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Ward Plunet

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Occupation: Neuroscientist (Neuroscientist : Neuroeconomist : eating entropy each day)

Location: Palo Alto, California, USA

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Google+13,324,206The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033598  
Sarah Hill2,873,950Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00245  
Blythe Metz292,821This is a Hangout On Air, 4pm PST or 7pm EST, with +Marc Stevens and +Bradford Lowry . Dr. Marc Stevens will be discussing  ways to stay healthy this holiday. Please feel free to post your questions on this events page, We will be answering those questions during the HOA (hangout On Air). Staying Healthy This Holiday with Nutrition2012-12-18 01:00:0066  
Fraser Cain991,360To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004843  

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2016-09-22 15:31:42 (30 comments; 9 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

You can’t blame your genes if you don’t lose weight, study finds

You might be able to blame your genes for weighing more and increasing your risk of obesity, but you can no longer blame your genes for failing to lose weight, a comprehensive study has found...Carriers of the FTO gene are known to be on average 3 kilos (6.6lbs) heavier and 70% more likely to be obese. However, researchers at Newcastle University, publishing in The BMJ today, report that in a review of eight studies involving over 9,000 people, carrying this gene did not prevent them losing weight. John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, who led the study, said: "You can no longer blame your genes. Our study shows that improving your diet and being more physically active will help you lose weight, regardless of your genetic makeup."

Most reshares: 36

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2016-09-21 01:10:48 (24 comments; 36 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Researchers study neurological effects of direct eye contact

Eye contact is a powerful social signal. Another person's direct gaze not only increases physiological arousal, but it has, in fact, several different types of effects on cognition and behaviour. Research has shown that seeing another person's direct gaze increases peoples' awareness of themselves, improves memory for contextually presented information, increases the likelihood of behaving in a pro-social manner, and makes people evaluate the gazer more positively. But why does a direct gaze have such diverse effects?

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-neurological-effects-eye-contact.html

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2016-09-21 01:10:48 (24 comments; 36 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Researchers study neurological effects of direct eye contact

Eye contact is a powerful social signal. Another person's direct gaze not only increases physiological arousal, but it has, in fact, several different types of effects on cognition and behaviour. Research has shown that seeing another person's direct gaze increases peoples' awareness of themselves, improves memory for contextually presented information, increases the likelihood of behaving in a pro-social manner, and makes people evaluate the gazer more positively. But why does a direct gaze have such diverse effects?

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-neurological-effects-eye-contact.html

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2016-09-24 19:23:04 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Generate Music in TensorFlow

In this video, I go over some of the state of the art advances in music generation coming out of DeepMind. Then we build our own music generation script in Python using Tensorflow and a type of neural network called a Restricted Boltzmann Machine.

Generate Music in TensorFlow

In this video, I go over some of the state of the art advances in music generation coming out of DeepMind. Then we build our own music generation script in Python using Tensorflow and a type of neural network called a Restricted Boltzmann Machine.___

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2016-09-24 18:16:29 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Why amazing video games could be causing a big problem for America

Most of the blame for the struggle of male, less-educated workers has been attributed to lingering weakness in the economy, particularly in male-dominated industries such as manufacturing. Yet in the new research, economists from Princeton, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago say that an additional reason many of these young men - who don't have college degrees -- are rejecting work is that they have a better alternative: living at home and enjoying video games. The decision may not even be completely conscious, but surveys suggest that young men are happier for it. “Happiness has gone up for this group, despite employment percentages having fallen, and the percentage living with parents going up. And that’s different than for any other group,” says the University of Chicago’s Erik Hurst,an econ... more »

Why amazing video games could be causing a big problem for America

Most of the blame for the struggle of male, less-educated workers has been attributed to lingering weakness in the economy, particularly in male-dominated industries such as manufacturing. Yet in the new research, economists from Princeton, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago say that an additional reason many of these young men - who don't have college degrees -- are rejecting work is that they have a better alternative: living at home and enjoying video games. The decision may not even be completely conscious, but surveys suggest that young men are happier for it. “Happiness has gone up for this group, despite employment percentages having fallen, and the percentage living with parents going up. And that’s different than for any other group,” says the University of Chicago’s Erik Hurst, an economist at the Booth School of Business who helped lead the research. While young men might temporarily enjoy a life of leisure, the implications could be troubling for them as well as the economy. The young men aren’t gaining job experience that will better equip them to work in their 30s and 40s. That, in turn, could lead to a lifetime of decreased wages, limited opportunities and challenges such as depression and drug use — problems that the United States is already seeing in areas hit with heavy job losses.___

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2016-09-24 17:46:25 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft HoloLens Holotour a brief sojourn in Peru & Rome

Mixed reality on top of 360 degree video.

Microsoft HoloLens Holotour a brief sojourn in Peru & Rome

Mixed reality on top of 360 degree video.___

2016-09-24 16:23:36 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Can we cure all diseases in our children's lifetime?

Today, most people die from four kinds of diseases: heart disease (10.8 million, 19.2%), cancer (8.2 million, 14.6%), infectious disease (8.5 million, 15.1%) and neurological disease like stroke (6.8 million, 12.1%). Of the rest, almost half are due to accidents and injuries (5.8 million, 10.3%) or otherwise unrelated to disease (3.1 million, 5.5%). This gives us an idea of where to focus to start.

The telescope let us see the planets and stars, which enabled us to learn about astronomy and the universe. The microscope let us see cells and bacteria, which enabled us to identify and treat diseases like malaria and pneumonia. DNA sequencing and now editing let us understand our genomes to help us precisely fight cancers and genetic disorders. Tools also create breakthroughs in how we treat diseases. Vaccines are a broadly... more »

Can we cure all diseases in our children's lifetime?

Today, most people die from four kinds of diseases: heart disease (10.8 million, 19.2%), cancer (8.2 million, 14.6%), infectious disease (8.5 million, 15.1%) and neurological disease like stroke (6.8 million, 12.1%). Of the rest, almost half are due to accidents and injuries (5.8 million, 10.3%) or otherwise unrelated to disease (3.1 million, 5.5%). This gives us an idea of where to focus to start.

The telescope let us see the planets and stars, which enabled us to learn about astronomy and the universe. The microscope let us see cells and bacteria, which enabled us to identify and treat diseases like malaria and pneumonia. DNA sequencing and now editing let us understand our genomes to help us precisely fight cancers and genetic disorders. Tools also create breakthroughs in how we treat diseases. Vaccines are a broadly applicable tool that we can now reuse and build upon to prevent more and more diseases. It's easy to imagine modern tools that could unlock progress in each of the four major disease categories today: AI software to interpret brain imaging or datasets of cancer genomes, a chip to diagnose any infectious disease, continuous bloodstream monitoring to identify diseases early, and maps of all the different cell types and states to help design drugs to combat any given disease. Focusing on tools suggests a roadmap to help cure, prevent and manage all diseases. If we can help develop new tools to see each of the major disease categories in new ways, then we can enable scientists around the world to make breakthroughs in those diseases faster.
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2016-09-24 16:04:42 (0 comments; 14 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

The Neural Network Zoo: A Cheat Sheet

With new neural network architectures popping up every now and then, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Knowing all the abbreviations being thrown around (DCIGN, BiLSTM, DCGAN, anyone?) can be a bit overwhelming at first. So I decided to compose a cheat sheet containing many of those architectures. Most of these are neural networks, some are completely different beasts. Though all of these architectures are presented as novel and unique, when I drew the node structures… their underlying relations started to make more sense.

