Researchers Have Successfully Treated MERS in Mice July 23, 2015 at 04:13PM

A New York company has figured out how to give mice the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and also how to prevent the disease and effectively treat the infected mice.


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Ancestry Combines Genealogy Research with Genetic Data July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

With the Thursday launch of its AncestryHealth website, Ancestry continues to play Microsoft to 23andMe’s Apple. It may not be as innovative in the burgeoning field of consumer genetics, but it’s an able competitor nonetheless.


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Biogen and Lilly Advance Antibody Drugs to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

The earlier Alzheimer’s disease is treated, the better. Maybe even before symptoms arise. That’s the idea behind experimental drugs designed to remove plaques from the brain and prevent cognitive changes.


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How Networked Monkey Brains Could Help Disabled Humans July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

New research proves that two heads are indeed better than one, at least at performing certain simple computational tasks.


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Pluto’s Portrait From New Horizons: Ice Mountains and No Craters July 16, 2015 at 06:27PM

LAUREL, Md. — The first close-up image of Pluto has revealed mountains as tall as the Rockies, and an absence of craters — discoveries that, to their delight, baffled scientists working on NASA’s New Horizons mission and provided punctuation for a journey nine and a half years in the making.


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Powering Smartphones Without an Outlet July 16, 2015 at 05:51PM

The case that Will Zell slides onto his iPhone doesn’t look that unusual, but it’s doing something pretty out of the ordinary: capturing some of the radio waves that the phone transmits when connecting to cell-phone towers and Wi-Fi routers, converting them to electricity, and feeding that power


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John Kerry: dimwit and stooge July 16, 2015 at 05:49PM

No one has ever accused John Kerry of being smart. His schtick is speaking slow and sounding profound, a defense mechanism he developed early in life to mask a room temperature IQ and a lackwit’s infinite credulity. These talents made him the perfect point man for Obama’s Iran nuclear negotiations.


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Moral Cowardice: President Obama Abandons Pastor Saeed and 3 Other Imprisoned Americans in Iran July 16, 2015 at 05:39PM

In a stunning display of moral cowardice, President Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran that leaves four U.S. citizens, including American Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran. They’ve been abandoned. And for what?


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Robots Learn to Reason by Playing Minecraft July 16, 2015 at 05:39PM

Minecraft was used to teach a virtual agent what steps to exclude when trying to put a gold block in a furnace.


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An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet. July 16, 2015 at 05:38PM

In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been thought of as almost impossible for computers. Things like face and object recognition, for example.


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"…And he sampled the time-winds, sensing the turmoil, the storm nexus that now focused on this moment..."

“…And he sampled the time-winds, sensing the turmoil, the storm nexus that now focused on this moment place. Even the faint gaps were closed now. Here was the unborn jihad, he knew. Here was the race consciousness that he had known once as his own terrible purpose. Here was reason enough for a Kwisatz Haderach or a Lisan al-Ghaib or even the halting schemes of the Bene Gesserit. The race of humans had felt its own dormancy, sensed itself grown stale and knew now only the need to experience turmoil in which the genes would mingle and the strong new mixtures survive. All humans were alive as an unconscious single organism in this moment, experiencing a kind of sexual heat that could override any barrier.”

- Musing of Muad’Dib. From Frank Herbert’s Dune. (via silentsennin)

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Frank Herbert's 'Dune'

Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’

glad to see someone taking Frank Herbert seriously, but hey, he’s not saying this is Utopia! and definitely NOT something we should aspire to become! if you could notice beyond the surface and beyond the obvious, it is a deliberate rant on what keeps us humans morally inept for thousands of years, and what might happen to us 10,000 from now if we continue to live with our WRONG assumptions,…

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Pipes End-of-life Announcement


As of August 30th 2015, users will no longer be able to create new Pipes. The Pipes team will keep the infrastructure running until end of September 30th 2015 in a read-only mode.

You can download your Pipe definition by specifying your Pipe-ID (_id) and the output format (_out=json) to the following end-point: http://bit.ly/1Nm4bxD

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Please post any questions you have related to this announcement on the Yahoo Developer Forum for Pipes. The Pipes team thanks you for support and cooperation.

this is a sad end to an era of #GoogleWave and web2.0 mania, when everything was mashable, turned out NOT everything was worth mashing up

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staff: It is so ordered.


It is so ordered.

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jensenism: I’ve never seen a word describe Dean and Cas’...


I’ve never seen a word describe Dean and Cas’ relationship so well

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FAR from over


Shoutout to the bisexuals and pansexuals, to the genderqueer and trans folk who will be completely erased from the media’s coverage of the marriage equality decision in the United States, even if it means that you will be able to marry your partner when you couldn’t before. You don’t deserve to be erased from something you want to celebrate.

Shoutout to the folks for whom this decision does basically nothing. Shoutout to the trans women of color who experience incredibly high rates of violence and who will probably face the brunt of the backlash to the decision from straight people. We will not ignore you. We will not silence you. We will not forget you.

The movement for equality is FAR from over. Celebrate if you want to celebrate, but listen to the voices of those who are not celebrating.

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dean-bangs-cas-in-the-impala: Title: Under The Falling...


Title: Under The Falling Skies


“So, Dean.” The king clears his throat, looking at the barbarian who’s eating a chicken’s leg and scratching his belly with a contented face.

“To end this conflict, I am offering you one of my daughters in marriage, so we can become allies and good friends. Choose whichever you want.” The king gestures to his three daughters, all maidens of rare beauty.

Dean belches loudly and pats his belly, causing loud laughter among his warriors. He takes a good look at the princesses, shifting his gaze from one to the other.

“I appreciate your offer, King Uldred, and I will accept it. Though I don’t want any of your daughters.” Dean grins widely.

The king frowns. “I don’t understand.”

“I want him.” Dean points at the young prince with his gnawed chicken’s leg. “I’ll have Castiel.”

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Excerpt from chapter 33

As it turns out Dean is there, sitting at the table and looking a little bored as he spins a spoon in his hand. He flinches when the doors of the chamber close loudly and a slightly frowning Castiel walks in. 

“Oh, you came. Good,” Dean greets the prince. “I was beginning to think that you changed your mind and would not come.”

“And what if I did?” Castiel asks sharply. “Would you drag me out?” he blurts out before he has time to consider his words. 

To Dean’s honor he decides to ignore the icy cold tone in the prince’s voice. 

“You look good,” he decides to compliment Castiel’s appearance. 

The brunet squirms under the barbarian’s burning gaze, which seems to mentally undress him. The tip of Dean’s tongue flicks out, instinctively swiping over his bottom lip. Castiel feels how his face starts flushing and burning as his captor’s eyes begin to darken from unconcealed lust. 

“Did you call me just so I could stand in the middle of the hall while you undress me with your eyes?” Castiel inquires dryly.

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