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Rackspace619,035*Update:* Rackspace today announced the launch of Performance Cloud Servers. Performance Cloud Servers are designed with 100 percent data center-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), powerful Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host.  Join us at noon central time today to learn more about this powerful compute offering. Stay tuned to this event page for the live video stream.Big Cloud Announcement from Rackspace2013-11-05 19:00:00244  
Google+10,934,895The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033825  
Digital Dealer471@112374836634096795698 will present *The Art of Enchantment* live from Las Vegas. Join this hangout to watch Guy's keynote as it happens! Learn more about the 15th @102121449628552598454 Conference & Exposition and register to attend in-person at http://www.DigitalDealerConference.comGuy Kawasaki | Live from Las Vegas2013-10-16 01:00:00148  
Sarah Hill2,835,473Calling 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 12:00:00246  
SELF Magazine538,347We're teaming up with +Google+ to host a series of Hangouts aimed to jumpstart your New Year. Starting January 14, we'll kick off Hangouts On Air, featuring a range of experts such as SELF's Fitness, Beauty and Fashion Editors, celebrity trainers, travel experts, nutritionists, career leaders, non-profit experts and more.  Want a chance to join one of the Hangouts? Have questions on the topics below? Post your #13for13 query and what Hangout you're interested in joining and you could be selected. Be sure to use the #13for13 hashtag on G+ and tweet us @SELFmagazine. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS *Check back often for new hosts, participants and updates! http://www.self.com/health/resolutions Mon 1/14 - Travel to New Places - 12pm EST +Sonia Gil Mon 1/14 - Eat Healthy - 4:30pm EST +Shawna Coronado  Tues 1/15 - Enjoy More Quality Time with Family - 2pm EST +Kimberley Blaine  Wed 1/16 - De-stress Thurs 1/17 - Fall in Love +The Gaggle  Fri 1/18 - Kickstart Your Career - 1:30pm EST +Dan Schawbel  Fri 1/18 - Spend Less, Save More Tues 1/22 - Take Charge of Your Health Tues 1/22 - Volunteer +charity: water  Wed 1/23 - Get Involved Wed 1/23 - Learn Something New +MAKE  Thurs 1/24 - Get Fit - 1pm EST +SELF Magazine  Fri 1/25 - Revamp Your Look 1pm EST +SELF Magazine 13 Resolutions for a Better 20132013-01-14 14:00:00235  
Blythe Metz292,637This 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 Cain966,529To 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 05:00:004861  

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2015-08-30 16:30:30 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

A Glimpse into the Future of Deep Learning Hardware

LeCun told The Platform that Google is rumored to be building custom hardware to run its neural networks and that this hardware is said to be based on FPGAs. As we reported elsewhere this week at The Platform, Microsoft is testing out the idea of using FPGAs to accelerate its neural nets and is looking forward to the availability of much more powerful programmable logic devices.

If what is needed to build an ideal hardware platform for deep neural networks is ultra-fast add/multiply capabilities for the actual processing on the neural network algorithm, it stands to reason that something “programmable” (possibly an FPGA) might serve as that base while the the mighty GPU should own the training space. To some extent, it has for some time, with new crops of deep learning use cases from Nvidia and a wealth of examples of largecom... more »

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2015-08-31 22:29:06 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Google Life Sciences Makes Diabetes Its First Big Target

GOOGLE’S LIFE SCIENCES division has its first big mission: developing new ways to treat and manage diabetes. But in a sign that the company is serious about making real progress, it’s not diving into diabetes research alone. Google is pairing up with French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, to take on the disease.

The signals that Google was looking to do more than dabble in biomedical research were growing stronger even before Google co-founder Sergey Brin said the company’s life sciences operation would be spun out as an independent company under Google’s broader reorganization as Alphabet. Google has been hiring prominent scientists, including immunologists, neurologist and even nanoparticle engineers, in recent months to to feed its life sciencesambitio... more »

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2015-08-30 16:30:30 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

A Glimpse into the Future of Deep Learning Hardware

LeCun told The Platform that Google is rumored to be building custom hardware to run its neural networks and that this hardware is said to be based on FPGAs. As we reported elsewhere this week at The Platform, Microsoft is testing out the idea of using FPGAs to accelerate its neural nets and is looking forward to the availability of much more powerful programmable logic devices.

If what is needed to build an ideal hardware platform for deep neural networks is ultra-fast add/multiply capabilities for the actual processing on the neural network algorithm, it stands to reason that something “programmable” (possibly an FPGA) might serve as that base while the the mighty GPU should own the training space. To some extent, it has for some time, with new crops of deep learning use cases from Nvidia and a wealth of examples of largecom... more »

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2015-09-02 00:56:56 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Edenworks Is Building The Future Of Food On Urban Rooftops

Green estimates that with a 75,000 square-foot greenhouse, Edenworks would be able to provide enough food to sustain a population of 5,000 people. Take into account the fact that Edenworks uses 90 percent less water and energy than traditional farming, according to Green, and the potential for increased efficiency and positive environmental impact is huge.

