Submitted by: Odio @ 03:41 AM | Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | (url: http://www.wired....)
DONT TURN AWAY: A team of architectural historians rebuilt a Nazi gas chamber.
The stark-white plaster casts of workon display at the Venice Architectural Biennale as The Evidence Roomdoes more than just make visitors uncomfortable (though it does that, too). In responding to the Biennales theme, Reporting from the Front, the reconstruction both remembers the Holocaust and refuses to let its literal architects escape without blame.
The exhibit actually grew out of a court case. In 1996, Holocaust denier David Irving sued writer and historian Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books for libel. Lipstadts 1994 book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory featured Irvings revisionist interpretation of the era. In order to fight Irvings lawsuit, Lipstadt had to prove that the Holocaust did, indeed, happen. The court called on Robert Jan van Pelt, architectural historian at the University of Waterloo. His job, on the stand, was to prove the genocidal intent of concentration camps. He had the proof: the architects who built the crematoriums left behind blueprints and letters.
Van Pelt, along with other professors and students from the University of Waterloo, used that evidence to reconstruct full-scale replicas of a gas column, a gas door, and a gas-tight hatch. Theyre nightmarish to look atbut looking, and acknowledging, is the whole point. Its a perfect example of the unflinching tone Alejandro Aravena, the latest winner of architectures prestigious Pritzker Prize and the director of this years Biennale, is urging architects to adopt in facing difficult issues.
It is a profound experience for all of us, said van Pelt in a statement, and, in design terms, a radical, unprecedented investigation into the possibility to represent something unrepresentable: the architectural evidence of a factory of death.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 02:24 PM | Sunday, June 5, 2016 | (url: http://www.cbsspo...)
In a must-win Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the San Jose Sharks were in desperate need of going into beast mode to get themselves back into the series. So who did they invite to lead the team out of the dressing room before the game?
Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch. That's who.
Submitted by: Odio @ 12:38 AM | Friday, June 3, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)
People who've experienced a stroke have seen "remarkable" improvements in speech, strength, and mobility after having stem cells injected into their brains - with some even regaining the ability to walk.
It's still very early days, but the success of this small trial suggests that we've seriously underestimated the brain's ability to heal itself, and might one day be able to trigger it into regaining lost functionality.
"One 71-year-old woman could only move her left thumb at the start of the trial," neurosurgeon and lead researcher, Gary Steinberg from Stanford University, told Andy Coghlan at New Scientist. "She can now walk and lift her arm above her head."
This is the second trial that's looked into how stem cell injections into patient's brain can improve stroke recovery - a study carried out in the UK last year also showed similarly promising results in patients, more than a year after treatment.
The latest trial was based in California, and was run by a company called SanBio. The team only tested the procedure on 18 patients, but all of them reported some improvements in mobility, and seven of them reported "significant" progress.
Everyone involved in the trial had suffered a stroke between six months and three years before the study, and their progress had plateaued - which meant they were unlikely to get any better without treatment.
Before and up to a year afterwards, the researchers measured their mobility on a scale of 1 to 100 - with 100 being totally mobile - and found that, on average, people had improved by 11.4 points, which is considered clinically meaningful. Or, in other words, it had a real affect on the patients' lives.
So how does it work? The technique involves injecting stem cells through a borehole in the skull into regions of the brain that are known to control motor movements, and which have been damaged by stroke.
Submitted by: Odio @ 10:06 AM | Thursday, June 2, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
Israeli police have released a Jewish extremist that was held in administrative detention for almost 10 months on suspicion of playing a leading role in a terrorist group targeting Palestinians.
Far-right activist Meir Ettinger was released without being charged on Wednesday, although he is still under heavy restrictions, local media reported.
He was initially taken into custody in August of last year for allegedly taking part in an arson attack in the West Bank that killed an 18-month-old boy when he and his parents were burnt alive.
Several extremists were arrested at the time, two of which were eventually charged with the arson.
Israels internal security agency, the Shin Bet, didnt elaborate on the reason for Ettingers release.
The accused arsonist has been banned from Jerusalem and the town of Yad Binyamin for six months and the regions of Judea and Samaria for a year. He will also be subject to a night curfew and must refrain from contacting 92 people on a list of far-right activists.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon had issued an order for his detention for involvement and activity in a Jewish extremist organization and allegedly posing threat to public security.
