Flu vaccine may hold key to preventing heart disease

Science Daily - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:51pm
Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. For the first time, this research reveals the molecular mechanism that underpins this phenomenon. The scientists behind the study say it could be harnessed to prevent heart disease directly.
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World record in data transmission with smart circuits

Science Daily - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:51pm
Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record.
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Key factor in transition from moderate to problem drinking

Science Daily - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:48pm
A tiny segment of genetic material known as a microRNA plays a central role in the transition from moderate drinking to binge drinking and other alcohol use disorders, researchers have discovered.
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Can Forces Be Transferred?

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:33pm

Suppose you toss a ball in the air. After leaving your hand, it rises and slows down as it rises. Why? Does it slow down because some force runs out as it rises? Is the force of the hand transferred to the ball? Are forces transferred at all? Students might have a discussion something like […]

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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Slashdot - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:12pm
HughPickens.com writes: CNNMoney reports that Facebook has sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration demanding that agents stop impersonating users on the social network. "The DEA's deceptive actions... threaten the integrity of our community," Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan wrote to DEA head Michele Leonhart. "Using Facebook to impersonate others abuses that trust and makes people feel less safe and secure when using our service." Facebook's letter comes on the heels of reports that the DEA impersonated a young woman on Facebook to communicate with suspected criminals, and the Department of Justice argued that they had the right to do so. Facebook contends that their terms and Community Standards — which the DEA agent had to acknowledge and agree to when registering for a Facebook account — expressly prohibit the creation and use of fake accounts. "Isn't this the definition of identity theft?" says privacy researcher Runa Sandvik. The DEA has declined to comment and referred all questions to the Justice Department, which has not returned CNNMoney's calls.

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See the Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday with a Pinhole Camera (Video)

Space.com - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:53am
A potentially amazing partial solar eclipse is due to darken skies above North America Thursday (Oct. 23), and you can build and easy tool to help you view it safely.
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This Seat-Back Screen Lets Airlines Swap in the Latest Tablet Tech

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Lufthansa Systems is testing a plastic screen that goes in front of whatever the passenger's watching, allowing airlines to circumvent a cumbersome testing process.

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We’ve Got Retro Soul and Surprise Reunions in This Week’s Playlist

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Young Texas musicians like Leon Bridges are making pitch-perfect retro soul that sounds like Sam Cooke; Chance the Rapper continues to be one of rap's most unvarnished and experimental MCs; and 20 years after their last album, Sleater Kinney comes out of NOWHERE to announce a new album and drop its first single.

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Big Hero 6 Proves It: Pixar’s Gurus Have Brought the Magic Back to Disney Animation

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The film is set in San Fransokyo, a mashup of a Japanese megacity and an exaggerated-scale San Francisco. T: Sean Freeman John Lasseter is tearing up. His eyes are shining and his lashes are moist. He reaches out a warm hand to cover mine and looks deep into my eyes as he talks. He's feeling […]

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A Bold Vision for the Future of the Postage Stamp

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The beauty of the idea is how much it simply relies on infrastructure that already exists.

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Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Games aren’t very fun these days. As anyone paying even tangential attention to videogames likely knows, the medium is in the throes of a misogynist backlash so virulent it often could be described as terrorism. In the past nine weeks, three female games professionals—Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, and Zoe Quinn—have been driven from their homes […]

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This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

For many athletes, watching game film is a necessary chore. Reviewing their past performance while coaches point out flaws and missteps is hardly the highlight of the week. While they may not be able to cut down on the coaches’ critiques, a Dutch company has made looking at game tape amazingly better, tapping into the […]

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Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves What Steve Ballmer Once Despised

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

“I don’t want to fight old battles,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “I want to fight new ones.” It’s Sunday evening, and Nadella is sitting in a glass-enclosed room at the back of a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, eating sushi with a few reporters. As the meal began, one reporter promptly […]

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What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration […]

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Startup Makes Smart-Home Lighting as Easy as Screwing in a Lightbulb

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Installing connected home lighting is often costly and complicated. A new startup called Avi-On is trying to change this, starting with the seemingly mundane light switch.

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A Full-Body Mouse: Click With Your Leg, Scroll With Your Hips

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

To combat sitting disease, why not amplify your computer interactions into something that engages the entire body?

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The Best Biology Photos of the Year

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The winners of the Society of Biology's third annual photography contest include amazing images of a haunting leopard, an otherworldly spider, and Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Intimate Images of US Marshals From an Embedded Photographer

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The FBI may get all the love (and movies), but the US Marshals Service is America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Brian Finke spent nearly four years embedded with the marshals, chronicling their daily lives with intimate, revealing images that peer into an often dangerous world. “I felt like it was my own version of the […]

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This Is the Internettiest Music Video That Ever Internetted

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The Bots' new video for "All I Really Want" imagines the song as a "BotsFeed" listicle, where Fresh Prince GIFs and cute pandas reign supreme.

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Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles

Wired News - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:00am

The Nielsen ratings have long held huge sway over the business of television, but television isn’t like it used to be. So, on Tuesday, Nielsen announced that it’s expanding its ratings system to all kinds of digital content to give both its creators and advertisers a more meaningful way to measure popularity in the online […]

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