Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 09:10 PM | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) The fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer was not part of a planned ambush, but the work of someone trying to evade arrest, authorities said Wednesday.
Police Chief Terry Zeigler said during a news conference that authorities have two young men in custody, but declined to give details about possible charges. The department is working with prosecutors and planned to present the case to them "hopefully later today," Zeigler said.
While the attack isn't part of the recent string of shootings of police in the U.S., Zeigler said[color=cyan] the hate against police has got to stop.[/color]
"The crime does not fit the national narrative of planned attacks against law enforcement officers, but it does fit the narrative fact that words matter. [Color=Cyan]The anti-hate speech has got to stop because the consequences are real," [/color]the chief said
Well, until Law Enforcement takes some ownership in the mess they have a direct hand in with so many bad cops with so many videos of blatant murder by cops, I would not expect it to improve. They need to change their culture to a zero tolerance for bad cops.
in my opinion, both sides are guilty of creating this mess, the cops and criminals.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 03:42 PM | Sunday, July 17, 2016 | (url: https://www.msn.c...)
About 25 percent of the $650 billion of annual spending on Medicare goes for the treatment and care of elderly people in the final year of their lives, according to a new study. Per capita spending is nearly four times higher for those who die than for survivors.
In the long-standing national debate over how far the government should go in stretching limited resources to keep the oldest and sickest people alive, the conventional wisdom has been that the vast majority of beneficiaries making claims on Medicare in the final year of their lives are wizened people in their 80s or 90s confined to nursing home hospital beds.
But the new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation released on Thursday pokes a big hole in that assumption.
Of the 2.6 million Americans who died in this country in 2014, eight out of ten were enrolled in Medicare, the premier national health care program for seniors. However, the Kaiser study found that Medicare spent significantly more per capita on medical services and treatment for people in their late 60s and early 70s than on much older beneficiaries.
Indeed, the analysis concluded that per capita Medicare spending at the end of life actually declines with age peaking at $43,353 for those 73 years old and then gradually declining to $33,381 for 85-year-olds and just $27,779 for people 90 and older.
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"According to the annual report for the year ended 31 December 2015 (the 2015 Annual Report), the Group continues to face an arduous task in respect of the Poultry Business, where, despite efforts to improve raw materials procurement, feed production, breeder and broiler breeding, broiler slaughtering and process, quality and safety management and sales mix rationalisation and channel expansion, the management of the Group still has limited control of the business results and profitability under the harsh operational environment in the PRC.
The 2015 Annual Report also stated that the global market for video games industry continued to experience healthy growth despite a slowing world economy. The Group entered into the Video Gaming Business in July 2015 upon the completion of the acquisition of 58% equity interests in Digital Extremes, which is a leading Canada-based video game developer. In May 2016, the Group completed the acquisition of a further 39% equity interests in Digital Extremes. The entrance into the Video Gaming Business enabled the Group (i) to diversify its business and mitigate the volatile and cyclical nature of the Poultry Business; and (ii) to enhance its profitability.
Submitted by: LouCypher @ 09:05 AM | Thursday, July 7, 2016 | (url: http://www.pcgame...)
In a message posted on their website, Turtle Rock Studios developer MacMan announced that the asymmetric FPS game Evolve will be going free-to-play, with beta starting July 7th. The new update, dubbed "Stage 2" features a complete rework of classes and monsters, with a focus on the HUNT game mode.
Players who purchased Evolve prior to "Stage 2" will receive "Founder" status and all unlocks, keeping the content they've earned already.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 06:54 PM | Saturday, July 2, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)
Activist and writer Elie Wiesel, the World War Two death camp survivor who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, has died, Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said on Saturday.
Wiesel, a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also campaigned for the tyrannized and forgotten around the world, was 87.
The Romanian-born Wiesel lived by the credo expressed in "Night," his landmark story of the Holocaust - "to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time."
In awarding the Peace Prize in 1986, the Nobel Committee praised Wiesel as a "messenger to mankind" and "one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterize the world."
Wiesel did not waver in his campaign never to let the world forget the Holocaust horror. While at the White House in 1985 to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, he even rebuked U.S. President Ronald Reagan for planning to lay a wreath at a German cemetery where some of Hitler's notorious Waffen SS troops were buried.
Submitted by: Odio @ 12:14 AM | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease.
"Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells," says one of the team, David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California.
Schubert and his colleagues tested the effects of THC on human neurons grown in the lab that mimic the effects of Alzheimer's disease.
If youre not familiar with this special little compound, its not only responsible for the majority of marijuana's psychological effects - including the high - thanks to its natural pain-relieving properties, its also been touted as an effective treatment for the symptoms of everything from HIV and chemotherapy to chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, and stroke.
In fact, THC appears to be such an amazing medical agent, researchers are working on breeding genetically modified yeast that can produce it way more efficiently than it would be to make synthetic versions.
The compound works by passing from the lungs to the bloodstream, where it attaches to two types of receptors, cannabinoid receptor (CB) 1 and 2, which are found on cell surfaces all over the body.
