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Very hot drinks 'probably' cause cancer: UN body

Submitted by: Odio @ 05:58 AM | Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | (url: http://medicalxpr...)

Drinking very hot beverages "probably" causes cancer of the oesophagus, the UN's cancer agency said Wednesday, while lifting suspicion from coffee if consumed at "normal serving temperatures".

"These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible," said Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

The agency reviewed more than 1,000 scientific studies on the possible cancer-causing properties of coffee and the popular South American herbal infusion mate.
Both had been classified as "possibly cancerogenic to humans" since 1991, when the last evaluation was conducted.

Evidence gathered since then suggested that neither drink could be linked to a higher cancer risk, said the agency.
However, there was some evidence that drinking these and other beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Fahrenheit)may cause cancer of the gullet.
"Studies in places such as China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey and South America, where tea or mate is traditionally drunk very hot (at about 70 C) found that the risk of oesophageal cancer increased with the temperature at which the beverage was drunk," said the IARC.

"Drinking very hot beverages at above 65 C was classified as 'probably' carcinogenic to humans."

The studies took into account factors that could have skewed assessment of the cancer risk, such alcohol and tobacco use.


In Just 3 Days, AI Solves Biology Mystery

Submitted by: Odio @ 05:19 AM | Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)

In just three days, an Artificial intelligence has solved one of biologys biggest mysteries independently- how a sliced up flatworm can regenerate into new organisms.

A group of computer scientists from the University of Maryland programmed a computer to randomly predict how a worms genes formed a regulatory network capable of regeneration, which experts would evaluate afterwards through simulation.

Researcher Michael Levin said that solving how flatworms regenerate, through AI, is not just statistics or number-crunching.
The invention of models to explain what nature is doing is the most creative thing scientists do. This is the heart and soul of the scientific enterprise. None of us could have come up with this model; we (as a field) have failed to do so after over a century of effort, he said.

It is important to note, however, that even if the computer only took three days to create the worm model, it took the scientists several years to put together the program.

Researchers are opening up the use of the worm model to create other scientific models and theories in different areas, including cancer research. But, they said, in order to transfer the computers abilities to other areas, massive databases of scientific experiments would need to be prepared in order to have enough raw material for discoveries to be made.

The study by Daniel Lobo and Michael Levin, Inferring Regulatory Networks from Experimental Morphological Phenotypes, was published on Thursday (4 June) in the journal PLOS.


Wikileaks will publish enough evidence to indict Hillary Clinton, warns Assange

Submitted by: Odio @ 02:23 PM | Monday, June 13, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange warns more information will be published about Hillary Clinton, enough to indict her if the US government is courageous enough to do so, in what he predicts will be a very big year for the whistleblowing website.
Expressing concerns in an ITV interview about the Democratic presidential candidate, who he claims is monitoring him, Assange described Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump as an unpredictable phenomenon, but predictably, given their divergent political views, didnt say if he preferred the billionaire to be president.

He was not asked if he supported Green Party candidate Jill Stein, even though she said she would immediately pardon Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning if elected.

We have emails relating to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication, Assange told Peston on Sunday when asked if more of her leaked electronic communications would be published.

About 32,000 emails from her private server have been leaked by Wikileaks so far, but Assange would not confirm the number of emails or when they are expected to be published.

Speaking via video link from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange said that there was enough information in the emails to indict Clinton, but that was unlikely to happen under the current Attorney General, Obama appointee Loretta Lynch.

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Casual Marijuana Smoking Not Harmful to Lungs

Submitted by: Odio @ 07:23 AM | Monday, June 13, 2016 | (url: http://www.livesc...)

In fact, occasional marijuana use was associated with slight increases in lung airflow rates and increases in lung volume, the study found.

Far from a license to light up, the study eases the worry among some health professionals that daily use of marijuana for medical reasons could have negative, long-term implications on pulmonary health.

The study, led by Mark Pletcher of the University of California, San Francisco, compared the effects of both cigarette and marijuana smoking over a period of 20 years in a group of more than 5,000 adults, part of a longitudinal study called Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA).

The data revealed nothing new about tobacco: As exposure to tobacco goes up, lung capacity in terms of the amount of air a smoker can exhale goes down. It's a linear relationship.

