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Rackspace610,134*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 19:00:00245  
Google+10,417,226The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033855  
Digital Dealer464@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 Hill2,818,545Calling 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 Magazine517,911We'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 Metz291,832This 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 Cain959,789To 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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2015-06-27 16:24:36 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have built a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This artificial neuron contain no "living" parts, but is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve cell and communicate in the same way as our own neurons do.

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2015-06-27 16:24:36 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have built a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This artificial neuron contain no "living" parts, but is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve cell and communicate in the same way as our own neurons do.

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2015-06-27 16:24:36 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have built a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This artificial neuron contain no "living" parts, but is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve cell and communicate in the same way as our own neurons do.

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2015-07-06 00:47:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

A Look Inside Silicon Valley’s Wild Biotech Accelerator IndieBio

IndieBio is a part of that movement as the first biotech accelerator to focus on things like 3D printed animal parts, gut microbes that make essential enzymes, and artificial skin from a yeast.

A Look Inside Silicon Valley’s Wild Biotech Accelerator IndieBio

IndieBio is a part of that movement as the first biotech accelerator to focus on things like 3D printed animal parts, gut microbes that make essential enzymes, and artificial skin from a yeast.___

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2015-07-05 16:22:27 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital

Wherever you turn, there is a certain buzz to the activity, the sense that Amsterdam is the perfect place to be and the confidence that what’s happening there matters. “What we say is that if you can’t make it in Amsterdam, you can’t make it Europe,” said Beekman. Between its long history of entrepreneurship and small but savvy market, known for trend-setting early adoption of tech products in particular, Amsterdam is “an ideal launching pad for startups.”

The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital

Wherever you turn, there is a certain buzz to the activity, the sense that Amsterdam is the perfect place to be and the confidence that what’s happening there matters. “What we say is that if you can’t make it in Amsterdam, you can’t make it Europe,” said Beekman. Between its long history of entrepreneurship and small but savvy market, known for trend-setting early adoption of tech products in particular, Amsterdam is “an ideal launching pad for startups.”___

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2015-07-05 16:12:33 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Precision Ag Tech Helps California Farmers Grow More With Less Water

Using a smart phone, tablet or computer, Gerry is able to make irrigation decisions based on the live soil tension/moisture/temperature data. Using an online dashboard that graphs out plant stress thresholds, he knows exactly when he needs to turn on his computer-automated drip irrigation system, and, more importantly, when to turn it off once an optimal amount of water and nutrients have reached the root zone.

Precision Ag Tech Helps California Farmers Grow More With Less Water

Using a smart phone, tablet or computer, Gerry is able to make irrigation decisions based on the live soil tension/moisture/temperature data. Using an online dashboard that graphs out plant stress thresholds, he knows exactly when he needs to turn on his computer-automated drip irrigation system, and, more importantly, when to turn it off once an optimal amount of water and nutrients have reached the root zone.___

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2015-07-04 16:18:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Study finds males may contribute to offspring's mental development before pregnancy

"This is the first study to show that pheromone exposure exerts an influence across generations in mammals," said Sachiko Koyama, an associate research scientist at the IU Bloomington Medical Sciences Program and visiting scientist at the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, who led the study.

"We found that male pheromones seem to influence the nutritional environment following birth, resulting in changes to the brain that could extend to future generations," she added.

Study finds males may contribute to offspring's mental development before pregnancy

"This is the first study to show that pheromone exposure exerts an influence across generations in mammals," said Sachiko Koyama, an associate research scientist at the IU Bloomington Medical Sciences Program and visiting scientist at the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, who led the study.

"We found that male pheromones seem to influence the nutritional environment following birth, resulting in changes to the brain that could extend to future generations," she added.___

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2015-07-04 16:14:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers

Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let you make purchases wherever and whenever you want.

Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers

Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let you make purchases wherever and whenever you want.___

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2015-07-04 15:40:26 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-03 16:13:40 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Traders' hormones' may destabilize financial markets

The hormones testosterone and cortisol may destabilise financial markets by making traders take more risks, according to a study.

