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Why there’s finally a drug for smallpox even though the disease no longer exists | CBC News

Why there’s finally a drug for smallpox even though the disease no longer exists...

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. For centuries, people lived in fear of smallpox, a disease characterized by a rash that turned into pustules, especially…
How to beat LinkedIn: The Game

How to beat LinkedIn: The Game

Since its founding in 2002, LinkedIn has quickly become one of the most popular video games of all time. It currently has roughly 530 million users, and was purchased by Microsoft in 2016 for $26.2 billion, the same company that also purchased two other trendy games, Minecraft (2014) and GitHub (2018). For those unfamiliar, LinkedIn…
Psychedelics Promote Structural and Functional Neural Plasticity

Psychedelics Promote Structural and Functional Neural Plasticity

Jump to Section Introduction Results   Psychedelics Promote Neuritogenesis   Psychedelics Promote Spinogenesis and Synaptogenesis   Psychedelics Promote Plasticity through a TrkB- and mTOR-Dependent Mechanism   The 5-HT2A Receptor Mediates the Effects of Psychedelics on Structural Plasticity Discussion Experimental Procedures   Drugs   Animals   Cell Culture   Statistical Analysis Acknowledgments   Author Contributions   Declaration of Interests Supplemental Information References Neuropsychiatric diseases, including mood and…
Timeline of the far future

Timeline of the far future

Years from now Event 10,000 If a failure of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin "ice plug" in the next few centuries were to endanger the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, it will take up to this long to melt completely. Sea levels would rise 3 to 4 meters.[6] (One of the potential long-term effects of global warming,…
OpenAI Five Benchmark

OpenAI Five Benchmark

Time until the OpenAI Five Benchmark match: Watch the livestream | Request an in-person invite We've removed the most significant restrictions on OpenAI Five's gameplay — namely, wards, Roshan, and mirror match of fixed heroes, and will soon benchmark our progress by playing 99.95th-percentile Dota players. The OpenAI Five Benchmark match will be held 12:30pm…
Blue Origin successfully lands both booster and crew capsule after test launch

Blue Origin successfully lands both booster and crew capsule after test launch

Today, at its Texas launch facility, Blue Origin performed its most critical test to date. It performed a live separation test of its crew capsule from the rocket booster and everything performed as expected. The crew capsule fired its escape motor at the right time, sending the capsule higher than it ever has gone before.…
Why punk keeps connecting people across space and time

Why punk keeps connecting people across space and time

On a cool night late in the summer of 1976, David Godlis stood on the Bowery: a desolate NYC strip synonymous with flophouses and winos who’d lived under the shadow of the Third Avenue El train for more than a century. Although the train had been dismantled, that thoroughfare remained barren and bleak – but…
Announcing Startup School 2018

Announcing Startup School 2018

We’re hosting Startup School again this year. Startup School is a free, 10-week, online course. It’s designed for any startup founder who would like to get help through the earliest, most difficult challenges of starting a company. The course will begin on August 27, 2018 and applications are now open at StartupSchool.org. For the first…
Oddball Galaxy Puts Dark Matter Theory to the Test

Oddball Galaxy Puts Dark Matter Theory to the Test

A small, faint galaxy residing some 65 million light-years away has been threatening to upend scientists’ entire paradigm of dark matter—the supposedly ubiquitous particles thought to pervade the universe like a hidden cosmic skeleton. All galaxies should be surrounded by a more massive cloud of dark matter, the thinking goes, but a team of astronomers…
Modern codecs like AV1 can bring better quality video to the open web

Modern codecs like AV1 can bring better quality video to the open web

Here’s a surprising fact: It costs money to watch video online, even on free sites like YouTube. That’s because about 4 in 5 videos on the web today rely on a patented technology called the H.264 video codec. A codec is a piece of software that lets engineers shrink large media files and transmit them…
Mailinator.com : Anatomy of a Spammy Campaign

Mailinator.com : Anatomy of a Spammy Campaign

Mailinator is a popular disposable email service. It's also become a great tool for QA Teams to test email receipt, acknowledgment, authentication loops, and formatting. But in the beginning (um, wow - 15 years ago? really?) it was a tool to help people avoid spam. Mailinator gets many millions of emails per day. At peak,…
arclanguage/anarki

arclanguage/anarki

A publicly modifiable 'wiki-like' fork of Arc Lisp The intention is to be extremely permissive in accepting patches. For commit privileges, just submit your first pull request or ask on Arc Language Forum. Getting started Installation First install Racket (v6.8 or later), then $ git clone http://github.com/arclanguage/anarki $ cd anarki $ ./arc.sh # start the…

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