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Ant farmers boost plant nutrition
Humans began cultivating crops about 12000 years ago. Ants have been at it rather longer. Leafcutter ants, the best-known insect farmers, belong to a lineage of…
Jun 24, 2019 23:59 UTC Science Read More

China's Increasing Wealth Is Changing the Way People Die
Chronic illnesses like stroke, heart problems and lung cancer became the top causes of premature death in China over the last three decades, according to a…
Jun 24, 2019 22:29 UTC Health Read More

The Sonos One speaker is at its lowest price ever right now
Sales on the Sonos One speaker are few and far in between, but right now it's at its lowest price ever on B&H.
Jun 24, 2019 21:07 UTC Technology Read More

Men's fertility irreversibly damaged by age of 18 thanks to Western junk food diet, study finds
Male fertility is being irreversibly damaged by a diet of western junk food by the time men reach 18, a study has found.
Jun 24, 2019 20:59 UTC Health Read More

Cisco BrandVoice: What Is The Future Of The Data Center?
By Jason Compton After decades in enterprise networking infrastructure, Cisco entered the computing market with the Unified Computing System in 2009. Over the course of ten years, they have built a top-ranked business with around 60,000 customers. Ten years later, growing demand for rapid application development and deployment platforms and the desire for elastic private cloud and multicloud infrastructure is significantly shifting the way enterprises think about building and maintaining their core IT assets. We spoke with Kaustubh Das, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy for th...
Jun 24, 2019 20:57 UTC Computing Read More

Researchers explain visible light from 2-D lead halide perovskites
Researchers drew attention three years ago when they reported that a two-dimensional perovskite—a material with a specific crystal structure—composed of…
Jun 24, 2019 20:22 UTC Science Read More

Commonly prescribed anticholinergic drugs linked to dementia risk
June 24 (UPI) -- A widely used group of drugs -- anticholinergics -- used for everything from depression to allergies and gastrointestinal conditions to Parkinson's disease, may increase risk for dementia, a new study says. People over age 55 who used strong anticholinergic medication each day for more than three years had a 50 percent increased risk of developing dementia, according to findings published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. "This study provides further evidence that doctors should be careful when prescribing certain drugs that have anticholinergic properties," Tom Dening, who...
Jun 24, 2019 19:54 UTC Health-Care Read More

This terrifying AI generates fake articles from any news site
The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has an interesting new tactic in the war on fake news: make more of it. A team of researchers at the institute recently…
Jun 24, 2019 19:48 UTC Science Read More

'Mosquito Repellent' Apps Don't Work
For decades we've been able to buy devices that play noises that are supposed to repel mosquitoes, and for just as many decades they have been completely…
Jun 24, 2019 19:29 UTC Health Read More

Engineering enzymes to turn plant waste into sustainable products
A new family of enzymes has been engineered to perform one of the most important steps in the conversion of plant waste into sustainable and high-value…
Jun 24, 2019 18:59 UTC Science Read More

Medical marijuana is not the way out of America’s opioid crisis
WEEDMAPS, an app that allows cannabis users to find sellers and review their wares, advertises its services through “Weedfacts”—marijuana-promoting…
Jun 24, 2019 18:58 UTC Health Read More

One-Third of U.S. Supports Nuclear War on North Korea, Knowing It Would Kill One Million, Report Shows
One-third of the United States population would support a preemptive attack on North Korea, even in a nuclear scenario, knowing it would kill one million…
Jun 24, 2019 18:18 UTC Science Read More

What’s the Difference Between Jetson Nano, Raspberry Pi, Neural Compute Stick, and Edge TPU Dev Board?
Raspberry Pi launched revolutionary computer building blocks for DIY makers. Think of Jetson Nano as the next step, providing AI for makers. Released in 2012, Raspberry Pi has established itself as the de facto DIY computer board for makers, students and educators alike. For just $35, it offers features like video and wireless communication for home-brewed drones and robots. More than 25 million Raspberry Pi units have sold worldwide, capturing the latter day DIY spirit of the Whole Earth Catalog, the publication that a half century ago touched a generation striving to understand and build…
Jun 24, 2019 17:58 UTC Computing Read More

How Solar Grew In Georgia Despite Lack Of Mandates On Renewable Energy
Solar is booming in Georgia, and it's not because of state mandates supporting renewable energy or concerns about climate change. Instead, powerful market…
Jun 24, 2019 17:50 UTC Business Read More

Diet soda is a nutritional pariah, but the case against it is thin
The nutrition community doesn't like diet soda. Of all the groups that make dietary recommendations, I can't find one that lends full-throated support.
Jun 24, 2019 17:46 UTC Health Read More

Commonly prescribed drugs are tied to nearly 50% higher dementia risk in older adults, study says
There was nearly a 50% increased odds of dementia among adults aged 55 and older in the United Kingdom who took a strong anticholinergic medication daily…
Jun 24, 2019 17:18 UTC Health Read More

They Thought This HIV Strategy Couldn't Work. But It Did
In high-income countries like the U.S., the standard of care for people infected with HIV is to provide antiretroviral pills when the virus is found, even when there are no symptoms of AIDS. The strategy staves off the disease and has a second — big — benefit. It has been shown to prevent the spread of HIV in sexual encounters. It's called "treatment as prevention" (TasP in medical jargon), or "test and treat." But in low-income countries, "test and treat" is not the typical approach to prevention. There has been no research to support it. So 10 years ago, researchers began planning a massi...
Jun 24, 2019 17:13 UTC Health-Care Read More