Edenworks Is Building The Future Of Food On Urban Rooftops

Green estimates that with a 75,000 square-foot greenhouse, Edenworks would be able to provide enough food to sustain a population of 5,000 people. Take into account the fact that Edenworks uses 90 percent less water and energy than traditional farming, according to Green, and the potential for increased efficiency and positive environmental impact is huge.___

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2015-09-01 18:00:44 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

In Pursuit Of Presence And True Immersion

Well, an immersive display capable of outputting a human eye’s expected resolution of 60 ppd requires an incredible 7.2K of horizontal and 8.1K of vertical pixels per eye — or 116.4 million pixels (megapixels) total or 16k resolution! Current displays, such as the latest home entertainment systems and VR technology, are capable of up to “only” 4K resolutions. As VR display research advances, though, 16K per-eye resolutions will likely be achievable within a few years.

In Pursuit Of Presence And True Immersion

Well, an immersive display capable of outputting a human eye’s expected resolution of 60 ppd requires an incredible 7.2K of horizontal and 8.1K of vertical pixels per eye — or 116.4 million pixels (megapixels) total or 16k resolution! Current displays, such as the latest home entertainment systems and VR technology, are capable of up to “only” 4K resolutions. As VR display research advances, though, 16K per-eye resolutions will likely be achievable within a few years.___

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2015-09-01 16:28:29 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The timing of sleep just as important as quantity

Ilia Karatsoreos, an assistant professor in WSU's Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, shifted mice from their usual cycle of sleeping and waking and saw that, while they got enough sleep, it was of poorer quality. The animals also had a disrupted immune response, leaving them more open to illness.

The timing of sleep just as important as quantity

Ilia Karatsoreos, an assistant professor in WSU's Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, shifted mice from their usual cycle of sleeping and waking and saw that, while they got enough sleep, it was of poorer quality. The animals also had a disrupted immune response, leaving them more open to illness.___

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2015-09-01 16:06:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Google Gets A New Logo

Google is going through a lot of changes

Google Gets A New Logo

Google is going through a lot of changes___

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2015-09-01 15:57:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

It’s never been easier for very small teams with very big ideas to achieve massive traction.

Here’s just one small example of that. WhatsApp sends more messages every day (over 30 billion and growing rapidly) than there SMS messages sent in a typical day (about 20 billion and falling slowly). Even more impressively WhatsApp sounded the death knell for SMS in just 4 years and with a team of just 30 engineers.

It’s never been easier for very small teams with very big ideas to achieve massive traction.

Here’s just one small example of that. WhatsApp sends more messages every day (over 30 billion and growing rapidly) than there SMS messages sent in a typical day (about 20 billion and falling slowly). Even more impressively WhatsApp sounded the death knell for SMS in just 4 years and with a team of just 30 engineers.___

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2015-09-01 14:55:58 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

These digital nomads are going to sail the world while they work

Coboat sounds like the Holy Grail for traveling freelancers: They could sail entire oceans — choosing from destinations like southeast Asia, the Maldives, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and India — and have the opportunity to connect with communities far outside the 9-to-5 world.

Other similar programs have popped up around the world, including Hackers Paradise, which takes computer engineers on 2- and 4-week working adventures, and Remote Year, which provides participants with a coworking environment in a different country each month.

Where Coboat differs from other programs is that instead of having workers move around the world, it has the world move around them. And Coboat's founders want to encourage collaboration between the individuals on board; they hope the tight quarters foster innovationand... more »

These digital nomads are going to sail the world while they work

Coboat sounds like the Holy Grail for traveling freelancers: They could sail entire oceans — choosing from destinations like southeast Asia, the Maldives, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and India — and have the opportunity to connect with communities far outside the 9-to-5 world.

Other similar programs have popped up around the world, including Hackers Paradise, which takes computer engineers on 2- and 4-week working adventures, and Remote Year, which provides participants with a coworking environment in a different country each month.

Where Coboat differs from other programs is that instead of having workers move around the world, it has the world move around them. And Coboat's founders want to encourage collaboration between the individuals on board; they hope the tight quarters foster innovation and eventually action. In other words, they want it to be more than a party boat.___

2015-09-01 01:34:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Older people getting smarter, but not fitter

Older populations are scoring better on cognitive tests than people of the same age did in the past —a trend that could be linked to higher education rates and increased use of technology in our daily lives, say IIASA population researchers.

People over age 50 are scoring increasingly better on tests of cognitive function, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. At the same time, however, the study showed that average physical health of the older population has declined.

Older people getting smarter, but not fitter

Older populations are scoring better on cognitive tests than people of the same age did in the past —a trend that could be linked to higher education rates and increased use of technology in our daily lives, say IIASA population researchers.

People over age 50 are scoring increasingly better on tests of cognitive function, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. At the same time, however, the study showed that average physical health of the older population has declined.___

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2015-08-31 22:29:06 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Google Life Sciences Makes Diabetes Its First Big Target

GOOGLE’S LIFE SCIENCES division has its first big mission: developing new ways to treat and manage diabetes. But in a sign that the company is serious about making real progress, it’s not diving into diabetes research alone. Google is pairing up with French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, to take on the disease.

