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Newly Developed Technique Creates 60-Day Lasting Bread

Newly Developed Technique Creates 60-Day Lasting Bread | this curious life | Scoop.it

Longer-Lasting Bread: The average loaf of grocery story bread will start to go moldy in 10 days. But a U.S. company has devised a technique that it says can extend a loaf's freshness by up to 60 days.

 

The technique developed at Texas Tech University in Lubbock involves zapping the bread in a microwave array. The microwaves kill spores inside the bread that would normally develop into mold.

 

Food waste is a huge problem in the United States, where it's estimated the average family ends up tossing out about 40 percent of the food they buy. Bread is often one of the items that ends up in the garbage due to its short shelf life.

 

The new zapping technique could not only reduce that waste, the researchers say it could also help bread manufacturers use less preservatives. Currently many bread manufacturers add preservatives to their products to extend the bread's shelf life. They then add extra chemicals to mask the taste of the preservatives. By zapping the bread, it may be possible to avoid using preservatives altogether.

The technique can also be used to extend the freshness of other foods, including fresh turkey and many fruits and vegetables.


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All Over The Map: Cartography And Conflict : NPR

All Over The Map: Cartography And Conflict : NPR | this curious life | Scoop.it
A newly issued Chinese passport featuring a map that lays claim to disputed territory with several neighboring countries is only the latest case of cartographic aggression.
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Caterpillar Stuck in an Infinite Loop

Caterpillar Stuck in an Infinite Loop | this curious life | Scoop.it
[http://youtu.be/-k34PXoIywA] (YouTube link)It appears that someone set up a camera to get a time-lapse of the tree growing, but a caterpillar stole the show! He almost got the right idea once, but then got back on his usual path.
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Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A 'Giant Brain'

Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A 'Giant Brain' | this curious life | Scoop.it
The idea of the universe as a 'giant brain' has been proposed by scientists - and science fiction writers - for decades. But now physicists say there may be some evidence that it's actually true.

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MAPPING AMERICAN WRITERS | More Intelligent Life

MAPPING AMERICAN WRITERS | More Intelligent Life | this curious life | Scoop.it
Cartophilia: maps can show much more than topography. Simon Garfield puts the literary greats in their place...
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They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside | Danger Room | Wired.com

They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside | Danger Room | Wired.com | this curious life | Scoop.it
For nearly 250 years, this book concealed the arcane rituals of an ancient order. But cracking the code only deepened the mystery.
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Infographic: The politics of climate change

Infographic: The politics of climate change | this curious life | Scoop.it
The positions of key countries and political blocs on climate change measures before the COP18 in Qatar.
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How to make an employer open your email

How to make an employer open your email | this curious life | Scoop.it
Australia’s top direct marketers on email marketing...

 

'It’s often enlightening to do random and off topic things just because you can. Yesterday I could and I did.

 

I had a day as the roving Tweeting reporter at EMSA10, an email marketing summit run by the lovely team at Vision 6. I sat in the serenity of the NSW Art Gallery and listened to some industry leaders on email, brand and social media marketing, and how they all connect.

 

Many of the pearls I picked up from email marketers would actually work well for any job seeker emailing an employer directly. So for some proven tips to make an employer instantly open your email, read on….. That’s my average attempt at a direct call to action. The tips are actually better, so please persevere.'

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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

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A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.
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20 percent of youth with HIV didn’t know they were infected at first sexual experience, November 9, 2012 News Release - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Roughly 20 percent of youth who have had HIV since birth did not know their HIV status when they first became sexually active, according to a study by a National Institutes of Health-supported research network.

 

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Roughly 20 percent of youth who have had HIV since birth did not know their HIV status when they first became sexually active, according to a study by a National Institutes of Health-supported research network.

 

The study also found that, of those youth who knew they had HIV and who were asked about disclosure of their HIV status to their first sexual partners, most reported that they had not told their partner prior to sexual activity.

 

Moreover, most of these sexually active youth reported some sexual activity without condom use.

 

The study authors recommend that families and caregivers inform children about their HIV status before they reach adolescence and become sexually active. The authors also urge physicians and other health care providers to make sure that youth living with HIV understand the importance of safer sex practices and of disclosing HIV status to prospective partners. The study authors called for additional studies to identify the most effective methods for helping youth with HIV adhere to recommendations for safer sex practices.'

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Aspartame-Cancer Link Exposed: Increasing Your Cancer Risk

Aspartame-Cancer Link Exposed: Increasing Your Cancer Risk | this curious life | Scoop.it
It seems the aspartame-cancer link has been exposed...again, with recent research revealing how various cancers are triggered by aspartame and diet soda.

 

'One can of diet soda each day can increase leukemia risk in men and women by 42 percent, increase multiple myeloma risk in men by 102 percent, and increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 31 percent in men.'

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Trailer PARRADOX

A touching and humorous rollercoaster ride through the European filmmaking world from the 60s to the 90s. The film tells the rise and fall of Pim de la Parra, a crazy, controversial and creative genius, and of his resurrection.