The Neural Network Zoo: A Cheat Sheet

With new neural network architectures popping up every now and then, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Knowing all the abbreviations being thrown around (DCIGN, BiLSTM, DCGAN, anyone?) can be a bit overwhelming at first. So I decided to compose a cheat sheet containing many of those architectures. Most of these are neural networks, some are completely different beasts. Though all of these architectures are presented as novel and unique, when I drew the node structures… their underlying relations started to make more sense.___

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2016-09-24 15:55:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product, Spectacles

While augmented reality is not mentioned, it is only a matter of time before snapchat will implement some form of augmented reality with their glasses.

Why use a pair of video sunglasses—available this fall, by the way, one-size-fits-all in black, teal or coral—instead of holding up your smartphone like everyone else? Because, Spiegel says, the images that result are fundamentally different. Spectacles’ camera uses a 115-degree-angle lens, wider than a typical smartphone’s and much closer to the eyes’ natural field of view. The video it records is circular, more like human vision. (Spiegel argues that rectangles are an unnecessary vestige of printing photos on sheets of paper.) As you record, your hands are free to pet dogs, hug babies or flail around at a concert. You can reach your arms out to people you’refilming, in... more »

Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product, Spectacles

While augmented reality is not mentioned, it is only a matter of time before snapchat will implement some form of augmented reality with their glasses.

Why use a pair of video sunglasses—available this fall, by the way, one-size-fits-all in black, teal or coral—instead of holding up your smartphone like everyone else? Because, Spiegel says, the images that result are fundamentally different. Spectacles’ camera uses a 115-degree-angle lens, wider than a typical smartphone’s and much closer to the eyes’ natural field of view. The video it records is circular, more like human vision. (Spiegel argues that rectangles are an unnecessary vestige of printing photos on sheets of paper.) As you record, your hands are free to pet dogs, hug babies or flail around at a concert. You can reach your arms out to people you’re filming, instead of holding your phone up, as Spiegel describes it, “like a wall in front of your face.”___

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2016-09-24 15:06:26 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Send secret messages hidden in the DNA of bacterial spores

HUMBLE bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from hackers. DNA could be a good long-term solution for archiving data because it is so dense: a single gram can hold up to 100 billion DVDs. It’s also much more durable than the magnetic discs we currently use. “Magnetic tape needs to be restored every six years,” says Brendan Largey at the University of Edinburgh, UK. “With DNA, you can put it where you like and it will last hundreds of years.”...But if DNA is to rival existing forms of digital storage, it will need to be stable. We need to be sure the DNA won’t mutate and corrupt archived data. Largey is part of a student team tackling this by storing data on loops of DNA called plasmids. The DNA sequence foreach chunk ... more »

Send secret messages hidden in the DNA of bacterial spores

HUMBLE bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from hackers. DNA could be a good long-term solution for archiving data because it is so dense: a single gram can hold up to 100 billion DVDs. It’s also much more durable than the magnetic discs we currently use. “Magnetic tape needs to be restored every six years,” says Brendan Largey at the University of Edinburgh, UK. “With DNA, you can put it where you like and it will last hundreds of years.”...But if DNA is to rival existing forms of digital storage, it will need to be stable. We need to be sure the DNA won’t mutate and corrupt archived data. Largey is part of a student team tackling this by storing data on loops of DNA called plasmids. The DNA sequence for each chunk of information is tied to an extra sequence that both checks and corrects the data when it is read off. DNA archives also need to be snoop-proof. A team of students at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has been encrypting data in spores of Bacillus subtilis bacteria. Called CryptoGERM, their approach involves posting an envelope containing spores that encode a key in their DNA. The recipient can use this to decrypt future messages – sent by spore or more traditional electronic communication.___

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2016-09-24 15:02:17 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Bird brain? Pigeons have quite a way with words

Pigeons can learn to distinguish real words from non-words by visually processing their letter combinations, surprising new research shows...The researchers found that pigeons' performance was on a par with that previously reported in baboons for this type of complex task. Their study, which is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is the first to identify a non-primate species as having "orthographic" abilities. In the experiment, pigeons were trained to peck four-letter English words as they came up on a screen, or to instead peck a symbol when a four-letter non-word, such as "URSP" was displayed. The researchers added words one by one with the four pigeons in the study eventually building vocabularies ranging from 26 to 58 words and over 8000 non-words. To check whether the... more »

Bird brain? Pigeons have quite a way with words

Pigeons can learn to distinguish real words from non-words by visually processing their letter combinations, surprising new research shows...The researchers found that pigeons' performance was on a par with that previously reported in baboons for this type of complex task. Their study, which is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is the first to identify a non-primate species as having "orthographic" abilities. In the experiment, pigeons were trained to peck four-letter English words as they came up on a screen, or to instead peck a symbol when a four-letter non-word, such as "URSP" was displayed. The researchers added words one by one with the four pigeons in the study eventually building vocabularies ranging from 26 to 58 words and over 8000 non-words. To check whether the pigeons were learning to distinguish words from non-words rather than merely memorising them, the researchers introduced words the birds had never seen before. The pigeons correctly identified the new words as words at a rate significantly above chance.____

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2016-09-24 14:54:13 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

National Art Center, Tokyo

National Art Center, Tokyo___

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2016-09-24 14:48:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-24 00:42:57 (6 comments; 23 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

The diet that feeds your brain

The Mediterranean diet—rich in vegetables, fish and olive oil and featuring moderate alcohol consumption—has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. A study by researchers at Rush revealed that this diet is also associated with slower rates of cognitive decline in older adults. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at how well almost 4,000 older adults on the South Side of Chicago adhered to the Mediterranean diet. The result: Those who most closely followed the diet in their eating habits showed slower rates of cognitive decline than those whose food choices were less in line with the diet.

The diet that feeds your brain

The Mediterranean diet—rich in vegetables, fish and olive oil and featuring moderate alcohol consumption—has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. A study by researchers at Rush revealed that this diet is also associated with slower rates of cognitive decline in older adults. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at how well almost 4,000 older adults on the South Side of Chicago adhered to the Mediterranean diet. The result: Those who most closely followed the diet in their eating habits showed slower rates of cognitive decline than those whose food choices were less in line with the diet.___

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2016-09-23 17:00:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Book Cover Creator Stuart Bache Tells How to Create A Bestselling Book Cover

_Simple rules to follow for a great book cover: It’s tempting to use all the bells and whistles in a program like Photoshop to create a visual spectacle of a book cover. But Stuart advises you to resist the urge to over complicate your book cover and instead, opt for simplicity. In this conversation, Stuart points out the kinds of things that make for a simple but effective book cover and explains why book cover creators who are successful have mastered the tricky art of keeping it simple. It’s all on this episode of The Self Publishing Formula.