The signals that Google was looking to do more than dabble in biomedical research were growing stronger even before Google co-founder Sergey Brin said the company’s life sciences operation would be spun out as an independent company under Google’s broader reorganization as Alphabet. Google has been hiring prominent scientists, including immunologists, neurologist and even nanoparticle engineers, in recent months to to feed its life sciencesambitio... more »

Google Life Sciences Makes Diabetes Its First Big Target

GOOGLE’S LIFE SCIENCES division has its first big mission: developing new ways to treat and manage diabetes. But in a sign that the company is serious about making real progress, it’s not diving into diabetes research alone. Google is pairing up with French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, to take on the disease.

The signals that Google was looking to do more than dabble in biomedical research were growing stronger even before Google co-founder Sergey Brin said the company’s life sciences operation would be spun out as an independent company under Google’s broader reorganization as Alphabet. Google has been hiring prominent scientists, including immunologists, neurologist and even nanoparticle engineers, in recent months to to feed its life sciences ambitions.___

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2015-08-31 17:08:52 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Is Burning Man on the Cusp of Becoming a Permanent Utopian Community?

co-founder Marian Goodell has hinted at another major change: expanding beyond Black Rock Desert — the dusty Nevada expanse that’s become almost synonymous with the festival — and developing a private tract of land as a permanent Burning Man community.

Is Burning Man on the Cusp of Becoming a Permanent Utopian Community?

co-founder Marian Goodell has hinted at another major change: expanding beyond Black Rock Desert — the dusty Nevada expanse that’s become almost synonymous with the festival — and developing a private tract of land as a permanent Burning Man community.___

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2015-08-31 17:03:20 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Dark Matter May Be More Complex Than Physicists Thought

Bullock thinks that dark matter might instead be complex, something that interacts with itself strongly in the way that ordinary matter interacts with itself to form intricate structures like atoms and atomic elements. Such a self-interacting dark matter, Bullock suspects, could exist in a “dark sector,” somewhat parallel to our own light sector, but detectable only through the way it affects gravity.

Dark Matter May Be More Complex Than Physicists Thought

Bullock thinks that dark matter might instead be complex, something that interacts with itself strongly in the way that ordinary matter interacts with itself to form intricate structures like atoms and atomic elements. Such a self-interacting dark matter, Bullock suspects, could exist in a “dark sector,” somewhat parallel to our own light sector, but detectable only through the way it affects gravity.___

2015-08-31 16:19:09 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Epigenomic changes are key to innate immunological memory

It was long believed that acquired immunity—a type of immunity mediated by T- and B-cells—had memory, meaning that it could learn from new pathogens, making subsequent reactions more effective, whereas innate immunity—which is mediated by macrophages and other types of cells that react to certain molecules typically associated with pathogens—did not. However, it gradually became clear that things were not so simple. Plants and insects, which only have innate immunity, also seem to have immunological memory. Further, it has been reported that herpes virus infection increases the resistance against bacteria in vertebrates. These phenomena suggest that innate immunity also has memory, but researchers have been reluctant to accept the hypothesis given the lack of a mechanism Now, in research published in Nature Immunology, aresearc... more »

Epigenomic changes are key to innate immunological memory

It was long believed that acquired immunity—a type of immunity mediated by T- and B-cells—had memory, meaning that it could learn from new pathogens, making subsequent reactions more effective, whereas innate immunity—which is mediated by macrophages and other types of cells that react to certain molecules typically associated with pathogens—did not. However, it gradually became clear that things were not so simple. Plants and insects, which only have innate immunity, also seem to have immunological memory. Further, it has been reported that herpes virus infection increases the resistance against bacteria in vertebrates. These phenomena suggest that innate immunity also has memory, but researchers have been reluctant to accept the hypothesis given the lack of a mechanism Now, in research published in Nature Immunology, a research team led by Keisuke Yoshida and Shunsuke Ishii of the RIKEN Molecular Genetics Laboratory has revealed that epigenomic changes induced by pathogen infections, mediated by a transcription factor called ATF7, are the underlying mechanism of the memory of innate immunity.___

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2015-08-31 16:11:58 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Researchers discover a completely legal performance enhancer—friends

Exercising together brings us closer to one another, while exercising with those close to us improves our performance. The researchers propose a novel 'social placebo' mechanism to account for these effects. Traditional placebo effects can occur when patients receive a medical treatment that they believe will lead to improvements in their condition. Much like pain relief resulting from such placebo treatments, cues that activate beliefs and expectations about safe and supportive social environments may also change the way our brains process pain and fatigue.

Researchers discover a completely legal performance enhancer—friends

Exercising together brings us closer to one another, while exercising with those close to us improves our performance. The researchers propose a novel 'social placebo' mechanism to account for these effects. Traditional placebo effects can occur when patients receive a medical treatment that they believe will lead to improvements in their condition. Much like pain relief resulting from such placebo treatments, cues that activate beliefs and expectations about safe and supportive social environments may also change the way our brains process pain and fatigue.___

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2015-08-31 16:08:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Why does running make us happy/

The joy of running. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A new study shows that the "runner’s high" phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.

Why does running make us happy/

The joy of running. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A new study shows that the "runner’s high" phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.___

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2015-08-30 23:55:14 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Cold weather associated with higher risk of severe heart attack

Cold weather is associated with a higher risk of severe heart attack, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Shuangbo Liu, adult cardiology resident at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The six year study found that each 10°C drop in temperature was associated with a 7% increased risk of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most severe form of heart attack.

