Babies fed directly from breast may be at less risk for ear infections

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:34pm
Feeding at the breast may be healthier than feeding pumped milk from a bottle for reducing the risk of ear infection, and feeding breast milk compared with formula may reduce the risk of diarrhea, according to a recent study.
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Astrophysicists detect most luminous diffuse gamma-ray emission from Arp 220

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:34pm
Astronomers have detected for the first time the most luminous gamma-ray emission from the merging galaxy Arp 220 -- the nearest ultraluminous infrared galaxy to Earth reveals the hidden extreme energetic processes in galaxies. Luminous infrared galaxies and ultraluminous infrared galaxies are the most luminous of all galaxies.
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Getting the most out of natural gas

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:34pm
Scientists have discovered a new catalyst that allows the easy conversion of natural gas constituents into precursors for the production of fuels or complex chemicals, such as polymers or pharmaceuticals. The new catalyst is extremely stable and results in fewer unwanted by-products.
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Alcohol exposure during adolescence leads to chronic stress vulnerability

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:15pm
Drinking during early to mid-adolescence can lead to vulnerability to chronic stress, according to new research. A research team gave alcohol to rats every other day, starting from early to mid-adolescence. When the team looked at the same rats in adulthood, they found that adult males didn't show hormonal stress adaptation, making them more vulnerable to chronic stress.
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Can telehealth fill gap in autism services?

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:15pm
Parents struggling to find and afford therapy for their child with autism may eventually be able to provide that therapy themselves with the help of telehealth training, a new report suggests.
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Clinical trial demonstrates success of low FODMAP diet

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:15pm
A first of its kind US trial shows diet changes helped those with a hard-to-treat gut disorder overcome symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The study measured the degree of relief from low FODMAP, a frequently recommended diet, which stands for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols.
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New tabletop instrument tests electron mobility for next-generation electronics

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:15pm
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, with facilities in Florida and New Mexico, offers scientists access to enormous machines that create record-setting magnetic fields. The strong magnetic fields help researchers probe the fundamental structure of materials to better understand and manipulate their properties. Yet large-scale facilities like the MagLab are scarce, and scientists must compete with others for valuable time on the machines. Now researchers have built a tabletop instrument that can perform measurements that were only previously possible at large national magnet labs.
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How waves transport materials: How much can a mode-2 wave move?

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:15pm
For the first time, two mathematicians have created a 3-D simulation of the mass transport capabilities of mode-2 waves. Such models will help define how mode-2 waves can carry materials that are either beneficial (such as phytoplankton and other food sources) or detrimental (such as crude oil and other contaminants) between ecosystems.
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Why vocal fry?

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:15pm
Researchers are studying the lowest vocal register used by chorus singers to better understand the emotional properties of music. This lowest register is called vocal fry, and it sounds a little bit like a growl or a croak. The technique has become popular in today's pop and country music. When female singers use this lowest register, listeners rate her as more expressive, according to a small study. The opposite is true for men.
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Pebble Unveils Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core Smartwatches

Slashdot - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:15pm
Pebble on Tuesday unveiled its latest line of wearable devices. The company announced the Pebble 2 -- a sleeker successor to the company's four-year-old Pebble watch -- and the Pebble Time 2, which comes with a large colour display and steel frame. Both the devices are up on Kickstarter, and scheduled to be shipped later this year. The company also announced the Pebble Core, a square-shaped timepiece which supports 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth connections and lets users stream music using Spotify and make emergency calls without the need of a smartphone. The Pebble 2 and the Pebble Time 2 come equipped with heart-rate sensors, a feature that was missing from the earlier Pebble smartwatches. The Pebble Core runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and also has a 4GB storage which users can use when they don't have a flash drive in handy. The Pebble 2 is priced at $99, whereas the Pebble Time 2 will cost you $169. The Pebble Core is priced at $69. Pebble's new devices will be up on Kickstarter for 36 days, should you feel the urge to support the company. However, it is worth noting that in within hours, Pebble has received more money than it had asked for.

