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> We believe that we have in effect discovered a fundamental 'Achilles heel' for all cancers -- Dr Timothy Bates http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6244715.stm

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http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-03/iaft-ssc022411.php > > **48 percent of patients in study quit before diagnosis, most before onset of symptoms** > > Many longtime smokers quit spontaneously with little effort shortly before their lung cancer is diagnosed, leading some researchers to speculate that sudden cessation may be a symptom of lung cancer. > > Most patients who quit did so before noticing any symptoms of cancer, according to the study, which was published in the March issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), the official monthly journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). > > "It is …

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia_and_smoking > Studies across 20 countries show a strong association between schizophrenia and smoking.[1] For example, in the United States, 80% or more of schizophrenics smoke, compared to 20% of the general population in 2006.[2] > Though it is well established that smoking is more prevalent among schizophrenics than the general population as well as those with other psychiatric diagnoses, there is currently no definitive explanation for this difference.[3] Many social, psychological, and biological explanations have been proposed, but today research focuses on neurobiology.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tobacco_movement_in_Nazi_Germany > Adolf Hitler was a heavy smoker in his early life — he used to smoke 25 to 40 cigarettes daily — but gave up the habit, concluding that it was a waste of money. In later years, Hitler viewed smoking as "decadent" and "the wrath of the Red Man against the White Man, vengeance for having been given hard liquor", lamenting that "so many excellent men have been lost to tobacco poisoning". He was unhappy because both Eva Braun and Martin Bormann were smokers and was concerned over Hermann Göring's continued smoking in public places. He was angered …

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22302-can-castration-really-prolong-a-mans-life.html?full=true&print=true **What do other experts in ageing say?** "When testosterone is lacking, the demand for amino acids to support cell proliferation and muscle-building is decreased, and it's thought that the body then shifts the use of these basic building blocks towards cellular defence and stress resistance," says Holly Brown-Borg, who studies ageing at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She guesses that the eunuchs were smaller and less muscular, with lower levels of cancer and heart disease.

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I'm getting more and more confused... http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729080.200-nobelwinner-watson-do-antioxidants-promote-cancer.html

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**Discovery of gatekeeper nerve cells explains the effect of nicotine on learning and memory** http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-discovery-gatekeeper-nerve-cells-effect.html > "It is known that nicotine improves cognitive processes including learning and memory, but this is the first time that an identified nerve cell population is linked to the effects of nicotine", says Professor Klas Kullander at Scilifelab and Uppsala University.

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Ok I have been looking for this for a while it is the ultimate list of repositories for the Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake distro. It will give you so many program choices you wont know what to do. simply goto your terminal and type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list (I chose gedit for this because im assuming it is the easiest for people try kate for kde, also nano,vi, and emacs should work) and then add this to the file # Treviño’s Ubuntu Dapper Sources list # http://italy.copybase.ch/blog/?page_id=13 # # Based on source-o-matic (http://www.ubuntulinux.nl/source-o-matic) list # Added extra repository # # If …

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[URL="http://www.ibm.com"]IBM[/URL] researchers have [URL="http://www.zurich.ibm.com/news/07/asme.html"]unveiled[/URL] prototype 3D visualisation software that will enable doctors to interact with their medical data in pretty much the same way they interact with their patients. The technology, known as the Anatomic and Symbolic Mapper Engine (ASME), uses an avatar representation of the human body which the doctor can click on to trigger a medical records search relevant to that body part. "It's like Google Earth for the body," said IBM Researcher Andre Elisseeff, who leads the healthcare projects at IBM's Zurich Research Lab. "In hopes of speeding the move toward electronic healthcare records, we've tried to …

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For those who may not have heard, former network leader Novell (who owns SuSE Linux) made a deal with Microsoft exchanging some intellectual property rights. Those in the business-end of IT know that Microsoft is busy applying for thousands of patents concerning Intellectual Property -- have a look at Network Computing and Information Week for all the good details. From Groklaw: Under the Patent Cooperation Agreement, Microsoft commits to a covenant not to assert its patents against Novell's end-user customers for their use of Novell products and services for which Novell receives revenue directly or indirectly from such customers, with …

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What Caused Microsoft to Create DirectX10? It all started with the Windows Error Reporting Tool. Microsoft was collecting hundreds of Bugs per day only for its Operating System. Microsft Found out that 70% of all errors and bad user Experience in Windows XP comes from Graphic Display drivers. First, Microsft saw that most of the Drivers used are not certified (WHQL). Secondly, Microsoft also saw that due to the fact that the Graphic Driver runs in Kernel Mode, if it crashes, it brings the entire Operating System Down. So Microsoft said: “Heck! If we solve the only problem that is …

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Intel officially announced the introduction of 10 Core 2 Duo and Core Extreme microprocessors for desktops, workstations and notebooks. Intel said it has over 550 customer system designs underway, with the CPUs built on 65 nanometre technology. Machines using the desktop chips will be available in early August, while notebooks will become available at the end of that month. Five of the family are aimed for desktops, five for notebook and mobile users. The products were formally codenamed "Cointreau" and "Merom". The chips support 64-32 instructions, so called smart cache which shares L2 cache, wide dynamic execution, and instructions that …

