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In a 609-person, year-long study, dieters lost an average of about 12 pounds—regardless of whether they were trying to stick to a low-fat or a low-carb diet and regardless of whether they carried genetic variations linked to success on one of those diets.The lackluster finding, published by Stanford researchers this week in JAMA, knocks back hopes that we’re at the point of harnessing genetic information to tighten our waistlines.Biotech companies have even begun serving up DNA tests that claim to help hungry dieters pair their menus with their biological blueprints.Instead, they were offered 22 hour-long classes led by registered dietitians on how to follow their assigned diet without feeling deprived, as well as general advice on healthy eating.For instance, the low-fat group was advised to avoid oils, fatty meats, full-fat dairy, and nuts, while the low-carb group was cautioned to avoid cereals, grains, starch vegetables, and legumes.But both diet groups were told to “(1) maximize vegetable intake; (2) minimize intake of added sugars, refined flours, and trans fats; and (3) focus on whole foods that were minimally processed, nutrient dense, and prepared at home whenever possible.” Dietitians also went over emotional awareness—to avoid stress binges, for instance—and common behavioral modifications—such as setting goals—that can help with dieting.
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SpaceX had to scrub the Wednesday launch attempt of its Falcon 9 rocket due to upper-level winds, but will try again Thursday morning.The instantaneous launch window opens (and closes) again at 9:17am ET.There is heightened interest in this launch because, for the first time, SpaceX will attempt to "catch" one of the two payload fairings that enclose the satellite at the top of the rocket.The value of these fairings is about $6 million, and recovering and reusing them would both save SpaceX money and remove another roadblock on their production line for Falcon 9 rockets.These fairings will separate from the rocket at about three minutes after launch and are "steerable" in the sense that SpaceX hopes to guide them back to a target location the ocean.The company has been mum about how it plans to slow the fairings and collect them as they fall to Earth.
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An international research consortium developed, with significant involvement of Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) scientists, the first computer model to include 3D in the representation of human metabolic processes.To this end, the researchers integrated the three-dimensional structures of over 4,000 metabolic products, or metabolites as they are known, and nearly 13,000 proteins into an existing computer model.The name of this new computer-based tool, which has been made available to the biomedical research community recently, is Recon3D.The researchers' results on Recon3D appear in the journal Nature Biotechnology (doi:10.1038/nbt.4072).They make the existing knowledge tangible and thereby help scientists to accurately formulate and work on targeted problems in research.To create such models, researchers analyse all the publications and databases they can find on a topic and feed this information into their model.
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Navigating through the Amazon jungle can be perilous work.There are aggressive anacondas, prickly poison dart frogs, point-toothed piranha, and jittery jaguars (not to mention immortal warrior goddesses), all ready and willing to end your existence in a matter of seconds.Navigating through Amazon Prime Video isn’t nearly as daunting, but it can still be something of a trick to find the good stuff.As such, we’ve put together this list of our favorites from the service.Most are true Amazon Originals — produced in-house like Netflix Originals — as Amazon Studios has been ratcheting up production in recent years.We’re here to count down the best of the bunch, so you can spend less time hunting in the wild, and more time watching.
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Solid state disk with whopping 30TB capacity begins production run at Samsung factoriesSamsung is to up the storage capabilities of data centre servers with the news that it has begun mass production of what it says is the largest capacity Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD).Dubbed the PM1643, the new SSD is geared towards the next generation of enterprise storage systems, thanks to its 30.72 terabyte (TB) capacity.But now Samsung’s new PM1643 will utilise South Korean’s latest V-NAND technology with 64-layer, and 3-bit 512-gigabit (Gb) chips to deliver over 30TB of storage.This is almost double that of the previous 15.36TB high-capacity lineup introduced in March 2016.Samsung said the breakthrough was made possible as it combined 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips.
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Containers are meant to provide component isolation in a modern software stack.Put your database in one container, your web application in another, and they can all be scaled, managed, restarted, and swapped out independently.But developing and testing a multi-container application isn’t anything like working with a single container at a time.Docker Compose was created by Docker to simplify the process of developing and testing multi-container applications.It’s a command-line tool, reminiscent of the Docker client, that takes in a specially formatted descriptor file to assemble applications out of multiple containers and run them in concert on a single host.(Tools like Docker Swarm or Kubernetes deploy multi-container apps in production across multiple hosts.)
