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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 04, @10:49AM   Printer-friendly
from the sudo-make-me-a-[Lord]-sandwich dept.

Reports by AFP via The Guardian , the New York Daily News , The Inquisitr , AAP via News Corp Australia and the Daily Mail say that researchers have found a wreck which they believe is the Lord Sandwich.

Travelling aboard the ship, better known by its original name HMS Endeavour , James Cook became the first European to visit Australia and Hawaii. Later it was sold and renamed. It was believed to have been scuttled along with several other ships in Newport Harbour during the American Revolution in connection with the Battle of Rhode Island. Now researchers with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project say they have somehow determined with "80 to 100 per cent" certainty which of the wrecks is the Lord Sandwich.

Further details are to be released on 4 May.

A 2006 ABC story has earlier information.


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posted by cmn32480 on Wednesday May 04, @09:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the my-body-isn't-cooperating dept.

From The New York Times:

Kevin Hall, a scientist at a federal research center who admits to a weakness for reality TV, had the idea to follow the "Biggest Loser" contestants for six years after that victorious night. The project was the first to measure what happened to people over as long as six years after they had lost large amounts of weight with intensive dieting and exercise.

It has to do with resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest. When the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.

Researchers knew that just about anyone who deliberately loses weight — even if they start at a normal weight or even underweight — will have a slower metabolism when the diet ends. So they were not surprised to see that "The Biggest Loser" contestants had slow metabolisms when the show ended.

Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after "The Biggest Loser" competition (open, DOI: 10.1002/oby.21538)


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posted by cmn32480 on Wednesday May 04, @07:39AM   Printer-friendly
from the take-a-hint-already dept.

Second Brazil Whatsapp Block Overturned

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0XU1YY

A judicial order blocking WhatsApp in Brazil has been overturned by a different judge. The WhatsApp block marks the second time in five months that the messaging app has been blocked in Brazil.

On Monday, a judge in the northeastern state of Sergipe had ordered Brazil's five main wireless operators to block access to WhatsApp for 72 hours. The reason for the order was not made public due to legal secrecy in an ongoing case before the state court.

However, a different judge from the state tribunal intervened to cancel Monday's ruling following an appeal from WhatsApp's lawyers, the court said in a statement.

WhatsApp Ban Lifted in Brazil

A judge ordered Brazil's telecom providers in the country to block WhatsApp (again) in a dispute over access to chat records related to a drug investigation, but WhatsApp has argued that it cannot access the chats in an unencrypted form and therefore cannot provide the required records to the court.

Brazil has lifted the ban after only 48 hours, and interestingly enough, Telegram has reported to have a surge of 1 million users, hours after the ban's taking effect.


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posted by cmn32480 on Wednesday May 04, @05:53AM   Printer-friendly
from the let-me-baidu-that-doens't-have-the-same-ring dept.

Baidu has found itself under attack from China's Internet regulator and other agencies following the death of a student who used the search engine to look up medical advice, and found sketchy advertisements:

The internet search engine, referred to as China's Google, saw its Nasdaq-listed shares fall 7.92%. China's internet regulator has said it will investigate the death of the university student, who used Baidu to search for cancer treatment. Wei Zexi, aged 21, a computer science student at Xidian University, died last month of a rare form of cancer. According to state media, Wei was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in 2014. He had been undergoing a controversial treatment at a hospital which was advertised on the search engine. Baidu has said on its Weibo account that it had filed a request for the hospital to be investigated.

[...] China's internet regulator - Cyberspace Administration of China - is teaming up with several other government agencies to look into the matter, including the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, and the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Has "China's Google" grown too close to the West for the comfort of certain Chinese officials?

"I am somewhat surprised that Baidu would be the target of an aggressive government investigation like this because they have always been supported as a home-grown alternative to Google," David Riedel, president of New York-based Riedel Research Group Inc. said by e-mail. He has a hold rating on the stock. "Investors must be wary of this development because if it becomes clear that Baidu has somehow fallen afoul of powerful politicians in Beijing this could be the first of many attacks on the company," Riedel said.


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posted by cmn32480 on Wednesday May 04, @04:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the they-had-a-good-run dept.

Venture Beat reports on "preview data that has NOT been reviewed by Quality Assurance" from Net Applications showing that, among desktop operating systems used for browsing the 40,000 participating Web sites, Microsoft Windows has fallen to 80.23% market share. The 1.22% decline from the previous month is unusual; Windows had been gradually losing share since November of 2007, when it was at 95.89%. OS X makes up 9.20% of the market (slightly less than Windows XP's 9.66% share) and Linux 1.56%.