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After months of possible merger information it finally happens and I am surprised at the amount of money that AMD had to spend on this. This is a huge step for both companies. Currently Intel is the lead manufacturer of microprocessors, semiconductors, and graphics chips with AMD being the second for microprocessors and Nvidia and Ati battling it out for second in the graphics chips. Now of course Intel graphics chips are like integrated graphics obviously if you need a high end graphics card you would go with a Nvidia, Ati, or some of the other card manufacturers. The only …

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The world of malware could be turned upon its head if the Blue Pill virtualization based rootkit due to be demonstrated at the [URL="http://syscan.org"]SyScan 06[/URL] Conference, Singapore, in a couple of weeks proves as undetectable as the security researcher who has created it claims. [URL="http://invisiblethings.org/"]Joanna Rutkowska[/URL] is a stealth malware researcher with a Singapore based IT security business, and specializes in rootkit technology. Using AMD's SVM/Pacifica virtualization technology, she has created a working prototype that not only takes complete control of the underlying operating system but also remains 100% undetectable while doing so. The demonstration will be on the Vista …

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I was recently working on a personal project to setup a PVR system for my living room. The first part of this project was relatively easy; I just bought another dell computer. The next step was a little bit complicated, see, personally I would typically like to use an OS that has a portage type system (Gentoo, FreeBSD, etc.), but I felt that I needed a little work on my [url="http://www.rpm.org/"]RedHat Package Management[/url] skills. This required that I use RedHat Enterprise 3 or 4, since the [url="http://fedora.redhat.com/"]Fedora[/url] code uses [url="http://linux.duke.edu/projects/yum/"]Yum[/url] (which I ended up installing anyway). When I first installed …

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At [URL="http://www.supercomp.de/"]ISC2006[/URL], the 21st International Supercomputer Conference, in Dresden, Germany today an interesting announcement was made by [URL="http://www.tyan.com"]Tyan Computer[/URL]: the launch of the Personal Supercomputer. Not quite a desktop machine, it is being marketed as a deskside unit, the [URL="http://www.tyan.com/products/html/clusterservers.html"]Typhoon PSC[/URL] certainly promises to pack quite a punch. The 8 processors and 64Gb RAM delivering a hard hitting maximum 70 Gigaflop punch to be precise. All this in a device no bigger than a couple of standard desktop PCs and bringing low noise and power consumption to what we normally think of as the noisy, high power end of the …

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According to just released research from Michigan based [URL="http://www.onlymyemail.com"]OnlyMyEmail [/URL]Inc it would appear that Sender ID is ineffective as an anti-spam solution. Despite the high profile, and frankly somewhat aggressive PR campaign by [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/safety/technologies/senderid/default.mspx"]Microsoft[/URL], the 60 day statistical analysis certainly suggests that it isn’t the Holy Grail of anti-spam that Mr. Gates would have us believe. Across a 60 day period, OnlyMyEmail discovered that emails sent by a domain without a published [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Policy_Framework"]Sender Policy Framework[/URL] (SPF) record were only slightly less likely to be spam than those sent by domains that publish Sender ID information in their DNS records. But, …

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The reports that are popping up all over the web that [URL="http://www.ibm.com"]IBM[/URL], along with [URL="http://www.gatech.edu"]Georgia Tech[/URL], has [URL="http://www.gatech.edu/news-room/release.php?id=1019"]demonstrated [/URL]the world’s fastest ever chip are, sadly, not quite as exciting as you might at first think. Not least because this wasn’t a chip at all, but rather a transistor, and even the least technical minded of people will realize there’s something of a difference between the two. Looking beyond that basic misunderstanding of the facts, the news still fails to excite me as much as it seems to have excited everyone else and here’s for why: Yes, it did run at …

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The triple-gate transistor is not new, almost exactly three years ago on June 12th 2003 at the [URL="http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20030612tech.htm"]Symposia of VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto[/URL], Japan, [URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel [/URL]was heralding it as the future of chip design. However, the fact that at the same [URL="http://www.vlsisymposium.org/index.html"]Symposium this week in Hawaii[/URL], Intel reveals the technology is moving out of the conceptual research phase and could be used in chip production as soon as 2010 most certainly is newsworthy. Intel has successfully built the transistors which use gates on three sides to control current: a structure that reduces leakage (so less overheating and less …

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Multiple core processors are set to dominate the marketplace by the end of 2007, after [URL="http://www.amd.com"]AMD [/URL]follows [URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel [/URL]down the ‘more performance for less power’ road. Having already beaten Intel to the dual-core processor punch, the announcement from AMD that it will ship four-core processors for high end desktops, servers and workstations by mid-2007 puts the chip giants back head-to-head once again. Considering the market share that AMD has carved out for itself in such a relatively short time, currently standing at 20%, Intel look a little exposed right now. It was hoping to stall the market slippage with the …

