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What happens when you leave cleanliness up to your microbiome?
For most of my life, if I’ve thought at all about the bacteria living on my skin, it has been while trying to scrub them away. But recently I spent four weeks rubbing them in. I was Subject 26 in testing a living bacterial skin tonic, developed by AOBiome, a biotech start-up in Cambridge, Mass. The tonic looks, feels and tastes like water, but each spray bottle of AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist contains billions of cultivated Nitrosomonas eutropha, an ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) that is most commonly found in dirt and untreated water. AOBiome scientists hypothesize that it once lived happily on us too — before we started washing it away with soap and shampoo — acting as a built-in cleanser, deodorant, anti-inflammatory and immune booster by feeding on the ammonia in our sweat and converting it into nitrite and nitric oxide.
The reason why? Basically the tsunami of books that buries every single newcomer!
And the little robot can even dance. What’s cooler than that?
Defence chiefs describe militants as ‘apocalyptic’ group that will need to be defeated but maintain limited strikes are sufficient
Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was sufficient for the United States to “contain” the group that has reshaped the map of Iraq and Syria.
Army general Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters in a Pentagon briefing that while Isis would eventually have to be defeated, the US should concentrate on building allies in the region to oppose the group that murdered an American journalist, James Foley.
“It is possible to contain them,” Dempsey said, in a Pentagon press conference alongside the defense secretary, Chuck Hagel. “They can be contained, but not in perpetuity. This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.”
Police chief says suspect brandished a knife at officers after incident at convenience store, as crowd takes up refrain from nearby protests
Racial tensions in Missouri were stoked again on Tuesday when police killed another African American man as authorities struggled to quell the nightly confrontations over the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson last week.
Angry residents of a black neighbourhood in St Louis, not far from Ferguson, accused the police of excessive force after two officers fired several bullets into a 23-year-old man described as carrying a knife and behaving erratically. The man has not yet been named but he was well known in the area and was said to have learning difficulties.
Sam Dotson, the chief of St Louis’s metropolitan police, said the man did not obey orders to drop a knife and was within four feet of the officers when they shot him. The dead man was later named locally as Kajieme Powell.
The human microbiome (or human microbiota) is the aggregate of microorganisms, a microbiome that resides on the surface and in deep layers of skin, in the saliva and oral mucosa, in the conjunctiva, and in the gastrointestinal tracts. They include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. One study indicated they outnumber human cells 10 to 1. Some of these organisms perform tasks that are useful for the human host. However, the majority have been too poorly researched for us to understand the role they play, however communities of microflora have been shown to change their behavior in diseased individuals. Those that are expected to be present, and that under normal circumstances do not cause disease, but instead participate in maintaining health, are deemed members of the normal flora. Though widely known as "microflora", this is, in technical terms, a misnomer, since the word root "flora" pertains to plants, and biota refers to the total collection of organisms in a particular ecosystem. Recently, the more appropriate term "microbiota" is applied, though its use has not eclipsed the entrenched use and recognition of "flora" with regard to bacteria and other microorganisms. Both terms are being used in different literature. Studies in 2009 questioned whether the decline in biota (includingmicrofauna) as a result of human intervention might impede human health. Most of the microbes associated with humans appear to be not harmful at all, but rather assist in maintaining processes necessary for a healthy body. A surprising finding was that at specific sites on the body, a different set of microbes may perform the same function for different people. For example, on the tongues of two people two entirely different sets of organisms will break down sugars in the same way. This suggests that medical science may be forced to abandon only one-microbe model of disease, and rather pay attention to the function of a group of microbes that has somehow gone awry.
Headline 1 – National Guard Leaves Ferguson; Michael Brown’s Funeral Set for Monday : Headline 2 – Michael Brown’s Parents to Join Eric Garner March in New York City : Headline 3 – Los Angeles Residents Protest Police Killings of Omar Abrego, Ezell Ford : Headline 4 – Ohio: Cop Back at Work After Fatal Shooting of Black Man in Wal-Mart : Headline 5 – Renewed Israeli Assault on Gaza Kills Dozens; Hamas Executes 18 Palestinians : Headline 6 – Top General Hints at U.S. Military Intervention in Syria : Headline 7 – Islamic State Letter to Foley’s Parents: Execution a "Direct Result" of U.S. Airstrikes : Headline 8 – U.N.: Syria Death Toll Tops 191,000 : Headline 9 – Outgoing Human Rights Chief Slams U.N. Security Council Inaction : Headline 10 – 2 U.S. Missionaries Recover from Ebola After Taking Experimental Drug : Headline 11 – 70 Die of Ebola-Like Illness in Democratic Republic of Congo : Headline 12 – Russian Aid Convoy Crosses into Ukraine : Headline 13 – Yemen: Tens of Thousands Rally to Support Houthi Rebels : Headline 14 – Chile: Students March to Demand Free Education : Headline 15 – Watchdog: Bergdahl Prisoner Swap was Illegal : Headline 16 – Bank of America Likely to Pay Far Less Than $17 Billion in Record Deal : Headline 17 – NYC Man Wins Settlement After Alleged Arrest for Recording Stop-and-Frisk
Black Ivory Coffee workers sort coffee beans out of elephant dung.
