Friday, November 30, 2012

Sony's PlayStation3 beats Nintendo's Wii U over Black Friday

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp sold over 525,000 PlayStation3 consoles in the United States during the week of Black Friday that kicks off the holiday shopping season, surpassing sales of Nintendo's new Wii U.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc said on Thursday that sales of its six-year-old PlayStation3 jumped 9 percent over the same period last year. The sales compared with over 400,000 units sold of Nintendo's Wii U, the new console on which the Japanese company is staking much of its future.

Microsoft Corp sold over 750,000 units of its Xbox 360 console during the week of Black Friday, one of the heaviest U.S. consumer-spending periods of the year.

The results could deal a blow to Nintendo, which is hoping that the Wii U, which comes with a touchscreen "GamePad" controller, will revive growth and pull it out of the red in coming years. Since its November 18 U.S. launch, the Wii U has been marred by technical glitches, including long software download times.

Analysts have said the initial sales numbers may have been curbed by insufficient supply, common during the launch of new products.

On Monday, Nintendo said Wii U consoles were "effectively sold out" in U.S. retail stores.

Sales of consoles and portable handheld game devices like the Nintendo 3DS are crumbling as gamers migrate to offerings on smartphones and tablets. According to research firm NPD Group, video game hardware sales slid 37 percent in October from a year ago.

The battle between the three game makers is expected to intensify when Sony and Microsoft launch their own next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles, expected in 2013.

(Reporting By Malathi Nayak; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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Robo-submarines learn to dive free

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It's time to let the robo-subs off the leash.

Robot submarines are pretty good at finding their own way around but they still need a helpful human to guide them through twisting underwater ravines and channels, the poor things.

Not for much longer. A new guidance system will let autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) snap photos along even the most treacherous reaches of sea floor.

AUVs can already navigate in open water by matching their depth to an existing terrain map. Sarah Houts of the Aerospace Robotics Laboratory, at Stanford University, California, worked with researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, also in California, to take the current technology one step further by computing flight paths around and through underwater obstacles.

The software tweak will allow underwater robots to autonomously take pictures of hazardous locations where only remote-controlled robots have gone before. The team ran a successful field test in Monterey Bay earlier this month and expects the system will be ready to be tried for real sometime next year.

Across the Pacific, Australian scientists are teaching their autonomous underwater robot Sirius a new trick as well.? Researchers at the University of Sydney have developed an system to tell the difference between kelp and other species of plant life on the ocean floor off the south-east coast of Tasmania. Their results mean that future AUVs trained on a number of dive missions could be used to document the variety and abundance of plant and animal life in the world's oceans - all without humans needing to be in the loop. The research will be presented at the Australian Conference on Robotics and Automation next month.

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Samsung Galaxy Advance due for Jelly Bean update in January

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Despite the size of its Android smartphone portfolio, Samsung's doing a pretty good job keeping popular handsets up-to-date with OS upgrades. That's further evidenced by today's news that the humble Galaxy S Advance, a recent mid-range offering from the Korean manufacturer, will be getting its Jelly Bean update sometime in January 2013.

Roughly translated, a message posted on Samsung's German Facebook page reads --

Dear fans, more and more devices will now receive the update to Android Jelly Bean. Even the Galaxy S I9070 Advance will get this update in January, through Kies and over-the-air.

There's no word on which version of Jelly Bean will be heading to the Galaxy S Advance, but as the Android 4.2 source code hasn't been available for long, we'd imagine 4.1 will be what's on offer here.

Still, it's a substantial upgrade from the Gingerbread-based ROM that ships on the Advance.

Samsung is expected to push out Jelly Bean upgrades for the Galaxy S2 and original Galaxy Note, though no timetable has been offered for these updates. Equally, whether these updates make it to U.S. variants of these phones remains to be seen.

Source: Samsung Germany Facebook; via: SamMobile


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Human disturbances keep elk on high alert

ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2012) ? University of Alberta researchers discovered that elk are more frequently and more easily disturbed by humans such as ATV drivers than by their natural predators like bears and wolves.

The U of A researchers, led by biologist Simone Ciuti, spent 12 months in southwestern Alberta. The study involved elk herds made up of females and their offspring. The researchers observed the animals' reactions to different rates of human disturbances in the form of traffic on nearby roads and off-road, all-terrain vehicles.

The elk in the study were found on a variety of land types -- public, private and inside Waterton National Park.

The research data showed that starting with a rate of just one vehicle passing by an elk herd every two hours, the animals became disturbed and more vigilant. In this state the elk consume less food, which can affect their health and possibly their calving success.

The researchers found that the highest level of disturbance happened on public lands where the effect of hunting and ATV use was cumulative.

Contrary to what some people might expect, elk inside Waterton National Park during the busy summer tourist season displayed less disturbance reaction than elk in more remote, unpopulated public land settings where motorized recreational activities were permitted.

Ciuti says this shows that the animals' reactions are not shaped by numbers of people but by the type of human activity they're exposed to.

Observing the elk from long distances so as not to alter their behaviour, the researchers took detailed notes documenting the frequency and amount of time the elk spent scanning the horizon for danger rather than foraging for food.

Ciuti says the U of A gave him an invaluable experience as a field biologist.

"Observing elk, especially in December, can be physically demanding, but you see things you can't even imagine, like a grizzly bear chasing an elk herd, trying to single out a calf," he said. "The U of A is the right place to be if you want to study animal ecology."

