Collective hum: Buzzing midges inspire new swarm theory

Science Daily - Fri, 22/07/2016 - 1:09am
A team of researchers based in Israel and the US has found a mathematical resemblance between swarm dynamics and gravitational interactions. The study could provide a big leap forward in understanding the mass movement of flying insects.
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Smokers quitting tobacco also drink less alcohol

Science Daily - Fri, 22/07/2016 - 1:09am
People who have recently begun an attempt to quit smoking tobacco are more likely to try to drink less alcohol than other smokers, according to research.
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Game|Life Podcast: These Games Aren’t as Good as We’d Hoped

Wired News - Fri, 22/07/2016 - 12:54am
WIRED's gaming crew talks about "Song of the Deep" and "I Am Setsuna," two promising games that didn't quite hit the bar. Plus: Pokemon Go, of course! The post Game|Life Podcast: These Games Aren't as Good as We'd Hoped appeared first on WIRED.
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Texas Man Who Acted As Russian Agent Gets 10 Years' Prison

Slashdot - Fri, 22/07/2016 - 12:50am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A Texas man who acted as a secret agent for the Russian government and illegally exported cutting-edge military technology to Russia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Alexander Fishenko learned his punishment Thursday in federal court in New York. He pleaded guilty in September to crimes including acting as a Russian agent. The 50-year-old Fishenko is a U.S. and Russian citizen. He owned Houston-based Arc Electronics Inc. Prosecutors say he led a scheme that evaded strict export controls for micro-electronics commonly used in missile guidance systems, detonation triggers and radar systems. Prosecutors say his company shipped about $50 million worth of technologies to Russia between 2002 and 2012. In other Russian-related news, a Russian government-owned news site Sputnik has reported that the Kremlin is building a nuclear space bomber that should be flight-ready by 2020.

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McDonald's 'Make Burger History' Site Hijacked With Offensive Burger Ideas

Slashdot - Fri, 22/07/2016 - 12:10am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Stuff.co.nz: McDonald's New Zealand has been left with egg on its face after a raft of bad-taste burger suggestions customers forced it to quickly take down its new design-your-own-burger website. The company launched its "Make Burger History" site this week, as part of a new promotion where customers can "build your own unique burger" and get free fries and a medium soft drink. "Just come in to a participating 'Create Your Taste' McDonald's and order your Creation at the self ordering kiosk," McDonald's promised. But its failure to consider what pranksters might dream up online has left the company red-faced, with the website overrun by racist, homophobic and otherwise offensive suggestions. The page now redirects to the McDonald's homepage. The burger concepts ranged from the mild, such as "Bag of Lettuce" (literally just a pile of lettuce leaves) and "The Carbonator" (seven burger buns, no filling), to X-rated, including "Girth" (a stack of seven undressed burger patties) and "Ron's Creamy Surprise" (a pile of mayonnaise, best left unexplained). But many went totally tasteless, creating burgers with names like "Mosque at Ground-Zero," "Rektal Prolapse" and "Toddler Body Bag," some of which ended up on the website's front page before it was shut down entirely overnight.

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New review concludes that evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 11:40pm
A new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.
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Ancient feces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried on Silk Road

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 11:40pm
Intestinal parasites as well as goods were carried by travelers on the iconic route, say researchers examining an ancient latrine.
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Tesla's Autopilot Mode Reportedly Saves Pedestrian's Life

Slashdot - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 11:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: Following reports of Tesla's Autopilot mode being linked to a fatal crash, one Tesla Model S owner is reporting that the Autopilot mode has likely saved a pedestrian's life. The driver sent an email to Elon Musk explaining the situation, which was confirmed by Tesla through the vehicle logs: "I wanted to let you know that I think my car probably saved the life of a pedestrian last night, 7/16 around 10:30pm when I was driving in Washington DC with my daughter." The driver says him and his daughter were trying to locate where sirens were coming from "when a pedestrian stepped out in front of [their] Model S in the dark with dark clothes and in the middle of the road." The car slammed on its breaks before he could and "stopped just inches from hitting the pedestrian." The driver said, "I am not sure if I would have been able to stop before hitting him but I am so glad the car did." The Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), which is standard on all Tesla vehicles and is part of Tesla's Autopilot mode, is what was at work here. It appears that many of the convenience features of Autopilot were not activated at the time of the incident. This is likely the first of many good press stories released by Elon Musk, who said he would consider releasing the stories of accidents prevented by the Autopilot mode with the authorization of the Tesla owners and by confirming the events through the vehicle logs. Elon Musk did also announce Tesla's 'Master Plan, Part Deux,' which includes new kinds of Tesla vehicles, expanded solar initiatives, updates on Tesla's 'autopilot' technology, and a ride-sharing program.