Traders' hormones' may destabilize financial markets

The hormones testosterone and cortisol may destabilise financial markets by making traders take more risks, according to a study.___

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2015-07-03 16:09:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sphericam 2 Is A 4K 360-Degree Camera Built For The VR Era

One of the main issues with current 360-degree VR technology is that a successful experience typically requires a user to have both creation and consumption devices. While companies like Oculus and Samsung have begun to bring VR consumption devices to market, there is still a lack of consumer-targeted cameras that are capable of creating 360-degree VR compatible video. Recently launched on Kickstarter, Sphericam 2 aims to provide a solution by allowing photographers to easily capture high-quality 360-degree video.

Sphericam 2 Is A 4K 360-Degree Camera Built For The VR Era

One of the main issues with current 360-degree VR technology is that a successful experience typically requires a user to have both creation and consumption devices. While companies like Oculus and Samsung have begun to bring VR consumption devices to market, there is still a lack of consumer-targeted cameras that are capable of creating 360-degree VR compatible video. Recently launched on Kickstarter, Sphericam 2 aims to provide a solution by allowing photographers to easily capture high-quality 360-degree video.___

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2015-07-03 15:18:13 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

New version of Google Glass may be in testing

 Droid Life has dug up a submission to the FCC that shows fairly compelling evidence that Google is actively testing the next version of Glass. These kinds FCC documents used to be a rich source for people looking to learn about what gadgets were coming soon, but in recent years both those companies and the FCC have learned to lock up actual product photos under confidentiality agreements. Nevertheless, there are still details to be found amongst the tests, which require companies to disclose whether or not the radios inside these gadgets are safe for use around humans. Thus, we know that the device with the FCC ID A4R-GG1 supports various Wi-Fi bands and Bluetooth.

New version of Google Glass may be in testing

 Droid Life has dug up a submission to the FCC that shows fairly compelling evidence that Google is actively testing the next version of Glass. These kinds FCC documents used to be a rich source for people looking to learn about what gadgets were coming soon, but in recent years both those companies and the FCC have learned to lock up actual product photos under confidentiality agreements. Nevertheless, there are still details to be found amongst the tests, which require companies to disclose whether or not the radios inside these gadgets are safe for use around humans. Thus, we know that the device with the FCC ID A4R-GG1 supports various Wi-Fi bands and Bluetooth.___

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2015-07-03 01:41:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Find Balance in Your Life

Find Balance in Your Life___

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2015-07-03 00:56:04 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Can deep learning help you find the perfect women?

The time that you were predetermined to marry one of the 50 girls/boys of your town is over. New technologies will continue to change the way how we find our romantic partners. Although randomness sometimes determines love, we should embrace the great opportunities in machine learning to help anyone looking for a soulmate!

can a computer learn to which girls I'm attracted? I have tried by labeling over 9K profile pictures on Tinder and using deep learning, the latest revolution in artificial intelligence. In this blog post, I will provide a high-level view how I used these techniques to predict my Tinder swipes. You can find the technical details in this paper, which was accepted for the ICML deep learning workshop.

Can deep learning help you find the perfect women?

The time that you were predetermined to marry one of the 50 girls/boys of your town is over. New technologies will continue to change the way how we find our romantic partners. Although randomness sometimes determines love, we should embrace the great opportunities in machine learning to help anyone looking for a soulmate!

can a computer learn to which girls I'm attracted? I have tried by labeling over 9K profile pictures on Tinder and using deep learning, the latest revolution in artificial intelligence. In this blog post, I will provide a high-level view how I used these techniques to predict my Tinder swipes. You can find the technical details in this paper, which was accepted for the ICML deep learning workshop.___

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2015-07-03 00:33:24 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Which Country is the Happiest in the World?

Unsurprisingly, every one of the Nordic nations make it into the top 10 spots – with countries like Switzerland, Norway, and Denmark filling in three of the top 5 spots. Again, not surprising considering the vast amount of wealth in each of those countries – couple, of course, with their placement of high value in leisure. All five Nordic countries are also among the most advanced in terms of human capital, translating into highly intelligent and modern societies. All of these factors contribute to a much higher level of happiness overall – and all factors are measured by the World Happiness Report.

Which Country is the Happiest in the World?

Unsurprisingly, every one of the Nordic nations make it into the top 10 spots – with countries like Switzerland, Norway, and Denmark filling in three of the top 5 spots. Again, not surprising considering the vast amount of wealth in each of those countries – couple, of course, with their placement of high value in leisure. All five Nordic countries are also among the most advanced in terms of human capital, translating into highly intelligent and modern societies. All of these factors contribute to a much higher level of happiness overall – and all factors are measured by the World Happiness Report.___

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2015-07-02 18:19:00 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Long-term memories are maintained by prion-like proteins

Research from Eric Kandel's lab at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has uncovered further evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time. And paradoxically, it works in the same way as mechanisms that cause mad cow disease, kuru, and other degenerative brain diseases.

