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BBC World News - 1 hour 13 min agoBritish Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold holds her nerve to finish third at the Skeleton World Championships in Germany.BBC World News - 1 hour 50 min agoA 21-year-old Syrian who filmed an Oscar-nominated documentary has been banned from entering America.BBC World News - 2 hours 12 min agoA militant group says it was behind attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers on two security bases.BBC World News - 2 hours 50 min agoA semi-submersible ship carrying an oil platform is going from Shengsi County in China to the North Sea Oil Field in the UK.The Register - 3 hours 35 min agoYou can ask to be removed, but it's up to officers to listen, Home Office cheerfully concludes
After unlawfully hoarding millions of mugshots of one-time suspects, UK police chiefs were this week told to delete the snaps – but only if the people in the photos complain. And even then, requests can be easily waved away.…Slashdot - 3 hours 36 min agotheodp writes: Christopher Silavong of Cronkite News reports: "A bill, introduced by [Arizona State] Sen. John Kavanagh [R-Fountain Hills] would mandate that public and charter schools provide one hour of coding instruction once between grades 4 to 12. Kavanagh said it's critical for students to learn the language -- even if it's only one session -- so they can better compete for jobs in today's world. However, some legislators don't believe a state mandate is the right approach. Senate Bill 1136 has passed the Senate, and it's headed to the House of Representatives. Kavanagh said he was skeptical about coding and its role in the future. But he changed his mind after learning that major technology companies were having trouble finding domestic coders and talking with his son, who works at a tech company." According to the Bill, the instruction can "be offered by either a nationally recognized nonprofit organization [an accompanying Fact Sheet mentions tech-backed Code.org] that is devoted to expanding access to computer science or by an entity with expertise in providing instruction to pupils on interactive computer instruction that is aligned to the academic standards."
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - 3 hours 38 min agoThe BBC takes a closer look at the three men, two of them Indian nationals, shot in a bar in Kansas.BBC World News - 3 hours 46 min agoWhat's it like for aspiring performers in the real La La Land?BBC World News - 3 hours 50 min agoThe squirrel is recovering after being found "with a bloody nose, freezing cold and covered in lice".BBC World News - 4 hours 1 min agoIndonesian woman Siti Aisyah interviewed over death of North Korean leader's half-brother.BBC World News - 4 hours 30 min agoWhite House correspondents' body "protests strongly" as BBC, CNN and others excluded.BBC World News - 6 hours 24 min agoKyle Edmund loses to Milos Raonic in the Delray Beach Open quarter-finals to miss out on his first win over a top-10 player.Slashdot - 6 hours 36 min agoClint Perry, a biologist who studies the evolution of cognition in insects at Queen Mary University of London, and his colleagues have released the results of a creative new experiment in which they essentially taught bumblebees how to play "bee soccer." "The insects' ability to grasp this novel task is a big score for insect intelligence, demonstrating that they're even more complex thinkers than we thought," reports Smithsonian. From the report: For the study, published in the February 23 issue of Science, researchers gave a group of bees a novel goal (literally): to move a ball about half their size into a designated target area. The idea was to present them with a task that they would never have encountered in nature. Not only did the bees succeed at this challenge -- earning them a sugary treat -- but they astonished researchers by figuring out how to meet their new goal in several different ways. Some bees succeeded at getting their ball into the goal with no demonstration at all, or by first watching the ball move on its own. But the ones that watched other bees successfully complete the game learned to play more quickly and easily. Most impressively, the insects didn't simply copy each other -- they watched their companions do it, then figured out on their own how to accomplish the task even more efficiently using their own techniques. The results show that bees can master complex, social behaviors without any prior experience -- which could be a boon in a world where they face vast ecological changes and pressures.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - 6 hours 59 min ago"It's time to show up", Hollywood star says at impassioned pre-Oscars rally in LA.NYT - New York/Region - 7 hours 21 min agoThe former president, who has kept a low profile since leaving office in January, visited New York to see “The Price” with his eldest daughter, Malia.BBC World News - Fri, 2017-02-24 23:37People were left trapped as emergency services battled a fire in Nanchang, China.BBC World News - Fri, 2017-02-24 23:18Mexico says it would retaliate if the US imposed a tax on imports to finance the wall.Google Sci/Tech - Fri, 2017-02-24 22:12
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all 14 news articles »Google NewsSlashdot - Fri, 2017-02-24 21:30According to a new study published in the journal Cell, a certain type of fasting diet can trigger the pancreas to regenerate itself. Of course, the researchers advise people not to try this without medical advice. BBC reports: In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the "fasting-mimicking diet." It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low calorie, low protein, low carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet. It resembles a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day. Then they have 25 days eating what they want -- so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine. Previous research has suggested it can slow the pace of aging. But animal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell. These are the cells that detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high. There were benefits in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the mouse experiments. Type 1 is caused by the immune system destroying beta cells and type 2 is largely caused by lifestyle and the body no longer responding to insulin. Further tests on tissue samples from people with type 1 diabetes produced similar effects.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - Fri, 2017-02-24 20:22The army had vowed to block the group's activities in order to "defend human life".