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Last year’s HTC U11 was a great smartphone, but it was no match for Samsung’s mighty Galaxy S8 or Google’s Pixel 2.Its dated design and lack of a dual-camera setup were just a couple reasons why it didn’t grab a lot of attention.What exactly will it bring to the table?If you’re hoping to see the HTC U12 at MWC this month, we have some bad news.According to Android Headlines, the smartphone won’t be announced at the show in Barcelona.It should be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset.
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Canadian investment platform Wealthsimple raises £37 million.LONDON — Canadian robo advisor Wealthsimple has raised a further £37 million ($51 million, C$65 million) in financing to fuel growth.Wealthsimple, which was founded in 2014, has raised the sum from existing investor Power Financial, taking the total invested in the company by Power to £94 million.Wealthsimple is an online investment platform pitched at millennials.It is one of a number of so-called "robo advisors" — low cost, mobile-focused investment offerings that have little human oversight compared to traditional investment strategies.80% of Wealthsimple's clients are under 45 and 40% are first-time investors, according to the company.
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AI saves the day again as Google gives a helping hand in the health sector.Google has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) robot that can predict a patient’s risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular events.The new robot, built in partnership with health organisation Verily, uses AI to analyse data from almost 300,000 patients and then predict cardiovascular outcomes based on the data and patient assessment.Deep learning is used to spot patterns in the information, learning the early signs of life threatening diseases from eye scans and the metrics needed to predict the risk.The tech giant’s new robot reads a patient’s retinas to assess the risk of heart disease.The machine scans the back of a patient’s eye and can then predict risk factors such as age, blood pressure and whether or not a patient smokes.
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Spotify so far has been content to partner far and wide on hardware, via its Spotify Connect platform, which allows anyone building a connected speaker, mobile device or piece of AV equipment to turn their gadget into a Spotify speaker.But a new job listing suggests it will soon build hardware of its own, and it’s looking for people to help make that happen.The job listing, spotted by The Guardian, seeks an ops manager for “hardware product,” and the first line of the description says outright that “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products,” though it doesn’t go into detail bout what those products might be.Chances are good that these will be smart, connected speakers of some kind, however, since it seems like a logical first step into the hardware world for software-focused Spotify.A dedicated Spotify smart speaker could be a very good thing, especially if it integrates some kind of assistant tech, and could help the streaming leader translate its software success into an ecosystem of products with a bit more range in terms of diversifying their business.The question would be what Spotify could offer that devices from existing partners cannot, and whether Spotify would continue its strategy of embracing such an open ecosystem of hardware partners if it’s also making its own.
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US President Donald Trump lashed out at Oprah Winfrey in a late-night tweet on Sunday (18 February) claiming the TV mogul is "very insecure" and asked "biased questions" during a voter roundtable she hosted.Trump also said he hoped she runs for president in 2020 so "she can be exposed and defeated"."Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes," Trump tweeted."The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect.The 60 Minutes segment featured Winfrey interviewing 14 Michigan voters - seven of whom voted for Trump and seven who did not.The popular TV personality questioned the voters on various issues including his administration's tax plan, his reported "sh*thole countries" remark, voter engagement, the MeToo movement and other issues that have popped up during Trump's first year in office.
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It is a startup funded partly by Steven Spielberg and partly by AMC, with plans to open up VR centers in theaters and other locations around the world.I’ve been impressed by similar experiences from The VOID with Ghostbusters and Star Wars, so Dreamscape has some high standards to meet.And at $20 per ticket, they are faced with the same questions as The VOID.Is a 10-20 minute VR experience enhanced with environmental effects good enough to keep people coming?But with 14 showings per day and six people per showing each paying $20, Alien Zoo is now sold out through March 2.The company will add five more days to the calendar soon so there’s still a chance to get tickets as of this writing.
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Meizu has already launched its first full-screen smartphone in face of the Meizu M6S.Shortly, we can even say the Meizu M6S is a kill shot before a big launch.As we know, the company’s CEO has announced he is personally working on a flagship phone that should take the brand to a level higher.We even know the name of the upcoming high-end model.And we have got too many leaks and rumors referring to this smartphone.But seems the latest spotted photos showcase the same design.
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One of the most effective ways to address database performance and cost challenges is to modernize the underlying hardware infrastructure.Innovations such as flash storage, converged infrastructure architectures, and sophisticated data management platforms can have a major impact.Learn more in our free eBook: Optimizing Database Storage Performance For Dummies.