Long-term memories are maintained by prion-like proteins

Research from Eric Kandel's lab at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has uncovered further evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time. And paradoxically, it works in the same way as mechanisms that cause mad cow disease, kuru, and other degenerative brain diseases.___

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2015-07-02 18:04:59 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Cornell wants people to 'collide' on its new NYC tech campus

Looks pretty cool.

Designing “collision points,” or moments where individuals come together in spontaneous interactions, has long been a trendy idea. MIT’s famed Building 20 and the Pixar campus near San Francisco are two places designed to promote “crossing paths.” It’s happening on a slightly bigger scale on Roosevelt Island. “Those principles can work on an urban scale,” Koop says.

This aligns with Cornell Tech’s overarching goal of building a “graduate school for the digital age,” says school dean Dan Huttenlocher. In such a world, collaboration and cooperation are essential to success. Students coming out of Cornell Tech should know how to code, yes, but so too should they be able to talk to a media manager or collaborate with environmental scientists.

Cornell wants people to 'collide' on its new NYC tech campus

Looks pretty cool.

Designing “collision points,” or moments where individuals come together in spontaneous interactions, has long been a trendy idea. MIT’s famed Building 20 and the Pixar campus near San Francisco are two places designed to promote “crossing paths.” It’s happening on a slightly bigger scale on Roosevelt Island. “Those principles can work on an urban scale,” Koop says.

This aligns with Cornell Tech’s overarching goal of building a “graduate school for the digital age,” says school dean Dan Huttenlocher. In such a world, collaboration and cooperation are essential to success. Students coming out of Cornell Tech should know how to code, yes, but so too should they be able to talk to a media manager or collaborate with environmental scientists.___

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2015-07-02 01:16:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Planting The Seed: Silicon Valley, Mind Control And Finding Order In Chaos

“The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything.” – Dom Cobb (Inception)

While the quote above reads to most with only a Leonardo DiCaprio-style swagger, it is rapidly becoming the prophecy of many innovators. From Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley, investors are captivated by startups leveraging research in cognitive science to affect user behavior.

Planting The Seed: Silicon Valley, Mind Control And Finding Order In Chaos

“The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything.” – Dom Cobb (Inception)

While the quote above reads to most with only a Leonardo DiCaprio-style swagger, it is rapidly becoming the prophecy of many innovators. From Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley, investors are captivated by startups leveraging research in cognitive science to affect user behavior.___

2015-07-02 01:11:27 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Brown fat transplant reversed type 1 diabetes without insulin in non-obese diabetic mice

Researchers have found embryonic brown fat transplants reversed type 1 diabetes and restored glucose tolerance to normal in non-obese diabetic mice.

Brown fat transplant reversed type 1 diabetes without insulin in non-obese diabetic mice

Researchers have found embryonic brown fat transplants reversed type 1 diabetes and restored glucose tolerance to normal in non-obese diabetic mice.___

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2015-07-01 19:29:24 (2 comments, 9 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones

"Histones and their modifications can play an important role in switching genes on and off—a type of epigenetic control. This research uncovers an epigenetic mechanism, involving one slightly-modified, "variant" histone, that makes learning possible by facilitating the genetic changes necessary for neurons to form connections," says study author C. David Allis, Joy and Jack Fishman Professor and head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics. This research was published in Neuron on July 1.

Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones

"Histones and their modifications can play an important role in switching genes on and off—a type of epigenetic control. This research uncovers an epigenetic mechanism, involving one slightly-modified, "variant" histone, that makes learning possible by facilitating the genetic changes necessary for neurons to form connections," says study author C. David Allis, Joy and Jack Fishman Professor and head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics. This research was published in Neuron on July 1.___

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2015-07-01 19:25:49 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

What makes fireflies glow?

About 60 years ago, scientists figured out in broad strokes the cascade of reactions that allows fireflies to produce light. It starts with a chemical called luciferin, which interacts with the energy-transporting molecule adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. The product of that reaction then combines with oxygen, and this in turn releases light. Intermediate steps, however, have not been fully fleshed out. Bruce R. Branchini and colleagues wanted to explore potential mechanisms.

