Key to burning fat faster discovered

28 kolovoz 2012

OBESITY Enzymes involved in breaking down fat can now be manipulated to work three times harder by turning on a molecular switch recently observed by chemists at the University of Copenhagen. Being able to control this chemical on/off button could have massive implications for curing diseases related to obesity including diabetes, cardio vascular disease, stroke and even skin problems like acne. But the implications may be wider.

Possibly the most important discovery in enzymology

The results sest that the switch may be a common characteristic of many more enzymes. Since enzymes are miniscule worker-molecules that control a vast variety of functions in cells, if the switches are standard, it may well be one of the most important discoveries in enzymology.

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"2016: Obama's America," a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama's political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what D'Souza calls the "anti-colonial" beliefs of his father, Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president's life.

To document that claim, D'Souza travels to Kenya to interview members of Obama's extended family as well as to Hawaii and Indonesia, where Obama grew up. He also cites several actions and policy positions Obama has taken to support the thesis that Obama is ideologically rooted in the Third World and harbors contempt for the country that elected him its first black president.

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Donald Trump Makes An Ass Of Himself In Florida, Surprises No One

Well, the sun came up yesterday, which means one thing: Donald Trump humiliated himself by rambling on and on (and on) about fictitious birth certificates, Hawaiian twins, and a Kenyan Manchurian Candidate.

The bumbling billionaire was near Tampa, Florida last night, where -- yet again -- he spouted off some of his perpetual "birther" propaganda in front of a crowd of people who all should have been thinking one thing: "is this guy seriously still talking about this?"

The Donald was presented last night with the Sarasota County Republican Party's "Statesman Of The Year" award, which he used as platform to weigh in on a joke presidential candidate Mitt Romney made last week about President Barack Obama's birth certificate -- which has now led to the unfortunate resurrection of the "Birther" debate.

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'Wiki Weapon Project' Aims To Create A Gun Anyone Can 3D-Print At Home

24 kolovoz 2012

Cody Wilson has a simple dream: To design the world’s first firearm that can be downloaded from the Internet and built from scratch using only a 3D printer–and then to share it with the world.

Earlier this month, Wilson and a small group of friends who call themselves “Defense Distributed” launched an initiative they’ve dubbed the “ Wiki Weapon Project.” They’re seeking to raise $20,000 to design and release blueprints for a plastic gun anyone can create with an open-source 3D printer known as the RepRap that can be bought for less than $1,000. If all goes according to plan, the thousands of owners of those cheap 3D printers, which extrude thin threads of melted plastic into layers that add up to precisely-shaped three-dimensional objects, will be able to turn the project’s CAD designs into an operational gun capable of firing a standard .22 caliber bullet, all in the privacy of their own garage.

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Logitech’s Washable Keyboard Can Handle Your Spills

Look at your keyboard right now. Is it littered with dust, food crumbs, maybe some sticky residue from a spilled soda? It’s not easy cleaning in between the keys, but you also don’t want to be typing on a petri dish of germs.

Now, Logitech has found way to fix that mess with a washable keyboard. Yes, you read right. The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 can be submerged in up to 11 inches of water and features drainage holes for easier drying. The only part that can’t be exposed to water is the USB cable.

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We Can Save the World by Eating Bugs and Drinking Urine

It’s only a matter of time before Earth’s growing population faces a critical shortage of potable water. Luckily, science has a foolproof solution. A process called reverse osmosis can convert wastewater into H20 that’s as pure as the distilled stuff—even cleaner than what we usually drink. There’s just one problem: persuading people to drink liquid that used to be urine. After all, humans tend to pooh-pooh (pun intended) anything they find disgusting.

That repulsion response evolved to help us avoid ingesting things that are potentially dangerous. (Rotten food grosses us out for a reason.) But if humanity is going to survive, we may have to learn to overcome the ick factor.

University of Pennsylvania professor Paul Rozin (nicknamed the King of Disgust) has been examining this issue for decades. In a 1986 study, he asked students to drink a cup of juice and rate it. Once that was done he put a cockroach into a cup of the same juice, stirred it around a bit before removing it, and asked them to drink. The bug was dead, and he assured them that it had been sterilized. But not surprisingly, almost no one wanted a sip. In their mind, the cup was contaminated. So Rozin took a brand-new, clean cup and poured fresh, uncontaminated juice into it. This last cup of juice scored lower ratings. The repulsion was so intense that it tainted unrelated objects.

