People who 'hear voices' can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:57pm
People who hear voices that other people can't hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to new research.
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Licorice is a hot trend in hot flashes, but could interact with medications

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:57pm
Licorice roots have a flavorful history, having been used in ancient Egyptian teas and in traditional Chinese medicines, all the way to today as a flavoring agent and candy. And some women now take licorice extracts as supplements to treat menopausal symptoms. But scientists caution that licorice could pose a health risk by interacting with medications.
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Remarkable artistry hidden in ancient Roman painting revealed

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:57pm
Molten lava, volcanic ash, modern grime, salt, humidity. The ancient painting of a Roman woman has been through it all, and it looks like it. Scientists now report that a new type of high-resolution X-ray technology is helping them discover just how stunning the original portrait once was, element-by-element, which could help them restore the painting.
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Avocado seed husks could be a gold mine of medicinal and industrial compounds

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists report that avocado seed husks, which are usually discarded along with the seed, contain a plethora of useful chemical compounds. They say these compounds could eventually be used to treat a host of debilitating diseases, as well as to enhance the allure of cosmetics, perfumes and other consumer goods.
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Sopping up sunblock from oceans to save coral reefs

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
Coral reefs can't seem to catch a break. Not only are rising temperatures wreaking havoc with their environment, but emerging evidence suggests that a certain sunblock component is a coral killer. Now, researchers have developed a biodegradable bead that can soak up the sunblock ingredient, oxybenzone, like a thirsty sea sponge.
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New vaccine could someday fight the effects of opioid combinations

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
Substance abuse is a continuing problem in the US, to the point of being an 'epidemic.' Treatments exist, but far too often patients relapse with devastating impacts on themselves and those around them. Now, scientists report that they have made progress toward a vaccine against the effects of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, in combination with heroin.
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Clay-based antimicrobial packaging keeps food fresh

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
Sometimes it seems as if fresh food goes bad in the blink of an eye. Consumers are left feeling frustrated, turning to cheaper, processed foods. Now scientists report that they developed a packaging film coated with clay nanotubes containing an antibacterial essential oil. The film prevents over ripening and microbial growth, improving the shelf life of perishables.
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Into the wild for plant genetics

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
A new article reveals the opportunities for portable, real-time DNA sequencing in plant identification and naming. Using a handheld DNA sequencing device they conducted the first genomic plant sequencing in the field at a fraction of the speed of traditional methods, offering exciting possibilities to conservationists and scientists the world over.
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Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
Sedentary time, for example, time spent sitting, increases the risk of death for middle-aged and older people who are frail and inactive, but does not appear to increase the risk for non-frail people who are inactive, according to a new study.
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Comparison of screening recommendations indicates annual mammography

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
When to initiate screening for breast cancer, how often to screen, and how long to screen are questions that continue to spark emotional debates.
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Behavior theory may offer key to ensuring infants are put to sleep safely

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
It is still common for infants to be placed in unsafe sleeping positions by their caregivers, report researchers. Fewer than half of infants are always placed on their backs for sleep, the recommended safe sleep position.
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Have flowers devised the ultimate weapon of distraction?

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
Nectar, the high-energy 'honey' produced by flowers, might be a brilliant distraction technique to help protect a flower's reproductive parts, according to new research. Rather than merely providing a 'come-on' to bees and other insects to attract them to pollinate the flower, nectar could be playing a much more subtle and entrancing role.
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Racial stereotypes influence perception of NFL quarterbacks

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
Racial stereotypes affect the public's perception of NFL quarterbacks and may, in some cases, become a self-fulfilling prophecy for black athletes, new research shows.
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Back-to-school worries for parents? One in three very concerned bullying, cyberbullying

Science Daily - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:56pm
What parents are most worried about as their children prepare to head back to school.
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How to View a Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes

Space.com - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:21pm
Here are guidelines for watching the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, including when it is safe to remove your eclipse glasses.
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Driverless Cars Need Ears as Well as Eyes

Wired News - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:00pm
Humans can hear approaching sirens, autonomous cars need to, too.
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Microsoft Speech Recognition Now As Accurate As Professional Transcribers

Slashdot - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 11:30am
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Both studies transcribed recordings from the Switchboard corpus, a collection of about 2,400 telephone conversations that have been used by researchers to test speech recognition systems since the early 1990s. The new study was performed by a group of researchers at Microsoft AI and Research with the goal of achieving the same level of accuracy as a group of human transcribers who were able to listen to what they were transcribing several times, access its conversational context and work with other transcribers.

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Why You Can’t Download All the Streaming Media You Want

Wired News - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 11:00am
You should be able to TiVo the internet. Here's why you can't.
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Astronauts on Space Station to Watch Solar Eclipse on Three Orbits of Earth

Space.com - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 10:56am
Three Americans are in a position to get a truly unique view of the "Great American Solar Eclipse" — from the International Space Station.
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Total Solar Eclipse Transforms Illinois Town into a Celestial Super Bowl

Space.com - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 10:54am
When it comes to total solar eclipses, "X" marks the spot for this college town, and excitement is building as people gear up for what's being heralded as the "Great American Solar Eclipse."
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