If you don’t want to create your own book covers, here’s another great option: Stuart understands that up and coming self-published authors might be on a budget, so he’s come up with a way for authors to use his design skills. You’ll beintroduced ... more »

Book Cover Creator Stuart Bache Tells How to Create A Bestselling Book Cover

_Simple rules to follow for a great book cover: It’s tempting to use all the bells and whistles in a program like Photoshop to create a visual spectacle of a book cover. But Stuart advises you to resist the urge to over complicate your book cover and instead, opt for simplicity. In this conversation, Stuart points out the kinds of things that make for a simple but effective book cover and explains why book cover creators who are successful have mastered the tricky art of keeping it simple. It’s all on this episode of The Self Publishing Formula.

If you don’t want to create your own book covers, here’s another great option: Stuart understands that up and coming self-published authors might be on a budget, so he’s come up with a way for authors to use his design skills. You’ll be introduced to Stuart’s new design service that offers some of his cool designs in a template style format that can be edited to create a unique cover. It’s a great way to get some outstanding design work for your self-published book.

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2016-09-23 16:10:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The new Xbox Wireless Controller could solve one of the Gear VR's biggest problems

Gear VR doesn't come with a controller, and that's an issue. Sure, there are some great games and apps that work with just swipes and taps on the headset's built-in D-pad, but the best experiences, like Minecraft and John Carmack's "favorite Gear VR game," Omega Agent, require a controller. Yeah, there are plenty of Bluetooth controllers available, but there’s no ubiquitous, "sane default" option right now. Maybe Microsoft can help. Microsoft has a new Xbox Wireless Controller, which ships with the Xbox One S and has built-in Bluetooth for PC compatibility. Surprise: it can connect to Android phones, too! To enable this remarkable synergy, Microsoft has just released a software update for the controller, which can be administered from your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC.Y... more »

The new Xbox Wireless Controller could solve one of the Gear VR's biggest problems

Gear VR doesn't come with a controller, and that's an issue. Sure, there are some great games and apps that work with just swipes and taps on the headset's built-in D-pad, but the best experiences, like Minecraft and John Carmack's "favorite Gear VR game," Omega Agent, require a controller. Yeah, there are plenty of Bluetooth controllers available, but there’s no ubiquitous, "sane default" option right now. Maybe Microsoft can help. Microsoft has a new Xbox Wireless Controller, which ships with the Xbox One S and has built-in Bluetooth for PC compatibility. Surprise: it can connect to Android phones, too! To enable this remarkable synergy, Microsoft has just released a software update for the controller, which can be administered from your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC. You'll also need the latest version of the Gear VR edition of Minecraft, because that's the only game that supports the controller so far. Microsoft promises to be working on support for "all controller-supported Gear VR games" and asks us to keep an eye out for news in the coming months. We've waited this long for a reasonable default!

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2016-09-23 16:05:56 (6 comments; 18 reshares; 111 +1s; )Open 

In just seven days, this Indian biotech firm can tell cancer patients the ideal course for their treatment

CANScript basically looks to replicate the microenvironment of a cancer tumour on a plate inside a laboratory. For this, the platform requires a tiny sliver of tumour tissue, which can be removed during the biopsy, and 10 millilitres of blood. It then tests out multiple drugs on this laboratory sample, trying to replicate a patient’s reaction to these medications. CANScript then measures many parameters, including tumour cell-death, cell morphology (shape and structure), and rate of tumour growth, to understand the full impact of a particular drug, or a combination of drugs. These are combined into a single numeric score (M-score) that is assigned to a particular drug. “Higher the M-score, the greater the chance of tumour burden reduction,” Sundaram explained.

In just seven days, this Indian biotech firm can tell cancer patients the ideal course for their treatment

CANScript basically looks to replicate the microenvironment of a cancer tumour on a plate inside a laboratory. For this, the platform requires a tiny sliver of tumour tissue, which can be removed during the biopsy, and 10 millilitres of blood. It then tests out multiple drugs on this laboratory sample, trying to replicate a patient’s reaction to these medications. CANScript then measures many parameters, including tumour cell-death, cell morphology (shape and structure), and rate of tumour growth, to understand the full impact of a particular drug, or a combination of drugs. These are combined into a single numeric score (M-score) that is assigned to a particular drug. “Higher the M-score, the greater the chance of tumour burden reduction,” Sundaram explained.___

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2016-09-23 16:00:02 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Google’s Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI

In the beginning, you see, the Loon team guided its balloons largely with handcrafted algorithms, algorithms that would respond to a predetermined set of variables, like altitude, location, wind speed, and time of day. But the new algorithms make greater use of machine learning. By analyzing massive amounts of data, they can learn as time goes on. Based on what has happened in the past, they can change their behavior in the future. “We have more machine learning in more of the right places,” says Sal Candido, the former Google search engineer who oversaw this work on Loon. “These algorithms are handling things more efficiently than any person could.”

Google’s Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI

In the beginning, you see, the Loon team guided its balloons largely with handcrafted algorithms, algorithms that would respond to a predetermined set of variables, like altitude, location, wind speed, and time of day. But the new algorithms make greater use of machine learning. By analyzing massive amounts of data, they can learn as time goes on. Based on what has happened in the past, they can change their behavior in the future. “We have more machine learning in more of the right places,” says Sal Candido, the former Google search engineer who oversaw this work on Loon. “These algorithms are handling things more efficiently than any person could.”___

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2016-09-23 15:57:51 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Whole Eggs Can Boost Your Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E Uptake from Veggie Salad W/ Oil Dressing by 400%-700%

I still see people throwing the good yolk of their eggs away. Shame on you! You're not just throwing the most nutrient dense (also in terms of nutrients per energy content) away, you also sacrifice the beneficial effects of the co-ingestion of eggs with other nutrient dense foods - benefits which have only recently been recognized by the scientific community when people finally starting looking beyond individual foods and nutrients and started to investigate the actual and practically more relevant effects of food matrices.

Whole Eggs Can Boost Your Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E Uptake from Veggie Salad W/ Oil Dressing by 400%-700%

I still see people throwing the good yolk of their eggs away. Shame on you! You're not just throwing the most nutrient dense (also in terms of nutrients per energy content) away, you also sacrifice the beneficial effects of the co-ingestion of eggs with other nutrient dense foods - benefits which have only recently been recognized by the scientific community when people finally starting looking beyond individual foods and nutrients and started to investigate the actual and practically more relevant effects of food matrices.___

2016-09-23 15:54:27 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Virtual reality training improves social skills of individuals on the autism spectrum

Children with autism spectrum disorder, who participated in a virtual reality training program, improved social cognition skills and reported better real-world relationships. Neurocognitive testing showed significant gains in emotional recognition, understanding the perspective of others and the ability to problem solve.

