On the prowl for an elusive rodent called 'the ultimate Pokémon'

Science Daily - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 3:07pm
Researchers are on a real-life search for what one calls 'the ultimate Pokémon': Zenkerella, an elusive scaly-tailed squirrel that has never been spotted alive by scientists. However, biologists recently found three newly dead specimens that hint at how the 'living fossil' has evolved over the past 49 million years. Based on DNA results, the researchers determined that Zenkerella is a very distant cousin of two scaly-tailed squirrels that glide from tree to tree.
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Researchers identify the secret genetic weapon of Clostridium difficile

Science Daily - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 3:07pm
A trio of researchers has identified the location of the genes that control production of toxins that harm people infected by Clostridium difficile bacteria. The gene locus, agr1, forms part of a signaling communication system that produces a small molecule that, in turn, tells the rest of the population to turn on their toxin genes.
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It’s Not Just You: Taekwondo Looks Totally Different at Rio

Wired News - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 3:00pm
Athletes use terms like “iteration” and “second-gen system” to describe their equipment, and occasionally discover bugs in updates. The post It’s Not Just You: Taekwondo Looks Totally Different at Rio appeared first on WIRED.
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Ford Says It’ll Have a Fleet of Fully Autonomous Cars in Just 5 Years

Wired News - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 3:00pm
The automaker promises to have a fleet of hundreds of fully autonomous cars in service in five years. The post Ford Says It’ll Have a Fleet of Fully Autonomous Cars in Just 5 Years appeared first on WIRED.
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Chemtrails Debunked by Atmospheric Scientists

Space.com - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 2:46pm
No evidence exists, say researchers, of a clandestine government plot to manipulate the atmosphere.
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Too Many New Smartphone Models Released Each Year: Survey

Slashdot - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 2:40pm
An anonymous reader writes: Consumers think smartphone makers are releasing too many new models each year, a survey showed on Tuesday. The survey conducted in six countries, commissioned by the environmental group Greenpeace, showed that more than half of those who responded would prefer to change their phones less frequently. Handset devices are one of the most frequently replaced electronics products. The top cellphone companies, Samsung and Apple, launch new flagship phone models at least once every year, showing off the latest display and mobile processor technologies. Phone makers typically upgrade their cheaper lineups as well. "Over half of respondents across the countries surveyed agree that manufacturers are releasing too many new models, many designed to only last a few years," said Chih An Lee, global IT campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. "In fact, most users actually want their phones to be more easily dismantled, repaired and recycled."

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Royal Observatory: Where East Meets West

Space.com - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 2:14pm
The world's time zones and hemispheres are divided into east and west by the prime meridian at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
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Nissan’s Crafty Engine Ends a Century of Compromise

Wired News - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 2:00pm
Nissan has finally figured out the variable compression ratio engine, and it means you get more power from less fuel. The post Nissan's Crafty Engine Ends a Century of Compromise appeared first on WIRED.
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LinkedIn Sues 100 Individuals For Scraping User Data From the Site

Slashdot - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 2:00pm
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Professional social network LinkedIn is suing 100 anonymous individuals for data scraping. It is hoped that a court order will be able to reveal the identities of those responsible for using bots to harvest user data from the site. The Microsoft-owned service takes pride in the relationship it has with its users and the security it offers their data. Its lawsuit seeks to use the data scrapers' IP addresses and then discover their true identity in order to take action against them. LinkedIn says that a botnet has been used to gain access to user data which is then passed on to third parties. The site has a number of measures in place to prevent this type of data harvesting, but it seems that scrapers have found a way to circumvent these security restrictions. A series of automated tools -- FUSE, Quicksand, Sentinel, and Org Block -- are used to monitor suspicious activity and blocking scraping.

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Multiple Spacewalks Made For ISS Docking Adaptor Installation | Highlight Video

Space.com - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:45pm
Space Station astronauts made 4 spacewalks so far to lay the groundwork for the installation, with a 5th scheduled for completion.
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New enzyme-mapping advance could help drug development

Science Daily - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:22pm
Scientists have identified the structure of an enzyme that could be a good target for drugs combating three diseases common in the developing world.
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New discovery increases understanding of how plants and bacteria see light

Science Daily - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:22pm
Plants, bacteria and fungi react to light with light-sensitive proteins. Scientists have now determined the inner workings of one of these proteins.
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Personalized nutrition is better than a 'one size fits all' approach in improving diets

Science Daily - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:22pm
People receiving personalized nutrition advice develop healthier eating habits including consuming less red meat and reducing their salt intake, a study has found.
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Plaque psoriasis patients find many treatments, but few satisfied with their current plan

Science Daily - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:22pm
A new national survey in the United States of nearly 600 individuals with psoriasis, reveals that although patients have numerous treatment options, they have difficulty finding treatment plans that work. In addition, respondents reported a heavy emotional toll, with many feeling isolated and stigmatized due to the condition.
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New species of extinct river dolphin discovered in Smithsonian collection

Science Daily - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:21pm
A fossil that has been in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History since it was discovered in 1951 is today helping scientists piece together the evolutionary history of whales and dolphins, including the origins of the endangered South Asian river dolphin.
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Wired News - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:01pm
The Note 7 basically does everything well. The post Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 appeared first on WIRED.
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Marine Heatwaves Are Spawning Unprecedented Climate Chaos

Wired News - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:00pm
Wide-scale disruption from warming oceans is increasing, but they could change our understanding of the climate The post Marine Heatwaves Are Spawning Unprecedented Climate Chaos appeared first on WIRED.
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No Excuses: Google Just Made Voting a Little Easier

Wired News - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:00pm
Unfortunately, those registration forms still won't autocomplete. The post No Excuses: Google Just Made Voting a Little Easier appeared first on WIRED.
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This Bot Tweets a Totally Fantastical Map Every Hour

Wired News - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:00pm
A Twitterbot called @unchartedatlas has tweeted thousands of fictional black-and-white maps. The post This Bot Tweets a Totally Fantastical Map Every Hour appeared first on WIRED.
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FalseCONNECT Vulnerability Affects Software From Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, More

Slashdot - Tue, 16/08/2016 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "Researcher Jerry Decime revealed details about a security vulnerability that allows an attacker to gain a Man-in-the-Middle position and intercept HTTPS traffic thanks to flaws in the implementation of proxy authentication procedures in various products," reports Softpedia. The flaw can be used to collect user credentials by tricking victims into re-authenticating, sending data to a third-party. Multiple software vendors deploy applications that can handle proxy connections. Until now, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and Opera have acknowledged their products are affected. Lenovo said this bug does not impact its software. Other software vendors that are still evaluating the FalseCONNECT bug and may be affected include multiple Linux distros, Cisco, Google, HP, IBM, Juniper, Mozilla, Nokia, OpenBSD, SAP, Sony, and others.

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