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  • 1 day ago
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    This Woman Can Smell Parkinson's. It Might Help Lead To Earlier Treatment

    Parkinson’s disease stinks. Figuratively. But according to new research, it literally stinks too — to those who have a heightened sense of smell. Thanks to the help of one of these “super-smellers,” a team of scientists has identified subtle volatile compounds produced by Parkinson’s sufferers. These compounds could be used to make much easier, and earlier, diagnostics for the disease.

  • 2 days ago
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    Protein-slaying drugs could be the next blockbuster therapies

    Researchers are hijacking the cell’s protein-disposal system in the fight against Alzheimer’s and intractable cancers.

  • 4 days ago
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    6.5 Million Canadians Are Ditching Meat 

    A total of approximately 6.5 million Canadians (20 percent of the population) are actively reducing, or completely eliminating, their consumption of meat, according to a study conducted by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph. The researchers were interested in discovering how Canadians were responding to the 2019 Canada Food Guide—which de-emphasizes the consumption of meat and dairy, instead recommending that Canadians focus on plant-based sources of protein.

  • 9 days ago
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    343 Wants People To Stop Sending Them Pizza

    Earlier today, the Master Chief Collection got announced for PC, finally bringing a number of heavily-requested titles from the series to the PC. A few days ago, a user on Reddit was so excited about the possibility of the Halo collection on PC, they offered to buy the first responding 343 employee a pizza. Community director at 343 Brian Jarrard, going by the user name ske7ch343, replied with a tease in response asking for pizza. It was a cute thing that no one took all that seriously and no on...

  • 10 days ago
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    Apple argues Qualcomm’s ‘real motivation’ in patent suit is retaliation over iPhone’s switch to Intel

    After over a week of back and forth, Apple and Qualcomm presented closing arguments today as part of their patent infringement suit in San Diego. Qualcomm zeroed in on a certain patent, while Apple argued Qualcomm is mad it switched to Intel for iPhone modems.

  • 11 days ago
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    Iran lawyer jailed for 38 years, say family

    A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in jail and 148 lashes in Tehran, her family say. Nasrin Sotoudeh was charged with several national security-related offences, all of which she denies. Rights groups strongly criticised the "shocking" sentence against the award-winning human rights activist. Ms Sotoudeh is known for representing women who have protested having to wear the headscarf.

  • 11 days ago
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    Ocasio-Cortez asks Wells Fargo CEO why the bank finances the ‘caging of children’

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took aim at Wells Fargo on Tuesday, accusing the banking giant of “financing the caging of children,” during a congressional hearing with chief executive Tim Sloan. During Sloan’s appearance before the House Financial Services Committee, which is examining the company’s “pattern of consumer abuses,” Ocasio-Cortez pressed the CEO to explain why his company was financially supporting detention facilities where migrant children were held.

  • 12 days ago
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    Fortnite's Latest Update Forces Xbox One and PS4 Users to Play Together

    Fortnite is getting a new update today that’s making some significant changes to the gameplay for console owners. Epic today rolled out version 8.10 of the game, introducing some major changes to the matchmaking system. With today’s update, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players are within the same matchmaking pools, meaning they will be playing together and against each other.

  • 12 days ago
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    Google upgrades Gboard keyboard with faster and more reliable AI dictation

    Google is updating its Gboard keyboard on Pixel phones with AI-powered offline dictation. The update means users will be able to dictate emails and texts faster and more reliably, says Google, without worrying about whether they’re connected to the internet. “Imagine you’re walking out of your building and you want to send a message to someone saying ‘I’m running late,’” says Françoise Beaufays, a research scientist and team lead at Google’s speech recognition and mobile input group.

  • 12 days ago
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    At age 30, World Wide Web is 'not the web we wanted'

    At the ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says, trumpeting a call to make it better for humanity. Tim Berners-Lee on Tuesday joined a celebration of the Web and reminisced about his invention at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, starting with a proposal published on March 12, 1989.

  • 13 days ago
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    FDA approves nasal spray for depression

    The US Food and Drug Administration approved Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s esketamine on Tuesday for treatment-resistant depression; the drug is the chemical cousin of ketamine, the powerful anesthetic that has been used illegally as the club drug Special K. It will be sold as Spravato. More specifically, it's for patients who have tried at least two other medications without success, and it should be taken with an oral antidepressant.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    This Sweet McDonald’s Employee Paid For A Customer’s Meal When She Forgot Her Wallet

    A McDonald's employee went viral over the weekend—and collectively restored our hope in humanity—after paying for a customer's meal last Friday. Andrea Duncan, who took to Facebook to share the encounter, ordered at the Reading, OH, drive-thru before realizing she had left her wallet behind at work. When Duncan pulled up to the window and tried to cancel the meal, a Mickey D's team member offered to pick up her tab.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not

