Study may advance genetic therapies for blindness and other injuries to the central nervous system — ScienceDaily

Working with fish, birds and mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report new evidence that some animals’ natural capacity to regrow neurons is not missing, but is instead inactivated in mammals. Specifically, the researchers found that some genetic pathways that allow many fish and other cold-blooded animals to repair specialized eye neurons after injury remain present in mammals as well, but are turned off, blocking regeneration and healing.

A description of the study, published online by the journal Science on Oct. 1, offers a better understanding of how genes that control regeneration are conserved across species, as well as how they function. This may help scientists develop ways to grow cells that are lost due to hereditary blindness and other neurodegenerative diseases.

“Our research overall indicates that the potential for regeneration is there in mammals, including humans, but some evolutionary pressure has turned it off,” says Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D., professor of

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Go Direct Weather System provides a versatile and affordable way for educators to engage students

Vernier recently launched the new Go Direct® Weather System to engage students in hands-on data collection as they learn important environmental science concepts. This affordable wireless sensor can be used in the classroom or out in the field to help middle school, high school, and college-level students investigate and analyze a variety of environmental factors.

“This new sensor for environmental science provides an affordable way for STEM educators to engage their students in data collection as they explore the science of natural phenomena,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The Go Direct Weather System is notable because students can collect and analyze multiple types of environmental data using just one compact system.”

The two-part Go Direct Weather System consists of the Go Direct Weather sensor and the Go Direct Weather Vane. The handheld weather sensor is used to collect data around ambient temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind

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Google Accounts get security boost with new critical alerts system

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Google is beefing up security on its products.


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Google on Wednesday unveiled a pair of online products designed to better protect the security and privacy of Google users’ information.

The company said it will soon introduce a redesigned critical alert to warn Google Account users when a serious security threat is detected, such as a suspected hack. Unlike alerts that arrive in your email or on your phone, the new alert will automatically be displayed in the Google app you’re using.

How Google’s new critical alerts will look.


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To provide an additional layer of reassurance, Google says the new alert is spoof-proof, so you don’t have to worry about whether the alert is legitimate.

Google is also rolling out a new feature for Google Assistant called Guest mode that will allow you to use the voice-activated AI without your interactions being saved to

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There May Be Two Dozen Superhabitable Planets Outside the Solar System, According to Scientists

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Looking for a safe place to travel on vacation with your family? Instead of an island getaway or road trip across the country, how about any of the 24 recently discovered superhabitable planets in outer space? Astronauts have discovered two dozen planets that are capable of sustaining human life, according to a report published in the journal Astrobiology. The study, which was led by Washington State University geobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch, found that these “super-habitable” worlds are older, larger, warmer, and moister than Earth.

“With the next space telescopes coming up, we will get more information, so it is important to select some targets,” said Schulze-Makuch in a statement. “We have to focus on certain planets that have the most promising conditions for complex life. However, we have to be careful to not get stuck looking for a second Earth, because there could be planets that

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Saints’ situation exposes flaw in NFL’s contact tracing system

Before the season, the NFL boasted of a new contact-tracing technology that would keep players from getting too close together and that would make it easier to work backward to identify others who need to be tested and/or evaluated in the event a player tests positive. During the season, there’s an apparent problem with the so-called “Proximity Recording Device.”

As noted in the immediate aftermath of the news that Saints had learned late last night that fullback Michael Burton had tested positive for COVID-19, the contact-tracing process identified three people who required further testing, etc. The Saints identified on their own four others who were sitting close enough to Burton on the flight to Detroit that the Proximity Recording Device should have recorded their proximity to Burton. It should have, but it didn’t.

It’s important for the league to be willing to take a hard look at its protocols on

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New Maine system allows disabled voters to cast ballots online

Maine voters who are unable to mark a paper ballot because of a cognitive, visual or physical impairment will be able to cast their absentee ballot online beginning Friday.

The new service is a collaborative effort between the Secretary of State’s Office, the state’s online service provider, InforME, and advocates at Disability Rights Maine.

In July, Disability Rights Maine sued the state and several municipalities in federal court on behalf of four blind or visually impaired Maine voters.

That case is still active but the parties involved have agreed to put the filing deadlines in the lawsuit on hold to see how the new system works in November, said Kristin Aiello, the lead attorney for Disability Rights Maine. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit helped test the new system.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said Thursday the new system is, in part, being rolled out because he and other health and

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Chris Wallace: Trump arrived too late to be tested in Ohio before debate, relied on ‘honor system’

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump: ‘I condemn all white supremacists’ McConnell: Next Trump-Biden debate should be more respectful Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference MORE said President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE did not arrive in Cleveland ahead of the first presidential debate in time to get tested in Ohio before the event took place. 

Wallace, who served as the moderator for the event, said the president “didn’t arrive until Tuesday afternoon” in Cleveland to face off against Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPresident Trump, Melania Trump test

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Inficon Announces System To Detect EV Battery Leaks That Could Lead To Fires

A Swiss company says it’s come up with a process that could help prevent a real barrier for some consumers to buying an electric vehicle—fear that it may suddenly go up in flames. That’s what happened to a Tesla EV in April, 2019 in Shanghai while it sat in a parking garage. 

“That fire occurs because water gets into the cell and this reaction that happens is very volatile, sometimes can explode, catch on fire,” said Thomas Parker, North American

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Motorcycle Suspension System Market Will Focus on Product Innovation Largely, North America to Dominate Again

Growing demand for efficient fuel economy and cost-efficient gasoline and natural gas owing to variable technology is likely to steer up the revenue through the forecast period.

DUBAI, UAE / ACCESSWIRE / October 1, 2020 / Future Market Insights: The motorcycle suspension system market is expected to reach a considerable share by 2030 as a part of which North America is expected to witness a growing trend of cocooning among the millennials and a surge in demand for cost-efficient gasoline will be seen. Due to increasing installation and adoption of front suspension, Europe and North America might show a rising demand graph.

According to the FMI Analyst,

“Manufacturers and key players are likely to collaborate on terms of producing better front and rear suspension system. This will not outsell other aspects but might dominate the market and will hold a considerable share too. This is because producers are now focussing

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Anticipating The Accessibility Of The Amazon One Payment System

Recode reporter Jason Del Rey on Tuesday wrote a story about Amazon’s latest commerce-centric endeavor: the Amazon One payment kiosk. Amazon One is a biometric technology that allows customers to, according to Del Rey, “pay at stores by placing their palm over a scanning device when they walk in the door or when they check out. “ Amazon is rolling out the new technology at its Amazon Go cashierless convenience stores in Seattle, but will expand to its other outposts in the future. The company also hopes to sell the tech to third-party retailers as well.

Del Rey’s piece delves into the privacy issues regarding sending one’s handprints to Amazon’s cloud servers, but there is another interesting use case: accessibility. At first blush, the contactless nature of Amazon One is seemingly a more accessible way to authenticate payment than competitors such as Apple’s Apple Pay. The reason is there

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