A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
"There's easier ways to make money," he says. "I wouldn't spend 10 years and put my life savings on this if I didn't think it's for real, or I thought it was just going to be an overnight gag."
Gag. Right. Let's just dispense with the jokes here and now, shall we?
"Crappacino," "Brew No. 2," "Good to the last dropping" — Dinkin has heard them all.
And while he's a good sport about it, it's clear he's tired of them, too. He'd rather talk about what makes his brew different — and better — than Kopi Luwak. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
Artificial Intelligence Q&A with Ergun Ekici – VP Emerging Technologies, IPsoft.
I define AI as a cognitive machine that can understand what it is being told via natural language, learn continuously and subsequently solve problems by applying its knowledge. In a business context, this means being able to interact with humans naturally, explore what issue needs to be resolved and figure out what actions need to be taken.
By this definition, AI opens up a massive opportunity to enhance and automate the huge number of administrative and knowledge-based roles that have arisen over the last 40 years to support core business processes. Expert systems using autonomic technology are already automating management and administration tasks within the IT department, freeing up skilled IT engineers to focus on work that creates value for the business. These virtual engineers learn from how a human engineer tackles a problem that they haven’t encountered before, so they can fix the issue the next time it happens.
With cognitive AI, virtual agents, operating outside of the IT department, will learn from humans – actually “observing” interactions and absorbing the lessons drawn from that experience – in a similar way to a new employee shadowing an experienced colleague to build on their formal training
In case you missed it back then, Amazon made a splashy announcement about its drone project, Prime Air, just before the Christmas holiday in the U.S. On the biggest online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired an interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, which uncritically, we might add, saw veteran reporter Charlie Rose, smiling, exclaim “oh my God!” as he viewed the Prime Air drones for the first time.
Tesla owners have been looking forward to OS 6.0, a software update for their vehicles, for a while now, but it’s finally rolling out to vehicle owners, reports Electrek. The system adds a bunch of new features for Model S vehicles, including a new Calendar app for in-car use, and big improvements to the Maps/Navigation software. What’s amazing (and surprising) for iPhone users is that they can now unlock and start their car from their devices if they forget their physical key fob at home.
The Islamic State is a stark, harrowing wake-up call to the realities of religious fundamentalism in the Middle East and the corruption of generations being raised to believe violence is the best defense of their beliefs.
Militants announce death of three senior commanders after Netanyahu foreshadows ‘struggle against terror lasting years’
Three of Hamas’s most senior military commanders have been killed in pre-dawn air strikes on Rafa in the south of the Gaza Strip.
Hamas announced the deaths of Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum on Thursday morning. The loss of the military commanders is a serious blow to the organisation.
There was still no definitive word on the fate of Mohammed Deif, Hamas’s top military figure, whose wife and eight-month-old son were killed on Tuesday evening when five one-tonne bombs struck a house in Gaza City.
Israeli military analyists said intelligence indicated Deif was at the house and that it was virtually impossible that anyone could have survived the destructive force of the bombing. A third unidentified person also died in the air strike.
The Israel Defence Forces said it struck 20 targets over Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.
It confirmed it had “eliminated senior Hamas terrorists Raed Attar and Mohamed Abu Shamala” but made no mention of Barhoum.
As the death toll in Gaza rose well above 2,000 on Wednesday, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, compared the Hamas movement in Gaza to the Islamic State (Isis), calling the two groups a “branch of the same tree”.
The Properties of Space Science works best when in harmony with nature. If we put these two together, we can discover great technologies that can only come about when the consciousness of the planet is ready to embrace them. One example is “free energy,” also known as “zero-point energy,” which utilizes the substance that exists […]
Part I: How Physical Activity Can Help Us Regain Our Ancestral Health Modern society has blessed us in many ways. Amazing technological advances have made us comfortable beyond the dreams of past generations. Paradoxically, we suffer from chronic, degenerative diseases virtually unknown a few generations ago. Rather than providing robust health, we see an onslaught […]
Propaganda video circulated Tuesday claims to show beheading of photojournalist, who went missing in Syria in 2012
Militants from Islamic State (Isis) claimed to have killed an American journalist long held captive in Syria in retaliation for ongoing US air strikes against its forces in Iraq.
A propaganda video circulated on Tuesday showed a masked Isis fighter beheading a kneeling man dressed in an orange jumpsuit who is purported to be James Wright Foley, a photojournalist who went missing in Syria in 2012.
The masked executioner spoke in English, with what sounded like a British accent, and said the slaying came in response to the air strikes ordered by President Barack Obama against Isis 12 days ago.
Isis, whose chief spokesman came under US state department sanctions on Monday, warned of further revenge – including on another man purported to be a captured US journalist, Steven Sotloff – and in the video the victim was made to read a statement blaming the US for his own murder.