Ten fingers not needed for fast typing

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:24pm
The number of fingers does not determine typing speed, new study shows. People using self-taught typing strategies were found to be as fast as trained typists.
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NASA's $19 Billion 2017 Budget Request: A Summary

Space.com - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:24pm
President Barack Obama is unveiling his budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year today and it includes a $19 billion request for NASA, down from the $19.3 billion enacted for 2016.
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Study accurately dates coral loss at Great Barrier Reef

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:04pm
The timing of significant Great Barrier Reef coral loss captured by a series of historical photos has been accurately determined for the first time. Researchers said the photos were a powerful visual tool often used to highlight the recent decline of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Stereotypes about Native Americans and alcohol debunked

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:04pm
In contrast to enduring stories about extraordinarily high rates of alcohol misuse among Native Americans, researchers have found that Native Americans' binge and heavy drinking rates actually match those of whites. The groups differed regarding abstinence: Native Americans were more likely to abstain from alcohol use.
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Researchers illuminate 'dark side' of the transcriptome

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:04pm
A new way of mapping the collection of RNA read-outs that are expressed by a cell's active genes has been devised to shed additional light on the role of RNAs in cells. These 'dark' variations in RNA likely have roles in gene regulation across tissues, development, and in human diseases. The team will use the now-free software to interrogate cells in brain disorders, cancers, and other illnesses.
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Professors use cadaver DNA to advance genetics literacy in medical curricula

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:03pm
Cadavers have long been one of the most important resources for anatomy teaching in medical school. Now, they are also at the forefront of cutting-edge genetics teaching, thanks to some innovative thinking.
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Twisted X-rays unravel the complexity of helical structures

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:01pm
Since the discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals just over 100 years ago, X-ray diffraction as a method of structure determination has dominated structural research in materials science and biology. However, many of the most important materials whose structures remain unknown do not readily crystallize as three-dimensional periodic structures.
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How stable is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:01pm
A future warming of the Southern Ocean caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere may severely disrupt the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The result would be a rise in the global sea level by several meters.
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A fifth of car fuel-efficiency savings are eroded by increased driving

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:00pm
Around a fifth of the energy-saving benefits of fuel-efficient cars are eroded because people end up driving them more, according to a study into British motoring habits over the last 40 years.
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Why Firewatch’s Makers Were So Secretive About Their Game

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:00pm

With developers that range from poster-art legends to Telltale Games vets, Campo Santo is captivating people with its secretive (and searing) debut title.

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Lightning's Dance With Airglow Seen From Space | Time-Lapse Video

Space.com - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 4:00pm
Orbiting aboard the International Space Station, ESA astronaut Tim Peake captured flashes of lightning while passing from North Africa, across Turkey and over Russia.
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How ice-shelf loss leads to faster sea-level rise: The shield is crumbling

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:54pm
Over the past 20 years, many ice shelves in Antarctica have shrunk and some have disappeared entirely. This has resulted in a significant acceleration of many Antarctic glaciers, contributing to rising sea levels. Researchers have used a complex model to show for the first time at what point the 'buttressing' role of ice shelves is impaired due to their decline.
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Oral capsule with bacterial spores may be effective treatment for recurrent C. difficile

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:54pm
Treatment with an oral capsule containing the spores of approximately 50 species of beneficial bacteria successfully prevented recurrence of C. difficile infection in patients with a history of multiple recurrent disease, a multi-institutional research team reports.
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The Nullarbor Plain's ancient forests revealed

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:54pm
Australia's Nullarbor Plain is one of the driest landscapes in the country, but new research suggests it was once forest that received up to four times as much rain as it gets now.
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Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:54pm
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of six.
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Patient access to online health action plans enhances rate of preventive care

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:54pm
Health plan members who accessed their health information online and received timely alerts about potential gaps in care were more likely to receive preventive tests and screenings than those who did not use the service, a large study has demonstrated.
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Researchers see helpful protein causing cancer

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:53pm
Researchers have determined how a protein that helps cells fight viruses can also cause genetic mutations that lead to cancer. The research shows how the expression of a protein causes mutations to accumulate in actively replicating DNA. The work is complemented by studies from other researchers that indicate that similar phenomena occur in E. coli cells and sequenced human tumors.
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Study shows promising safety results for anti-aging drug

Science Daily - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:53pm
Minimal metabolic side effects have been documented after continuous, long-term treatment with encapsulated rapamycin in a marmoset (monkey) model. Results lead to new research grant to study efficacy.
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Wired To Block Ad-Blocking Users, Offer Subscription

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:46pm
AmiMoJo writes: In a blog post Wired has announced that it will begin to block users who block ads on its site: "On an average day, more than 20 percent of the traffic to WIRED.com comes from a reader who is blocking our ads. We know that you come to our site primarily to read our content, but it's important to be clear that advertising is how we keep WIRED going," wrote the editors. The post goes on to offer two options for users blocking ads: whitelist wired.com or subscribe for $1/week.

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How to Hack the Power Grid Through Home Air Conditioners

Wired News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 3:40pm

Researchers show how hackers can manipulate the remote on-off device installed on some air conditioners to cause a blackout.

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