Song Exploder: Why Kelela Enlisted 5 Producers for ‘Rewind’

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 6:00pm

The LA-based singer/songwriter collaborated with a group of producers from around the country to make this track from her 2015 EP.

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CFQ In Linux Gets BFQ Characteristics

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 5:47pm
jones_supa writes: Paolo Valente from University of Modena has submitted a Linux kernel patchset which replaces CFQ (Completely Fair Queueing) I/O scheduler with the last version of BFQ (Budget Fair Queuing, a proportional-share scheduler). This patchset first brings CFQ back to its state at the time when BFQ was forked from CFQ. Paolo explains: "Basically, this reduces CFQ to its engine, by removing every heuristic and improvement that has nothing to do with any heuristic or improvement in BFQ, and every heuristic and improvement whose goal is achieved in a different way in BFQ. Then, the second part of the patchset starts by replacing CFQ's engine with BFQ's engine, and goes on by adding current BFQ improvements and extra heuristics." He provides a link to the thread in which it is agreed on this idea, and a direct link to the e-mail describing the steps.

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You Can’t Just Blow Up Every Retired Bridge. Deploy the Barges!

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 5:32pm

Yesterday, engineers used pulleys to lower the first of five 504-foot long trusses from the old Bay Bridge onto two floating barges hundreds of feet below.

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A Bot That Drives Robocallers Insane

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 5:06pm
Trailrunner7 writes: Robocalls are among the more annoying modern inventions, and consumers and businesses have tried just about every strategy for defeating them over the years, with little success. But one man has come up with a bot of his own that sends robocallers into a maddening hall of mirrors designed to frustrate them into surrender. The bot is called the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, and it's the work of Roger Anderson, a veteran of the phone industry himself who had grown tired of the repeated harassment from telemarketers and robocallers. Anderson started out by building a system that sat in front of his home landlines and would tell human callers to press a key to ring through to his actual phone line; robocallers were routed directly to an answering system. He would then white-list the numbers of humans who got through. Sometimes the Jolly Roger bot will press buttons to be transferred to a human agent and other times it will just talk back if a human is on the other end of the line to begin with.

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Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Reactor Produces Its First Flash of Hydrogen Plasma

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:45pm
Zothecula writes: Experimentation with Germany's newest fusion reactor is beginning to heat up, to temperatures of around 80 million degrees Celsius, to be precise. Having fired up the Wendelstein 7-X to produce helium plasma late last year, researchers have built on their early success to generate its first hydrogen plasma, an event they say begins the true scientific operation of the world's largest fusion stellarator.

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Biophysics: Partitioning by collision

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:26pm
An ensemble consisting of a binary mixture of particles of equal size can partition itself into its component fractions – provided that the two species differ in their diffusion constants.
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Honey’s potential to save lives by destroying harmful fungus

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:26pm
The healing powers of honey have been known for thousands of years. Now a researchers has discovered a powerful link between a medicinal type of honey and the destruction of a fungus that can cause blindness or even death.
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Smart thermostat puts energy money saving at household fingertips

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:26pm
Researchers are aiming to develop a 'smart' thermostat to help UK households save money on their energy bills. The prototype autonomous device allows users to control their heating based on the price they want to pay rather than setting it by temperature alone, which existing smart thermostats such as Nest, do.
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Parental preference for boys damages girls’ self-esteem and happiness

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:26pm
While most studies of parental sex discrimination explore the devastating social and demographic effects of a cultural preference for boys, a new study examines its psychological effects on the girls themselves. 
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Have Your iPhone 6 Repaired, Only To Get It Bricked By Apple

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:26pm
New submitter Nemosoft Unv. writes: In case you had a problem with the fingerprint sensor or some other small defect on your iPhone 6 and had it repaired by a non-official (read: cheaper) shop, you may be in for a nasty surprise: error 53. What happens is that during an OS update or re-install the software checks the internal hardware and if it detects a non-Apple component, it will display an error 53 and brick your phone. Any photos or other data held on the handset is lost – and irretrievable. Thousands of people have flocked to forums to express their dismay at this. What's more insiduous is that the error may only appear weeks or months after the repair. Incredibly, Apple says this cannot be fixed by any hard- or software update, while it is clearly their software that causes the problem in the first place. And then you thought FTDI was being nasty ...

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US Air Force Launches GPS Satellite to Complete Navigation Constellation

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:14pm
An Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS IIF-12 satellite successfully took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:38 a.m. EST (1338 GMT) today (Feb. 5). The satellite is the 12th and final member of the IIF series.
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The significance of non-motor microtubule-associated protein in maintaining synaptic plasticity thorough a novel mechanism

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:05pm
NMDA glutamate receptors, which function as receptors that bond with glutamates, are known to be deeply involved in animal memory and learning. In order for memories to be created inside the brain, these NMDA glutamate receptors must first be transported to and accumulated in the synapses.
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Super-resolution microscope allows visualization of the mechanism that maintains cell polarity: The key is to repeatedly establish temporary polarity

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:05pm
Cells are not uniform spheres; they generally come in a variety of disparate shapes. In the broadest sense, this variation in shapes is known as cell polarity, and it is an essential property for a variety of cell functions. Growth in accordance with their polarity allows cells to shape themselves in forms appropriate to their function. It has been found that the establishment and maintenance of polarity is governed by the interdependent relationship between the polarity marker protein on the plasma membrane (cell membrane), actin, the microtubule cytoskeleton, and membrane vesicle transport. The polarity marker determines the polarity site, and with membrane vesicle transport toward it, site-specific growth (polarity growth) is achieved. However, when the plasma membrane elongates due to fusion of membrane vesicles, there have been questions about how polarity markers are maintained without being scattered over the elongated plasma membrane.
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Femtosecond laser pulses push spintronics and magnonics to the limit

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:05pm
Scientists have achieved the ultimate speed limit of the control of spins in a solid state magnetic material.
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New tool for efficiently validating the accuracy of CRISPR-Cas9 reactions

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:01pm
IBS researchers create multiplex Digenome-seq to find errors in CRISPR-Cas9 processes.
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How to Watch the Super Bowl Without Cable

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:00pm

Really. Really, really, really.

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New luminous creatures illuminate the mystery of the Red Sea

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 3:53pm
Biologists have discovered new species of fluorescent polyps living in colonies on the shells of gastropods.
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Prunetin prolongs lifespan in male fruit flies and enhances overall health

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 3:53pm
Here's a reason for men to eat their lima beans -- if research in male fruit flies holds up, it might help you live longer. A new research report shows that administering an oral dose of prunetin to male fruit flies extends lifespan, increases fitness levels, and improves their glucose balance.
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The geometry of histamine

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 3:53pm
Scientists have obtained a gas phase structure of histamine -- a substance that is responsible for allergic reactions.
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Scientists discover molecular link between psychiatric disorders and type 2 diabetes

Science Daily - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 3:53pm
Scientists show that a gene called 'DISC1,' which is believed to play a role in mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and some forms of depression, influences the function of pancreatic beta cells which produce insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels.
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