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New Test Detects Life-threatening Zinc Deficiency – Technology Networks

New Test Detects Life-threatening Zinc Deficiency – Technology Networks

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In a remote village, an aid worker pricks a sickly toddler’s fingertip, and like most of the other children’s blood samples, this one turns a test strip yellow. That’s how an experimental malnutrition test made with bacterial innards could work one day in the field to expose widespread…

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We Need a PBS for Social Media – The New York Times

We Need a PBS for Social Media – The New York Times

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The mechanics of how a public social media product would work have been fairly well figured out by now: It would be a digital platform that allows people to post and share a variety of media — pictures, audio, video, text — to other people in the network. I personally would structure it a little more like Instagram or Tumblr, where I was one of the early employees, than Twitter or Facebook. In other words, it should be built to prioritize sharing things you love over getting attention by simply being loud online.

The harder, more interesting part is the corporate structure.

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Fighting cancer with physics – Symmetry magazine

Fighting cancer with physics – Symmetry magazine

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University of Alabama rising senior Sarah Deutsch once pictured scientists as cold and detached. As an expressive musical theater kid who dreamed of singing on Broadway, she couldn’t imagine herself in such a role.

But meeting a physics teacher a lot like herself her junior year of high school made her reevaluate what a scientist could be. And working on a project with the CERN Summer Student Program this year, she discovered that her connections with and empathy for others are in fact valuable assets in her scientific work.

Working at CERN with biologist Manjit Dosanjh, Deutsch…

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Process for making ductile glass discovered – Phys.org

Process for making ductile glass discovered – Phys.org

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Plasticity-carriers (five-fold silicon shown here) form at the contact of silica nanoparticles under extreme pressure, in route to a fully dense ductile silica glass Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

If you’ve ever dropped your smartphone on a concrete floor, you know that dreaded feeling as you turn it over to see how badly the screen has cracked—but that stress may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered a way to make glass less brittle and less likely to break.

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Woman falls off cliff while clicking selfie, survives – India Today

Woman falls off cliff while clicking selfie, survives – India Today

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A 48-year-old woman was seriously injured after she fell off a cliff while clicking a selfie at famous hill station Saputara in Dang district of neighbouring Gujarat.

The incident occurred on Monday when Sushma Pagare was enjoying the view from famous “Sunrise Point” with her family members. (Representation image: Reuters)

A 48-year-old woman from the city was seriously injured after she fell off a cliff while clicking a selfie at famous hill station Saputara in Dang district of neighbouring Gujarat, police said on Tuesday.

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Seeds of hope as Saudi hackathon harnesses artificial intelligence – Arab News

Seeds of hope as Saudi hackathon harnesses artificial intelligence – Arab News

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RIYADH: The Winter at Tantora festival, which took place last year, is returning on Dec. 19 after the conclusion of Riyadh Season. 

The festival will be part of AlUla Season, one of 11 Saudi seasons taking place across the Kingdom in 2019. 

Last year’s 10-week festival attracted 37,000…

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Green tea compound shows promise in tackling antibiotic resistance – News-Medical.net

Green tea compound shows promise in tackling antibiotic resistance – News-Medical.net

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Green tea has gained immense popularity across the globe, mainly because of its health benefits. Green tea extract has been used for many purposes – for weight loss, improved brain function, enhanced metabolism, and lower risk of some types of cancer, among others.

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Green tea – Image Credit: taa22 / Shutterstock

Now, another health benefit has been added to the multitude of abilities green tea extract possesses. A team of researchers at the University of Surrey has found that a natural antioxidant, called epigallocatechin (EGCG), which is commonly found in green tea can help…

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Snakes spur Meghalaya experiment on drone delivery of medicines – The Hindu

Snakes spur Meghalaya experiment on drone delivery of medicines – The Hindu

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Venomous snakes have played a role in an experiment to deliver life-saving drugs to remote areas of Meghalaya by drones.

The National Health Profile of the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence published in 2017 said snakebite killed 1,770 people across the eight north-eastern States in 2016. Meghalaya and Tripura recorded the most victims – 404 each – followed by Assam with 265 and Sikkim with 242.

However, research by a team of herpetologists revealed that the availability of anti-snake venom vials for 4 crore people of the region was 0.004% that year.

