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Why a pop idol's stand against her assault sparked outrage in Japan

It was a meant to be a happy occasion to launch the New Year -- a meet and greet between a Japanese pop idol and her fans.

Pence's wife to teach art at anti-LGBT school

Karen Pence's office on Tuesday defended a decision by the second lady to teach art at a Christian school in northern Virginia that bans gay students and parents.

9/11 survivor among those killed in hotel terror attack

American businessman Jason Spindler survived the September 11 attacks in New York only to die this week in another act of terror.

Alicia Keys films 'unimpressed' kids

Alicia Keys posted on her Instagram the moment she told her two sons she was hosting the Grammys.

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Fasting Can Improve Overall Health By Causing Circadian Clocks In the Liver and Skeletal Muscle To Rewire Their Metabolism, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceDaily: In a University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers found evidence that fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against aging-associated diseases. The study was published recently in Cell Reports. The research was conducted using mice, which were subjected to 24-hour periods of fasting. While fasting, researchers noted the mice exhibited a reduction in oxygen consumption (VO2), respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and energy expenditure, all of which were completely abolished by refeeding, which parallels results observed in humans. "The reorganization of gene regulation by fasting could prime the genome to a more permissive state to anticipate upcoming food intake and thereby drive a new rhythmic cycle of gene expression. In other words, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against aging-associated diseases." This study opens new avenues of investigation that could ultimately lead to the development of nutritional strategies to improve health in humans.

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Key West Moves To Ban Sunscreens That Could Damage Reefs

Yesterday, the Key West City Commission unanimously voted to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain two ingredients -- oxybenzone and octinoxate -- that a growing body of scientific evidence says harm coral reefs. The measure must now be reviewed again by the commission before it becomes law. The second vote is scheduled for February 5th. Miami Herald reports: Environmental researchers have published studies showing how these two ingredients, which accumulate in the water from bathers or from wastewater discharges, can damage coral reefs through bleaching and harming the corals' DNA. In some instances, the corals can die. A Feburary 2016 study in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology examining the impact of oxybenzone in corals in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands concluded that the sunscreen ingredient "poses a hazard to coral reef conservation and threatens the resiliency of coral reefs to climate change.'' Last year, Hawaii banned the sale or distribution of any sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, a measure that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. It was the first state in the nation to implement such a ban. In Florida, the website for the South Florida Reef Ambassador Initiative, which falls under the state's Department of Environmental Protection, tells divers to "Avoid sunscreens with Oxybenzone and Avobenzone. The benzones are compounds that are lethal to coral reproduction in very small amounts." Experts who have studied the issue say sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are minerals, also block ultraviolet rays. They create a barrier on the skin that deflect the sun's rays .

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Researchers Report Breakthrough In Ice-Repelling Materials

"Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new theory in physics called stress localization, which they used to tune and predict the properties of new materials," reports Phys.Org. "Based on those predictions, the researchers reported in Materials Horizons that they have created a durable silicone polymer coating capable of repelling ice from any surface." The new research has huge implications for aircraft, power transmission lines, and more. From the report: Hadi Ghasemi, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at UH and corresponding author for the work, said the findings suggest a way to take trial and error out of the search for new materials, in keeping with the movement of materials science toward a physics-driven approach. "You put in the properties you want, and the principle will tell you what material you need to synthesize," he said, noting that the concept can also be used to predict materials with superb antibacterial or other desirable properties. The new material uses elastic energy localization where ice meets the material, triggering cracks at the interface that slough off the ice. Ghasemi said it requires minimal force to cause the cracks; the flow of air over the surface of an airplane acts as a trigger, for example. The material, which is applied as a spray, can be used on any surface, and Ghasemi said testing showed it is not only mechanically durable and unaffected by ultraviolet rays -- important for aircraft which face constant sun exposure -- but also does not change the aircraft's aerodynamic performance. Testing indicates it will last for more than 10 years, with no need to reapply, he said.

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Fortnite Bugs Gave Hackers Access To Millions of Player Accounts, Researchers Say

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point say three vulnerabilities chained together could have allowed hackers to take control of any of Fortnite's 200 million players. "The flaws, if exploited, would have stolen the account access token set on the gamer's device once they entered their password," reports TechCrunch. "Once stolen, that token could be used to impersonate the gamer and log in as if they were the account holder, without needing their password." From the report: The researchers say that the flaw lies in how Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, handles login requests. Researchers said they could send any user a crafted link that appears to come from Epic Games' own domain and steal an access token needed to break into an account. Here's how it works: The user clicks on a link, which points to an epicgames.com subdomain, which the hacker embeds a link to malicious code on their own server by exploiting a cross-site weakness in the subdomain. Once the malicious script loads, unbeknownst to the Fortnite player, it steals their account token and sends it back to the hacker. "If the victim user is not logged into the game, he or she would have to log in first," a researcher said. "Once that person is logged in, the account can be stolen." Epic Games has since fixed the vulnerability.

