Expert panel evaluates role of osteoporosis medications in fracture healing

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:47pm
Using a structured expert-opinion process, an expert panel has written a consensus report on the use of osteoporosis medications in patients with recent fracture and the potential role of these medications in promoting fracture healing. The report will help set the scene for both improved patient care and good clinical study design for future research.
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Earth Getting Greener - CO2, Climate Change and More To Blame | Video

Space.com - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:09pm
Heightened carbon dioxide levels leads to increased photosynthesis and in turn spurs plant growth. But it's not the only thing causing the increase.
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Report: Comcast In Talks To Buy DreamWorks For $3 Billion

Slashdot - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:01pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Comcast is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation in a multi-billion-dollar deal, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are reporting. The cost of the deal would be more than $3 billion, according to both news organizations, citing unnamed sources. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has been searching for a buyer for the company, which has a current market value of $2.3 billion. DreamWorks is based in Glendale, Calif., and was founded in 1994 by Katzenberg, filmmaker Steven Spielberg and movie and music executive David Geffen. The animation unit was spun off in 2004. Philadelphia-based Comcast has two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast also owns Universal Parks and Resorts. Comcast already owns an animation studio, Illumination Entertainment, known for its work on the Despicable Me and Minions movies.

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Autonomous Tech Could Make Driving Semi-Trucks Even Less Fun

Wired News - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:00pm
In 10 years, truckers could find themselves handling customer service calls for Postmates or Mechanical Turk-ing for Amazon from the cab of their semis. The post Autonomous Tech Could Make Driving Semi-Trucks Even Less Fun appeared first on WIRED.
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New Zelda Delayed Until the NX Console Comes Out in 2017

Wired News - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:54pm
This is not going to be a good year for Wii U. The post New Zelda Delayed Until the NX Console Comes Out in 2017 appeared first on WIRED.
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Thinking outside the sample

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:23pm
Scientists are helping computers learn to tackle big-data problems outside their comfort zones. The framework can be used for numerous applications, they say, including image segmentation, motion segmentation, data clustering, hybrid system identification and image representation.
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Cool method for making waveguides

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:23pm
Silicon-based films that are useful for waveguides have been made at temperatures low enough to be compatible with standard manufacturing processes, report scientists.
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Synthetic Cannabinoids versus Natural Marijuana: A Comparison of Expectations

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:18pm
A new study evaluated the expected outcomes of both synthetic and natural marijuana.
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Peppermint tea can help improve your memory

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:17pm
Peppermint tea can help improve long-term and working memory and in healthy adults.
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Bored people reach for the chips

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:17pm
People crave fatty and sugary foods when they are bored.
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Listening to the radio could impair drivers' concentration

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:17pm
Listening to traffic reports on the radio could be bad for your driving – you could even miss an elephant standing by the side of the road.
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The social dilemma of dealing with Facebook troublemakers

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:17pm
Online troublemakers tend to be socially well connected. Some Facebook users therefore, remain friends online with troublemakers because they are worried about the repercussions if they ‘unfriend’ them.
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A single-celled organism capable of learning

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:15pm
For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that an organism devoid of a nervous system is capable of learning. Biologists have succeeded in showing that a single-celled organism, the protist, is capable of a type of learning called habituation. This discovery throws light on the origins of learning ability during evolution, even before the appearance of a nervous system and brain. It may also raise questions as to the learning capacities of other extremely simple organisms such as viruses and bacteria.
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Scientists pioneer synthetic derivatives of 'game-changing' new antibiotic which could hold key to tackling drug resistant bacteria

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:15pm
Scientists have successfully produced two synthetic derivatives of Teixobactin – the world’s first known antibiotic capable of destroying ‘drug resistant’ bacteria.
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Questioning attitudes to dating across the color line

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:15pm
A new study examines for the first time how both biracial and monoracial daters really feel about dating someone with a different background to theirs. The research suggests that, in the US at least, a person's race still plays a big role in who might ask them out for dinner.
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NASA's Historic Countdown Clock is Ticking Again for Launch Spectators

Space.com - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:15pm
NASA's historic countdown clock, which ticked off the seconds before rocket launches for decades, was retired in 2014, but has been relocated to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
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'Grand vision' to regulate allergies in food

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:13pm
A new review of allergen analysis aims to improve the situation for those living with food allergies -- preventing food fraud and protecting consumers. Food allergies are a rapidly growing problem in the developed world, affecting up to 10% of children and 2-3% of adults, yet allergens remain challenging to analyze accurately, making it difficult to legislate and manage risk.
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Survival of species suddenly looks better

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:13pm
Findings on Norway spruce show how plants and animals can adapt better to climate change than previously envisaged. The spruce remembers what the temperature conditions were like when it was a seed, the researchers report. This memory helps it adapt to climate change.
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Early detection of allergies, especially in children

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:13pm
People can become allergically sensitized straight from birth. The importance of early screening is therefore important to detect allergies early for the purposes of preventing serious illness. Therefore, true to the slogan for this 2016 action week, "Close the Immunization Gap" the aim is essentially to close gaps in the provision of immunization. However, a prerequisite for providing protective immunization against allergies is to have an accurate allergy diagnosis in the first place.
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Stepless control devices with flexible pressure sensors

Science Daily - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 12:13pm
Silicone is so soft and flexible that it is easily deformed by the pressure of a finger. Researchers have recently created sensors made from this flexible material, making it easier to steplessly control devices. Researchers now present a glove that can measure pressure and a steering wheel that lets the driver control music, light and ventilation at the touch of a finger.
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