Medicalising everyday life doesn’t help anyone’s mental health
I have a growing sense of unease about the Americanisation of British society’s attitude towards mental health. In the 1980s, British audiences smiled bemusedly at neurosis-laden Woody Allen films and the normality with which American television and cinema treated notions of therapy, meds and interventions. To a British ear, the protagonists of these human melodramas could seem self-absorbed, foolish and narcissistic; figures of fun to be pitied for their inability to maintain a stiff upper lip and their ignorance of the power of a strong cup of tea. Yet now these are all concepts that have...
Jun 24, 2019 16:43 UTC Mental-Health Read More

Medicalising everyday life doesn’t help anyone’s mental health
I have a growing sense of unease about the Americanisation of British society’s attitude towards mental health. In the 1980s, British audiences smiled bemusedly at neurosis-laden Woody Allen films and the normality with which American television and cinema treated notions of therapy, meds and interventions. To a British ear, the protagonists of these human melodramas could seem self-absorbed, foolish and narcissistic; figures of fun to be pitied for their inability to maintain a stiff upper lip and their ignorance of the power of a strong cup of tea. Yet now these are all concepts that have...
Jun 24, 2019 16:43 UTC Health-Care Read More

The Importance Of Addressing Insecure Employment To Improve Population Mental Health
Economic insecurity arises from a fear of being exposed to adverse economic events from which an individual may have difficulty recovering. Adverse events.
Jun 24, 2019 16:42 UTC Jobs Read More

This glowing ring of light is from a distant galaxy
New instruments on telescopes are allowing us to look back in time at the early universe, when it was only a few billion years old, including spectacular rings of…
Jun 24, 2019 16:33 UTC Science Read More

Want a rocking sex life? Stop overeating
Certain bad habits can make your sex life go for a toss. Break them if you want to your bedroom performance to be outstanding. Juhi kumari | Updated: June 24,…
Jun 24, 2019 16:09 UTC Health Read More

Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance
A study of immune and fat cells from mice found that cocoa shell extract can reduce and prevent some of the cell dysfunctions that can result from obesity.
Jun 24, 2019 16:02 UTC Health Read More

Trump executive order calls for disclosure of hospital prices
ASSOCIATED PRESS By Associated Press This will require hospitals to post actual prices for common tests and procedures President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Reuters WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down, administration officials said. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters the idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to keep costs down. For exampl...
Jun 24, 2019 15:56 UTC Health-Care Read More

Sony's Cheaper Noise-Cancelling Headphones Are an Instant Classic
Sony just released a more affordable set of noise-canceling headphones called the WH-XB900N. The new wireless headphones sell for $250 and are an…
Jun 24, 2019 15:50 UTC Technology Read More

Doctors Explain the Link Between Carbs and Belly Fat — and Which Carbs Are Healthiest
Carbs aren't the only cause of belly fat, but if you eat a lot of them, they can certainly play a role. "If you eat any type of macronutrient in excess,
Jun 24, 2019 15:49 UTC Health Read More

A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet
Operating before birth can minimize nerve damage caused by severe defects in tissue around the spinal column.
Jun 24, 2019 15:10 UTC Health Read More

Trump to order hospitals to be transparent about healthcare costs
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order aimed at requiring hospitals to be more transparent about prices before charging patients for healthcare services, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Monday. The executive order will direct HHS to issue a rule that will mandate hospitals to disclose in an "easy-to-read, patient-friendly format" what prices patients and insurers will actually end up paying, Azar said. The order will ultimately require healthcare providers and insurers to provide patients with information about the out-of-pocket costs they'll face befor...
Jun 24, 2019 15:03 UTC Health-Care Read More

Clouds dominate uncertainties in predicting future Greenland melt
New research led by climate scientists from the University of Bristol suggests that the representation of clouds in climate models is as, or more, important than the…
Jun 24, 2019 15:00 UTC Science Read More

Widely available antibiotics could be used in the treatment of 'superbug' MRSA
Some MRSA infections could be tackled using widely-available antibiotics, suggests new research from an international collaboration led by scientists at the…
Jun 24, 2019 15:00 UTC Health Read More

Alzheimer's missing link ID'd, answering what tips brain's decline
Years before symptoms of Alzheimer's disease appear, two kinds of damaging proteins silently collect in the brain: amyloid beta and tau. Clumps of amyloid…
Jun 24, 2019 15:00 UTC Health Read More

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight
One of the starring payloads is a solar sail that, when unfurled, will be the size of a boxing ring.
Jun 24, 2019 14:43 UTC Science Read More

How inhibiting both HDAC and PD-1 could improve immuno-oncology treatments
A University of Colorado team reported that an HDAC inhibitor currently in phase 1 human trials helped overcome resistance to PD-1 inhibition in mouse models…
Jun 24, 2019 14:29 UTC Health Read More

Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees
Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known to humans. It's also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper,…
Jun 24, 2019 14:28 UTC Science Read More

U.S. turns to Mutombo to deliver Ebola message
Dikembe Mutombo has recorded radio and video spots designed to persuade people in Congo to take precautions to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola…
Jun 24, 2019 13:54 UTC Health Read More

Neurologist explains a new study that proves supplements for brain health offer no benefit
Americans and others around the world have turned increasingly to dietary supplements in order to maintain or preserve their brain health. A recent study found…
Jun 24, 2019 13:46 UTC Health Read More

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