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Shares of drugmaker that targets gene mutations soar after positive study results
Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics soared about 15 percent in premarket trading on Wednesday after the company reported positive results from a clinical trial of an experimental medicine for Duchenne muscular...
New sky survey shows that dark energy may one day tear us apart
Measurements reveal a mismatchReidar Hahn, FermilabBy Shannon HallThe fate of the universe just became a little less certain. That’s due to a disagreement between a map of the early universe and a new...
Snapchat shares rebound as traders make a 'huge' bet troubled IPO will rip on earnings
"A reason to maybe keep an eye on this one," Najarian said. He added that he would be long these calls for a trade for a week: "If it goes up, obviously I'll make a lot of money." Shares of Snap jumped...
Leaked AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 benchmarks peg it as a GTX 1070 killer
It appears that AMD Vega will be a big thorn in Nvidia’s side, as new benchmarks have allegedly leaked via TweakTown peg the Radeon RX Vega 56 as a veritable Nvidia GTX 1070 killer.The outlet cites sources...
OnePlus 5 leak tips it to be faster than the Samsung Galaxy S8
The forthcoming OnePlus 5 could be faster than the Galaxy S8 and the Google Pixel XL when it launches in the near future.TechRadar has been sent a chart from a trusted source close to OnePlus showing...
This is Google's latest effort to fight fake news
From Facebook to Wikipedia, internet organizations are focusing efforts more than ever before to crack down on fake news — poor-quality web content that typically spreads through misleading, often offensive...
A Google gold mine below the search bar
Before Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google, they wrote a research paper as doctoral students at Stanford University in which they questioned the appropriateness of ads on search engines. When Google’s...
How Google cashes in on the space right under the search bar
Before Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google, they wrote a research paper as doctoral students at Stanford University in which they questioned the appropriateness of ads on search engines. "It could...
Searching for ET: Breakthrough Listen initiative publishes initial results
Breakthrough Listen -- the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe -- has released its 11 events ranked highest for significance as well as summary data analysis results. It is considered...
Toshiba aims to file results Tuesday, even if auditors don't sign off: sources
Toshiba, a laptops-to-construction behemoth, has said it expects a $9 billion net loss for the business year ended March 2017 due to writedowns at Westinghouse. It is trying to sell most or all of a prized...
How sloppy science creates worthless cures and wastes billions
Enlarge / A mouse.sean dreilinger reader comments 4 Share this story Richard Harris titled his book Rigor Mortis, referring to the stiffening of the body after death, to convey that biomedical science...
Making US workers pass genetic test data to employers is wrong
Test results should stay privateHuntstock/GettyLetting companies require workers to have genetic tests and disclose the results sounds practically dystopian. But that’s the effect of a new congressional...
Samsonite chairman says 2016 earnings 'best results' since going public
Travel luggage maker Samsonite announced full year earnings Thursday that saw a near 30 percent jump in profits, and its chairman told CNBC it was arguably the company's best set of results since going...
People have no idea which sciences are robust
Enlarge / ImpreciseDean Calma / IAEA reader comments 13 Share this story If there’s one thing everyone needs to understand about science, it’s that science is uncertain. It’s a process of gradually getting...
Here's how Wall Street is reacting a day after Amazon's quarterly results
Here's how Wall Street is reacting to Amazon's quarterly results: BMO Amazon's fourth-quarter results reinforces that the retail giant has the scale to invest aggressively, while still delivering margin...
Paedophile loses bid to be removed from Google
The Japanese man appealed to the Supreme Court in the country for similar protections to Europe's 'right to be forgotten'.The court ruled that deleting the search results would violate the principle of...
Neuroscience tools used to understand the microprocessor; they fail
NES Launch: Donkey Kong (1983) This port of the arcade original, one of three titles to launch alongside the Famicom in 1983, was far from a perfect recreation, but it still represented a huge leap from...
Google’s auto-search results have become slightly less offensive
Servizi Multimediali reader comments 41 Share this story A Guardian investigation has prompted Google to change some of its autocomplete suggestions. For instance, no more will "evil" be suggested when...
How Trump's Stunning Election Victory Caught Pollsters by Surprise
ANALYSIS: Traditional data sampling and analysis methods that worked well for decades suddenly failed during the Presidential election of 2016 because the world changed. By around 10 p.m. eastern time...
