MRI technique induces strong, enduring visual association

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 5:58pm
Volunteers in a brain science experiment learned associations between patterns and color such that when shown the patterns later, they were still biased to perceive the color even if it wasn't really there.
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Spotify Says Apple Won't Approve New Version Of Its App Because It Doesn't Want Competition For Apple Music

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 5:20pm
According to a report on Recode, Apple has rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, and that this has caused a "grave harm to Spotify and its customers." The Swedish-based music company competes with Apple's Music streaming app and service. In a letter to Apple's top lawyer, Spotify says that Apple turned down a version of the app citing "business model rules" and demanded that Spotify uses Apple's billing system if it wants to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions. From the report:The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on May 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services that use its App store. "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law," Gutierrez wrote. "It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple's previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify ... we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors."

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Google Reveals What N In Android N Stands For -- Nougat

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 4:44pm
We finally know what N in Android N stands for: Nougat. Google made the announcement on Thursday. The Android maker always names smartphone operating system updates after candies and other sweet treats. The past few versions, for instances, are named Marshmallow, Eclair, Lollipop, and Marshmallow. Naming aside, Android N brings with it a range of interesting features such as multi-window support, better battery efficiency, and the ability to reply to messages straight from the notification. Enthusiasts who own a Nexus 6 or a newer Nexus device, can give a whirl to the preview of Android N on their device. The final version of Android N will be made available later this year.

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Comet Probe Will Be Destroyed - Incredible Records and Discoveries Explained | Video

Space.com - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 4:11pm
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has returned data on gases and elements from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that are essential for life and understanding how the solar system formed.
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IMAX Will Build You a Home Theater -- Starting at $400K

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 4:00pm
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: If you have about $400K to spare, IMAX's Private Theatre division will now build an IMAX cinema setup in your own home. The entry-level IMAX Private Theatre is the "Palais," which starts at about $400,000 for a screening room with up to 18 seats. For your money you get dual 4K 2D/3D projectors, a proprietary IMAX sound system, and a media playback system that supports everything you might want to throw at it (TV, games, Blu-ray, etc.) No word on the exact specifications of the projectors, but they're probably not IMAX-with-laser. Screen size will vary depending on the setup, but generally they will be 3 metres (10ft) tall or more. Stepping up to the "Platinum" IMAX home theatre for about $1 million gets you a much larger screening room with space for up to 40 people.

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Likelihood of widespread Zika outbreak in United States low

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:55pm
High mosquito and human population densities, combined with mosquito breeding conditions, are the central cause for Zika virus.
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Weight-loss technologies train the brain to resist temptation

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:54pm
Can a computer game train your brain to resist sweets? The game is designed to improve a person's "inhibitory control," the part of the brain that stops you from giving into unhealthy cravings -- even when the smell of French fries is practically begging you to step inside a fast food restaurant. Researchers are testing whether a new smartphone app and computer game can change behaviors.
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How will genomics enter day-to-day medicine?

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:54pm
A quiet transformation has been brewing in medicine, as large-scale DNA results become increasingly available to patients and healthcare providers. Amid a cascade of data, physicians, counselors and families are sorting out how to better understand and use this information in making health care decisions.
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New study compares transportation energy efficiency of local and conventional food

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:53pm
A marketing specialist has compared the transportation efficiencies of the conventional and local fruit and vegetable transportation networks in the Knoxville-area surrounding the University's flagship campus.
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Need skills? Corporate volunteering programs not always best place to acquire them

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:53pm
Corporate volunteering programs are widely credited by business leaders and volunteers for giving participants valuable work-related skills. A new study suggests there is some truth to these claims, but that skill development is linked to personal characteristics and the nature of the volunteering experience that must include meaningful work that takes volunteers outside their comfort zone
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New effort uses implementation science to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:53pm
An emerging field, known as implementation science, may help reduce the nearly 150,000 instances of mother-to-child HIV transmissions that occur annually around the world, mostly in developing countries. A team of scientists and program managers has been studying a variety of implementation science approaches to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
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Researchers develop effective strategy for disrupting bacterial biofilms

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:53pm
A new discovery provides strong evidence that an innovative therapeutic approach may be effective in the resolution of bacterial biofilm diseases.
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Falls in months before surgery are common in adults of all ages

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:53pm
Falling up to six months before an elective surgery was common and caused injuries among adults of all ages, according to researchers. Surprisingly, the frequency of falls among middle-aged patients was higher than those who were elderly. The study suggests that falling may be an important indicator of baseline health.
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Incidence of cancer in patients with large colorectal polyps lower than previously thought

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:53pm
For the majority of patients with large or difficult to remove colorectal polyps (growths in the colon), the incidence of cancer is actually lower than previously thought, and using more advanced endoscopic techniques that spare the colon may be a better, safer alternative to a traditional operation in certain cases, according to study results.
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Juno Probe Snaps Photo of Jupiter and Its 4 Biggest Moons

Space.com - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:50pm
NASA's Juno probe, which is scheduled to begin orbiting Jupiter on Monday (July 4), captured a photo of the giant planet and its four biggest moons last week.
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Hunting for Alien Exoplanets with Mobile Astronomy Apps

Space.com - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:21pm
In this edition of Mobile Astronomy, we'll look at how exoplanets are discovered, whether they could host life and how you can use your astronomy app to see some of the host stars with your naked eyes or backyard telescope.
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NRA Complaint Takes Down 38,000 Websites

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:20pm
Sarah Jeong, reporting for Motherboard:38,000 websites hosted by the automated publishing service Surge went down today, after the National Rifle Association sent a legal notice over a parody website created by the Yes Men. A few days ago, the Yes Men released the parody video, "Share the Safety" -- announcing a supposed NRA program to deliver firearms into the hands of those too impoverished to afford guns. The opening frame of the video says "Paid for in part by the National Rifle Association of America with additional support from Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation." "Systemic poverty and dumb laws keep the urban poor unable to acquire life-saving firearms," says the video, which is available on YouTube. "That's why we at the NRA are teaming up with Smith & Wesson to share the safety.â The YouTube description includes a link to the "official" website, ShareTheSafety.org.

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Design FX: The FX Wizardry Behind Independence Day’s Wild Final Battle

Wired News - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 3:00pm
Making the mother alien and the destruction she caused took a lot of processing power. The post Design FX: The FX Wizardry Behind Independence Day's Wild Final Battle appeared first on WIRED.
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Hacker Takes Over Oculus CEO's Twitter Account, Announces New CEO

Slashdot - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 2:40pm
Another day, another high-profile becoming victim of a hack attack. Somebody managed to find a way into Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe's Twitter account late Wednesday. The hacker, who appears to be a user who goes by the alias "lid" on Twitter changed Iribe's bio and cover photo, and made a couple of interesting "announcements" -- including him becoming the new CEO of Facebook-owned virtual reality company. TechCrunch reports:This is just the latest in a string of tech CEO's having their Twitter accounts compromised, this attack does not appear to be from the same hacker group responsible for the hacks on the accounts of Travis Kalanick, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Dick Costolo. Late Wednesday night, Iribe's Twitter bio temporarily read, "hey its @Lid ... im not testing ya security im just havin a laugh." The hacker told me in a Twitter DM that he accessed the password via last month's MySpace breach, he also said that he also would've managed to access Iribe's email account had he not had two-factor authentication enabled.

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Hubble captures vivid auroras in Jupiter’s atmosphere

Science Daily - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 2:23pm
Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras -- stunning light shows in a planet's atmosphere -- on the poles of the largest planet in the Solar System, Jupiter.
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