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‘Universal’ Windows development adds .Net Standard 2.0 support

Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP), an attempt to foster development of apps across multiple devices all running Windows 10, now supports the .Net Standard 2.0 specification for .Net unification. But this move comes right after Microsoft revealed it was effectively pulling the plug on its Windows Mobile platform for smartphones, making Universal Windows apps less universal. In fact, Microsoft has been expanding support for Android and iOS in its various development tools as it effectively cedes the mobile market to Google and Apple. [ There’s more than one way to build…

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‘Universal’ Windows development adds .Net Standard 2.0 support

Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP), an attempt to foster development of apps across multiple devices all running Windows 10, now supports the .Net Standard 2.0 specification for .Net unification. But this move comes right after Microsoft revealed it was effectively pulling the plug on its Windows Mobile platform for smartphones, making Universal Windows apps less universal. In fact, Microsoft has been expanding support for Android and iOS in its various development tools as it effectively cedes the mobile market to Google and Apple. [ There’s more than one way to build…

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Science 

This Week’s Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

Enlarge this image The sky over Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption toggle caption Lesley McClurg/KQED Air pollution in counties of the San Francisco Bay Area this week has been the worst since 1999 when officials began collecting data. “The pollution is so high it’s comparable to high pollution days in China,” says Lisa Fasano at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The worst hour so far was measured on Tuesday in Napa, Calif., with an air quality index of 404 for small particulate…

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Is This How The Trump Administration Might Save Coal?

Enlarge this image Coal stockpiled at a power plant. Reid Frazier/Allegheny Front hide caption toggle caption Reid Frazier/Allegheny Front On Capitol Hill Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended a controversial proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants. “There’s no such thing as a free market in energy,” he said in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Governments are picking winners and losers every day.” It was a remarkable statement, coming days after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt derided such tipping of the scales as he moved to repeal…

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FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness

Enlarge this image A panel of experts has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve a treatment developed by Spark Therapeutics for a rare form of blindness. Spark Therapeutics hide caption toggle caption Spark Therapeutics Gene therapy, which has had a roller-coaster history of high hopes and devastating disappointments, took an important step forward Thursday. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee endorsed the first gene therapy for an inherited disorder — a rare condition that causes a progressive form of blindness that usually starts in childhood. The recommendation…

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Brazil’s Deep Cuts To Science Funding Will Lock Country In The Past

Enlarge this image monsitj/Getty Images/iStockphoto As a Brazilian-born scientist, it pains me to witness the devastating cuts — and proposal of future additional reductions — to the country’s science funding. The cut of 44 percent in March brought the 2017 budget for Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications the lowest level in 12 years. Additional cuts of about 16 percent have been proposed for the 2018 budget. The situation is so dire that science centers may have difficulty paying their electricity bills and, of course, personnel will be…

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Recipes 

Pumpkin Gingerbread

This pumpkin gingerbread is one of our favorite treats for fall! We almost always have extra pumpkin sitting around this time of year, either puréed and in cans, or fresh. Two of my favorite sweet quick breads are pumpkin bread and gingerbread. This recipe started as an experiment to combine the two. The result? A tender, richly flavored loaf—spicy, molasses-y, and pumpkin-y.  Continue reading “Pumpkin Gingerbread” » … Read the referenced recipe here: Pumpkin Gingerbread

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Smarter 

How Having A Healthy Relationship With Yourself is The Key to Happy Relationship

We all have our inner voices that are our daily companions. We all carry on an internal dialogue that constantly evaluates and analyzes our and other’s actions. And it is that inner voice that is an indicator of how we see ourselves and treat ourselves. How My Inner Voice Affected My Life For the longest time, my inner voice was an ugly bully that followed me everywhere. As a teen and young adult, I remember that I was living in the constant state of general anxiety. Even though I had…

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Science 

After A Failed Launch, Smart Shoe Benefits From A Reboot

[embedded content] YouTube When Hahna Alexander set out to create a shoe that could charge a battery, she had no idea what challenges lay ahead of her. The inventing part went smoothly enough. Like many first-time inventors, she had a good idea and a passion for her work. She successfully invented a shoe that harnesses energy from each step the wearer takes. That energy can be used to charge a battery. Enlarge this image SolePower CEO Hahna Alexander speaks on stage at the 8th Annual Women In The World Summit…

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