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The mystery of pancreatic cancer and its treatment prevails

Five years after they're diagnosed, only 8 per cent of pancreatic cancer patients are still alive. Toronto journalist Libby Znaimer is one of them.<p>Six years after receiving novel treatment that shrank her pancreatic tumour to an operable size, Znaimer remains an exceptional case.<p>"I've been …

These programming skills will earn you the most money

<i>This post has been corrected</i><p>If you want to provoke an argument among computer programmers, ask them to pick their favorite coding language or framework. But even more contentious in an environment where engineers literally have agents, is which is the most lucrative.<p>Quora threads on the subject …

Programming

New Sony Sensor Will Bring Quick Tracking AF and 4K Video HDR to Smartphone Cameras

Sony isn’t short on innovation. After exciting the photo industry last week with talk of a APCS (not to be confused with APS-C) sensor that promises …

Chrome extension encrypts your emails, tweets and status updates

A new breed of relatively easy-to-use encryption and security services like Silent Circle have started popping up ever since Snowden made his revelations last year. One of the newest additions to that growing list is a Chrome browser extension called ShadowCrypt, which encrypts emails, Facebook …

Box unveils ClusterRunner, an open-source tool to test code fast

As a fast-growing cloud file-sharing software company, Box needs to deploy new versions of its software in a timely fashion, and that requires an efficient code-testing process. Box built an internal tool to meet its needs, and today it’s releasing the tool into the wild.<p>The tool, ClusterRunner, …

FDA officials defend use of placebos during Ebola drug trials

FDA officials speaking at a tropical medicine conference Wednesday said experimental Ebola drugs should be tested in randomized controlled trials -- a "gold standard" form of drug assessment that involves giving some ill patients a sham treatment, or placebo.<p>Addressing reporters at a session of the …

The FBI’s Quiet Plan to Expand Its Hacking Powers

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are try­ing to ex­pand their au­thor­ity to hack in­to and loc­ate com­puters by chan­ging an ar­cane fed­er­al rule …

Google releases its new ‘Stars’ Bookmark Manager for Chrome

After multiple leaks over the past few months, Google’s new Stars interface for the Chrome Bookmark Manager has launched on the Chrome Web store. Downloading the extension completely replaced Chrome’s old bookmarks interface, so you’ll want to keep that in mind if you’re thinking of installing.<p>Once …

Can scientists patent life? The question returns to the Supreme Court

The thorny and unresolved question of whether life itself can be patented may come again before the<p>U.S. Supreme Court, if it accepts a motion filed Friday by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog. (H/T to David Jensen's California Stem Cell Report.)<p>The issue isn't a new one either for the consumer …

The 10 Best Yoga Poses for Inflexible People

Once Barbie and GI Joe started doing yoga, we could pretty much call it: Yoga is officially everywhere these days. But all that stretching and …

Yoga

HBO Going Rogue Could Get Us to Net Neutrality

Recently, a couple of cable content providers have announced that they're going rogue and are going to start providing content independently of cable companies. That's good news for consumers who have, until now, been at the mercy of companies such as Comcast and Time Warner. It might also be good …

Thousands of spiders 'bleed out of the walls' and force family from home

A family was driven from their suburban St Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.<p>Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007. Soon after that, they …

Ebola: a failure of international collective action

Medical Journals

Third Ebola Vaccine to Start Human Trials Next Year

Researchers have scheduled human tests on a third possible Ebola vaccine in response to the U.N.'s call to fast-track treatments for the worst known outbreak of the deadly virus in human history.<p>Johnson & Johnson said in a statement early Thursday it would begin human trials early next year of a …

Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South …

New Technology May Help Stop ATM Skimming Fraud

American ATM manufacturer Diebold has developed technology it claims will stop card skimming, the most common type of ATM fraud. The ActivEdge card reader requires customers to rotate their ATM cards by 90 degrees, so they are inserted into the machine via the long edge instead of the short edge. …

Hackers Unmask Anonymous Posters On Secret, Including App's Founder

<b>“This is the third girl I’ve dated in three weeks, and none of them know about each other.”</b><p><b>“I’m late. I don’t know how to tell my husband. Especially since he had a vasectomy.”</b><p><b>“Is Lucy the cutest dog?”</b><p>These are recent posts on the mobile confessional app Secret, posts which typically veer toward …

Records of up to 25,000 Homeland Security staff hacked in cyber-attack

The internal records of as many as 25,000 employees of America's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were exposed during a recent computer hack at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said on Friday.<p>The official, speaking anonymously, said the number of …

Background process

A <b>background process</b> is a computer process that runs <i>behind the scenes</i> (i.e., in the background) and without user intervention.[1] Typical tasks for …

Giz Explains: How Multitasking Works on a Phone

Multitasking! On phones! Everybody does it now. But each smartphone platform does it differently. Here are the various tricky ways that the major …

Apps

Tech maintenance tasks everyone forgets about, but really shouldn't

Update your Wi-Fi router<p>If you're experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds, spotty connections, or trouble with technologies like AirPlay, updating the …

Facebook Messenger Is Getting Slammed By Tons Of Negative Reviews Right Now

In just a few days since the big split, Facebook Messenger has soared to the No. 1 spot in the iOS App Store — but it also has an overwhelming number of one-star ratings. Nearly 94% of those who rated the app gave it just one star. The Google Play store works a bit differently, as Mashable's …

The Mysterious Fungus Infecting the American Southwest

Valley fever has been around for more than 100 years, and disproportionately affects poor farmworkers. For some, it becomes a lifelong illness, and doctors don't know why.<p>Last fall, Kirt Emery was on his motorcycle, cruising up the 99 freeway over the mountains from Santa Barbara to Bakersfield, …

Researcher Details USB-Based Attack That Circumvents All Known Protective Security Measures

Security research Karsten Nohl of Berlin's SR Labs has revealed a flaw in USB devices that potentially allows hackers to evade all known security measures used by a computer. In a report by <i>Wired</i>, Nohl says his BadUSB exploit is "almost like a magic trick" because "you cannot tell where the virus …

Android Fake ID bug exposes smartphones and tablets

<b>An Android flaw has been uncovered that lets malware insert malicious code into other apps, gain access to the user's credit card data and take control of the device's settings.</b><p>BlueBox Labs said it was particularly concerning as phone and tablet owners did not need to grant the malware special …

Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

A US appeal court ruling that undermines the principle of net neutrality could spell the end for the ideal of an open internet<p>Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is …

Complex Bread Wheat Genome Cracked

The genome of bread wheat contains a staggering 100,000 genes.<p>The genome of bread wheat, the grass-turned-crop whose cultivation ushered in the rise of civilization, has been mapped by an international consortium.<p>The genome's unusual size and form made the sequencing especially difficult for the …