Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution

Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative — and her 38 babies — is among the best evidence that a key development in the evolution of mammals was trading brood power for brain power.
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Wipe out! Facebook sheds $100 billion in market value on fears about user growth

  1. Wipe out! Facebook sheds $100 billion in market value on fears about user growth  USA TODAY
  2. Facebook’s ‘Chief Buzzkill’ Strikes Again  Wall Street Journal
  3. Facebook just suffered its worst day ever  CNBC
  4. Opinion: Facebook pays for all its mistakes at once, and it is a big bill  MarketWatch
  5. How years of privacy controversies finally caught up with Facebook  Washington Post
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Criminal case sheds light on Apple self-driving car technology

  1. Criminal case sheds light on Apple self-driving car technology  Business Insider
  2. Former Apple employee charged with stealing autonomous car trade secrets  AppleInsider
  3. Former Apple employee faces up to 10 years in prison, $250K fine for stealing Project Titan trade secrets  9to5Mac
  4. Former Apple employee charged with stealing company trade secrets  The Mercury News
  5. Apple self-driving car secrets allegedly stolen  Financial Times
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Microsoft engineer shares her immigration story and sheds light on a broken system

Microsoft engineer shares her immigration story and sheds light on a broken systemIn a heart-wrenching post, a Microsoft software engineer opened up about her personal immigration story. Sri Ponnada shared on Facebook that she must leave the United States in six months because of the nation’s current immigration issues that have forced her and her family to wait years for green cards, despite proper documentation. Her post is starting conversations about how the system is also impacting children who came to this country, and those who are now adults still navigating a complex green card process.   SEE ALSO: 5 books about immigrant and refugee experiences that you’ll want to read with your kids On a page dedicated to support for her case, Ponnada, who is currently residing in Washington, offered a detailed account of her experiences as a child who immigrated to the country with her parents when she was 14 from Jamaica, though she is originally from India. In the post, she discusses the opportunities she seized while a student at University of Iowa, and the contributions she and her family have made — such as her mother’s work as “a doctor in an underserved community in Iowa.” Ponnada also shared that she has worked with non-profits, encouraging girls to join STEM fields and is involved in social service projects with the city of Seattle outside of her work at Microsoft.  “I have had great opportunities in this country so far, but I still face the same anxiety I’ve had since childhood about my visa status,” she explains. “Even though I have lived here practically my whole life and work at Microsoft, I had to apply for a H1B visa — which is a LOTTERY — just to be able to stay in the country because there is no way for kids like me to stay here with our parents who become lawful permanent residents through the green card process.” The immigration status of Ponnada’s parents is unclear, but we’ve reached out for additional information.  H-1B visas are temporary visas filed by employers. Due to the amount of people seeking the visa, petitions are chosen via lottery. Those who are selected are granted three years of work within the United States. According to the
New York Times, many (though not all) visas are granted to software engineers and those working in tech, like, Ponnada.  “I haven’t been selected for a H1B in the lottery – so when my STEM OPT expires next February, I’ll have to leave my family, my friends, and my home in the United States — the only country I’ve known since I became a teenager,” she explains on Facebook. STEM OPT is a program facilitated by the Department of Homeland Security for those who have graduated from a STEM program at an accredited U.S. college or university.  “Where should I go? Jamaica – where I came from? Or to India where I was born but haven’t lived in since I was 3 years old?,” she continued. Ponnada explains that while she is currently  working and residing in the country on a STEM OPT extension, she initially came on a dependent children’s visa. “Due to the huge green card backlog for individuals from India, I lost my dependent visa status at the age of 21 as I was no longer a minor,” she recounted. This meant she had to convert her initial dependent children’s visa to a student visa in order to complete her education.  When her extension runs out in six months, she will have to “self-deport” because she was unable to obtain a visa, despite having a permanent job. “That makes no sense to me,” she wrote. “And I hope it doesn’t make sense to you either.”  In another post, Ponnada shared the ways in which people can support her efforts to stay within the country. Many action items, like calling Congress or sharing personal stories, are similar things one can do if seeking ways to help immigrant children and undocumented youth throughout the country.   Within Microsoft, the company’s Assistant General Counsel Jack Chen offered his support for Ponnada, along with U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, (R-Kansas) who met with her in June.  I’m proud to call Sri a Microsoft colleague. Thank you @RepKevinYoder for taking the time to hear our employees stories, and for your commitment to eliminating #percountry limits. #HR392 — Jack Chen (@jakchen) June 21, 2018 You can read Ponnada’s full post here.  WATCH: ‘We’re being used’: Rapper Vic Mensa pleads for gun control legislation.

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New Galaxy S10 leak sheds more light on Samsung's most exciting phone in years

  1. New Galaxy S10 leak sheds more light on Samsung’s most exciting phone in years  BGR
  2. Samsung Gear S4 May Launch In August With The Galaxy Note 9  Android Headlines
  3. Deal: Awesome BOGO deals on the Galaxy S9, S8 Active, LG G7 and Google Pixel 2!  Android Central
  4. Samsung sets to introduce foldable mobile  Korea Times
  5. Galaxy S10 could avoid notch thanks to ‘sound-emitting’ display tech  The INQUIRER
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China says probe sheds no light on mystery illness striking US diplomats

  1. China says probe sheds no light on mystery illness striking US diplomats  Washington Post
  2. State Department sends personnel for screenings in US after China acoustic incident  CNN
  3. US Evacuates Multiple Employees From Chinese Consulate Over Mysterious Illness  NPR
  4. Health Alert | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in China  US Embassy and Consulates in China
  5. A Medical Mystery Grows as US Consulate Workers in China Fall Ill  New York Times
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New study sheds light on the opioid epidemic and challenges prevailing views about this public health crisis

A new study sheds new light on the sharp rise in fatal drug overdoses in recent years, one of the most severe public health challenges of our time. The study found that the growth in fatal overdoses for non-Hispanic whites (NHWs) aged 22-56 years was sufficiently large to account for the entire growth in mortality rates (MR) and years of potential life lost (YPLL) for this population from 1999 to 2015.
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Study sheds light on how 'dopamine neurons' contribute to memory formation in humans

Research sheds light on how the human brain rapidly forms new memories, providing insights into potential new treatments for memory disorders. A new study examined neurons that produce dopamine, a compound that acts as a transmitter for nerve impulses. It found that these dopamine neurons play a critical role in the formation of episodic memory, which allows people to remember such things as where they parked the car in the morning and what they had for dinner last night.
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Math sheds light on how living cells 'think'

How does the ‘brain’ of a living cell work, allowing an organism to function and thrive in changing and unfavorable environments? Researchers have developed new mathematics to solve a longstanding mystery of how the incredibly complex biological networks within cells can adapt and reset themselves after exposure to a new stimulus.
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