This research was supervised by U of A biology professor Mark Boyce. Followup research comparing birth rates in North American ungulates with levels of human disturbance will be conducted by researchers from the Boyce lab at the U of A.

The research was published Nov. 28 in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Scolari to be named Brazil coach

updated 9:55 a.m. ET Nov. 28, 2012

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By Ana Flor

BRASILIA, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Luiz Felipe Scolari is set to be named as the new coach of 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil on Thursday, a source close to Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) told Reuters on Wednesday.

Scolari, who led Brazil to their last World Cup title in 2002 and was heavily favoured to take over, will replace Mano Menezes who was sacked last Friday.

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin confirmed he had chosen a new coach but declined to give a name.

"We did a thorough evaluation and what we need is someone with the right skills, dedication and experience. I am absolutely certain that the fans will be happy with our choice," CBF president Jose Maria Marin told reporters at an event in Sao Paulo.

"Pressure will be great at the World Cup, and that's understandable, and we need someone who can cope with that," said Marin, who added that the announcement would be made on Thursday but did not give a time or place.

"We need everyone to get behind the new coach," he added.

Marin had previously said the coach would be named in January but decided it would be better to make the decision before Saturday's draw in Sao Paulo for the Confederations Cup, which Brazil hosts next year.

"This shows that there is no crisis, that everything is under control," he said.

Brazil will be under huge pressure to win a sixth world title in 2014. Scolari also coached Portugal at Euro 2004 and 2008 and the 2006 World Cup.

While Marin was making the announcement, national teams director Andres Sanchez said in a statement that he had handed in his resignation. Sanchez had already said he was opposed to sacking Menezes and had not been consulted. (Additional reporting by Andrew Downie in Sao Paulo; Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro, editing by Ed Osmond) (Additional reporting by Andrew Downie in Sao Paulo; Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Rumor: Metal Gear Solid 4 To Finally Hit Xbox 360 | Video Game ...

It?s not the first time we heard a rumor like this and everytime Xbox 360 users have to face huge disappointment when the news of Metal Gear Solid 4 getting released on Microsoft?s console get shot down. However this time things look a little different and the game could be finally coming, thanks to the celebratory special edition already confermed on Ps3.

Once again it?s a retail listing that starts the rumor: Online retailer Mighty Ape, who leaked other upcoming games as well, has posted a listing for the Xbox 360 version of the 25th anniversary edition of Metal Gear Solid 4, together with a boxart. However the box art it?s almost identical to the Ps3 one so it?s hardly official even though it would make sense if the retailer just wanted to get the game?s listing up without waiting for the official announcement, if the rumor ends up being true.

While Metal Gear Solid 4 has always been a Ps3 exclusive, it wouldn?t be the first time a mainline Metal Gear Solid game gets released on a Microsoft console: Metal Gear Solid 2 expansion, Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance was released on the original Xbox and all current generation Metal Gear games, with the exception of MGS 4, are available on Microsoft?s console and even the next installment of the series, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be coming on Xbox 360 next year, at the same time of the Ps3 version.

The Metal Gear Solid 4 25th Anniversary Edition is supposed to be released before the end of the month featuring the patched Metal Gear Solid 4 game with Trophy support and Full Installation Option.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The bridal pre wedding party and sweet desert to celebrate

Traditionally, before the big day the bride and groom have, separate, their night out with friends. It is a party if you want where the main reason is to go wild before tying the knot, the last chance of being single. In case of groom and his company it is a question mark but for ladies and bride to be it is a sure fact that a cake will be needed.

Wedding shower cakes are usually a surprise ladies make for the bride to be but after all not a sure fact of being so. In any case it is one of the indispensable parts of the party. To make it representative funny messages and designs are chosen. And to make yourself a clear image about this take a look of the bellow examples:

v? Wedding shower cakes with small figures on top, the bride and her bridesmaids. The topper is actually the gathering of toppers on a small, classic round cake but large.

v? Wedding shower cakes with funny texts. It is not that expensive as it is again about a simple cake of any shape just one layer or could be of any kind but with enough space to have a text on top: ?the best is jet to come?, ?what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? and so on.

v? Wedding shower cakes with a bride shape- the excepted event is the design of the party cake.

v? Wedding shower cakes with lingerie forms, with luggage, presents and what the bride likes more from shoes to shopping from Tiffany and so on to add symbols of such kind.

v? Wedding shower cakes with classic style design.


Options vary and it is despite being a matter of taste the creativity part that gives a spur into buying something unique and funny.


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Christmas Tissue Paper Wreath

Most moms of little ones ?twitch? at the idea of taking them to a craft store; aisles upon aisles of tiny pieces to spill, break, unravel, or stash in the cart. Yes, I speak from experience? :) When Little Brother was still an infant I did everything in my power to not have to take my precious little guys with me to the craft store; unfortunately during that time Big Brother and I weren?t able to do nearly as many fun projects as we can today.?

For that very reason, I am so excited to introduce all moms of little ones to Kiwi Crate?s NEW The Studio.?The Studio is a website of craft inspiration for you and your little one(s) to enjoy together! My favorite part is that they offer ?Buy The Kit? crafts! For under $8.00 you can purchase any of the featured Christmas crafts; how awesome is that!?!

Recently, the boys and I have the opportunity to create our our Tissue Paper Wreath for Christmas from The Studio! Check out our project:

All the materials we needed arrived at our door!

Along with easy-to-follow illustrated directions!

