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06 Dec 07:30

Lakes, coffee and Santa: Finland turns 100

Lesser-known facts from the people of Finland as their country marks its centenary.
06 Dec 07:05

'Watershed' Medical Trial Proves Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed

by BeauHD
dryriver writes: For those suffering from type 2 diabetes, there is good news. Nearly half of the participants in a watershed trial of a new diabetes treatment were able to reverse their affliction. The method is quite simple -- an all liquid diet that causes participants to lose a lot of weight, followed by a carefully controlled diet of real solid foods. Four times a day, a sachet of powder is stirred in water to make a soup or shake. They contain about 200 calories, but also the right balance of nutrients. If the patient can keep away from other foods long enough, there is a chance of reversing type 2 diabetes completely. Prof Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, told the BBC: "It's a real watershed moment. Before we started this line of work, doctors and specialists regarded type 2 as irreversible. But if we grasp the nettle and get people out of their dangerous state (being overweight), they can get remission of diabetes." However, doctors are not calling this a cure. If the weight goes back on, then the diabetes will return. The trial only looked at people diagnosed with diabetes in the last six years. Doctors believe -- but do not know with absolute certainty yet -- that in people who have had the affliction much longer than that, there may be too much permanent damage to make remission possible. The trial results have been published in the Lancet medical journal.

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06 Dec 06:54

Nordea Bank Chief: Robots Can Help Us Fire Legions of My Fellow Bankers

by Tom McKay

If you’re like most people, you do not like Wall Street or the financial industry, which commanded a large amount of confidence among just 19 percent of Americans in a poll from last year—perhaps because they crashed the national economy nearly a decade ago and the vast majority of the recovery went to the already rich

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05 Dec 13:18

How credit cards changed the way we spend

The growth of easily available credit profoundly altered our attitude to money.
03 Dec 18:05

Was Your Name Stolen To Support Killing Net Neutrality?

by BeauHD
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a new tool for users interested in knowing whether their identity was stolen and used to fraudulently support the FCC's attack on popular net neutrality rules. The NY AG's office announced earlier this month that it was investigating identity theft and comment fraud during the FCC's public comment period. Researchers have noted repeatedly how "someone" used a bot to fill the comment proceeding with bogus support for the FCC plan, with many of the names being those of folks who'd never heard of net neutrality -- or were even dead. The new AG tool streamlines the act of searching the FCC proceeding for comments filed falsely in your name, and lets you contribute your findings to the AG's ongoing investigation into identity theft. "Such conduct likely violates state law -- yet the FCC has refused multiple requests for crucial evidence in its sole possession that is vital to permit that law enforcement investigation to proceed," noted Schneiderman. "We reached out for assistance to multiple top FCC officials, including you, three successive acting FCC General Counsels, and the FCC's Inspector General. We offered to keep the requested records confidential, as we had done when my office and the FCC shared information and documents as part of past investigative work." "Yet we have received no substantive response to our investigative requests," stated the AG. "None." As such, the AG is taking its fight to the public itself.

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03 Dec 17:27

Feast Your Eyes on Some of the Year’s Best Wildlife Photography

by George Dvorsky

The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photo competition, and it features fantastic photos of fearsome predators pouncing on prey, a freakishly rare ocelot, and a crafty chameleon doing what a chameleon does best.

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03 Dec 17:08

The History of Europe's Most Controversial Christmas Character

by Becky Little
30 Nov 08:35

New migraine therapy hailed as 'huge deal'

Half the people on one study halved the number of migraines they had each month.
28 Nov 08:57

Kenya election: Kenyatta vows to overcome divisions

As Uhuru Kenyatta is inaugurated as president, two people die in opposition clashes with police.
28 Nov 07:08

Evan Esar

"Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind."
24 Nov 10:00

Dolly the Sheep Didn’t Die Prematurely Because She Was a Clone

by George Dvorsky

Dolly the Sheep made biotech history in 1996 when she became the first animal cloned from adult somatic cells. She lived to the age of seven, which is young for sheep, leading scientists to speculate that her premature death had something to do with her being a clone. New research now shows this wasn’t the case.