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posted by cmn32480 on Wednesday May 04, @02:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the you-don't-say dept.

https://www.baekdal.com/analysis/the-increasing-problem-with-the-misinformed

The 'experts' used by the media are less truthful than the politicians. And you are giving them a voice? No wonder people don't trust the news anymore.

You have to be much more than just average news. You have to be a source of amazing news and unique news

But isn't that why many lost credibility? ;-)


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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 04, @12:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the all-meeting-notes-will-be-open-access...-in-binary dept.

Softpedia reports on the announcement by programmer Lennart Poettering of systemd.conf 2016, a conference around the topic of the systemd software.

According to the announcement, the event "will consist of two days of presentations, a one-day hackfest and one day of hands-on training sessions," happening from 28 September to 1 October at the betahaus coworking space.


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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday May 03, @11:18PM   Printer-friendly
from the get-your-popcorn dept.

After losing the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz suspended his presidential bid, saying that "the path has been foreclosed".

Donald Trump will likely succeed on the initial ballot at the Republican National Convention, avoiding a contested convention. Bernie Sanders won a 5-6 point victory in Indiana, prolonging the Democratic side of the race.


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posted by takyon on Tuesday May 03, @09:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the complete-artificial-womb-next dept.

A new artificial placenta that mimics conditions in the womb being developed by researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) might provide new hope [for premature babies].

The university has just reported that such an external placenta has kept five extremely premature lambs alive for a week. Although clinical trials are yet to be scheduled for humans, the researchers are hopeful that the technology might one day become a viable way to keep the earliest born babies alive until they can develop on their own.

[...] The artificial placenta works by using an [extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] (ECMO) system in which an external pump, or artificial lung, oxygenates the blood directly and bypasses the lungs. While ECMO has been around awhile, the researchers altered it in this case to serve very premature infants.

The technology would be a godsend for expectant parents if it pans out.

butthurt sent a correction: ECMO is short for "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation" rather than "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxidation". Sources: Boston Children's Hospital, U.S. National Library of Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday May 03, @07:59PM   Printer-friendly
from the red-dwarfs-can-be-ultra-cool-too dept.

Popular Mechanics reports:

An international team of astronomers has discovered three Earth-like exoplanets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star—the smallest and dimmest stars in the Galaxy—now known as TRAPPIST-1. The discovery, made with the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory, is significant not only because the three planets have similar properties to Earth, suggesting they could harbor life, but also because they are relatively close (just 40 light years away) and they are the first planets ever discovered orbiting such a dim star. A research paper detailing the teams findings was published [May 2nd] in the journal Nature

"What is super exciting is that for the first time, we have extrasolar worlds similar in size and temperature to Earth—planets that could thus, in theory, harbor liquid water and host life on at least a part of their surfaces—for which the atmospheric composition can be studied in detail with current technology," lead researcher Michaël Gillon of the University of Liège in Belgium said in an email to Popular Mechanics.

[...] The fact that the planets are orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star is significant for other reasons. Stars like TRAPPIST-1 have incredibly long lifetimes—longer than the current age of the universe—giving life plenty of time to take root. TRAPPIST-1 is roughly estimated to be between 1 and 10 billion years old, according to Gillon, and the star's life will continue for tens of billions of years..

A mere 40 light-years away and tens of billions of years for life to evolve still remaining? That's beyond ultracool (if we start a stroll toward it at 6km/h, will get there in about 55 billion years. So, if no warp drive available, maybe we should use a bicycle)

Temperate Earth-sized planets transiting a nearby ultracool dwarf star (DOI: 10.1038/nature17448)


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posted by takyon on Tuesday May 03, @06:28PM   Printer-friendly
from the i-am-spartacus dept.

It's looking like, possibly (hopefully), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the U.S. and Europe may be falling apart. According to a BBC article, the French Minister of trade is saying that the trade talks "are likely to grind to a halt".

The French minister, who threatened to leave talks last year, said Europe was offering a lot with little in return. It comes a day after Greenpeace leaked documents from the talks. The environmental group released 248 pages of classified documents, which it said showed how EU standards on public health risked being undermined by the major free-trade agreement.

