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Climate change threatens hotspots of genetic diversity

(Phys.org) —Past climates shaped the current hotspots of genetic diversity for the grey long-eared bat, one of the UK’s rarest mammals, but future climate change threatens these biodiversity hotspots, according to researchers from the University of Bristol, working in collaboration with scientists from the University of Sheffield and from across Europe. …read more

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Microsoft Renaming SkyDrive After Trademark Dispute

Microsoft will be changing the name of its SkyDrive cloud service as the result of a trademark case involving the British Sky Broadcasting Group, otherwise known as BSkyB. As reported by The Verge, Microsoft will be changing the name of its service worldwide, although BSkyB will let the company use the existing name “for a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand.” Microsoft will not appeal the UK court’s decision.

There are additional details to the agreement, including financial terms, although neither company has revealed what they may be because those specifics are confidential.

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Alzheimer's disease linked to poor dental health

A study has found that people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s compared with those who have healthy teeth. Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK, discovered the presence of a bacterium called Porphyromonas gingivalis in the brains of patients who had dementia when they were alive… …read more

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Rare atmospheric phenomenon observed

Cameras operated by the Armagh Observatory have recorded one of the very few observations from the UK and Ireland of a very rare atmospheric phenomenon known as a ‘sprite’. The detection, which was made around the time of the exceptional thunderstorm that affected Dublin on the 24/25th July 2013, shows a carrot-shaped flash of light, known as a ‘sprite’, rising high above the thunderclouds as seen from Armagh. …read more

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European Heart Guidelines Based On Disgraced Research May Have Caused Thousands Of Deaths

By Larry Husten, Contributor

Despite a 2-year-old scandal discrediting key evidence, current guidelines relying on this evidence have not been revised. As a result of physicians following these guidelines, some researchers say, it is possible that thousands of patients may have died each year in the UK alone. It is unlikely that a true understanding of the damage will ever be known. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Everything We Know About Soccer Is Wrong

By Zach Slaton, Contributor

It has been nearly two months since The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong was published in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, meaning that soccer quants in North America have had to pay for international shipping if they wanted to get their hands on the book.  The need for such expensive shipping ends on July 30th, 2013 when the book is published in both the United States and Canada.  While the authors of the book, Chris Anderson and David Sally, have been very pleased with the book’s reception in Europe they are looking forward to what they hope is a slightly different reaction in North America.  David Sally explained, “I think we are really glad with the reaction in the UK and The Netherlands where the book launched a few weeks ago.  I think we’re hoping the reaction is going to be even stronger in the US because there is more of an appetite for statistics in sports.  It’s a more natural audience.  I think there is also the coolness and hipness factor to soccer.  A lot of people are trying to understand the game more deeply, and we hope the books serves as a way to get even deeper into the game.” Chris Anderson believes North Americans’ appetite for numbers combined with soccer being a less popular sport than it is in Europe makes the book perfect learning material about a game that is rising in popularity. “[Dave and I] are Americans, and we love American soccer.  We’d love to see the game grow in the US, so in whatever small way the book can tell them something about soccer they didn’t know but they wanted to know and will help them understand and make sense of what’s going on on the field when they’re watching or their kids are playing.  If we can contribute to helping grow soccer in the US in whatever small way I’d personally be really excited about that.” The way Anderson and Sally approach learning about the game is by asking repeated, intelligent questions, answering them with the best available data, and then asking the next logical question that comes from the answer to the previous question.  In laymen’s terms, they end up pealing back the layers of the soccer onion.  The duo divides their examination of the game into three parts: Before the Match, which examines the larger patterns within the game that seem largely immutable: luck accounts for 50% of the outcome of a match, frequency of scorelines are relatively consistent between top leagues, and the rarity of goal scoring makes the game somewhat unpredictable and the value of goal scorers dependent upon when they score their goals versus the scoreline of the match. On the Pitch, which explains how the game is a balance of strategies.  Preventing a goal is more important to earning points than scoring one, the game is about managing turnovers, and the game can be controlled by both tiki taka as well …read more

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Report: UK court prohibits scientist from publishing car-starting secret codes

By Damon Lowney

UK judge imposes jumction on scientists who want to publish vehicle security codes.