    Oregon is serious about recycling. Its residents are accustomed to dutifully separating milk cartons, yogurt containers, cereal boxes and kombucha bottles from their trash to divert them from the landfill. But this year, because of a far-reaching rule change in China, some of the recyclables are ending up in the local dump anyway. In recent months, in fact, thousands of tons of material left curbside for recycling in dozens of American cities and towns — including several in Oregon — have go...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Facebook announces anti-vaxx crackdown, will block ads with vaccine misinformation

    Facebook has a problem with more than just fake news. Add vaccine misinformation on the social network to the list. Revealed Thursday: The social network says it will reduce distribution and provide users with "authoritative information" on the topic. Facebook is following the lead of Pinterest, which has blocked all searches using terms related to vaccines or vaccinations as part of a plan to stop the spread of misinformation related to anti-vaxx posts.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Samsung Galaxy Buds review: imperfectly acceptable

    When I was in high school, shopping for new earphones with a single £20 note as my budget, I used to dream of earbuds without the wire. It wasn’t a complicated fantasy, just my ultra basic Sony buds sans fil, as the French would put it. It took a decade and a half, but in 2016, candidates like the Bragi Dash and Apple’s AirPods started surfacing, each of them embodying some sort of physical compromise to accommodate a battery, speaker, and wireless radio into the same tiny enclosure.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    American Woman, Divorced From Saudi Husband, Is Trapped in Saudi Arabia

    At first, Saudi Arabia was an adventure for Bethany Vierra. An American from Washington State, she taught at a women’s university, started a company, married a Saudi businessman and gave birth to a curly-haired daughter, Zaina. But since the marriage went sour and she sought a divorce, she has been trapped. Because of the kingdom’s so-called guardianship laws, which give men great power over women, she is unable to use her bank account, leave the country, travel with her daughter or seek leg...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    As pigs await slaughter at Farmer John, strangers offer water, love and comfort to the doomed

    Maya Benperlas stood in the middle of busy Vernon Avenue on a chilly Sunday night as a big rig hauling pigs slowed to a halt just outside the gates of Farmer John. Her hand shot into the air and she flashed a peace sign. “Two minutes!” Benperlas shouted. “Two minutes!”

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Graphene Shows Promise for Repairing Broken Bones

    When you were a kid, did you ever sign a classmate’s cast after they broke an arm or a leg? Your name would be on display there for the rest of the semester. Broken bones are one of the worst trade-offs in childhood—a few seconds of calamity followed by months of boring rest and recovery. But children in the future may have a different story to tell as emerging tech overhauls how we fix broken bones.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    We can't let China become the global leader in artificial intelligence

    This July marks the 50th anniversary of an audacious technological achievement: Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon. Since that moment, the United States has been the undisputed leader in all things high-tech. But America’s dominance could be coming to an end. China aspires to be No. 1, and may very well get there.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The 6 dumbest cases against cord-cutting (and why they’re so wrong)

    For something that exists mainly to help people save money, cord-cutting sure seems to have a lot of detractors. By dropping cable or satellite TV for cheaper streaming services–or perhaps an over-the-air antenna–you can easily save hundreds of dollars every year. Yet we’re constantly being told by a parade of contrarian pundits that this is actually a bad idea–that the savings are illusory or that some future consequence will doom cord-cutting in the end.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Nearly 50 per cent of India currently facing drought: IIT-Gandhinagar scientists

    Nearly 50 per cent of the country is currently facing drought with at least 16 per cent falling in the "exceptional" or "extreme" category, according to IIT Gandhinagar scientists managing India's real time drought prediction system. This ongoing drought will pose a lot of challenges in water availability this summer, Vimal Mishra, associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) told PTI.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    For LGBTQ People Christian Schools Can Be Traumatizing

    #ExposeChristianSchools was launched shortly after it was reported that Karen Pence was teaching at a Christian school that excludes LGBTQ students and teachers. It quickly went viral with many sharing their own stories of surviving Christian schooling.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    YouTube Hopes to Silence Child Predators by Shuttering Comments on Videos of Kids

    YouTube announced on Thursday that it will switch off the comments section on videos showing minors, in response to reports that highlighted the problem of pedophiles leaving sexual comments on videos of children. “We recognize that comments are a core part of the YouTube experience and how you connect with and grow your audience. At the same time, the important steps we’re sharing today are critical for keeping young people safe,” the company said in a blog post.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Your favorite way to get around The New York Times paywall might be about to go away

    As long as The New York Times has had a metered paywall — it’s coming up on eight years! — people have been trying to sneak around it. While the paper has since had huge success getting millions of people to pay for digital news, it didn’t take long for people to realize that there was a pretty easy way to bypass it. (Innocent children unaware of this method: Cover your eyes and go play on TikTok or something.)