Conservatives prefer using nouns, new research finds

Science Daily - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:34pm
Conservatives prefer using nouns, new transatlantic research suggests. The research also established that conservatives generally, to a greater degree than liberals, tend to refer to things by their names, rather than describing them in terms of their features. An example would be saying someone 'is an optimist', rather than 'is optimistic'.
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Innovative device traces chemicals affecting human and environmental health

Science Daily - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:34pm
In a new study, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers tracks the course of a family of widely used pesticides known as fiproles. These halogenated chemicals have been identified as an emerging contaminant, recently linked to the worldwide die-off of pollinating insects, particularly honeybees.
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Computers can tell if you're bored, shows new study

Science Daily - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:34pm
Computers are able to read a person's body language to tell whether they are bored or interested in what they see on the screen. The research shows that by measuring a person's movements as they use a computer, it is possible to judge their level of interest by monitoring whether they display the tiny movements that people usually constantly exhibit, known as non-instrumental movements.
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Simpler technique yields antibodies to a range of infectious agents

Science Daily - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:29pm
An innovative means of investigating membrane proteins produced by a pair of highly pathogenic organisms has been the focus of recent study. The research team showed that DNA-based genetic immunization, using a device known as a gene gun, could successfully express membrane proteins in mice and induce the animals to produce a range of critical antibodies to bacterial and viral targets.
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Adapted Trombe wall now used for both building heating, cooling

Science Daily - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:29pm
A new study demonstrates a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall -- a passive solar building design from the 19th century -- to not only heat but also cool buildings, while drastically reduce associated carbon emissions. The new design is now being tested by locals in Saint Catherine, Egypt.
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The castaway: New monitor lizard fills top-order predator role on remote Pacific island

Science Daily - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:29pm
Separated by several hundred kilometers from its next of kin, a new blue-tailed monitor lizard unique to the remote Mussau Island has been described. Given a Latin name meaning 'isolated,' it is the only large-sized land-living predator and scavenger on the small Pacific island.
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Consumers have huge environmental impact

Science Daily - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:29pm
You won't make big cuts in your environmental impact by taking shorter showers or turning out the lights. The real environmental problem, a new analysis has shown, is embodied in the things you buy.
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Forget Filters—19th Century Tintype Photography Still Rules

Wired News - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:22pm
In the back of an Oakland bar, a small photography studio still produces pictures the way they were made during the Civil War: etched into metal plates. The post Forget Filters—19th Century Tintype Photography Still Rules appeared first on WIRED.









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Japan Considers Treating Bitcoin As Conventional Currency

Slashdot - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 6:22pm
An anonymous reader writes: Regulators in Japan are considering officially recognizing bitcoins and other digital currencies as valid methods of payment. The Japan Financial Services Agency (FSA) is in the process of deciding whether to make legislative revisions to regulation that currently regards virtual currencies as objects rather than traditional forms of payment. Under the new proposal, consumers will be able to purchase goods and services using bitcoin and other digital currencies, and also use them as an alternative to legal tender through purchases or trades. The new definition will be submitted during the current session of the Diet, Japan's legislature, which concludes on 1st June this year.

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Find Planet Nine! NASA's Saturn Probe Helps with the Hunt

Space.com - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 5:46pm
The hunt for 'Planet Nine' somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto may be expedited by new work that narrows down the region where this hidden planet could be lurking.
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E-book Museum At the Library of Congress?

Slashdot - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 5:42pm
David Rothman writes: Back in 2003, Slashdot ran TeleRead's call for a brick-and-mortar international e-book museum at the Library of Congress. The proposed museum would focus on the devices and other technology rather than the content. It still isn't too late for such a project, and TeleRead is again advocating the idea. Content, too, actually would benefit -- considering that proprietary formats and DRM can imperil the future readability of e-books. Meanwhile, a small-scale e-book museum is about to open in Paris and is looking for donations. A worthy cause!

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FTC Forces Asus To Improve Router Security

Slashdot - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 5:02pm
An anonymous reader writes: The FTC is actively trying to make sure that companies secure the software and devices that they provide to consumers, and a settlement with Taiwan-based hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer is one step towards that goal. The complaint was raised after well-meaning hackers exploited a weakness on Asus routers and left note on victims' drives notifying them of the matter. Later, a researcher discovered an exploit campaign that abused vulnerabilities to change vulnerable routers' DNS servers. According to the settlement, the company will have to establish and maintain a comprehensive security program subject to independent audits for the next 20 years.

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Jeb’s Downfall Proves Political TV Ads Don’t Work Anymore

Wired News - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 5:00pm
In the age of social media noise, television ads are getting drowned out. The post Jeb's Downfall Proves Political TV Ads Don't Work Anymore appeared first on WIRED.









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2014 MU69: Next Target for New Horizons

Space.com - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 4:25pm
After its historic flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is on its way to rendezvous with a tiny, icy Kuiper Belt object.
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Baidu Browser Acts Like a Mildly Tempered Infostealer Virus

Slashdot - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 4:21pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Baidu Web browser for Windows and Android exhibits behavior that could easily be categorized by a security researcher as an infostealer virus because the browser collects information on its users, and then sends it to Baidu's home servers. Both versions collected waaaaay to much information that has nothing to do with analytics, like hard drive models, CPU serials, and personal browsing history. The browser collected and sent this information on startup, when the user started typing content in his address bar, and on any page view. Some of this was sent via unencrypted connections. Additionally, the browser update did not use code signatures, meaning you could man-in-the-middle the connection and send anything you'd like to the browser, from Pokemon games to banking trojans, and have it installed locally.

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Not Only Do Opposites Not Attract, But Just the Opposite

Wired News - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 4:00pm
A new study suggests that "marital resemblance" is common among people with mental illnesses. The post Not Only Do Opposites Not Attract, But Just the Opposite appeared first on WIRED.









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New GitHub Upgrades Respond To Recent Complaints

Slashdot - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 3:43pm
destinyland writes: Last week GitHub announced the ability to create templates for Issues and Pull Requests, in an apparent response to an open letter signed by 600+ project maintainers. "This is the first of many improvements to Issues and Pull Requests that we're working on based on feedback from the community," "wrote Ben Bleikamp, Product Manager at GitHub. The original letter, hosted in a "Dear-Github" repository, noted that "If GitHub were open source itself, we would be implementing these things ourselves as a community..." But this week GitHub continued releasing new improvements, offering a new feature with to upload files directly into repositories without leaving their browser.

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Photos: Hunting Meteorites from Florida Fireball in Osceola

Space.com - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 3:40pm
The hunt for meteorites that fell to Earth in Florida on Jan. 24, 2016.
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On the Origin of Worlds: Astrophysicists Zero in on How Planets Form (Kavli Roundtable)

Space.com - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 3:33pm
New telescopes and techniques are helping scientists probe exoplanets in their earliest stages of development.
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Meteorite Hunters Find 6 Space Rocks from Florida Fireball

Space.com - Wed, 24/02/2016 - 3:15pm
Meteorite hunters in Florida have found six space rocks associated with a rare daytime fireball that streaked through the Sunshine State's skies on Jan. 24.
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