“Where DID this show come from? Though it’s not the most original concept (freak lightning storm strikes and gives a ragtag bunch of community service workers special powers) this show rises above Heroes and the many clones by bringing enough freshness to the table. Now I’m judging this show having just watched the first two episodes. At first it looks like your average Skins type rip-off but it very quickly establishes an intriguing plot with lovable characters and unexpected twists aplenty. The script is sharp like a razor and offers laugh-out-loud moments and witticisms to rival the best episodes of Friends or Fraiser. All the misfits are perfectly cast and brilliantly acted with just the right amount of cynicism and pathos and the situations don’t seem forced like Heroes often does but emerge logically and organically from the characters. Even the powers themselves extend from the character’s personas. Fantastic show. I cannot recommend it enough! “
“Râmnicu Vâlcea has only about 120,000 residents, but among law enforcement experts around the world, it has a nickname: Hackerville. The town is full of online crooks who cruise the streets in expensive European cars.”
“Scientists claim to have invented a device which can eradicate foul smells from shoes, leaving them as fresh as a daisy in minutes.
It works by using ultraviolet light to sterilise the bacteria which cause the offensive odours in footwear.”
“Disponibila la MedLife, terapia ESWT cu unde de soc este o procedura nonchirurgicala, complet lipsita de riscuri si complicatii. “Efectuarea acestei terapii nu necesita anestezie sau tratament medicamentos, dureaza intre 10-20 de minute, iar recuperarea este rapida, cu reluarea imediata a programului normal. Terapia cu unde de soc are o rata de succes de 80% in eliminarea durerii cronice si, mai mult decat atat, stimuleaza circulatia locala favorizand astfel refacerea tesuturilor inflamate, creste mobilitatea musculara si articulara”, a adaugat dr. Mihai Rascu de la MedLife.”
“Scientists still haven’t discovered a cure for the common cold, but researchers now say zinc may be the next best thing.
A sweeping new review of the medical research on zinc shows that sniffing, sneezing, coughing and stuffy-headed cold sufferers finally have a better option than just tissue and chicken soup. When taken within 24 hours of the first runny nose or sore throat, zinc lozenges, tablets or syrups can cut colds short by an average of a day or more and sharply reduce the severity of symptoms, according to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, a respected medical clearinghouse.”
“A wind-powered car has just completed its first long road trip – from Perth to Sydney – at a cost of just $15.”
“Humanity just took one hell of a beating. The Homo sapiens contestants managed to answer just five questions between them during the second night of the man-versus-machine Jeopardy! challenge. Unless former champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter can make up a $30,000 deficit, IBM’s Watson supercomputer will be crowned the interspecies champion.
Watson played almost flawlessly. It bet big when given the chance, wagering $6435 on a question about the British city of Cambridge. The strangely precise amount drew laughs from the audience, but of course Watson does not mind being the subject of ridicule. It correctly answered a question about the architect of two of the town’s colleges – Christopher Wren – and surged ahead of Jennings and Rutter.
“Aventura technologica paseste in realitate, si dragi fani ai Sci-Fi-ului, avem uimitoarele motociclete cu lumina chiar aici la smuff! Vertical sau orizontal, pista Zero Gravitate este acum peretele sau tavanul cel mai apropiat. Bazate pe motomobilele uber-super cool conduse de actori imbracati in costume tari cu neon, aceste masini sfideaza gravitatia si sunt capabile sa prinda viteza pe orice suprafata vericala sau orizontala. Avem LightCycle-ul lui Sam si al lui Clu, care emit focuri de lumina (jetwalls) si odata nimerit, masina adversarului cade de pe pista. Da, este adevarat! Credeti-ne, nu este atat de usor cum suna sa eviti un jetwall cand conduci cu capul in jos. Adica cand teleghidezi.. Nebunie totala!”
“Avocado este una dintre cele mai bune surse de grăsimi sănătoase atât pentru buna funcţionare a organismului, cât şi pentru strălucirea pielii, spun specialiştii în dermatologie. Potrivit acestora, nivelul ridicat de grăsimi mononesaturate din acest fruct protejează celulele pielii şi previne formarea ridurilor. “Asemenea acizilor graşi, grăsimile mononesaturate sunt încorporate în pereţii celulelor, făcându-le mai puternice”, spune dr. Joshua Zeichner, medic dermatolog. Specialistul precizează că persoanele care au o dietă bogată în grăsimi “bune” au mai puţine riduri, pielea este mult mai elastică şi hidratată.”
