Facebook Built a 360-Degree Video Camera. Oh, and the Design Is Yours for Free

Wired News - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:50pm
Facebook has built its own 360-degree video camera, and this summer, it will give away both the hardware designs and software for free. The post Facebook Built a 360-Degree Video Camera. Oh, and the Design Is Yours for Free appeared first on WIRED.









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International college students are less likely to experience violent crimes

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:49pm
International students attending universities in the United States, particularly females, may be less at risk for violent, non-sexual victimization than their domestic counterparts, due, in part, to their choices in lifestyles and activities, new research suggests.
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Research reveals trend in bird-shape evolution on islands

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:49pm
In groundbreaking new work, biologists have discovered a predictable trend in the evolution of bird shape.
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For kids raised in stable families, no difference in well-being with same-sex versus different-sex parents

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:49pm
Children raised by same-sex female parents with a stable family life show no difference in general health, emotional difficulties, coping and learning behavior, compared to children of different-sex parents in similarly stable relationships, concludes a study.
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An invisible system to rescue the heart

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:47pm
In a new heart failure study, the blood system is being explored for the purpose of improving heart function. The study has revealed the potential of a secondary system that had previously received scant attention.
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Understanding genes linked to autism-relevant behavior in high-risk siblings

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:47pm
Psychology researchers are searching for early markers of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), following a study predicting ASD symptoms from children's behavior in the first year of life. Infants who demonstrated less initiating joint attention, using eye contact to share an experience with another person, tended to have higher levels of autism symptoms at age three.
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Calcium isotope may hold the secret to the mass of neutrinos

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:47pm
Scientists around the world are being kept in suspense by the negligible mass of neutrinos, subatomic particles that could be matter and antimatter at the same time. Now, researchers have used one of the world's most powerful computers to analyze a special decay of calcium-48, whose life, which lasts trillions of years, depends on the unknown mass of neutrinos. This advance will facilitate the detection of this rare decay in underground laboratories.
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Milestone reached on path to new form of male contraception

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:47pm
Researchers developing a new form of male contraception have isolated an enzyme they hope will allow them to stop sperm from swimming to the egg.
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Sorry kids, seniors want to connect and communicate on Facebook, too

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:47pm
Older adults, who are Facebook's fastest growing demographic, are joining the social network to stay connected and make new connections, just like college kids who joined the site decades ago, according to researchers.
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Scientists reveal new target for anti-lymphangiogenesis drugs

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:47pm
In an emerging field of research, a study reveals a mechanism in the regulation of lymphangiogenesis. Scientists identified a new target for drug treatment to prevent conditions caused by lymphangiogenesis, which include some blinding eye diseases, organ transplant rejection, and cancer metastasis.
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Facebook Believes Messenger Will Anchor a Post-App Internet

Wired News - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:36pm
Now with 900 million users, Facebook Messenger is how Facebook hopes to make good ol' chat the future of the Internet. The post Facebook Believes Messenger Will Anchor a Post-App Internet appeared first on WIRED.









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Facebook Launches 'Agents On Messenger' Platform With Chatbots

Slashdot - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:30pm
Josh Constine, reporting for TechCrunch: Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, ecommerce guidance, content, and interactive experience through "Bots on Messenger", Facebook's term for chatbots. By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem, Facebook could boost loyalty with Messenger, one-up SMS, and keep up chat competitors like Kik, Line and Telegram that have their own bot platforms. Beyond just text, chatbots will be able to respond with structured messages that include images, links, and call to action buttons. These could let users make a restaurant reservation, review an ecommerce order, and more. Facebook is not the only company -- let alone the first -- which has a bot store. Messaging apps Telegram and Kik offer similar functionalities. Popular communication service Slack has also been ramping up its efforts around bots and figuring out different ways to enhance its customers' experience. Two weeks ago, Microsoft also announced a bot platform.

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Mapping software tracks threats to endangered species

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:26pm
Modelling software and satellite imagery can be used to rapidly predict the movements of endangered species in remote or inaccessible regions, a study shows. Scientists used the images and software to assess habitat loss restricting the mobility of Peru's endangered San Martin titi monkey and identify the 10 percent of remaining forests best suited for the conservation of essential movement corridors. Comprehensive on-the-ground assessments would have taken longer and been cost-prohibitive.
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Prevalence of homosexuality in men is stable throughout time since many carry the genes

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:26pm
Around half of all heterosexual men and women potentially carry so-called homosexuality genes that are passed on from one generation to the next. This has helped homosexuality to be present among humans throughout history, even though homosexual men normally do not have many descendants who can directly inherit their genes.
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1917 astronomical plate has first-ever evidence of exoplanetary system

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:26pm
You can never predict what treasure might be hiding in your own basement. It turns out that a 1917 image on an astronomical glass plate from the Carnegie Observatories' collection shows the first-ever evidence of a planetary system beyond our own Sun.
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New Swedish study on the grammar of subclauses in historical English

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:26pm
When do English speakers say whether that will happen is unknown and when do they say it is unknown whether that will happen? Looking at, among other things, medieval homilies and early modern letter correspondence, a researcher in Sweden shows how clausal arguments, and in particular clausal subjects, have been expressed at different points in time in the history of English.
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Antibiotic resistance genes increasing

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:26pm
Around the world, antibiotic use and resistance is increasing while the discovery of new antibiotics has nearly halted. This troubling trend is exacerbated by concentrated animal feeding operations. Results from the study show that in large swine farms where antibiotics are used continuously in feed for growth promotion and disease prevention, multidrug-resistant bacteria are likely the norm rather than the exception.
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Scientists discover how the brain repurposes itself to learn scientific concepts

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:26pm
The human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks, such as staying safe and hunting and gathering. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same human brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only been formally defined in the last few centuries. New research has now uncovered how the brain is able to acquire brand new types of ideas.
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Long-range secure quantum communication system developed

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:26pm
A novel approach to the construction of quantum communication systems has been developed for secure data exchange. The experimental device based on the results of the research is capable of transmitting single-photon quantum signals across distances of 250 kilometers or more, which is on par with other cutting edge analogues.
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Sexually transmitted infections, peer pressure may have turned humans into monogamists

Science Daily - Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:20pm
Prehistoric humans may have developed social norms that favor monogamy and punish polygamy thanks to the presence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and peer pressure, according to new research. As hunter-gatherers began living in larger populations of early settled agriculturalists, the spread of STIs could explain a shift towards the emergence of social norms that favored one sexual partner over many.
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