The researchers experimented with the enzyme luciferase, which boosts the initial reaction between luciferin and ATP, under varying conditions. In contrast to the commonly accepted model, the resulting data suggest that the transfer of a single electron to oxygen occurs during one of the final steps to spur light production. Other studies of bioluminescence have pointed to the same... more »

What makes fireflies glow?

About 60 years ago, scientists figured out in broad strokes the cascade of reactions that allows fireflies to produce light. It starts with a chemical called luciferin, which interacts with the energy-transporting molecule adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. The product of that reaction then combines with oxygen, and this in turn releases light. Intermediate steps, however, have not been fully fleshed out. Bruce R. Branchini and colleagues wanted to explore potential mechanisms.

The researchers experimented with the enzyme luciferase, which boosts the initial reaction between luciferin and ATP, under varying conditions. In contrast to the commonly accepted model, the resulting data suggest that the transfer of a single electron to oxygen occurs during one of the final steps to spur light production. Other studies of bioluminescence have pointed to the same mechanism, raising the possibility that it could be a unifying feature of the natural phenomenon.___

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2015-07-01 01:30:11 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Unikrn Picks Up $7M To Bring Betting To Esports

The startup, whose name is pronounced ‘unicorn,’ helps people place bets on upcoming video game matches. Competitive gaming, commonly known as ‘esports,’ is a growing content niche with global draw. Games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Starcraft 2 have large professional scenes, where teams sporting sponsorship from large corporations and deep rosters.

Unikrn Picks Up $7M To Bring Betting To Esports

The startup, whose name is pronounced ‘unicorn,’ helps people place bets on upcoming video game matches. Competitive gaming, commonly known as ‘esports,’ is a growing content niche with global draw. Games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Starcraft 2 have large professional scenes, where teams sporting sponsorship from large corporations and deep rosters.___

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2015-06-30 18:22:48 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

MIT’S BITCOIN-INSPIRED ‘ENIGMA’ LETS COMPUTERS MINE ENCRYPTED DATA

THE CRYPTOGRAPHY BEHIND bitcoin solved a paradoxical problem: a currency with no regulator, that nonetheless can’t be counterfeited. Now a similar mix of math and code promises to pull off another seemingly magical feat by allowing anyone to share their data with the cloud and nonetheless keep it entirely private.

MIT’S BITCOIN-INSPIRED ‘ENIGMA’ LETS COMPUTERS MINE ENCRYPTED DATA

THE CRYPTOGRAPHY BEHIND bitcoin solved a paradoxical problem: a currency with no regulator, that nonetheless can’t be counterfeited. Now a similar mix of math and code promises to pull off another seemingly magical feat by allowing anyone to share their data with the cloud and nonetheless keep it entirely private.___

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2015-06-30 17:50:13 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Fred Hutch president says they’ve got cancer ‘running scared,’ predicts cure in 10 years

Juno’s technology of harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is truly groundbreaking. The technology is highly individualized, since it takes T-cells from a patient’s body and then re-engineers them to kill select cancer cells.

“I have never seen anything like this in my life,” said Gilliland. “You would not believe the types of responses that you see. People who have … widespread disease that has been refractory for every treatment that we have — in some cases on death’s door — and you give this cell-based therapy that was developed by Stan Riddell and Phil Greenberg at the Hutch and these tumors just melt away. People go into continuous, complete remission. You don’t need to keep giving the drug. You give it once. One infusion. And that’s it.”

#cancer  ... more »

Fred Hutch president says they’ve got cancer ‘running scared,’ predicts cure in 10 years

Juno’s technology of harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is truly groundbreaking. The technology is highly individualized, since it takes T-cells from a patient’s body and then re-engineers them to kill select cancer cells.

“I have never seen anything like this in my life,” said Gilliland. “You would not believe the types of responses that you see. People who have … widespread disease that has been refractory for every treatment that we have — in some cases on death’s door — and you give this cell-based therapy that was developed by Stan Riddell and Phil Greenberg at the Hutch and these tumors just melt away. People go into continuous, complete remission. You don’t need to keep giving the drug. You give it once. One infusion. And that’s it.”