Ettinger, whom Shin Bet regards as one of the most dangerous far-right activists, is the grandson of US-born Rabbi Meir Kahane a notorious Jewish extremist. He is believed to be one of the leaders of Israels hilltop youth, a group that attacks Palestinian, Christian, and Israeli targets and resists soldiers who attempt to remove Israeli West Bank settlers, according to the Times of Israel.
Other reports say Ettinger is the head of a religious group called Revolt, which kindles hatred between Arabs and Jews with the aim of destroying any chance for a secular Israel.
Jamal Dajani, a spokesman for the Palestinian government, said that Ettinger will be now allowed to roam free and put Palestinian lives in danger.
Submitted by: Odio @ 04:08 PM | Saturday, May 21, 2016 | (url: http://www.popula...)
What better use for brand new technology than to use it to boot up some old software? Duke Nukem 3D is always a solid choice. But what about when the ability to play Duke Nukem 3D isn't enough? Well then, you need to install Windows 95, and then play Duke through that. Luckily, thanks to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, your dream can come true on the Xbox One.
The Anniversary Update is geared towards making the Xbox One more friendly to legacy apps. In fact, it makes it so friendly that this YouTuber was able to port the Dosbox emulator into the system through it, and then use Dosbox to run Windows 95, and then use Windows 95 to play Duke Nukem 3D.
While it's unlikely that this port will make it into the Xbox Marketplace, seeing that old startup bar, and then Duke's face, shows that the Anniversary Update could allow for things Microsoft never really intended. And things there is maybe not a very good reason to ever actually do, besides for laughs.
Submitted by: Odio @ 06:58 AM | Thursday, May 19, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
A nuclear power propulsion system could propel a spacecraft to Mars in just over a month, a huge step forward from the current 18 months required. Russia might test a nuclear engine as early as 2018, the head of the Rosatom nuclear corporation revealed.
Another advantage of a nuclear engine is that it enables a spacecraft to maneuver throughout the flight, whereas existing technology only makes a defined trajectory flight possible.
A nuclear power unit makes it possible to reach Mars in a matter of one to one and a half months, providing capability for maneuvering and acceleration, the head of Rosatom Sergey Kirienko said. Today's engines can only reach Mars in a year and a half, without the possibility of return, Kirienko said.
The nuclear engine project was launched in 2010 and by 2012 an engineering design had been created. The projects budget is estimated at 20 billion rubles (about $US274 million).
It has been reported that a prototype nuclear drive could start testing by 2018. Traditional rocket engines are believed to have reached the limit of their potential and cant be used for deep space exploration.
An operable module with a nuclear drive would facilitate space exploration both for close-range expeditions to the Moon and deep-space autonomous robotic missions to the outskirts of the Solar system.
Using nuclear energy in space was a big deal in the Soviet Union, which launched a nuclear engine project in 1960 and fulfilled it by 1980. An operable engine was tested at the Semipalatinsk nuclear military range.
Between 1970 and 1988, the USSR launched 32 spacecraft equipped with thermoelectric nuclear power plants.
Submitted by: Odio @ 08:45 PM | Monday, May 9, 2016 | (url: http://www.washin...)
The country's top spy agency isn't sure how many of its employees use the agency's equipment to look at child pornography.
The revelation comes shortly after intelligence officials made offhand remarks about the amount of child porn they have found on agency systems in the past. "The amount of child porn I see is just unbelievable," Daniel Payne, director of the Defense Security Service, told a conference in Virginia last week. "What people do [at work] is amazing," added Kemp Ensor, the NSA's director of security.
However, the agency's press office said, it does not collect statistics on the issue. The number of offenders isn't recorded, nor is the number of affected systems, or whether any sort of remedial measures are taken. No records exist of an agency employee being prosecuted over the issue.
"NSA is a professional foreign-intelligence and information-assurance organization with a highly disciplined workforce, serving around the clock in some of the world's most dangerous areas," an NSA spokesman in a statement this week to the Daily Beast. "We set high professional standards for our personnel and any violations of the law are appropriately reported."
The agency is not alone. A 2011 report found that as many as 5,200 Pentagon employees were also alleged to have looked at child pornography on government systems.
The issue is sure to raise questions about what the NSA is using its surveillance power to accomplish. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is set to hold a hearing on the agency's clandestine PRISM surveillance program, which allows it to collect communications data gathered by tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple.
Submitted by: Odio @ 02:17 AM | Friday, May 6, 2016 | (url: http://medicalxpr...)
A study exploring the prevalence of mental health symptoms in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) community, found that the oft-overlooked questioning and bisexual youth face their own significant challenges, particularly when it comes to depression, anxiety and traumatic distress.
