Bering Sea hotspot for corals and sponges

Science Daily - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:22pm
North of the Aleutian Islands, submarine canyons in the cold waters of the eastern Bering Sea contain a highly productive 'green belt' that is home to deep-water corals as well as a plethora of fish and marine mammals.
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Paralyzed men move legs with new non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

Science Daily - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:22pm
Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords. The strategy, called transcutaneous stimulation, delivers electrical current to the spinal cord by way of electrodes strategically placed on the skin of the lower back. This expands to nine the number of completely paralyzed individuals who have achieved voluntary movement while receiving spinal stimulation.
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Waking up HIV

Science Daily - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:22pm
Highly active anti-retroviral therapy has helped millions survive the human immunodeficiency virus. Unfortunately, HIV has a built-in survival mechanism, creating reservoirs of latent, inactive virus that are invisible to both HAART and the immune system. But now, researchers have identified a compound that activates latent HIV, offering the tantalizing possibility that the virus can be flushed out of the silent reservoirs and fully cured.
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Nature has more than one way to grow a crystal

Science Daily - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:22pm
New findings have implications for questions regarding how animals and plants grow minerals into shapes that have no relation to their original crystal symmetry, and why some contaminants are difficult to remove from stream sediments.
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Computer model forecasts flu outbreaks in a subtropical climate

Science Daily - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:20pm
It is possible to predict the timing and intensity of influenza outbreaks in subtropical climates like Hong Kong where flu seasons can occur at different times and more than once during a year, scientists have shown for the first time.
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Earth's magnetic shield is much older than previously thought

Science Daily - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:20pm
Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth's magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now a researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older.
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Drought's lasting impact on forests

Science Daily - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:20pm
In a global study of drought impacts, forest trees took an average of two to four years to resume normal growth rates, a revelation indicating that Earth's forests are capable of storing less carbon than climate models have assumed.
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Tokyo’s Uninspired Olympics Logo Might Be a Design Ripoff

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:14pm

The mark isn't just boring; it bears a striking resemblance to another design.

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Lagoon Nebula Seething With 'Violent Phenomena' | Video

Space.com - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:05pm
Despite its tranquil-sounding name, new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals a dusty nebula shaped by "intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation.” It is located in the Sagittarius constellation.
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Indian Ocean Debris Believed To Come From Missing Flight MH370

Slashdot - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:03pm
McGruber writes that air crash investigators, though maintaining that it is "too early to tell" with certainty, have 'a high degree of confidence' that a piece of wreckage found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion is from a Boeing 777 — the same model as the doomed MH370 which disappeared in March 2014. Investigators will need to examine closely the wreckage to link it to MH370, but MH370 was the only Boeing 777 ever lost over water.

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Whoa, This Full-Frame Camera Shoots at ISO 4,000,000

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 8:02pm

Canon's new video camera has a special full-frame sensor that gives it groundbreaking low-light capabilities.

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The Top Gear Crew Has Some Great Ideas for the Next Cop Car

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 7:36pm

With the trio en route to Amazon Prime, enjoy this moment from their time at the BBC, and hope whatever they've got planned is just as good.

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Don’t Freak, But a Computer Ump Just Called a Baseball Game

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 7:30pm

For all the data available in baseball, statistical analysis hasn't yet been applied to the way the game is actually called. That changed Tuesday night.

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A Naysayer's Take On Windows 10: Potential Privacy Mess, and Worse

Slashdot - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 7:23pm
Lauren Weinstein writes: I had originally been considering accepting Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, reports have suggested that it's a much more usable system than Windows 8/8.1 — but of course in keeping with the 'every other MS release of Windows is a dog' history, that's a pretty low bar. However, it appears that MS has significantly botched their deployment of Windows 10. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, even though hope springs eternal. Since there are so many issues involved, and MS is very aggressively pushing this upgrade, I'm going to run through key points here quickly, and reference other sites' pages that can give you more information right now. But here's my executive summary: You may want to think twice, or three times, or many more times, about whether or not you wish to accept the Windows 10 free upgrade on your existing Windows 7 or 8/8.1 system. Now that we're into the first week of widespread availability for the new version, if you're a Windows user and upgrader, has your experience been good, horrible, or someplace between?

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That Time Jeremy Test Drove a Toilet at the North Pole

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 7:09pm

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have left the BBC for Amazon Prime, but they certainly made their mark on the legacy of Top Gear.

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Pinterest’s Bold Plan to Fix Its Diversity Problem

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 6:46pm

Diversity in tech remains a problem, but Pinterest is hoping that with new specific programs revealed today the company can start to fix it.

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The Biohacking Movement and Open Source Insulin

Slashdot - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 6:42pm
szczys writes: Since early last century, insulin has been produced from the pancreas of animals. In the late 1970s we figured out how to synthesize insulin using bacteria or yeast. As the biohacking movement has grown, insulin production has been a common target, but for some reason we're not there yet. Dan Maloney looked into the backstory (including the amazing story of the Saxl family who produced life-saving insulin during WWII) and a new startup that is trying to get Biohackers working on the problem. Update: 07/30 21:56 GMT by T : That's WWII above, not WWI; mea culpa.

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Handy UV-Busting Visor Snaps Onto Any Bike Helmet

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 6:40pm

The Bouclier visor blocks 98 percent of UV rays, and isn't atrociously dorky.

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Facebook Is About to Test Its Enormous Solar-Powered Drone

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 6:30pm

At an airfield somewhere in the UK, there's a drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737. And it belongs to Facebook.

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Brie Larson Breaks Out In The Heart-Crushing Trailer for Room

Wired News - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 6:12pm

This might be the movie that finally cements Brie Larson as an A-list actress.

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