Virtual reality training improves social skills of individuals on the autism spectrum

Children with autism spectrum disorder, who participated in a virtual reality training program, improved social cognition skills and reported better real-world relationships. Neurocognitive testing showed significant gains in emotional recognition, understanding the perspective of others and the ability to problem solve.___

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2016-09-23 15:52:52 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall, Kristiansand


Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall, Kristiansand
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2016-09-23 01:18:31 (4 comments; 22 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

Body clock gene may help lethal spread of breast cancer

Can the body’s circadian rhythms influence cancer? Shift workers are more prone to cancer, and now a study in mice has found that changes to a gene that regulates the circadian clock seem to increase the likelihood of breast cancer spreading and becoming deadly. The finding could mean that disrupted sleep may worsen a person’s breast cancer prognosis.

Body clock gene may help lethal spread of breast cancer

Can the body’s circadian rhythms influence cancer? Shift workers are more prone to cancer, and now a study in mice has found that changes to a gene that regulates the circadian clock seem to increase the likelihood of breast cancer spreading and becoming deadly. The finding could mean that disrupted sleep may worsen a person’s breast cancer prognosis.___

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2016-09-22 23:07:19 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

Google’s VR platform Daydream is now ready for developers’ full attention, thanks to the release of the new Google VR SDK, which exited from beta today. The kit will allow developers to build VR experiences for Daydream-ready phones and headsets, the company says, and now supports integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools.

Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

Google’s VR platform Daydream is now ready for developers’ full attention, thanks to the release of the new Google VR SDK, which exited from beta today. The kit will allow developers to build VR experiences for Daydream-ready phones and headsets, the company says, and now supports integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools.___

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2016-09-22 20:52:11 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Reflections of a 50-ish gamer: How I rediscovered video games, and what I learned in the process

...unlike pundits who see gaming as a disengagement from society, I see it as social exploration. Where else can you get a first-person view of the life of an awkward teenage girl, told not through the narrative of a film, but experienced first person as she lives out her virtual life? Where else can one become an augmented human, making choices about upgrades one moment, and facing moral dilemmas about using them the next? The answer is only in games. Games encourage agile thinking by forcing people into situations they would never face in the real world — situations that threaten their life, puzzle their mind or transport them into a future that might not be what their rational mind imagines. If social movements want others to understand their plight, they should invest in game development.C... more »

Reflections of a 50-ish gamer: How I rediscovered video games, and what I learned in the process

...unlike pundits who see gaming as a disengagement from society, I see it as social exploration. Where else can you get a first-person view of the life of an awkward teenage girl, told not through the narrative of a film, but experienced first person as she lives out her virtual life? Where else can one become an augmented human, making choices about upgrades one moment, and facing moral dilemmas about using them the next? The answer is only in games. Games encourage agile thinking by forcing people into situations they would never face in the real world — situations that threaten their life, puzzle their mind or transport them into a future that might not be what their rational mind imagines. If social movements want others to understand their plight, they should invest in game development. Create experiences not sermons.

Finally, as virtual and augmented reality matures, these experiences will become more mentally connected, more immersive and more pervasive. If we can use today’s games to become better thinkers, more self-aware, more mindful of the perspectives of others, virtual and augmented reality will potentially take that to a new level. Rather than just our fingers and eyes as limited conduits between mind and machine, these new technologies will take us in completely. They swallow the real world and replace it — or they overlay it, creating a digital sixth sense that provides new forms of access to the world around us.___

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2016-09-22 18:36:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

MyVR social virtual reality platform debuts in October

To succeed, virtual reality is going to have to get a lot more social. A new startup called MyWebRoom hopes to make that happen with its social VR platform, MyVR. Launching in October, MyVR will bring together content discovery, social interactions, video, chat, and more in what it is calling a totally immersive experience. San Francisco-based MyWebRoom lets people create interactive, customizable “rooms” as their personal hubs. Consumers can easily discover, save, stream, and share online content — including news articles, music, and videos. This content is organized across 21 targeted interest feeds, such as travel, sports, DIY, and food, all of which are also fully customizable.

MyVR social virtual reality platform debuts in October

To succeed, virtual reality is going to have to get a lot more social. A new startup called MyWebRoom hopes to make that happen with its social VR platform, MyVR. Launching in October, MyVR will bring together content discovery, social interactions, video, chat, and more in what it is calling a totally immersive experience. San Francisco-based MyWebRoom lets people create interactive, customizable “rooms” as their personal hubs. Consumers can easily discover, save, stream, and share online content — including news articles, music, and videos. This content is organized across 21 targeted interest feeds, such as travel, sports, DIY, and food, all of which are also fully customizable.___

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2016-09-22 16:38:40 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Youthful DNA in old age

The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. With the passing of years, the regulation of the DNA gradually gets disrupted, which is an important cause of ageing. A study of over 3,000 people shows that this is not true for everyone: there are people whose DNA appears youthful despite their advanced years. These are the findings of 34 researchers from six collaborating institutes led by Dr Bas Heijmans from the Leiden University Medical Center (the Netherlands), reported in Genome Biology....Not everyone in the study showed equal evidence of an age-related dysregulation of the DNA. Some elderly people had DNA that was regulated as if they were still 25 years old. In these individuals, genes characteristic of the ageing process were much less active.

Youthful DNA in old age

The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. With the passing of years, the regulation of the DNA gradually gets disrupted, which is an important cause of ageing. A study of over 3,000 people shows that this is not true for everyone: there are people whose DNA appears youthful despite their advanced years. These are the findings of 34 researchers from six collaborating institutes led by Dr Bas Heijmans from the Leiden University Medical Center (the Netherlands), reported in Genome Biology....Not everyone in the study showed equal evidence of an age-related dysregulation of the DNA. Some elderly people had DNA that was regulated as if they were still 25 years old. In these individuals, genes characteristic of the ageing process were much less active.___

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2016-09-22 16:02:55 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

Grotto Sauna by Partisans, Toronto

Grotto Sauna by Partisans, Toronto___

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2016-09-22 15:45:47 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Between a rocket and a hard place: Elon Musk to give the speech of his life

Elon Musk will deliver this year’s most anticipated aerospace speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico. The talk, “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species,” marks a singular moment for the man who has upended the global launch industry during the last five years and will now finally peel away some of the layers of his grand vision to colonize Mars—and possibly other places in the Solar System...After the speech it seems likely that details about Musk’s much-hyped architecture for Mars exploration—the big spacecraft known variously as the Mars Colonial Transporter or Interplanetary Transport System and rocket, the BFR—will capture the most attention. Everyone wants to see these vehicles, which undoubtedly will ooze magnificence. But at Ars we’ll be watching forsomething much ... more »

Between a rocket and a hard place: Elon Musk to give the speech of his life

Elon Musk will deliver this year’s most anticipated aerospace speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico. The talk, “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species,” marks a singular moment for the man who has upended the global launch industry during the last five years and will now finally peel away some of the layers of his grand vision to colonize Mars—and possibly other places in the Solar System...After the speech it seems likely that details about Musk’s much-hyped architecture for Mars exploration—the big spacecraft known variously as the Mars Colonial Transporter or Interplanetary Transport System and rocket, the BFR—will capture the most attention. Everyone wants to see these vehicles, which undoubtedly will ooze magnificence. But at Ars we’ll be watching for something much more prosaic, namely, who pays for all this?___

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2016-09-22 15:37:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Tencent’s WeChat Social Media Posts Count as Criminal Evidence

Chinese law enforcement agencies can now secretly request access to personal information posted on social media services such as Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat, as the country shores up its ability to rein in online discourse and monitor public opinion. Starting Oct.1, authorities investigating criminal cases have the right to ask for information posted on social media including WeChat and Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, according to regulations published on Sept. 21. They can then submit the data as evidence in court, the regulations read. But the process of collecting the information must be kept secret to prevent the leakage of national, business or personal data, according to rules drafted by the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security.