Cold weather associated with higher risk of severe heart attack

Cold weather is associated with a higher risk of severe heart attack, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Shuangbo Liu, adult cardiology resident at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The six year study found that each 10°C drop in temperature was associated with a 7% increased risk of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most severe form of heart attack.___

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2015-08-30 17:09:44 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Using Oculus with motion-sensing controllers: The most fun video game experience I’ve ever had

It was only 15 minutes, but my time playing with Oculus’ latest virtual reality technology on Friday at the PAX Prime game convention in Seattle was the most exciting “video game” experience I’ve ever had.

“It’s an interesting thing because it’s optically tracked and it knows the spatial distance between what you see and where your hands are,” ZeroTransform founder Justin Moravetz explained at a virtual reality panel earlier this month. “You can go up to an object in virtual reality and pick it up. You’ve got one for each hand so you can toss something back and forth. It’s so accurate and so precise. When you stop thinking about your hand and just interact like you would in the real world, that’s insane.”

Using Oculus with motion-sensing controllers: The most fun video game experience I’ve ever had

It was only 15 minutes, but my time playing with Oculus’ latest virtual reality technology on Friday at the PAX Prime game convention in Seattle was the most exciting “video game” experience I’ve ever had.

“It’s an interesting thing because it’s optically tracked and it knows the spatial distance between what you see and where your hands are,” ZeroTransform founder Justin Moravetz explained at a virtual reality panel earlier this month. “You can go up to an object in virtual reality and pick it up. You’ve got one for each hand so you can toss something back and forth. It’s so accurate and so precise. When you stop thinking about your hand and just interact like you would in the real world, that’s insane.”___

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2015-08-30 16:30:30 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

A Glimpse into the Future of Deep Learning Hardware

LeCun told The Platform that Google is rumored to be building custom hardware to run its neural networks and that this hardware is said to be based on FPGAs. As we reported elsewhere this week at The Platform, Microsoft is testing out the idea of using FPGAs to accelerate its neural nets and is looking forward to the availability of much more powerful programmable logic devices.

If what is needed to build an ideal hardware platform for deep neural networks is ultra-fast add/multiply capabilities for the actual processing on the neural network algorithm, it stands to reason that something “programmable” (possibly an FPGA) might serve as that base while the the mighty GPU should own the training space. To some extent, it has for some time, with new crops of deep learning use cases from Nvidia and a wealth of examples of largecom... more »

A Glimpse into the Future of Deep Learning Hardware

LeCun told The Platform that Google is rumored to be building custom hardware to run its neural networks and that this hardware is said to be based on FPGAs. As we reported elsewhere this week at The Platform, Microsoft is testing out the idea of using FPGAs to accelerate its neural nets and is looking forward to the availability of much more powerful programmable logic devices.

If what is needed to build an ideal hardware platform for deep neural networks is ultra-fast add/multiply capabilities for the actual processing on the neural network algorithm, it stands to reason that something “programmable” (possibly an FPGA) might serve as that base while the the mighty GPU should own the training space. To some extent, it has for some time, with new crops of deep learning use cases from Nvidia and a wealth of examples of large companies that are leveraging GPUs for extensive model training, although not as many for actually handling the processing of the network itself.___

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2015-08-30 16:19:32 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

How the meditative mind sharpens the senses

A study conducted with experienced scholars of Zen-Meditation shows that mental focusing can induce learning mechanisms, similar to physical training. “The results of our study challenge what we know about learning mechanisms in the brain. Our concept of neuroplasticity must be extended, because mental activity seems to induce learning effects similar to active stimulation and physical training,” Dinse suggests.

link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150827083659.htm

How the meditative mind sharpens the senses

A study conducted with experienced scholars of Zen-Meditation shows that mental focusing can induce learning mechanisms, similar to physical training. “The results of our study challenge what we know about learning mechanisms in the brain. Our concept of neuroplasticity must be extended, because mental activity seems to induce learning effects similar to active stimulation and physical training,” Dinse suggests.

link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150827083659.htm___

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2015-08-30 16:12:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Opening Pandora’s Dox: The Unintended Consequences of an Internet That Never Forgets

The new normal is that we all have to live with the unsettling knowledge that at any moment we might be the lucky individual to “go viral” and become famous for the rest of our lives for something unflattering or embarrassing; something that makes people gather around to laugh at us or mock us, or, worst of all, gin up murderous hate against us.

Opening Pandora’s Dox: The Unintended Consequences of an Internet That Never Forgets

The new normal is that we all have to live with the unsettling knowledge that at any moment we might be the lucky individual to “go viral” and become famous for the rest of our lives for something unflattering or embarrassing; something that makes people gather around to laugh at us or mock us, or, worst of all, gin up murderous hate against us.___

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2015-08-30 16:02:44 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Bilingualism and the brain: How language shapes our ability to process information

bilingualism appears to be a form of intervention to promote executive function. Professor Yang found that low socioeconomic status children who spoke two languages performed much better in behavioural tests than their monolingual counterparts. Interestingly, she uncovered similar observations in another study that involved infants, instead of children, of low socioeconomic status.

