Astrophysicist probes theory of black-hole accretion

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:21pm
Utilizing the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, one of the most powerful telescopes in the world, researchers have peered into the feeding habits of a supermassive black hole.
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Diabetes raises risk of heart attack death by 50 percent

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:21pm
Having diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 percent, according to a widespread study. The study's participants with diabetes were 39 per cent more likely to have died if they had a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) heart attack -- in which the artery is partially blocked -- than those without diabetes.
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How the mouse outlived 'the giant'

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:21pm
By scanning the fossil remains of mammal-like reptiles from the Karoo of South Africa, scientists have found that these reptiles, called therapsids, may have evolved hair, and the use of whiskers as a sensory tool in order to operate at night well before the Mesozoic age.
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Apollo 19 Saturn V Rocket Stage Arrives at Infinity Science Center

Space.com - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:21pm
A massive, 40-year-old artifact left over from NASA's Apollo moon program has landed a new mission as a roadside attraction on one of the busiest U.S. highways. Drivers taking I-10 to enter Mississippi were the first to see Saturn V first stage.
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Hey! You stole my food!: Abnormal eating behaviors in frontotemporal dementia

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:19pm
Frontotemporal dementia is associated with a wide variety of abnormal eating behaviors such as hyperphagia, fixations on one kind of food, even ingestion of inanimate objects, making an already difficult situation even worse. A new review gathers together the state of the art of what is known in this field, paying particular attention to the brain mechanisms involved. The information may be used for understanding eating disorders in healthy people.
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Plastic debris and policy

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:19pm
Captain Charles Moore introduced the world to the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' in the mid-1990s. Since then, there has been increasing interest from scientists, the public and policy makers regarding plastic debris in the environment. A new article now outlines the current research, identifies research gaps on plastic debris and reviews some of the weight of evidence regarding contamination, fate and effects of the material.
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Landmark study gives clearest picture of genetic causes of bowel cancer

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:19pm
A landmark study has given the most detailed picture yet of the genetics of bowel cancer. The study examined all the genes from more than 1,000 people with bowel cancer and is the largest of its type ever conducted.
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Early behavior problems impact long-term educational attainment more for boys than girls

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:19pm
Behavioral problems in early childhood have a larger negative effect on high school and college completion rates for boys than girls, which partially explains the substantial gender gap in educational attainment that currently exists in the United States, suggests a new report.
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Cosmopolitan snow algae accelerate the melting of Arctic glaciers

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:19pm
The role of red pigmented snow algae in melting Arctic glaciers has been strongly underestimated, suggests a study. The new work shows a 13 percent reduction of the albedo over the course of one melting season caused by red-pigmented snow algal blooms.
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Courts of old Istanbul yield insights on modern poverty

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:19pm
Few might seek insights on Middle Eastern conflict or modern poverty in records of the Ottoman empire. Yet when an economist combed through centuries-old court documents, he made a surprising discovery with implications for modern times: The courts' actions had unintended consequences that inadvertently undercut people's finances.
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Early arrival gives bluebirds an edge in keeping nest sites

Science Daily - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:19pm
Finders, keepers: Mountain Bluebirds are more likely to defend nest cavities against competition from other birds such as swallows if they get there first, but climate change may disrupt the migratory timing that lets them beat their rivals to the punch, according to new research.
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Kernel of iOS 10 Preview Is Not Encrypted -- Nobody Knows Why

Slashdot - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 2:00pm
Security experts are claiming that iOS 10 preview, which Apple made available to enthusiasts last week, is not secure. iOS 10 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. It will be available to standard customers later this year (likely around September). According to security experts, iOS 10's kernel is not encrypted. MIT News reports: Why Apple has suddenly opened up its code is unclear. One hypothesis in the security community is that, as author Jonathan Levin puts it, someone inside the company "screwed up royally." But he and security researcher Mathew Solnik both say there are reasons to think it may have been intentional. Encouraging more people to pore over the code could result in more bugs being disclosed to Apple so that it can fix them.

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Illuminating the Dark Art of Making Neon Signs

Wired News - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:30pm
Commercial uses have dwindled in recent years (blame LEDs), but the craft of making these neon signs is still alive. The post Illuminating the Dark Art of Making Neon Signs appeared first on WIRED.
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Powerful 'Electric Wind' Sucked Venus' Oxygen into Space

Space.com - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:30pm
Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to strip water's building blocks from the planet's atmosphere and fling it into space, new research suggests.
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Hasselblad’s New Camera Costs $9,000, But It Sure Is Compact

Wired News - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:24pm
Billed as the first mirrorless medium-format digital camera, the Hasselblad X1D is smaller than some full-frame DSLRs. The post Hasselblad's New Camera Costs $9,000, But It Sure Is Compact appeared first on WIRED.
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Rainbow-Colored Shooting Stars May Fly Overhead Someday

Space.com - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:13pm
Someday, stargazers may see pink, green and violet shooting stars streak across the night sky, thanks to a startup company that wants to launch tiny, human-made meteors, according to news sources.
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The Beauty of Laplace’s Equation, Mathematical Key to … Everything

Wired News - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:00pm
With these five symbols, Laplace read the universe. The post The Beauty of Laplace’s Equation, Mathematical Key to … Everything appeared first on WIRED.
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LeBron James Used A Steve Jobs Speech To Motivate The Cavs To Victory

Slashdot - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Well, LeBron James finally accomplished what he set out to do when he announced his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014: he brought an NBA championship to Cleveland. Going into the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were clear underdogs. And once the Cavs went down three games to one, the odds in Vegas that LeBron and co. could take back the series were as high as +900. Looking back at the Cavaliers' historic championship run and odds-defying victory, ESPN has a fascinating piece up detailing how LeBron sought to find every and anything that could help motivate his teammates and help them believe that an unprecedented comeback was indeed within the realm of possibility. And interestingly enough, one of the sources of inspiration James turned to was Steve Jobs. Specifically, James played portions of Steve Jobs' iconic 2005 Stanford University commencement speech to rally the troops ahead of game 3. "You can't connect the dots looking forward," Jobs passionately said, "you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." You can watch Jobs' aforementioned speech in its entirety here on YouTube.

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The Director of Helvetica Is Making a Documentary On Dieter Rams

Wired News - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 12:30pm
Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica,/em>, Objectified, and Urbanized, points his camera at famed designer Dieter Rams The post The Director of Helvetica Is Making a Documentary On Dieter Rams appeared first on WIRED.
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Pluto Has Ocean Beneath Its Surface? Scientists Think So | Video

Space.com - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 12:24pm
The lack of dense "Ice II" on the surface is an indication that an ocean may still flow below, according to Brown University and Planetary Science Institute scientists.
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