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Submission + - ALS Treatment Hope: Researchers Discover How to Stop Brain Rejecting Drugs (

concertina226 writes: Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University have discovered that blocking certain types of proteins in the brain may help drugs that have so far failed to treat Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to be able to work.

Currently there is only one drug in the world, called Riluzole, that is approved for treating ALS. Riluzole works by suppressing the activity of glutamate – a chemical messenger in the central nervous system.

Unfortunately, Riluzole has been shown to lose its effectiveness in patients as the disease progresses, and it only prolongs the lives of ALS patients for between three to six months.

The researchers decided to analyse the brains of mice infected with ALS, instead of analysing healthy animals. They identified two specific pumps in the brain that interact with Riluzole, namely P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast-cancer resistant protein.

When they blocked these two types of proteins by treating the mice with an experimental compound called Elacridar together with Riluzole, the scientists found that the treatments extended the life span of the mice and alleviated some of the disease's symptoms, such as improving and preserving muscle strength.

Submission + - SPAM: Way To View Saved Password In Google Chrome.

Pramod Pawar writes: If some buddy has saved there password in his/her PC and you want view it , then here is simplest Way To View Saved Password In Google Chrome As well as in Firefox. In this Article I am going to explain way to show saved Password in chrome.
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Why is the EPA so bad at estimating hybrid fuel economy? - Houston Chronicle (

Globe and Mail

Why is the EPA so bad at estimating hybrid fuel economy?
Houston Chronicle
We were impressed when Ford announced that the 2013 Fusion hybrid earned an EPA rating of 47 mpg for both city and highway driving. Here was a generously sized and relatively conventional-looking sedan rivaling the efficiency of the Toyota Prius.
Ford plans to surpass its hybrid sales record this monthSlashGear
Ford on course for record hybrid sales in 2013Detroit Free Press
Ford to break its yearly hybrid sales record in the US, seven months earlyEngadget
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Submission + - An Internet crash: It could happen (

An anonymous reader writes: Can you imagine a life without the internet? It’s more realistic than you think.

In this informative TED talk, Danny Hillis explains the very scary truth that our modern-day internet is very fragile and an Internet Crash is very real.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Earthian War 5


"Lieutenant Maris reporting as ordered, sir."

"Thanks, Maris, sit down. Coffee? Cigar?" Colonel Gorn offered.

"Cigar, sir?" Maris said, puzzled. Gorn laughed.

"Private O'Brien gave it to me. His wife's pregnant, been giving cigars away to everybody. I'm happy for the young man, but I don't have any use for a cigar."

Submission + - Slashdot Physics Geeks - "The Prime Fields" fact, or fiction? (

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot Physics Geeks, is this fact or fiction?

"In this video series the currently accepted theories of physics and astrophysics are shaken to the core by a radical new theory of the fundamental forces in all matter.

You will be amazed as a magnetic model of the dome at CERN is used to create a 100 mm diameter plasma Sun with a 300 mm diameter equatorial disc of plasma around it!

All the plasma videos are actual footage with no enhancement or manipulation other than speed. In other words, this is real thing. Hard to believe, but it is all true.


Submission + - Researchers Build Fibre Cables Capable of Near Light Speed Communication (

hypnosec writes: Researchers have managed to build a fibre optic cable that is capable of transferring data between end points at near light speed. The team of researchers over at the University of Southampton in England have constructed a fibre that is hollow with special inner walls that will prevent light from refracting. Fibre optic cables transfer data using light beams and even though theoretically the cables can carry data at near light speed, the actual data throughput is reduced by 31 per cent — thanks to the refraction of light as it passes through silica glass. Refraction of light is less in air as compared to glass and to get around the above problem, researchers have been looking at options through which the core of the fiber can be replaced by air. Another hurdle was the question of how to get light beams to move through cables that bend and around curvatures. This is where the ingenuity of the research comes into play. The researchers have built fibre cables with a hollow core that allows for movement of light across bends while minimizing loss of light due to refraction. The researchers credit this achievement to what they have dubbed "ultra-thin photonic-bandgap rim" that not only minimizes data loss but also reduces latency while providing for wider bandwidth.
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Submission + - Video of Steve Jobs' funniest moments on stage (

An anonymous reader writes: Steve Jobs was a consummate showman, announcing new products with a flair and genuine enthusiasm that is rarely seen in tech. What made Jobs' product announcements so great is that you really got the distinct impression that Jobs himself firmly believed in what he was saying. When he said the iPhone was like magic, he wasn't kidding around. That's how he really felt. In short, Jobs was a master showman precisely because he was human. He wasn't reading a marketing script or taking notes from HR, he was simply being himself and excitedly talking to the masses about the latest and greatest from Apple.