Bilingualism and the brain: How language shapes our ability to process information

bilingualism appears to be a form of intervention to promote executive function. Professor Yang found that low socioeconomic status children who spoke two languages performed much better in behavioural tests than their monolingual counterparts. Interestingly, she uncovered similar observations in another study that involved infants, instead of children, of low socioeconomic status.___

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2015-08-29 17:56:58 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Baby, We Won’t Drive Our Cars: The Future Of Automotive Transportation

“Transportation tech is not only changing how we get from A to B, it’s fundamentally altering the underlying infrastructure of our cities.”

This observation led to several bold predictions on what the future of transportation holds in store.  Here’s a list of the Top 5:

Uber will eventually build a centrally-controlled, all-electric, autonomous vehicle fleet

New modes of transit with dynamic routing will reduce overall vehicle ownership and alter urban development patterns

Gas stations will disappear due to reduced vehicle ownership and electrification, forcing a restructuring of our gas distribution system

The commercial parking industry will consolidate and decline, disrupted by on-demand parking models like ZIRX that aggregate demand
Connecte... more »

Baby, We Won’t Drive Our Cars: The Future Of Automotive Transportation

“Transportation tech is not only changing how we get from A to B, it’s fundamentally altering the underlying infrastructure of our cities.”

This observation led to several bold predictions on what the future of transportation holds in store.  Here’s a list of the Top 5:

Uber will eventually build a centrally-controlled, all-electric, autonomous vehicle fleet

New modes of transit with dynamic routing will reduce overall vehicle ownership and alter urban development patterns

Gas stations will disappear due to reduced vehicle ownership and electrification, forcing a restructuring of our gas distribution system

The commercial parking industry will consolidate and decline, disrupted by on-demand parking models like ZIRX that aggregate demand

Connected car startups will bring increasing amounts of vehicle data online leading to safer, cheaper, and more efficient transportation___

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2015-08-29 16:21:36 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Fish oil-diet benefits may be mediated by gut microbes

Diets rich in fish oil versus diets rich in lard (e.g., bacon) produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice, reports a study published August 27 in Cell Metabolism. The researchers transferred these microbes into other mice to see how they affected health. The results suggest that gut bacteria share some of the responsibility for the beneficial effects of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.

Fish oil-diet benefits may be mediated by gut microbes

Diets rich in fish oil versus diets rich in lard (e.g., bacon) produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice, reports a study published August 27 in Cell Metabolism. The researchers transferred these microbes into other mice to see how they affected health. The results suggest that gut bacteria share some of the responsibility for the beneficial effects of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.___

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2015-08-29 16:17:48 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Colorful potatoes may pack powerful cancer prevention punch

Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers.

Colorful potatoes may pack powerful cancer prevention punch

Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers.___

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2015-08-28 22:53:13 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution

A computer science team at The University of Texas at Austin has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution

A computer science team at The University of Texas at Austin has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.___

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2015-08-28 22:21:10 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

There’s Already an Indie Scene for VR Filmmakers

VR is still in early days, of course, and its technical and narrative conventions are far from established. Breakthroughs could come from big-name studios or from unknown hobbyists. At this point, everyone is “independent,” to a certain extent; in an anything-goes landscape like this, what does “Gear Indie” actually mean?

There’s Already an Indie Scene for VR Filmmakers

VR is still in early days, of course, and its technical and narrative conventions are far from established. Breakthroughs could come from big-name studios or from unknown hobbyists. At this point, everyone is “independent,” to a certain extent; in an anything-goes landscape like this, what does “Gear Indie” actually mean?___

2015-08-28 22:03:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

Over the last few years, the massive technology advances we’ve seen in consumer electronics have made their way to the space ecosystem. In 2010, when we invested in Skybox Imaging, the dominant imaging satellite was the size of a school bus and cost upwards of $700 million to build and launch.  In contrast, Skybox was building and launching satellites the size of a mini-fridge for a fraction of the cost of the incumbents. In 2014, Google bought the company for $500 million. Because of that transaction and several deeper trends we’re seeing, we decided to double down on the space tech area and invest further.

To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

Over the last few years, the massive technology advances we’ve seen in consumer electronics have made their way to the space ecosystem. In 2010, when we invested in Skybox Imaging, the dominant imaging satellite was the size of a school bus and cost upwards of $700 million to build and launch.  In contrast, Skybox was building and launching satellites the size of a mini-fridge for a fraction of the cost of the incumbents. In 2014, Google bought the company for $500 million. Because of that transaction and several deeper trends we’re seeing, we decided to double down on the space tech area and invest further.___

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2015-08-28 21:56:47 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Google Has a Secret Interview Process… And It Landed Me a Job

If Google sees that you're searching for specific programming terms, they'll ask you to apply for a job. It's wild. Here's how it works.

Google Has a Secret Interview Process… And It Landed Me a Job

If Google sees that you're searching for specific programming terms, they'll ask you to apply for a job. It's wild. Here's how it works.___

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2015-08-28 21:11:24 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

MIT's newest 3D printer spouts 10 materials at a time

One of the biggest hindrances to current 3D printers is that they almost exclusively stick to a single precursor be it plastic, metal or glass. At most, you can get one that extrudes three materials at a time and they're going set you back a quarter of a million dollars. However, a team of researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have debuted a novel solution that allows users to create more complex items in a fraction of the time and cost by printing up to ten different materials simultaneously.

