New computational strategy finds brain tumor-shrinking molecules

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 8:13pm
Patients with glioblastoma, a type of malignant brain tumor, usually survive fewer than 15 months following diagnosis. Since there are no effective treatments for the deadly disease, researchers developed a new computational strategy to search for molecules that could be developed into glioblastoma drugs. In mouse models of human glioblastoma, one molecule they found shrank the average tumor size by half.
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Twitch Viewers Will Try To Collaboratively Install Arch Linux

Slashdot - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 8:09pm
An anonymous reader writes: Early last year, an anonymous developer had the idea to try to crowd-source a game of Pokemon using Twitch.tv. 16 days of continuous play later, they were victorious, with an estimated 1.17 million people participating. A new experiment is now trying to ramp up the complexity: the goal is to install Arch Linux. "Every ten seconds, the most popular keystroke in Twitch chat will be entered into an Arch Linux virtual machine." The launch page recommends taking a look at the Arch Linux Wiki, beginner's guide, and a list of bash commands. People in the video stream chat are already discussing strategy.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: We Won’t Stand for This

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 8:08pm

With David out this week, Molly and Michael are free to spread positivity and joy. Not really.

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The GOP Is So Mad at CNBC It’s Suspending February’s Debate

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 8:04pm

Behold the power of political will.

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Game|Life Podcast: Why Nintendo’s Big Smartphone Move Tanked Its Stock

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 8:02pm

Matt Peckham and Chris Kohler discuss Nintendo's Miitomo phone game and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.

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They’re Here: The First Shots of Cassini’s Enceladus Flyby

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 8:01pm

The Cassini probe flew through geysers spewing out of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Today, it sent home pics.

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Record-setting flexible phototransistor revealed

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:31pm
Inspired by mammals' eyes, electrical engineers have created the fastest, most responsive flexible silicon phototransistor ever made.
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Study blocks ebola virus budding by regulating calcium signaling

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:31pm
A new study showed that blocking a calcium-signaling pathway could inhibit not only the Ebola virus, but also Marburg, Lassa and Junin viruses, all sources of deadly infections.
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Divorce rate doesn't go up as families of children with disabilities grow

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:31pm
Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have larger families, according to a new stud.
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Lack of 'sleep' may zap cell growth, brain activity, study in plants suggests

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:31pm
Lack of adequate sleep can do more than just make you tired. It can short-circuit your system and interfere with a fundamental cellular process that drives physical growth, physiological adaptation and even brain activity, according to a new study.
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New technique could prevent biofilms on catheters and medical implants

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:31pm
Biofilms -- mats of bacteria similar to the plaque that grows on teeth -- frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can threaten lives or lead to failure of the implants. Antibiotics are impotent against biofilms. Now scientists show that coating implants with 'tissue plasminogen activator' can prevent Staphylococcus aureus, the leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, from forming biofilms.
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Full-scale architecture for a quantum computer in silicon

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:31pm
Researchers have designed a full-scale architecture for a quantum computer in silicon. The new concept provides a pathway for building an operational quantum computer with error correction.
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New Artificial Fingerprints Feel Texture, Hear Sound

Slashdot - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:26pm
sciencehabit writes: Fake fingerprints might sound like just another ploy to fool the feds. But the world's first artificial prints — reported today (abstract) — have even cooler applications. The electronic material, which mimics the swirling designs imprinted on every finger, can sense pressure, temperature, and even sound. Though the technology has yet to be tested outside the lab, researchers say it could be key to adding sensation to artificial limbs or even enhancing the senses we already have.

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Cloud Atlas’ Author Finally Writes a Beginner-Friendly Novel

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:22pm

David Mitchell's new novel is a departure from his usual dense tomes, but that break in form is the perfect opportunity to create new fans.

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ESPN Just Shuttered Grantland, and People Are Not Happy

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 7:08pm

ESPN says that the much-loved site is suspended "effective immediately."

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Getting Small: Modular Data Center Designs Play Large Role In Edge Growth

Slashdot - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 6:39pm
1sockchuck writes: After years of focus on hyperscale server farms, there's new demand for data centers to serve edge content and the service provider market in smaller cities. How do you match the size of the data center to the demand profile of smaller markets? Pre-fabricated data center designs are playing a key role, deploying server space in smaller, digestible chunks. This avoids the overbuilding that led to the data center glut during the dot-com boom, but also allows customers to expand gradually. But the "data center in a box" has evolved since the Sun Blackbox, and now includes a focus on factory-built power rooms and lean construction of data halls, as well as the evolving designs for containerized solutions.

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Why WIRED.com Migrated (And Why Your Site Should Too)

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 6:24pm

If you're in engineering management, you've got a ticket in your queue that says "clean up technical debt." We did it, and here's why you should, too.

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How We Moved 34,000 WIRED Pages to One Site in 9 Hours

Wired News - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 6:23pm

WIRED.com is one of the net's oldest publications, and it has been built on various platforms over the years. This is the story of how we unified it all.

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NASA spots the 'Great Pumpkin': Halloween asteroid a treat for radar astronomers

Science Daily - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 6:09pm
NASA scientists are tracking the upcoming Halloween flyby of asteroid 2015 TB145 with several optical observatories and the radar capabilities of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. The asteroid will fly past Earth at a safe distance slightly farther than the moon's orbit on Oct. 31 at 10:01 a.m. PDT (1:01 p.m. EDT). Scientists are treating the flyby of the estimated 1,300-foot-wide (400-meter) asteroid as a science target of opportunity, allowing instruments on "spacecraft Earth" to scan it during the close pass.
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'Be the Astronaut' and 'Journey to Space' in New Museum Exhibits

Space.com - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 6:01pm
Two new museum exhibits offer the public a chance to 'Be the Astronaut' and 'Journey to Space.' Space Center Houston in Texas and the California Science Center are presenting immersive, hands-on attractions designed to educate guests about spaceflight.
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