#cancer  ___

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2015-06-30 16:17:31 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Walking in nature found to reduce rumination

A team of researchers working at Stanford University has found that people walking in a "natural" environment tend to engage in less rumination. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes an experiment they conducted to measure one type of self-destructive behavior, and what they learned from it.

Walking in nature found to reduce rumination

A team of researchers working at Stanford University has found that people walking in a "natural" environment tend to engage in less rumination. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes an experiment they conducted to measure one type of self-destructive behavior, and what they learned from it.___

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2015-06-30 15:53:00 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Vitamin A supplementation may cause the immune system to 'forget' past infections

Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology may help to explain why too much vitamin A can be harmful. Too much vitamin A shuts down the body's trained immunity, opening the door to infections to which we would otherwise be immune. This study adds to the arguments that vitamin A supplementation should only be done with clear biological and clinical arguments. Furthermore, it also suggests that low vitamin A concentrations in certain situations may even be "normal."

Vitamin A supplementation may cause the immune system to 'forget' past infections

Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology may help to explain why too much vitamin A can be harmful. Too much vitamin A shuts down the body's trained immunity, opening the door to infections to which we would otherwise be immune. This study adds to the arguments that vitamin A supplementation should only be done with clear biological and clinical arguments. Furthermore, it also suggests that low vitamin A concentrations in certain situations may even be "normal."___

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2015-06-30 15:37:54 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-30 02:07:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The fear you experience playing video games is real, and you enjoy it

With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and in new ways, according to new research.

The fear you experience playing video games is real, and you enjoy it

With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and in new ways, according to new research.___

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2015-06-30 01:45:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Podcast is the New Blog

Incredible growth often comes from under-leveraged distribution channels or gaps in the way existing tools sets intersect (or don’t). Audio and video, thanks in large part to the rapid growth of mobile technologies are now more accessible than ever and fit into an “on-demand” lifestyle of constant connection and entertainment.

Podcast is the New Blog

Incredible growth often comes from under-leveraged distribution channels or gaps in the way existing tools sets intersect (or don’t). Audio and video, thanks in large part to the rapid growth of mobile technologies are now more accessible than ever and fit into an “on-demand” lifestyle of constant connection and entertainment.___

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2015-06-30 00:48:56 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Livecoding.tv Is Twitch.tv For Coding

The way Livecoding works is pretty simple. Developers stream live video of themselves coding, and users watching can ask questions or give feedback.

Livecoding.tv Is Twitch.tv For Coding

The way Livecoding works is pretty simple. Developers stream live video of themselves coding, and users watching can ask questions or give feedback.___

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2015-06-29 16:28:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Solar Impulse finally en route to Hawaii with epic Pacific Ocean crossing

Solar Impulse finally en route to Hawaii with epic Pacific Ocean crossing___

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2015-06-29 16:27:02 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Paired with AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet

virtual reality—as exhibited by headsets like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard—is bringing a new level of fidelity and, indeed, realism to the kind of immersive digital experience offered by Google Earth. Today, using satellite imagery and street-level photos, Askay and Google are already building 3-D models of real-life places like Prague that you can visit from your desktop PC (see video at top). But in the near future, this experience will move into Oculus-like headsets, which can make you feel like you’re really there.

Paired with AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet

virtual reality—as exhibited by headsets like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard—is bringing a new level of fidelity and, indeed, realism to the kind of immersive digital experience offered by Google Earth. Today, using satellite imagery and street-level photos, Askay and Google are already building 3-D models of real-life places like Prague that you can visit from your desktop PC (see video at top). But in the near future, this experience will move into Oculus-like headsets, which can make you feel like you’re really there.___

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2015-06-29 16:20:39 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-29 16:10:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Cyberpunk's Not Dead: In Face We're Living It

Cyberpunk stories featured noirish outsiders and criminals as protagonists struggling against powerful mega-corporations in dystopian societies. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality and, of course, computer hacking were its tropes.

At the same time, even as hackers continue to wreak havoc, the idea of technologically empowered individuals taking down the US government altogether now looks hopelessly naive, as many members of the Anonymous and LulzSec groups have learned the hard way in recent years. Ironically, the cyberpunk vision of reality that has truly emerged is the world world of Neuromancer, where mega-corporations and transnational governments, not lone hackers, rule.

Cyberpunk was supposed to be a warning. Instead, it became an ideal. And now we’re living in it. Welcome to the future.

