EU's Unitary Software Patent Challenged At the Belgian Constitutional Court

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 2:13pm
zoobab writes The Unitary Patent for Europe is being challenged at the Belgian Constitutional Court. One of the plaintiffs, Benjamin Henrion, is a fifteen-year campaigner against software patents in Europe. He says: "The Unitary Patent is the third major attempt to legalize software patents in Europe. The captive European Patent Court will become the Eastern District of Texas when it comes to software patent disputes in Europe. As happened in America, the concentration of power will force up legal costs, punish small European companies, and benefit large patent holders."

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Cape Watch: Suicide Squad Has, Like, 5 Million Characters Now

Wired News - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 2:00pm

It's all about the mutants this week, with a lot of activity on Fox's X-Men franchise.

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NASA-ESA Project Will Shoot an Asteroid To See What Happens

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:23pm
astroengine writes What better way to understand how to deflect an incoming asteroid than to smash into one to see what happens? This may sound like the storyline to a certain science fiction movie involving a team of oil drillers, but this is science fact, and Europe has started planning a mission to map a small target asteroid that NASA will attempt to shoot with a speeding spacecraft, no nukes required. As the first half of the joint Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment mission, the European Space Agency this month has started planning for the launch of its Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) in October 2020. AIM's target will be the binary asteroid system of Didymos, which is composed of a main 800 meter-wide hunk of space rock circled by a smaller 170 meter-wide asteroid informally known as "Didymoon." It's the smaller asteroid that the joint NASA/ESA mission is interested in bullying.

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Ocean-scale dataset allows broad view of human influence on Pacific coral reef ecosystems

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:21pm
A study draws on data from nearly 40 islands and atolls across the central and western Pacific, including 25 unpopulated islands, to investigate the relative influence of environmental variation and human presence on reef fish assemblages. The resulting message is sobering.
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Rapid increase in neonicotinoid insecticides driven by seed treatments: Neonicotinoids may harm pollinators

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:21pm
Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides, according to researchers.
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Beta secretase inhibitors to treat Alzheimer's disease

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:20pm
With each new amyloid-targeting treatment for Alzheimer's disease that has been developed, there has been a corresponding concern. For example, antibodies targeting amyloid-beta peptide produce inflammation in the brain in some patients. Gamma secretase inhibitors tend to produce adverse effects by interacting with Notch, an important pathway for cellular signaling. Beta secretase 1 (BACE1) inhibitors are a new and promising target for Alzheimer's disease. Inhibiting BACE1 will limit the production of amyloid-beta which, in turn, should reduce the production of neurotoxic fibrils and plaques, scientists say.
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Alcohol dependency and early death

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:20pm
The mortality of alcohol dependent patients in general hospitals is many times higher than that of patients without alcohol dependency. In addition, they die about 7.6 years earlier on average than hospital patients without a history of alcohol addiction. This is what scientists discovered using patient data from various general hospitals in Manchester (England).
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Smart phone diagnosis? Biosensing platform quickly and accurately diagnoses disease and monitors treatment remotely

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:20pm
In much the same way that glucometers and pregnancy tests have revolutionized in-home diagnostic testing, researchers have identified a new biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E-coli, Staphylococcus aureas and other bacteria. Using this technology, they also have developed a phone app that could detect bacteria and disease in the blood using images from a cellphone that could easily be analyzed from anywhere in the world.
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What can parents do to prevent the further spread of the measles?

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:20pm
A pediatric infectious diseases specialist helps explain the facts about measles, and how parents can prevent further outbreak. A recent outbreak of confirmed cases of measles involved children who were not vaccinated against the extremely contagious virus, which manifests itself through rash, fever and coughing. While thought to be eradicated in the U.S., the illness has been traced to travelers who were infected in other countries.
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Jaguar Improves Its ‘Business Class’ Sedan in Every Way

Wired News - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 1:00pm

The 2016 XF introduced this week at the New York Auto show is the second generation of a car Jag trotted out in 2007.