"I think the failure to include bisexual individuals in research studies reflects a larger culture of bisexual invisibility," said Annie Shearer, a research assistant with Drexel's Family Intervention Science program within the College of Nursing and Health Professions. "And with regard to questioning individuals, I think people assume that is a temporary identity, causing them to be overlooked, too. But during adolescence and young adulthood, when many individuals are still exploring their sexuality, it's particularly important to include both the bisexual and questioning groups."
Shearer and a team from Drexel's Department of Couple and Family Therapy published their findings in the Journal of Adolescent Health under the title, "Difference in Mental Health Symptoms Across Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Youth in Primary Care Settings."
During routine visits with physicians, participants in the studynumbering 2,513 between the ages of 14 and 24took a survey through Behavioral Health Screen, a tool designed to uncover mental health concerns in patients. The tool was developed by Guy Diamond, PhD, director of the Family Intervention Science program and co-author of the study.
Submitted by: Odio @ 09:28 PM | Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | (url: http://www.theoni...)
SAN DIEGOAccording to a University of CaliforniaSan Diego study released Monday, sexism is rampant throughout the natural world, particularly among the highest classes of vertebrates.
"When we first decided to examine attitudes and behaviors toward gender roles among non-humans, we were wholly unprepared for what we would find," said Jennifer Tannen, leader of the UCSD research team, a joint venture between the school's zoology and women's studies departments. "Females living in the wild routinely fall victim to everything from stereotyping to exclusion from pack activities to sexual harassment."
Nowhere is the natural world's gender inequity more transparent, Tannen said, than in the unfair burden females assume for the rearing of offspring.
"Take the behavior of the ring-neck pheasant," Tannen said. "After mating, the male immediately abandons the hen, leaving her responsible for the total care for the chicks. For the single mother-to-be, there is no assistance, either in the form of a partner or child support. Nor is there any legal recourse. It's despicable."
Tannen said pheasants are typical of the natural world, where a mere 5 percent of animal species mate for life. Among species that do form lasting pairs, the situation barely improves: Females must remain close to the nest to incubate eggs, nurse, and keep watch over the burrow while males are free to go off hunting and fishing with their friends.
"The sexist attitude that child-rearing is 'women's work' is prevalent throughout nature and has been for generations, probably since reptiles first developed mammalian characteristics in the Triassic period," Tannen said. "Sadly, most creatures never pause to challenge these woefully outdated gender roles."
Submitted by: Odio @ 10:14 AM | Monday, May 2, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
As much as 15 million Australian dollars will be spent on funding the clearing of the Murray-Darling Basin from the countrys worst freshwater feral pest. This will be included into Tuesdays federal budget, Australian authorities said on Sunday.
Interestingly enough, the war on fish is to be waged by an unusual means the water will be contaminated with a special type of herpes, known as koi herpes.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation scientists have been carrying out various tests for nearly a decade on other animals including chickens, mice, frogs, turtles and water dragons to determine the safety and suitability of the virus in dealing with an excessive carp population.
The virus was proven to be harmless to humans and animals, but it causes kidney failure in carps, attacks their skin and kills the fish after sitting tight in its system for about seven days.
It causes high death rates in common carp and in the ornamental koi carp. No other species of fish, including goldfish, are known to be affected by the virus, CSIRO official website says.
It affects the European carp by attacking their kidneys, their skin, their gills and stopping them breathing effectively, Australian Science Minister Christopher Pyne said, according to ABC news.
They have the virus for a week before they show any symptoms and it suddenly kills them within 24 hours, he added.
Its been calculated that the carp-control program planned to be launched in 2018 will kill 95 percent of the targeted fish over the next 30 years.
The project cant be brought to life right away since it is still to be determined how to deal with dead bodies most effectively. A significant part of the budgeting is to be spent specifically on a clean-up program.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 10:44 PM | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | (url: https://www.nasas...)
Were particularly excited about an upcoming SpaceX project that would build upon a current no-exchange-of-funds agreement we have with the company, noted NASA deputy Administrator Dava Newman. In exchange for Martian entry, descent, and landing data from SpaceX, NASA will offer technical support for the firms plan to attempt to land an uncrewed Dragon 2 spacecraft on Mars.
Submitted by: Odio @ 04:26 PM | Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | (url: http://www.avclub...)