Tencent’s WeChat Social Media Posts Count as Criminal Evidence

Chinese law enforcement agencies can now secretly request access to personal information posted on social media services such as Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat, as the country shores up its ability to rein in online discourse and monitor public opinion. Starting Oct.1, authorities investigating criminal cases have the right to ask for information posted on social media including WeChat and Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, according to regulations published on Sept. 21. They can then submit the data as evidence in court, the regulations read. But the process of collecting the information must be kept secret to prevent the leakage of national, business or personal data, according to rules drafted by the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security.___

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2016-09-22 15:35:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The Next Big Idea May Be Growing Far From Silicon Valley

True innovation now comes from places and people that are typically overlooked by Silicon Valley—for example, from capital-constrained places—and maybe it always has. As Sand Hill Road continues to hold its unicorns dear, you’ll have to look much further east or west or south to find new (or at least newly recognized) sources of innovation.

The Next Big Idea May Be Growing Far From Silicon Valley

True innovation now comes from places and people that are typically overlooked by Silicon Valley—for example, from capital-constrained places—and maybe it always has. As Sand Hill Road continues to hold its unicorns dear, you’ll have to look much further east or west or south to find new (or at least newly recognized) sources of innovation.___

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2016-09-22 15:31:42 (30 comments; 9 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

You can’t blame your genes if you don’t lose weight, study finds

You might be able to blame your genes for weighing more and increasing your risk of obesity, but you can no longer blame your genes for failing to lose weight, a comprehensive study has found...Carriers of the FTO gene are known to be on average 3 kilos (6.6lbs) heavier and 70% more likely to be obese. However, researchers at Newcastle University, publishing in The BMJ today, report that in a review of eight studies involving over 9,000 people, carrying this gene did not prevent them losing weight. John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, who led the study, said: "You can no longer blame your genes. Our study shows that improving your diet and being more physically active will help you lose weight, regardless of your genetic makeup."

You can’t blame your genes if you don’t lose weight, study finds

You might be able to blame your genes for weighing more and increasing your risk of obesity, but you can no longer blame your genes for failing to lose weight, a comprehensive study has found...Carriers of the FTO gene are known to be on average 3 kilos (6.6lbs) heavier and 70% more likely to be obese. However, researchers at Newcastle University, publishing in The BMJ today, report that in a review of eight studies involving over 9,000 people, carrying this gene did not prevent them losing weight. John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, who led the study, said: "You can no longer blame your genes. Our study shows that improving your diet and being more physically active will help you lose weight, regardless of your genetic makeup."___

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2016-09-22 15:27:41 (3 comments; 9 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

SwiftKey Paves Way For Apps With Locally Run Neural Networks

Swiftkey has always been one of the best third-party keyboard applications in terms of how well it could predict what you’re trying to type next. That was an especially necessary capability for a keyboard app that allows users to “slide” words on the screen rather than type them out. For the first time in six years, SwiftKey has overhauled its language engine from the ground up using neural network technology. This is part of a new trend, where machine learning (at least the inference part) happens locally on the device. This way, the app is able to deliver the results in real-time (no network latency) while also maintaining the users’ privacy (the data doesn’t have to first go to a company’s servers to be analyzed).



SwiftKey Paves Way For Apps With Locally Run Neural Networks

Swiftkey has always been one of the best third-party keyboard applications in terms of how well it could predict what you’re trying to type next. That was an especially necessary capability for a keyboard app that allows users to “slide” words on the screen rather than type them out. For the first time in six years, SwiftKey has overhauled its language engine from the ground up using neural network technology. This is part of a new trend, where machine learning (at least the inference part) happens locally on the device. This way, the app is able to deliver the results in real-time (no network latency) while also maintaining the users’ privacy (the data doesn’t have to first go to a company’s servers to be analyzed).

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2016-09-22 01:41:40 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

What Gives With So Many Hard Scientists Being Hard-Core Endurance Runners?

This point—free time—is also key to physical scientists’ prevalence in endurance sports, which require months of training and often time off to travel to races. Yes, academics, you are very, very busy. But work hours are usually flexible, with built-in breaks. That socioeconomic self-selection is real: 47.3 percent of trail runners and 72.9 percent of Running USA members make more than $75,000 a year. The median household income of UltraRunning subscribers is $122,000; 55 percent of triathletes make more than $100,000. Almost 90 percent of triathletes have attended college or more, compared to 30 percent of the general population. Endurance sports are sports of privilege. And scientists—while not usually rich—do fit the general profile.

What Gives With So Many Hard Scientists Being Hard-Core Endurance Runners?

This point—free time—is also key to physical scientists’ prevalence in endurance sports, which require months of training and often time off to travel to races. Yes, academics, you are very, very busy. But work hours are usually flexible, with built-in breaks. That socioeconomic self-selection is real: 47.3 percent of trail runners and 72.9 percent of Running USA members make more than $75,000 a year. The median household income of UltraRunning subscribers is $122,000; 55 percent of triathletes make more than $100,000. Almost 90 percent of triathletes have attended college or more, compared to 30 percent of the general population. Endurance sports are sports of privilege. And scientists—while not usually rich—do fit the general profile.___

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2016-09-22 00:39:14 (12 comments; 22 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

Math study shows our brains are far more adaptable than we know

Human babies and even animals have a basic number sense that many believe evolves from seeing the world and trying to quantify all the sights. But vision has nothing to do with it -- neuroscientists have found that the brain network behind numerical reasoning is identical in blind and sighted people.