So, in my opinion, the French (and Greenpeace) deserve a toast (and not with a California red). Now all we have to do is do the same with the TPP!

This is what the trade 'deals' mean for our future if not defeated.

takyon: Also at Foreign Policy, The New York Times .

Previously: TTIP Documents Leaked


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posted by martyb on Tuesday May 03, @04:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the fountain-of-oops? dept.

Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of the biotech company BioViva, claims that her body's cells are 20 years younger after testing her company's age-reversing gene therapy on herself.

[...] Though details of the fast-tracked trial are unpublished, Parrish says it involved intravenous infusions of an engineered virus. That infectious germ carried the genetic blueprints for an enzyme called telomerase, which is found in humans. When spread to the body's cells, the enzyme generally extends the length of DNA caps on the ends of chromosomes, which naturally wear down with cellular aging. In a 2012 mouse study, Spanish researchers found that similar treatment could extend the lifespan of the rodents by as much as 20 percent.

Parrish claims that test results from March—which have not been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal—reveal that her blood cells' telomeres have extended from 6.71 kilobases of DNA to 7.33 kilobases. The difference, she estimates, equates to a cellular age difference of 20 years.

Would you put your life on the line for your company?


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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday May 03, @03:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the jungle-fever dept.

The Atlantic has an article detailing South Korea's effort to protect its athletes from the Zika virus:

Zika virus is now influencing fashion standards at the Olympics.

The South Korean Olympic committee has found a way to infuse mosquito-repellent chemicals into the team's uniforms for this summer's Games in Rio de Janeiro. All outfits, which are worn during ceremonies, training sessions, and in the Olympic Village, have long pants and long-sleeve shirts. The provisions will apparently prevent South Korean athletes from being bitten by mosquitoes that may be infected with the virus that's been linked to birth defects.

[...] While all athletes will be able to use mosquito-repellent spray during the competitions, their sporting uniforms won't have special protections "because of strict rules and performance concerns," reports the AP.

U.S. Olympic officials have expressed deep concern over the Zika virus in Brazil, but they have not changed uniforms just yet. During the closing ceremony, both the men and women will wear Ralph Lauren-designed shorts. Still, U.S. Olympic Committee officials did tell leaders of U.S. sport federations in a call in January that some athletes should consider not going to the Games if they are concerned with their health.

Also coverered in The Telegraph


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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday May 03, @01:42PM   Printer-friendly
from the restoring-faith-in-gubmint dept.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/02/476475970/halliburton-baker-hughes-kill-28-billion-merger-amid-regulator-opposition

Amid pressure from both U.S. and European antitrust regulators, two of the world's biggest oilfield services companies, Halliburton and Baker Hughes, have called off their $28 billion merger. In April, the Justice Department sued to stop the merger saying it would have eliminated competition, NPR's Jim Zarroli reports for our Newscast unit.

The companies perform various services in the oil production process, including managing geological data, drilling evaluation, well construction, as well as transporting and processing the oil, according to the companies' websites. The DOJ said the deal would have left just two dominant entities in this business: the newly formed company, and Schlumberger, which is the world's largest oil services company.

Halliburton has to pay $3.5 billion due to failure of the deal. Also at Marketplace, The New York Times , Bloomberg, Reuters.


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posted by martyb on Tuesday May 03, @11:53AM   Printer-friendly
from the teamwork++ dept.

Bottlenose dolphins have been observed chattering while cooperating to solve a tricky puzzle – a feat that suggests they have a type of vocalisation dedicated to cooperating on problem solving.

Holli Eskelinen of Dolphins Plus research institute in Florida and her colleagues at the University of Southern Mississippi presented a group of six captive dolphins with a locked canister filled with food. The canister could only be opened by simultaneously pulling on a rope at either end.

The team conducted 24 canister trials, during which all six dolphins were present. Only two of the dolphins ever managed to crack the puzzle and get to the food.

The successful pair was prolific, though: in 20 of the trials, the same two adult males worked together to open the food canister in a matter of 30 seconds. In the other four trials, one of the dolphins managed to solve the problem on its own, but this was much trickier and took longer to execute.

But the real surprise came from recordings of the vocalisations the dolphins made during the experiment. The team found that when the dolphins worked together to open the canister, they made more vocalisations than they did while opening the canister on their own or when there was either no canister present or no interaction with the canister in the pool.

Hmm. Now all we need are studies that prove mice chittering decodes to discussing the meaning of 42.


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