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Three university scientists from England and the Netherlands figured out how to unlock and start Volkswagen-owned luxury vehicles wirelessly without the key, and compiled their findings in an academic paper. The scientists claimed that the research was intended to increase security for everyone, and while that might be true if the codes needed to crack the secret algorithm were never to be published, they planned to publish the paper at the Usenix Security Symposium in Washington, DC, next month.

Fortunately for those who own a Bentley, Lamborghini, Audi or Porsche (and other unmentioned brands), a UK judge imposed an injunction against the England-based scientist, Flavio Garcia, to not attend the symposium, The Guardian reports, recognizing that the information could result in the theft of many vehicles. The other two scientists, Roel Verdult and Baris Ege from Radboud University Nijmegen, won’t attend, either.

The algorithm, called Megamos Crypto, allows the key to communicate with the vehicle by deciphering and reordering the codes sent between the two, acting both as a translator of sorts and a safety barrier. With the wrong key in hand – or no key – the car won’t function, unless the algorithm has been bypassed another way.

For its part, Volkswagen was actually okay with the paper – Dismantling Megamos Cryptos: Wirelessly Lockpicking a Vehicle Immobiliser – being published, but only if the offending codes were redacted. The scientists, of course, refused.

We appreciate the scientists’ effort to increase security by learning the weaknesses of the systems that protect us, but we would rather not have that information in the public domain. With the codes in the wrong hands, who knows what could happen next.

UK court prohibits scientist from publishing car-starting secret codes originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Read This: Toyota recounts past Supra glories

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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It could just be a slow start to the news week around the Toyota offices, but its UK blog has posted a brief history on its legendary Supra sports car. Read into however you’d like, but there has been plenty of speculation as to the return of the Supra nameplate in recent years (including last month from incoming Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada).

Built from April 1978 through July 2002, Toyota’s sports coupe made quite a name for itself as both the Celica Supra (shown above) and the Supra, and the blog post charts many of the changes and highlights through the years. Head on over to the Toyota UK blog to read more about this Supra’s history, and then be sure to check out the gallery of images from Toyota spanning all four generations.

Toyota recounts past Supra glories originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kate Moss’ Esquire Cover Is Model’s First Men’s Magazine Appearance In 17 Years (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Just because Kate Moss is approaching her forties doesn’t mean she’s slowing down… or covering up. This year, we’ve seen a clothesless campaign for Versace, a clothesless campaign for self-tanner and now, a near-naked, bejeweled Moss on the cover of Esquire UK.

For her first appearance on the front of a men’s magazine in 17 years (her last was Arena, in 1996), Kate covers up (in comparison to her latest works, at least) in a sheer, bedazzled bodysuit bearing artfully placed oversized crystals. The theme of Esquire’s September issue is “Made In Britain” — and who better to represent the UK than their supermodel crown jewel?

“For too long [Kate Moss] has been monopolised by women’s fashion magazines,” Esquire editor Alex Bilmes says. “So I am thrilled that we’ve persuaded her to front our special issue dedicated to this country’s most stylish people and products. I really can’t imagine anyone better suited to the job.”

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David Cameron's Porn Filter Problem Has Already Been Solved

By Tim Worstall, Contributor I must admit that this rather surprised me with the speed that it came about. Non-British readers might not be aware that David Cameron, our Prime Minister, has been adamant that search engine companies must make certain that no pornography can be found on the internet. This is, as you will imagine, something of a taxing technical task. But in that great British tradition of bodging and innovation we seem to already have the solution to this problem. And it’s being offered for free too: So taking inspiration from other great Internet filtering nations such as North Korea, China, Syria, Iran, Cuba, Bahrain, Belarus, Burma, Uzbekistan, Saudia Arabia and Vietnam I decided to help out the UK government and build an Internet filter that only allows pornographic material through. …read more

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