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March 05, 2015

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10:15 PM | Water-Repellent Paint Punishes Revelers Who Use Street As Public Toilet
Peeing in public is the worst. And unfortunately, in major cities with any kind of nightlife, the stench of stale urine on the street is an incredibly annoying and disgusting part of life. But residents of Hamburg, Germany's bustling St. Pauli neighborhood figured out a solution. They located some of the areas that late night revelers frequently turned into impromptu urinals, and painted them with hydrophobic paint. Because the paint repels liquids, the pee splashes back on the pee-er in […]
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9:35 PM | Why A Real CHAPPiE Robot Would Be More Of A Mystery Than A Friend
Neil Blomkamp’s new film CHAPPiE, which hits U.S. theaters this weekend, follows the unlikely transformation of a defective robot into a one-of-a-kind conscious machine.
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4:30 PM | “Mind Change”: Does Technology Really Harm Our Brains? A NeuWrite Reads Special Report
When I was growing up, there was this idea that the things we did on the Internet were part of a life separate from the one in the “real world” (most literally seen in the online game “Second Life”).  The people you met and the things you did weren’t really part of you and the […]
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3:38 PM | Reliance on smartphones linked to lazy thinking
Our smartphones help us find a phone number quickly, provide us with instant directions and recommend restaurants, but new research indicates that this convenience at our fingertips is making it […]
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2:55 PM | Space technology investigates large-scale changes to Africa’s climate
An international research team led by the University of Leicester has mapped the entire African continent south of the Sahara for geographical changes – and has discovered that many areas […]
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2:52 PM | New flavors for lager beer — successful generation of hybrid yeasts
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has been the first to publish a scientific study on the successful generation of hybrid lager yeasts. For centuries the same few yeast […]
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2:49 PM | How Superficial Disclosures May Hurt You: Relationship Matters Podcast 44
SAGE has released a new edition of the Relationship Matters podcast (hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College). Dr. Stephen Rains (University of Arizona) was interviewed regarding his research on how too many superficial disclosures can hurt a friendship. In case you’re wondering, superficial disclosures refer to small, irrelevant details about what’s going on in one’s daily life. The research team (including Steven Brunner and Kyle Oman, also of the University of […]
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2:37 AM | Ubuntu Linux 15.04 Vivid Vervet Beta Mate Flavor
Ubuntu Linux 15.04 will be released in April. There is not a lot new for the average desktop user in the new release, as far as I can tell. One good “change” is a feature called “locally integrated menus.” This is where the menus are, by default, where they are supposed to be, instead of,…
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2:00 AM | The Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2015
Bernard Meyerson, chief innovation officer of IBM and chair of the World Economic Forum's Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, today published the Meta-Council's list of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015. Read more...

March 04, 2015

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10:00 PM | Video Game Trains Eyes To Work Better Together
Physicians and video game developers have teamed up to help treat a common ocular condition.
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6:00 PM | Google's Knowledge Vault Helps Rank Sites By Accuracy
Google researchers have come up with a way to judge websites by their factual accuracy instead of just their popularity.
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4:18 PM | Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015
What innovations are leaping out of the labs to shape the world in powerful ways? Identifying those compelling innovations is the charge of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, one of the World... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:10 PM | How to Mindfully Navigate Technology in Today’s Wired World
In 2012, writer Christina Crook gave up the Internet for 31 days. She disabled data on her smartphone and turned off email. She documented her “Internet fast” by writing a letter a day (by hand or using a typewriter) and mailing it to a friend. Her friend would then scan it and post it to […]
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3:30 PM | The Greatest Gallery On Earth Right Now is the SciArt Hashtag
Sure, we thought we’d get a few drops, maybe even some wind damage. But the SciArt Tweet Storm is turning out to be a Great Red Spot-sized hurricane. Longer analysis of stats and impact will... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | In Cancer Screening, How Much Over-Detection Is Acceptable?
How much overdetection is acceptable in cancer screening? A UK survey discussed in The BMJ this week affirms what we always knew, that responses are all over the map, depending on how the questions are framed.The article is part of a series on over-detection (over-diagnosis) looking at the risks and harms to patients of expanding definitions of disease and increasing use of new diagnostic technologies. Over-detection describes cancerous lesions that are picked up and treated but would never […]

