Who(what)'s driving and when?

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:15pm
Researchers are working to advance the state of knowledge about human factors aspects of autonomous passenger vehicles, including an assessment of the level of drivers' trust in the autonomous car, and how drivers will respond best to verbal prompts alerting them to driving conditions and the state of the vehicle.
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People stay true to moral colors, studies find

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:15pm
When judging the character of a friend, co-worker or potential romantic partner, pay attention to little acts of kindness or cruelty because these are likely part of a consistent behavioral pattern, suggests new research.
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Transgender children supported in their identities show positive mental health

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:15pm
A new study, believed to be the first to look at the mental health of transgender children who have “socially transitioned,” finds that they had rates of depression and anxiety no higher than two control groups of children. The findings challenge long-held assumptions that mental health problems in transgender children are inevitable, or even that being transgender is itself a type of mental disorder.
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Jet engines to become cleaner in future

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:15pm
New research is working toward a new way to measure emissions of fine particulate matter from aircraft engines, and scientists are hoping to develop a preliminary standard governing the emission of particulates by aircraft engines.
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Women who feel more at risk of crime also prefer physically dominant partners

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:14pm
Women who prefer physically formidable and dominant mates (PPFDM) tend to feel more at risk of crime regardless of the situation or risk factors present, according to new research.
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New research adds additional layer of complexity to human protein landscape

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:13pm
New research adds an extra dimension to the known set of human proteins. Genes can shift their expression towards alternative protein versions (proteoforms) that rival their full length counterparts in stability. For that reason, the diversity of human proteins seems to be fundamentally underestimated, and the single gene-single protein theory has once again debunked.
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World’s first parallel computer based on biomolecular motors

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:13pm
A study reports the realization of a parallel computer based on designed nanofabricated channels explored in a massively parallel fashion by protein filaments propelled by molecular motors.
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How metal clusters grow

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:12pm
First the nucleus, then the shell: Scientists have studied stepwise formation of metal clusters, smallest fractions of metals in molecular form. The shell gradually forms around the inner atom rather than by later inclusion of the central atom. Knowledge of all development steps may allow for customized optoelectronic and magnetic properties.
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Seizures and other extreme events in the brain

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:12pm
How do epileptic seizures develop? A new model may help to answer this question. Physicists have developed a model whose behavior -- although based on strict rules -- can apparently change spontaneously. There are also changes of this type in nature, for example, in the development of migraine attacks or epileptic seizures. The mechanism, described for the first time by the researchers, could help to better understand extreme events such as these.
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Research team sheds light on 'rightie' or 'leftie' behavior in a scale-eating cichlid

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:11pm
Behavioral laterality, or left- or right-handedness, has been reported in many animals, including humans, chimpanzees, toads, rats, mice, and invertebrates such as crustaceans and insects. Now researchers have shed light on the development of behavioral laterality (left-/right-handedness) in a scale-eating cichlid from Africa's Lake Tanganyika.
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Wristband and an app for a better back

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:11pm
You may think you are doing the right back exercises to help your back pain, but a new app coupled with a wristband will help you—and your doctors—to figure out if this is true.
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Scientists make significant anti-aging breakthrough

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:09pm
A breakthrough in understanding human skin cells offers a pathway for new anti-aging treatments.
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Driverless cars could increase reliance on roads

Science Daily - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:09pm
Driverless vehicles could intensify car use, reducing or even eliminating promised energy savings and environmental benefits, a new study has warned.
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A Map of Mars That’s Perfect for Everyday Earthlings

Wired News - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 1:00pm
The maps that chart the geology and topography of Mars are nearly indecipherable to those who are not scientifically inclined. Until now. The post A Map of Mars That’s Perfect for Everyday Earthlings appeared first on WIRED.









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Obama Administration Set To Expand Sharing of Data That NSA Intercepts

Slashdot - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 12:57pm
schwit1 writes: The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations. The idea is to let more experts across American intelligence gain direct access to unprocessed information, increasing the chances that they will recognize any possible nuggets of value. That also means more officials will be looking at private messages - not only foreigners' phone calls and emails that have not yet had irrelevant personal information screened out, but also communications to, from, or about Americans that the NSA's foreign intelligence programs swept in incidentally. Civil liberties advocates criticized the change, arguing that it will weaken privacy protections. They said the government should disclose how much American content the NSA collects incidentally - which agency officials have said is hard to measure - and let the public debate what the rules should be for handling that information.

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Dream Chaser: Sierra Nevada's Design for Spaceflight

Space.com - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 12:20pm
The winged ship's heritage dates back to Soviet and NASA concepts from the 1980s.
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NASA, Made in Space Think Big with Archinaut, a Robotic 3D-Printing Demo

Space.com - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 12:20pm
Within five years, companies could begin in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of communications satellite reflectors or other large structures, according to Made in Space.
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Dark Matter Clue: Strange Radio Bursts Finally Reveal Host Galaxy

Space.com - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 12:20pm
For the first time, scientists have determined the location and distance of a strange and powerful explosion known as a fast radio burst, a finding that allows them to refine models of dark matter.
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Mobile Stargazing: A Universe of Astronomy Apps to Explore the Sky

Space.com - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 12:20pm
In this edition of Mobile Stargazing, we'll focus on sky-charting apps — mobile star atlases loaded with features that run circles around stuffy old paper atlases.
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Fear Not, Movie Fans: Your Oscars 2016 Bingo Cards Are Here!

Wired News - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 12:00pm
There's more than pageantry at stake on Sunday night—there could be bragging rights among your friends. The post Fear Not, Movie Fans: Your Oscars 2016 Bingo Cards Are Here! appeared first on WIRED.









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