MIT's newest 3D printer spouts 10 materials at a time

One of the biggest hindrances to current 3D printers is that they almost exclusively stick to a single precursor be it plastic, metal or glass. At most, you can get one that extrudes three materials at a time and they're going set you back a quarter of a million dollars. However, a team of researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have debuted a novel solution that allows users to create more complex items in a fraction of the time and cost by printing up to ten different materials simultaneously.___

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2015-08-28 17:45:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Researchers use DNA 'clews' to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model. The CRISPR-Cas system, which is found in bacteria and archaea, protects bacteria from invaders such as viruses. It does this by creating small strands of RNA called CRISPR RNAs, which match DNA sequences specific to a given invader. When those CRISPR RNAs find a match, they unleash Cas9 proteins that cut the DNA. In recent years, the CRISPR-Cas system has garnered a great deal of attention in the research community for its potential use as a gene editing tool - with the CRISPR RNA identifying the targeted portion of the relevant DNA, and... more »

Researchers use DNA 'clews' to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model. The CRISPR-Cas system, which is found in bacteria and archaea, protects bacteria from invaders such as viruses. It does this by creating small strands of RNA called CRISPR RNAs, which match DNA sequences specific to a given invader. When those CRISPR RNAs find a match, they unleash Cas9 proteins that cut the DNA. In recent years, the CRISPR-Cas system has garnered a great deal of attention in the research community for its potential use as a gene editing tool - with the CRISPR RNA identifying the targeted portion of the relevant DNA, and the Cas protein cleaving it.___

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2015-08-28 16:52:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-28 16:12:41 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Alzheimer’s disease thought to be accelerated by an abnormal build-up of fat in the brain

People with Alzheimer’s disease have fat deposits in the brain. For the first time since the disease was described 109 years ago, researchers have discovered accumulations of fat droplets in the brain of patients who died from the disease and have identified the nature of the fat.

Alzheimer’s disease thought to be accelerated by an abnormal build-up of fat in the brain

People with Alzheimer’s disease have fat deposits in the brain. For the first time since the disease was described 109 years ago, researchers have discovered accumulations of fat droplets in the brain of patients who died from the disease and have identified the nature of the fat.___

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2015-08-28 16:10:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Enroll in Buzz Aldrin’s space institute and help colonize Mars

Colonizing Mars is on everybody's to-do list these days. NASA plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s — and SpaceX will unveil its plans for a future Mars settlement later this year. Now, famous Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin is aiming for our planetary neighbor as well. The 85-year-old moonwalking astronaut just inaugurated the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Its goal: to occupy Mars someday.

Enroll in Buzz Aldrin’s space institute and help colonize Mars

Colonizing Mars is on everybody's to-do list these days. NASA plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s — and SpaceX will unveil its plans for a future Mars settlement later this year. Now, famous Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin is aiming for our planetary neighbor as well. The 85-year-old moonwalking astronaut just inaugurated the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Its goal: to occupy Mars someday.___

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2015-08-28 02:08:30 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The Best Way to Spot Great Racing Drivers? Videogames

THE NEXT TIME you’re about to scold your kid—or spouse—for spending too much time playing videogames instead of enjoying the sunny weather, consider this: They could be preparing for a career in motorsports. That’s a possibility Nissan and Sony have created with their “GT Academy,” a worldwide contest to find skilled racing gamers and make them into skilled racing drivers, then send them to the big leagues.

The top competitors (the number varies by year) get an in-person tryout, and the winner gets a paid sponsorship to race with Nissan, in real leagues. In real cars. Where the newly minted drivers go first depends on their skill level and where they’ll best develop. They mostly stay local—Americans race in America, Europeans race in Europe, etc. All of the 16 winners selected in the past seven years are stillracing, a testa... more »

The Best Way to Spot Great Racing Drivers? Videogames

THE NEXT TIME you’re about to scold your kid—or spouse—for spending too much time playing videogames instead of enjoying the sunny weather, consider this: They could be preparing for a career in motorsports. That’s a possibility Nissan and Sony have created with their “GT Academy,” a worldwide contest to find skilled racing gamers and make them into skilled racing drivers, then send them to the big leagues.

The top competitors (the number varies by year) get an in-person tryout, and the winner gets a paid sponsorship to race with Nissan, in real leagues. In real cars. Where the newly minted drivers go first depends on their skill level and where they’ll best develop. They mostly stay local—Americans race in America, Europeans race in Europe, etc. All of the 16 winners selected in the past seven years are still racing, a testament to the program’s success.___

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2015-08-28 01:38:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

You probably can't get Valve and HTC's VR headset before next year

In a press release announcing the company's presence at the PAX Prime expo, Valve says that "HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems" later this year, "with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016." Developer units have been available for free since May.

You probably can't get Valve and HTC's VR headset before next year

In a press release announcing the company's presence at the PAX Prime expo, Valve says that "HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems" later this year, "with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016." Developer units have been available for free since May.___

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2015-08-28 00:48:07 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Interrupting sitting with walking breaks improves children's blood sugar

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children's blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new study.

Interrupting sitting with walking breaks improves children's blood sugar

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children's blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new study.___

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2015-08-28 00:30:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A curated list of awesome Machine Learning frameworks, libraries and software.