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RNC 2016 Liveblog: Donald Trump Looks Back to the Future

Wired News - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 11:19pm
WIRED is live as Silicon Valley's ultimate Trump backer takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Trump himself is up next. The post RNC 2016 Liveblog: Donald Trump Looks Back to the Future appeared first on WIRED.
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Luc Besson’s Valerian Is Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now

Wired News - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 11:00pm
The director and his cast presented some footage from the forthcoming movie during their Hall H panel at Comic-Con and it promises to be very epic. The post Luc Besson's Valerian Is Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now appeared first on WIRED.
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Amazon Wants To Sell You Everything, Including Student Loans

Slashdot - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:50pm
Amazon sells all kinds of stuff -- some legit, some not as much. So it didn't really come as a big surprise when the company announced that it will now be selling student loans too. Quartz has more details: The e-commerce giant inked a deal with Wells Fargo to offer interest rate discounts on loans to students who are Amazon Prime members. The bank, which is the second largest student lender in the US, will shave off half a percentage point for Amazon "Prime Student" customers who take out student loans to attend college or are looking to refinance their existing student loans.

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Apple To Make $3 Billion From Pokemon Go

Slashdot - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:10pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: We all know what Pokemon Go is, and we all know how successful it is. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store, according to analysts." One pack of 100 PokeCoins costs about $1 in Apple's app store, but gamers can purchase as many as 14,500 PokeCoins for about $100. "We believe Apple keeps 30% of Pokemon Go's revenue spent on iOS devices, suggesting upside to earnings," Needham and Co brokerage analyst Laura Martin wrote in a client note on Wednesday. The game, which is also available on Android, had over 21 million active users after only being on the market for less than two weeks. It has also been rolled out in 35 countries since its U.S. debut. "Martin said Pokemon Go's ratio of paid users to total users was 10 times that of Candy Crush, the hit game from King Digital that generated more than $1 billion of revenue in both 2013 and 2014," reports The Guardian. Not only has Apple's stock risen since the launch of Pokemon Go, but Nintendo's stock has more than doubled.

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Ecologists create a framework for predicting new infectious diseases

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:05pm
Ecologists are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a new paper, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes across broad scales of time and space—can provide insights about disease.
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Rare wood bison calves born through IVF

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:04pm
Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have successfully produced three wood bison calves using in vitro fertilization.
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An engineered protein can disrupt tumor-promoting 'messages' in human cells

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:03pm
A team of researchers have unveiled an engineered protein that they designed to repress a specific cancer-promoting message within cells.
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New therapeutic targets for small cell lung cancer identified

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:03pm
Researchers have identified a protein termed ASCL1 that is essential to the development of small cell lung cancer and that, when deleted in the lungs of mice, prevents the cancer from forming.
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How the immune system might evolve to conquer HIV

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:03pm
Scientists have mathematically modeled the coevolutionary processes that describe how antibodies and viruses interact and adapt to one another over the course of a chronic infection, such as HIV/AIDS.
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A more powerful way to develop therapeutics?

Science Daily - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:03pm
Scientists have developed a new method for identifying the raw ingredients necessary to build 'biologics,' a powerful class of medications that has revolutionized treatment of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers.
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What Would Happen if the Olympics Banned Russia?

Wired News - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:03pm
Because the Olympics are always political, and state-sponsored doping sure is too. The post What Would Happen if the Olympics Banned Russia? appeared first on WIRED.
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