Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:45 AM | Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | (url: http://www.cnn.co...)
Astronomers engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) are training their instruments on a star around 94 light years from Earth after a very strong signal was detected by a Russian telescope.
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its star, HD 164595 -- described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone and others as a "strong candidate for SETI" -- in the hopes of determining its origin.
"The signal from HD 164595 is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like star, and if it's artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind," astronomer Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, which searches for life beyond Earth, tells CNN.
Whenever a strong signal is detected, "it's a good possibility for some nearby civilization to be detected," Maccone tells CNN.
In a statement, Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer with the SETI Institute, said that "it's hard to understand why anyone would want to target our solar system with a strong signal."
"This star system is so far away they won't have yet picked up on any TV or radar that would tell them that we're here," he added.
METI International will be observing the star from the Boquete Optical SETI Observatory in Panama, Vakoch says, "searching for any brief laser pulses that might be sent as a beacon from advanced extraterrestrials."
He stressed the importance of all of the SETI community following up on a signal detected by any single member.
"Without corroboration from an independent observatory, a putative signal from extraterrestrials doesn't have a lot of credibility."
The SETI Institute is also examining HD 164595, using the Allen Telescope Array in California.
I wonder if this is anywhere in the neighborhood of that star that is dimming
Submitted by: Odio @ 05:40 AM | Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)
FINDING THE TARGET
In essence, cancer arises when a cells division mechanism breaks down and begins dividing uncontrollably, resulting in the development of tumors. When these out-of-control cells spread elsewhere, we have what is known as metastasis. which results in the development and spread of secondary tumors in the lungs, liver, and a host of other tissues.
These secondary tumors, also known as metastatic tumors, present the greatest risk and complications to cancer patients. Now new research may help provide an approach to eradicating the spread of these cancerous cells.
Led by Mauro Ferrari, a nanomedicine expert, a team of researchers has developed a method in which these spinoff tumors are tricked into consuming poison. The main component of this method is an agent called doxorubicin (dox), which has been used for years in cancer treatment, and the results in mice studies have shown this new method to be highly effective.
Dox eliminates cancer cells by jamming up DNA in the cell nucleus to prevent cell division. However, in the bloodstream, dox also negatively affects heart muscle cells and could lead to heart failure. To ensure that only tumor cells were killed, the researchers encapsulate the drug within a drug carrier.
For years, the team has been developing porous silicon particles for this purpose. With its small size and disklike shape, it is able to travel through normal blood vessels. Blood vessels near tumors are usually malformed and leaky ,which cause the particles to pool near the tumor. This allowed the drug agents to be delivered only to the tumor.
GETTING INTO THE SYSTEM
That wasnt the only problem researchers had to overcome. After delivering the agent, most tumor cells have membrane proteins which essentially act as tiny pumps that moves the drug outside the cell before it can have any effect. To counteract this defense system, the researchers linked the the dox molecules to stringlike polymer.
Submitted by: Odio @ 04:41 PM | Monday, August 22, 2016 | (url: http://www.washin...)
A wave of sexual assaults and fatal Islamist attacks in Europe have some German politicians calling for a loosening of gun-control laws.
The leader of the Alternative for Germany party, Frauke Petry, said in a recent interview that Islamist attacks in Germany and elsewhere suggest that the German people should be able to arm themselves with firearms and other means of self-defense.
"Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends," Petry said.
"We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places," she added.
Europe has seen a flood of immigrants in recent years, as persons fleeing the Syrian civil war and the rise of the Islamic State have poured over from the Middle East and settled in northern countries, including France, Germany and England.
Growing concerns over the migrant crisis, and the threat of Islamic terrorism, have boosted the Alternative for Germany's standing in the country, and the group is expected to perform well in upcoming votes in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, according to Reuters.
Germany currently has some of the strictest gun control laws in all of Europe.
"Firearm owners must obtain a weapons license for which applicants must generally be at least 18 years old and show they have they have a reason for needing a weapon," Reuters noted.
But with the recent spate of fatal Islamist attacks, coupled with a wave of sexual assaults carried out by Middle Eastern immigrants, some German politicians are arguing now in favor of increased access to firearms.
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:33 PM | Thursday, August 11, 2016 | (url: http://tribunist....)
A protestor in Ferguson, Missouri was hit by a car traveling at high speed while attending a protest on the anniversary of the death of Michael Brow. The protestor was standing alone, in the middle of a multi-lane highway when the accident happened.
The driver of the car seemingly never even saw the protestor who was standing in the middle of the road. Other protestors were standing near the side of the road.