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20 Nov 13:10

First Ever Anti-Aging Gene Discovered In a Secluded Amish Community

by EditorDavid
"This is one of the first clear-cut genetic mutations in human beings that acts upon aging and aging-related disease," Dr. Douglas Vaughan, a medical researcher at Northwestern University, told Newsweek. schwit1 quotes Science Alert: As far as we know, it looks like the only community in the world known to harbour it is an Old Order Amish community living in Indiana... Vaughan's team tested 177 people from the Amish community of Berne, Indiana, and found 43 people with one mutated SERPINE1 gene copy. Compared to the general Amish population, these 43 people had a 10 percent longer lifespan, and 10 percent longer telomeres (the DNA-protecting structures at the ends of our chromosomes that unravel when the cells reach the end of their lifespans). They also showed lower incidence of diabetes and lower insulin fasting levels. On top of that, the study showed a small indication of lower blood pressure and potentially more flexible blood vessels. "For the first time we are seeing a molecular marker of aging (telomere length), a metabolic marker of aging (fasting insulin levels) and a cardiovascular marker of aging (blood pressure and blood vessel stiffness) all tracking in the same direction in that these individuals were generally protected from age-related changes," said Vaughan. These people also had 50 percent lower PAI-1 levels than average. It's not known exactly how PAI-1 contributes to aging, but it does play a role in a process called cellular senescence. This is when cells are no longer able to replicate, so they just go dormant. This contributes to the effects of aging.

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17 Nov 11:40

Арда

by Evgeni

Съществуват магнетични места, които сякаш са изваяни от въображението на велик творец, бил той писател или художник. Нужно е само да изчакаш подходящият сезон и час, и те могат да се разкрият пред теб в цялата си прелест.

Бях напълно убеден, че едно такова място се крие някъде в Източните Родопи, сред живописните меандри на Арда. Когато се озовах там и след като започна да се развиделява, имах чувството, че вече съм го сънувал.

rhodope

Как да опиша нещо, което може само да се преживее? Освен красива гледка в кадъра, това e далечния ромон на реката, свежия аромат на есента, студения полъх на ноемврийското утро.

rhodope

Когато слънцето се надигне над планината и огрее с девствена светлина пъстрите гори, и най-коравият тип би се разчувствал пред величието на майката природа.

rhodope

Огнени лъчи се прокрадват между облаците и върховете.

rhodope

Изглежда все едно в гората бушува пожар.

rhodope

Какво ли е да живееш на подобно място, достойно за въображението на гениален художник?

rhodope

Малкото родопско селце е притихнало.

rhodope

Животните не са затворени във ферми, а са разпръснати из околните поляни.

rhodope

Както утрото отстъпва на деня, така и последните облаци избледняват във въздуха.

rhodope

Някъде наблизо, сред безбройните селца и махали, се срещат останки от древни крепости.

rhodope

Една такава, крепостта Кривус, е толкова затънтена сред меандрите на Арда, че ми е трудно да я открия.

rhodope

Ориентирам се по интуиция, тъй като от новата туристическа пътека нищо не е останало, за разлика от каменните руини, които стоят тук повече от десет века.

rhodope

Само ако можех да си представя как е изглеждала крепостта в оригиналния си вид... Или пък археолозите да си бяха свършили работата и да я възстановят, но това вече е фантазия, не е до въображение.

rhodope
16 Nov 13:20

How one country persuaded teens to give up drink and drugs

Iceland used to have a big teenage drinking, smoking and drug problem. Now it doesn't.
15 Nov 11:26

