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Study: ordinary cinnamon turns poor learners into good students

Study: ordinary cinnamon turns poor learners into good students

Cinnamon may be a tool in a student's learning arsenal. According to a new study coming from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, cinnamon is transformed into sodium benzoate by the liver after ingestion, and it then makes its way into the brain where it boosts hippocampal plasticity. The result of this, at least in the mice used in the study, was a fairly rapid improvement in their ability to learn new things and remember them. While synthetic sodium benzoate is found in many processed foods, cinnamon, it turns out, is basically a slow-release way to consume the chemical.

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NHL and MLB out of market games will be streamed on Twitter

NHL and MLB out of market games will be streamed on Twitter

Twitter has announced a new deal that’s good news for hockey and baseball fans — starting soon, the social network will livestream out-of-market NHL and MLB games, while a new show from 120 Sports called ‘The Rally’ will stream as an exclusive nightly show for highlights. According to Twitter, this new deal is made possible through its partnership with MLBAM; anyone in the United States will be able to watch the livestreamed games, including those who aren’t logged into a Twitter account.

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US Air Force’s new initiative trains operators for space battles

US Air Force’s new initiative trains operators for space battles

U.S. Air Force Space Command has announced its new Space Mission Force initiative, a plan that will train satellite operators to respond to various threats and to control satellites in threatening environments. The Space Mission Force is more than a year into planning, and it comes from the Space Command’s head Gen. John Hyten. In the event space becomes a “contested environment,” this new USAF program will make sure a greater number of satellite operators are able to engage in so-called space battles.

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Blair Witch sequel is the latest surprise movie announcement

Blair Witch sequel is the latest surprise movie announcement

Earlier this year, movie lovers were pleasantly surprised (and later horribly disappointed) with the unexpected announcement of a Cloverfield sequel, which had been kept secret all the way up until its official announcement. In recent days we've been blindsided with the same kind of totally unexpected movie announcement: there's a new Blair Witch sequel, and it'll be hitting theaters on September 16.

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Titanium-gold alloy makes ultra-hard artificial joints

Titanium-gold alloy makes ultra-hard artificial joints

Researchers have developed a new type of alloy that is said to be four times harder than most type of steel, the end goal being artificial joints that are harder and more durable. In the present day, titanium is the preferred type of metal for these artificial joints. In the future, though, a titanium-gold alloy may be used instead, with the mixture being about three parts titanium to one part gold. The alloy is four times harder than titanium.

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PlayStation Vue will soon have NFL Network and RedZone

PlayStation Vue will soon have NFL Network and RedZone

PlayStation Vue is adding a couple new sports options for football fans: NFL RedZone and NFL Network. Sony announced the two upcoming channels in a statement today, saying they will be made available to subscribers nationwide soon. It isn’t clear what channel tier the channels will be made available under, or whether it will be made available as an add-on channel option. There will also be a couple perks for subscribers, including access to Watch NFL Network on the NFL’s website.

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Chrysler recalls 410k vehicles to replace wiring harness

Chrysler recalls 410k vehicles to replace wiring harness

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 410,000 vehicles locations in the United States, Canada, and beyond due to potential issues with some wiring harnesses. The 2015 Chrysler 200, Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City vans, and more could all potentially suffer from an electronic issue related to the wiring and some software, both of which will be updated/replaced as part of this newly announced recall. There haven’t been any reports of crashes or injuries resulting from these issues.

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The Walking Dead season 7 trailer: zombies and tigers, oh my

The Walking Dead season 7 trailer: zombies and tigers, oh my

The seventh season of The Walking Dead will be arriving this October, and we'll finally find out the conclusion of last season's cliffhanger (is a spoiler warning really necessary at this point?). Yes, yes, that cliffhanger should never have happened, and yes, it's okay to still feel salty about it. AMC's plodding on regardless, though, and today it has released the first trailer showing what season seven will bring.

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Amazon is planning midnight deliveries for a ‘secret product’

Amazon is planning midnight deliveries for a ‘secret product’

Amazon has a planned not-so-secret midnight delivery event set for July 31, but it’s not saying what product is so important that it’ll get special delivery hours. News surfaced via the company’s Flex drivers who were notified in an email about the upcoming change in drivers’ schedules. Whatever the product is, Flex drivers will be delivering it in supported regions starting at midnight and operating through 2AM. Amazon is referring to the item as a ‘secret product.'

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NASA sends astronauts into the sea for Mars training mission

NASA sends astronauts into the sea for Mars training mission

NASA’s NEEMO 21 undersea training mission has started, the space agency announced today. Officially called the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 21, the expedition lasts for 16 days and subjects astronauts to the kind of conditions they could expect to endure on a long space mission. It’s yet another piece of NASA’s Mars puzzle, not only preparing astronauts for such a future mission but also lending more data to the space agency for refining future plans.

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PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the top selling game console in the United States in June, according to NPD Group, the same honor it had in May and months before it. Microsoft, meanwhile, has bragged that the Xbox One hit 1.2 billion gaming hours in June, a milestone of its own representing a doubling of gaming hours versus the same month last year. Finally, for its part, Nintendo says it saw sales across the 3DS family of devices jump in June versus the month before, as well as high game performance.

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Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Huawei in China, claiming the latter company has violated half a dozen of its patents. The exact patents allegedly infringement upon haven’t been revealed at this time, nor it is clear how many courts received documents from Samsung, though it reportedly sued the company in multiple Chinese courts. The lawsuits were filed a couple weeks ago.

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