Study uncovers how seeds are kept in dormancy until the appearance of favorable conditions for germination

Science Daily - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:11pm
Seed germination is a crucial step in the life cycle of a plant. This is why the small embryo is maintained in a state of dormancy until the appearance of optimal environmental conditions. The quality of its sleep is insured by the envelope of the seed, continuously producing a hormone named ABA. A new study reveals how the transport of the hormone to the embryo is controlled.
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Needle exchange program prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years, study suggests

Science Daily - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:11pm
The District of Columbia's needle exchange program prevented 120 new cases of HIV infection and saved an estimated $44 million over just a two-year period, according to a first-of-a-kind study.
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A Living Typeface That Actually Grows in a Petri Dish

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:00pm

Language, evolving in a Petri dish.

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Scientists Unearth a Trove of New Bacteria-Killing Viruses

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:00pm

Bacteria prey on humans, but the bugs have to beware of their own predators, too: a special class of viruses called phages.

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Government Still Hasn't Notified Individuals Whose Personal Data Was Hacked

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:32am
schwit1 writes: Months after the federal government admitted publicly that the personal data of more than 20 million government employees had been hacked they still have not sent notifications to those millions. The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers. OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and "will be sent directly to impacted individuals." OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings of employees whose data was hacked. In a statement, OPM said it had awarded a contract initially worth more than $133 million to a company called Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID experts, for identity theft protections for the 21.5 million victims of the security data breach. The contractor will provide credit and identity monitoring services for three years, as well as identity theft insurance, to affected individuals and dependent children aged under 18, the agency said.

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IBM Knows What Makes Serena Williams So Good

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:00am

And it's based on more than just a hunch.

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Hey Male CEOs, It’s Your Turn to Take Parental Leave

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:00am

For workers to fully embrace parental leave, we need male CEOs to step up.

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Disney Is Going to Sell a Lot of Star Wars Merch

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:00am

It will be impossible to escape Star Wars-Disney licensed products for the foreseeable future.

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What Intel’s New Processors Mean for Your Next Computer

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:00am

A step for processors, a leap for PCs.

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Why Are Cases of Shoulder Injuries From Vaccines Increasing?

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:00am

While still rare and little-known, shoulder injury cases settled in the government’s so-called “vaccine injury court” have shot up in recent years.

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The Riveting, Blackout-Inducing World of Plane Racing

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:40am

Flying just a few feet above the ground at more than 200 mph and suffering up to 10 Gs of force would terrify most people. Kirby Chambliss calls "a perfect fit."

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SpaceX Will Debut Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket on Return to Flight Mission

Space.com - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:24am
The return to flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, in a couple of months, will also be the first launch of an upgraded version of the vehicle.
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Some Apollo Moon Samples 'Crumbling to Dust'

Space.com - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:16am
Scientists found that the median particle size in a set of 20 different Apollo soil samples held in laboratories for research use has decreased by more than half since the samples were first measured 40 years ago.
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Wild 'Hitchhiker' Spacecraft Idea Could Harpoon Comets

Space.com - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:16am
The proposed Comet Hitchhiker spacecraft would sling itself from one comet or asteroid to another using a harpoon and a superlong tether. This strategy could allow relatively fast and low-cost exploration of distant targets, its developers say.
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New Russian Laboratory To Study Mammoth Cloning

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:28am
An anonymous reader writes: While plans to clone a woolly mammoth are not new, a lab used in a joint effort by Russia and South Korea is. The new facility is devoted to studying extinct animal DNA in the hope of creating clones from the remains of animals found in the permafrost. IBtimes reports: "The Sakha facility has the world's largest collection of frozen ancient animal carcasses and remains, with more than 2,000 samples in its possession, including some that are tens of thousands years old, such as a mammoth discovered on the island of Maly Lyakhovsky; experts believe it may be more than 28,000 years old."

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Hipster Barbie Is So Much Better at Instagram Than You

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:20am

If you're not living your life to the fullest on Instagram, then you're just not living #authentic.

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A Smart Home Divided Cannot Stand. This Hub Can Help

Wired News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am

And with the power of Samsung, the Switzerland of the IoT race just might be able to.

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UK Health Clinic Accidentally Publishes HIV Status of 800 Patients

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 7:04am
An anonymous reader writes: A sexual health clinic in London accidentally disclosed the HIV positive status of almost 800 patients. The Guardian reports: "The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has ordered an inquiry into how the NHS handles confidential medical information after the “completely unacceptable” breach of the privacy of hundreds of HIV patients. The 56 Dean Street clinic in London apologized on Wednesday after sending a newsletter on Tuesday which disclosed the names and email addresses of about 780 recipients. The newsletter is intended for people using its HIV and other sexual health services, and gives details of treatments and support.

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News Briefs 03-09-2015

Underground Stream - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 4:57am

  • A deadly match between 2 of the world's most venomous creatures --no, I'm *not* talking about that angry tycoon...
  • Russian idol 3 times as old as the pyramids --the ones in Egypt, you know. Because TDB has never heard of Graham's books, apparently…
  • Cracking the Maya Code: Timeline of Decipherment --Linda Schele FTW!
  • How ​Oliver Sacks helped me deal with my hallucination-inducing headaches.
  • Treating Intellectually-disabled people with anti-psychotics is pretty cray-cray --and f#$%ed up…
  • Interview with the man who was picked by Kennedy to be the first black man in space --and why he was forced to quit.
  • Seth Shostak's op-ed on UFOs is further proof the people more fanatically devoted to the ETH… are the skeptics.
  • Minneapolis deputy's 1979 UFO encounter still 'extraordinarily important' --and still more recent than YOUR 'Wow' signal, Seth!
  • When aliens stopped Terrorism.
  • Radio Misterioso with guest Paul Kimball: Canadian para-conferences, hauntings, synchronicities, and a mysterious EVP during the show!
  • A Trojan Feast's Joshua Cutchin announces his next project --I 'smell' another hit coming ;)
  • Can a video game turn you into a vegan?
  • Is the feeling that we're immortal innate in humans?
  • Be careful your love of Science doesn't turn into a religion.
  • 23 ways to tell you've read waaay too much Robert Anton Wilson.
  • Red Pill of the Day: Auschwitz museum installs gas-chamber-like showers to keep visitors cool --Banksy approves.

Thanks to Bob Ross, godfather of ASMR and master of the happy little trees.

Quote of the Day:

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself"

~George Bernard Shaw

Despite Reports of Hacking, Baby Monitors Remain Woefully Insecure

Slashdot - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 4:33am
itwbennett writes: Researchers from security firm Rapid7 have found serious vulnerabilities in nine video baby monitors from various manufacturers. Among them: Hidden and hard-coded credentials providing local and remote access over services like SSH or Telnet; unencrypted video streams sent to the user's mobile phone; unencrypted Web and mobile application functions and unprotected API keys and credentials; and other vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to abuse the devices, according to a white paper released Tuesday. Rapid7 reported the issues it found to the affected manufacturers and to US-CERT back in July, but many vulnerabilities remain unpatched.

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