)

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 7:15pm
It almost seems too perfect that the originator of the Armstrap 'community of engineers and makers' is named Charles Armstrap. He just introduces himself as 'Charles' on the Armstrap.org website. Names aside, Armstrap.org is 100% open source, including circuit board designs. This is not a 'draw your own circuit boards' bunch, although you certainly could if you wanted to badly enough since they provide schematics and even full CAD drawings of what they make. The reason they do this is laid out on their Core Values page. The boards Armstrap sells are not expensive, but if you are going to be truly open source, you need to supply the means to duplicate and modify or extend your work, as is totally permitted under the MIT License they use.

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