Many prostate cancer patients saved from unnecessary treatments and side effects

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:51pm
Men with slow-growing prostate cancer are increasingly avoiding unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment in favor of an approach called active surveillance -- monitoring the cancer with regular tests and treating it only if it changes to a higher risk form.
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South Korea Plans Moon Landing By 2020

Slashdot - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:42pm
MarkWhittington writes: The Korean Herald has reported that the South Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has started a lunar exploration program, allocating funding to place a probe in orbit around the moon and a small lander and rover on the surface of the moon by 2020. The United States and the government of South Korea have also made a space cooperation agreement, fueling speculation that NASA will participate in the South Korean moon shot.

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Autonomous Cars Could Be Worse For Carbon Emissions

Slashdot - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 5:57pm
HughPickens.com writes: David Roberts writes at VOX that it stands to reason that vehicle automation could save energy and reduce emissions in some ways. Cars will be able to chain together more aerodynamically, drive at more consistent speeds, and perhaps serve as shared vehicles in lieu of individual vehicle ownership. But it also stands to reason that automation could increase energy use and emissions in some ways. If driving is easier and more pleasant, people will do it more. Automation will open up car travel to populations (the young, the elderly, the visually or otherwise impaired) who did not previously have access. Self-driving cars could increase the overall amount of vehicle miles traveled. (Read more, below.)

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Amazon Selling Its Own Clothes Actually Makes a Lot of Sense

Wired News - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 5:26pm
You already buy a lot of things on Amazon. Now the company is betting it can become a legit face of fashion. The post Amazon Selling Its Own Clothes Actually Makes a Lot of Sense appeared first on WIRED.









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Sony Patents Power Glove-Like Motion Controller For PlayStation VR

Slashdot - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 5:16pm
MojoKid writes: With so much of the VR buzz revolving around Oculus, HTC and Google lately, it would be easy to forget that Sony has its own competitor coming, called PlayStation VR. And now, as new patents have revealed, the Japanese gaming giant could have a nifty trick up its sleeve, so to speak. It looks like Sony could developing what some could consider a spiritual successor to the Power Glove, that classic late 80s peripheral for the Nintendo Entertainment System. A diagram pulled from the recent patent filing shows this glove's implementation is straight-forward. However, Sony's glove is not going to be bulky like the Power Glove was. The documents also refer to hand flexor sensors that indicate a level of precision tracking at the fingertip level, as well as some sort of cloud network processing offload.

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HoloLens For Developers Available For Pre-Order

Slashdot - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:35pm
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's HoloLens, touted as the world's 'first and only fully untethered holographic computer' is available today for pre-order and will ship on March 30. The HoloLens Development Edition is available for purchase to qualified developer applicants and will cost $3,000. While the augmented-reality headset is still far from a commercial release to consumers, Microsoft will release six applications that run on the holographic platform – a mix of development tools, games, and user programs. From today, developers can access documentation, guides and tutorials for HoloLens. Additional development tools will be made available when the first HoloLens ship at the end of March, including Visual Studio projects and a HoloLens emulator, which will allow testing of holographic apps on a PC without a physical HoloLens.

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The Latest Raspberry Pi Gets Wi-Fi Powers, Keeps $35 Price

Wired News - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:26pm
Everyone's favorite pocket-sized computer just got a little more powerful. The post The Latest Raspberry Pi Gets Wi-Fi Powers, Keeps $35 Price appeared first on WIRED.









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Study defines social motivations of urban farms

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:20pm
Two thirds of urban farmers have a social mission that goes beyond food production and profits, finds new American research. The researchers found that food production is an essential part of the mission for all urban farms, but approximately two thirds of farmers surveyed also expressed a social mission. These social missions are primarily related to food security, education, and community building.
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Immune therapy breaks down wall around pancreatic tumors for chemo to attack

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:20pm
In a new preclinical study, researchers have uncovered the poorly understood mechanics of how macrophages can be “re-educated” by an experimental immune therapy to help tear down the scaffolding that surrounds and protects pancreas cancer from chemotherapy.
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I'll cry if i want to: Emotional exhaustion harms society's outcasts

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:20pm
Most theories suggest some people are willing to view stigmatized individuals, such as drug addicts, as less than human because believing people in these situations don't have the capacity to think and feel like others makes it easier to marginalize them. Research has now found another reason why people may dehumanize society’s outcasts: emotional exhaustion.
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Interference at a double slit made of two atoms

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:19pm
Scientists observe unusual interference phenomena by scattering laser light from two atoms trapped inside an optical resonator.
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Study celebrates the success of EU air quality policy amidst Brexit uncertainty

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:19pm
A study has found that about 80,000 deaths are prevented each year due to the introduction of European Union (EU) policies and new technologies to reduce air pollution.
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Is rare wildlife traded on the darknet?

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:19pm
Unlike illicit trade in drugs, guns or pornography, illicit trade in rare wildlife doesn't have to hide on the 'darknet' because people can find whatever rare species they want in the open marketplace. The so-called darknet is not required for trade in species such as rhino or elephant, because laws protecting wildlife trade online are so poorly enforced, research suggests
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On the hook: Sustainable fishing in Papua New Guinea

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:18pm
A multi-disciplinary team has been busy unlocking the secrets of the Papuan black bass, one of the world's toughest sportfish.
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Device 'fingerprints' could help protect power grid, other industrial systems

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:18pm
Researchers are using the unique electronic 'voices' produced by devices on the electrical grid to determine which signals are legitimate and which signals might be from attackers. These fingerprints could also be used to protect networked industrial control systems in oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, wastewater treatment plants and other critical industrial systems.
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Nanotechnology delivery system offers new approach to skin disease therapies

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:18pm
Researchers have developed a nanotechnology-based delivery system containing a protective cellular pathway inducer that activates the body's natural defense against free radicals efficiently, a development that could control a variety of skin pathologies and disorders.
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Injustice often spreads: How unfairness can be stopped

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:17pm
People who feel treated unfairly usually do not direct their anger only towards the perpetrator. They frequently unload their aggressions onto uninvolved outsiders who then in turn behave similarly. How can this chain of unfair behavior be disrupted? A team of researchers discovered that writing a message to the perpetrator is one way to regulate emotions and thereby reassess the situation.
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Moth genitalia is the key to snout grass borers from the Western Hemisphere

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:17pm
Two scientists have produced an illustrated key to define the subtle differences between the 41 species of snout moth grass borers that currently dwell in the Western Hemisphere. The researchers conclude that the adults are too tough to tell apart by external characters, and therefore, the only way to identify the species is with the male and female genitalia.
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Undergraduate student takes to Twitter to expose illegal release of alien fish in Japan

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:17pm
Posing a significant threat to the native biodiversity in Japan, specifically that of threatened aquatic insects, some alien fishes, such as the bluegill, have become the reason for strict prohibitions. However, recently, 10 years after the law against their release into the wild has been adopted, its first infringement is reported by Japanese researchers. Curiously, the case was initially exposed on Twitter by an undergraduate student.
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Genetic switch regulating satiety and body weight identified

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 4:12pm
A team of researchers has identified a new mechanism that regulates the effect of the satiety hormone leptin. The study identified the enzyme HDAC5 as key factor in our control of body weight and food intake and potential target against the Yoyo dieting effect.
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