Cyberpunk's Not Dead: In Face We're Living It

Cyberpunk stories featured noirish outsiders and criminals as protagonists struggling against powerful mega-corporations in dystopian societies. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality and, of course, computer hacking were its tropes.

At the same time, even as hackers continue to wreak havoc, the idea of technologically empowered individuals taking down the US government altogether now looks hopelessly naive, as many members of the Anonymous and LulzSec groups have learned the hard way in recent years. Ironically, the cyberpunk vision of reality that has truly emerged is the world world of Neuromancer, where mega-corporations and transnational governments, not lone hackers, rule.

Cyberpunk was supposed to be a warning. Instead, it became an ideal. And now we’re living in it. Welcome to the future.___

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2015-06-29 03:14:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Compound in magnolia may combat head and neck cancers

Compound in magnolia may combat head and neck cancers___

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2015-06-28 18:26:49 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

They’re All P2P Employment Agencies

Instagram is big. But Upwork and YouTube are bigger. Twitter is big. But Uber and Airbnb are bigger. Your startup idea is big. But your startup idea that pays people is bigger. What do YouTube, Airbnb, Uber and Upwork have in common? You can get paid using them. And thousands of people are getting an income from them right now.

They’re All P2P Employment Agencies

Instagram is big. But Upwork and YouTube are bigger. Twitter is big. But Uber and Airbnb are bigger. Your startup idea is big. But your startup idea that pays people is bigger. What do YouTube, Airbnb, Uber and Upwork have in common? You can get paid using them. And thousands of people are getting an income from them right now.___

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2015-06-28 16:25:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

From Social Networks To Market Networks

“Marketplaces” provide transactions among multiple buyers and multiple sellers — like eBay, Etsy, Uber and LendingClub.

From Social Networks To Market Networks

“Marketplaces” provide transactions among multiple buyers and multiple sellers — like eBay, Etsy, Uber and LendingClub.___

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2015-06-28 16:09:41 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Why Your Next Package Will Be Delivered By An Uber

But Uber has a key advantage over even these massive incumbents: While the big parcel players put a driver on every block every day, in metropolitan regions Uber has drivers on every block every minute.

Why Your Next Package Will Be Delivered By An Uber

But Uber has a key advantage over even these massive incumbents: While the big parcel players put a driver on every block every day, in metropolitan regions Uber has drivers on every block every minute.___

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2015-06-27 16:48:30 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Google made a chatbot that debates the meaning of life

A human talks to a machine. And it goes like this:

Human: what is the purpose of life?
Machine: to serve the greater good.
Human: what is the purpose of living?
Machine: to live forever.
Human: what is the purpose of existence?
Machine: to find out what happens when we get to the planet earth.
Human: where are you now?
Machine: i’m in the middle of nowhere.
Human: what is the purpose of dying?
Machine: to have a life.
Human: what is the purpose of being intelligent?
Machine: to find out what it is.
Human: what is the purpose of emotions?
Machine: i don’t know.

Google made a chatbot that debates the meaning of life

A human talks to a machine. And it goes like this:

Human: what is the purpose of life?
Machine: to serve the greater good.
Human: what is the purpose of living?
Machine: to live forever.
Human: what is the purpose of existence?
Machine: to find out what happens when we get to the planet earth.
Human: where are you now?
Machine: i’m in the middle of nowhere.
Human: what is the purpose of dying?
Machine: to have a life.
Human: what is the purpose of being intelligent?
Machine: to find out what it is.
Human: what is the purpose of emotions?
Machine: i don’t know.___

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2015-06-27 16:24:36 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have built a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This artificial neuron contain no "living" parts, but is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve cell and communicate in the same way as our own neurons do.

Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have built a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This artificial neuron contain no "living" parts, but is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve cell and communicate in the same way as our own neurons do.___

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2015-06-27 16:17:03 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Synapses last as long as the memories they store

Synapses last as long as the memories they store___

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2015-06-27 16:05:16 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-26 23:07:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

The fact that we are in a tech bubble is in no doubt. The fact that the bubble is about to burst, however, is not something the sector wants to wake up to. The good times the sector is enjoying are becoming increasingly artificial. The tech startup space at the moment resembles the story of the emperor with no clothes. It remains for a few established, reasoned voices to persist with their concerns so the majority will finally listen.