Math study shows our brains are far more adaptable than we know

Human babies and even animals have a basic number sense that many believe evolves from seeing the world and trying to quantify all the sights. But vision has nothing to do with it -- neuroscientists have found that the brain network behind numerical reasoning is identical in blind and sighted people.___

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2016-09-22 00:21:11 (2 comments; 13 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

The most detailed look yet at how early humans left Africa

Archaeological finds show that humans were living outside Africa more than 100,000 years ago, Akey says, but many of these groups died out. The migrants who survived, however, passed their DNA to their descendants. To track those successful explorers, scientists turned to the genetic evidence buried in the cells of modern humans. Developing a fuller picture of our ancestry requires the study of a range of diverse human populations. Collectively, the authors of three new studies took on that challenge by analysing the genomes of 787 people from more than 270 populations scattered across the globe. Genetic similarities between populations show clear evidence for a single exit from Africa, says David Reich at Harvard University. Reich and his colleagues also determined that our African ancestors had already begun diverging into... more »

The most detailed look yet at how early humans left Africa

Archaeological finds show that humans were living outside Africa more than 100,000 years ago, Akey says, but many of these groups died out. The migrants who survived, however, passed their DNA to their descendants. To track those successful explorers, scientists turned to the genetic evidence buried in the cells of modern humans. Developing a fuller picture of our ancestry requires the study of a range of diverse human populations. Collectively, the authors of three new studies took on that challenge by analysing the genomes of 787 people from more than 270 populations scattered across the globe. Genetic similarities between populations show clear evidence for a single exit from Africa, says David Reich at Harvard University. Reich and his colleagues also determined that our African ancestors had already begun diverging into separate groups 200,000 years ago. The researchers also looked for a mutation that might have occurred between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago, when human technology and culture took off, with advances in art, burial rituals and tool use. But the team failed to find a genetic smoking gun, suggesting that progress was instead propelled by an environmental or lifestyle change, Reich says. “This genetics study sort of unseats genetics as a driving force behind the big changes,” he says.___

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2016-09-21 22:56:22 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Playing FPS (Doom Death match) Games with Deep Reinforcement Learning

The AI created by Guillaume Lample and Devendra Singh Chaplot plays the game the way we humans play: by looking at the screen, identifying our character’s situation and orientation, finding our way around the map, and shooting at anything that moves. It’s essentially a level up from the AIs that use similar methods to learn the methods governing simpler games, like Space Invaders, and find the inputs that maximize score in those.

link to scientific paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.05521

Playing FPS (Doom Death match) Games with Deep Reinforcement Learning

The AI created by Guillaume Lample and Devendra Singh Chaplot plays the game the way we humans play: by looking at the screen, identifying our character’s situation and orientation, finding our way around the map, and shooting at anything that moves. It’s essentially a level up from the AIs that use similar methods to learn the methods governing simpler games, like Space Invaders, and find the inputs that maximize score in those.

link to scientific paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.05521___

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2016-09-21 20:21:33 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft sees ‘staggering’ potential for blockchain technology as it releases new ‘Bletchley’ template

Microsoft has released version 1 of Bletchley template for Azure, which lets users create a distributed-ledger, or blockchain, network with minimal knowledge of Azure or Ethereum, a crowd-funded, cloud-based public software project. The new release of Bletchley cuts the three-week process of setting up an Ethereum network to “eight questions and 5-8 minutes,” said Marley Gray, principal program manager of Azure blockchain engineering, in a blog post.

Microsoft sees ‘staggering’ potential for blockchain technology as it releases new ‘Bletchley’ template

Microsoft has released version 1 of Bletchley template for Azure, which lets users create a distributed-ledger, or blockchain, network with minimal knowledge of Azure or Ethereum, a crowd-funded, cloud-based public software project. The new release of Bletchley cuts the three-week process of setting up an Ethereum network to “eight questions and 5-8 minutes,” said Marley Gray, principal program manager of Azure blockchain engineering, in a blog post.___

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2016-09-21 18:21:45 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

As Elections Loom, Officials Debate How to Protect Voting From Hackers

The digital threats to voting systems are real. More than half of states use some type of electronic voting—in the case of Alaska all voting is digital—and much of the equipment and software in use is old, buggy, and unpatched. Researchers have shown that attacks are possible both on election day when a hacker could go into the voting booth and use portable hardware to vote more than once, or after voting when data travels unencrypted to a central location for further audits and counting. And federal agencies are aware of those dangers. Many robust vetting and auditing initiatives do already exist around the country, such as recommended voting machine test standards published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The fear is that there isn’t a mandatory minimum benchmark. As a result, there’scurrent... more »

As Elections Loom, Officials Debate How to Protect Voting From Hackers

The digital threats to voting systems are real. More than half of states use some type of electronic voting—in the case of Alaska all voting is digital—and much of the equipment and software in use is old, buggy, and unpatched. Researchers have shown that attacks are possible both on election day when a hacker could go into the voting booth and use portable hardware to vote more than once, or after voting when data travels unencrypted to a central location for further audits and counting. And federal agencies are aware of those dangers. Many robust vetting and auditing initiatives do already exist around the country, such as recommended voting machine test standards published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The fear is that there isn’t a mandatory minimum benchmark. As a result, there’s currently no way to know for certain whether jurisdictions have security vulnerabilities due to resource scarcity or management issues.___

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2016-09-21 18:19:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

An AI/evolutionary computation for ecommerce A/B testing

Sentient Ascend is a disruptive technology that changes all that. Ascend is an AI agent that, based on evolutionary computation technology, automatically generates web-page candidates to be tested from the ideas marketers themselves create. Those variables can be pretty much anything on a site, from small changes like button color and font weight to whole-scale messaging and design ideas. What’s more, they can all be on a single page or even across multiple pages in a funnel–something that’s currently impossible with industry-leading tools. Ascend searches for the most successful ideas in the vast space of possible combinations of the values its users want to try.

An AI/evolutionary computation for ecommerce A/B testing

Sentient Ascend is a disruptive technology that changes all that. Ascend is an AI agent that, based on evolutionary computation technology, automatically generates web-page candidates to be tested from the ideas marketers themselves create. Those variables can be pretty much anything on a site, from small changes like button color and font weight to whole-scale messaging and design ideas. What’s more, they can all be on a single page or even across multiple pages in a funnel–something that’s currently impossible with industry-leading tools. Ascend searches for the most successful ideas in the vast space of possible combinations of the values its users want to try.___

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2016-09-21 16:25:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The Countries With the Cheapest and Most Expensive Flights

The Countries With the Cheapest and Most Expensive Flights___

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2016-09-21 16:24:07 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Study reveals a biological link between stress and obesity

Metabolic and anxiety-related disorders both pose a significant healthcare burden, and are in the spotlight of contemporary research and therapeutic efforts. Although intuitively we assume that these two phenomena overlap, the link has not been proven scientifically. Now, a team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, headed by Prof. Hermona Soreq from the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, revealed the molecular elements that bridge anxiety and metabolism – a type of microRNA that influences shared biological mechanisms. "We already know that there is a connection between body and mind, between the physical and the emotional, and studies show that psychological trauma affects the activity of many genes. Our previous research found a link between microRNA and stressful situations - stress anda... more »

Study reveals a biological link between stress and obesity

Metabolic and anxiety-related disorders both pose a significant healthcare burden, and are in the spotlight of contemporary research and therapeutic efforts. Although intuitively we assume that these two phenomena overlap, the link has not been proven scientifically. Now, a team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, headed by Prof. Hermona Soreq from the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, revealed the molecular elements that bridge anxiety and metabolism – a type of microRNA that influences shared biological mechanisms. "We already know that there is a connection between body and mind, between the physical and the emotional, and studies show that psychological trauma affects the activity of many genes. Our previous research found a link between microRNA and stressful situations - stress and anxiety generate an inflammatory response and dramatically increase the expression levels of microRNA regulators of inflammation in both the brain and the gut, for example the situation of patients with Crohn's disease may get worse under psychological stress," says Prof. Soreq. "In the present study, we added obesity to the equation. We revealed that some anxiety-induced microRNA are not only capable of suppressing inflammation but can also potentiate metabolic syndrome-related processes. We also found that their expression level is different in diverse tissues and cells, depending on heredity and exposure to stressful situations," explains Prof. Soreq.___

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2016-09-21 15:58:48 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Sitting for long periods of time is the cause of 4 percent of deaths worldwide

The next time you wrap up your work day and realise you've been sitting in front of the computer for almost eight straight hours, maybe you won't feel so proud of yourself. A new study, conducted in 54 countries around the world, declares that 3.8% of all deaths are due to the fact that society spends more than three hours a day sitting down.

