Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts : Shots - Health News : NPR

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts : Shots - Health News : NPR: "It's the loss of insight that signals a psychotic break. This can lead to several different diagnoses, but in people ultimately diagnosed with schizophrenia, the break signals the formal onset of the disease. Typically, a first psychotic break occurs in a person's late teens or early 20s. In men, the range is 15 to 24; in women, 25 to 34.

That first psychotic break can lead to a series of disasters: social isolation, hospitalization, medications with sometimes disabling side effects, and future psychotic episodes.

So, what if you could intervene earlier, before any of that? Could you stop the process from snowballing?"



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John Humphrey and Ewan Robinson: From Partnerships to Market Transformation - How Do We Achieve Scale in Markets for Nutritious Food? - Business Fights Poverty

John Humphrey and Ewan Robinson: From Partnerships to Market Transformation - How Do We Achieve Scale in Markets for Nutritious Food? - Business Fights Poverty: "By John Humphrey and Ewan Robinson, IDS
There is unprecedented interest in building
value chains and market-based solutions to make nutritious foods more accessible to the people who need the most, and drive better nutrition. Efforts are spanning conventional sectorial divisions: agricultural development programs are introducing nutrition targets, national-level fortification programs are being scaled up and enterprises are developing specially-formulated supplementary foods for young children and mothers.
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One step forward for Indonesia, one step back for Malaysia

One step forward for Indonesia, one step back for Malaysia: "While Indonesia marked another democratic advance on Monday, democracy in neighbouring Malaysia goes backwards.

Indonesia inaugurates the man that most voters chose to be leader, while Malaysia concludes a sham trial to destroy the man that most voters chose to be leader.

Indonesia is conducting the first transfer of power from one directly elected president to another.

And Malaysia? It remains under the control of the same party that has ruled continuously since independence in 1957.

"While Indonesia is making huge progress, we are rewinding and the democratic space is going back to the Mahathir era of the 1990s," says Malaysia's opposition treasury spokesman, Rafizi Ramli, during a visit to Australia on Monday. "We have not recovered from last year's election."



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Indonesia's President Widodo sworn in - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

Indonesia's President Widodo sworn in - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English: "Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been inaugurated as Indonesia's new president, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some blows against him.

Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the parliament in the capital, Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and US Secretary of State John Kerry."



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Manufacturers Struggle to Turn Data Into Insight | Techonomy

Manufacturers Struggle to Turn Data Into Insight | Techonomy: "Let's tone down the hype about the Industrial Internet of Things. While the concept shows promise--building smart machines that use sensors and Internet connectivity to improve performance and catch problems--the far more pressing opportunity is learning to make better use of the mountains of data that factories already generate each year, data that manufacturers today often discard after a production run or store unexamined.

I recently visited an auto plant that is facing enormous pressure to reduce defects in a critical component. For each part produced, sensors at a single machine measure 50,000 data points looking for defects, while other machines capture x-ray and heat treatment data. Separate databases track supplier data and quality data.

Despite all that data, too many defective parts escape detection and get installed into vehicles. The plant manager wants to identify correlations within these heterogeneous sets of data, but lacks the tools to collect, condition, and analyze the information."



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NASA Ames turns 75; tens of thousands flock to open house - San Jose Mercury News

NASA Ames turns 75; tens of thousands flock to open house - San Jose Mercury News: "Visitors to the event visited booths set up by NASA researchers looking at everything from nanotechnology to astrobiology. They walked inside Hangar One and peered through its steel skeleton. They walked through an inflatable mock-up of an International Space Station module, pretended to take a ride in a model of a lunar rover, and took pictures next to an inflatable model of the new Orion space capsule."



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Malaysia's 'I Want to Touch a Dog' Event Popular With Canine-Curious Muslims

Malaysia's 'I Want to Touch a Dog' Event Popular With Canine-Curious Muslims: "our-legged friends helped close a cultural gap in Malaysia during a unique event that invited Muslims to pet dogs — some for the very first time.

The "I Want to Touch a Dog" event, held in Central Park in Petaling Jaya, attempted to dispel myths about canine cleanliness. Some Muslims believe dog fur and saliva is unclean, and prefer not to keep them inside their homes."



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