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New drug reverses loss of brain connections in Alzheimer's disease

New drug reverses loss of brain connections in Alzheimer's disease | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

The first experimental drug to boost brain synapses lost in Alzheimer's disease has been developed by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. The drug, called NitroMemantine, combines two FDA-approved medicines to stop the destructive cascade of changes in the brain that destroys the connections between neurons, leading to memory loss and cognitive decline.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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I wish something like this were available when my Dad was around.  They had prescribed him Aricept, which did not seem to slow down the disease.

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Japan's 'scientific whaling' under scrutiny

Japan's 'scientific whaling' under scrutiny | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, chef of the Japanese restaurant "COM FOR TABLE" slices whale meat for a dish in in Tokyo.

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One of the biggest lines of horsecrap is the "scientific" whaling claim of Japan.

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eBay Down: Twelfth Outage of the Year

eBay Down: Twelfth Outage of the Year | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Reports are flooding in that eBay is down, estimated to be the twelfth major outage eBay has experienced this year. The ...
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In what is becoming an all too familiar pattern, eBay is once again down.  After massive password leaks recently, unexpected site crashes, and whatever this latest thing is...you have to think thousands of low bidders are winning auctions right now and thousands of sellers are kinda getting screwed.

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10 Weird and Wonderful Electric Vehicles

10 Weird and Wonderful Electric Vehicles | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Electric vehicles don't have to be stratospherically priced products from Silicon Valley, or boring range-limited economy-focused cars, either. No, some of the most fun, innovative, and affordable ways to experience electric propulsion come in far smaller

Via BikerEntourage.com
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The third one looks like something you'd expect to see two clowns trying to share.

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Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


Space is a dangerous place.

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And I had such high hopes for humping space geckos.

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Tapping Brainwaves: Will Our Brains Soon Be Hackable?

Tapping Brainwaves: Will Our Brains Soon Be Hackable? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
It's 2035. As you head out for work, you're sure to grab your BSH - Brain Security Hat - before heading off to work. The hat has become part of the cultural image of anyone who works in a field with sensitive, proprietary information; as it protects your brain against brain hackers. Does that sound like the…
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You can tell what some people are thinking without jumping into the future.

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Advanced hypersonic weapon destroyed during US test

Advanced hypersonic weapon destroyed during US test | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


The weapon was developed by Sandia National Laboratory and the U.S.

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Gotta wonder exactly what happened that made them detonate it.

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Neanderthals and Humans May Have Had Sex for Millennia

Neanderthals and Humans May Have Had Sex for Millennia | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest...
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Millennia? They should have called their doctors if it lasted longer than four hours.

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The Loneliness of Illness and Pain

The Loneliness of Illness and Pain | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
“You’re lucky you don’t have to work!” “You’re just giving up!” “You need to get out more!” When we break a leg, are we better off hopping on it or using crutches?
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In light of Robin Williams' apparent suicide, articles like this should gain more focus. 

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Expedition to cross four major ice caps - Radio New Zealand

Expedition to cross four major ice caps - Radio New Zealand | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


An expedition by two young Waikato University students to conquer the world's four largest ice caps has been launched in Hamilton.

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Good luck to them!

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The Six Companies Taking on YouTube

The Six Companies Taking on YouTube | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Everyone is building a YouTube competitor. Right?

Not exactly — though it’s easy to see why a well-resourced company would want to.

 

Why? Because, quite frankly, there is nothing else quite like YouTube. Sure, there are some competitors in the video space that are open platforms with video embed functionality like Dailymotion and Vimeo. But neither have the competitive scale.

 

But as we’ve learned repeatedly over the past year, YouTube is not exactly the best for building a profitable business if you rely solely on it for revenue. And where there’s weakness, there’s opportunity.

 

And there’s a handful of companies gunning to take a bite out of YouTube’s business.

 


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The Fullscreen one seems rather interesting indeed.

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All systems "go" as control restored to beleagured sex gecko satellite

All systems "go" as control restored to beleagured sex gecko satellite | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


That 90 percent includes Foton-M4's most famous residents: the zero-g sex geckos.

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Sex geckos in space!  This sounded too funny to be true. Figures it was Russian.

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Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up th
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If you're looking for a reason to leave Comcast...

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If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.
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Good article and solid basic advice and instructions. Create a system image as well as backing-up files and folders!

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How To Stay Anonymous Online In 2014

How To Stay Anonymous Online In 2014 | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Lots have changed since we last publish the infograph showing you how to hide your Internet presence. Removing yourself from social media accounts simply doesn't cut it anymore. In this updated version by WhoIsHostingThis, slightly more advanced techniques are featured. Click to enlarge.
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TOR is a good option.

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Supermoon 9 9 14 - YouTube

video shot by me at midnight, edited with the following audio: "Jalandhar" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3....
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It was a good evening for this, with the clouds creating a great effect.

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Intel chip has tiniest transistors

Intel chip has tiniest transistors | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Intel formally says the tiny transistors on its new family of chips will let powerful, "razor-thin", fanless computers become possible. (Intel chip has tiniest transistors. You've gotta love intel.
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I can see where they got the name M.

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Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US

Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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Thanks to Randy for posting this. I'll see his Wow and raise a Holy F*ck.

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Wrangling a thousand-strong robot swarm

By itself, one tiny robot called a Kilobot is not very smart. But 1,000 can follow simple instructions to assemble into multiple shapes without human interve...
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The idea was there, and now the beginning stages of execution. Given time, little things like this could do meaningful work.

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How serious is California drought? Check out these before and after pictures, taken only three years apart

The most viral images on the internet, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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Thanks to Raven for posting this.

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History 2.0: Civil War Journals & Historic Letters Go Digital

History 2.0: Civil War Journals & Historic Letters Go Digital | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Armchair historians with a knack for reading scratchy handwriting can now help the Smithsonian Institution with a huge effort to preserve thousands of historical letters and journals online.
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One of the good things about technology!

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NASA Is Building a Tiny Mothership to Explore Distant Lunar Oceans

NASA Is Building a Tiny Mothership to Explore Distant Lunar Oceans | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Suppose you’re a planetary scientist. You operate an unmanned spacecraft, surveying a distant moon in our solar system. Years of funding, engineering work, and long-distance space travel have all come together, and at last this machine—to which you have devoted so much of your life—is in place. And it’s just made an incredible discovery.

 

Maybe it’s a new kind of crater. Or an odd, unexpected mineral. Or the holy grail: liquid water.

 

It’s thrilling news—years of your career, vindicated! Now you have to wait. And lobby. And hope for the funding to come through. And wait for the next craft to get there...


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Very cool.

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This Object Isn't Actually Real. In Fact, It's Not Even Really There

This Object Isn't Actually Real. In Fact, It's Not Even Really There | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Woah. Groovy.
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Best justification for geometry, etc. I've come across in a while.

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14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration

14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Staying hydrated and preventing dehydration is about more than just drinking eight glasses of water a day. (Stay hydrated!
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Learned something new: Your body's sensation of thirst declines with age.

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Same Genes, Different Fates

Same Genes, Different Fates | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Eppie Lederer and Pauline Phillips were one of the most famous pairs of identical twins in the United States during the 20th century.
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Just asking the parents would have also produced the result that identical twins aren't really identical.  :)

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Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Heading off to exotic locales to conduct research is one of the great joys of science. But many young scientists say they have been sexually harassed or assaulted by superiors while out there.
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Parents, keep in touch with your kids who want to be archaeologists and anthropologists. Know where they are if overseas and have a plan to get them out if need be.

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