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341 articles from TUESDAY 15.5.2012
- TUESDAY 15. MAY, 2012
23:46 Man implants magnets in arm to hold iPod in place
Tattoo artist Dave Hurban is fascinating some - and grossing out others - after he inserted magnets under his skin in order to attach an iPod Nano Touch to his wrist whenever he wants.
23:38 A Mummy Switcheroo?A mummy that was thought to be one of the ancient god Min's priests is actually the remains of another man.
23:24 For highly educated women, families are an increasingly popular optionAn increasing number of highly educated women are opting for families, according to a national study co-authored by a University at Buffalo economist.
23:24 This 'mousetrap' may save lives: Students create mechanism to regulate IV fluids for childrenInstead of building a better mousetrap, a team of Rice University freshmen took a mousetrap and built a better way to treat dehydration among children in the developing world.
23:24 Astrophysicists discover new heating source in cosmological structure formation(Phys.org) -- So far, astrophysicists thought that super-massive black holes can only influence their immediate surroundings. A collaboration of scientists at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and in Canada and the US now discovered that diffuse gas in the universe can absorb luminous gamma-ray emission from black holes, heating it up strongly. This surprising result has important implications for the formation of structures in the universe. The results have just been published in The Astrophysical Journal and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
23:24 Elephant seal tracking reveals hidden lives of deep-diving animalsResearchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who pioneered the use of satellite tags to monitor the migrations of elephant seals have compiled one of the largest datasets available for any marine mammal species, revealing their movements and diving behavior at sea in unprecedented detail.
23:24 Forget Segway: Honda introduces new UNI-CUB personal mobility device (w/ Video)Honda Motor today unveiled the new UNI-CUB personal mobility device. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking.
23:24 GM to pull ads from Facebook: reportGeneral Motors plans to stop advertising on Facebook because it determined paid ads had little impact on consumers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
23:24 London 2012 security: 'Sonic weapon' to be usedBritain's Defense Ministry says an acoustic device that can be used as a "sonic weapon" will be deployed during the London Olympics.
23:24 Mixed bacterial communities evolve to share resources, not competeNew research shows how bacteria evolve to increase ecosystem functioning by recycling each other's waste. The study provides some of the first evidence for how interactions between species shape evolution when there is a diverse community.
23:24 New finding may hold key to Gaia hypothesisIs Earth really a sort of giant living organism as the Gaia hypothesis predicts? A new discovery made at the University of Maryland may provide a key to answering this question. This key of sulfur could allow scientists to unlock heretofore hidden interactions between ocean organisms, atmosphere, and land -- interactions that might provide evidence supporting this famous theory.
23:24 Sulphur and iron compounds common in old shipwrecksSulphur and iron compounds have now been found in shipwrecks both in the Baltic and off the west coast of Sweden. The group behind the results, presented in the Journal of Archaeological Science, includes scientists from the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm University.
23:24 The teacher is central to successful use of computers in schoolsThe idea of one computer per student is becoming increasingly common in the Swedish school system. The University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is now conducting several studies on the educational consequences of the so-called 1:1 initiative in a group of Swedish municipalities.
23:24 US class-action ebook price-fixing suit can proceedA judge Tuesday allowed a class-action case to proceed against Apple and six publishing houses alleging a price-fixing scheme for electronic books, citing "ample" indications of a conspiracy.
23:09 Side Effects: Microscopic Neighbors, Evolving TogetherA novel experiment sought to demonstrate that how different living things in a community bump up against one another affects how they evolve.
23:01 GM Drops Paid Facebook Ads, Will Still Use Free PagesWith some 900 million user accounts, Facebook would seem to be the perfect venue for advertisers. The question is, despite the amount of time people spend logged on, posting updates, chatting with friends and sharing pictures, how much does the advertising that has made Facebook a multibillion-dollar concern in a short eight years really move products?
Not enough, the nation's leading automobile manufacturer has apparently concluded. In its case, paid advertising on the world's biggest social network hasn't justified the cost.
$10 Million Campaign
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that General Motors was pulling its ads for cars on Facebook, while continuing to use free pages to publicize its products. The paid advertising had reportedly amounted to $10 million.
The decision may reflect a mindset of "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" That could be troubling on some level for the Mark Zuckerberg-founded company as it heads toward an initial public stock offering Friday that hinges on future profitability and revenue growth. The company could be valued as high as $100 billion.