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Three years ago he could barely walk. Now Atlas the humanoid robot is doing gymnastics. – Washington Post

Three years ago he could barely walk. Now Atlas the humanoid robot is doing gymnastics. – Washington Post

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Atlas, a humanoid robot produced by Boston Dynamics, has become increasingly athletic in recent years. Videos released by the robotics company capture the machine jumping over logs, doing backflips and running outdoors. (Courtesy of Boston Dynamics)

The Internet gawks each time Boston…

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Woman lived with mother’s corpse for months while collecting her welfare payments – Independent UK

Woman lived with mother’s corpse for months while collecting her welfare payments – Independent UK

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A 60-year-old woman has been charged after allegedly hiding her mother’s corpse in her basement for as long as four months while living off her social security cheques.

Paula Bergold is accused of placing the body of her 89-year-old mother, Ruby, in a small plastic tub before stowing her underneath her home in Peshtigo, eastern Wisconsin.

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Smart data collection plus machine learning create a ‘crystal ball’ for cargo – Air Cargo World

Smart data collection plus machine learning create a ‘crystal ball’ for cargo – Air Cargo World

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PARIS – The air cargo industry often touts digitalization, technology and data as tools to alleviate pain points challenging operations. Even as the industry shifts to adopt these tools, data as the crux of these tools must also be reconsidered. Namely, data must be collected and…

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POLITICO Playbook: Who in the White House will take the fall – POLITICO

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SNEAK PEEK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK … Monday: THE PRESIDENT will participate in a welcome ceremony for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. He will have lunch with VP Mike Pence…

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Trump’s Crime? Asking Zelensky to Reopen Investigation Ukraine was Forced to Close After Biden’s Thuggish Threat – Redstate

Trump’s Crime? Asking Zelensky to Reopen Investigation Ukraine was Forced to Close After Biden’s Thuggish Threat – Redstate

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The dictionary defines psychosis as a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality. The person with this condition usually isn’t aware of his or her behavior. Democrats appear to be afflicted with this condition.

Devastated by Trump’s victory nearly three years ago and unable to accept it to this day, they are convinced of the alternate reality they have created. Instead of moving through the typical stages of grief and ultimately reaching acceptance, they remain stuck in denial.

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11-year-old boy drives stolen car 200 miles for Snapchat meetup: South Carolina police – USA Today

11-year-old boy drives stolen car 200 miles for Snapchat meetup: South Carolina police – USA Today

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Police in South Carolina say they reunited an 11-year-old boy with his family after he drove about 200 miles overnight.

According to a release shared to social media by the Charleston Police Department, the boy pulled up next to an officer around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in downtown Charleston.

The boy was alone in the vehicle and he told the officer he’d driven by himself from Simpsonville, South Carolina, and became lost when the tablet he was using lost GPS signal, according to the release.

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LiFi communicates with photons instead of radio waves – and that’s very useful for the internet-of-things – Innovation Origins

LiFi communicates with photons instead of radio waves – and that’s very useful for the internet-of-things – Innovation Origins

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Photonics is a promising technology in almost all sectors, now and in the future. Many scientists are exploring the possibilities of this light technology. But what use is it to companies in different industries? How will they apply photonics? That is what Photonics Applications Week is all…

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GOP Uses Impeachment To Fleece, 'Fundraise' – Crooks and Liars

GOP Uses Impeachment To Fleece, 'Fundraise' – Crooks and Liars

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Follow the Ameros!

That didn’t take long:

“Republicans are latching onto conservative outrage over the push to impeach President Donald Trump — and turning it into a 2020 fundraising bonanza. Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee on Tuesday sent an array of fundraising emails inviting conservatives to donate and join the ‘Official Impeachment Defense Task Force,’ which was described as a group ‘made up of only President Trump’s most LOYAL supporters, the ones committed to fighting for him, re-electing him, and taking back the…

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Impeachment Is A Winning Strategy For Trump — Fundraising Dollars Show It – The Federalist

Impeachment Is A Winning Strategy For Trump — Fundraising Dollars Show It – The Federalist

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On Tuesday, House Democrats moved forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The resurgence of impeachment talks began after the release of a hearsay allegation that claims Trump is conspiring with the Ukrainian government.

The “whistleblower” who submitted allegations against Trump has no firsthand knowledge of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Therefore, neither did Democrats. Even without evidence, they pushed for impeachment.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration declassified the call between Trump and Zelensky.

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Brexit: Boris Johnson to address MPs as minister brands parliament ‘dead’ with ‘no moral right to sit’ – live news – The Guardian

Brexit: Boris Johnson to address MPs as minister brands parliament ‘dead’ with ‘no moral right to sit’ – live news – The Guardian

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If there was a previous transport secretary that the incumbent, Grant Shapps, might hope not to imitate, it would surely be his notoriously calamity-stricken predecessor Chris Grayling.