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Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill To Create Federal Regulations On Data Collection

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at creating federal standards of privacy protection for major internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. The bill, titled the American Data Dissemination Act, requires the Federal Trade Commission to make suggestions for regulation based on the Privacy Act of 1974. Congress would then have to pass legislation within two years, or the FTC will gain the power to write the rules itself (under current laws, the FTC can only enforce existing rules). While Rubio's bill is intended to reign in the data collection and dissemination of companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Netflix, it also requires any final legislation to protect small businesses from being stifled by new rules. The caveat comes when one considers states' rights to create their own privacy laws. Under Rubio's legislation, any national regulations would preempt state laws -- even if the state's are more strict. "While we may have disagreements on the best path forward, no one believes a privacy law that only bolsters the largest companies with the resources to comply and stifles our start-up marketplace is the right approach," Rubio wrote in an op-ed for The Hill, announcing his bill.

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南韓外交部分析指特朗普在北韓問題上進一步向中國施壓

南韓外交部分析,美國總統特朗普較早前在社交網站,指北韓正在「找麻煩」的留言,是要在朝鮮半島問題上,進一步向中國施壓。韓聯社引述南韓外交部人員的分析指,特朗普的留言證明美國政府高層清楚明白北韓核導彈問題的嚴重性、危險性和迫切性,並再次強調中國在解決這個問題上的重要性。報道又指,美軍早前攻擊敘利亞政府空軍基地後,特朗普恢復了作為軍方最高統帥的自信。美軍核動力航母「卡爾文森號」駛向朝鮮半島近海,反映美國試圖透過軍事手段,盡可能向中國及北韓施壓。

外交部就達賴到中印邊境爭議地區活動 提出嚴正交涉

在北京,外交部發言人陸慷表示,已經就西藏達賴喇嘛到中國與印度邊界東段爭議地區活動,提出嚴正交涉,並將採取進一步措施,維護中方領土主權和國家安全。陸慷在記者會說,印度不顧中方關切,執意安排達賴到有關地區活動,縱容他與印度個別官員,發表挑釁中方的政治言論,此行已超越印方所稱的宗教活動範疇,違背印度在涉藏問題上的鄭重承諾,對兩國通過談判妥善解決領土爭議,產生不利影響。陸慷說,中方要求印方從兩國和兩國人民根本利益出發,維護兩國關係發展的政治基礎,不得再採取損害邊界談判和兩國關係的挑釁做法,以實際行動維護中印關係的大局。

外交部就達賴到中印邊境爭議地區活動 提出嚴正交涉

在北京,外交部發言人陸慷表示,已經就西藏達賴喇嘛到中國與印度邊界東段爭議地區活動,提出嚴正交涉,並將採取進一步措施,維護中方領土主權和國家安全。陸慷在記者會說,印度不顧中方關切,執意安排達賴到有關地區活動,縱容他與印度個別官員,發表挑釁中方的政治言論,此行已超越印方所稱的宗教活動範疇,違背印度在涉藏問題上的鄭重承諾,對兩國通過談判妥善解決領土爭議,產生不利影響。陸慷說,中方要求印方從兩國和兩國人民根本利益出發,維護兩國關係發展的政治基礎,不得再採取損害邊界談判和兩國關係的挑釁做法,以實際行動維護中印關係的大局。

航空公司超賣機位 專家:乘客毫無權利可言

航空公司超賣機位 專家:乘客毫無權利可言. (法新社芝加哥11日電) 聯合航空(United Airlines)強拖乘客下機風波,讓超賣機位與趕客做法頓時成為焦點,航空公司依賴超賣避免乘客沒有出現產生的損失。專家說,對此乘客真的沒有什麼權利可言。 航空業分析師曼恩(Robert Mann)表示,如果要他們停止超賣機位,「為了試圖彌補長期累積的這類損失,唯一辦法就是調漲每個人的票價」。 ...


南韓檢方據報有意下周一正式起訴朴槿惠

韓聯社報道,南韓當局計劃下星期正式起訴前總統朴槿惠。檢察官員表示,最有可能在下星期一提出起訴。朴槿惠涉及受賄、濫權等罪名。她被拘留接近2星期,期間一直否認指控。

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