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Scientists See Advances in Deep Learning, a Part of Artificial Intelligence

Scientists See Advances in Deep Learning, a Part of Artificial Intelligence | this curious life | Scoop.it
Advances in an artificial intelligence technology that can recognize patterns offer the possibility of machines that perform human activities like seeing, listening and thinking.

 

'The technology, called deep learning, has already been put to use in services like Apple’s Siri virtual personal assistant, which is based on Nuance Communications’ speech recognition service, and in Google’s Street View, which uses machine vision to identify specific addresses.

 

But what is new in recent months is the growing speed and accuracy of deep-learning programs, often called artificial neural networks or just “neural nets” for their resemblance to the neural connections in the brain.

 

“There has been a number of stunning new results with deep-learning methods,” said Yann LeCun, a computer scientist at New York University who did pioneering research in handwriting recognition at Bell Laboratories. “The kind of jump we are seeing in the accuracy of these systems is very rare indeed.”'

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5 Elements of Powerful Stories

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Stories can create change, both in ourselves and in our organizations. In this guest post, Matt Ragland shares five elements of powerful stories.

Via Gregg Morris, Torsakul Thira, Jan Bergmans
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Gregg Morris's comment, November 17, 2012 10:05 AM
Matt really hit this one out of the park didn't he? I'm happy to read that you enjoyed it as much as I did Kathleen!
Kathleen Pooler's comment, November 17, 2012 10:13 AM
Yes, Gregg, he did! I have shared it all over and link in my blog post next week on building story structure for my memoir. His post was very well-timed for me.
Gregg Morris's comment, November 17, 2012 12:52 PM
Kathleen, have you read Charlotte Linde's Life Stories: The Creation of Coherence?
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Rise of the Machines: Cambridge University to Study Technology’s ‘Existential Risk’ to Mankind | TIME.com

Rise of the Machines: Cambridge University to Study Technology’s ‘Existential Risk’ to Mankind | TIME.com | this curious life | Scoop.it

 

While many Americans were finalizing preparations for Thanksgiving on Nov. 21, the U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter signed a new policy directive aimed at reducing the risk and “consequences of failures in autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems that could lead to unintended engagements.” In other words, the Pentagon was making sure that the U.S. military doesn’t end up in a situation where robots are able to decide whether to pull the trigger on a human.

 

In an attempt to head that future off, Terminator-like, Cambridge University has announced it’s setting up a center next year devoted to the study of technology and “existential risk” — the threat that advances in artificial intelligence, biotechnology and other fields could pose to mankind’s very existence.

 

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/29/rise-of-the-machines-cambridge-university-to-study-technologys-existential-risk-to-mankind/#ixzz2Ddt8C5H2

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Algae held captive and genes stolen in crime of evolution

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Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study.
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Concorde crash: Airline cleared

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A French court clears US airline Continental of blame for the July 2000 crash of a Concorde jet, two years after another court ruled it responsible.
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Turn_Down_the_heat_Why_a_4_degree_centrigrade_warmer_world_must_be_avoided.pdf

'This report provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and new analyses of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century. It is a rigorous attempt to outline a range of risks, focusing on developing countries and especially the poor. A 4°C world would be one of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions, with serious impacts on ecosystems and associated services. But with action, a 4°C world can be avoided and we can likely hold warming below 2°C.

 

Without further commitments and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world is likely to warm by more than 3°C above the preindustrial climate. Even with the current mitigation commitments and pledges fully implemented, there is roughly a 20 percent likelihood of exceeding 4°C by 2100.

 

If they are not met, a warming of 4°C could occur as early as the 2060s. Such a warming level and associated sea-level rise of 0.5 to 1 meter, or more, by 2100 would not be the end point: a further warming to levels over 6°C, with several meters of sea-level rise, would likely occur over the following centuries.'

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From Whitacre's Virtual Choir to Virtual Collective Empathy

From Whitacre's Virtual Choir to Virtual Collective Empathy | this curious life | Scoop.it
The psychological phenomena underlying such amazing virtual collective action are worthy to be addressed.
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Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds

Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds | this curious life | Scoop.it

I believe Australia (not in this study) would be near the top ....... I hope

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John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

'Creativity is not a talent.It is a way of operating.'...
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Soy and Menopause Symptoms: MedlinePlus Health News Video

Does soy take the "heat" out of a hot flash? According to brand new research, the answer is no.

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Genital injuries send thousands to emergency care each year: study: MedlinePlus

Genital injuries send thousands to emergency care each year:

 

'The types of injuries [also] differed by age and sex. Men were injured the most, accounting for about two thirds of the emergency room visits.

 

Sporting items were the most common cause of injuries among people of all ages. These included bicycles as well as basketball, soccer, football and baseball equipment.

 

Breyer said one example of damage from a sporting item is people falling forward on their bicycles and landing on the center bar. Padding or cushioning could help avoid injuries.'

 

.....................why don't they just remove the bar??????

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Super-efficient solar-energy technology: ‘Solar steam’ so effective it can make steam from icy cold water

Super-efficient solar-energy technology: ‘Solar steam’ so effective it can make steam from icy cold water | this curious life | Scoop.it
Scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new "solar steam" method is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water.
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