Scientists Zero In on a New Target for Obesity

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Posted by Dina Fine Maron

A compound that helps rodents and monkeys slim down could offer a promising approach for human therapies

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Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Posted by By BARBARA ORTUTAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter is vowing to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweetstorm that the company is not doing enough to protect its users....

Wooing Amazon with sun, fun ... and giant buttons

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 06:18 pm
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Posted by By MATT O'BRIEN

BOSTON (AP) -- Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they're brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons....

Families of the fallen, and their presidents

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 06:14 pm
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The Associated Press is speaking with family members who have lost loved ones in U.S. military operations and asking them about their interactions, if any, with the president at the time - George W. Bush, Barack Obama or Donald Trump....
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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Hilary Swank has joined the cast of I Am Mother, a new science fiction film from Australia. It’s being produced by a smaller, indie studio, but Swank’s casting brings some big-name recognition to the project. She joins Clara Rugaard (Still Star-Crossed), Luke Hawker (the Krampus from Krampus) and Tahlia Sturzaker.

Below is the film’s summary, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:

I Am Mother portrays a teenage girl (Rugaard) raised underground by a robot mother designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. Their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched stranger, played by Swank, is taken in by the teen, only to find herself at odds with her gear-and-piston parent. Overnight, the stranger casts doubt on Mother’s claims about the outside world and begins to unravel the fabric of their insular family. Unsure whom to trust, the girl begins to probe into Mother’s dubious nature and uncovers the truth of her greater mission.”

The movie will be directed by first-time director Grant Sputore from a script by Michael Lloyd Green.

Now, as long as this doesn’t morph into some weird libertarian fable about the danger of the nanny state – always a depressing possibility – this sounds like a pretty awesome premise for some women-centered science fiction. Badass women busting each other out of bunkers turned out super well for Mad Max: Fury Road, so here’s hoping.

Given all the cool concepts they’re pushing forward with, Hollywood seems pretty enamored with science fiction at the moment. From auteur French films about prisoners in space to the adaptation of The Martian author Andy Weir’s Artemis, they’re throwing it all at the wall. Given the advances in CGI and the appetite for superhero movies, I’m not surprised that studios are taking advantage of the genre, but I’m curious how they’ll all perform in a more crowded market – and, perhaps more importantly for their success, how new, original properties like I Am Mother will be marketed in an era where studios seem so invested in licensed, franchise-building movies.

(Via Variety and The Hollywood Reporter; image via Shutterstock)

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What Do You Think of This New Justice League Poster?

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 05:36 pm
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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

A new Justice League poster is born and I have Many Thoughts.

As Comicbook.com notes, “the promotional materials for Justice League are lightening up (literally and figuratively),” as DC/Warner Bros. seem keen to leave behind “the somber, gritty tone of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman for a more colorful and heroic representation of DC Comics.” I am alllllllllll for this kind of promotional push and realignment, as it were, of our heroes. Feast your eyes:

First of all, the poster really does catch the eye with dynamic colors—not the brooding gloom of some previous DC outings. I also find it very interesting that The Flash is now rather front and center, but I’m not surprised: according to reports from early screenings, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen has been consistently testing as the audience’s favorite member of the League, so it would make sense if some of the marketing starts to shift in his direction (gotta sell all that future Flash merch!).

Wonder Woman is prominently placed (if we were reading this poster like a book, she’d be the first one “read”), and I have to say that I’m loving that Diana isn’t posed sexily—she looks fierce and determined as hell. Emphasis is on her strong arm, gauntlet and sword rather than her chest! Hoorah!

And DC seems rightfully proud of Aquaman’s reimagined badass costume, since we see a lot of it displayed here (I appreciate the splashes of water surrounding him in case anyone was confused). We’re also getting a ton of detail into Cyborg’s mechanized body. I’m psyched for Ray Fisher’s Vic Stone, and can’t wait to see that electronic eye in the flesh, as it were. To me, the least impressive pose here is Batman’s, who looks like he’s up for a brief sparring round at the neighborhood boxing gym.

If you contrast this poster to earlier marketing we’ve seen from JL, and especially in contrast with the dark palettes and sense of looming angst that marked, say, Batman v Superman, it’s evident that DC is definitely trying to suggest a lighter and more fun approach with Justice League. A lighter tone was also reportedly behind many of Joss Whedon’s reshoots for the movie.

What’re your thoughts on the new poster? Speak to me in the comments.

(via Comicbook.com, image: DC/Warner Bros.)

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Understanding the coevolving web of life as a network

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 01:32 pm
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Coevolution, which occurs when species interact and adapt to each other, is often studied in the context of pair-wise interactions between mutually beneficial symbiotic partners. But many species have mutualistic interactions with multiple partners, leading to complex networks of interacting species.

New material for digital memories of the future

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 01:32 pm
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Scientists have developed the first material with conductivity properties that can be switched on and off using ferroelectric polarization.
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The brain circuitry that controls innate, or instinctive, behaviors such as mating and fighting was thought to be genetically hardwired. Not so, neuroscientists now say.

Inflammation trains the skin to heal faster

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 01:28 pm
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Stem cells in the skin remember an injury, helping them close recurring wounds faster, researchers have found. The discovery could advance research and treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory diseases.

Petals produce a 'blue halo' that helps bees find flowers

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 01:28 pm
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Latest research has found that several common flower species have nanoscale ridges on the surface of their petals that meddle with light when viewed from certain angles.
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New research finds that for a budget of roughly $1000, it is possible for someone to track your location and app use by purchasing and targeting mobile ads. The team hopes to raise industry awareness about the potential privacy threat.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it....

