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Microsoft Launches Productivity in the Cloud with Office 365

Your Office in the cloud began Tuesday with Microsoft's formal launch of the online version for businesses of its venerable Office productivity applications. Called Office 365, the service offers Microsoft Office's word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets and collaboration programs on the web. The programs are designed to work with smartphones as well as laptops and desktops, and prices are...

Children’s hay fever relieved by cellulose powder without adverse effects, study suggests

A cellulose powder has been used increasingly for many years against allergic rhinitis. Still, there has been a shortage of scientific evidence for its efficacy in seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), particularly in children. Now, however, scientists have shown that the cellulose powder reduces symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in children. Researchers did not find any adverse...

Gene variant increases fatty liver risk and fibrosis progression

New research confirms that a variant on the patatin-like phospholipase-3 (PNPLA3) gene increases risk of steatosis and fibrosis progression in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV). The PNPLA3 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs 738409 may represent an important genetic predictor and potential therapeutic target in chronic HCV liver...

Land use change influences continental water cycle

Forests, and tropical forests in particular, play an important role in the global water cycle. Scientists have recently shown that evaporation from the Amazon forest is for more than 50% responsible for the rainfall in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil, where it feeds crops and rivers. Similarly in Africa, the Congo forest exports tons of water through the atmosphere...

Neutron star bites off more than it can chew

ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory has watched a faint star flare up at X-ray wavelengths to almost 10 000 times its normal brightness. Astronomers believe the outburst was caused by the star trying to eat a giant clump of matter.

New method for imaging molecules inside cells

Using a new sample holder, researchers have further developed a new method for imaging individual cells. This makes it possible to produce snapshots that not only show the outline of the cell's contours but also the various molecules inside or on the surface of the cell, and exactly where they are located, something which is impossible with a normal...

CA-CANADA Summary (Reuters)

Reuters - The Canadian government is set to announce the sale of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd to SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, the Globe and Mail newspaper said on Tuesday. SNC-Lavalin, Canada's biggest engineering and construction firm, was the sole bidder for AECL's commercial nuclear power division and had said it was still interested in the deal despite losing its bidding partner in May.

Green: Can Biofuels Save Sub-Saharan Africa?

Two researchers see great potential for biofuel crops on marginal lands. The idea is that Africa could become a competitive exporter of biofuels, which could bring in money for the basic infrastructure needed to transport and process food.

Fine-Tuning Microsoft's Windows 7 for Speed

Windows 7 is at least as speedy as Windows Vista. But that's not exactly anything to boast about. You can throw the fastest hardware at Microsoft's latest operating system, and it will be speedy enough. But there's always room for improvement. The good news: with a few tweaks and some know-how, you can wring the most performance out of Windows 7, regardless of the computer you're running it on....

Synchronizing Contact Data on Your Cell Phone

At any given moment, you could find yourself needing an important work email, grandmother's telephone number or a list of all your important appointments for the next week. And, of course, when you really need it, that piece of information is nowhere to be found. Unless you've synchronized your data on your mobile phone. It's long been taken for granted that people will synchronize all data...

NAS for Home Network Data Storage and Backup

The modern data driven world brings with it modern problems. The networked man or woman today needs to manage an increasing volume of information scattered across multiple computers, smartphones, and hard drives. That can include vacation snapshots, videos from the Internet, email messages and multiple years' worth of tax returns. Juggling that stream of data can get complicated. One...

TripSketch Mobile Apps Fill Green Travel Gap

If you want to pack your green consciousness and take it with you when you travel, then the TripSketch Green Book app makes a lot of sustainable sense. There are a plenty of green travel apps on the market for mobile-device-wielding travelers, but most focus on carbon offsets or travel to a single city or region. So one differentiation of the TripSketch Green Book app is that it covers more...

Space Station Alert as Debris Makes 250 Meter Near Miss

The six-member crew aboard the International Space Station took shelter in their Soyuz lifeboats Tuesday morning after NASA learned about a piece of orbital debris that was heading uncomfortably close to the outpost. Typically, the space station will maneuver out ...