This easy Christmas craft was a HUGE hit in our home! Little Brother was content playing with a piece of tissue paper while Big Brother made most of the wreath all by himself! I enjoyed working on this with my boys and loved that the products arrived at our door? THAT WAS GENUIS!

Thanks The Studio, we look forward to many more projects together as a family from your site!

?If you love this project and want to make it at home, you can also buy the supplies at your local craft store! Find a list of supplies needed and directions HERE!?

PG Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

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After years of waiting, we finally have our first look at a scene from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In it, we get to see Bilbo acquire the soon-to-be legendary weapon known as "Sting." Also, "Life of Pi" finally gets a pi chart breakdown in today's Dailies! » Neil Patrick Harris' wonderful puppet dreams continue! [...]


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? November 27, 2012Posted in: Deal Flow

Online auction company YouBidLocal Inc. will develop and launch the next generation of its web-based software platform due in part to a $50,000 Government of Canada investment announced recently by the Honourable Gary Goodyear.

?Our government is investing in the ideas and the people of southern Ontario to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,? said Minister of State Goodyear. ?This investment in YouBidLocal Inc. will allow the company to expand its innovations, resulting in increased sales and new jobs for our region.?

The investment in YouBidLocal Inc. is being provided through FedDev Ontario?s Investing in Business Innovation initiative. The funding will allow YouBidLocal Inc. to leverage an additional $375,000 in private sector investment from a member of York Angel Investors Inc., a southern Ontario angel investment network. The funding will be used to complete development of the next generation of its technologies and processes.
Based in Kingston, Ontario, with an office in Toronto and staff across Ontario, YouBidLocal Inc. offers clearance auctions for estate sales, downsizing situations, business liquidations, and inventory reductions through online auctions. The company has held more than 300 auctions in 30 months, selling 99 per cent of available items.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Syrian planes bomb factory in north, many killed

BEIRUT (AP) ? Activists say Syrian warplanes have bombed an olive press factory in the country's north, killing and wounding dozens of people.

Two activist groups ? the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees ? say the factory is west of the city of Idlib.

The LCC says at least 20 people were killed and many others wounded in Tuesday's raid, while the Observatory says "tens were killed or wounded."

Both groups depend on a network of activists on the ground around the country.

President Bashar Assad's regime has been launching intense raids on rebels in recent months.

Syria's conflict started in March 2011 as an uprising against Assad's regime, but quickly morphed into a civil war that has since killed more than 40,000 people, according to activists.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Lady Gaga's Fans Break In To Her Garage on Thanksgiving

Lady Gaga loves her "little monsters," even when they misbehave! Late on Thanksgiving night, the pop star walked naked into her kitchen to grab some leftovers -- only to realize that a group of fans was breaking into her garage. Gaga live-tweeted the incident from her rented home in Peru, where she was staying in preparation for a Lima concert.


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Research-What's a woman to think? ? Womanswellspring

The ?recent publication of a study suggesting that mammography is over detecting breast cancer is very confusing to women. The conclusion from the study is that small, localized breast cancers?probably never spread, and should not be treated. ?Unfortunately, we do not have the tools to reliably determine which breast cancers are well behaved and which will become aggressive. ?It would be inappropriate to generalize from this study and to recommend less frequent mammography. ?Again, we do not have the knowledge to make a clear recommendation. ?The Preventive Services Task Force issued a controversial recommendation that mammography should start at 50 and be every two years. ?That model saves money and procedures, but accepts that some women will be diagnosed later and possibly have a less favorable outcome. That works on paper, but it doesn?t work if you happen to be that one women?who?was missed in?the?two year screening cycle. Overall, we just do not have the information we need to make the best choice. This is a decision that is, again, best made between a?woman?and her doctor.

There is some good news! The KEEPS trial results were announced at the North American Menopause Meeting in?October. This study clears much of the confusion surrounding hormone?replacement?in the?menopause.??This was a double-blind, placebo controlled study of 700 women ages 41-59, who were healthy and within three years of?menopause? They were given low dose Premarin orally, or a moderate dose estradiol patch, or a placebo. Women with a uterus were given additional natural progesterone. ?This trial?differs?from previous trials in using lower doses and natural, rather than synthetic, ?progesterone. ?The hormone therapy group had a reduction in hot flashes and night sweats?and?an?increase in bone density. The group on the patch also had an increase in sexual interest and desire. ?Measures of cardiovascular risk showed either no change or a modest reduction in risk. There was no increase in breast or endometrial cancer, heart attack, stroke, or deep venous thrombosis. The cognitive studies showed a decrease in depression, anxiety and anger in women on Premarin. This group also has an improvement in recall. The estradiol patch did not have a significant effect on memory.

In summary, this well designed study supports the evolving understanding that?hormone?replacement works best of given within 3-5 years of menopause. It also adds weight to the preference for natural progesterone rather than a synthetic. ?Benefit on cardiovascular risk and?cognitive?parameters are demonstrated with no measurable classic risks, such as breast cancer, after 4 years of?observation? This study?should?reassure women who opt for HRT during the menopausal?transition.

When faced with conflicting research studies, ?women should do as much homework as possible and then discuss their thoughts with their doctor. Since not every doctor can follow all the research, you may need to?consider?consultation with a specialist. This may be money well spent if it leads to a better health outcome. ?We live in a complex and rapidly evolving world. It is an exciting time to be alive, but for now, we will need to accept a certain degree of uncertainty.

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patsyiskul: How to prevent snoring? | Health and Fitness Tips ...