A curated list of awesome machine learning frameworks, libraries and software (by language). Inspired by awesome-php. Other awesome lists can be found in the awesome-awesomeness list.

A curated list of awesome Machine Learning frameworks, libraries and software.

A curated list of awesome machine learning frameworks, libraries and software (by language). Inspired by awesome-php. Other awesome lists can be found in the awesome-awesomeness list.___

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2015-08-27 22:29:43 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Silicon Brain: 1,000,000 ARM cores - will give you the equivalent of 1% of the human brain

The Human Brain Project is behind this attempt to build a million core brain simulator. Professor Steve Furber of the University of Manchester & one of the pioneers behind the original ARM chip, takes us through the SpiNNaker Project.

Silicon Brain: 1,000,000 ARM cores - will give you the equivalent of 1% of the human brain

The Human Brain Project is behind this attempt to build a million core brain simulator. Professor Steve Furber of the University of Manchester & one of the pioneers behind the original ARM chip, takes us through the SpiNNaker Project.___

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2015-08-27 17:04:52 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Financial Robo-Advisers Go Into Overdrive as Market Rumbles

According to Dan Egan, the director of behavioral finance and investments at Betterment, the whole idea is that a robot adviser will protect clients from short-term worry, and monitor investments so they don’t have to. And indeed, he says, this is how most people use Betterment.

Over the weekend, he explains, 83 percent of users did not check their accounts, even though the market was tumbling. In other words, it was pretty much like any other weekend on the service. Adam Nash, the CEO of Wealthfront, says the same attitude prevails among users on his service. “They’re thinking longterm,” he says “Set it and forget it.”

Financial Robo-Advisers Go Into Overdrive as Market Rumbles

According to Dan Egan, the director of behavioral finance and investments at Betterment, the whole idea is that a robot adviser will protect clients from short-term worry, and monitor investments so they don’t have to. And indeed, he says, this is how most people use Betterment.

Over the weekend, he explains, 83 percent of users did not check their accounts, even though the market was tumbling. In other words, it was pretty much like any other weekend on the service. Adam Nash, the CEO of Wealthfront, says the same attitude prevails among users on his service. “They’re thinking longterm,” he says “Set it and forget it.”___

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2015-08-27 16:12:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Codementor, A Learning Platform For Developers, Launches Live Group Classes

Online education platforms like Coursera, Code School, and Treehouse already have coding classes, but Codementor wants to compete by offering live sessions and exercises instead of pre-recorded videos so students get instant feedback.

Codementor, A Learning Platform For Developers, Launches Live Group Classes

Online education platforms like Coursera, Code School, and Treehouse already have coding classes, but Codementor wants to compete by offering live sessions and exercises instead of pre-recorded videos so students get instant feedback.___

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2015-08-27 16:05:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 16:04:15 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

New theory leads to 'radiationless revolution'

Physicists have found a radical new way confine electromagnetic energy without it leaking away, akin to throwing a pebble into a pond with no splash.The theory could have broad ranging applications from explaining dark matter to combating energy losses in future technologies.

New theory leads to 'radiationless revolution'

Physicists have found a radical new way confine electromagnetic energy without it leaking away, akin to throwing a pebble into a pond with no splash.The theory could have broad ranging applications from explaining dark matter to combating energy losses in future technologies.___

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2015-08-27 00:15:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Giant Asset Management Firm BlackRock Gets a Robo-Adviser

ASSET MANAGEMENT GIANT BlackRock is acquiring financial services startup FutureAdvisor. Founded in 2010, FutureAdvisor offers an automated investment service where so-called robo-advisers (or, you know, software) help clients manage longterm investment goals.

Giant Asset Management Firm BlackRock Gets a Robo-Adviser

ASSET MANAGEMENT GIANT BlackRock is acquiring financial services startup FutureAdvisor. Founded in 2010, FutureAdvisor offers an automated investment service where so-called robo-advisers (or, you know, software) help clients manage longterm investment goals.___

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2015-08-26 23:57:30 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Rise of the robots at Amazon? John Markoff’s new book foresees fully automated fulfillment centers

Advances in machine perception and robotic dexterity could make it possible for humans to “disappear entirely” from Amazon’s fulfillment centers, writes veteran New York Times reporter John Markoff in a new book about the history and future of artificial intelligence, and the use of machines to augment humans.

Rise of the robots at Amazon? John Markoff’s new book foresees fully automated fulfillment centers

Advances in machine perception and robotic dexterity could make it possible for humans to “disappear entirely” from Amazon’s fulfillment centers, writes veteran New York Times reporter John Markoff in a new book about the history and future of artificial intelligence, and the use of machines to augment humans.___

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2015-08-26 22:06:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Samsung unveils higher capacity Lithium ion batteries for electric bikes to provide 100 kilometer range in one charge

Samsung SDI unveiled a 500Wh e-bike Li-ion battery pack that can run for 100 km on a single battery charge. Samsung SDI is exhibiting six types of standardized battery packs that can either be built inside or installed on the outside for immediate use.

