Daily Archives: September 10, 2015

Nearly 2/3 of psychology papers cannot be trusted

Nearly two-thirds of all psychology research should be distrusted because it cannot be replicated, according to a troubling paper in Science.

This study reports work by the Reproducibility Project, an initiative at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville which was launched in 2011 after a succession of scandals in psychology research. Brian Nosek and a huge team of co-authors tried to reproduce the results of 100 articles in three leading journals. They found that only 39 could be replicated.

Although it is impossible to say whether the conclusions of a paper are true or false only because its results cannot be reproduced, it does suggest that it might not stand up to scrutiny. An expert in medical statistics, John Ioannidis, of Stanford University, told Nature that he fears that the true level of non-reproducible research may be as high as 80%.

continue http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/nearly-2-3-of-psychology-papers-cannot-be-trusted/11554#When:12:44:00Z

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Barack Rewrites O-Care Again to Include Transgender Procedures

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a planned new regulation Thursday that will require health insurers participating in Obamacare to cover more health procedures sought by the transgendered.

The new rule applies to every health insurer offering plans through Healthcare.gov or any of the state-run Obamacare insurance exchanges. It declares that insurers are prohibited from engaging in discrimination not only on the basis of sex, but also on the basis of gender identity.

In the past, several health insurance plans have categorically excluded health care related to transitioning between genders, often on the grounds that such procedures are often cosmetic, not medically necessary, and elective in nature. Now, such categorical bans will be disallowed, and insurers will have to cover many of the procedures.

source http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/09/big-brother-barack-rewrites-o-care-again-to-include-transgender-procedures/

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Spy: Sorry I Blew Up Greenpeace Ship

The French naval frogman who sank the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand in July 1985, causing the death of photographer Fernando Pereira, has spoken publicly for the first time. Jean-Luc Kister, who was ordered to sink the boat that took part in protests against France’s nuclear tests in the Pacific, has given a long interview to Mediapart’s editor-in-chief, Edwy Plenel, the journalist who broke the story of French involvement in the attack 30 years ago. This interview is published simultaneously with a public apology given by Kister on New Zealand state television.
continue http://www.mediapart.fr/en-natif/journal/france/060915/exclusive-regrets-french-agent-who-sank-rainbow-warrior

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Download 51 Volumes of Harvard Classics As PDF Free 0

My Harvard Classics is a website which lets you download any volume of Harvard Classic literature in PDF format for free. This is one subject which gets me so excited, because I love reading classic literature. So when I came across this website, I was more than thrilled. The only info I had about Harvard Classics is that, it is a collection from world literature which was published by Harvard University, hence the name. So my first research was to know more about Harvard Classics and believe me it was such an enlightening research. You can read the Wikipedia article about it here.

Being a literature enthusiast I was quiet happy with the information that I gathered about this classic collection. So when you actually land on this website My Harvard Classics, you will notice that it is a pretty minimal website. Like you can see in the screenshot below.

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All the 51 volumes are listed on this webpage one after the other. For downloading a particular volume all you need to do is click on the volume name. As soon as you do that a pop up window will open, from where you can save the file to your computer. The downloaded file is in PDF format and can be read using any PDF reader software.

continue http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/03/webware/download-51-volumes-of-harvard-classics-in-pdf-format.html

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Meet the GynePunks Pushing the Boundaries of DIY Gynecology

3D-printed speculum designed by GaudiLabs. Photo: Klau/Creative Commons

Access to reproductive health care is key to the wellbeing of women around the world. But for countless underserved groups—sex workers, immigrants, LGBTQ, and the uninsured, to name a few—access often doesn’t exist.

A collective of radical bio-hackers and TransHackFeminists are out to reclaim gynecological medicine for those women, and for themselves. Under the name GynePunks, they’re assembling an arsenal of open-source tools for DIY diagnosis and first-aid care—centrifuges made from old hard drive motors; microscopes from deconstructed webcams; homemade incubators; and 3D printable speculums.

Someone who’s determined enough can make a full-on DIY biolab, with all the tools needed for routine tests involving basic chemistry, fluid analysis, spectroscopy, and other techniques. The GynePunks have gathered many of those tools and techniques, along with information on how to use them to test for things like yeast infections, cervical cancer, STDs, and pregnancy.

Included with the specific tools are reams of information and history on other aspects of reproductive health, from plant-based treatments for UTIs to resources for performing less dangerous self-abortions.

So far its reach has been mostly limited to experiments in hackerspaces and workshops. But ultimately, the GynePunks hope it will be easy enough for almost anyone with an internet connection and access to commonly available parts to take control of their reproductive health.

Mounting a hacked webcam into the speculum,which can be used for cervix inspection and diagnostics using the vinegar test (see hesperian.org). Image: Paula Pin/Creative Commons

“This hacker mentality, for me, serves as a new way to understand the world around us, and gives us many tools to develop and generate our own technologies,” Paula Pin, an early GynePunk, told me over email. “We understand our body also as a technology to be hacked, from the established ideas of gender and sex, to exploring the capacity to start researching ourselves, to find our own ideas and technologies, to help us be free, autonomous and independent from the system.”

continue http://motherboard.vice.com/read/meet-the-gynepunks-pushing-the-boundaries-of-diy-gynecology

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‘Airport of Future’ Includes More Biometrics and ‘Intelligence-Driven’ Procedures

This week, the Transportation Security Administration released its ambitious strategy to create what the agency describes as the “airport of the future.”

Posted Sept. 2 on FedBizOpps, the 45-page “Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security” lays the groundwork “for future innovation and meets the immediate technology demands of specific mission needs.”

Today, TSA oversees about 440 federally regulated airports, which include a daily stream of about 1.8 million passengers and 1.2 million checked bags. But over the next 20 years, the number of passengers is predicted to increase by 1.1 billion, according to the 2015 Federal Aviation Administration forecast.

TSA technology and procedures may need to grow, too, to meet the security needs from this influx of passengers, the report stated.

The agency plans to devote a “significant portion” of its $3.6 billion security capability acquisition budget to security technologies, according to the report.

A few years ago, TSA moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach to security and began incorporating a risk-based security strategy, beginning with its adoption of such programs as its pre-screening lanes. TSA wants to take this approach a step further through a system, combining technology, data and processes within and across airports.

continue http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/09/tsas-five-year-plan-creating-airport-future/120263/

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How to Manage Swap Usage in Linux

You may have experienced system lags, heavy swap usage, or low memory issues in your Linux system. A usual advice is to “decrease the swappiness value”, reduce the swap usage. but what is swappiness? And is it really good to tweak it?

Note: we won’t go into detail about the swap partition. You can read all about it in our article on what you need to know about Swap partition on Linux.

There is a value called swappiness in UNIX-like systems that determines how pages in memory will be handled. Its default value on most systems is “60,” but it can be set to anything between 0 and 100. If memory runs low, the kernel will either evict some file caches to have more free RAM for processes, or it will swap some process pages from RAM to disk.

A default of 60 means swapping will be used less, and I/O caches will more likely be freed for reallocating RAM. Evicting caches is considered “cheaper” (less resource intensive), while swapping out pages includes disk reads and writes, making them more “expensive.” At a value of ’60,’ swap usage will be slightly lower than cache reuse. If the value of swappiness is increased to 100, swapping and file cache eviction will be used with equal weight. This means more swapping and faster I/O than default. Lower values like “10” mean that swapping will be used much less, and I/O caches can be much sooner evicted in favor of processes. This might increase interactivity but could also hurt I/O speed.

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The Dangers of Looking at Ashley Madison Infographics

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Growing Truffles In The United States

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n a famous children’s book Albion Pig, the main character had quite a fondness for truffles. And if you’ve ever tasted one, you’ll know exactly why. Although they look like chocolate candy, they’re a completely different thing and you probably won’t be able to stop eating em if you’ve got em close at hand.

And on that note, if you think you might have a control problem, I jokingly suggest you leave this page now as the info I’m about to share with you will let you know what it takes to plant and grow truffles on your very own property here in the U.S. Note that this is not the sort of thing you can grow in your backyard – you need quite literally acres of land to dedicate to trees.

This is not the sort of thing that can be crammed into one of my 10-step guides; this piece will simply provide you with some resources and information regarding truffles that can get you set on the right path.

What are truffles?

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Firstly, what are truffles actually? Although they do come in the chocolate variety, truffles are also a type of fungus – or mushroom. They are equally rich and delightful tasting but are much more savory.

There are quite literally hundreds of truffle varieties out there, with the edible species being prized as culinary delicacies. They are frequently used in Middle Eastern, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek cooking.

Truffles can be found growing wild in forests in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

They are also quite expensive – European white truffles can cost upwards of $3,500 per pound, making them one of the most expensive foods in the world ounce for ounce.

But you can actually grow your very own truffles right here in America – read on to learn more. http://www.realfarmacy.com/growing-truffles-in-the-united-states/

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Scientists promise ice cream that doesn’t melt

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The new ingredient should create firmer, longer lasting ice cream that will keep it frozen for much longer in hot weather Photo: ALAMY

Ice cream that does not melt in the sun could hit the shelves within three years, scientists have claimed.

Experts believe they have developed a recipe for a more robust frozen desert that will consign childhood memories of sticky hands and dissolving cones to history.

It is based on a naturally occurring protein that binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream to make it more resistant to melting.

The new ingredient should create firmer, longer lasting ice cream that will keep it frozen for much longer in hot weather.

The scientists, from the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh, said it could also prevent gritty ice crystals from forming, ensuring a fine, smooth texture more reminiscent of luxury ice creams.

continue http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11834053/Ice-cream-that-does-not-melt-could-soon-hit-the-shelves.html

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African Penguins Are Facing Extinction

African Penguins Are Facing Extinction
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In 2001, there were 56,000 pairs of African penguins in South Africa. Only 19,000 were left in 2012, according to South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs

Africa’s only species of penguin is at the risk of extinction.

The African penguins which were found in huge numbers on west coast of South Africa have faced an alarming decline in population over the years. The situation is worst in the north region of Cape Town where almost 90% population has been wiped out in just past 11 years. Almost 30,000 pairs of African penguins have been perished there from 2004 to 2015, according to South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs.

The department suggests that the substantial decline in population is due to the lack of food. Penguins feed on fish like sardines and anchovy. Since the main prey of African penguins have migrated to Southeast waters, it has created a mismatch in the distributions of food.

continue http://www.i4u.com/2015/08/94612/african-penguins-are-facing-extinction

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In Men with Breast Cancer, Double Mastectomies Are on the Rise

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