Retreating sea ice linked to changes in ocean circulation, could affect European climate

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:34pm
Retreating sea ice in the Iceland and Greenland Seas may be changing the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean, and could ultimately impact the climate in Europe, says a new study.
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Rare gene variant associated with middle ear infections

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:34pm
Researchers may have taken the first step on the road to understanding why only some people get frequent painful or chronic middle ear infections. The culprit may be rare genetic variants in a gene called A2ML1.
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MIT System Fixes Software Bugs Without Access To Source Code

Slashdot - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:28pm
jan_jes writes: MIT researchers have presented a new system at the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference that repairs software bugs by automatically importing functionality from other, more secure applications. According to MIT, "The system, dubbed CodePhage, doesn't require access to the source code of the applications. Instead, it analyzes the applications' execution and characterizes the types of security checks they perform. As a consequence, it can import checks from applications written in programming languages other than the one in which the program it's repairing was written."

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Paris Is Making Its Crazy Roundabouts Safer for Cyclists

Wired News - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:05pm

The city hasn't put forward any concrete ideas for improvements yet, but has opened up the floor for the public to suggest ideas.

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Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables

Slashdot - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: Bill Gates has dumped a billion dollars into renewables, and now he's ready to double down. Gates announced he will increase his investment in renewable energy technologies to $2 billion in an attempt to "bend the curve" on limiting climate change. He is focusing on risky investments that favor "breakthrough" technologies because he thinks incremental improvements to existing tech won't be enough to meet energy needs while avoiding a climate catastrophe. He says, "There's no battery technology that's even close to allowing us to take all of our energy from renewables and be able to use battery storage in order to deal not only with the 24-hour cycle but also with long periods of time where it's cloudy and you don't have sun or you don't have wind. Power is about reliability. We need to get something that works reliably." At the same time, Gates rejected calls to divest himself and his charitable foundation of investments in fossil fuel companies.

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Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet

Wired News - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:30pm

As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.

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Study Offers New Evidence That Google Skews Search Results

Wired News - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:23pm

Evidence continues to mount that when it comes to search results, Google isn't always playing fair.

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Solar Flare Anatomy Revealed By Spectral Slicing Satellite | Video

Space.com - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:19pm
Examining the sizable solar flare of March 11th, 2015, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission captured the best Temporal and spatial resolution yet.
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Feeling impulsive or frustrated? Take a nap

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:10pm
It's becoming increasingly common for people, especially adults, to not sleep an entire night. This can negatively impair a person's attention span and memory, as well as contribute to fatigue. Now researchers report that taking a nap may be an effective strategy to counteract impulsive behavior and to boost tolerance for frustration.
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Most plastic surgeons now use fat grafting as part of facelift surgery

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:10pm
In recent years, a large majority of US plastic surgeons have adopted fat grafting techniques as part of their approach to facelift surgery, reports a study. Fat grafting—transferring small amounts of the patient's own fat in strategic areas—has become a common technique utilized by most surgeons today performing facial rejuvenation, researchers report.
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Two techniques of temporal migraine surgery are 'equally effective'

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:10pm
Two migraine surgery techniques targeting a specific "trigger site" are both highly effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, according to a randomized trial.
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Even stars older than 11 billion years have Earth-like planets

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:10pm
33 Kepler stars have been selected for their solar like oscillations and a set of basic parameters have been determined with high precision showing that stars even older than 11 billion years have Earth-like planets.
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Researchers map important enzyme in fight against cancer

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:10pm
Researchers have discovered what regulates an enzyme that is central to the growth of cancer tumors. This could be of great value to future cancer treatment, they suggest.
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UK general practitioners and the Fit for Work scheme

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:10pm
An editorial by primary care researchers analyses the GP role in the sickness certification process and the new Fit for Work scheme and suggests that GPs are key to supporting individuals to maintain the hope and belief that they can work, 'rather than adding to the numbers of individuals off work on long term sickness who may have been able to work.'
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Millennials accept working mothers, traditional gender roles more than GenXers

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:10pm
American adults and adolescents are now significantly more accepting of mothers who work fulltime, but a growing minority from younger generations believe that wives should mind the household and husbands should make decisions for the family, according to new research.
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Reassurance can be as important as waiting times for ambulance patients

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:08pm
Ambulance services should be assessed on how reassured patients and their families feel during an emergency as well as on response times, researchers have found. Offering reassurance to patients and their families alleviates anxiety, fear or panic. These aspects of care can be as important as other performance measures such as response times, the study said.
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Aromatic couple makes new chemical bonds

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:08pm
Making carbon-carbon bonds continues to be an important strategy to synthesize useful pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and organic materials. Chemists have now expanded the scope of a Nobel Prize-winning carbon-carbon bond forming reaction by using aromatic esters and boronic acids as coupling partners in the presence of an economically and environmentally friendly nickel catalyst.
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Infant mortality rates could be lowered through improved medicine packaging designs

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:08pm
The usage of key medicines in developing countries could be significantly increased through improved packaging appearance.
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Muzzle in on cattle classification

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:08pm
Researchers are developing a biometric identification system for cattle that could reduce food fraud and allow ranchers to control their stock more efficiently. The system uses the unique features of a prominent part of the animal to identify the beasts - their muzzles.
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Too exhausted to fight, immune system may harm the body they are supposed to protect

Science Daily - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 3:08pm
An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research.
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