Many Sharks Live a Century—Longer Than Thought

by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
15 Nov 08:54

Rarely Seen 'Prehistoric' Shark With 300 Teeth Caught

by Sarah Gibbens
14 Nov 07:46

All Major Browsers Now Support WebAssembly

by BeauHD
An anonymous reader writes: "It took only two years for all browser vendors to get on the same page regarding the new WebAssembly standard, and as of October 2017, all major browsers support it," reports Bleeping Computer. Project spearheads Firefox and Chrome were the first major browsers to graduate WebAssembly from preview versions to their respective stable branches over the summer. The second wave followed in the following weeks when Chromium-based browsers like Opera and Vivaldi also rolled out the feature as soon as it was added to the Chromium stable version. The last ones to ship WebAssembly in the stable branches were Apple in Safari 11.0 and Microsoft in Microsoft Edge (EdgeHTML 16), which is the version that shipped with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Both were released last month. WebAssembly, or wasm, is a bytecode format for the web, allowing developers to send JavaScript code to browsers in smaller sizes, but also to compile from C/C++/Rust to wasm directly.

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08 Nov 09:57

Things developers do and will never admit

by CommitStrip

06 Nov 13:01

Mondays Are the Worst, Data Science Proves

by msmash
An anonymous shares a report: People who are miserable on Monday have lots of company. It's the worst day of the week for millions, according to researchers at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center who analyze Twitter messages for happiness sentiment. Mood tends to improve during the rest of the week, peaking on Saturday, before beginning to crash again, according to data based tweets since 2008. In this analysis, the university's "hedonometer" takes a random sample of about 50 million Twitter posts each day, which is roughly 10% of all the site's message traffic. The researchers have assigned average scores to more than 10,000 commonly used words (from 1 to 9, on a scale of increasing happiness), which are used to measure a particular day's happiness. The data can also offer some insight into how populations have responded to major events. The day after the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 2 was Twitter's saddest day on record, according to the University of Vermont research. Another low was recorded on May 2, 2011, when Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind behind thousands of murders, was killed. Rather than clear positivity, language used on Twitter "reflected that a very negatively viewed character met a very negative end," according to the researcher's website.

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03 Nov 15:14

The Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility: Where Spacecraft Go To Die

by EditorDavid
dryriver writes: Whether you launch a satellite into space or an entire space station like the Russian Mir, the Chinese Tiangong-1 or the International Space Station, what goes up must eventually come down -- re-enter earth's atmosphere. The greater the mass of what is in space -- Mir weighed 120 tons, the ISS weighs 450 tons and will be decommissioned in a decade -- the greater the likelihood that larger parts will not burn up completely during re-entry and crash to earth at high velocity. So there is a need for a place on earth where things falling back from space are least likely to cause damage or human casualties. The Oceanic Pole Of Inaccessibility is one of two such places. The place furthest away from land -- it lies in the South Pacific some 2,700km (1,680 miles) south of the Pitcairn Islands -- somewhere in the no-man's land, or rather no-man's-sea, between Australia, New Zealand and South America, has become a favorite crash site for returning space equipment. "Scattered over an area of approximately 1,500 sq km (580 sq miles) on the ocean floor of this region is a graveyard of satellites. At last count there were more than 260 of them, mostly Russian," reports the BBC. "The wreckage of the Space Station Mir also lies there... Many times a year the supply module that goes to the International Space Station burns up in this region incinerating the station's waste." The International Space Station will also be carefully brought down in this region when its mission ends. No one is in any danger because of this controlled re-entry into our atmosphere. The region is not fished because oceanic currents avoid the area and do not bring nutrients to it, making marine life scarce.

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03 Nov 12:03

After 12 Years, Mozilla Kills 'Firebug' Dev Tool

by EditorDavid
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: The Firebug web development tool, an open source add-on to the Firefox browser, is being discontinued after 12 years, replaced by Firefox Developer Tools. Firebug will be dropped with next month's release of Firefox Quantum (version 57). The Firebug tool lets developers inspect, edit, and debug code in the Firefox browser as well as monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript in webpages. It still has more than a million people using it, said Jan Honza Odvarko, who has been the leader of the Firebug project. Many extensions were built for Firebug, which is itself is an extension to Firefox... The goal is to make debugging native to Firefox. "Sometimes, it's better to start from scratch, which is especially true for software development," Odvarko said.

