Diabetics who use verapamil have lower glucose levels, data show

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:36pm
While causal relationship cannot be inferred, findings of a new study are “absolutely encouraging," says the lead author of a new report. The study shows for the first time that there is an association of verapamil use and lower fasting glucose levels in humans with diabetes
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Diabetics who use verapamil have lower glucose levels, data show

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:36pm
While causal relationship cannot be inferred, findings of a new study are “absolutely encouraging," says the lead author of a new report. The study shows for the first time that there is an association of verapamil use and lower fasting glucose levels in humans with diabetes
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UCL Scientists Push 1.125Tbps Through a Single Coherent Optical Receiver

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:25pm
Mark.JUK writes: A team of researchers working in the Optical Networks Group at the University College London in England claim to have achieved the "greatest information rate ever recorded using a single [coherent optical] receiver", which was able to handle a record data speed of 1.125 Terabits per second (Tbps). The result, which required a 15 sub-carrier 8GBd DP-256QAM super-channel (15 channels of data) and total bandwidth of 121.5GHz, represents an increase of 12.5% relative to the previous record (1Tbps). Now they just need to test it using some long fibre optic cable because optical signals tend to become distorted when they travel over thousands of kilometers.

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Important role of nucleocytoplasmic transport in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:19pm
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two devastating adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders. No cure exists for these diseases. Ten percent of ALS patients suffer from a familial form of the disease, while FTD is caused in 40% of patients by a genetic defect. In 2011, the most important genetic cause of ALS and FTD was discovered. The causative mutation was a repetition of a piece of non-coding DNA, a so called tandem repeat, in a gene with an unknown function, named C9orf72. A team of scientists has now discovered that proteins translated from this tandem repeat interfere with the nucleocytoplasmic transport which they found is essential for causing ALS and FTD.
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Important role of nucleocytoplasmic transport in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:19pm
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two devastating adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders. No cure exists for these diseases. Ten percent of ALS patients suffer from a familial form of the disease, while FTD is caused in 40% of patients by a genetic defect. In 2011, the most important genetic cause of ALS and FTD was discovered. The causative mutation was a repetition of a piece of non-coding DNA, a so called tandem repeat, in a gene with an unknown function, named C9orf72. A team of scientists has now discovered that proteins translated from this tandem repeat interfere with the nucleocytoplasmic transport which they found is essential for causing ALS and FTD.
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Supportive shoes a confusing term, runner attitude study finds

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:18pm
New running shoes to burn off Christmas excess are a popular purchase in the New Year, but the terms associated with supportive footwear and alternative styles of running can be confusing, a new study has found.
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Supportive shoes a confusing term, runner attitude study finds

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:18pm
New running shoes to burn off Christmas excess are a popular purchase in the New Year, but the terms associated with supportive footwear and alternative styles of running can be confusing, a new study has found.
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Expert opinion on how to address the skyrocketing prices of cancer drugs

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:16pm
Many patients with cancer find themselves in great financial distress, in part because the costs of cancer-fighting drugs are skyrocketing. Is it possible to create public policy that will rein in these prices and cut patients' out-of-pocket costs? Not without significant tradeoffs, that could reduce patients' access to some cancer medications, says a physician, cancer researcher and health economist.
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Expert opinion on how to address the skyrocketing prices of cancer drugs

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:16pm
Many patients with cancer find themselves in great financial distress, in part because the costs of cancer-fighting drugs are skyrocketing. Is it possible to create public policy that will rein in these prices and cut patients' out-of-pocket costs? Not without significant tradeoffs, that could reduce patients' access to some cancer medications, says a physician, cancer researcher and health economist.
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New study confirms different generics have equal efficacy when treating epilepsy

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:16pm
A new study tested two generic lamotrigine (prescription antiepileptic) products and found no detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in the trial.
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New study confirms different generics have equal efficacy when treating epilepsy

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:16pm
A new study tested two generic lamotrigine (prescription antiepileptic) products and found no detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in the trial.
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Asthma linked to an increased time to pregnancy

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:16pm
Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study. The current study investigated 245 women with unexplained fertility problems aged between 23 and 45 years. They underwent asthma and allergy testing and questionnaires during their fertility treatment. 96 women in the study had either an existing doctor's diagnosis of asthma or were diagnosed with asthma when they entered the study.
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Asthma linked to an increased time to pregnancy

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:16pm
Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study. The current study investigated 245 women with unexplained fertility problems aged between 23 and 45 years. They underwent asthma and allergy testing and questionnaires during their fertility treatment. 96 women in the study had either an existing doctor's diagnosis of asthma or were diagnosed with asthma when they entered the study.
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Graphene leans on glass to advance electronics

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:15pm
Scientists have developed a simple and powerful method for creating resilient, customized, and high-performing graphene: layering it on top of common glass. This scalable and inexpensive process helps pave the way for a new class of microelectronic and optoelectronic devices -- everything from efficient solar cells to touch screens.
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Graphene leans on glass to advance electronics

Science Daily - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:15pm
Scientists have developed a simple and powerful method for creating resilient, customized, and high-performing graphene: layering it on top of common glass. This scalable and inexpensive process helps pave the way for a new class of microelectronic and optoelectronic devices -- everything from efficient solar cells to touch screens.
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Evidence Suggests the Sony Hackers Are Alive and Well and Still Hacking

Wired News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:00pm

Researchers have uncovered ties between the attack against Sony in late 2014 and more recent hacks, suggesting the culprits are still active.

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Indonesia Moves To Ban Same-Sex Emojis On Messaging Apps

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 1:47pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Indonesian government has this week demanded that instant messaging apps available in the country remove all same-sex emoticons from their platforms, or face heavy sanctions. While homosexuality is not illegal in the country, it remains a controversial issue in the Muslim-dominated country. Now in the latest effort to crackdown on gay rights, Indonesian authorities want to ban emojis, stickers and emoticons which depict same-sex couples, the rainbow flag, and any symbol that symbolises the lesbian, bay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Apps that have been targeted by the demands include the popular Asian messaging app LINE, Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. The Indonesian Communication and Information Ministry added that a particular concern was that children would find the bright coloured stickers appealing.

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Pwn2Own 2016 Won't Attack Firefox (Because It's Too Easy)

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 1:08pm
darthcamaro writes: For the last decade, the Pwn2own hacking competition has pitted the world's best hackers against web browsers to try and find zero-day vulnerabilities in a live event. The contest, which is sponsored by HPE and TrendMicro this year, is offering over half a million dollars in prize money, but for the first time, not a penny of that will directed to Mozilla Firefox. While Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Apple Safari are targets, Firefox isn't because it's apparently too easy and not keeping up with modern security: "'We wanted to focus on the browsers that have made serious security improvements in the last year,' Brian Gorenc, manager of Vulnerability Research at HPE said."

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Absurd Creature of the Week: Meet the Bird That Lies and Tricks Its Way Into Sex

Wired News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 1:00pm

This is the saga of bowerbird hanky-panky, a romance packed with more lies, illusions, and thievery than a soap opera—with none of the insufferable soft focus.

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This Is What Gravitational Waves Sound Like (Video)

Space.com - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:42pm
When converted to sound waves, the signal generated by gravitational waves evokes the thump of a heartbeat or, in a frequency-adjusted version, a drop of water falling into a bucket. Hear it for yourself in this video.
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