In everyday life, people who snore are not uncommon, many people think this is a performance sleeping, actually snore may not only lead to suffocation and even the night sudden death, and to influence others sleep.Today to tell you how to prevent snoring.

Methods / steps

1, Enhance physical exercise (preferably mountaineering, running, etc.), enhanced lung function.

2, Experts remind, the snoring if smoking habits you need to quit smoking immediately. Because smoking stimulus will only make the already clogged nasal and respiratory nasal mucosa worse. Drinking heavier snoring, nocturnal breathing disorders and hypoxemia. Especially bedtime Drinking.

3, Obese should actively lose weight.

4, Snoring patients more oxygen content decreased, often accompanied by high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, blood viscosity increased burden on the heart, easily lead to the occurrence of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, so attention should be paid to the monitoring of blood pressure, taking time to drop pressure drugs.

5, Bedtime prohibit taking sedative hypnotics and anti-allergic drugs, so as not to aggravate the conditioned inhibition of the respiratory center.

6, Take a lateral position sleep posture, especially in the right lateral position appropriate to avoid the tongue during sleep, the soft palate, uvula relaxation after the fall, adding to the blockage of the upper airway.

7, Patients after surgery to mainly soft food, do not eat hot food. Avoid strenuous activity.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

How To Build A Revolutionary Political Social Network | TechCrunch

Editor?s note: Lucas Dailey is the founder and CEO of political social network Our Ballot Box, a designer, and a local politico. You can follow Lucas on Twitter.

Regardless of your views on our recent election, one thing that we can generally agree on is that our political system is broken. There are myriad contributors to our malaise, not the least of which is the voting system on which it?s all based. But apart from the intractable structural problems, there is one area that we in the web world are tantalizingly close to ameliorating: constituent opinion.

An Old Problem We Take For Granted

In the middle of February in Wisconsin, nearly 100,000 people, some driving hundreds of miles, all converged on the same location at the same time simply to convey information. These people didn?t want to be there, but they felt, rightly, that this extreme effort was the only means available to convey their opinions effectively.

Protests are a unique method of communication, because they combine three essential components of effective civic speech: participants are publicly counted in them; they publicly convey a message; and they give reasonable evidence that participants are constituents. But soon we?ll have better ways of conveying that information without having to brave the Wisconsin winter.

Americans have an embarrassment of sites on which one can voice an opinion. Yet none of them meet the requirements necessary for people to actually voice these opinions in a way that maximizes their political impact.

My startup, Our Ballot Box, spent four years in Madison identifying these requirements, testing their effectiveness, and building a web app that began to satisfy those requirements. We failed as a business, but our product has had some success and someone will pick up our torch. The market is ready and the political value is too great for it to remain unbuilt. Ten years from now an effective constituent communication site will serve as a central component of the political process that none of us can imagine living without.

You?re Doing It Wrong: How Our Startup Failed

Our vision was very well received by regular citizens, activists, politicians, and news organizations, but we still failed as a business. That was my failure. As a first-time entrepreneur and CEO, I?d like to think I at least made some novel mistakes, but the reality is that they were mostly pedestrian.

Our talented developers had little time left to power a startup in addition to their demanding day jobs and young families. I should have expanded our team before launching with insufficient wind under sail. Our business models relied on long-term mass adoption, a big swing and tough sell that relies on more at-bats with investors than usual. And while Madison has a burgeoning web industry, it still lacks the number of investors of Silicon Valley, and I?m the only team member able to relocate.

I should have developed better business models and shaped our product to fit. Lastly, and most personally painful, I restrained my design passion by limiting myself to a first-draft approach to the UX and UI that resulted in a substandard experience. I did this to ensure I stayed focused on the business, marketing and fundraising parts of the startup. Ultimately, I simply didn?t execute well enough.

A Vision To Transform Political Speech

The good news is that there are startups close to successfully building such a space. My goal is to offer a direction to anyone else excited to address one of the most pernicious problems in our society. There are five basic components necessary for a political social network to effectively solve the constituent communication problem:

  1. User-generated opinions
  2. Single units of opinion
  3. User verification
  4. Surfacing and sorting
  5. Open, demographically indexed data

User-generated opinions. Users must be able to write opinions in their own words, uncensored and unmoderated. Yes, it means dealing with a host of issues such as griefing, hate speech, and duplication. But a site must allow for the full and unrestricted expression of political opinion if it is to reach broad public acceptance. To users, speech must be free, and damn the consequences for developers. The site must allow users to quickly and easily express an opinion that is immediately accessible, so when others are presented with opinions that don?t quite match their own, they can speak for themselves on an issue instead of being pressured to vote on something they are uncomfortable with.

Single units of opinion. It may seem counterintuitive but single units of opinion for users to endorse or oppose are far more persuasive than compounded opinions. Whether it?s something as complex and packaged as ?I am pro-life? or as granular as ?Williamson St. should have a two-way connection to Winnebago St.? these are the data points that sculpt public policy, shape political platforms and guide the selection of political candidates. The multiple-choice questions on many political opinion sites fail this test because the limited number of answer options necessarily excludes other opinions and pressures people into selecting the least bad option. When single units of opinion are coupled with easy, user-generated opinions, users will have the freedom to fully express themselves through either their own words or an endorsement of another?s words.

User verification. In an age when astroturfing is becoming increasingly sophisticated, proving your identity in a political social network is essential. Many social media products offer different means of user verification. They range from methods as weak as providing a unique email or algorithms that spot fake accounts to methods as strong as requiring driver?s license or credit card information. To balance user acquisition with political strength, the ideal political social network will allow for multiple methods of identity verification across the confidence spectrum.

