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250 articles from MONDAY 9.4.2012
- MONDAY 9. APRIL, 2012
23:59 Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on -- or offMoney doesn't buy happiness. Neither does materialism: research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It's also environmental.
23:59 Farmers of 800-years-ago could teach us how to protect the Amazon -- with raised farming bedsIn the face of mass deforestation of the Amazon, recent findings indicate that we could learn from its earliest inhabitants who managed their farmland sustainably. Research shows for the first time that indigenous people, living in the savannas around the Amazonian forest, farmed without using fire. Instead early inhabitants practiced 'raised-field' farming, which involved constructing small agricultural mounds with wooden tools. These raised fields provided better drainage, soil aeration and moisture retention: ideal for an environment that experiences both drought and flooding.
23:59 Nanotechnology used to hunt for hidden pathogensResearchers have developed a novel technique that may give doctors a faster and more sensitive tool to detect pathogens associated with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease. The new nanoparticle-based technique also may be used for detection of other microbes that have challenged scientists for centuries because they hide deep in human tissue and are able to reprogram cells to successfully evade the immune system.
23:57 Now from AT&T -- Unlocked iPhonesUnlocking an iPhone used to be a major sin against Apple and AT&T, at least in the U.S. But, late last week, AT&T announced that it would now help owners of older, out-of-contract iPhones to unlock them, starting on Easter Sunday.
AT&T said in a statement that the only requirements are that the user's account must be in good standing, the device cannot be associated with an active AT&T account, and the customer "needs to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee."
Given those conditions, AT&T's offer applies to the earlier iPhone models -- the original one, the 3G, 3GS, and 4.
To unlock such a model, the user provides the IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, number at an AT&T store or over the phone, receives an e-mail from Apple with the instructions and reference codes, and follows the steps. The IMEI is found in Settings>General>About.
A specific account can only receive up to five unlock codes in a year. To unlock a phone currently on an iPhone contract, an early termination fee is required.
Unlocked iPhones will work on T-Mobile's network, but at slower-than-3G data speeds. When traveling abroad, users can get onto a local GSM wireless carrier via a new SIM card. Older, unlocked iPhones will not work on CDMA-based Sprint or Verizon networks.
Verizon and Sprint both allow their iPhones, even under contract, to be unlocked for use when traveling in other countries, which could be one reason why AT&T has given in. Apple sells unlocked iPhones, which it has done for some time in Europe and other markets, and has been doing in the U.S. since last summer.
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Locked phones are bound to a given carrier's network, while unlocked phones can be adapted to work on another...
23:33 Well: No Seizure Risk From Measles Vaccine in Older ChildrenBooster doses of the MMRV vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox did not lead to a higher seizure risk in 4- to 6-year-olds in a study.
23:31 Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion, Will Keep It SeparateAfter first trying to compete with photo filter and sharing application Instagram, social media giant Facebook this week instead plunked down a cool billion in cash and stock to buy the company.
"For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family." Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook page Monday. "Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests."
Zuckerberg emphasized that while Instagram employees will now work for Facebook, the company will be run independently because "we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram's strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook."
Developed by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram launched via Apple's App Store in October 2010, and less than a year later claimed 10 million users.
As recently as August, Facebook was working on developing its own filters to give users' photos a retro look, as Instagram does, The New York Times reported. The paper said the social media giant had also made an attempt to buy Instagram then, after it raised $7 million in a round of funding from Benchmark Capital. Reports said Monday that the San Francisco-based company had been approved for another $50 million from various investors, though the free app currently generates no income.
Monday's news fueled speculation that Facebook, on its way to an expected $100 billion initial public stock offering, viewed the fast-growing application as a potential competitor that could capture the interest of young people who may be getting bored with Facebook.
Last week, Instagram released an Android app in addition to its already successful iOS app for iPhone, giving it access to the...
23:30 Niceness is in Your DNA, Scientists FindMany times, two siblings raised by the same parents, and subject to similar environmental influences, can turn out to be polar opposites: one kind and generous, the other mean-spirited. A new study reveals that the latter might simply have been dealt the wrong hormone receptor genes.
23:25 Pentagon Contest to Develop Robots to Work in Disaster AreasThe Pentagon’s research and development agency is to announce a competition to design specialized robots that can work in disaster zones while operating common tools and vehicles.
23:25 The Consumer: Impatience to Get Thin Sends Some to CanadaAmericans are heading north of the border for a weight-loss procedure not available here: the gastric balloon.
23:24 Digestibility and nutritional value of whey co-products for weanling pigsNew research from the University of Illinois sheds light on the nutritional value of whey powder and whey permeate as a lactose source for pigs.
23:24 Facebook buys Instagram photo app for $1 bnFacebook announced Monday that it made a billion-dollar-deal to buy the startup behind wildly popular smartphone photo sharing application Instagram.
23:24 Gaps in Netflix's online library likely to persist(AP) -- Peruse Netflix's catalog of DVDs, and you'll find just about any movie or TV series you want. Look for many of the same titles in Netflix's Internet video library, and prepare to be exasperated.
23:24 Iowa State researchers find, test winds extending far away from Alabama tornado's pathChristopher Karstens, an Iowa State University doctoral student from Atlantic, was studying a deadly Alabama tornado when he noticed high winds from the storm traveled along valleys and knocked down trees. He built a 3-D model of that Alabama terrain and is using Iowa State's Tornado/Microburst Simulator to confirm rough, complex terrain can channel tornado winds.
23:24 Key to Netflix's future: better recommendations(AP) -- Netflix executives John Ciancutti and Todd Yellin are trying to create a video-recommendation system that knows you better than an old friend. It's a critical mission as Netflix faces pressure from its Internet video rivals and subscribers still smarting from recent price hikes.
23:24 New York pay phones to get touchy feely makeoverA handful of grimy New York pay phones will be reincarnated as touch-screen pads with online access to neighborhood information, the mayor's office said Monday.
23:24 Scientists use nanotechnology to hunt for hidden pathogensResearchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a novel technique that may give doctors a faster and more sensitive tool to detect pathogens associated with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease.
23:24 Sony to axe 10,000 jobs worldwide: reportSony will cut 10,000 jobs worldwide this year as it attempts to carry out sweeping reforms aimed at reviving the iconic but loss-making Japanese electronics giant, the Nikkei business daily said Monday.
23:24 Study shows forest insects and diseases arrive in US via imported plantsThe trade in live plants from around the world has become a major industry in the United States, with new imports now valued at more than $500 billion annually. According to a study conducted by researchers at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, however, what has proved to be a boon for the economy has also been shown to have devastating effects on the environment.
23:24 Study: Fungus behind bat die-off came from EuropeThe mysterious deaths of millions of bats in the United States and Canada over the past several years were caused by a fungus that hitchhiked from Europe, scientists reported Monday.
23:24 UN chief to 'hang out' at Google social networkUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to take part in a public video chat "hangout" at Google's social network on Tuesday with young people from around the world.
23:24 U.S. FDA Approves Possible Alzheimer's TestPotential boon for clinicians also raises concerns about overuse
22:59 Well: To Treat Sleep Apnea, Some Shed a MaskAn alternative form of C.P.A.P. is gaining popularity for sleep apnea patients: a patch that fits over the nostrils.
22:57 Observatory: Tending a Sick Comrade Has Benefits for AntsWhen ants lick pathogens off an infected comrade, they stimulate their own immune systems, a study found.
22:54 Deadly March Tornadoes Are First Billion-Dollar Disaster of 2012A swarm of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Southeast in early March has earned the grim title of the nation's first billion-dollar weather disaster of 2012.
22:54 Russian Satellite Crashes into PacificAfter 15 years in orbit, a defunct Russian military communications satellite reentered over the ocean on Saturday.