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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Maria_Celeste The perfect cup of coffee (166 comments)

If you're a serious coffee drinker, you're continually exploring and refining the techniques, the equipment, the beans, the water, the temperature (a la the Breaking Bad coffee clip)...all in search of the perfect cup. Those of us with a chemistry background can discuss coffee and its maddening number of compounds, well, ad nauseum. The genome of one species of coffee can provide information that takes us closer to that brewing the perfect cup OR even helps us make the perfect cup by adding another variable over which we can have some control (especially using a more precise and cleaner genetic modification tool like CRISPER). My cup of coffee this morning was better than most people's, but it wasn't perfect...

about two weeks ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Maria_Celeste Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (1134 comments)

Credit where credit is due: Rushdie in a BBC interview. The man knows the subject ... probably better than anyone,

about two weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Maria_Celeste Thanks, trolls! :) (1262 comments)

Never heard of her or her series. I just checked it out and appreciated/agreed with some of it. The last time someone did me that kind of favor, I read with relish the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Congrats, trolls. You've made it to the big league...I mean the Catholic League.

about three weeks ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Maria_Celeste Pretty Sure That I bought Droids on Purpose (711 comments)

Copious auto-correct errors are a deal breaker. I'm a science writer. You can't have my physical keyboard...not even from my cold dead fingers. Extra points: my Droids are sturdy damn things. (plus, the little Android dude is supercute)

about 3 months ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Maria_Celeste Re:+5 Funny for TFS (173 comments)

Agree. Sometimes the glass is 1/2^1,000,000 full.

about 6 months ago

Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

Maria_Celeste Re:So why continue it... (665 comments)

Once they got the "Windows Key", why did they continue using the Ctrl + Alt + Delete?

Because it's an automatic/involuntary movement for Windows users. It's no different than pressing an elevator button. You don't think about it.

about a year ago

Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

Maria_Celeste Re:Quick Fix (749 comments)

Another quick fix: unclassify it (the methodology, not specific search information).

about a year ago

Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

Maria_Celeste Quick Fix (749 comments)

If the media is wrong, release the evidence and prove it.

about a year ago

Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

Maria_Celeste Funny (988 comments)

All of this technology sort of smacks of ripping off Doug Adams anyway. Go back and read your "Hitchhiker's Guide".

more than 2 years ago



Glove Takes Place of Years of Piano Lessons

Maria_Celeste Maria_Celeste writes  |  about 3 months ago

Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a glove-device, which after 2 hours of wear, enables the user to play Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The glove includes a flat vibration motor, and five tiny vibrators, which "buzz" the fingers in a pattern while worn. The researchers "believe that the repeated buzzing from the glove creates a muscle memory that enables a wearer to learn to play a song with far less practice than it would take without haptic stimulation." The technology could also have applications for spinal cord injuries, according to IEEE's Spectrum."

Microsoft's 3-D Audio Takes Shape

Maria_Celeste Maria_Celeste writes  |  about 3 months ago

Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "Microsoft researchers are using 3-D motion sensors, cameras, and “head related transfer function” (HRTF) to build a headphone-based personal 3-D audio environments — the aural equivalent of next-gen virtual reality goggles. MIT Tech Review's Tom Simonite writes

In a demonstration of the technology at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley lab, I put on a pair of wireless headphones that made nearby objects suddenly burst into life. A voice appeared to emanate from a cardboard model of a portable radio. Higher quality music seemed to come from a fake hi-fi speaker. And a stuffed bird high off the ground produced realistic chirps. As I walked around, the sounds changed so that the illusion never slipped as their position relative to my ears changed.


Land Sinking with California Groundwater Drain

Maria_Celeste Maria_Celeste writes  |  about 6 months ago

Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "In the middle of a major drought, Californians' demand for groundwater is causing at least one 2-sq-mile area to subside by 1 foot per year, according to one researcher. Other areas are subsiding as well, but at less dramatic rates. Not only does that kind of subsidence jeopardize infrastructure (roads, pipelines, etc.), it increases flood risk as well. More importantly, it could put future groundwater reserves at risk by compressing the space available for storage — and minimizing California's ability to outlast future droughts."
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Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems

Maria_Celeste Maria_Celeste writes  |  about 6 months ago

Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "New research appears to demonstrate that humans use two distinguishable systems to categorize the objects in their world. They've termed these systems explicit and implicit. Lead author J. David Smith, Ph.D. (University of Buffalo) explains the difference this way in Science Daily. When you select a cereal named 'Chocoholic' from the store shelf, consider why you are doing so. Is it a deliberate, explicit choice, or is it possibly an implicit-procedural chocolate reaction, one triggered by processes, memories and so on, of which you are generally unaware? The paper appears in the the journal Psychological Science."
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Google hosts fundraiser for climate change-denying US senator

Maria_Celeste Maria_Celeste writes  |  about a year ago

Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "Google, which prides itself on building a "better web that is better for the environment", is hosting a fundraiser for the most notorious climate change denier in Congress, it has emerged. The lunch, at the company's Washington office, will benefit the Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, who has made a career of dismissing climate change as a "hoax" on the Senate floor. Proceeds of the 11 July lunch, priced at $250 to $2,500, will also go to the national Republican Senatorial Committee."
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