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Heading to Portland? Chuck Palahniuk’s Got Some Ideas

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:00pm
To celebrate the release of the "Fight Club 2" graphic novel, we asked the writer for a virtual tour of his adopted city. The post Heading to Portland? Chuck Palahniuk's Got Some Ideas appeared first on WIRED.
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AT&T Begins Capping Broadband Users

Slashdot - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 3:30pm
Karl Bode, reporting for DSLReports (edited for clarity): Just a reminder to AT&T customers: the company's usage caps on U-Verse broadband connections is now in effect. When AT&T originally announced broadband caps on fixed-line connections back in 2011, it capped DSL customers at 150 GB per month and U-Verse customers at 250 GB per month. But while the DSL customer cap was enforced (by and large because AT&T wants these users to migrate to wireless anyway), AT&T didn't enforce caps for its U-Verse customers. Until now, anyway. Back in March AT&T announced it would begin enforcing usage caps on all connections starting May 23. As of today, U-Verse customers face different caps depending on their speed tier. AT&T says customers on U-Verse tiers with speeds between 768 Kbps and 6 Mbps will now face a 300 GB cap; customers on U-Verse tiers of speeds between 12 Mbps and 75Mbps will see a 600 GB cap, and customers on speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps will see a cap of 1 terabyte. Users who exceed these caps in any given month will automatically have to pay for 50 GB of additional data for $10 each.

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Apple, Microsoft and Google Hold 23% Of All US Corporate Cash Outside the Finance Sector

Slashdot - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 2:50pm
An anonymous reader writes: Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions -- holding a combined $391 billion in cash as of the end of 2015, or more than 23 percent of the entire $1.68 trillion held by the nation's non-financial corporations. Apple leads the pack with $215.7 billion in cash, followed by Microsoft at $102.6 billion, and Google at $73.1 billion. The numbers are documented in a new report from Moody's Investors Service that shows an unprecedented concentration of cash in the tech sector. For the first time, the top five companies on the Moody's cash ranking are tech companies, with Cisco and Oracle following Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Technology companies overall held $777 billion in cash, or 46 percent of the total cash across all non-financial industries.

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Apple To Launch Thinner, Lighter MacBook Pro Models With OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID In Fall

Slashdot - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 2:10pm
Apple plans to refresh its MacBook Pro line later this year. The makeover will see both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models replace their function keys atop laptop keyboards with an OLED touch bar, according to a report. Both the models will also have Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and will support Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, multiple outlets are reporting citing ever-so-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The refreshed MacBook Pro model will be thinner and lighter as well. There's no word on if -- and when -- the MacBook Air lineup will receive a refresh.

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Twitter Unveils Big New Changes to Prove the Fun Ain’t Gone

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 2:00pm
You get 140 characters for your words. Everything else is Twitter's problem now. The post Twitter Unveils Big New Changes to Prove the Fun Ain't Gone appeared first on WIRED.
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Pebble’s Best Gadget Isn’t a Watch—It’s the Core, a Tiny Spotify Player

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 2:00pm
The Core costs $69, clips to your shirt or keychain, and may hold the key to everything Pebble wants to do in the future. The post Pebble's Best Gadget Isn't a Watch—It's the Core, a Tiny Spotify Player appeared first on WIRED.
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Blastoff! Europe's Galileo Navigation System Gets 2 More Satellites | Video

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 1:39pm
Galileo 13 and 14 were launched in the early morning hours from French Guiana on May 24, 2016. The satellite constellation will consist of 24 satellites when they are all launched.
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Couples study ties anger to heart problems, stonewalling to back pain

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 1:31pm
If you rage with frustration during a marital spat, watch your blood pressure. If you keep a stiff upper lip, watch your back. New research based on how couples behave during conflicts, suggests outbursts of anger predict cardiovascular problems. Conversely, shutting down emotionally or "stonewalling" during conflict raises the risk of musculoskeletal ailments such as a bad back or stiff muscles.
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Discovering how well wearable mosquito repellent devices work

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 1:03pm
Researchers are testing the efficacy of commercially available wearable mosquito repellent devices.
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Current screening methods miss worrisome number of persons with mild cognitive impairment

Science Daily - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 1:03pm
Existing screening tools for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) result in a false-negative error rate of more than 7 percent, new research indicates. These persons are misclassified as not having MCI based on standard screening instruments but actually do have MCI when more extensive testing is conducted.
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