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-periods-percent-deaths-worldwide.html

Sitting for long periods of time is the cause of 4 percent of deaths worldwide

The next time you wrap up your work day and realise you've been sitting in front of the computer for almost eight straight hours, maybe you won't feel so proud of yourself. A new study, conducted in 54 countries around the world, declares that 3.8% of all deaths are due to the fact that society spends more than three hours a day sitting down.

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-periods-percent-deaths-worldwide.html___

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2016-09-21 01:10:48 (24 comments; 36 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Researchers study neurological effects of direct eye contact

Eye contact is a powerful social signal. Another person's direct gaze not only increases physiological arousal, but it has, in fact, several different types of effects on cognition and behaviour. Research has shown that seeing another person's direct gaze increases peoples' awareness of themselves, improves memory for contextually presented information, increases the likelihood of behaving in a pro-social manner, and makes people evaluate the gazer more positively. But why does a direct gaze have such diverse effects?

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-neurological-effects-eye-contact.html

Researchers study neurological effects of direct eye contact

Eye contact is a powerful social signal. Another person's direct gaze not only increases physiological arousal, but it has, in fact, several different types of effects on cognition and behaviour. Research has shown that seeing another person's direct gaze increases peoples' awareness of themselves, improves memory for contextually presented information, increases the likelihood of behaving in a pro-social manner, and makes people evaluate the gazer more positively. But why does a direct gaze have such diverse effects?

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-neurological-effects-eye-contact.html___

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2016-09-20 16:55:40 (1 comments; 11 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Google's AI Chief Geoffrey Hinton - How Neural Networks Really Work

Google's AI Chief Geoffrey Hinton - How Neural Networks Really Work___

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2016-09-20 16:13:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., tech leaders vow to challenge Silicon Valley for money and talent

Seattle and Vancouver are two peas in a pod in many ways, despite being separated by an international border, and the two cities could get to the next level if they work together to maximize opportunities and fix major problems. That’s the sentiment from business and political leaders as they open the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference this morning. The conference is loiking at how Seattle and Vancouver can work together to become an innovation hub through sessions on government leadership, education, transportation and investment.

Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., tech leaders vow to challenge Silicon Valley for money and talent

Seattle and Vancouver are two peas in a pod in many ways, despite being separated by an international border, and the two cities could get to the next level if they work together to maximize opportunities and fix major problems. That’s the sentiment from business and political leaders as they open the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference this morning. The conference is loiking at how Seattle and Vancouver can work together to become an innovation hub through sessions on government leadership, education, transportation and investment.___

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2016-09-20 16:05:29 (15 comments; 8 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

Helsinki Waterfront Sauna

Wooden slats and bleachers provide the multi-faceted volume of this waterfront sauna by Avanto Architects, allowing visitors to climb the roof for a better view of the sea or to lounge in the sun.

link: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/30/avanto-architects-loyly-coastal-sauna-helsinki-faceted-timber-cloak/

Helsinki Waterfront Sauna

Wooden slats and bleachers provide the multi-faceted volume of this waterfront sauna by Avanto Architects, allowing visitors to climb the roof for a better view of the sea or to lounge in the sun.

link: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/30/avanto-architects-loyly-coastal-sauna-helsinki-faceted-timber-cloak/___

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2016-09-20 15:56:55 (3 comments; 9 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

SanDisk's 1TB SD card has more storage than your laptop

Only a prototype for now, but will we see it in consumer's hand in a year?

SanDisk has unveiled the biggest SD card in the world — a prototype card with an outrageous 1 terabyte of memory. The SDXC card is only a prototype at this point, with no details available on price or release date, but it's still an impressive milestone. As SanDisk owners Western Digital points out, it was only sixteen years ago that the company introduced its first 64 megabyte SD card, while two years ago they debuted the 512GB card, which was then the world's biggest. Things have moved fast, though, and compared to the 64MB card, today's 1TB version offers 16,384 times more storage.

SanDisk's 1TB SD card has more storage than your laptop

Only a prototype for now, but will we see it in consumer's hand in a year?

SanDisk has unveiled the biggest SD card in the world — a prototype card with an outrageous 1 terabyte of memory. The SDXC card is only a prototype at this point, with no details available on price or release date, but it's still an impressive milestone. As SanDisk owners Western Digital points out, it was only sixteen years ago that the company introduced its first 64 megabyte SD card, while two years ago they debuted the 512GB card, which was then the world's biggest. Things have moved fast, though, and compared to the 64MB card, today's 1TB version offers 16,384 times more storage.___

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2016-09-20 15:52:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Time launches new, expansive VR program

Life VR represents a new iteration of the once-iconic Life magazine, which currently exists as a photo-focused section of the main Time site. Managing editor Mia Tramz describes it as following the dream set forward by Time Inc. co-founder Henry Luce in an early prospectus for Life, which he aimed to turn into "the biggest picture show on Earth" when it launched in 1936. "When you read that, it sounds like a VR pitch. It’s really beautiful," says Tramz. For now, Life VR is launching with three experiences, with new pieces coming out monthly (or potentially more often). The first is adapted from Defying the Nazis, a Ken Burns documentary about Martha and Waitstill Sharp, who smuggled hundreds of people out of Nazi Germany during World War II. Defying the Nazis VR dramatizes a voyage across the Atlantic in virtual reality, layeredw... more »

Time launches new, expansive VR program

Life VR represents a new iteration of the once-iconic Life magazine, which currently exists as a photo-focused section of the main Time site. Managing editor Mia Tramz describes it as following the dream set forward by Time Inc. co-founder Henry Luce in an early prospectus for Life, which he aimed to turn into "the biggest picture show on Earth" when it launched in 1936. "When you read that, it sounds like a VR pitch. It’s really beautiful," says Tramz. For now, Life VR is launching with three experiences, with new pieces coming out monthly (or potentially more often). The first is adapted from Defying the Nazis, a Ken Burns documentary about Martha and Waitstill Sharp, who smuggled hundreds of people out of Nazi Germany during World War II. Defying the Nazis VR dramatizes a voyage across the Atlantic in virtual reality, layered with voiceover and archival images from the documentary. The second, Fast Ride, lets viewers take a ride in the Mazda 787 racecar. The third, Lumen, is a short meditation experience that puts viewers inside a psychedelic garden, where they can control the growth of plants and the color of the sky. All are produced in collaboration with outside partners, including the studios Wevr, VR Playhouse, and Framestore.___

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2016-09-20 15:50:31 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Research team may have observed building blocks of memories in the brain

A team of researchers working at Aix-Marseille University in France has observed what they believe are the building blocks of memories in a mouse brain. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe how they caused certain neurons to become illuminated when they fired, allowing them to watch in real time as memories were made and then later as they were replayed while the mouse was sitting idle.