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Autism and schizophrenia are linked to increased paternal age at time of conception

In the 1930s, the pioneering geneticist J. B. S. Haldane noticed a peculiar inheritance pattern in families with long histories of haemophilia. The faulty mutation responsible for the blood-clotting disorder tended to arise on the X chromosomes that fathers passed to their daughters, rather than on those that mothers passed down. Haldane subsequently proposed1 that children inherit more mutations from their fathers than their mothers, although he acknowledged that “it is difficult to see how this could be proved or disproved for many years to come”.

That year has finally arrived: whole-genome sequencing of dozens of Icelandic families has at last provided the evidence that eluded Haldane. More­over, a study published in Nature finds that the age at which a father sires children determines how many mutations those offspring inherit2. By starting families in their thirties, forties and beyond, men could be increasing the chances that their children will develop autism, schizophrenia and other diseases often linked to new mutations. “The older we are as fathers, the more likely we will pass on our mutations,” says lead author Kári Stefánsson, chief executive of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik. “The more mutations we pass on, the more likely that one of them is going to be deleterious.”

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Emma Stone Blonde Hair

16 kolovoz 2012

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I like to look like a person. It drives me crazy when you see women in movies playing teachers, and they have biceps. It totally takes me out of the movie. I start thinking, Wow, that actress playing this part really looks great! -- Emma Stone

The 20 Best Cities for 20-Somethings

It’s hard to pinpoint what qualities 20-somethings go for in picking the perfect city. Sustainability, efficient transit systems, cleanliness, and affordability may make the top of the list. Dig a bit further, and others may add walkability of streets, prevalence of gyms, and overall well-being. Number of happy hours, zoos, and places to booze may be factors, too. So running with that list (plus a few city-specific features we just couldn’t resist considering) we bring you 20 of the best cities to enjoy your carefree twenties (or thirties).
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Hottest rain on record? Rain falls at 115°F in Needles, California

A searing heat wave rare even for the Desert Southwest sent temperatures soaring to record levels on Monday, with Needles, California tying its record high for the date of 118°F (47.8°C). The temperature might have gone higher in Needles, but a thunderstorm rolled in at 3:20 pm, and by 3:56 pm PDT, rain began falling at a temperature of 115°F (46.1°C). Most of the rain evaporated, since the humidity was only 11%, and only a trace of precipitation was recorded in the rain gauge. Nevertheless, Monday's rain at 115° in Needles sets a new world record for the hottest rain in world history. I don't think many people were outside to experience to experience the feeling of rain falling at 115°, but if they were, it must have been an uncomfortable, sauna-like experience! Thanks go to Dr. Warren Blier of the NWS Monterey office for pointing out this remarkable event to me.
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Should 'The Bride of Frankenstein' Be Re-imagined?

15 kolovoz 2012

I'm a fan of horror movies, especially the classics, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy. The list includes The Bride of Frankenstein. One of my critics over this movie, however, is the very short screen appearance of the titular character. She was in it in for only a scant few minutes, just in time for the ending. See the clip, that's pretty much all you get to see her:

So should this classic movie be re-imagined to give the first lady of horror a lot more screen time?

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Postal Service reports $5.2B loss in 3rd quarter

11 kolovoz 2012

The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported losses of $57 million per day in the last quarter and warned it will miss another payment due to the U.S. Treasury, just one week after its first-ever default on a payment for future retiree health benefits.

From April to June, losses totaled $5.2 billion, up $2.1 billion from the same period last year.

The mail agency said it is being hurt significantly by mounting expenses for future retiree health benefits. Those expenses, mandated by Congress in 2006, made up $3.1 billion of the post office's quarterly loss, while workers compensation tacked on another $1.1 billion in expenses. The agency's operating loss was $1 billion, mostly due to declines in first-class mail.

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How David Blaine Held His Breath

For most non-medical people, the term "apnea" is most familiar when coupled with the word "sleep," and refers to a dangerous condition in which people inadvertently stop breathing while asleep. But the word literally means a temporary cessation of breathing and it is practiced (on purpose) around the world by an international community of extreme athletes — a brotherhood that now includes magician and stuntman David Blaine. On the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 30, Blaine broke the world record by holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds — proving that just how temporary apnea can be is a question of training, endurance and will.

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In Israel, new modesty glasses for Orthodox Jewish men blur women out of their line of sight

It’s the latest for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don’t have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed.

In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighborhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married.

Walls in their neighborhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have accosted women they consider to have flouted the code.

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San Bernardino to use eminent domain to seize all homes with underwater mortgages

If you're already inclined to suspect governments of overreaching, boy will you hate the plan San Bernadino is contemplating.