A New York City man was reportedly physically assaulted by a stranger on the street due to his passing resemblance to actor Shia LaBeouf, according to a report in Gothamist. Mario Licato says he was exiting the Delancey Street F train station on Manhattans Lower East Side at around 8 PM on Saturday when he was unexpectedly punched in his LaBeouf-esque face and knocked briefly unconscious. I was walking up the stairs, Licato explains to Gothamist. I didnt even see the guy. I just see his fist coming towards me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf! Just to put a fine point on this, the unknown assailantwhom witnesses describe as a muscular 6-foot-tall bro type in his mid-20sdid not think he was punching the the 29-year-old actor. He was, by his own parting words, punishing a person for looking similar to Transformers: Dark of the Moon star.
After regaining consciousness at the bottom of the stairs, his face bloodied and his glasses broken in half, Licato turned to a couple who had rushed to his aid in order to confirm the absurdity of the event. I was so confused, he recalls. I was even more confused because I got up and I was like, am I crazy or did I hear him say, This is because you look like Shia LaBeouf? And they were like, Nope. Thats exactly what he said as he was running away from you.
The New York-born advertising art director says that he has been mistaken for LaBeouf in the past and has been stopped on the street a number of times, though this is the first time such an encounter has come to violence. I want to know what Shia LaBeouf did to him, Licato told Gothamist. What did Shia LaBeouf do to him that he punched somebody that looks like him? He must have did something so mean. Did he steal his girlfriend? Did he just see his last performance art piece? Sounds like he just answered his own question
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:29 PM | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report.
The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people who now account for a third of all US suicides.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report did not offer an explanation for the steep rise.
However, other experts have pointed to increased abuse of prescription opiates and the financial downturn that began in 2008 as likely factors.
The report did not break down the suicides by education level or income, but previous studies found rising suicide rates among white people without university degrees.
"This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health," Robert D Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, told the New York Times.
CDC reported on Friday that suicides have increased in the US to a rate of 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986.
Meanwhile, homicides and deaths from ailments like cancer and heart disease have declined.
In the past, suicides have been most common among white people, but the recent increases have been sharp.
The overall suicide rate rose by 24% from 1999 to 2014, according to the CDC. However, the rate increased 43% among white men ages 45 to 64 and 63% for women in the same age-range.
In 2014, more than 14,000 middle-aged white people killed themselves.
That figure is double the combined suicides total for all blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.
The suicide rate declined for only two groups: black men and all people over 75.
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:04 PM | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)
13,000 YEARS WORTH OF ENERGY IN THE OCEANS
We have 4.5 billion tons of uranium in seawater. Half of that amount is enough to power nuclear plants worldwide for 6,500 years.
However, unfortunately, the costs of extracting uranium from seawater is three times the current cost of uranium mined from land. That said, researchers believe this source may one day be critical to sustaining our energy needs, and to that end, efforts to extract uranium from the seas began in the 1960s. And our efforts have continued from there.
For nuclear power to remain a sustainable energy source, an economically viable and secure source of nuclear fuel must be available, said Phillip Britt, technical and outreach leader of the team started by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2011. And now, it seems that we have a much cheaper way of obtaining this material.
Submitted by: Odio @ 06:43 PM | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | (url: http://www.wired....)
Today the average webpage is about the same size, data-wise, as the classic computer game Doom, according to software engineer Ronan Cremin.
A compressed copy of the installer for the shareware version of Doom takes up about 2.39MB of space. Todays average webpage, meanwhile, requires users to download about 2.3MB worth of data, according to HTTP Archive, a site that tracks website performance and the technologies they use.
Thats not totally analogous comparison, but it does illustrate the webs growing obesity problem. Recall that Doom is a multi-level first person shooter that ships with an advanced 3D rendering engine and multiple levels, each comprised of maps, sprites, and sound effects, Cremin writes on MobiForge, a site for mobile web developers. By comparison, 2016s web struggles to deliver a page of web content in the same size.
So how did we get here? As internet connections have gotten faster, publishers and developers worry less about efficiency. Thats led to a growing number of analytics scripts, animated ads, and high-resolution photographs. Each individual script may be small, but eventually they add up, slowing down page loads not just by adding bulk but by increasing the number of connections required to load a page.
Apart from being inefficientand potentially violating users privacythis massive growth in page size could wind up costing users money. Wireless internet providers have been phasing out unlimited data plans for years, and even unlimited plans tend to throttle speeds after users hit a certain download limit. Fixed line internet providers like Comcast are also imposing bandwidth limits, which means that one day soon every megabyte might count.