After the protestor was hit by the car, other members of the group of protestors drew firearms and opened fire on the car as it tried to escape the angry protestors.
According to a local media report:
Others among the roughly 75 protesters began trying to cut off the car, which then reversed direction to try to avoid the crowd, according to several witnesses.
At that point, witnesses said, several protesters pulled out guns and began chasing and firing at the fleeing car.
I just started screaming, and the bullets started flying, and I started screaming some more, said Heather DeMian, of St. Charles, a regular protester who has been live-streaming Ferguson protests.
It appears the driver did not intentionally strike the protester, according to Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small, who said the woman is being very, very cooperative with police.
Investigators say the woman was simply driving down West Florissant at nighttime, unaware someone was standing in the street, until it was too late to stop before hitting them, Small said in a statement Wednesday morning.
The womans car had several bullet holes in it from the gunfire of the protestors, but no one was injured by the gunfire. Police say the woman is cooperative and there are no charges filed so far against the driver or protestors.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 08:06 PM | Monday, August 8, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)
Call it a legislative overreach, straight to your cars cupholder: Drinking coffee behind the wheel could be outlawed in New Jersey under a proposed distracted-driving law. The stogie that Tony Soprano lights and puffs on the way to his suburban manse? Snuffed out for good as well.
The bill under consideration in the state legislature would prohibit any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway.
If that sounds broader than the barn you crash into after spilling McDonalds java in your lap, it is. Like the federal government and most states, New Jersey already takes a view of distracted driving thats darker than French Roast. According to the states Office of the Attorney General, inattentive drivers were responsible for nearly 800,000 crashes in the state between 2010 and 2014, including 3,179 deaths in 2014 alone.
Studies talk about how distracted driving is the number-one cause of accidents, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the bills co-sponsor, told NewJersey.com. We ought to be able to stop it.
Because text messaging is a trifecta of distraction, requiring visual, manual and cognitive attention, New Jersey is one of 46 states and the District of Columbia that have outlawed driver texting. The feds brandished an effective stick, threatening to withhold 25 percent of federal highway funds to states that didn't fall in line.
I would argue Coffee contributes to safety.
Submitted by: Odio @ 02:31 PM | Friday, August 5, 2016 | (url: http://www.ibtime...)
A new murky law amended by UAE President dictates that people who use any method of personal security to ensure privacy on the internet will be fined or imprisoned.
According to Emirates24/7, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a significant number of changes to federal laws and one in particular is considerably concerning. The law in question is an amendment made to Federal Law No. 12/2016 and Federal Law No. 5/2012 on combating information technology crimes.
The most relevant change is what follows
Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dh500,000 and not exceeding Dh2,000,000, or either of these two penalties.
In laymans terms, the new law criminalizes those who use IP-masking technologies like VPNs, proxies, Tor, I2P, or others and risk going to jail, or additional fines between $135,000 and $545,000.
The purpose of this law, According to Softpedia, is to keep citizens of the United Arab Emirates from masking their real identity and making it appear as if they were located somewhere across the globe outside of the UAE. Keeping citizens from masking their IP address helps prevent cybercrime, for one. But secondly, it would both discourage and scare users from using VPNs or proxies for accessing services blocked in the country, such Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Skype and others
Article 2 of the law states that the law shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall come into effect the day following publication.
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:50 AM | Thursday, August 4, 2016 | (url: http://medicalxpr...)
From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions.
Our brains naturally shrink with age, but scientists are increasingly recognising that obesity - already linked to conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease - may also affect the onset and progression of brain ageing; however, direct studies to support this link are lacking.
In a cross-sectional study - in other words, a study that looks at data from individuals at one point in time - researchers looked at the impact of obesity on brain structure across the adult lifespan to investigate whether obesity was associated with brain changes characteristic of ageing. The team studied data from 473 individuals between the ages of 20 and 87, recruited by the Cambridge Centre for Aging and Neuroscience. The results are published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.
The researchers divided the data into two categories based on weight: lean and overweight. They found striking differences in the volume of white matter in the brains of overweight individuals compared with those of their leaner counterparts. Overweight individuals had a widespread reduction in white matter compared to lean people.
The team then calculated how white matter volume related to age across the two groups. They discovered that an overweight person at, say, 50 years old had a comparable white matter volume to a lean person aged 60 years, implying a difference in brain age of 10 years.
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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Submitted by: Amadeus @ 01:10 PM | Monday, July 11, 2016 | (url: http://www.xboxac...)
"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.