Social Media Analysis Shows Presidential Race Closer Than Polls Say
NEWS ANALYSIS: Assertions by presidential candidates that the current election polling is wrong in era of mobile phones and social media may have basis in fact. On the wall of the Truman Lounge in the...
Guiding coronary stent implantation
Although percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is most commonly guided by angiography alone, results from a new study investigating adjunctive imaging modalities showed that the use of a novel optical...
Download of the day: A Sharper Scaling
A Sharper Scaling does one job extremely well: it increases the size of images while preserving an impressive amount of detail. The results are often considerably better than could be achieved with a...
Still no 'sterile' neutrinos, but the search goes on
Reports of the non-existence of the so-called “sterile” neutrino are premature, say scientists, even as they release results from two experiments that further limit the places this elusive particle may...
Now you have to deal with ads in Apple's App Store, too
First announced at Apple's Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC) earlier this year before being rolled out for beta testing over the summer, adverts are coming to Apple's App Store from October 5. Called...
Fitness Trackers May Not Help Weight Loss
A two-year study of almost 500 overweight people found wearing wristbands and other devices that monitor and give feedback on physical activity could result in less weight being lost than exercising tech-free. A...
New results on the Higgs boson and the building blocks of matter presented at ICHEP
Large Hadron Collider (LHC) performance surpasses expectations; results confirm the Higgs particle, show "bump" appears to be a statistical fluctuation, and offer insight into quark-gluon plasma at high...
New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results
As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. For decades, learning one’s HIV status involved going to a clinic,...
Arizona man says bum Theranos blood tests led to heart attack, files lawsuit
Steve Jurvetson reader comments 17 Share this story There’s yet another unhappy Theranos customer. In a lawsuit filed Monday in the US District Court in Arizona, an ex-customer alleges that bum blood...
Don't bet on Amazon.com into earnings: Deutsche
Traders shouldn't continue to bet on the surging shares of Amazon.com into the company's earnings report about a week from now, as a great quarter is already priced in, according to Deutsche Bank. They'll...
Science funder becomes publisher; publishing, reading articles both free
Today, the UK's Wellcome Trust, a major funder of biomedical research, announced that it was partnering with a publisher called F1000 to create a new scientific journal. As its name implies, Wellcome...
China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their...
'Three black teenagers' Google search sparks outrage
A screenshot of Google image search results for 'three black teenagers.'(Photo: Google) SAN FRANCISCO — Google image searches for "three black teenagers" and "three white teenagers" get very different...
Theranos says only 1% of test results needed to be corrected
Less than 1 percent of the blood test results Theranos Inc. has provided have either been voided or corrected, according to the company, which last month said it was canceling or altering tens of thousands...
Advanced Google search tips and tricks
Google tipsType a word into Google's search box and it searches the internet for it. Then it returns the results via the PageRank algorithm it paid patent holder Stanford University £336 million in Google...
Theranos corrects thousands of blood-testing results, voids data
Blood-testing startup Theranos Inc. said it sent doctors and patients tens of thousands of corrected test results and voided two years of data from its devices, a devastating blow for the company that...
Theranos corrects tens of thousands of blood tests, voids 2 years of Edison results
Theranos CEO and founder, Elizabeth HolmesNBC TodayAfter federal regulators threatened to revoke Theranos’ license to perform blood tests and ban its CEO and COO from the industry altogether, the company...
Google’s “Gboard” for iOS combines a keyboard with Google Search
The Gboard. It's a normal keyboard, but, hey, what does that Google button do? The Gboard. It's a normal keyboard, but, hey, what does that Google button do? It's search! Tap the button and a search bar...
Better search engine results thanks to new method
How does Google decide which search results to display? One developer has created a new method by which dozens or even hundreds of search algorithms can be compared with each other simultaneously. This...
John Oliver’s rant about science reporting should be taken seriously
Over the course of the spring, I had the chance to talk about science journalism at a number of universities. (Thanks to the folks at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Illinois...
Zynga's Q1 results tops forecasts
A bicyclist rides by Zynga headquarters in San Francisco.(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) Zynga topped Wall Street forecasts Wednesday with its first-quarter financial results, the first under new...