"GM's move is certainly likely to give other advertisers pause, especially given the company's heft, its reputation for advertising savvy and its remarkable return from the grave," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us.
"There have also been numerous similar situations in the past, where an initially hot Internet property cooled swiftly -- in some cases, by Antarctic proportions -- when exposed to close scrutiny."
One example, King said, was Second Life, the virtual world created by Linden Research in 2003 that allows users to interact through avatars.
Virtual Showrooms Didn't Pay
"At one point, the site's fast growth and its popularity among the technology elite made it a go-to venue for numerous vendors and manufacturers, many of which built virtual 'showrooms' to market and advertise their goods," King...
22:56 Mock Mars Rover Takes Desert Test Drive
22:54 Air pollution level changes in Beijing linked with biomarkers of cardiovascular diseaseDuring the 2008 Beijing Olympics, changes in air pollution were associated with changes in biomarkers of systemic inflammation and thrombosis (formation of blood clot) as well as measures of cardiovascular physiology in healthy young persons, according to a new study.
22:54 Drugs from gila monster lizard saliva reduces cravings for chocolate and ordinary foodA drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard is effective in reducing the craving for food. Researchers have tested the drug on rats, who after treatment ceased their cravings for both food and chocolate.
22:53 740,000 lives saved: Benefits of AIDS relief programThe US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the government's far-reaching health-care foreign aid program, has contributed to a significant decline in adult death rates from all causes in Africa, according to a new study.
22:53 Elusive capacity of networks: Calculating data network's total capacity notoriously difficult, but theorists making some headwayIn its early years, information theory was dominated by research on error-correcting codes: How do you encode information so as to guarantee its faithful transmission, even in the presence of the corrupting influences engineers call "noise"? Recently, one of the most intriguing developments in information theory has been a different kind of coding, called network coding, in which the question is how to encode information in order to maximize the capacity of a network as a whole. For information theorists, it was natural to ask how these two types of coding might be combined: If you want to both minimize error and maximize capacity, which kind of coding do you apply where, and when do you do the decoding?
22:04 Air pollution limits at Beijing Olympics eased heart burden
The 2008 Summer Olympics Olympics were a powerful laboratory for showing how improvements in air pollution improve cardiovascular health.
21:59 Country diary: Wenlock Edge: The willy lily on the wild side of the fence
Wenlock Edge: This extraordinary plant's erotic reputation was enhanced in a 1655 translation of Dioscorides, which claimed it 'stirrs up affections to conjugation being dranck with wine'
My lords-and-ladies, I am the vulgar spirit of rustic insolence hiding in the bushes who calls you cuckoo pintle, Jack-in-the-pulpit, willy lily; I am the ribald namer of wild things to embarrass you toffs who decide which side of the fence I'm on; I am the fly in the ointment. So might say the fly, dancing around the erect spadix-maypole-phallic-thing as a burst of May sunlight shines through the spathe and this common flower looks like such a holy place. Rude names may be a way for the downtrodden to take their revenge through language, but it is an extraordinary plant with its blotched spear-shaped leaves and cowled bloom, later jewelled with bright red berries. Its erotic reputation was enhanced when John Goodyer translated Dioscorides in 1655, claiming it "stirrs up affections to conjugation being dranck with wine".
For all this Arum maculatum belongs on the wild side of the fence – the coarse, untended shadows under leafing trees and may blossom hedges in spattering rain. On the other side of the fence, the old order remains properly intact. Keep out: the fields are green and fertilised with chemicals; thistles and nettles have been sprayed with herbicide; hedges flailed, trees trimmed and dead wood taken away; lush grass is grazed by plump lambs and long-suffering ewes. This is bucolic on an industrial scale.
But in a corner of the field, subversives gather. Rabbits nibble the landlord's grass, constantly a-twitch for signs of danger; they have the impudence to have survived centuries of guns, dogs, railways, roads, disease and rotten weather to steal a living from the land. In the skies above, the swifts have come back to scream around the roofs of Wenlock as if they owned the place. Lords-and-ladies, our sly rebellion may not shock but it's not gone away, says the fly.guardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
21:58 Sunday Solar Eclipse Visible from National Parks
21:58 Breathtaking View of Earth Taken by Russian Satellite