Not so with marijuana. More pot smoking was associated with increases in lung capacity up to a level equivalent to about one joint per day for seven years or one joint per week for up to 49 years. Only at levels of marijuana smoking higher than this did the researchers see a leveling off and then potential reversal of this relationship to improved lung capacity.

The increase in lung function at low levels was very small, said study researcher Stefan Kertesz, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. It was about 50 milliliters, or the size of a kid's juice box.

The researchers don't know why light-to-moderate pot use might subtly improve lung function. It could be that marijuana users inadvertently train themselves to be good at the inhalation and exhalation test because they "practice" deep breathing when they smoke pot, Kertesz told LiveScience. The airflow increase, then, is not necessarily an indicator of healthier lungs.

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It is now legal to blow your pets in Canada

Submitted by: Odio @ 08:03 PM | Friday, June 10, 2016 | (url: http://www.infowa...)

Canadas Supreme Court has legalized oral sex with pets as long as no penetration is involved in a ruling slammed by animal rights groups.
The court ruled 7-1 in favor of a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts of sexually assaulting his stepdaughters who also smeared peanut butter on the genitals of his victims and had the family dog lick it off while he videotaped the act, court documents revealed.
Although bestiality was often subsumed in terms such as sodomy or buggery, penetration was the essence the defining act of the offense, the court ruled. There is no hint in any of the parliamentary record that any substantive change to the elements of the offense of bestiality was intended.
The lone dissenter, Justice Rosalie Abella, said penetration should not be considered essential when defining bestiality.
Acts with animals that have a sexual purpose are inherently exploitative whether or not penetration occurs, she stated.
Animal rights groups echoed a similar sentiment.
As of today, Canadian law gives animal abusers license to use animals for their own sexual gratification, said Camille Labchuk, the executive director of Animal Justice. This is completely unacceptable, contrary to societal expectations, and cannot be allowed to continue.
The Canadian legislature also made headlines recently after the Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, demanded two year prison sentences for people found guilty of transgender discrimination.

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Midair is Officially Kickstarted!

Submitted by: Meyog @ 12:08 PM | Friday, June 10, 2016 | (url: https://www.kicks...)

From the article: "We're happy to announce that as of Saturday at 11:07am PT, Midair has been officially Kickstarted! Thanks to you we smashed through our goal, hitting TWO stretch goals and earning over $128,000 in pledges!

From the dev team to you, THANK YOU.

When Will I Get My Rewards?

We'll keep in touch regarding timelines for rewards, but definitely keep an eye on your Kickstarter inbox and these updates to make sure you see the latest. Also be aware that we will be sending out surveys to get additional information (like t-shirt voting and selection, keychain selection, etc.). As always, we can't send you anything unless your payment goes through, so ensure your details are correct and your payment has been processed.

Instant Access

For those of you who pledged at the Instant Access tier or higher, here are the next steps for us and you:

Make sure your payment went through - some banks in particular will hold your payment to Kickstarter.com, so if you're having troubles, make sure you've cleared everything with them.
We're sending keys and instructions out in bulk when the most people have had time to fix payment issues and we can get everything on our end squared away. The plan is to do this by Saturday, June 11th, but if there are unforeseen issues this may be delayed an additional week. We'll let you know either way. And pay attention to your email!
If you have any questions, let us know! Send us a Kickstarter message or post on our forums.

Thank you again for your support, and we'll see you soon in Midair!"

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Haunting Gas Chamber Replica Remembers the Holocausts Horrors

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.


Dyn Du fires up Sharks fans

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.

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Stroke patients are walking again after being injected with stem cells

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.

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Jewish extremist held over attack that killed toddler released after 10 months in det

Submitted by: Odio @ 10:06 AM | Thursday, June 2, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)


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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.


Yes, You Can Run Windows 95 on an Xbox One

Submitted by: Odio @ 04:08 PM | Saturday, May 21, 2016 | (url: http://www.popula...)

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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.

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Zoom to Mars in 6 weeks with new Russian nuclear-fission engin

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.

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NSA: We don't know how many employees are looking at child por

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.

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Bisexual and questioning young women more susceptible to depression, study finds

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.

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Study Finds Sexism Rampant In Nature

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."

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