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Submission + - The First Prescription-Only App (ieee.org)

TWToxicity writes: Most prescriptions would say something like "take two pills nightly with meal" on the bottle. Now, this could all change. Baltimore-based company WellDoc is making a national push in 2014 for doctors to prescribe their app, BlueStar, after a regional launch last Fall. BlueStar helps patients with Type II Diabetes by suggesting in real-time when to test and how to regulate their blood-sugar levels by, for example, altering their medication or food intake.
Prescription apps may revolutionize mobile medicine and allow for more effective treatments because the patients get real time feedback and the data collected by the app is sent to their physicians.
WellDoc is currently working on apps to monitor and coach patients with other diseases. The success of this product will rely on how many doctors prescribe it.

Submission + - Cheerios to Go GMO-Free

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: ABC News reports that General Mills has ended the use of genetically modified ingredients in Cheerios, its flagship breakfast food and has been manufacturing its original-flavor Cheerios without GMOs for the past several weeks in response to consumer demand. Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that it is not an official certification. "We were able to do this with original Cheerios because the main ingredients are oats," says Mike Siemienas, noting that there are no genetically modified oats. The company is primarily switching the cornstarch and sugar to make the original Cheerios free of GMOs. Green America has been targeting Cheerios for the past year to raise the profile of the anti-GMO movement. "This is a big deal," says Green America's Todd Larsen. "Cheerios is an iconic brand and one of the leading breakfast cereals in the US. We don't know of any other example of such a major brand of packaged food, eaten by so many Americans, going from being GMO to non-GMO." For its part General Mills says that it was never about pressure. "It’s not about safety. Biotech seeds, also known as genetically modified seeds, have been approved by global food safety agencies and widely used by farmers in global food crops for almost 20 years," writes GM Spokesman Tom Forsythe. "Cheerios isn’t changing. It’s still the One and Only."

Submission + - What's The Best Programming Language To Learn First? (itworld.com) 3

jfruh writes: Sure, your first programming language was probably BASIC on the Apple IIe or Atari 800. But what should the kids today learn? Matthew Mombrea takes a systematic look at the question, considering it in light of which languages are the most commercially useful and which lay a good foundation for learning other useful languages.

Submission + - Concept for a low-cost Mars lander (aerospace.org)

TWToxicity writes: A concept known as MarsDrop developed by the Aerospace Corporation utilizes the shape of a small space vehicle, also developed by the Aerospace Corporation, known as REBR attached to a parachute called a paraglider that allows it to fly over the Martian surface. It is intended to ride along as a secondary payload to a flagship mission--something like the Mars 2020 rover--to explore parts of Mars that are deemed too difficult for landing because of the prevalence of mountains and craters that would become a risk to landing successfully.

Submission + - Phone Recharging Could be Possible From Street Lights (pensanyc.com)

SmartAboutThings writes: "If the latest concept from Pensa will be transformed to reality, then New Yorkers will soon be able to recharge their gadgets right in the middle of the street. The urban infrastructure might integrate solar-powered street lamps with futuristic designs and extra functionality. Aside from lighting the streets at night, the artsy lamps will offer for the pedestrians a pit stop where they can “refuel” their devices."

Submission + - NuStar to Launch on Wednesday from Plane (nasa.gov)

TWToxicity writes: "NuSTAR, which stands for Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope ARray, is set to launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean on June 13, no earlier than 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT).

NuSTAR is to be launched from a Pegasus XL rocket carried by an Orbital Science Corp. L-1011 "Stargazer" plane. It will orbit at 550 km above Earth's surface. A week after launch, NuSTAR will deploy its 10 meter boom , which allows the telescope to focus X-rays and capture images that will help scientists survey black holes in other galaxies, study the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, and study supernovae to discover hoe atomic elements are formed."

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Submission + - Committee lowers Nobel Prize. (thelocal.se)

Snirt writes: "The Nobel Committee has chosen to lower this year's Nobel prize winnings by two million kronor ($283,030) due to turbulence in the current economic climate.

The prize now stands at 8 million kronor, down from the 10 million of 2011. “The reason behind this decision is that the financial markets are really unstable and there are reasons to suspect that this turbulence will continue for a while still,” said Lars Heikensten, head of the Nobel Committee, to the TT news agency. “Long term, we aim to raise the figure, even though we think that the Nobel Prize’s value should lie in the prize itself and not the prize money,” he said. While Heikensten admits that it was a “tough decision” to cut the prize money, he told the news agency that it’s not the first time the prize sum has been altered, adding that it has been lowered and raised several times over the past few years."


Submission + - LinkedIn Uses FBI to Investigate 6.5 Million Password Leak (batblue.com)

JohnBert writes: "As reported last week, LinkedIn had 6.5 million users' passwords leaked. The company is now working with the FBI to track down the party responsible for stealing their data. None of the member information has been published other than a small list of passwords themselves. LinkedIn director, Vicente Silveira, stated that the company has disabled passwords of members who they believe were at risk and that they "take this criminal activity very seriously so we are working closely with the FBI as they aggressively pursue the perpetrators of this crime.""

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