U.S. stocks slip ahead of Fed as Apple drops after misses
U.S. stocks opened lower on Wednesday, with Wall Street taking a wary stance ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest-rate call and Apple (AAPL) dropping after reporting its first quarterly revenue decline...
Apple has a bad quarter, only services show positive trend
Comments By: Tech Desk | Updated: April 27, 2016 7:21 am Apple Inc results: Incidentally, Asia, excluding Japan and Greater China, accounted for the biggest fall in revenue, a sequential decline of -42...
What to expect for Twitter’s first-quarter results
Last quarter, Twitter’s user base (excluding SMS fast-followers) actually shrank — and this was a huge moment for the company. While there were whispers of peak Twitter circling for some...
Taiwan stocks fall; Apple suppliers down ahead of iPhone maker's results
TAIPEI Taiwan stocks fell on Monday, tracking other regional bourses lower, with Apple Inc's suppliers in the spotlight ahead of the iPhone maker's earnings results later this week. As of 0110 GMT, the...
Apple postpones reporting results by a day
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will report its second-quarter results on April 26, a day later than scheduled, according to the company's website.Apple was expected to report its results on Monday, April 25, according...
EU wants more transparency in web search results
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's digital chief wants search engines such as Alphabet Inc's Google and Microsoft's Bing to be more transparent about advertising in web search results but ruled...
Report: Apple considering a paid search model for the App Store
Andrew CunninghamApple has a team of "about 100 employees" working on search improvements for the iOS App Store, according to a report from Bloomberg. Of the improvements being considered, the only one...
Does Google's RankBrain machine learning improve search results for users?
Google switched its search algorithm to machine learning technology called RankBrain for its search results in October 2015. Special Feature Cloud: How to Do SaaS Right Software as a Service offers irresistible...
Theranos tests delivered inaccurate results, federal report says
Among other findings in the 121-page report, released late Thursday by federal regulators, the company used unqualified or inadequately trained personnel and stored samples in freezers that were not at...
Google fined by French data protection authority over ‘right to be forgotten’
Comments By: Reuters | Brussels | Updated: March 25, 2016 12:57 pm The French data protection authority said it has fined Google 100,000 euros (1,720) for not scrubbing web search results widely enough...
The Results of The Ultimate CSS Survey
A little over a month ago I launched what I hope will be an annual thing here at SitePoint: The Ultimate CSS Survey – a 3-part survey aimed at gathering info on the habits and preferences of CSS developers...
The £3.45 'Alzheimer's drink' that stops brain from shrinking
Professor Hilkka Soininen, Professor in Neurology MD, PhD from the University of Eastern Finland, who headed the clinical trial, said: "Today's results are extremely valuable as they bring us closer to...
You can now pull up your entire genome for under $1,000 on your smartphone
Veritas Genetics was one of the first companies to sequence the entire human genome for under $1,000 in 2015. It’s now taken that technology a step further by delivering the results of your...
Ashley Madison users work in firms that...
The researchers interpreted these results as a match between individual behavior and corporate culture. Firms with more employees on Ashley Madison also had higher book leverage and credit spreads. They...
Google Changes Approach to EU 'Right to Be Forgotten' Mandate
After months of dragging its feet, Google agreed to delist disputed URLs from all of its search domains in the European Union. Starting this week, Google will use a new, broader approach for delisting...
Child-Friendly Search Engine 'Kiddle' Launched
A child-friendly search engine which bears a remarkable resemblance to Google has been launched. Kiddle features a logo similar to that of the search giant, but it is not affiliated with it. Instead it...
J.C. Penney beats estimates, offers upbeat outlook
J.C. Penney Co. delivered strong fourth-quarter results, wrapping up a year when it stole market share from rivals. The Texas company offered an upbeat sales outlook, as efforts to spruce up its merchandise...
We’re being left in the dark about over a third of our clinical trials
Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials are the gold standard for determining if a drug works—or at least if it works better than other drugs that are currently out there. These are...
Google ditches right-side desktop ads: Who's screwed?
Google has rolled out a new search results page on the desktop that eliminates ads on the right and the change is a bit seismic. The search giant's changes, which have been rolling out over the weekend,...
For standardized tests, we’re all morning people (or could use a break)
Hand completing a multiple choice exam.flickr user: Alberto G.The idea behind standardized testing is that everyone gets the chance to perform on the same test in the same circumstances. In an ideal world,...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark