Fulmars contaminated more by food than microplastics

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:13pm
Contrary to previous belief, new research has shown that microplastics are not a significant source of environmental pollutants in fulmars. Seabirds ingest most of these pollutants through food, the researchers concluded.
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Scientists discover bird blood cell which destroys fatal fungal infection

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:13pm
Scientists reveal how birds can carry potentially fatal infections to humans but not get ill. They say that the white blood cell in birds blocks growth of fatal infection, adding that this discovery could help in preventing humans from contracting diseases including bird flu.
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Children born in winter, or to smoking mothers, have vulnerable lungs

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:13pm
Smoking mothers, respiratory infections and the date you were born contribute to determine how fast your lungs are aging, shows research. People who have been exposed to the aforementioned factors have a faster decline in lung function, which practically means a faster aging process. Still, this only becomes apparent if they themselves start smoking or if other risk factors have been a part of their early life.
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'Super-recognizers' could play key role in border control, research finds

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:13pm
Super-recognizers – people with exceptional face-processing and matching abilities – could play an important role in policing and security settings such as border control, research has found.
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Material deformation at atomic scale resembles avalanches

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:13pm
The rearrangement of particles in materials during deformation, such as when a spoon is bent, doesn’t occur independently, but rather resembles highly collective avalanches that span the entire material. The finding offers a new universal theory of deformation.
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Many school children avoid basic foods unnecessarily

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:10pm
A study on hypersensitivity to the basic foods milk, egg, fish and wheat among young school children showed that reported food hypersensitivity was eight times more common than allergies confirmed by allergy tests.
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Novel synthesis method opens up new possibilities for utilizing Li-ion batteries

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:09pm
Lithium-ion batteries are a rapidly growing energy storage method due to their high energy density, especially in mobile applications such as personal electronics and electric cars. However, the materials currently used in Li-ion batteries are expensive, many of them, like lithium cobalt oxide (belonging to the EU Critical Raw Materials, CRMs), are difficult to handle and dispose of. Additionally, batteries using these materials have relatively short lifetimes. Researchers say that new novel materials are being developed for next generation Li-ion batteries.
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New ways to construct contactless magnetic gears

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:09pm
The new milk frother you are using to prepare your cappuccino is likely using magnetic gears. Magnetic gears transmit rotary motion like mechanical gears but instead of teeth they use magnetic attraction and repulsion between rotating magnets. Researchers have published a theory that extends the possibilities and applications for smooth magnetic couplings, which can produce an even motion without any counterforce. This research has several potential applications in nanotechnology, microfluidics and robotics.
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Study uncovers key player contributing to healthy maintenance of bone marrow niche

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:09pm
A new study has uncovered a key player contributing to the maintenance of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), blood cell precursors which have the ability to become any type of blood cell in the body. Research findings could contribute towards better understanding of the underlying causes of blood diseases, say the scientists.
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'Stay-at-home' males fueled menopause evolution, say researchers

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:08pm
The evolution of the menopause was 'kick-started' by a fluke of nature, but then boosted by the tendency for sons and grandsons to remain living close to home, a new study suggests.
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DNA evidence shows that salmon hatcheries cause substantial, rapid genetic changes

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:08pm
A new study on steelhead trout in Oregon offers genetic evidence that wild and hatchery fish are different at the DNA level, and that they can become different with surprising speed. The research found that after one generation of hatchery culture, the offspring of wild fish and first-generation hatchery fish differed in the activity of more than 700 genes.
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Bullied preemies may develop mental illness as adults, study shows

Science Daily - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:08pm
A new study on adult mental health included extremely low birth weight babies who were 2.2 pounds or less at their birth between 1977 and 1982 in Ontario. These adults were interviewed at age 8, 22 to 26 and 29 to 36. Their mental health was compared to normal birth weight babies of 5.5 pounds or more who were born in the same time span and interviewed at the same intervals.
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Star Trek Replicator Challenge Is All About 3D Printing | Video

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:03pm
The challenge is for K-12 students to create a 3D model of "non-edible, food-related item for astronauts to 3D print in the year 2050," according to co-sponsors ASME and NASA.
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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: You’re the Worst

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 2:00pm

Here’s how to catch up on the best not-really-a-rom-com sitcom ever.

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Tim Cook Says Apple Will Fight Order to Help Unlock iPhone

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 1:42pm

Apple's gearing up for a legal fight over the future of encryption.

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Congressman: Court Order To Decrypt iPhone Has Far-Reaching Implications

Slashdot - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 1:42pm
Patrick O'Neill writes: Hours after Apple was ordered to help the FBI access the San Bernardino Shooters' iPhone, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a Stanford University computer-science graduate, wondered where the use of the All Writs Act—on which the magistrate judge based her ruling—might lead. "Can courts compel Facebook to provide analytics of who might be a criminal?" Lieu said in an email to the Daily Dot. "Or Google to give a list of names of people who searched for the term ISIS? At what point does this stop?" Apple, so far, has vowed to fight the order that it decrypt the phone of San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, in no uncertain terms.

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The President’s NSA Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 1:00pm

Columbia University computer science professor Steve Bellovin says one thing he'll be looking at is the collection of data authorized under the mysterious EO12333 authority.

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Backdoor In MVPower DVR Firmware Sends CCTV Stills To an Email Address In China

Slashdot - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: An IoT security research company has discovered that a DVR model manufactured by MVPower includes a backdoor-like feature in its code that takes a screenshot of your CCTV feed and sends it to an email address hosted somewhere in China. The device's firmware is based on an open source project from GitHub that was pulled by its developer when someone confronted him about the backdoor.

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Stunning Blue Star Enjoys Spotlight Moment in Dazzling New View (Video)

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:30pm
A star known as HD 97300 lights up a nearby cloud of dust and gas particles, creating a "reflection nebula." The reflection nebula featured in the new image is called IC 2631, scientists said.
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NASA's Next Big Space Telescope Coming Together Despite 'Snowzilla'

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:30pm
Last month, "Snowzilla" pummeled the U.S. East Coast with the biggest blizzard in years. The storm may have stopped traffic and closed schools, but it could not stop scientists prepping the James Webb Space Telescope for its planned 2018 launch.
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