Samsung unveils higher capacity Lithium ion batteries for electric bikes to provide 100 kilometer range in one charge

Samsung SDI unveiled a 500Wh e-bike Li-ion battery pack that can run for 100 km on a single battery charge. Samsung SDI is exhibiting six types of standardized battery packs that can either be built inside or installed on the outside for immediate use.___

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2015-08-26 20:45:08 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Facebook’s Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI

You can ask M questions along the lines of Can you make me dinner reservations? or even Can you help me plan my next vacation?—and it will comply.

_That’s because Facebook designed the tool so that AI technology responds to these questions in tandem with humans. “The AI tries to do everything,” says Alex Lebrun, the founder of Wit.ai, a startup Facebook acquired to help build this smartphone tool. “But the AI is supervised by the people.”

In the larger world of AI-driven personal assistants, M may seem like a regression. And as Facebook tests the tool with the public, it’s unclear whether this human-machine partnership can keep pace as the project expands to an ever-larger audience. But in a counterintuitive way, M may actually be a step forward for AI.

Facebook’s Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI

You can ask M questions along the lines of Can you make me dinner reservations? or even Can you help me plan my next vacation?—and it will comply.

_That’s because Facebook designed the tool so that AI technology responds to these questions in tandem with humans. “The AI tries to do everything,” says Alex Lebrun, the founder of Wit.ai, a startup Facebook acquired to help build this smartphone tool. “But the AI is supervised by the people.”

In the larger world of AI-driven personal assistants, M may seem like a regression. And as Facebook tests the tool with the public, it’s unclear whether this human-machine partnership can keep pace as the project expands to an ever-larger audience. But in a counterintuitive way, M may actually be a step forward for AI.___

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2015-08-26 19:53:54 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, Kakaotalk, and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features.

But today Facebook escalated the battle for chat with the official announcement of M, its new personal assistant built into Messenger. It can actually complete tasks for you, like buying things, delivering gifts, making reservations, arranging travel, or just about anything else you ask of it.

Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, Kakaotalk, and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features.

But today Facebook escalated the battle for chat with the official announcement of M, its new personal assistant built into Messenger. It can actually complete tasks for you, like buying things, delivering gifts, making reservations, arranging travel, or just about anything else you ask of it.___

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2015-08-26 19:11:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Who will develop psychosis? Automated speech analysis may have the answer

An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center found that the computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings.

Who will develop psychosis? Automated speech analysis may have the answer

An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center found that the computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings.___

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2015-08-26 17:23:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This Guy Rode a Boot Camp to Startup Success

ELIAM MEDINA HAD the perfect idea for an internet startup. The only trouble was: he didn’t know how to code—and he couldn’t find a programmer he trusted to make his vision into a reality. So he quit his job as an executive at Burger King and signed up for an online code school called Bloc. The result is Willing, a free online tool that helps you make make a simple will in about five to ten minutes. Less than a year since Medina originally conceived the thing, it has attracted name-brand investors and thousands of users.

This Guy Rode a Boot Camp to Startup Success

ELIAM MEDINA HAD the perfect idea for an internet startup. The only trouble was: he didn’t know how to code—and he couldn’t find a programmer he trusted to make his vision into a reality. So he quit his job as an executive at Burger King and signed up for an online code school called Bloc. The result is Willing, a free online tool that helps you make make a simple will in about five to ten minutes. Less than a year since Medina originally conceived the thing, it has attracted name-brand investors and thousands of users.___

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2015-08-26 17:19:51 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Something to crow about: New Caledonian crows show strong evidence of social learning

Among our greatest achievements as humans, some might say, is our cumulative technological culture -- the tool-using acumen that is passed from one generation to the next. As the implements we use on a daily basis are modified and refined over time, they seem to evolve right along with us.

Something to crow about: New Caledonian crows show strong evidence of social learning

Among our greatest achievements as humans, some might say, is our cumulative technological culture -- the tool-using acumen that is passed from one generation to the next. As the implements we use on a daily basis are modified and refined over time, they seem to evolve right along with us.___

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2015-08-26 16:21:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Sobering Statistics on Physical Inactivity in the U.S.

Approximately 36 percent of adults in the U.S. do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity. Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon cancer, 18 percent of osteoporotic fractures, 12 percent of diabetes and hypertension, and 5 percent of breast cancer.

Sobering Statistics on Physical Inactivity in the U.S.

Approximately 36 percent of adults in the U.S. do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity. Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon cancer, 18 percent of osteoporotic fractures, 12 percent of diabetes and hypertension, and 5 percent of breast cancer.___

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2015-08-26 01:02:29 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Microbiomes of human throat may be linked to schizophrenia

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests.

"The oropharynx of schizophrenics seems to harbor different proportions of oral bacteria than healthy individuals," said Eduardo Castro-Nallar, a Ph.D. candidate at GW's Computational Biology Institute (CBI) and lead author of the study. "Specifically, our analyses revealed an association between microbes such as lactic-acid bacteria and schizophrenics."

Microbiomes of human throat may be linked to schizophrenia

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests.

"The oropharynx of schizophrenics seems to harbor different proportions of oral bacteria than healthy individuals," said Eduardo Castro-Nallar, a Ph.D. candidate at GW's Computational Biology Institute (CBI) and lead author of the study. "Specifically, our analyses revealed an association between microbes such as lactic-acid bacteria and schizophrenics."___

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