So it goes without saying that Jobs had personality, and it follows that humor was often a part of his presentations. Of course, not every comical moment was planned, but nonetheless, below is a video compilation detailing some of Steve Jobs funniest moments throughout the years.


Submission + - SPAM: Bed bug exterminator CT

leemarena writes: Tough to kill, bed bugs have a hard cuticle for protection and can live for more than a year without feeding. They hide in tiny cracks and crevices near their victims' beds. Household insecticides won't kill bed bugs and can actually cause them to spread. An increasing number of bed bugs have been found to be resistant to commonly used professional insecticides.
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Submission + - U.S. lawmaker introduces bill to legalize cellphone unlocking (

alphadogg writes: A U.S. senator has proposed a bill that will allow consumers to unlock cellphones for use in other networks, after the Obama backed over 114,000 petitioners who asked the government to legalize the unlocking of smartphones. "You bought it, you should be able to use it. My Wireless Device Independence Act ensures you can unlock your device," said Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, in a Twitter message on Tuesday.

Submission + - Cisco looking to make things right with West Virginia (

alphadogg writes: Cisco has offered to "take back" routers it sold to West Virginia if the state finds they are inappropriate for its needs, according to this post on The offer is in response to a state auditor's finding that West Virginia wasted $8 million — and perhaps as much as $15 million — in acquiring 1,164 ISR model 3945 branch routers from Cisco in 2010 for $24 million in federal stimulus funds, or over $20,000 per router. The auditor found that hundreds of sites around the state — libraries, schools and State Police facilities — could have been just as suitably served with lower-end, less expensive routers.

Submission + - Why don't Android smartphones have IR transmitters? 2

cpaluc writes: I am a dynamic figure often seen sitting on my couch with my Android smartphone. I email friends, I check the weather, I play games, I check my bank balance. I take photos and record video and then edit them before sharing them. I log in to a remote Windows session and save the day at work. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid.

But I can't change the TV channel because my smartphone doesn't have an IR transmitter.

Apologies to Hugh Galagher, but seriously, why don't Android smartphones have IR transmitters? My Nexus 4 is always in my hand, but when I want to change the TV channel, I have to turn the house upside down to find the remote. I would have thought it would be cheap and easy to include an IR transmitter in a smartphone and that a decent Android remote control app would be a killer app. Your thoughts?

Submission + - Long-lost continent found under the Indian Ocean (

ananyo writes: "The drowned remnants of an ancient microcontinent may lie scattered beneath the waters between Madagascar and India, a new study suggests. Evidence for the long-lost land comes from Mauritius, a volcanic island about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar. The oldest volcanic rocks on the island date to about 8.9 million years ago. Yet grain-by-grain analyses of beach sand collected at two sites on the Mauritian coast revealed around 20 zircons — tiny crystals of zirconium silicate that are exceedingly resistant to erosion or chemical change — that were far older. One of these zircons was at least 1.97 billion years old.
The researchers that made the discovery think that geologically recent volcanic eruptions brought shards of the buried continent to the Earth’s surface, where the zircons eroded from their parent rocks to pepper the island’s sands. Analyses of Earth’s gravitational field reveal several broad areas where sea-floor crust at the bottom of the Indian ocean is much thicker than normal — at least 25 to 30 kilometres thick, rather than the normal 5 to 10 kilometres. Those crustal anomalies may be the remains of a landmass that researchers have now dubbed Mauritia, which they suggest split from Madagascar when tectonic rifting and sea-floor spreading sent the Indian subcontinent surging northeast millions of years ago."

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