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In 2002, IBM scientists managed to produce a magnetic data tape capable of a storage density of 1 billion bits per square inch. This week the [URL="http://www.almaden.ibm.com"]IBM Almaden Research Center [/URL]boffins have done it again, in conjunction with Fuji, to the tune of 6.67 billion bits per square inch. That figure I confidently expected to rise to 8 billion by the time the tape becomes commercially available in 2011. If you are not a large corporate then this news will probably hold little more than a passing geek interest. For the enterprise that requires large volumes of static data storage …

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Remember this week, for it was the week that we lost the fight against spam. On May 5th I reported how militant spammer PharmaMaster had brought down the Blue Frog anti-spam vigilante service. I wondered then if it was the end of the toad for Blue Security, and sadly this has proven to be the case as CEO Eran Reshef has now closed the service in fear of escalating an online war claiming “I cannot go ahead and rip up the Internet to make Blue Security work.

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Just when you thought the spam problem couldn’t get any worse, comes the news that spammers are fighting back against the pro-active anti-spam community approach using tit-for-tat Denial of Service attacks and intimidation. The [URL="http://www.bluesecurity.com"]Blue Frog[/URL] anti-spam approach is a relatively simple one of ‘hit them where it hurts’ and for the spammer that’s in the wallet. How the hitting is done is the controversial bit. Instead of the spammer, Blue Security targets the companies whose products are being marketed. It works like this: you add your email address to an encrypted Do Not Include Registry database, you report all …

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Part of my new job as a Linux Engineer is to evaluate different Operating Systems. I am most familiar with RedHat, having grown up with their OS since 5.2 back in the mid-90's. Wow, have things changed. So, I looked at a linux that a lot of people are talking about: Ubuntu, and was pleasently surprised at how easy it was to work with. I worked with Ubuntu "Breezy Badger", the most current installation available. It installed onto my older Compaq E500 laptop without a problem, as it recognized the hardware and software (except the PCMCIA wireless card) right out …

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Early in November, Microsoft began a free web-based Virus Scanner, allowing members of the general public to come to their website, download a tool, and then proceed to tie up your box and scan it for all of the creepies that have infested your computer while on the internet. What they haven't readily disclosed, however, is that the scanner reports materials on your computer back to Microsoft HQ. BOOO! Windows Live Safety Center works with Windows XP Home, XP Professional, 2000 Professional, Server 2003, or Windows 2000 Server. You need to also run it with IE 6.0 or better, as …

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Microsoft this week updated Microsoft Works -- the consumer-level "home" edition of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Works Suite 2006 is now available for SRP $99.95 Microsoft Works is an integrated word processor, spreadsheet, database, calendar, and email client wrapped up into one large program. The programs are sufficient for most home users -- keep a checkbook, write some letters, perhaps sort some recipies and/or keep track of your music media. Works does not easily interact with Microsoft Office, however, especially the database file format. One would think that MS Access could open a works database file, but that is not the …

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Yes, it's finally out of Beta and into final release. New [url=http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/2.0/index.html]features[/url] are plentiful, and add both functionality and improved MS Office compatibility. Discussion of this upgrade to the excellent and well known freeware office software suite has been plentiful during the period of Beta release, so there's no need to replicate it here. Just go [url=http://download.openoffice.org/index.html]download[/url] the thing. It's available for all major platforms, after all! A commercial version in the form of an updated version of the inexpensive Star Office is also available for those who prefer it, and it comes complete with the usual clip art, fonts, …

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Microsoft's new Digital Locker system allows users of Windows computers to download computer software from a variety of vendors. A number of software vendors already provide this functionality -- Microsoft's system brings those vendors under "one roof", manages the financial transactions, and then stores the license information for later use if your installation croaks. Using the familiar shopping-card functionality, users can browse the software listings, and pick out what software they would like to download, and then purchase the items. Once the finances are arranged, a separate program called the Digital Locker Assistant will manage the downloads, and allow you …

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OpenOffice.Org, the creaters and maintainers of the open-sourced OpenOffice, have just released version 1.1.5 of their office software suite. The update addresses a security problem concerning a buffer overflow; there are other issues that are repaired since version 1.1.4, such as porting updates (OpenOffice was developed for Linux first, and from there ported to other OS's), document translation issues, new currency formats, and some compiling problems. The other neat thing about OO 1.1.5 is that the software will now read in the new OpenDocument format introduced with OpenOffice 2.0 beta. Presently in Beta2, OO 2.0 greatly enhances the suite by …

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Microsoft is currently reorganising itself into three main divisions, in an effort to streamline the processes of decision making and bringing products to market. The three divisions will be: [b]Microsoft Platform Products and Services Division[/b] Responsible for Windows products, corporate server products and MSN web services. [b]Microsoft Business Division[/b] Responsible for software and software based services for business [b]Entertainment and Devices Division[/b] Responsible for multimedia content and devices to deliver media at work, home or on the move. As well as the three main divisions, Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will be responsible for developing software based services across all …

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