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Comment: Re:How Did We Get Here? (Score 1) 234

by Flavianoep (#49488443) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

And rape rates in some other 1st-world countries are HUGELY higher--but nobody here cares apparently: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...

The numbers may say so, but they comprise only official data. In more advanced countries, the case must be that less rapes go unreported, so the figures may be closer to reality, while not so in the US. Consider the Japan rates, which are among the lowest, while having a strong culture of sexual harassment, (it's the same culture that created things like RapeLay): http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.1525/as.2007.47.5.811?uid=3737664&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21106029734881; http://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1373&context=jil;http://ijo.sagepub.com/content/45/3/278.short.

+ - Tracking the weather on an exoplanet

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Scientists have begun gathering increasingly detailed information about the atmosphere and weather on the exoplanet HD189733B, 63 light years away with an orbit that produces a transit every 2.2 days.

It appears that the temperature rises with increasing altitude, reaching 3,000 degrees at the top of the atmosphere. There are also strong winds blowing from the cold to the hot side of the planet.

+ - Acetaminophen reduces both pain and pleasure, study finds->

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An anonymous reader writes: Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in the over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol, has been in use for more than 70 years in the United States, but this is the first time that this side effect has been documented.
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+ - What I Learned When Twitter Censored My Tweet

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: Just two weeks ago, Turkey endured a tragedy. The leftist group DHKP/C took a public prosecutor hostage and posted photos of him with a gun to his head to social media sites. Neither the prosecutor nor the gunmen survived, and Turkey’s Internet censorship machine quickly took hold. A court ordered a ban on 166 URLs related to the incident. Twitter was among the biggest recipients of that ban, which named 54 specific tweets and 10 entire users accounts, all of which were blocked on April 3.

Three days later, I unwittingly joined them.

+ - DARPA Wants to Make Software Obsolescence Obsolete->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: One unfortunate fact of modern life is that functional new software becomes non-functional old software with depressing regularity. For most people, this means predictable episodes of frustration, but for the US military, it's a more serious problem. DARPA's new Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) project aims to take a major shot at avoiding this obsolescence by developing software systems that can still operate properly a hundred years from now.
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+ - What's the point in Sharp's 5.5 inch 4K 806ppi screen?->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson writes: It is a given that whatever technology you see if front of you will be bettered if not next week, then next month or next year. Processors will get faster, hard drives bigger, laptops thinner and... well, you get the idea. In the realm of mobile devices there was a time when size meant everything. Mobile phone screens grew larger and larger, but then focus started to switch.

Size, it turned out, was not everything after all; it’s the number of pixels that matters. We started to see ppi figures quoted everywhere, Apple even came up with its own label for the pixel density at which pixels became indistinguishable — Retina Display. This was just the start of the battle of the pixels, though, and now things are starting to get a bit silly. Sharp has announced a 5.5 inch 4K screen which boasts a pixel density of 806ppi. Say, what?

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+ - Trials using man-made DNA begin in battle against cancer, ebola, flu and HIV->

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schwit1 writes: Pioneering new treatments for flu, Ebola and cancer are being developed by scientists using man-made DNA.

Experts have worked out how to create strands of artificial DNA, each mimicking a different killer disease, and inject them into patients.

The idea is that the patients' immune systems will then be able to recognize the threats and eliminate them.

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+ - The brightest galaxy beyond our local group is really unusual

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang writes: Of course the closest galaxies to us are going to be the brightest, with Andromeda, the Magellanic Clouds and the Triangulum Galaxy all visible to the naked eye. But beyond our local group? The next brightest galaxy is an oddity: 29 million light-years away, half the diameter of our Milky Way, and containing properties of both spiral and elliptical galaxies. In unparalleled views, come take a look at the sombrero galaxy, and learn what makes it so phenomenal.

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