Playing music by professional musicians activates genes responsible for brain function and singing of songbirds

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:09pm
Although music perception and practice are well preserved in human evolution, the biological determinants of music practice are largely unknown. According to a latest study, music performance by professional musicians enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopaminergic neurotransmission, motor behavior, learning and memory. Interestingly, several of those up-regulated genes were also known to be responsible for song production in songbirds, which suggests a potential evolutionary conservation in sound perception and production across species.
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Evolutionary novelties in vision

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:09pm
A new study shows that genes crucial for vision were multiplied in the early stages of vertebrate evolution and acquired distinct functions leading to the sophisticated mechanisms of vertebrate eyes.
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High-precision radar for the steel industry

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:08pm
Steel is the most important material in vehicle and machinery construction. Large quantities of offcuts and scraps are left over from rolling and milling crude steel into strip steel. New radar measures the width of the strip during fabrication to an accuracy of micrometers and helps to minimize scrap.
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Virtual vehicle testing: Modeling tires realistically

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:07pm
Manufacturers conduct virtual tests on vehicle designs long before the first car rolls off the assembly line. Simulation of the tires has remained a challenge, however. The software tool “CDTire/3D” now models the wheels realistically. The software takes into account the heat that is generated during driving and how the properties of the tires change.
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Research on medical abortion, miscarriage may change international routines

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:07pm
Two scientific studies are expected to form the basis of new international recommendations for the treatment of medical abortions and miscarriages. One of the studies shows that it is possible to replace the clinical follow-up examinations recommended today with medical abortions that include a home pregnancy test. The other study shows that midwives can safely and effectively treat failed abortions and miscarriages in rural districts of Uganda.
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Green roofs: Passive cooling for buildings

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:07pm
Researchers have found that green roofs with high vegetation density are 60% more efficient than non-green roofs.
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Predicting pesticide loads more accurately

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:07pm
The EU wants to further improve the authorization process for pesticides. The different national procedures for this are supposed to be further harmonized. Researchers have now developed a software for estimating the transfer of pesticides into surface water initially in Germany.
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Most NFL players with injuries to the midfoot return to game action

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:06pm
Nearly 93 percent of National Football League (NFL) athletes who sustained traumatic injuries to the midfoot returned to competition less than 15 months after injury and with no statistically significant decrease in performance, according to new research.
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Big data allows computer engineers to find genetic clues in humans

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:06pm
Computer scientists tackled some big data about an important protein and discovered its connection in human history as well as clues about its role in complex neurological diseases.
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MRI based on a sugar molecule can tell cancerous from noncancerous cells

Science Daily - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:06pm
Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn't cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly. Now results of a study suggest that MRI could one day make biopsies more effective or even replace them altogether by noninvasively detecting telltale sugar molecules shed by the outer membranes of cancerous cells.
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How Facebook’s Chief Geek Will Meld Reality With the Oculus

Wired News - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:00pm

Facebook's CTO tells WIRED that Facebook users will be able to share 360-degree videos soon. And that's just the beginning of his VR ambitions.

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This Clever Three-in-One Kitchen Gadget Is an Ace of Baste

Wired News - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:00pm

Forget buying a separate turkey baster, meat thermometer, and scrub brush! The ThermoBaste puts them all together in one package.

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Every Lamborghini Model Ever in One Magnificent GIF

Wired News - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:55pm

50 years of Lamborghini—from the Miura to the Countach to the Murcielago—in one glorious GIF.

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Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Slashdot - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:40pm
New submitter knightsirius writes: A Washington homeowner is having to sell his new house after being refused internet service from Comcast and CenturyLink despite receiving confirmation from both that the location was able to receive broadband service. The whole process took months and involved false assurances and bureaucratic convolutions. The national broadband map database frequently cited by Comcast as proof of sufficient competition lists 10 options at his location, including a gigabit municipal fiber network, but he cannot subscribe to it due to Washington state direct sale restrictions.

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Bigfoot in Whitehall, NY

Cryptomundo - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:39pm
Locally, Whitehall resident and researcher Paul Bartholomew does regular presentations on Bigfoot and is keeping the hunt alive. He is the co-author of “Bigfoot: Encounters in New York & New England.” The New York Bigfoot Society says the area around Whitehall and Castleton, Vermont, as well as the lower Adirondacks, have had Bigfoot reports since the late 1800s. But it really heated up about 40 years ago.
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NASA Moon Orbiter, Mars Rover Face Budget Chopping Block

Space.com - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:15pm
Despite a forward-looking and overall healthy NASA planetary science program budget, two on-duty spacecraft are now on the chopping block.
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Big Vulnerability In Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests At Risk

Slashdot - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:07pm
An anonymous reader writes Guests at hundreds of hotels around the world are susceptible to serious hacks because of routers that many hotel chains depend on for their Wi-Fi networks. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the systems, which would allow an attacker to distribute malware to guests, monitor and record data sent over the network, and even possibly gain access to the hotel's reservation and keycard systems. The vulnerability, which was discovered by Justin W. Clarke of the security firm Cylance, gives attackers read-write access to the root file system of the ANTlabs devices. The discovery of the vulnerable systems was particularly interesting to them in light of an active hotel hacking campaign uncovered last year by researchers at Kaspersky Lab. In that campaign, which Kaspersky dubbed DarkHotel.

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NASA Spacecraft Takes 'Deep Dip' Into Martian Upper Atmosphere

Space.com - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:04pm
NASA's newest Mars probe recently made a risky dive into the Red Planet's upper atmosphere to learn more about how the planet's climate changed over time.
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Mock Mars Mission Crew Tests 'Smart Shirt' for Astronauts

Space.com - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:03pm
An astronaut "smart shirt" -- one that could someday beam biometric information back to ground controllers to keep an eye on the spacefarer's health – is now on a space mission of sorts.
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One-Year Space Station Mission Launches Today: Watch It Live

Space.com - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:00pm
A three-person crew will blast off to the International Space Station today (March 27), and two of them won't be coming back to Earth for a full year. You can watch live online as the yearlong mission begins.
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