Surfacing and sorting. Getting the right opinions in front of the right users at the right time for their votes is delicate but essential, not only in terms of user engagement but also for political relevance. If an opinion is only voted on by a particular subset of constituents ? such as, say, the followers of a particular radio host ? then that opinion won?t reflect the full support or opposition of that constituency. Careful exposure is essential both to ensure opinion conveys a representative picture of overall public support, as well as to ensure that users have the opportunity to easily voice their opinions on the most politically valuable issues. Though partisans will always cry bias of all but their supporters, if the system is entirely algorithmic with no opportunity for organizational bias, it will gradually become accepted and treated as a neutral platform.

Ease of use and speed of creating and voting on existing opinions are also important factors for surfacing and political relevance. When people can vote on 10 issues a minute in a leanback experience that has political value, they?ll never stop.

Open, demographically indexed data. Finally, the potential of the opinion data must be unlocked by indexing it with users? demographic and location data and making it publicly available. Then the general public, news organizations and all 10 (yes, 10!) political bodies that represent each citizen will be able to fully interpret the clear preferences of each constituency. Researchers and pollsters will also gain even greater insight by analyzing and modeling the data to compensate for the underrepresented constituencies.

Internet users have become more conscious of the amount of personal information they release. While that trend will continue, users will gladly volunteer their information when they realize it will give them greater political power: By aligning themselves with a particular group, they can then speak more effectively on behalf of that group. However, that depth of personal information must be used carefully to allow users to enjoy their desired level of privacy and be confident that their information won?t be misused. Successful political social networks must protect users? identities while they speak at whichever hue of the anonymity-advocacy spectrum they so choose.

Political Social Networks In The Wings

There are a number of companies that competed against Our Ballot Box that are well on their way to providing a truly effective way for constituents to communicate. They have great products that they can expand to execute this vision:

  • Votizen was moving in this direction with its publicly endorsable, user created Letters. Lately they seem to have tacked away from constituent communication in favor of political candidate promotion through social pressure, though that could be a momentary change to take advantage of the elections. With the elections now over they may retool again to focus more on problems of governance.
  • has a great petition platform that could increase its political relevance by adding the parts of this vision it lacks, noteably adding open demographics and allowing votes against petitions. If they combined the brute force of large absolute numbers with the tools necessary to show percent support and evidence that their public response is relatively representative of the constituency, they could have a much more politically powerful tool.
  • POPVOX is doing a lot right, and while focusing on public opinion for H.R. 2526 Amendment 4 has a lot of value (particularly to Congressional staffers), it?s unlikely to have the popular reach and political strength of stating ?70% of Americans believe National Forests shouldn?t host private logging roads.? Their political strength could be tremendous if they had a simple opinion layer on top of their excellent legislative depth, so casual users can easily sound off at a high level while power users can drill down further.
  • Votifi is an excellent opinion platform with a promising analytics focus. Plus their ?Simplifi, Quantifi, Amplifi? nearly matches our ?Verify, Quantify, Amplify!? If they were to successfully incorporate user-generated questions and statements they could go a long way toward becoming a central voice of the people.

Apart from current players in the space, this vision could be produced by a new small startup that grew organically to be recognized as the primary venue for political opinion. It would be easiest to build by a company that already has strong brand identity as a relatively trusted and politically impartial repository of personal profiles such as a Google, Facebook, AOL or Yahoo. Nonpartisan nonprofits (particularly Pew) may be the best home for such a product from the public?s perspective, but even the most responsible use of the data will have business-model potential sufficient to motivate a larger company to compete eventually if not soon (or already, quietly).

Effect Change

To paraphrase T.S. Elliot and Clay Shirky: one of the most momentous things to happen to a culture is that it acquires a new form of arguing. The Internet has already given us a new form of individual argumentation, but it now has the potential for the next, much greater form: collective argumentation. As a society and country, when we can definitively say ?this is who we are, and this is what we think,? we will fundamentally reshape the political process by speaking for ourselves in an undeniable voice that is impossible to ignore. When we put the lie to claims from talking heads that they speak for us, we will have more focused and productive public debate.

But the greatest change will come in how politicians operate. The one thing more important than money to a politician is votes, and when politicians know their constituents hold a clear, undeniable position on an issue, they almost always listen. Because their challengers are.

Our small startup took an important step but stumbled. Take the next step in our place and finally realize the dream of indirect democracy.