March 03, 2015

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11:45 PM | FREAK: Today, Web Users Feel The Impact Of '90s Regulators' Stupidity
Thanks to a '90s-era political decision, we're now getting bitten by a security flaw in many popular web browsers.
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9:00 PM | Putting Sensors In Bridges And Tunnels Could Make Their Walls Talk
Trying to get a building to tell you how it’s feeling is, well, like talking to a brick wall. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Researchers with the GENESI project want…
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12:43 PM | Creating the energy Internet
It only takes a power outage of a few minutes in the middle of a busy workday to drive home the hazards of relying on an energy infrastructure rooted in […]
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12:35 PM | Technology that delivers mid-air snowflake images may help road safety
The technology behind the camera that revealed the intricate, imperfect beauty of snowflakes can now expose their potential danger. About three years ago, a new high-speed camera systemcaptured freefalling ice […]
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12:34 PM | EPA Approves New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the options for refrigerants used in various kinds of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment […]
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9:00 AM | Abstruse Goose: Technical Assistance
I’ve just been through several bouts of technical assistance and I have to say that 1) the ESL problem still exists but is much better than it used to be; and 2) a new sentence in their checklist is “Why yes, we can fix that;” 3) the last one thanked me for being such a […]
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9:00 AM | Abstruse Goose: Technical Assistance
I’ve just been through several bouts of technical assistance and I have to say that 1) the ESL problem still exists but is much better than it used to be; and 2) a new sentence in their checklist is “Why yes, we can fix that;” 3) the last one thanked me for being such a […]
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7:15 AM | No sex please; it's the internet | Girl on the Net
Google recently reversed their decision that ‘adult’ material should be removed from the Blogger network. Regardless of the outcome, this shows how corporations have an alarming authority to change and control what’s onlineLast week sex bloggers, porn performers, and their “readers” took part in a strange virtual hokey cokey. Google declared that it was updating its terms and conditions, and that any sex bloggers should pull their adult content out of its Blogger […]

March 02, 2015

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9:30 PM | Apple Pay Being Hit By A Surprising Amount Of Fraud
Apple Pay was supposed to increase the security of our credit card transactions, but it turns out it's also provided an opportunity for fraudsters.
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7:10 PM | There are now wind turbines on the Eiffel tower
The world's most iconic monument, Eiffiel Tower just got even better, with the addition of two vertical axis wind turbines.Installed by New York company Urban Green Energy (UGE), the turbines are capable of capturing wind from any direction and are located above the tower's second floor, 120 metres off the ground. They're already producing 10,000 kWh of electricity per year - enough to power the Eiffel tower's commercial first floor area. And as you can see below, they look pretty damn […]
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7:01 PM | How Designers Can Improve Health Care For Everyone
The last place anyone expects to find a designer is in a hospital, clinic or operating room, but those are exactly the spaces where I embed myself. My first step toward this world occurred when I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:01 PM | How Designers Can Improve Health Care For Everyone
The last place anyone expects to find a designer is in a hospital, clinic or operating room, but those are exactly the spaces where I embed myself. My first step toward this world occurred when I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:00 PM | Synthetic Biology: New Method Makes Protein Engineering More Accessible
Deep in the heart of synthetic biology are the proteins that make it tick and that is why protein engineering is crucial to the new discipline: Scientists grow, harvest, and reprogram proteins to become new drug therapeutics, environmentally friendly fuels, and vaccines. But producing proteins quickly and in large quantities has been and remains a major challenge in the field, so Northwestern University synthetic biologist Michael Jewett and colleagues have pioneered a new protein production […]
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4:20 PM | Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery
The “wearable technology” Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery–with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special […]
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2:00 PM | Can Technology Make a Dent in East Bay Traffic?
Engineers are betting they can ease a notoriously congested stretch of freeway in the East Bay. But only time will tell how "smart" the I-80 SMART Corridor can be.
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