But just a few months after his return to cabinet after…

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Obama-era Scheme Illegally Paid $227 Million to State As A Result of Miscalculations – Free Beacon

Obama-era Scheme Illegally Paid $227 Million to State As A Result of Miscalculations – Free Beacon

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The federal government incorrectly paid states hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to expand health care coverage before Obamacare’s implementation.

The Obama administration erroneously sent $277 million to state governments that inflated the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The federal government began offering bonuses to state programs to help cover the costs of expanded child coverage shortly after Obama took office in 2009.

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Kurdish struggle is our generation’s Spanish Civil War, Russell-Moyle says – Morning Star Online

Kurdish struggle is our generation’s Spanish Civil War, Russell-Moyle says – Morning Star Online

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THE Kurdish national struggle will “go down in the history books” as this generation’s equivalent of the Spanish Civil War, Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said today.

Speaking at a party conference fringe meeting, the MP for Brighton Kemptown said the revolution in Rojava, north-west Syria, was comparable to the anarchist revolution in Barcelona in 1936.

At the meeting, organised by the Freedom for Ocalan campaign, he said: “They have defeated Isis, who were a global fascist threat.

“They have created a system based on equality where women have joint leadership in all…

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5-year-old takes forward father’s science dream – Times of India

5-year-old takes forward father’s science dream – Times of India

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VADODARA: His bedtime stories are about the life and works of scientists. Meet five-year-old Firdaus Vohra from Nava Nadisar village in Panchmahal district who can explain what gravity is or about LiFi (Light Fidelity) technology for transfer of data as easily as children of his age recite…

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Reaper drones make history, fly unescorted in and out of Syracuse airport – newyorkupstate.com

Reaper drones make history, fly unescorted in and out of Syracuse airport – newyorkupstate.com

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Syracuse, N.Y. — A new radar system is allowing the military’s unmanned MQ-9 Reaper attack drones to fly for the first time in and out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport without an escort from piloted chase planes.

It’s the first time that military drones have flown unescorted from a commercial airport in the United States.

The military’s newly installed ground-based “detect and avoid” radar allows Reapers from the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing to safely and more effectively fly training missions from Syracuse, guard officials said.

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Business Report: US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates – CityNews Vancouver

Business Report: US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates – CityNews Vancouver

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Kenya, Somalia agree to normalise relations – Africanews English

Kenya, Somalia agree to normalise relations – Africanews English

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Somalia and Kenya have agreed to normalise ties, following months of tension over a maritime border dispute.

In talks mediated by Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Kenyan and Somali heads of state agreed ‘to restore relations to previous status’ and ‘take diplomatic steps to build confidence between the two governments’.

Kenya and Somalia have been at loggerheads over a maritime and territorial dispute, that is currently before the International Court of Justice, ICJ, in The Hague.

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New smart materials to tackle global challenges – Phys.Org

New smart materials to tackle global challenges – Phys.Org

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Understanding how natural materials are created has helped a Griffith University research team create a smart material platform to aid in the creation of new drugs and even help in the clean-up of polluted environments.

Professor Bernd Rehm, a principal research leader within the Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery and Director of the Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers, worked with post-graduate Kampachiro Ogura on the development of…

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Trump’s mention of CrowdStrike in call with Ukraine’s president recalls Russian hack of DNC – Washington Post

Trump’s mention of CrowdStrike in call with Ukraine’s president recalls Russian hack of DNC – Washington Post

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing the General Debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday. (Justin Lane/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

President Trump’s reference to American cybersecurity company CrowdStrike in a July call with…

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Nanotechnology improves chemotherapy delivery – Science Daily

Nanotechnology improves chemotherapy delivery – Science Daily

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Michigan State University scientists have invented a new way to monitor chemotherapy concentrations, which is more effective in keeping patients’ treatments within the crucial therapeutic window.

With new advances in medicine happening daily, there’s still plenty of guesswork when it comes to administering chemotherapy to cancer patients. Too high a dose can result in killing healthy tissue and cells, triggering more side effects or even death; too low a dose may stun, rather than kill, cancer cells, allowing them to come back, in many cases, much stronger and deadlier.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory is buying a 5,000-qubit quantum computer from D-Wave – TechSpot

Los Alamos National Laboratory is buying a 5,000-qubit quantum computer from D-Wave – TechSpot

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Forward-looking: D-Wave Systems has announced that they will be providing Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) with a state-of-the-art 5,000 qubit quantum computer. This computer will allow LANL to solve problems that traditional computers just aren’t fast enough for….

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