New research provides evidence that dinosaurs evolved the brainpower necessary for flight well before they actually took to the air as birds. Based on high-resolution X-ray computed tomographic (CT) scans, the study, published today in Nature, takes a comprehensive look at the so-called “bird brain.” …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org
By Carla Prieto You can make the same dish for your loved ones before tonight’s episode of MasterChef as the contestants made for theirs thanks to a recipe shared exclusively with us. The families of the remaining seven home cooks will be dropping in on this week’s challenge. The contestants will cook a meal for their loved ones, and the competitor with the best home-cooked meal will select the teams for the ensuing tag-team sushi challenge. The team with the least impressive sushi dish will face elimination. Exclusive recipe to try: -Pan-Seared Halibut with White Asparagus Risotto and Pea Purée See which chef’s family-inspired dish will help him or her to the next round at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on FOX. (Photo: Greg Gayne/FOX)
By John Johnson
Longtime heavy smokers should add a yearly chore to their medical regimen, says an influential federal panel: Get a CT scan. Specifically, the panel recommends that people 55 to 79 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years should get the tests, even if they’ve long since quit… …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Health
ZOMG — we’re less than a month from the open-world madness of Saints Row IV. However, waiting has never really been IGN’s style. That’s why this Thursday — August 1st — we’re going to live stream an hour of Saints Row IV.
From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. CT, 4:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. GMT) Thursday, we’re going to play the game with one of the developers and give away copies of the game. If you want to win, you’ve got to Tweet @IGN with #SaintsRow. You can watch the stream on this very page, but you can also catch it on IGN’s YouTube page, Roku App, Xbox 360 App, and so on. Cool?
Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games
By Carla Prieto Create your own MasterChef dish with recipes from the contestants themselves, shared exclusively with Epicurious, ahead of tonight’s show. This week’s episode is a foodie’s spin on The Hunger Games. The remaining eight contestants will be split into two teams and compete in an overnight challenge. With only a box of limited cooking supplies, the contestants will vie to creatively concoct a lunch that will impress judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. Members of the losing team will then be asked to demonstrate their dexterity with desserts during a pressure test. Exclusive recipe to try: -Roasted Poultry, Wild Board Bacon, and Mushroom Farro with Pan-Roasted Fennel and Carrots Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on FOX and see which contestants’ dishes are deemed fit for survival to the next round. (Photo: Greg Gayne/FOX)
By Carla Prieto Before you find out which MasterChef contestants make it to the next round, check out the recipes MasterChef shared exclusively with us before tonight’s sausage-themed episode airs. Judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich challenge the remaining amateur chefs to create a savory sausage dish from scratch using a sausage maker in tonight’s program. The winner of the challenge will then choose an ingredient to be used by the other contestants in a “canned versus fresh” elimination challenge. Exclusive recipes to try: -Pork Sausage with Braised Purple Cabbage and Apple Chutney -Wild Mushroom, Roasted Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad with Onion Purée Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on FOX to see who comes out on top. (Photo: Greg Gayne/FOX)
Connecticut State police say they are investigating after a flight attendant found white powder on a plane that landed at Bradley International Airport.
Airport spokesman John Wallace said the powder was found in a bathroom of the JetBlue plane shortly before it was scheduled to land Monday night at the airport north of Hartford.
Wallace said JetBlue Flight 460 landed safely and passengers were allowed to deplane. No injuries were reported.
Samples of the white powder were taken for testing.
Wallace said the discovery had no effect on airport operations and did not cause any delays to incoming or outgoing flights.
JetBlue said 135 passengers and five crew members were on board the flight that originated in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News
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Apple didn’t necessarily intend to revolutionize health care, but that’s exactly what happened. Health care has changed dramatically since Steve Jobs first stood in front of an audience to introduce first the iPhone then later the iPad. Much of that change can be directly attributed to Apple.
Apples and doctors
It used to be said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. That could still be applicable, but the opposite is true for doctors and Apple. Physicians love their iPhones and iPads.
A study by Manhattan Research in 2011 found that 75% of physicians owned at least one Apple product. Vitera Healthcare‘s 2012 survey of health-care professionals backed up this high number. The company’s study found that 60% of respondents used an iPhone and 45% owned an iPad.
The real revolution, though, has come from how physicians and other health-care professionals are using Apple’s devices. Mobile applications opened the door for clinicians to instantly access a world of medical information at the point of care.
For example, WebMD‘s Medscape application allows physicians to check drug interactions, look up information about procedures, and see medical news updates on the fly. Medscape ranks first among the most frequently downloaded medical apps for iPhones and iPads.
