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Web searches may predict disease risk among populations

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – – Internet search data might someday help estimate the prevalence of non-communicable diseases like stroke, heart disease or cancer, a new study suggests. Web searches are often linked with behavior, said Svetha Venkatesh, one of the study’s co-authors. For example, a trip to the gym may be predicted by a search for the gym’s hours, said Venkatesh, who directs the Center for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. Or an order for food delivery might be predicted by a search for a food delivery company, Venkatesh added. Read More..

March 31st, 2015

After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

To keep its code-breaking prowess, the National Security Agency must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. The Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts. Read more…

March 31st, 2015

BioCryst wins US contract to continue Ebola drug development

(Reuters) – BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc said it won a U.S. government contract to continue development of its potential treatment for Ebola and other viral diseases.

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March 31st, 2015

On a cold Boston morning, remembering Teddy Kennedy

A host of political luminaries attended the dedication Monday of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point, right next to the presidential library of Teddy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

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March 31st, 2015

Lebanese fashion designer Basil Soda dies

Lebanese designer Basil Soda acknowledges the public at the end of the Fall-Winter 2010/2011 Haute Couture Collection Show, on July 6, 2010, in ParisBasil Soda, credited as one of Lebanon's best-known international fashion designers, has died, his company said. Lebanese media said Soda had died aged 47 after suffering from cancer, without providing further details. Soda began his fashion career in 2000, and was based in Beirut.

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March 31st, 2015
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