Malta PM 'shocked' by Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 05:34 pm
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Joseph Muscat said he was "flabbergasted" when he heard Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb.
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The plaintiff says champagne was promised in the brochure; the airline calls the lawsuit "frivolous".

California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 04:50 pm
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The disease has wreaked havoc on the state's homeless population, who experts say are vulnerable.

Man convicted of plotting to behead blogger for IS group

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 06:26 pm
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Posted by By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER

BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts man who authorities say fell under the influence of the Islamic State group was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead a conservative American blogger for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest....

Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics carried by future robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study. The study also considered electrical charges that could develop as astronauts transit the surface on potential human missions to Phobos.

New findings explain how UV rays trigger skin cancer

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 12:16 pm
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Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the US in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fraction of those melanomas come from pre-existing moles, but the majority of them come from sources unknown -- until now.
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A researcher studied the fossil-rich sediments present in the Karoo, deposited during the tectonic events that created the Gondwanides, and found that the vertebrate animals in the area started to either go extinct or become less common much earlier than what was previously thought.
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Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows.
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Researchers have made a breakthrough that could help your electronic devices get even smarter. Their findings examine electron behavior within nanoelectronics, as outlined in a new article.
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Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation's freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers have developed a new silica filter for power plant cooling waters that decreases the amount of freshwater power plants consume by increasing the number of times cooling tower water can be reused and recycled.

High risk of injury in young elite athletes

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 09:09 am
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Every week, an average of three in every ten adolescent elite athletes suffer an injury. Worst affected are young women, and the risk of injury increases with low self-esteem, especially in combination with less sleep and higher training volume and intensity, research from in Sweden shows.
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Heart surgery significantly decreases in-hospital mortality among infants with either of two genetic disorders that cause severe physical and intellectual disabilities, according to a new study.
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The threat of getting burned by roaring flames is an obvious danger of firefighting, but other health risks are more subtle. For example, firefighters have been found to develop cancer at higher rates than the general population. Now researchers have measured how much firefighters' exposure to carcinogens and other harmful compounds increases when fighting fires. Their study also points to one possible way to reduce that exposure.

Blazes light up California pot farms ahead of legalization

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 05:11 pm
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Posted by By PAUL ELIAS

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) -- Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards....

Discovery Channel revives 'American Chopper' after 5 years

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 05:18 pm
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Posted by By The Associated Press

"American Chopper" will return to the Discovery Channel next year, five years after its first run on the network ended....
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Posted by By BRIAN SLODYSKO

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Greg Pence, one of Mike Pence's older brothers, has filed a tax document indicating he will seek the eastern Indiana congressional seat that the vice president and former governor represented for 12 years....
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Posted by By JULIET LINDERMAN

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said....

Death by a thousand cuts? Not for small populations

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 11:35 am
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New research provides a look at how certain species survive by evolving a greater ability to weed out harmful mutations -- a new concept called 'drift robustness'.
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Scientists have characterized a new class of drugs as potential therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease and discovered a piece in the puzzle of how they would work.
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Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study. Furthermore, some types of mass-killing events seem to occur randomly over time, making prediction difficult and response crucial.
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A new study examined the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others.
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Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found. It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly ideal conditions for creating oxygen from CO2 through a process known as decomposition.
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Healthy coral populations can produce up to 200 times more juvenile corals than degraded coral populations nearby, according to a new study.

people are stranger when you're a stranger

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 12:08 pm
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     My, and I went to the bookstore yesterday, and I found a couple of finds.  I got KMFDM's "Nihil" and a used PC copy of Mass Effect 2 with a working serial number for about $10, and an XB1 controller to use on my PC. 

     I mentioned to my mom about how stand-offish I realized everyone is now-a-days.  Especially younger people close to my age.  I walked in the CD/LP section, and this guy had earbuds in.  I mean I get wanted to be alone or whatever, but I hate how no one talks to anybody anymore.  I say this as someone with social anxiety because I'm realizing that it's a societal issue.  If no one communicates with anyone how will people be able to find common ground?  It's just something that's been bugging me lately.  That's why I mentioned it.  I've also heard people who come to Texas for the first time mention how "nice" everyone is here.  I don't see it myself, but maybe where they're from people are worse?  Honestly I think that's horrible, and people need to be more open to each other.

That aside I had a good shopping trip with my mom, and it was an overall peaceful day.  

On a side note I think I have a crush on this guy at work.  He just started working there about a few weeks ago.  He's really nice, and he smiled at me once.  That's what started it really...lmao.  He's really cute, and he doesn't seem jaded, and angry like most of the other people at my job.  He's got a whole different vibe about him, and I think it's great.  Hopefully I'll be able to work up the nerve to talk to him. :/

Right now I'm testing the desktop computer in our living room to see if I could get the game to run on it.  I was able to get it to run on my labtop, but it had some issues so I figured it would be better to test it on the other computer since it has a better graphics card installed. We'll see how it goes since I'm installing it as we speak.   

Kentucky seeks big pension changes to stem tide of red ink

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 04:56 pm
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Posted by By ADAM BEAM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Most of Kentucky's future public employees would not get guaranteed pension payments under a deal announced Wednesday by the state's Republican leaders who are trying to salvage one of the worst-funded public retirement systems in a country where many such plans are awash in red ink....
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