NASA prepares its science fleet for Oct. 19 Mars comet encounter

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 8:07pm
NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet -- less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than one-tenth the distance of any known comet flyby of Earth.
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The Google Doctor Is a Reminder of How Badly the Internet Does Real Medicine

Wired News - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:52pm

Let’s be honest: Healthcare on the internet still doesn’t work. Two decades since the dawn of the web, you’d think the best tool ever invented for connecting people with information—and each other—would offer better ways to practice medicine. Instead, a Google search for nearly any health issue results in a cascade of SEO-optimized link bait—symptom […]

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Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land On Tuesday

Slashdot - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:48pm
schwit1 writes After twenty-two months in orbit, on its second space mission, the Air Force plans to bring the X-37B back to Earth this coming Tuesday. From the article: "The exact time and date will depend on weather and technical factors, the Air Force said in a statement released on Friday. The X-37B space plane, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, blasted off for its second mission aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Dec. 11, 2012. The 29-foot-long (9-meter) robotic spaceship, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, is an experimental vehicle that first flew in April 2010. It returned after eight months. A second vehicle blasted off in March 2011 and stayed in orbit for 15 months."

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Dreaming a Different Apollo

Wired News - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:42pm

Apollo didn’t die; it was killed. The Apollo Program might have continued for many years, evolving constantly to achieve new goals at relatively low cost. Instead, programs designed to give Apollo a future beyond the first lunar landing began to feel the brunt of cuts even before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. By […]

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The 9 Must-Have Items We Saw at New York Comic Con

Wired News - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:34pm

This year we skipped the celebrity fluff altogether and headed straight for the exhibit floor. Of all the merchandise that was up for grabs, these items most captured the collective imagination.

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Greater rates of mitochondrial mutations discovered in children born to older mothers

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:28pm
The discovery of a 'maternal age effect' could be used to predict the accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations in maternal egg cells -- and the transmission of these mutations to children. These mutations cause more than 200 diseases and contribute to others such as diabetes, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.
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Youth sports injury rates examined in study

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:26pm
The patterns of youth sports injury rates, such as top 5 most common sports and recreation injuries, have been explored by researchers. The study suggests that tailoring safety regulations more closely by age could impact the incidence of injury.
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Crocodiles are sophisticated hunters: Work as a team to hunt their prey

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:26pm
Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting. New research shows just how sophisticated their hunting techniques can be.
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Oral drug reduces formation of precancerous polyps in colon

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:26pm
Inflammatory cells in the colon, or polyps, are very common after the age of 50. Most are benign, but some will develop into colon cancer. Now, in an animal study, an oral medication has successfully treated chronic, precancerous inflammation in the intestine.
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Seven surprising facts about stroke

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:26pm
Here are seven surprising things you may not know about stroke, including how strokes are surprisingly common in young people and U.S. presidents, and how sex can trigger a stroke.
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Parents' perception of teens' experiences related to mental health

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:26pm
Adolescents whose parents better understand their daily experiences have better psychological adjustment, suggests a study. "These results provide preliminary evidence that parental accuracy regarding their adolescent's daily experiences may be one specific daily parent factor that plays a role in adolescent health and well-being," according to the study's researchers.
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World's smallest liver-kidney transplant performed to save toddler's life

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:26pm
A recent case of a baby's liver-kidney transplantation not only saved her life, but has in fact been recognized as the world's smallest transplantation of its kind.
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Chemical derived from broccoli sprouts shows promise in treating autism

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:26pm
Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts -- and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers -- may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders.
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Essential Oils Fail at Killing Bed Bugs

Wired News - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:25pm

They do smell nice....but not very effective.

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NASA Contest Will Let You Name a Space Station Droid

Space.com - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:14pm
NASA needs your help to name a new robot, and you could win some money doing it.
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Slashdot - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 7:07pm
gurps_npc writes CNN Money has a short, interesting piece on the results of Google implementing Europe's "Right to be Forgotten." They are denying most requests, particularly those made by convicted criminals, but are honoring the requests to remove salacious information — such as when a rape victim requested the article mentioning her by name be removed from searches for her name. "In evaluating a request, we will look at whether the results include outdated or inaccurate information about the person," Google said. "We'll also weigh whether or not there's a public interest in the information remaining in our search results -- for example, if it relates to financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions or your public conduct as a government official."

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Startup Crunches 100 Terabytes of Data in a Record 23 Minutes

Wired News - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:36pm

There’s a new record holder in the world of “big data.” On Friday, Databricks—a startup spun out of the University California, Berkeley—announced that it has sorted 100 terabytes of data in a record 23 minutes using a number-crunching tool called Spark, eclipsing the previous record held by Yahoo and the popular big-data tool Hadoop. The […]

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How EBITDA Is Killing Enterprise Tech Innovation

Wired News - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:28pm

Last July, I predicted that that recent moves by Apple, IBM and Microsoft were emblematic of major weakness in the tech market. But, even I was shaken by the announcement in September that Larry Ellison would step down as CEO of Oracle Corporation, the company he founded and ran for 37 years. Why would he […]

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Book Review: Scaling Apache Solr

Slashdot - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:25pm
First time accepted submitter sobczakt writes We live in a world flooded by data and information and all realize that if we can't find what we're looking for (e.g. a specific document), there's no benefit from all these data stores. When your data sets become enormous or your systems need to process thousands of messages a second, you need to an environment that is efficient, tunable and ready for scaling. We all need well-designed search technology. A few days ago, a book called Scaling Apache Solr landed on my desk. The author, Hrishikesh Vijay Karambelkar, has written an extremely useful guide to one of the most popular open-source search platforms, Apache Solr. Solr is a full-text, standalone, Java search engine based on Lucene, another successful Apache project. For people working with Solr, like myself, this book should be on their Christmas shopping list. It's one of the best on this subject. Read below for the rest of sobczakt's review.

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An end to needle phobia: Device could make painless injections possible

Science Daily - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:16pm
Imagine no tears during infant vaccines and no fear of the needle for those old enough to know what’s coming. Such painless injections could be possible with a device that applies pressure and vibration while the needle is inserted in the skin, according to a study.
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