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370 articles from WEDNESDAY 11.7.2012
- WEDNESDAY 11. JULY, 2012
21:42 Aboriginal social media shapes race for national chief
For the first time, regular First Nations people living in far-flung communities across Canada have readily accessible tools for a national conversation about their leadership in Ottawa — turning the traditional discourse among chiefs on its head.
21:42 Memories serve as tools for learning and decision-makingPeople associate past memories with novel information, according to a new study. This memory-binding process allows people to better understand new concepts and make future decisions. The findings could lead to better teaching methods, as well as treatment of degenerative neurological disorders, such as dementia.
21:42 Toward new drugs for the human and non-human cells in peopleAmid the growing recognition that only a small fraction of the cells and genes in a typical human being are human, scientists are suggesting a revolutionary approach to developing new medicines and treatments to target both the human and non-human components of people.
21:24 Banana genome helps fruit on the slippery slopeFrench scientists on Wednesday announced they had sequenced the DNA code of the banana, a vital crop whose future is darkened by emerging pests and complicated by its strangely inbred character.
21:24 Canadian wind opponents welcome noise study(AP) Opponents of wind farms are hailing Health Canada's decision to study the possible connection between noise generated by the towering turbines and adverse health effects reported by people living close to them.
21:24 It's rats vs. penguins on contested Chilean island(AP) A 3-week-old Humboldt Penguin gazes plaintively from the opening of its nest, waiting for its parents to return with food. They may be out hunting for fish. But if they take much longer, they might not have a chick to provide for.
21:24 New reporter? Call him Al, for algorithmThe new reporter on the US media scene takes no coffee breaks, churns out articles at lightning speed, and has no pension plan.
21:24 Pacific NW Seabirds Stuffed Full of PlasticLooking into the bellies of birds reveals plastic pollution in the Pacific Northwest is becoming as common as in the polluted North Sea.
21:23 Buy a Samsung Galaxy S III, Get a Second Phone Free at T-MobileIf you're a T-Mobile customer or a potential one, you can get a double dose of premium Android devices in time for the fall and save some cash.
From today through Sept. 4, customers who buy the new Samsung Galaxy S III or other 4G Samsung Android devices can pick from one of three second devices free. The offer also applies to Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, while supplies last (the tablet has been banned by a California judge in an Apple patents suit, but current inventory may be sold).
Back to School Promotion
The three free devices are the Samsung Galaxy S II (regularly $149), Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (regularly $99) and the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G (regularly just $29.99). New and existing customers will get a mail-in rebate card after signing up for a new two-year contract on the unlimited Classic plan or for a zero-cash down payment after a mail-in Visa rebate gift card when signing up on a new Unlimited Value plan.
If you don't need two phones, the older Galaxy S 4G is available for free on its own with a two-year plan.
The buy-one-get-one deal is part of an early back-to-school promotion that T-Mobile hopes will entice new adopters or plan-switchers to grab up premium devices to stay in touch in the fall.
"As we approach this busy season for families, we know it's important for them to easily and affordably stay connected, which is why we're making it simple to step up to 4G on our most popular Samsung Galaxy devices," said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA, in a statement.
Top of the Heap
Samsung is the leading mobile-phone manufacturer in the world, according to first-quarter data, after having knocked Nokia off its longheld pedestal. According to Strategy Analytics, South-Korea-based Samsung controlled 25.4 percent of the...
21:06 Transforming cancer into a manageable illness with multi-drug approachA new, multi-drug approach to treatment could make many cancers manageable, if not curable, illnesses by overcoming resistance to certain drug treatments, a new study suggests. The findings suggest that, of the billions of cancer cells that exist in a patient, only a tiny percentage -- about one in a million -- are resistant to drugs used in targeted therapy.
21:05 Caterpillar gets more from its food when predator is on the prowlAnimals that choose to eat in the presence of a predator run the risk of being eaten themselves, so they often go into a defensive mode and pay a physical penalty. But that's not so for the crop pest hornworm caterpillar, a study shows.
20:59 Scientist names marine parasite after Bob Marley
20:53 Pluto's New Moon: Five Fun Facts
20:52 Rare Gene Mutation Is Found to Stave Off Alzheimer’sThe discovery of a protective gene mutation provides evidence that the buildup of beta amyloid protein in the brain is a driving force in the disease.
