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Submission + - SPAM: Neanderthals ate vegetables, gave themselves medicine

phantomfive writes: A DNA analysis of tarter (hardened plaque) on Neanderthal teeth shows that some of them were mainly vegetarian. It also shows that they self-medicated with natural occurring aspirin, and possibly even penicillin. According to the study they a,so shared food with, or even kissed, homo-sapiens. There is also evidence of cannibalism.
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Submission + - LED lights can damage vision

phantomfive writes: Not all LED lighting is necessarily dangerous, but researchers at the Université Paris Descartes found that the blue component of the white-LED may cause retinal toxicity at occupational domestic illuminance. This doesn't mean we need to get rid of all LED lighting, but manufacturers need to be careful about what they release to the public.

Submission + - Scientists Create Ebola Vaccine 1

phantomfive writes: Scientists have finally completed an Ebola vaccine. The disease, which kills its victims within weeks from internal bleeding and hemorrhaging, can finally be stopped. In the first case, this will help nurses and doctors treat victims without fear of contracting the disease themselves.

The vaccine is a true and clear case of intelligent design.

Submission + - SPAM: Pot and Rats = Lazy

phantomfive writes: A study in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that THC makes rats less willing to try a cognitively demanding task.

“Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that when we gave THC to these rats, they basically became cognitively lazy,” said Mason Silveira, the study’s lead author and a PhD candidate in UBC’s department of psychology. “What’s interesting, however, is that their ability to do the difficult challenge was unaffected by THC. The rats could still do the task— they just didn’t want to.”

Link to the study [pdf]

Submission + - Rosetta finds Organic Space Dust (

phantomfive writes: Rosetta’s dust-analysing COSIMA (COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser) instrument has made the first unambiguous detection of solid organic matter in the dust particles ejected by Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in the form of complex carbon-bearing molecules.

While organics had already been detected in situ on the comet’s surface by instruments on-board Philae and from orbit by Rosetta’s ROSINA , those were both in the form of gases resulting from the sublimation of ices. By contrast, COSIMA has made its detections in solid dust.

Their presence was only ever hinted at in previous comet missions.

Submission + - Google: Lessons Learned from a decade of containers (

phantomfive writes: Google has been using containers for over a decade. Internally, they've built (at least) three different container system tools. The latest edition of ACM Queue has a retrospective analyzing what went right, and what went wrong. A good read if you want to understand how we got to where we are going with distributed systems.

Submission + - Windows is Dying (at least, the revenue) ( 1

phantomfive writes: For years, Windows was the cash cow for Microsoft, the crown jewel. Now, it accounts for less than 10% of Microsoft's revenue. Microsoft's cloud service is the biggest segment of revenue, prompting CEO Nadella to say, "The enterprise cloud opportunity is larger than any market we've ever participated in." This could explain why Microsoft has been porting software to Android.

Submission + - All Code is Legacy

phantomfive writes: A post about programming, pointing out that all code you write (assuming it's successful) will be soon called "legacy code" by someone else. With trillions of dollars of code in existence, including billions written in COBOL, rewriting it all is not cost effective.

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