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Submission + - Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Math Skills (medicaldaily.com)

ewolfson writes: Dinner is over, and the waiter is handing over the bills to everyone when the collective tension sets in... how much do we tip? Math can trigger anxiety in adults and kids, but now scientists at Oxford University have developed a way to flip a switch and turn a normal person's brain into a math machine. They found painless, electrical brain stimulation in combination with easy number exercises can significantly improve math ability.

Submission + - Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells (npr.org) 1

cyachallenge writes: Scientists say they have, for the first time, cloned human embryos capable of producing embryonic stem cells.

"We had to find the perfect combination," Mitalipov says. As it turned out, that perfect combination included something surprising: caffeine.

Submission + - Dealing with a Fear of Technological Change? 2

An anonymous reader writes: Despite the fact that I am fairly young at twenty-four years old, people see me as rather "old school." I regularly use Lynx, IRC, Pine, have many consoles open, and am currently typing this on an older plain black laptop that has a matte 4:3 display and no chiclet keys. As the days progress, I am coming to the realization that the "old school" computing world that I grew up in is slowly fading away and a new world of Windows 8, Web 3.0, tablets, smart televisions, and social networking is starting to become fairly common. If there is anything I have learned, it is that most humans have a desire to throw out the old and accept the new without any sort of hesitation. Like many Slashdot users (I am sure you know who you are), I do not accept the new as easily as I probably should. How have you learned to adapt and accept things that are new and different in the world of technology and computers? If not, what are some effective strategies to utilize to keep these kids off my lawn?

Submission + - Cannabis cures Crohn's Disease, finds study (nih.gov)

terrancem writes: The marijuana plant (Cannabis sativa) induced remissions in patients with Crohn's disease, according to a new study of 21 patients who hadn't previously responded to other forms of treatment. The study is published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Amazon to release its own set-top box: Report
Amazon plans to put out a set-top box to compete with the likes of Roku, Apple TV, and other streaming devices, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. No price or timeline was mentioned, except that it would appear sometime in 2013. The Seattle-based company ...
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Submission + - NASA lets us watch the Sun spin for 3 years in 4 minute video (geek.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Back in February 2010 NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory–a 3-axis stabilized satellite and fully redundant spacecraft. The aim of the SDO is to monitor solar activity and see how that impacts space weather.

As part of its observations, the SDO captures an image of the Sun every 12 seconds using the onboard Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, but varies those shots across 10 different wavelengths. NASA has now collected 3 year’s worth of image data from the SDO and has put together a video letting us see the Sun spin in all its glory.

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