Peggy Whitson Breaks US Record for Most Time in Space by an Astronaut

Space.com - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 4:10pm
Peggy Whitson has made space history. An astronaut currently onboard the International Space Station, Whitson broke the record for the most time in space by an American with more than 534 days over the course of her three long-duration missions.
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Flat NASA Budgets Pose Risk to Researchers

Space.com - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 4:00pm
The prospect of extended flat budgets for NASA has some scientists concerned that research funds could be raided to support other programs.
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No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

Slashdot - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 4:00pm
Last year, Bloomberg reported that Google co-founder Larry Page had put money in two "flying car" companies. One of those companies, Kitty Hawk, has published the first video of its prototype aircraft. From a report on The Verge: The company describes the Kitty Hawk Flyer as an "all-electric aircraft" that is designed to operate over water and doesn't require a pilot's license to fly. Kitty Hawk promises people will be able to learn to fly the Flyer "in minutes." A consumer version will be available by the end of this year, the company says. The video is part commercial and part test footage, starting with a lakeside conversation between friends about using the Flyer to meet up before switching to what The New York Times says are shots of an aerospace engineer operating the craft in Northern California.

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Peggy Whitson’s Historic Records as a NASA Astronaut | Video

Space.com - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:20pm
Five of Whitson's fantastic achievements are listed here by NASA, which now includes most days in space by a NASA astronaut.
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Billionaire Jack Ma Says CEOs Could Be Robots in 30 Years, Warns of Decades of 'Pain' From AI

Slashdot - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:20pm
Self-made billionaire, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma warned on Monday that society could see decades of pain thanks to disruption caused by the internet and new technologies to different areas of the economy. From a report: In a speech at a China Entrepreneur Club event, the billionaire urged governments to bring in education reform and outlined how humans need to work with machines. "In the coming 30 years, the world's pain will be much more than happiness, because there are many more problems that we have come across," Ma said in Chinese, speaking about potential job disruptions caused by technology. [...] Ma also spoke about the rise of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) and said that this technology will be needed to process the large amount of data being generated today, something that a human brain can't do. But machines shouldn't replace what humans can do, Ma said, but instead the technology community needs to look at making machines do what humans cannot. This would make the machine a "human partner" rather than an opponent.

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US President Calls Space Station to Congratulate Peggy Whitson | Video

Space.com - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:14pm
The NASA astronaut broke the record for most time in Space by a NASA astronaut on April 24, 2017. Donald Trump called the International Space Station to congratulate her.
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Chip-based nanoscopy: Microscopy in HD quality

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:08pm
Physicists have developed a photonic chip that makes it possible to carry out super-resolution light microscopy, also called 'nanoscopy,' with conventional microscopes. In nanoscopy, the position of single fluorescent molecules can be determined with a precision of just a few nano-meters, that is, to a millionth of a millimeter.
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After the death of a friend, healing in a human social network

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:08pm
The first large-scale study of recovery and resilience after a death in a friend group -- based on analysis of interactions in 15,000 anonymized networks on Facebook -- finds that when a friend dies, we get closer to that person's friends. The social network repairs itself in ways that keep our total connectedness the same.
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Methadone may reduce need for opioids after surgery

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:08pm
Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study.
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Graphene withstands high pressure, may aid in desalination

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:08pm
Used in filtration membranes, ultrathin material could help make desalination more productive, explain researchers in a new report.
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New mechanism mediating environment-microbe-host interactions

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:08pm
Researchers have uncovered a new mechanism showing how microbes can alter the physiology of the organisms in which they live.
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Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:08pm
A first-of-its-kind nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy has been developed that targets several different cancer types, outlines a new report.
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Bright future for self-charging batteries

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:08pm
Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology under development.
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Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:07pm
New research reveals two new ways to identify genes that routinely are missed in studies using a common gene-sequencing method. Many of these missed genes are associated with leukemia, psoriasis, heart failure, and other diseases. As part of their new research, the team of scientists have packaged their new methods into open-source software for other researchers to use. 
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Mothers' relationship happiness may influence infant fussiness

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:07pm
How happy a mother is in her relationship and the social support she receives may affect the risk of infant colic, according to researchers.
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New approach to improve detection of landfill-related pollution

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:07pm
A method known as laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) offers a cleaner, faster and simpler approach than existing technologies for detecting contaminants in the fluids coming from landfills, known as leachates.
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Cancer in the family: One spouse's diagnosis can lower household income

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:07pm
Caring for a husband or wife with cancer significantly diminishes family income, according to researchers who tracked changes in employment and income among working-age couples in Canada.
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Growing body of evidence supports use of mind-body therapies in breast cancer treatment

Science Daily - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 3:07pm
In newly updated clinical guidelines, researchers analyzed which integrative treatments are most effective and safe for patients with breast cancer. This systematic review adds to the growing literature on integrative therapies for patients with breast cancer and other cancer populations.
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Amazon Launches Marketplace For Digital Subscriptions

Slashdot - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 2:40pm
Amazon said on Monday it is launching a platform for companies with subscription services -- from newspapers, magazines to TV streaming. The "Subscribe with Amazon" marketplace allows consumers to buy subscriptions to products like SlingTV streaming, Headspace meditation, Dropbox Plus, as well as workout videos, online classes, meal plans and even matchmakers. The marketplace also features more traditional subscriptions, similar to those that have become popular on Amazon's Kindle tablets, including the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Wall Street Journal and New Yorker.

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Space Replay: President Trump Calls NASA Astronaut in Space

Space.com - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 2:24pm
At 10 a.m. EDT today (April 24), President Trump called NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station to congratulate her for breaking the U.S. record for total time in space.
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