The study of nearly 113,000 men and women found those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma than those who said no to Joe.
Caffeine in non-coffee substances was found equally effective. The cause is speculated to be related to caffeine's ability to "kill off damaged skin cells," said Dr. Josh Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "If you get rid of these cells that are damaged, then they don't have the opportunity to grow and form cancers."" Link to Original Source top
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a five-year research initiative to let people design personalized robots and have them made with three-dimensional printers.
The ambitious project envisions a day where individuals choose from a set of templates to create a robot to solve a specific task, be it playing with a pet or measuring radon levels in a basement. It is funded by a $10 million National Science Foundation grant and includes the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University." Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot: Why are there so few attractive women in IT
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER (2473494) writes "I have worked in IT departments for 20 years in dozens of different companies, large and small. In all that time, I can only recall one or two attractive women in those departments. I realize attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder, but my male colleagues report the same experiences. I also realize the gender ratio of those in IT is skewed towards male. But if one considers even 10% of those he sees attractive, then my figures still don't come close to adding up. What's going on here? Are we "programmed" to not find female co-workers attractive when, if circumstances were different, we'd find them precisely that?" top
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER (2473494) writes "I've had numerous ADF scanners over the years, and all of them jam or grab multiple pages at a time (thereby missing pages). Like you, I've got years of tax returns and legal documents to scan, but with these kinds of barriers, it would take months to scan everything. Enterprise-grade machines cost 5 figures. How do Slashdotters become paper-free?" top
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER (2473494) writes "Redbox and Verizon have teamed up to offer streaming video, available 2012 Q2:
subscription services and more in an easy-to-use, flexible and affordable service that will allow all consumers across the U.S. to enjoy the new and popular entertainment they want, whenever they choose, using the media and devices they prefer." Link to Original Source top
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes "My tech-savvy father died suddenly and unexpectedly. He did everything online: bill-pay, banking, ebay sales (and other auction sites), paypal, investing, etc. When he died, he still had online auctions up for sale, items I had no idea how to fulfill when sold. He still had unprocessed auction refunds, people claiming they returned items and are waiting for a refund.
Fortunately, he left gmail.com open and logged in when he died. So I was able to configure his account to forward to mine for any future emails he received.
He even had his health insurance automatically debited from his checking account (who needs heath insurance when you're dead?)
I had no way to log into these systems to cancel pending transactions. I called every institution; some were willing to help while others required me to fax/mail death certificates and proof of executorship (which I didn't have yet). Meanwhile, auctions were selling for items I had no idea how to fulfill; debits from his checking account were occurring even though they were irrelevant; etc. You get the idea.
How can I share my login credentials with my siblings so they don't have to go through this when I'm gone? I change my passwords every month and never use the same password on more than one site. I don't want my siblings to be able to impersonate me unless I'm dead, so publishing a monthly list to them won't help and would be insecure." top
Ask Slashdot: Best way to destroy 10-15 hard drive
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER (2473494) writes "I have 10-15 old hard drives I want to trash, some IDE and some SATA. Even if I still had IDE hardware, I don't want to wait several weeks to run DBAN on all of them. I could use a degausser, but they are prohibitively expensive. I could send them to a data destruction firm, but can they be trusted? What's the fastest, cheapest DIY solution?"