The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

The fact that we are in a tech bubble is in no doubt. The fact that the bubble is about to burst, however, is not something the sector wants to wake up to. The good times the sector is enjoying are becoming increasingly artificial. The tech startup space at the moment resembles the story of the emperor with no clothes. It remains for a few established, reasoned voices to persist with their concerns so the majority will finally listen.___

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2015-06-26 21:48:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The writers of Humans are ready for the singularity

If the singularity is coming for us, then it won’t arrive with a violent robot uprising but with the confused and cautious first steps of a new kind of human consciousness. That’s how writers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley have approached Humans, AMC’s upcoming series about androids living among us. Set in a parallel present, the series is about a world where a robotic servant class known as synths live with humans as yet another everyday gadget. But rather than going down the typical thriller path of asking what artificially intelligent automatons might do to us if they became self-aware, Vincent and Brackley ask what happens to us when we form relationships with feeling machines.

The writers of Humans are ready for the singularity

If the singularity is coming for us, then it won’t arrive with a violent robot uprising but with the confused and cautious first steps of a new kind of human consciousness. That’s how writers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley have approached Humans, AMC’s upcoming series about androids living among us. Set in a parallel present, the series is about a world where a robotic servant class known as synths live with humans as yet another everyday gadget. But rather than going down the typical thriller path of asking what artificially intelligent automatons might do to us if they became self-aware, Vincent and Brackley ask what happens to us when we form relationships with feeling machines.___

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2015-06-26 16:44:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Future of UI Design - old school txt messages

Last December, in a blog post on Chinese app trends, designer and engineer Dan Grover announced the emergence of “chat as a universal UI.” Grover had moved from San Francisco to Guangzhou to work as a product manager for popular messaging app WeChat and noted the advent of “official accounts” for brands and public figures on the service. “Think SmarterChild but for banks, phone companies, blogs, hospitals, malls, and government agencies,” he explained, likening the accounts to the friendly AIM bot of yore. Today’s WeChat users ask their bank about their balance much like you and I once pestered SmarterChild for movie times.

The Future of UI Design - old school txt messages

Last December, in a blog post on Chinese app trends, designer and engineer Dan Grover announced the emergence of “chat as a universal UI.” Grover had moved from San Francisco to Guangzhou to work as a product manager for popular messaging app WeChat and noted the advent of “official accounts” for brands and public figures on the service. “Think SmarterChild but for banks, phone companies, blogs, hospitals, malls, and government agencies,” he explained, likening the accounts to the friendly AIM bot of yore. Today’s WeChat users ask their bank about their balance much like you and I once pestered SmarterChild for movie times.___

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2015-06-26 16:32:41 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

How the Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works

Magnets. That’s the short version. The long version means steeling yourself for a light dose of physics. According to Lexus, its hoverboard relies on superconductors and magnets, which combine to repel the force of gravity and lift an object—like, say, a fancy skateboard and its rider—above the ground.

How the Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works

Magnets. That’s the short version. The long version means steeling yourself for a light dose of physics. According to Lexus, its hoverboard relies on superconductors and magnets, which combine to repel the force of gravity and lift an object—like, say, a fancy skateboard and its rider—above the ground.___

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2015-06-26 16:24:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Why Young, Slim, Vegetarian, Non-Smoking Indians Are Struggling With Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attacks, and Diabetes

Most of us have heard that we should eat less fat and ghee, skip the junk food, pass on the soft drinks, and lace up our running shoes regularly to keep our hearts strong, bodies slim, and our blood sugar regulated. What you may not know is that if you are of South Asian descent (from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, or Nepal), you have an increased risk of developing heart disease, a big unhealthy gut, and type 2 diabetes, regardless of your other risk factors. That’s right—even if you are a slim, vegetarian, non-smoker with low cholesterol and average blood pressure, simply being Indian puts you at risk for these conditions.

Why Young, Slim, Vegetarian, Non-Smoking Indians Are Struggling With Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attacks, and Diabetes

Most of us have heard that we should eat less fat and ghee, skip the junk food, pass on the soft drinks, and lace up our running shoes regularly to keep our hearts strong, bodies slim, and our blood sugar regulated. What you may not know is that if you are of South Asian descent (from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, or Nepal), you have an increased risk of developing heart disease, a big unhealthy gut, and type 2 diabetes, regardless of your other risk factors. That’s right—even if you are a slim, vegetarian, non-smoker with low cholesterol and average blood pressure, simply being Indian puts you at risk for these conditions.___

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2015-06-26 16:22:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Eating in the absence of hunger is a recipe for expanding waistline

A QUT researcher has had an article on how compulsive snacking is a major cause of weight gain published in the international journal Eating Behaviors.

