Good grades in classes with immigrants, Norwegian study shows

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:50am
Parents in areas with many immigrants have little reason to fear that a high proportion of immigrant pupils in schools in itself hampers student performance, according to new Norwegian research.
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Simulator of human behavior advances research

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:49am
A Spanish research team is investigating how to build a system that recreates human behavior. This technology could be applied to anticipate behavior in socioeconomic crises, create more human-like robots or develop avatars of artificial intelligence which are almost indistinguishable from those that represent people.
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Bodily maps of touch and social relationships are tightly linked

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:49am
A new study shows that the bodily maps of touch are consistent across a wide range of European cultures. The closer the social relationship, the larger the body area this person is allowed to touch.
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Increased risk of large bowel cancer for each 1 cm rise in waist circumference

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:48am
New research shows an increased risk of large bowel cancer for each 1 cm rise in waist circumference. In addition, in men, there is now evidence that increasing waist circumference in middle age is associated with increased bowel cancer risk.
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Secrets of a rice-killing fungal toxin

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:48am
The enzyme needed for synthesis of tenuazonic acid, a well-known toxin that is produced by multiple types of fungus and affects fruits, vegetables, rice, and other crops, has been discovered by researchers. In their study, the authors describe how they found the gene for this enzyme, and reveal that its structure is unique among known enzymes.
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The great northern cod comeback

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:48am
Once an icon of overfishing, mismanagement, and stock decline, the northern Atlantic cod is showing signs of recovery, according to new research.
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Genetic testing could identify men at a 10-fold increased risk of testicular cancer

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:48am
A new study of more than 25,000 men has uncovered four new genetic variants associated with increased risk of testicular cancer. Testing for these variants combined with all 21 previously identified using genetic sequencing identified men with a 10-fold higher risk of testicular cancer than the population average.
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Oxytocin has social, emotional and behavioral benefits in young kids with autism

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:48am
A five week treatment with the synthetic hormone oxytocin significantly improved social, emotional and behavioral issues among young children with autism, according to new research.
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New role for insulin: Studies tie the hormone to brain's 'pleasure' center

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:48am
Insulin, the hormone essential to all mammals for controlling blood sugar levels and a feeling of being full after eating, plays a much stronger role than previously known in regulating release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers.
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Obese children's health rapidly improves with sugar reduction unrelated to calories

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:47am
Reducing consumption of added sugar has the power to reverse a cluster of chronic metabolic diseases in children in as little as 10 days, according to a study.
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High-grade DCIS detection rates increase in older women

Science Daily - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:47am
The mammography detection rate of an early-stage but potentially invasive type of breast cancer rises with age, according to a large new study. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of breast cancer confined to the milk ducts, is a common finding on mammography.
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Chase and MasterCard Jump Into Mobile Payments

Slashdot - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:38am
itwbennett writes: JP Morgan Chase said Monday that it plans to launch its own smartphone payment platform in mid-2016. 'Chase Pay will be based on CurrentC, a retailer-led mobile payment system that has largely been written off by Silicon Valley techies for its reliance on barcodes rather than the more sophisticated NFC (near-field communications) technology adopted by its competitors,' writes Martyn Williams. CurrentC, and therefore Chase Pay, is compatible with a much larger number of smartphones than the rival services from Apple, Google and Samsung. Meanwhile, MasterCard announced a program that aims to turn any type of gadget into a payment device, from car keys to fitness trackers.

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Cable Out During Tonight’s NBA Opener? Just Watch It in VR

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:01am

For the first time ever, a professional league match will be streamed live in virtual reality.

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Smarter Copyright Laws Could Stop the Next VW Scandal

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:00am

The VW scandal is the new normal. And it will remain that way until America’s overzealous copyright laws stop trampling research and innovation.

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Bacon Causes Cancer? Sort of. Not Really. Ish.

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:00am

The World Health Organization classifies the causes of cancer in a horribly confusing way.

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In This Classroom, Knowledge Is Overrated

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:00am

Can the internet redesign the way students learn?

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Apple Doesn’t Need Apple Music to Win, Which Is Why It Will

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:00am

Apple Music isn't winning the streaming music game yet. But that doesn't matter for a company with the money and the means to play the long game.

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The Brilliant Neon Shops That Lure Mecca’s Pilgrims

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 11:00am

Celine Stella photographs Saudi Arabia's stores, kiosks and food trucks aglow with neon lights along the road to Mecca.

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The Battle for Equality Is a WIRED Issue

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 10:45am

Serena Williams isn't just a tennis champion and singularly great athlete; she's been a leader in the fight for equal representation and pay in her sport.

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Serena Williams: We Need to Stand Up for a More Equal World

Wired News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 10:30am

We can do more to increase equality—whether it's interviewing black candidates for tech jobs or standing up to cyberbullying.

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