Submitted by: Odio @ 09:15 PM | Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)
Scientists from EpiBone, a Brooklyn-based biotech company, are now testing growing bones from stem cells. The process involves taking a fat tissue sample from which to extract the stem cells, and a CT scan of the bone they want to engineer. These will be used to create the shape of the bone, or what Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder, call a scaffold. Cells are then infused into the scaffold, and over about three weeks the cells mature into a piece of bone thats ready for implantation.
The company claims that this process is better than conventional reconstructive procedures since making new bones is more sustainable that cutting a piece of bone out of one part of the body and transplanting it on another. Tandon hopes patients would no longer need immunosuppressant drugs. She tells Scientific American there would be a recognition that its the bodys own, since its your own DNA.
Biomedical engineer Warren Grayson of Johns Hopkins University is a shareholder in EpiBone. Even with his obvious interest in the companys success he tells Business Insider that EpiBone is having some challenges making it work in patients. The companys first hurdle is getting federal approval, which may prove difficult.
Typically, the Food and Drug Administration requires years of heavy study and testing. Even more, since the process uses living tissue, the bar for federal approval may be set even higher, according to professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Steven Eppell.
Tandon says they are currently doing animal experiments, and are about 18 months away from human trials. The goal is to have the bone in the market by 2023. If the research is successful, the application will be a great leap forward in medical technology. After blood, bone is the most transplanted material in the U.S. alone.
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:23 PM | Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
If you really want to make sure your computer doesn't get hacked, disconnecting it from the internet is a good place to start but that 'air gap' alone isn't necessarily enough to prevent data being filched from your PC, new research has shown.
Scientists in Israel have demonstrated a new way for data to be extracted from even air-gapped (physically isolated) computers, with a new malware attack that combs data from the whirring sound of your PC's internal fan.
That's right the sound of your computer keeping itself cool can now be turned against it, thanks to a malware program called Fansmitter, devised by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Centre.
Once a computer is infected with Fansmitter, the program can "acoustically exfiltrate data from air-gapped computers, even when audio hardware and speakers are not present," the researchers write in their paper.
The malware does this by regulating the internal fans' speed to generate an acoustic waveform emitted by the PC. In other words, like a parasite, Fansmitter takes some data from your PC, then takes over the fan, and uses it like a mouthpiece to generate subtle audio signals based on the data, which can then be detected and interpreted by a nearby device.
As the team explains, "[b]inary data can be modulated and transmitted over these audio signals to a remote microphone (eg., on a nearby mobile phone)".
It's not the first time that audio signals have been used to extract data from air-gapped machines. Previous malware demonstrations have shown that PCs' internal and external speakers could use similar techniques to broadcast data signals via audio to capture devices.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:59 PM | Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
we were about to be out of helium
now we're not so fucked
Scientists have discovered a large helium gas field in Tanzania.
With world supplies running out, the find is a "game-changer", say geologists at Durham and Oxford universities.
Until now, the precious gas has been discovered only in small quantities during oil and gas drilling.
Using a new exploration approach, researchers found large quantities of helium within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley.
They say resources in just one part of the Rift valley are enough to fill more than a million medical MRI scanners.
Prof Chris Ballentine, of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, said: "This is a game-changer for the future security of society's helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away."
Prof Jon Gluyas, of the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University, who collaborated on the project, said the price of helium had gone up 500% in the last 15 years.
"Helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe but it's exceedingly rare on Earth," Prof Gluyas told BBC News.
"Moreover, any helium that you do find if you're not careful, will escape, just like a party balloon it rises and rises in the atmosphere and eventually escapes the Earth's gravity altogether.
"It's used in a whole array of key instrumentation, particularly medical MRI scanning and so on, and so we have to keep finding more."
The researchers say volcanic activity in the Rift Valley releases helium buried in ancient rocks, which rises up and becomes trapped in shallower gas fields.
The amount of helium is estimated at more than 54 billion cubic feet - which could potentially meet global demand for several years.
The next step is to find the best place to drill to exploit the gas and bring it to the surface.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 03:15 PM | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. Every year, about 275,000 people tour the Jack Daniels distillery here, and as they stroll through its brick buildings nestled in a tree-shaded hollow, they hear a story like this: Sometime in the 1850s, when Daniel was a boy, he went to work for a preacher, grocer and distiller named Dan Call. The preacher was a busy man, and when he saw promise in young Jack, he taught him how to run his whiskey still and the rest is history.
This year is the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniels, and the distillery, home to one of the worlds best-selling whiskeys, is using the occasion to tell a different, more complicated tale. Daniel, the company now says, didnt learn distilling from Dan Call, but from a man named Nearis Green one of Calls slaves.
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:47 PM | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
srael and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize ties, a senior Israeli official told reporters, according to Reuters. This will end bitter rift over the Israeli Navys killing of nine Turkish citizens during a Gaza flotilla raid in 2010.