About half of the homeowners in the newly bankrupt California city are underwater, which means they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

In conjunction with a San Francisco outfit called Mortgage Resolution Partners, San Bernadino is considering a plan to exercise eminent domain and seize mortgage liens on some of those underwater homes. As my Reuters colleagues Matt Goldstein and Jennifer Ablan were the first to report, the eminent domain scheme works like this: With financing from an outside operation such as MRP, the city would condemn underwater mortgages and purchase them in the name of the public good for a court-determined fair market price.

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UPDATE: San Bernardino eminent domain plan draws Wall Street criticism
A plan to seize and restructure troubled mortgages in San Bernardino County using eminent domain has drawn big Wall Street players to the halls of local government once again.

The cities of Ontario and Fontana, in partnership with the county, are exploring using private funds to acquire mortgages that are "underwater," in which the homes wouldn't sell for enough money to pay off the loans. Under the Homeownership Protection Program, the loans acquired by government authority would be restructured, lowering the amount owed, with the intent of helping the owner keep the home.

Tim Cameron, a representative of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Assn., appeared on Thursday before the second meeting of the Joint Powers Authority, formed by the county and the two cities to explore the idea in public.

Cameron, who heads the association's asset management group, reiterated his displeasure with using eminent domain to condemn underwater mortgages, saying that it could cause more harm than good for borrowers in the region and that it also raises serious legal and constitutional concerns, according to his prepared comments.

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UPDATE: San Bernardino County supervisor: Mortgage relief plan could bring 'unintended consequences'
San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford is ramping up her opposition to a controversial proposal that would have the county partner with a private firm and use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages to stimulate the housing market.
She said she is most concerned about the "unintended consequences" of such an action, such as banks possibly becoming less willing to lend to homebuyers if government is cherry-picking loans from underwater homeowners.

"The abuses of eminent domain are too plentiful and fresh for those of us who value property rights to swallow assurances that its use in this context would be limited," Rutherford wrote in an editorial last week for the conservative blog Flashreport.

San Bernardino County, with roughly 150,000 of its residents underwater on their mortgages, is among the hardest hit in the nation since the subprime mortgage crisis hit in 2007. It is seriously considering the proposal by San Francisco-based Mortgage Resolution Partners that, if implemented, would be the first time eminent domain would be used for such a purpose.

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Scientists Discover The Oldest, Largest Body Of Water In Existence--In Space

05 kolovoz 2012

Scientists have found the biggest and oldest reservoir of water ever--so large and so old, it’s almost impossible to describe.

The water is out in space, a place we used to think of as desolate and desert dry, but it's turning out to be pretty lush.

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Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. -- Plato

Shooting at Wisconsin Sikh temple

An officer had been shot multiple times but was expected to survive, said Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentland. There are reports of other casualties but no confirmed numbers.

Chief Wentland said one suspect had been shot, but more gunmen might still be on the loose inside the temple.

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After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military. -- William S. Burroughs

‘The Master’ Premieres At A Secret Screening In LA; Reactions Rolling In

So, it looks like we're not going to be able to sleep for the next month if we're going to get through this because shortly after signing off last night we got word that Paul had brought along a little surprise last night for the moviegoers at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. In Contention was first to report that before a 7:30pm screening of "The Shining," theatre staff announced there would be a "secret screening" afterwards and anyone who wanted to stay was welcome. Afterwards guests were treated to the first public screening anywhere in the world of "The Master," projected, yes, in 70mm. Paul and Maya were in attendance for the film which reportedly plays roughly 2 hours and 10 minutes 2 and a half hours long.

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A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. -- Orson Welles

Rajasthan: Girl denied permission to study engineering, kills self

A 19-year-old girl in Rajasthan on Friday killed herself by jumping in front of a train for not being allowed to study engineering, police said.

In her suicide note, Pooja Singh Kumawat said she was unable to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer because she was a girl, police said.

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I think a lot of what is going on with kids who get pushed too far and attempt either murder or suicide is that they are trying to deal with their own non-existence for the people who are supposed to care most for them. -- Richard Russo

Apple's Secrets Revealed at Trial

Apple Inc., one of the world's most secretive companies, is finding there's a price in pushing its grievances against rival Samsung Electronics Co. in federal court: disclosure.

In just the first few days of its patent trial this week, Apple has publicly discussed how it created the iPhone and iPad, showed early designs of the devices and described intimate details about its product team.

