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Submission + - Reprogramming cancer cells back to normal

jan_jes writes: Researchers have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normal. The unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer. Here they studied a new protein called PLEKHA7, which associates with E-cadherin and p120 only at the top, or the “apical” part of normal polarized epithelial cells.

Few months back, researchers showed a new study in which pancreatic cancer cells can be coaxed to revert back toward normal cells by introducing a protein called E47.

Comment Re:Why does he waste his time? (Score 1) 166

Modern physics has evolved into a discipline in which we can treat the universe as an information processor. Everything depends on information. In fact, the speed of light is considered to be more of a speed limit on the propagation of information, not just light. According to our present understanding, there exist several places in the universe that seem to trap information, and it seems that information is lost. Loss of information like this raises many other questions of importance that I am totally unfit to describe.

Submission + - iOS storing enterprise MDM credentials in world readable directory->

mask.of.sanity writes: Apple is storing mobile-device-management enterprise credentials in a directory that is world readable thanks to a sandbox vulnerability (CVE-2015-3269). It affects all apps that use the managed app configuration setting in devices that have not applied the most recent iOS 8.4.1 update.
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Submission + - H-1Bs Don't Replace U.S. Workers->

Okian Warrior writes: [Ask Slashdot] In response to Donald Trump's allegations that H1B visas drive Americans out of jobs, The Huffington Post points to this study which refutes that claim.

From the study: "But the data show that over the last decade, as businesses have requested more H-1Bs, they also expanded jobs for Americans."

This seems to fly in the face of reason, consensus opinion, and numerous anecdotal reports.

Is this report accurate? Have we been concerned over nothing these past few years?

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Submission + - Italian City to Dump OpenOffice for Microsoft After Four Years

An anonymous reader writes: Between 2011 and 2014, the municipality of Pesaro, Italy, trained up its 500 employees to use OpenOffice. However, last year the organization decided to switch back to Microsoft and use its cloud productivity suite Office 365. According to a report from Netics Observatory, the city administration will be able to save up to 80% of the software's total cost of ownership by going back. The savings are largely due to the significant and unexpected deployment costs. In particular, having to repaginate and tweak a number of documents due to a lack of compatibility between the proprietary and the open source systems translated into a considerable waste of time and productivity. The management estimates that every day roughly 300 employees had to spend up to 15 minutes each sorting out such issues.

Submission + - The energy efficiency of solar fuels production increased to 22%->

jan_jes writes: Researchers have designed a solar fuel generating device that has established a new record in energy efficiency for the production of solar fuels. Thus artificial photosynthesis could replace fossil fuels. One of the researcher explained that the process of splitting water generates hydrogen and oxygen by passing an electric current through water. Although some solar-driven fuel generating systems have reached efficiencies as high as 18%, they are often based on precious metal catalysts, or offer only limited stability. Now, researchers describe a system that utilises concentrated solar power, which is inexpensive to produce. This system delivers the highest efficiency reported to date, in excess of 22%.
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Submission + - New tool allows scientists to annotate media coverage of climate change->

Layzej writes: Have you ever been skeptical of a climate change story presented by a major media outlet? A new tool holds journalists to account for the veracity of their stories. "Using the Climate Feedback tool, scientists have started to diligently add detailed annotations to online content and have those notes appear alongside the story as it originally appeared. If you’re the writer, then it’s a bit like getting your homework handed back to you with the margins littered with corrections and red pen. Or smiley faces and gold stars if you’ve been good."

The project has already prompted The Telegraph to publish major corrections to their story that suggested the Earth is headed for a "‘mini ice age’ within 15 years." The article has been modified in such a way that there is no more statement supporting the original message of an ‘imminent mini ice age’.

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