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03 Nov 12:01

Can Science Make Alcohol Safer?

by EditorDavid
Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro was the first to spot this story. Scientific American reports: Could there be a "liver-friendly" vodka? One company claims its proprietary blend of additives reduces stress on the body... The researchers concluded that consuming the alcohol with the additives -- glycyrrhizin, derived from licorice; D-mannitol, a sugar alcohol; and potassium sorbate, a preservative -- may support improved liver health compared with drinking alcohol alone. Marsha Bates, a distinguished research professor and director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University, said the study design "seemed appropriate." But, she added, study itself was small, with only 12 healthy men and women, and "doesn't really provide any information of what the long-term effects of consuming alcohol with this additive would be. It's a positive preliminary study but certainly does not provide a firm basis for speculating about long-term impact." Functional or not, Harsha Chigurupati needs approval from federal regulators before he can tout curative powers on a label... Specifically, Chigurupati is seeking approval to make the claim that his blend, known as NTX for "No Tox," provides "antioxidant and inflammatory support" and "reduces the risk of alcohol-induced liver diseases," among other claims... Chigurupati said his goal is not to enable people to drink more, but to drink with less physical harm. The claim "leaves some experts deeply skeptical," adds the article, while 33-year-old Chigurupati admits that an earlier formula "tasted terrible and it actually burned my mouth." But his company later developed a formula which he says tasted good and is easier on the liver. "I don't believe in abstinence," Chigurupati told the Wall Street Journal. "What I do believe in is using technology to make life better. I'm not going to stop drinking, so why not make it safer?"

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30 Oct 08:58

Kenya election: Turnout under 34% amid opposition boycott

Fewer than 34% of voters took part in Thursday's repeat presidential election, officials say.
27 Oct 08:14

Today Is Napoleon Hill Day, Named for the Greatest Self-Help Scammer of All Time

by Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Matt Novak to Gizmodo

Walk into any bookstore in America and you’ll find plenty of titles written by Napoleon Hill in the financial self-help section. He practically invented the genre in the 1930s with his most famous book Think And Grow Rich. And for that, Virginia has declared today Napoleon Hill Day. But many people have no idea that…

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25 Oct 11:49

Where There Is Gravity, Let There Be Light

20 Oct 12:30

Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot

by whipslash
Slashdot turned 20 this month, which is ancient in internet years. How far have we come? Also, we've set up a page to coordinate user meet-ups around the world to celebrate. Read on for the full 20-year history of Slashdot.

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19 Oct 13:19

Startup Plans To Clean Up Cigarette Butts Using Crows

by EditorDavid
AmiMoJo writes: A startup in the Netherlands is developing the "Crowbar," a bird feeder that takes discarded cigarette butts as payment for dispensing food. A camera recognises cigarette filters and rejects any other objects placed in the Crowbar. The idea isn't entirely original, a gentleman in the US has already built a similar device and trained crows to deposit coins. The hope is that crows will be able to keep cities clean, sort through refuse and perform other tasks for our mutual benefit. Popular Mechanics notes that crows "are some of the smartest animals in the world," suggesting this means "we could harness their abilities for the greater good of our planet."

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18 Oct 14:10

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Your Local Planets and Moons

by BeauHD
Google has added three planets and nine moons to Google Maps. "The heavenly bodies include Saturn moons Dione, Enceladus, Iapetus, Mimas, Rhea and Titan, and Jupiter moons Europa, Ganymede and Io," reports CNET. "Google also added dwarf-planets Pluto and Ceres and full-planet Venus." From the report: Once inside Google Maps for planets, you can spin the space objects around, get more information on their place names and zoom in for a closer look. The new worlds are possible thanks to imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA's dearly departed Cassini spacecraft sent back a treasure trove of views of Saturn's moons. If you have a few moments to spare, fire up a browser, go to your current location on Google Maps, enter satellite mode and hit the zoom-out button until you've left the planet and are "floating" in space. A list of available planets and moons pops up on the side and you're off on your space adventure.

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18 Oct 06:37

Why Race Is Not a Thing, According to Genetics

by Simon Worrall
13 Oct 11:52

Do Viking Funeral Clothes Reveal Surprising Arabic Lettering?

by Austa Somvichian-Clausen