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China regulators in Microsoft visit


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Microsoft confirms that officials from the Chinese regulatory body responsible for enforcing business laws have visited some of its offices. Continue reading ...

Eggshells may act like ‘sunblock’


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say. Continue reading ...

‘Brain hub predicts negative events’


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression. Continue reading ...

Wide-eyed lemurs on the web


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Fifty years of data about endangered primates goes online Continue reading ...

Police placing ads on piracy sites


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally. Continue reading ...

Ebola on the Move


July 28th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

Health officials report the first case Ebola virus disease outside of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. A 40-year-old man from Nigeria has died. Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Dolphin filmed in the River Severn


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Marine experts have said a dolphin spotted in the River Severn in Gloucestershire will make its own way back to the sea. Continue reading ...

How faces drive first impressions


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers. Continue reading ...

AUDIO: How to protect your online reputation


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Recent high profile cases have illustrated the danger of people having their public reputation damaged by negative online rumours and social media sites. Continue reading ...

Zebrafish Brain in Action


July 28th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

Researchers use light-sheet microscopy to map central nervous system activity in zebrafish larvae. Continue reading ...

Limits on fracking in beauty spots


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" has been given a cautious welcome by the National Trust. Continue reading ...

Genome Digest


July 28th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes Continue reading ...

Image of the Day: Vector Injector


July 28th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

A malaria-bearing mosquito (Anopheles gambiae) is injected with hemolymph, the circulatory fluid in arthropods, during a research study. Continue reading ...

Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers


July 28th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

A feather-covered herbivorous dinosaur offers a surprising perspective on plumage.  Continue reading ...

Russia offers $110,000 Tor bounty


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Russia offers 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest for ways to crack the identities of users of the Tor network. Continue reading ...

Beats sued for noise-cancelling tech


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Headphones-maker Bose claims that Beats has infringed its noise-cancelling tech and is seeking damages ahead of a takeover by Apple. Continue reading ...

Building ‘invisible’ materials with light


July 28th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

A new technique which uses light like a needle to thread long chains of particles could help bring sci-fi concepts such as cloaking devices one step closer to reality. Continue reading ...

New species of mayfly discovered in India


July 28th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. The larvae have light-brown heads with light-yellow antennae, and they grow to be about 4-5 millimeters in length. Adults are also about five millimeters long, and the males and females both lack hind wings. Continue reading ...

Hepatitis C virus genotype 1 most prevalent worldwide


July 28th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

In one of the largest prevalence studies to date, researchers from the UK provide national, regional, and global genotype prevalence estimates for the hepatitis C virus. Findings indicate that genotype 1 is the most prevalent worldwide, with over 83 million patients infected of which one-third reside in East Asia. Continue reading ...

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows


July 28th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. They found that in the few million years before a 10km-wide asteroid struck what is now Mexico, Earth was experiencing environmental upheaval. This included extensive volcanic activity, changing sea levels and varying temperatures. At this time, the dinosaurs' food chain was weakened by a lack of diversity among the large plant-eating dinosaurs on which others preyed. Continue reading ...

New oral drug regimens cure hardest-to-treat hepatitis C infected patients, could improve treatment uptake


July 28th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens could provide shorter, more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for the majority of patients infected with hepatitis C, even those most difficult to treat, according to the results of two studies. Around 150 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a condition that is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. In the USA, numbers of people with HCV-related liver failure and liver cancer are expected to treble by 2030 because of low treatment rates. Continue reading ...

Lifestyle choices may affect long-term heart health of childhood cancer survivors


July 28th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Following a healthy lifestyle may lower childhood cancer survivors’ risk of developing the metabolic syndrome, a study shows. The findings indicate that children with cancer and adults who had cancer when they were children should receive information about how their lifestyle may influence their long-term health. Continue reading ...

Hacker McKinnon turns search expert


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who was the subject of a 10-year legal battle over US extradition, reinvents himself as a search expert. Continue reading ...

Hype and hi-tech


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

The difficulties of predicting the future shape of technology Continue reading ...

VIDEO: What price for free wi-fi?


July 28th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

How businesses hope to learn more about us by offering free wi-fi. Continue reading ...

Dinosaurs’ extinction ‘bad luck’


July 28th, 2014         by BBC Nature - News

Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests. Continue reading ...

Six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s found


July 27th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson's disease, including six that had not been previously reported. "Unraveling the genetic underpinnings of Parkinson's is vital to understanding the multiple mechanisms involved in this complex disease, and hopefully, may one day lead to effective therapies," said the senior author of the study. Continue reading ...

Surgical safety program greatly reduces surgical site infections for heart operations


July 27th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

A common postoperative complication after open heart operations -- infection at the surgical site -- has been reduced by 77 percent at a Canadian hospital through its participation in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), according to a new case study. Continue reading ...

New tools help neuroscientists analyze ‘big data’


July 27th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

New technologies for monitoring brain activity are generating unprecedented quantities of information. That data may hold new insights into how the brain works -- but only if researchers can interpret it. To help make sense of the data, neuroscientists can now harness the power of distributed computing with Thunder, a library of tools. Continue reading ...

‘Holy grail’ of battery design achieved: Stable lithium anode


July 27th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades -- design a pure lithium anode. All batteries have three basic components: an electrolyte to provide electrons, an anode to discharge those electrons, and a cathode to receive them. The nanosphere layer of a newly created battery design resembles a honeycomb: it creates a flexible, uniform and non-reactive film that protects the unstable lithium from the drawbacks that have made it such a challenge. Continue reading ...