Research team may have observed building blocks of memories in the brain

A team of researchers working at Aix-Marseille University in France has observed what they believe are the building blocks of memories in a mouse brain. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe how they caused certain neurons to become illuminated when they fired, allowing them to watch in real time as memories were made and then later as they were replayed while the mouse was sitting idle.___

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2016-09-20 15:47:45 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

A tough day could erase the perks of choosing 'good' fat sources

The type of fat you eat matters, but a new study suggests that the benefits of good fats vanish when stress enters the picture. Unstressed women who ate a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast made mostly with saturated fat fared worse in blood tests looking for precursors to disease than those women who ate an identical breakfast made primarily with monounsaturated sunflower oil. But when women in the study had a stressful event before the breakfast test, the hardships of the previous day appeared to erase any benefits linked to the healthy fat choice, say researchers from The Ohio State University. "It's more evidence that stress matters," said Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, lead author of the study and a professor of psychiatry and psychology.

A tough day could erase the perks of choosing 'good' fat sources

The type of fat you eat matters, but a new study suggests that the benefits of good fats vanish when stress enters the picture. Unstressed women who ate a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast made mostly with saturated fat fared worse in blood tests looking for precursors to disease than those women who ate an identical breakfast made primarily with monounsaturated sunflower oil. But when women in the study had a stressful event before the breakfast test, the hardships of the previous day appeared to erase any benefits linked to the healthy fat choice, say researchers from The Ohio State University. "It's more evidence that stress matters," said Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, lead author of the study and a professor of psychiatry and psychology.___

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2016-09-20 01:51:20 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Researchers prove that moderate to high aerobic capacity decreases the risk of suffering a sudden death event

To conduct the study, more than 55,000 people from the USA were evaluated and were followed up during an average of 14 years. All of them took an exhaustive initial exam that included the measuring of aerobic capacity through a specific laboratory test. After that, the sudden death cases were registered over the period of the study. It was verified that the aerobic capacity level is inversely proportional to the risk of suffering a sudden cardiac death event. Those participants with moderate or high levels of aerobic capacity had between a 44 and 48 percent lower risk of suffering a sudden cardiac death event than those with low aerobic capacity. These results were higher when analysing the specific role of the aerobic capacity in people with obesity and hypertension, since it was... more »

Researchers prove that moderate to high aerobic capacity decreases the risk of suffering a sudden death event

To conduct the study, more than 55,000 people from the USA were evaluated and were followed up during an average of 14 years. All of them took an exhaustive initial exam that included the measuring of aerobic capacity through a specific laboratory test. After that, the sudden death cases were registered over the period of the study. It was verified that the aerobic capacity level is inversely proportional to the risk of suffering a sudden cardiac death event. Those participants with moderate or high levels of aerobic capacity had between a 44 and 48 percent lower risk of suffering a sudden cardiac death event than those with low aerobic capacity. These results were higher when analysing the specific role of the aerobic capacity in people with obesity and hypertension, since it was proved that moderate or high aerobic capacity could reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death between 58 and 72 percent. The main conclusion of this study suggests that the risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women could be partially reduced with moderate to high aerobic capacity levels. The improvements are noted progressively with small increments of aerobic capacity. "It is necessary to encourage the population to entrust professional of physical activity and exercise to improve their physical fitness in a safe and progressive way," according to the researchers in charge of this study from the Physical, Plastic Arts and Music Education Department from the UCA, where they carry out their research activity currently.___

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2016-09-20 00:33:24 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

US surgeons are largely ignoring advice to cut back on painkiller prescriptions

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that in 2012 doctors wrote 82.5 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people—enough for everyone in America over 18 to have their own bottle (pdf, p.2) of pills. This year, the CDC issued new guidelines for doctors issuing painkillers, including a recommendation that they cut back on prescribing them. But a recent report from doctors at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire shows that doctors aren’t really listening to this advice. The authors of the paper collected postoperative data from 642 outpatient surgeries for partial breast removal, gallbladder removal, and hernia repair. In 581 of those surgeries—more than 90%—doctors prescribed some kind of opioid painkillers, including for almost all of the 281 laparoscopic surgical cases,which r... more »

US surgeons are largely ignoring advice to cut back on painkiller prescriptions

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that in 2012 doctors wrote 82.5 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people—enough for everyone in America over 18 to have their own bottle (pdf, p.2) of pills. This year, the CDC issued new guidelines for doctors issuing painkillers, including a recommendation that they cut back on prescribing them. But a recent report from doctors at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire shows that doctors aren’t really listening to this advice. The authors of the paper collected postoperative data from 642 outpatient surgeries for partial breast removal, gallbladder removal, and hernia repair. In 581 of those surgeries—more than 90%—doctors prescribed some kind of opioid painkillers, including for almost all of the 281 laparoscopic surgical cases, which require only a small incision. They then interviewed a subset of 127 patients, with a balanced breakdown of each type of surgery. Patients reported that they actually only took about 29% of the pills they were prescribed. Of the 3,545 total pills doctors deemed necessary, 2,527 were not used to reduce postoperative pain. These extra pills can be dangerous: either the patient or someone close to that person are more likely to take them to get high. And in high enough doses, opioids can be lethal because they can stop a person’s breathing.___

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2016-09-20 00:17:25 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Timelapse: The Construction of the World's Tallest Timber Tower

Topping out two weeks ago, the structure of Brock Commons, currently the tallest timber structure in the world, is now complete. Measuring in at 18 stories and 174 feet (53 meters) tall, the building was completed nearly four months ahead of schedule, displaying one of the advantages of building tall buildings with wood. Just 70 days after the prefabricated timber components were first delivered to the site, construction will now turn to the interior, with an expected completion date in early May 2017. In total, construction time will clock in at a speed 18 percent faster than a traditional project.

link: http://www.archdaily.com/795466/timelapse-the-construction-of-the-worlds-tallest-timber-tower

Timelapse: The Construction of the World's Tallest Timber Tower

Topping out two weeks ago, the structure of Brock Commons, currently the tallest timber structure in the world, is now complete. Measuring in at 18 stories and 174 feet (53 meters) tall, the building was completed nearly four months ahead of schedule, displaying one of the advantages of building tall buildings with wood. Just 70 days after the prefabricated timber components were first delivered to the site, construction will now turn to the interior, with an expected completion date in early May 2017. In total, construction time will clock in at a speed 18 percent faster than a traditional project.

link: http://www.archdaily.com/795466/timelapse-the-construction-of-the-worlds-tallest-timber-tower___

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