20:50 T-Mobile Unveils New myTouch SmarpthonesT-Mobile is beefing up its smartphone lineup this summer. The wireless carrier will roll out the myTouch and myTouch Q on Aug. 8.
Both phones feature an all-new version of the Genius Button, which is a set up wizard complete with how-to tutorials. The phones are targeting consumers who want a straightforward, seamless smartphone experience.
Specs-wise, the myTouch offers a 4-inch WVGA touch display and virtual keyboard with Swype. The myTouch Q features the same display but also has a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Huawei manufactures both smartphones, which are 4G-enabled and run on the dated Android 2.3 platform, also known as Gingerbread. The devices are powered by a 1.4-GHz processor. Both will retail for $50 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year contract.
Voice Recognition Abilities
The new models are equipped with a dedicated camera button and offer a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash for quality photo capture and sharing. Both devices also have a front-facing camera for video chat. A redesigned camera user interface aims to offer quicker access to key features, like the flash, switching cameras and choosing the camcorder option.
In a move to make the process of learning and using a smartphone's best features quicker and easier, both devices come with the Genius Button 4.0, powered by Dragon from Nuance. The button offers voice-controlled service. Users can access the new Genius Web Search, featuring voice-command capabilities like direct search among multiple sources, direct app launch and the ability to make dinner reservations.
The new myTouch devices allow users to set up what they feel is important without having to deal with extra steps, including a simple login process, a tips widget and tutorials for the most-used features of Android. A redesigned app drawer gives customers access to recently used apps, a separate tab for all downloaded apps,...
20:42 Alcohol Can Boost Aging Bone HealthAlcohol reduces bone loss in middle-age women by suppressing the rate at which their bones shed old cells.
20:36 Dot Earth Blog: A Gates Summit Aims to Fill a Family Planning GapA look at ways to ensure women have the right and capacity to have the family size they desire.
20:28 Can fracking pollute water? Study tries to answerA new study being done by the Department of Energy may provide some of the first solid answers to an extremely controversial question: Can gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water?
20:28 A Kickstarter for Academic Research
The success of "crowd-funding" inspired one researcher to create a Kickstarter-like service for scientists.
20:27 Digital resources: researchers need better access and more training
20:25 What Should Pluto's New Moon Be Named?
20:20 Apple Risks Government, University Sales by Dropping EPEATApple has stopped using an environmental certification program for its products. In response, at least one major American city has decided to stop using Apple products.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said Tuesday that it has decided to drop out of the EPEAT rating system, which is used to monitor computers' environment impact. As a result, the fifty departments of the city of San Francisco are no longer allowed to buy computers or displays from the nearby technology giant, although EPEAT does not currently apply to smartphones or tablets such as iPhones or iPads.
Apple's decision could reverberate among other governmental units in the U.S., as well as universities, many of which use the standards as a factor in deciding which technological products to buy.
The huge University of California, for instance, has said that it is considering whether to continue purchasing Apple products. In addition, the federal government reportedly requires that 95 percent of its purchased computers have EPEAT certification.
Apple was a participant in the creation of the EPEAT standard in 2006, which was formulated by a group of technology companies, environmental organizations and federal agencies. Apple says that it will continue to meet rigorous environmental standards, such as the federal Energy Star energy efficiency program.
Company spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told news media that Apple "takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact." She added that Apple leads "the industry by reporting each product's greenhouse gas emissions on our Web site, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials."
Batteries Glued to Casing
EPEAT is managed by an independent, non-profit organization of the same name. On its Web site, the organization said that it regretted that "Apple will no longer be registering its products in EPEAT," and expressed the hope that...
20:19 Smarter materials: Self-powered, homeostatic nanomaterial actively self-regulate in response to environmental changeLiving organisms have developed sophisticated ways to maintain stability in a changing environment, withstanding fluctuations in temperature, pH, pressure, and the presence or absence of crucial molecules. The integration of similar features in artificial materials, however, has remained a challenge—until now.
20:19 Golden Crusade Hoard Found in IsraelThe coins may be worth $500,000 and are inscribed with blessings, names of sultans and more.
20:18 Switch lets early lung cancer grow uncheckedCellular change thought to happen only in late-stage cancers to help tumors spread also occurs in early-stage lung cancer as a way to bypass growth controls, say researchers.