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Russian search and internet services giant Yandex has been working on its autonomous driving program, and its most recent achievement is a public self-driving pilot of its self-driving test car in Moscow, the first such test on public roads in the Russian capital.Yandex had an additional degree of difficulty to contend with, too: Their recent testing, which kicked off in December of last year, included some days following heavy snowfalls, which are difficult conditions for any autonomous vehicle to navigate because of how they obscure road markers and other guiding indicators used by optical cameras systems, among other challenges.As you can see, the car handled snow, ice, parked cars, traffic and even pedestrians even amid the wintery conditions, which is a key use case that autonomous vehicle technology providers will need to solve before the tech can be broadly adopted.Beyond the snow, Yandex notes that Moscow also provides a terrific test bed for its AVs because of factors including high traffic volume, as well as pedestrian density on top of the variable weather patterns that come to the city across seasons.
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X-ray radiation can mutate cells and cause cancer, but that was a small risk for a commuter who didn’t want to part with her handbag at a southern China train station during the Lunar New Year.An online video showing horrifying images of a skeleton wearing high heels on all fours riding a conveyer belt was shared by the China media site Pear Video, and aggregated by the state-run newspaper People’s Daily.The image was reportedly from a security video captured on Sunday at the Dongguan Railway Station, showing a woman who wanted to personally escort her purse through the X-ray machine.The video also seemingly shows the woman emerging from the machine after her ride.She then checks her purse, grabs her suitcase, and continues her trip slightly more radiated than she was moments before.The Lunar New Year is the busiest travel period in China.
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Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed a printing technique using cells and molecules normally found in natural tissues to create constructs that resemble biological structures.These structures are embedded in an ink which is similar to their native environment and opens the possibility to make them behave as they would in the body.This allows the researchers to observe how cells work within these environments and potentially enables them to study biological scenarios such as where cancer grows or how immune cells interact with other cells, which could lead to the development of new drugs.The technique combines molecular self-assembly, building structures by assembling molecules like Lego pieces, with additive manufacturing, similar to 3D printing, to recreate the complex structures.The study is published in Advanced Functional Materials.Professor Alvaro Mata, from Queen Mary's School of Engineering and Materials Science, said: "The technique opens the possibility to design and create biological scenarios like complex and specific cell environments, which can be used in different fields such as tissue engineering by creating constructs that resemble tissues or in vitro models that can be used to test drugs in a more efficient manner."
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Advertisers have been complaining about brand safety issues on the web.Yet the truth is, few brands will follow through on such sweeping threats.And the harsh reality is that any single ad boycott would barely hurt Facebook and Google.Brands don't have much leverage, but one way they could hurt the tech giants is to thwart their plans to grab TV ad spending.But it's not entirely clear if marketers know what they really want out of this battle.Unilever's CMO Keith Weed caused a huge stir in the advertising world when he seemed to indicate he might actually yank his ad budgets from the big tech platforms if they didn't clean up their act.
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Actor Pierce Brosnan has found himself at the centre of an international incident after his bizarre appearance in an Indian campaign for chewing tobacco in 2016 belatedly put him in the crosshairs of officials from Delhi’s health department.Civil servants have reached out to the former James Bond actor 'via social media platforms’ as well as Pan Bahar, the company which paid for a front-page ad in The Times of India and an associated TV campaign, to explain his presence in the controversial viral advertisement.Failure to respond to these official overtures could see the star hit by wildly varying sanctions from a paltry £56 fine to a disproportionate two-year stint in an Indian jail if he fails to respond within a 10-day deadline.Pan Bahar is a form of mouth freshener most firmly associated with an addictive form of chewing tobacco comprising crushed betel nut, lime and clove.Chewed by millions of Indians it is a common sight on city streets in the country where users can be identified by the bright red saliva that arises as a side effect of chewing.Brosnan has already made clear that his contract was to advertise a different product in Pan Bahar’s range, specifically a ‘breath freshener/tooth whitener’ which contained no ‘tobacco’.
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Is Valentine's Day a representation of our romanticism, or a one-day proof of a lack thereof?Of course, there are those who point out that the whole thing is mostly just to prop up the greeting card industry and independent florists.However, surveys have shown that up to 50% of women would apparently ditch their partners if he or she didn’t get them a Valentine day’s present which, though perhaps extreme, serves to emphasise the importance that the date now holds for the emotional wellbeing of many relationships and economic survival of many more restaurants and retailers.Now heavily commercialised and laden with expectation, it wasn’t that long ago that Valentine’s Day meant buying a card for your loved one and perhaps a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates.Exactly how much British consumers spend on Valentine’s Day varies depending on which survey you believe.However, the days of a simple card and a box of chocolates being sufficient on the 14 February seem to be long gone.
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