Eating in the absence of hunger is a recipe for expanding waistline

A QUT researcher has had an article on how compulsive snacking is a major cause of weight gain published in the international journal Eating Behaviors.___

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2015-06-26 16:13:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Exercising early in life yields rewards in adult years

early-age exercise in mice has positive effects on adult levels of voluntary exercise in addition to reducing body mass - results that may have relevance for the public policy debates concerning the importance of physical education for children.

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-06-early-life-yields-rewards-adult.html

Exercising early in life yields rewards in adult years

early-age exercise in mice has positive effects on adult levels of voluntary exercise in addition to reducing body mass - results that may have relevance for the public policy debates concerning the importance of physical education for children.

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-06-early-life-yields-rewards-adult.html___

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2015-06-26 16:05:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Google, Softbank fund predictive marketing startup Yieldify to the tune of $11.5m

“It’s quite a unique technology that reacts to a customer’s onsite behavior,” said Google Ventures general partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan. “One of the other differences is that it is very focused on lower funnel optimization.” Not alone among companies offering services to better convert shoppers into buyers, Yieldify does have one other distinct difference: it doesn’t charge for its service upfront. Instead, the company only gets paid when their technology results in a conversion by taking a cut of the transaction.

Google, Softbank fund predictive marketing startup Yieldify to the tune of $11.5m

“It’s quite a unique technology that reacts to a customer’s onsite behavior,” said Google Ventures general partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan. “One of the other differences is that it is very focused on lower funnel optimization.” Not alone among companies offering services to better convert shoppers into buyers, Yieldify does have one other distinct difference: it doesn’t charge for its service upfront. Instead, the company only gets paid when their technology results in a conversion by taking a cut of the transaction.___

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2015-06-26 01:17:03 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Holding on to the blues: Depressed individuals may fail to decrease sadness

Given that depression is characterized by intense and frequent negative feelings, like sadness, it might seem logical to develop interventions that target those negative feelings. But new research suggests that even when depressed people have the opportunity to decrease their sadness, they don't necessarily try to do so.

Holding on to the blues: Depressed individuals may fail to decrease sadness

Given that depression is characterized by intense and frequent negative feelings, like sadness, it might seem logical to develop interventions that target those negative feelings. But new research suggests that even when depressed people have the opportunity to decrease their sadness, they don't necessarily try to do so.___

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2015-06-26 00:18:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A Month Designing in VR

In April I spent a few weeks designing for the Samsung Gear VR. I wanted to share some thoughts on why I did a hack-a-month (a term for a short trial stint on a new team) in VR and some takeaways on the design process and design patterns I explored over two short weeks.

A Month Designing in VR

In April I spent a few weeks designing for the Samsung Gear VR. I wanted to share some thoughts on why I did a hack-a-month (a term for a short trial stint on a new team) in VR and some takeaways on the design process and design patterns I explored over two short weeks.___

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2015-06-25 22:44:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Heating the Netherlands from data centers

Nerdalize’s two main products, The CloudHeater and Nerdalize Kompute, provide free heating for home owners and computing power for homeowners in the Netherlands that is reportedly 30-55% cheaper per job than the next best alternative.

By placing servers in residential homes and then selling the computing power to researchers and businesses (users of Infrastructure as a Service), the electricity used by the servers is paid for by Nerdalize. Nerdalize Kompute, a Cloud computing platform, allows clients of Nerdalize to utilize CloudHeater computing power without the overhead and cost of a traditional Cloud service or data center.

Heating the Netherlands from data centers

Nerdalize’s two main products, The CloudHeater and Nerdalize Kompute, provide free heating for home owners and computing power for homeowners in the Netherlands that is reportedly 30-55% cheaper per job than the next best alternative.

By placing servers in residential homes and then selling the computing power to researchers and businesses (users of Infrastructure as a Service), the electricity used by the servers is paid for by Nerdalize. Nerdalize Kompute, a Cloud computing platform, allows clients of Nerdalize to utilize CloudHeater computing power without the overhead and cost of a traditional Cloud service or data center.___

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