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ScienceDaily: Gene News Genes and Genetics News. Read today's medical research in genetics including what can damage genes, what can protect them, and more.en-usFri, 23 Nov 2012 21:42:39 ESTFri, 23 Nov 2012 21:42:39 EST60ScienceDaily: Gene News For more science articles, visit ScienceDaily.New insights into virus proteome: Unknown proteins of the herpesvirus discovered The genome encodes the complete information needed by an organism, including that required for protein production. Viruses, which are up to a thousand times smaller than human cells, have considerably smaller genomes. Using a type of herpesvirus as a model system scientists have shown that the genome of this virus contains much more information than previously assumed. The researchers identified several hundred novel proteins, many of which were surprisingly small.Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:21:21 EST describe elusive replication machinery of flu viruses Scientists have made a major advance in understanding how flu viruses replicate within infected cells. The researchers used cutting-edge molecular biology and electron-microscopy techniques to ?see? one of influenza?s essential protein complexes in unprecedented detail. The images generated in the study show flu virus proteins in the act of self-replication, highlighting the virus?s vulnerabilities that are sure to be of interest to drug developers.Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:29:29 EST folding: Look back on scientific advances made as result of 50-year old puzzle Fifty years after scientists first posed a question about protein folding, the search for answers has led to the creation of a full-fledged field of research that led to major advances in supercomputers, new materials and drug discovery, and shaped our understanding of the basic processes of life, including so-called "protein-folding diseases" such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and type II diabetes.Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:29:29 EST forward in regenerating and repairing damaged nerve cells Researchers recently uncovered a nerve cell's internal clock, used during embryonic development. This breakthrough could lead to the development of new tools to repair and regenerate nerve cells following injuries to the central nervous system.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:56:56 EST of rod sensory cilium disrupted by mutation Using a new technique called cryo-electron tomography, scientists have created a three-dimensional map that gives a better understanding of how the architecture of the rod sensory cilium (part of one type of photoreceptor in the eye) is changed by genetic mutation and how that affects its ability to transport proteins as part of the light-sensing process.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:56:56 EST Scientists further unravel telomere biology Researchers have resolved the structure of that allows a telomere-related protein, Cdc13, to form dimers in yeast. Mutations in this region of Cdc13 put the kibosh on the ability of telomerase and other proteins to maintain telomeres.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:09:09 EST resistance biomarker could improve cancer treatment Cancer therapies often have short-lived benefits due to the emergence of genetic mutations that cause drug resistance. A key gene that determines resistance to a range of cancer drugs has been reported in a new study. The study reveals a biomarker that can predict responses to cancer drugs and offers a strategy to treat drug-resistant tumors based on their genetic signature.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:08:08 EST packaging: Key to breast cancer developement Two recent studies delve into the role of chromatin modifying enzymes and transcription factors in tumour cells. In one, it was found that the PARP1 enzyme activated by kinase CDK2 is necessary to induce the genes responsible for the proliferation of breast cancer cells in response to progesterone. In another, extensive work has been undertaken to identify those genes activated by the administration of progesterone in breast cancer, the sequences that can be recognized and how these genes are induced.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:07:07 EST DNA strands in genome may be key to understanding human cognition and diseases Previously discarded, human-specific ?junk? DNA represents untapped resource in the study of diseases like Alzheimer?s and autism.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:06:06 EST time: Methylome modifications offer new measure of our 'biological' age In a new study, researchers describe markers and a model that quantify how aging occurs at the level of genes and molecules, providing not just a more precise way to determine how old someone is, but also perhaps anticipate or treat ailments and diseases that come with the passage of time.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:06:06 EST tumors have a mind of their own New research has found there are several different ways that kidney tumors can achieve the same result -- namely, grow.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:45:45 EST to repair clumped proteins explained Clumped proteins can be dissolved with the aid of cellular repair systems -- a process of critical importance for cell survival especially under conditions of stress. Researchers have now decrypted the fundamental mechanism for dissolving protein aggregates that involves specific molecular chaperones.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:44:44 EST mechanism through which normal stromal cells become cancer-promoting stromal cells identified New understanding of molecular changes that convert harmless cells surrounding ovarian cancer cells into cells that promote tumor growth and metastasis provides potential new therapeutic targets for this deadly disease, according to new research.Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:44:44 EST test for tuberculosis could improve treatment, prevent deaths in Southern Africa A new rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) could substantially and cost-effectively reduce TB deaths and improve treatment in southern Africa -- a region where both HIV and tuberculosis are common.Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:49:49 EST of human intellect: Human-specific regulation of neuronal genes A new study has identified hundreds of small regions of the genome that appear to be uniquely regulated in human neurons. These regulatory differences distinguish us from other primates, including monkeys and apes, and as neurons are at the core of our unique cognitive abilities, these features may ultimately hold the key to our intellectual prowess (and also to our potential vulnerability to a wide range of 'human-specific' diseases from autism to Alzheimer's).Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:49:49 EST regulates viral protein synthesis, revealing potential therapeutic target Rather than target RNA viruses directly, aiming at the host cells they invade could hold promise, but any such strategy would have to be harmless to the host. Now, a surprising discovery made in ribosomes may point the way to fighting fatal viral infections such as rabies.Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:29:29 EST does antibiotic resistance spread? Scientists find answers in the nose Microbiologists studying bacterial colonization in mice have discovered how the very rapid and efficient spread of antibiotic resistance works in the respiratory pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae (also known as the pneumococcus). The team found that resistance stems from the transfer of DNA between bacterial strains in biofilms in the nasopharynx, the area just behind the nose.Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:18:18 EST identify inhibitor of myelin formation in central nervous system Scientists have discovered another molecule that plays an important role in regulating myelin formation in the central nervous system. Myelin promotes the conduction of nerve cell impulses by forming a sheath around their projections, the so-called axons, at specific locations -- acting like the plastic insulation around a power cord.Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:01:01 EST lengths predict life expectancy in the wild, research shows Researchers have found that biological age and life expectancy can be predicted by measuring an individual's DNA. They studied the length of chromosome caps -- known as telomeres -- in a 320-strong wild population of Seychelles Warblers on a small isolated island.Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:31:31 EST Some cells don't know when to stop Certain mutated cells keep trying to replicate their DNA -- with disastrous results -- even after medications rob them of the raw materials to do so, according to new research.Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:14:14 EST sclerosis ?immune exchange? between brain and blood is uncovered DNA sequences obtained from a handful of patients with multiple sclerosis have revealed the existence of an ?immune exchange? that allows the disease-causing cells to move in and out of the brain.Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:33:33 EST light switch for the brain: Device may help treat Parkinson's, epilepsy; aid understanding of consciousness A new tool for neuroscientists delivers a thousand pinpricks of light to individual neurons in the brain. The new 3-D "light switch", created by biologists and engineers, could one day be used as a neural prosthesis that could treat conditions such as Parkinson's and epilepsy by using gene therapy to turn individual brain cells on and off with light.Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:42:42 EST cancer gene BCL6 identified as a key factor for differentiation of nerve cells of cerebral cortex The cerebral cortex is the most complex structure in our brain and the seat of consciousness, emotion, motor control and language. In order to fulfill these functions, it is composed of a diverse array of nerve cells, called cortical neurons, which are affected by many neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. Researchers have opened new perspectives on brain development and stem cell neurobiology by discovering a gene called BCL6 as a key factor in the generation of cortical neurons during embryonic brain development.Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:38:38 EST report: Insight into subtle genomic differences among our own cells Scientists have demonstrated that induced pluripotent stem cells -- the embryonic-stem-cell look-alikes whose discovery a few years ago won this year's Nobel Prize in medicine -- are not as genetically unstable as was thought.Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:15:15 EST cells reveal DNA's genetic mosaic The prevailing wisdom has been that every cell in the body contains identical DNA. However, a new study of stem cells derived from the skin has found that genetic variations are widespread in the body's tissues, a finding with profound implications for genetic screening.Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:15:15 EST basis of birth defect causing premature skull closure in infants identified Geneticists, pediatricians, surgeons and epidemiologists have identified two areas of the human genome associated with the most common form of non-syndromic craniosynostosis premature closure of the bony plates of the skull.Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:14:14 EST packaging discovery reveals principles by which CRC mutations may cause cancer A new discovery concerning a fundamental understanding about how DNA works will produce a "180-degree change in focus" for researchers who study how gene packaging regulates gene activity, including genes that cause cancer and other diseases.Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:46:46 EST C treatment's side effects can now be studied in the lab Adverse side effects of certain hepatitis C medications can now be replicated in the lab, thanks to a research team. The new method aids understanding of recent failures of hepatitis C antiviral drugs in some patients, and could help to identify medications that eliminate adverse effects. The findings may aid the development of safer and more effective treatments for hepatitis C and other pathogens such as SARS and West Nile virus.Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:10:10 EST cancer's bad guy Researchers have found that a protein, known for causing cancer cells to spread around the body, is also one of the molecules that trigger repair processes in the brain.Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:46:46 EST distinguishes early birds from night owls and helps predict time of death New research shows that a gene is responsible for a person's tendency to be an early riser or night owl -- and helps determine the time of day a person is most likely to die.Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:45:45 EST to cause of kids' brain tumors Insights from a genetic condition that causes brain cancer are helping scientists better understand the most common type of brain tumor in children.Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:12:12 EST study reveals why gender bias is all in the genes Researchers have pieced together new genetic clues to the arthritis puzzle in a study that brings potential treatments closer to reality and could also provide insights into why more women than men succumb to the disabling condition.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:05:05 EST of RNA molecules protects germ cells from damage Passing one's genes on to the next generation is a mark of evolutionary success. So it makes sense that the body would work to ensure that the genes the next generation inherits are exact replicas of the originals. Biologists have now identified one way the body does exactly that.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:22:22 EST test speeds search for Alzheimer's drugs: Compound restores motor function and longevity to fruit flies Researchers report that an efficient, high-volume technique for testing potential drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease uncovered an organic compound that restored motor function and longevity to fruit flies with the disease.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:26:26 EST machinery can switch gears with a small structural change process; Implications for immunity and cancer therapy For the past several years, research has focused on the intricate actions of an ancient family of catalytic enzymes that play a key role in translation, the process of producing proteins. In a new study, scientists have shown that this enzyme can actually also work in another fundamental process in humans.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:34:34 EST derivative, tanshinones, protects against sepsis, study suggests Researchers have discovered that tanshinones, which come from the plant Danshen and are highly valued in Chinese traditional medicine, protect against the life-threatening condition sepsis.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:33:33 EST of enzyme topoisomerase II alpha unravelled providing basis for more accurate design of chemotherapeutic drugs Medical researchers have for the first time described the structure of the active site core of topoisomerase II alpha, an important target for anti-cancer drugs. The type II topoisomerases are important enzymes that are involved in maintaining the structure of DNA and chromosome segregation during both replication and transcription of DNA. One of these enzymes, topoisomerase II alpha, is involved in the replication of DNA and cell proliferation, and is highly expressed in rapidly dividing cancer cells.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:29:29 EST discovered enzyme important in the spreading of cancer Enzyme hunters at UiO have discovered the function of an enzyme that is important in the spreading of cancer. Cancer researchers now hope to inhibit the enzyme.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:29:29 EST point to serious pregnancy complication, pre-eclampsia New research has revealed a genetic link in pregnant moms - and their male partners - to pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening complication during pregnancy.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:26:26 EST mechanisms underlying stem cell reprogramming decoded Thanks to some careful detective work, scientist better understand just how iPS cells form ? and why the Yamanaka process is inefficient, an important step to work out for regenerative medicine. The findings uncover cellular impediments to iPS cell development that, if overcome, could dramatically improve the efficiency and speed of iPS cell generation.