Smash! Aftermath of Colossal Impact Spotted Around Sunlike Star

Space.com - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:04pm
The researchers detected a huge disk of dusty debris around a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8. The cloud was likely spawned when two planetary building blocks slammed into each other just two years ago or so, scientists said.
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With Regulation Looming, It’s Time for Industry to Raise the Bar for Software Quality

Wired News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:01pm
It’s a well-known fact that development project failures, and the necessary accompanying re-work, are common in our industry. Though many have given up on attempts to remediate the situation, the Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ) can be controlled. At the root of the issue is a general lack of concern for CoPQ from development and […]






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You’ve Got Face Mites

Wired News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:01pm
There are mites living on you right now. YOU. Yes, you.






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Small molecule acts as on-off switch for nature's antibiotic factory: Tells Streptomyces to either veg out or get busy

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:58pm
Biochemists have identified the developmental on-off switch for Streptomyces, a group of soil microbes that produce more than two-thirds of the world's naturally derived antibiotic medicines. Their hope now would be to see whether it is possible to manipulate this switch to make nature's antibiotic factory more efficient.
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Breastfeeding study shows need for effective peer counseling programs

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:58pm
The support of peer groups and clinicians is critical to the development of effective breastfeeding programs, according to recent research. A qualitative study of 21 mothers determined that role models for successful breastfeeding help positively shape the outcomes of mothers of infants.
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Researchers find animal model for understudied type of muscular dystrophy

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:58pm
An animal research model has been developed for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) to be used for muscle regeneration research as well as studies of the effectiveness of potential therapies for FSHD.
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Marine protected areas inadequate for protecting fish and ocean ecology, study finds

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:58pm
A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions.
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Respiratory infection controls being used for Ebola patients are unnecessary, may contribute to public panic

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:55pm
Respiratory infection control measures -- which have been adopted by most health agencies to deal with the Ebola epidemic in west Africa -- are unnecessary, and may heighten panic and fear among the public, according to the authors of a new paper.
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How studying damage to prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain's mysteries

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:55pm
Until the last few decades, the frontal lobes of the brain were shrouded in mystery and erroneously thought of as nonessential for normal function. Now a review highlights groundbreaking studies of patients with brain damage that reveal how distinct areas of the frontal lobes are critical for a person's ability to learn, multitask, control emotions, socialize, and make decisions. The findings have helped experts rehabilitate patients experiencing damage to this brain region.
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Cicada study discovers two genomes that function as one

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:55pm
While studying cicadas, researchers discovered that Hodgkinia had subtly become more complex through a speciation event, in which the original lineage split to produce two separate but interdependent species of Hodgkinia. What was previously thought to be a tripartite, or a three-way symbiosis, is now proven to actually be a four-way symbiosis.
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A new, tunable device for spintronics

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:53pm
An international team of scientists has developed a tunable spin-charge converter made of GaAs. Spin-charge converters are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not only based on the charge of electrons but also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. Spin-charge converters enable the transformation of electric into magnetic signals and vice versa.
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Computer games give a boost to English

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:53pm
If you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically demonstrated that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary.
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Zombie bacteria are nothing to be afraid of

Science Daily - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:52pm
The first experimental evidence has been obtained that there are at least two fail-safe points in the bacterial cell cycle. If the fail-safes are activated, the cell is forced to exit the cell cycle forever. It then enters a zombie-like state and is unable to reproduce even under the most favorable of conditions. Drugs that trigger the fail-safes are already under development.
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:41pm
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:41pm
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:41pm
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:41pm
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:41pm
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:41pm
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:41pm
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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