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A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets. -- Steve Jobs

NBC Neglected the Saddest Story in the Olympics

04 kolovoz 2012

Recently, our own Bruce Jacobs wrote about how the coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games was just fine, and how nobody should be airing their grievances about it, which many have taken to the web to do. However, if you don’t like tape delays, web streams that freeze or are blurry on many occasions, or have even one iota of interest in seeing nations other than the United States compete, you would disagree with Bruce’s point of view.

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I think after the 2008 Olympics I wasn't really satisfied with the outcome knew I had to change some things

Astronomers hear 'death cry' of star shredded by black hole

A team of astronomers has detected the "death cry" of a star being devoured by a supermassive black hole. The black hole had been sitting quietly -- almost lying in wait, as it were -- until its gravity reached out and shredded a passing star, pulling the star into its death grip and causing it to emit a characteristic signal. "You can think of it as hearing the star scream as it gets devoured, if you like," said astronomer Jon Miller of the University of Michigan, lead author of a report appearing in Science Express.

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It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other. -- Plato

Does this ‘Nessie’ photo show the real Loch Ness Monster?

A PHOTOGRAPH of a dark grey shape rising out of the water has been hailed as the clearest picture yet of the elusive Loch Ness Monster.

Loch Ness cruise boat operator and veteran Nessie hunter George Edwards yesterday published his photograph, which drew praise from a fellow monster expert, who described it as the best evidence that Nessie exists.

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I love all of mythology and rules pertaining to all of the monsters, but I like to go the extra step. -- Stephen Sommers

Thor: The Dark World To Shoot in Iceland

News has surfaced of scheduled shooting locations for the second Thor movie from Marvel, Thor: The Dark World. Icelandic film site Svarthofdi reports that Iceland will be a primary shot location for the sequel, which reportedly will take place for the most part in the mythical world of Asgard.

As the world of Thor is heavily inspired by Norse pagan mythology, Iceland seems like a perfect spot to shoot the film, and director Alan Taylor certainly has experience in shooting in Iceland, having shot parts of the second Game of Thrones series in the country, and returning there for the upcoming third series.

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I love comic books and I love anime. -- Samuel L. Jackson

Use of dispersants at BP spill may have wiped out middle of the Gulf food web

02 kolovoz 2012

Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill in 2010, BP
used more than 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersants in an effort
to break up the oil. The dispersants also wiped out plankton, according
to a new study.

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Continue reading up on Libor and memory improvement techniques.

Kei Cars

I love kei cars. They are exactly the original intent of the automobile:
and object to move people and goods around efficiently. A bonus feature
is that they are attractive, the Wagon R has been around since 1993 and
let’s just point out it’s origins are Suzuki. Like a killer tomato or a
funny cat photo the Wagon R has taken on a life of it’s own, breeding
and replicating and absorbing entire countries in the process. Small
primarily FWD 5 door, with matching number of seats, the little wagon
lives up to it’s “R” title in a wholesome way. The letter denominates
it’s Radical approach. Shove everyone and everything on top of the drive
train. Build up not out.

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Central bankers eyeing whether Libor needs scrapping

Central bankers
and regulators will hold talks in September on whether the troubled
global Libor interest rate can be reformed or whether it is so damaged
that the benchmark of borrowing costs should be scrapped.

Bank of England Governor Mervyn
King told fellow central bankers in a letter that it was "very clear
that radical reforms of the Libor system are needed".

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Facebook has more than 83 million 'fake' users

In company filings published this week, it said 8.7% of its 955 million active users might not be real.

Duplicate profiles made up 4.8% of the users, user-misclassified accounts amounted to 2.4%, and 1.5% of users were described as "undesirable".

The estimate came at a time of growing concern about the value of marketing on the platform.

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Olympic boxing judges accused of 'fixing'

Iran's Ali Mazaheri cried foul when the heavyweight was
disqualified after being warned three times for persistent holding
against Cuban Jose Larduet Gomez despite leading by two points going
into the second round.

"It was a fix. I could have got a bronze easily if it hadn't been for
that," an irate Mazaheri, who walked out of the ring before the
decision was officially announced, said.

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Drilling discovers ancient Antarctic rainforest

Drilling of the seabed off Antarctica has revealed that rainforest grew
on the frozen continent 52 million years ago, scientists said Thursday,
warning it could be ice-free again within decades.

The study of sediment cores drilled from the ocean floor off
Antarctica's east coast revealed fossil pollens that had come from a
"near-tropical" forest covering the continent in the Eocene period,
34-56 million years ago.

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