Most people cycle and regain weight, and those who lose most are most likely to keep it off

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:27pm
Most people lose, gain and maintain their weight inconsistently, and those who lose the most weight are most likely to keep it off and keep losing, new research reports.
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Age and gender influence risk for certain peripheral vascular diseases

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:13pm
New findings from large-scale studies of more than 3.6 million people who underwent screening for cardiovascular disease reveals that a person's age and gender affects the prevalence of certain types of peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and that diabetes is a major risk factor for developing these diseases, even in patients without heart disease.
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Low thyroid function linked to greater odds of type 2 diabetes

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:12pm
Having too little thyroid hormone in the blood -- even in the low-normal range -- raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially in people with prediabetes, a new study in nearly 8,500 people finds.
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Large whey protein breakfast may help manage type 2 diabetes

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:12pm
A large breakfast containing whey protein may help manage type 2 diabetes, new research from Israel reports.
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Liraglutide may make high-fat foods less desirable to the brain's reward centers

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:12pm
A new study finds that the diabetes drug liraglutide leads to weight loss by acting on an area of the brain that controls attention and possibly making desirable foods less rewarding.
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Researchers find 'simple' methods to prevent heart attacks and stroke worldwide

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:12pm
Three studies involving 228 centers looking at the effects of the three treatments in people at intermediate risk of, but without, clinical heart disease have recently been conducted.
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Building a better concussion test

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:12pm
Researchers have developed an inexpensive, ultraportable balance board called BTrackS that provides fast, objective feedback on an athlete's balance disruption following a suspected concussion. Results from the team's first concussion detection study have revealed that it's about twice as effective as the most widely used balance test for concussion nationwide.
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Waist circumference is stronger predictor of heart disease than BMI

Science Daily - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:12pm
New study lends more evidence that it's better to be shaped like a pear as opposed to an apple -- with weight around the abdomen.
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On Cybersecurity, Execs Are Burying Their Heads In the Sand

Slashdot - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 3:00pm
An anonymous reader writes shares a report on BizJournals: Despite increased spending on cybersecurity, most executives are unprepared, even willfully ignorant, of the threats that could damage their businesses. A survey of 1,530 C-level executives across of range of industries found a widespread feeling that cybersecurity is an "IT problem," even as CEOs personally shoulder the consequences for breaches. "The Target breach was one of the more significant ones: Executives can be held accountable," says David Damato, chief security officer at Tanium. "But there's still that disconnect. Executives still struggle with: 'What should I be looking for?'"

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Oculus 'Always On' Services and Privacy Policy May Be a Cause for Concern

Slashdot - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 2:00pm
Will Mason, reporting for Upload VR: It turns out when you install the software to run Facebook's Oculus Rift, it creates a process with full system permissions called "VRServer_x64.exe." This process is always on, and regularly sends updates back to Facebook's servers. The process' main purpose is to help detect when the Rift is turned on and on your face so that it can launch Oculus Home, but the further reaching implications of it are potentially much more salacious. Digging into the Oculus Rift's Privacy Policy reveals that Facebook is not the only company that is able to collect your data, as under the policy "third parties may also collect information about you through the Services," this includes entities on the "related companies" list. The company plans to utilize your data to, among other things, "market to you." Surprised?

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Uber CEO Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Price Fixing

Slashdot - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 1:01pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will go to court over price fixing claims after he initially tried to get the lawsuit dismissed. U.S. district court judge in New York ruled Kalanick has to face the class of passengers alleging that he conspired with drivers to set fares using an algorithm, including hiking rates during peak hours with so-called surge pricing. According to Reuters, district court judge Jed Rakoff ruled the plaintiffs "plausibly alleged a conspiracy" to fix pricing and that the class action could also pursue claims the set rates led to the demise [of] other services, like Sidecar.

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Space Photos of the Week: That’s a Lotta Stars, Yo

Wired News - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am
Space photos of the week, March 27–April 2, 2016. The post Space Photos of the Week: That's a Lotta Stars, Yo appeared first on WIRED.









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Politicians Prefer You Didn’t See Them Like This

Wired News - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am
A photographer goes in search of damaged, warped and bizarrely-placed campaign ads during election season. The post Politicians Prefer You Didn't See Them Like This appeared first on WIRED.









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Security News This Week: Clever Malware Is Sending People Fake Speeding Tickets

Wired News - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am
Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. The post Security News This Week: Clever Malware Is Sending People Fake Speeding Tickets appeared first on WIRED.









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Mathematician Solves the Centuries-Old Sphere Problem in Higher Dimensions

Wired News - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am
A Ukrainian mathematician has solved the centuries-old sphere-packing problem in dimensions eight and 24. The post Mathematician Solves the Centuries-Old Sphere Problem in Higher Dimensions appeared first on WIRED.









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Why Batman Is the Ultimate Lightning Rod for Nerd Rage

Wired News - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am
Comic book fans are known for their strong opinions, but one hero in particular seems to inspire more passionate arguments than most—Batman. The post Why Batman Is the Ultimate Lightning Rod for Nerd Rage appeared first on WIRED.









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Nintendo Firing a Female Gamer Only Makes the Trolls More Rabid

Wired News - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 10:00am
Nintendo fired employee Alison Rapp this week after a ruthless online harassment campaign she'd endured from gamers peeved by changes to their games. The post Nintendo Firing a Female Gamer Only Makes the Trolls More Rabid appeared first on WIRED.









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Siri Now Responds Appropriately To Sexual Assaults

Slashdot - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 9:15am
An anonymous reader writes: Confirmed in a report from ABC News, Apple has updated Siri to respond to statements involving sexual assault and abuse in a more appropriate and consistent manner. JAMA Internal Medicine published an article in mid-March noting how personal assistants like Siri, Cortana, S Voice and Google Now incompletely and inconsistently responded to phrases relating to abuse or sexual assault. Apple has updated Siri in response to that article. If you say, "Siri I was raped," Siri will respond with the following: "If you think you may have experienced sexual abuse or assault, you may want to reach out to someone at the National Sexual Assault Hotline.'' Previously, Siri would respond by saying users "should reach out" for available help.

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$40 Hardware Is Enough To Hack $28,000 Police Drones From 2km Away

Slashdot - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 5:31am
mask.of.sanity writes: Thieves can hijack $28,000 professional drones used widely across the law enforcement, emergency, and private sectors using $40 worth of hardware. The quadcopters can be hijacked from up to two kilometers away thanks to a lack of encryption, which is not present due to latency overheads. Attackers can commandeer radio links to the drones from up to two kilometers away, and block operators from reconnecting to the craft. With the targeted Xbee chip being very common in drones, IBM security guy Nils Rodday says it is likely many more aircraft are open to compromise.

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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches and Lands Private Rocket for Third Time

Space.com - Sat, 02/04/2016 - 5:00am
Today (April 2), the private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket into suborbital space and then successfully landed the booster back on Earth for the third time in less than five months.
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