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From the article: "Unlike drug trials for long-treated ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, there is no development trajectory for something as new and different as hair cell regeneration. It is anyone’s guess how many years or, indeed, decades it will be before hearing-loss patients can benefit from these discoveries. Still, this challenge of bringing a product to market has the atmosphere of a race."
Many animals regenerate the tiny hair cells that enable hearing—and there are promising signs that people can be made to do the same.
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From the article: "[The] largest and most species-rich group of lichens are not alliances between two organisms, as every scientist since Schwendener has claimed. Instead, they’re alliances between three. All this time, a second type of fungus has been hiding in plain view."
Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong.
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From the article: "In solutions, particles get the energy they need to react from heat: Chemists carefully choose the temperature for their experiments and ensure that heat is evenly distributed. But in a ball mill, energy is imparted through mechanical force when the balls strike the particles as they are tossed around."
Chemistry driven by mechanical force is radically different from the traditional way of dissolving, heating and stirring chemicals in a solution.
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From an interview: "It controls about 120 variables in the data centers. The fans and the cooling systems and so on, and windows and other things."
Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way.
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From the article: "[Black Lives Matter protesters] had planned to march on Sunday, but after organizers met with Police Chief Gordon Ramsay for hours, according to the protesters, they agreed to break bread together instead."
As much of the nation was reeling from yet another act of violence in Baton Rouge, La., hundreds of Wichitans came out to a barbecue at McAdams Park with Wichita police officers.
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From the interview: "Right now, I’m gathering facts [...] beginning with a hard look at time-use by young men with less than a four-year degree. In the 2000s, employment rates for this group dropped sharply – more than in any other group. We have determined that, in general, they are not going back to school or switching careers, so what are they doing with their time? The hours that they are not working have been replaced almost one for one with leisure time. Seventy-five percent of this new leisure time falls into one category: video games. The average low-skilled, unemployed man in this group plays video games an average of 12, and sometimes upwards of 30 hours per week."
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From the article: "[Silver diamine fluoride] been used for decades in Japan, but it’s been available in the United States, under the brand name Advantage Arrest, for just about a year."

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"Toddlers in low-income families sometimes have to wait a year for fillings in an operating room.[...] Transporting and treating frail patients, assuming they can afford to see a dentist, can be difficult. But now some patients can be quickly treated where they live."
The liquid, an alternative to a filling, can be brushed on a decaying tooth — a painless and cheaper solution for dental patients.
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Huh, New York may turn off Niagara Falls for maintenance soon.

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New York State plans to shut off the thundering waters of Niagara Falls – again. At least, the American side of the falls. This “once in a lifetime” event actually may take place twice in some folks’ lifetimes. The New York State parks system wants to turn off the falls o... - The Buffalo News
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Here's an elegant way to make lazy-initialized fields in Dart.

It uses the null-aware operator ??=. It assigns the value of _computeFoo() to _foo if _foo is null. The operator then returns the value to the getter.

When you know a field isn't needed every time and computing it is expensive, consider using this.

(Kudos to Stephen Adams for sharing this snippet on a mailing list earlier this month.)
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An example of why floating point math is hard.
Calculating the mean of a list of numbers Consider the following problem: You have a list of floating point numbers. No nasty tricks - these aren’t NaN or Infinity, just normal “simple” floating point numbers. Now: Calculate the mean (average). Can you do it? It turns out this is a hard problem. It’s hard to get it even close to right. Lets see why. Test faster, fix more
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Some of those problems would happen with integers too.
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From the article: "Colombian officials estimated 35,000 Venezuelans crossed the border Saturday, the first day of what Colombia's government called a humanitarian corridor. An additional 88,000 entered Sunday, authorities said as the mad rush on products like sugar and flour led to extra supplies of staple goods being sent from other Colombian cities."
SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela (AP) — More than 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at…
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An illustrated handbook of deception.
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The oil change itself seemed okay, but it seemed understaffed (two people), and they were fairly unhelpful. Nobody talked to the customers when they arrived. Waited a long time to pay after the oil change was done, while they both worked on another car. The maintenance light wasn't reset so I went back, and after waiting for a while I ended up looking up in the manual how to reset it myself.
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We eat here often. The garlic noodles are very tasty.
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They moved to Mountain View at 2500 El Camino Real, on the corner opposite Whole Foods and Target. Other than that, smooth transaction; they took a carload of old electronics and didn't seem too picky.
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Smooth transaction; rented a cargo van Saturday afternoon, returned that night (after hours). Actual cost: $30 + $42 mileage + $35 fuel + $7 taxes = $114 for 53 miles.
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