The agreement, which took three years to reach, is expected to be officially announced on Monday, said the official traveling with Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently in Rome.The restoration of full diplomatic relations that deteriorated after the Israeli navy's killed nine Turkish and one Turkish-American pro-Palestinian activists in 2010 has been brokered with the help of Washington.
Israel conducted an operation against six civilian ships that belonged to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The ships fit by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief were carrying humanitarian and construction supplies to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The deal is likely to involve compensation (of around $20 million) to the families of the killed Turks and higher Turkish aid and development projects for Gaza, Israeli media report.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly pledged to make effort to release the bodies of two Israeli soldiers that are held by the Hamas organization in the Gaza Strip and two other Israeli civilians.
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:04 AM | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | (url: http://www.livesc...)
A robot in Russia caused an unusual traffic jam last week after it "escaped" from a research lab, and now, the artificially intelligent bot is making headlines again after it reportedly tried to flee a second time, according to news reports.
Engineers at the Russian lab reprogrammed the intelligent machine, dubbed Promobot IR77, after last week's incident, but the robot recently made a second escape attempt, The Mirror reported.
Last week, the robot made it approximately 160 feet (50 meters) to the street, before it lost power and "partially paralyzed" traffic. [The 6 Strangest Robots Ever Created]
Promobot, the company that designed the robot, announced the escapade in a blog post the next day.
The strange escape has drawn skepticism from some who think it was a promotional stunt, but regardless of whether the incident was planned, the designers seem to be capitalizing on all the attention. The company's blog includes photographs of the robot from multiple angles as it obstructs traffic, and the robot's escape came a week after Promobot announced plans to present the newest model in the company's series, Promobot V3, in the fall.
The company said its engineers were testing a new positioning system that allows the robot to avoid collisions while moving under its own control. But when a gate was left open, the robot wandered into the street and blocked a lane of traffic for about 40 minutes, the blog post states.
The Promobot was designed to interact with people using speech recognition, providing information in the form of an expressive electronic face, prerecorded audio messages and a large screen on its chest. The company has said the robot could be used as a promoter, administrator, tour guide or concierge.
In light of the robot's recent escapes, and citing multiple changes to the robot's artificial intelligence, Promobot co-founder Oleg Kivokurtsev told The Mirror, "I think we might have to dismantle it.
Submitted by: Odio @ 04:54 PM | Friday, June 24, 2016 | (url: http://phys.org/n...)
Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.
Abundant harvests of radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes all grown on the soil were found to contain "no dangerous levels" of heavy metals, said the team from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
"These remarkable results are very promising," said senior ecologist Wieger Wamelink.
"We can actually eat the radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes, and I am very curious what they will taste like."
Future Mars settlers will have to take food supplies with them and then plant crops in order to survive.
So using soil developed by NASA to resemble that of the red planet, the university has been experimenting since 2013 and has managed to raise 10 crops.
But uncertainty remains about whether they would absorb the high levels of heavy metals such cadmium, copper and lead, present in Mars soil.
Further tests are now needed on the remaining six crops, including potatoes, in research which is being backed by a crowd-funding campaign.
NASA plans a manned trip to Mars within the next 10 to 15 years or so, and similar projects are also being pursued by US billionaire Elon Musk and the Dutch company Mars One, tentatively aiming to set up human colonies on the Red Planet.
The Mars One project has backed the Wageningen experiments and is currently undertaking a third selection to whittle down the remaining 100 candidates hoping to be among their astronauts to 40.
"It's important to test as many crops as possible, to make sure that settlers on Mars have access to a broad variety of different food sources," said Wamelink.
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:01 PM | Thursday, June 23, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
If you think your mind is the only safe place left for all your secrets, think again, because scientists are making real steps towards reading your thoughts and putting them on a screen for everyone to see.
A team from the University of Oregon has built a system that can read peoples thoughts via brain scans, and reconstruct the faces they were visualising in their heads. As youll soon see, the results were pretty damn creepy.
"We can take someones memory - which is typically something internal and private - and we can pull it out from their brains," one of the team, neuroscientist Brice Kuhl, told Brian Resnick at Vox.
Heres how it works. The researchers selected 23 volunteers, and compiled a set of 1,000 colour photos of random peoples faces. The volunteers were shown these pictures while hooked up to an fMRI machine, which detects subtle changes in the blood flow of the brain to measure their neurological activity.
Also hooked up to the fMRI machine is an artificial intelligence program that reads the brain activity of the participants, while taking in a mathematical description of each face they were exposed to in real time. The researchers assigned 300 numbers to certain physical features on the faces to help the AI 'see' them as code.
Basically, this first phase was a training session for the AI - it needed to learn how certain bursts of neurological activity correlated to certain physical features on the faces.
Once the AI had formed enough brain activity-face code match-ups, the team started phase two of the experiment. This time, the AI was hooked up to the fMRI machine only, and had to figure out what the faces looked like based only on the participants brain activity.
All the faces shown to the participants in this round were completely different from the previous round.