“Fructele bogate în antocianină (un antioxidant care se găseşte în mere, citrice şi fructe sălbatice) previn Parkinsonul, arată un studiu al Şcolii de Sănătate Publică din Boston (Statele Unite). Studiul, care a inclus peste 129.000 de subiecţi, s-a desfăşurat pe o perioadă de 20 de ani şi a arătat că bărbaţii şi femeile care au consumat fructe de pădure au şanse cu 25% mai mari să scape de Parkinson.
În cadrul studiului, a fost testat şi efectul unor băuturi bogate în antocianină (cum ar fi ceaiul, vinul roşu şi sucul de portocale). Rezultatul: bărbaţii care le-au consumat au fost cu 35% mai puţin expuşi bolii decât cei care nu le-au băut. În schimb, la femei nu s-au observat diferenţe notabile. Dr. Xiang Gao de la Şcoala din Boston recunoaşte că nu ştie de ce apar diferenţe pe sexe în cazul băuturilor şi susţine că e nevoie de alte studii.
Cum ne scapă antocianina de Parkinson?
Dr. Cristobal Miranda de la Universitatea Oregon, care nu a participat la studiu, a declarat pentru MSNBC că Parkinsonul este cauzat, în principal, de inflamarea creierului şi de stresul oxidativ (afecţiune cauzată de sedentarism, de stres şi de lipsa fructelor şi a legumelor din alimentaţie). “Antocianina are efecte anti-inflamatorii si antioxidante. Prezenţa ei în organism împiedică distrugerea ADN-ului şi privarea celulelor de oxigen”, conchide Miranda. (Mihai Schiau)”
“The new handheld device will be able to gauge the effects of smoking and junk food on the body within seconds and it is hoped shock people into changing their lifestyle
It is hoped that the read-out, which takes as little as 30 seconds, will shock people into leading healthier lifestyles, in the same way as standing on the bathroom scales jolts many into a diet. A version suitable for home use could be on sale by this summer for as little as £175.
A similar gadget already exists in the realm of TV science-fiction – the ‘tricorder’ used to diagnose and treat illness in the crew of the Starship Enterprise.”
In man versus machine it’s neck-and-neck: Supercomputer Watson tying with human champion on Jeopardy show
“Who will win? Jeopardy! contestants Ken Jennings, left-centre, and Brad Rutter, seen with host Alex Trebek were left trailing behind the computer named Watson on day two of the gameshow”
“Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content”
“In addition to taking the wraps off Kal-El, the company offered a glimpse of its mobile (Tegra) road map, which includes projects Wayne, Logan, and Stark – each slated for launch in a “steady one-year cadenc
” over the next three years.
“You might well ask, what on earth can be done with the nearly 100x improvement in performance over Tegra 2 that Stark will provide in 2014?
“[Well], our customers and partners have already indicated that they’re confident they can use everything we give them,” said Rayfield. “
“Interestingly, where Watson failed was sometimes more instructive than when it succeeded.
Clue: It was this anatomical oddity of US gymnast George Eyser….
Ken Jennings’ answer: Missing a hand (wrong)
Watson’s answer: leg (wrong)
Correct answer: Missing a leg
What Watson failed to realize was that the word “leg,” by itself, wasn’t actually an answer to the question. This is common sense for people, because “leg” is an anatomical part, not an anatomical oddity, though Watson did realize that legs were involved somehow. What happened here might have been something more profound than a simple bug. David Ferrucci, Watson’s project leader, attributed the failure to the difficulty of the word “oddity” in the question. To understand what might be odd, you have to compare it to what isn’t odd—that is to say, what’s common sense. A problem with Watson’s approach is that if some sentence appears in its database, it can’t tell whether someone put it there just because it’s true, or because someone felt it was so unusual that it needed to be said.
A computer that lacks common sense, unfortunately, isn’t an oddity. Maybe it should be.”
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