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Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC Is Dropped From Google Products

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:42pm
eldavojohn writes A couple weeks ago, Google contacted the CNNIC (China's CA) to alert them of a problem regarding the delegated power of issuing fraudulent certificates for domains (in fact this came to light after fraudulent certificates were issued for Google's domains). Following this, Google decided to remove the CNNIC Root and EV CA as trusted CAs in its Chrome browser and all Google products. Today, the CNNIC responded to Google: "1. The decision that Google has made is unacceptable and unintelligible to CNNIC, and meanwhile CNNIC sincerely urge that Google would take users' rights and interests into full consideration. 2. For the users that CNNIC has already issued the certificates to, we guarantee that your lawful rights and interests will not be affected." Mozilla is waiting to formulate a plan.

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Each hour spent watching TV daily increases risk of developing diabetes by 3.4 percent

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:22pm
Each hour spent watching TV daily increases the risk of developing diabetes by 3.4 percent, concludes a study, emphasizing that changing sedentary behavior has the opportunity to improve health in many different ways.
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Physical activity benefits lung cancer patients, survivors

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:21pm
Exercise and physical activity should be considered as therapeutic options for lung cancer as they have been shown to reduce symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve quality of life, and potentially reduce length of hospital stay and complications following surgery for lung cancer.
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Polio vaccination: Review of Final steps to polio eradication

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:21pm
April 12 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jonas Salk's landmark polio vaccine trial results, which confirmed that the first vaccine against polio was safe and effective. A new review provides a comprehensive overview of current polio vaccines, and highlights new and future research initiatives, such as new vaccine formulations, that could help ensure that polio is eradicated and eradication is maintained.
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Older people at higher risk of emergency cancer diagnosis

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:20pm
People over 60 are at higher risk of being diagnosed with lung or bowel cancer as an emergency in hospital than younger people, according to a report. The researchers also found that women and less affluent people are at higher risk of an emergency lung cancer diagnosis, while being unmarried, divorced or widowed was associated with having bowel cancer diagnosed as an emergency.
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Babies with clinically suspected serious infections can be safely and effectively treated outside hospital

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:20pm
Newborns and young infants with possible severe bacterial infections (PSBI), such as pneumonia and sepsis, whose families do not accept or cannot access hospital care, can be safely and effectively treated with simplified antibiotic regimens outside hospital, according to the results of three large trials from Africa and Bangladesh.
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Experts test new Ebola vaccine on front-line medical personnel and at risk groups after promising results

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:18pm
The World Health Organisation declared the Ebola virus outbreak a public health emergency in August 2014; since then the development of vaccines against Ebola virus has been fast tracked.
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Eating eggs reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, study indicates

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:18pm
Egg consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly widespread throughout the world. Research has shown that lifestyle habits, such as exercise and nutrition, play a crucial role in the development of the disease. A new study has found that egg consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes as well as with lower blood glucose levels. Men who ate approximately four eggs per week had a 37 per cent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than men who only ate approximately one egg per week. This association persisted even after possible confounding factors such as physical activity, body mass index, smoking and consumption of fruits and vegetables were taken into consideration.
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High-fat dairy products linked to reduced type 2 diabetes risk

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:18pm
Consumption of high-fat yoghurt and cheese are linked to a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as a fifth, according to new research. High meat consumption, on the other hand, is linked to a higher risk.
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Unique observation in semiconductors: New charge transport phenomenon

Science Daily - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:18pm
Researchers have collaborated in the study of the movement of charges over interfaces of semiconductor materials. The group noticed a new kind of transport phenomenon for charges. In the phenomenon, a pair formed by a negative electron and a positive charge moves onto an interface, after which its 'message' is passed on to the other side of the interface, where it is carried on by a similar pair. The new theoretical result opens up interesting prospects for carrying out logical operations in electronics.
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