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:23:23 EST genetic link between kidney defects and neurodevelopmental disorders in kids About 10 percent of kids born with kidney defects have large alterations in their genomes known to be linked with neurodevelopmental delay and mental illness, a new study has shown.Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:23:23 EST moderate drinking in pregnancy can affect a child's IQ Relatively small levels of exposure to alcohol while in the womb can influence a child's IQ, according to a new study using data from over 4,000 mothers and their children.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:28:28 EST nearly triples risk of Alzheimer's, international research team finds A gene so powerful it nearly triples the risk of Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by an international team of researchers. It is the most potent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's identified in the past 20 years.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:17:17 EST could lead to faster diagnosis for some chronic fatigue syndrome cases For the first time, researchers have landed on a potential diagnostic method to identify at least a subset of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome - testing for antibodies linked to latent Epstein-Barr virus reactivation.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:17:17 EST breakthrough could halt melanoma metastasis, study suggests In laboratory experiments, scientists have eliminated metastasis, the spread of cancer from the original tumor to other parts of the body, in melanoma by inhibiting a protein known as melanoma differentiation associated gene-9 (mda-9)/syntenin.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:32:32 EST genomes provide massive amount of genomic data for human health Researchers provide a whole-genome sequence and analysis of number of pig breeds, including a miniature pig that serves a model for human medical studies and therapeutic drug testing.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:45:45 EST parasitic fungi could have anti-flammatory benefits Caterpillar fungi are rare parasites found on hibernating caterpillars in the mountains of Tibet. For centuries they have been highly prized as a traditional Chinese medicine - just a small amount can fetch hundreds of dollars.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:40:40 EST therapy: Nanokey opens tumors to attack There are plenty of effective anticancer agents around. The problem is that, very often, they cannot gain access to all the cells in solid tumors. A new gene delivery vehicle may provide a way of making tracks to the heart of the target.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:38:38 EST sperm DNA damage a leading cause of 'unexplained infertility', research finds New research has uncovered the cause of infertility for 80 per cent of couples previously diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility': high sperm DNA damage.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:32:32 EST risk gene for cannabis psychosis The ability of cannabis to produce psychosis has long been an important public health concern. This concern is growing in importance as there is emerging data that cannabis exposure during adolescence may increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, a serious psychotic disorder. Further, with the advent of medical marijuana, a new group of people with uncertain psychosis risk may be exposed to cannabis.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:39:39 EST DNA sequence used to map an infection outbreak For the first time, researchers have used DNA sequencing to help bring an infectious disease outbreak in a hospital to a close. Researchers used advanced DNA sequencing technologies to confirm the presence of an ongoing outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Special Care Baby Unit in real time. This assisted in stopping the outbreak earlier, saving possible harm to patients. This approach is much more accurate than current methods used to detect hospital outbreaks.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:46:46 EST variation may modify associations between low vitamin D levels and adverse health outcomes Findings from a study suggest that certain variations in vitamin D metabolism genes may modify the association of low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations with health outcomes such as hip fracture, heart attack, cancer, and death.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:15:15 EST type of bacterial protection found within cells: Novel immune system response to infections discovered Biologists have discovered that fats within cells store a class of proteins with potent antibacterial activity, revealing a previously unknown type of immune system response that targets and kills bacterial infections.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:36:36 EST neurotransmission system may be involved with depression risk Researchers using a new approach to identifying genes associated with depression have found that variants in a group of genes involved in transmission of signals by the neurotransmitter glutamate appear to increase the risk of depression.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:48:48 EST downstream proteins in cancer-causing pathway shows promise in cell, animal model The cancer-causing form of the gene Myc alters the metabolism of mitochondria, the cell?s powerhouse, making it dependent on the amino acid glutamine for survival. Depriving cells of glutamine selectively induces programmed cell death in cells overexpressing mutant Myc. Using Myc-active neuroblastoma cells, a team three priotein executors of the glutamine-starved cell, representing a downstream target at which to aim drugs. Roughly 25 percent of all neuroblastoma cases are associated with Myc-active cells.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:42:42 EST low-level radioactivity is damaging, scientists conclude Even the very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, scientists have concluded, reporting the results of a wide-ranging analysis of 46 peer-reviewed studies published over the past 40 years. Variation in low-level, natural background radiation was found to have small, but highly statistically significant, negative effects on DNA as well as several measures of health.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:42:42 EST of essential blood cell gene leads to anemia Scientists have discovered a new gene that regulates heme synthesis in red blood cell formation. Heme is the deep-red, iron-containing component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. The findings promise to advance the biomedical community's understanding and treatment of human anemias and mitochondrial diseases, both known and unknown.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:22:22 EST the developing brain, scientists glean clues on neurological disorder Researchers have tracked a gene's crucial role in orchestrating the placement of neurons in the developing brain. Their findings help unravel some of the mysteries of Joubert syndrome and other neurological disorders.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:21:21 EST the mystery of aging: Longevity gene makes Hydra immortal and humans grow older Why do we get older? When do we die and why? Is there a life without aging? For centuries, science has been fascinated by these questions. Now researchers have examined why the polyp Hydra is immortal -- and unexpectedly discovered a link to aging in humans.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:19:19 EST and women battle for ideal height: Evidence of an intralocus sexual conflict currently raging in human DNA A battle about the ideal height would appear to be raging in men's and women's genes. A researcher in Sweden has shown that this conflict is leading to a difference in reproductive success between men and women of varying height.Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:35:35 EST


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