Yale University’s School of Medicine even did away with paper materials for training upcoming physicians. The school provided iPads and wireless keyboards to all of its medical students. Other schools followed suit.
Health eVillages’ experience underscores the transformational impact of Apple’s technology. The not-for-profit organization provides mobile health technology to medical professionals in areas such as Kenya and Haiti. Lives have been saved that otherwise would have been lost, thanks to doctors in remote areas who use an iPad to access needed information.
Use of Apple’s products goes beyond serving as a reference tool, though. An application that allows radiologists to view MRIs as well as CT, PET, and SPECT scans on iPhones and iPads received FDA approval in 2011. More recently, the FDA cleared the way for privately held Welch Allyn to connect its portable ophthalmoscope to an iPhone for doctors to view retinal images using the company’s app.
Apple perhaps unwittingly opened new horizons for patients also. By April 2012, the company’s App Store included more than 13,600 health-related applications.
A peek at some of the current top-selling apps shows how much Apple’s technology has empowered patients. One application allows individuals to monitor their sleep cycles. Another provides a detailed guide to help expectant mothers through their pregnancies.
Pharmaceutical companies are getting into the act. For example, Vivus recently introduced an app for iPhones (and Android phones) that complements its weight-loss drug. The app allows patients to record what they eat and track their weight plus receive regular information updates.
Vital Art and Science recently gained FDA approval to sell its myVisionTrack product, which enables people with macular degeneration and other degenerative eye diseases to monitor their
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance
By Floyd Brown
Congress has proven once again that it’s a special interest world – the rest of us are just living in it.
But the real story here isn’t the vote – it’s the NRA. You see, the NRA spends millions of dollars lobbying and giving contributions to members of the U.S. Senate. The Senate vote on gun control just proves how effective the NRA’s strategy really is.
And I want to talk about this strategy because it provides an excellent view into how Capitol Hill really works. Folks are always telling me they don’t understand why this or that happened on Capitol Hill. Well, it’s time to shed some light on it.
Now, as a matter of disclosure, I want to let you know that I’m a lifelong member of the NRA. I agree with the NRA’s position against restricting the ownership of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
But that’s not what I’m here to talk about.
I want to talk about process…
The White House is in Shock
Right now, the U.S. Senate is controlled by the Democrats. Yet since the Democrats “defected” to the NRA, the Senate just totally jammed their exalted leader.
Barack Obama’s scheme to add additional rules, restrictions, regulations, and limitations to gun ownership lost big. In a progression of votes on amendments, the truth became clear: No one, Democrats included, wants to mess with the Second Amendment.
Even Sen. Harry Reid, Obama’s supposed point man in the Senate, didn’t seem like he wanted to deliver.
Thus, the central proposal to expand background checks was voted down 54-46. Remember – in the Senate, such bills don’t just need a majority. They require 60 votes to get past a virtually guaranteed filibuster.
The White House had even set in motion an intensive, coast-to-coast lobbying campaign that featured gut-wrenching pleas from families of the Newtown school shooting victims.
But it didn’t help. And Obama administration officials were visibly angry after his agenda got shellacked. The anger level was so high that even Obama spoke out. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” he said of the vote, adding that the effort “is not over.”
But in reality, it’s likely all over.
The Power of the NRA
In a democracy, a president always gets his chance.
But one third of the Senate and the entire House have to face the voters in 18 months, and these members know that the NRA can sway elections. No amount of tears from the Newtown families is likely to trump electoral politics in Washington.
So how does the NRA have such massive influence on national politics? They’ve only got about five million members, compared to a country of over 300 million.
First, it’s important to note that the NRA political machine is truly bipartisan. The NRA will support anyone – liberal, conservative, whatever – as long as that congressman is good on one thing: guns.
It’s this laser focus that gives
I am speaking at the TEDX Mill River, in Stamford, CT tomorrow. The theme of the event is Movement Mania. I will be speaking about, well, how to spark a movement— something I have been rather passionate about the past 25 years. MillRiver If we want to stop new problems from becoming old problems and old problems getting older, we really do need to spark movements that drive positive change. And if we get stopped in the process, we really need to keep on going because a great movement never achieved anything without a little elbow grease.
By Andrew Simon The Astros will increase security at Minute Maid Park, the club announced on Thursday, in the wake of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. The changes will begin with Friday night’s 7:10 p.m. CT game against the Indians.
By Bryan Hoch Derek Jeter had a CT scan on Thursday that revealed a small crack in the area of his left ankle. With the setback, general manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees were “looking at sometime after the All-Star break” for Jeter’s return. No new surgery is required, but Jeter needs time for the bone to heal.
Gayle Scarbrough, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety in Waco, told television station KWTX that DPS troopers have been transporting the injured to hospitals in their patrol cars. She says six helicopters were also en route.
The blast at West Fertilizer plant, reported shortly before 8 p.m. CT, was confirmed by Waco police dispatch operators. First responders are dealing with numerous injuries and major damage to structures and vehicles, Scarbrough said.
Several buildings, some in residential areas, were reported to be burning, others destroyed, and a nearby nursing home was damaged, according to a report from KWTX.
Initial reports say people are trapped in a nearby nursing home and an apartment building.
A local school football field is being setup as a staging area.
According to scanner traffic, authorities are trying to block drivers from coming into town and evacuations are underway, FOX17 reports.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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OncoSec Medical to Present at the 2013 BIO International Convention on April 24
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– OncoSec Medical Inc. (OTCQB: ONCS), a company developing its advanced-stage ImmunoPulse DNA-based immunotherapy and NeoPulse therapy to treat solid tumor cancers, announced that Punit Dhillon, President and CEO, will present a company overview at the 2013 BIO International Convention. Mr. Dhillon’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. CT at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, IL.
About BIO International Convention 2013
BIO International Convention is the global event for the biotechnology industry attracting over 16,000 decision makers from 65 countries. The three-day event attracts thousands of companies from around the world and helps build strategic partnerships. BIO covers the wide spectrum of life science innovations and application areas. Drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology, and cell therapy are just a few of the industries represented at the BIO International Convention.
About OncoSec Medical Inc.
OncoSec Medical Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing its advanced-stage ImmunoPulse DNA-based immunotherapy and NeoPulse therapy to treat solid tumor cancers. ImmunoPulse and NeoPulse therapies address an unmet medical need and represent a potential solution, for less invasive and less expensive therapies that are able to minimize detrimental effects resulting from currently available cancer treatments such as surgery, systemic chemotherapy or immunotherapy and other treatment alternatives. OncoSec Medical’s core technology is based upon its proprietary use of an electroporation platform to dramatically enhance the delivery and uptake of a locally delivered DNA-based immunocytokine (ImmunoPulse) or chemotherapeutic agent (NeoPulse). Treatment of various solid cancers using these powerful and targeted anti-cancer agents has demonstrated selective destruction of cancerous cells while sparing healthy normal tissues during early and late stage clinical trials. OncoSec’s clinical programs include three Phase II clinical trials for ImmunoPulse targeting lethal skin cancers. More information is available at http://www.oncosec.com/.
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Live Webinar from Sonic Foundry: Unleash Your Organization in the Age of Video
Presentation by industry-recognized video and technology leader will be live streamed via Mediasite on April 29
MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Learn how to harness the power of video to advance messages, improve collaboration, expand business and educate the masses during a free webinar April 29 hosted by Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NAS: SOFO) , the trusted leader for video content management and webcasting solutions.
Sonic Foundry welcomes industry-recognized video and technology consultant Scott Walker, CTS-D, LEED AP, president and CEO of Waveguide Consulting, as its Unleash 2013 Keynote. The address takes place at 8:05 a.m. CT and is open to the public, so register today at www.sonicfoundry.com/WalkerKeynote.
Video is rapidly becoming the primary source for learning something new. Leading corporations and education institutions have amazing opportunities to gain a competitive advantage by embracing video.
Technology advocates are encouraged to accelerate productivity and capture institutional knowledge through video, but they have to do it in the face of limited budgets and the ever increasing requirement to do more with less.
Walker will share successful video collaboration strategies being deployed at leading universities and global enterprises. Learn how to:
- Gain a real advantage in today’s highly competitive, borderless landscape
- Form a strategic plan to get your smart rooms ready for today and also for the technology needs of the future
- Incorporate what works for the most advanced corporations and universities into your technology roadmap
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NAS: SOFO) is the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting solutions, providing video content management and distribution for education, business and government. Powered by the patented Mediasite webcasting platform and webcast services of Mediasite Events, the company empowers people to advance how they share knowledge online, using video webcasts to bridge time and distance, enhance learning outcomes and improve performance.
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By Zack Meisel Four months after Busch Stadium fields an English Premier League game, the venue will host its first college football game, when rivals Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University kick off in St. Louis on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. CT.