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Dec 5, 2016

‘Westworld’ Season 2: When Does the Show Return?

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When does Westworld return for season 2? (HBO)

Westworld has been a wonderful show with intricate layers-upon-layers. It seems destined to be the next Game of Thrones for HBO and could reach the level of popularity that Lost enjoyed. J.J. Abrams definitely has another hit on his hands. But now that the first season has ended far too soon, when does the second season begin? Unfortunately, it will likely be farther away than you’re hoping.

First, the good news. Westworld has indeed been renewed for a second season. Season 2 will run for 10 episodes, just like Season 1, according to EW.

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Dec 5, 2016

The 10 Algorithms Machine Learning Engineers Need to Know

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Read this introductory list of contemporary machine learning algorithms of importance that every engineer should understand.

By James Le, New Story Charity.

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Dec 4, 2016

Breakthrough prize awards $25m to researchers at ‘Oscars of science’

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, information science, quantum physics, science

It is not often that a scientist walks the red carpet at a Silicon Valley party and has Morgan Freeman award them millions of dollars while Alicia Keys performs on stage and other A-listers rub shoulders with NASA astronauts.

But the guest list for the Breakthrough prize ceremony is intended to make it an occasion. At the fifth such event in California last night, a handful of the world’s top researchers left their labs behind for the limelight. Honoured for their work on black holes and string theory, DNA repair and rare diseases, and unfathomable modifications to Schrödinger’s equation, they went home to newly recharged bank accounts.

Founded by Yuri Milner, the billionaire tech investor, with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sergey Brin, the Breakthrough prizes aim to right a perceived wrong: that scientists and engineers are not appreciated by society. With lucrative prizes and a lavish party dubbed “the Oscars of science”, Milner and his companions want to elevate scientists to rock star status.

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Dec 4, 2016

A First-of-Its-Kind HIV Vaccine Will Move to Phase II Trials in 2017

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A brand new type of HIV vaccine will move onto phase II clinical trials in 2017, after phase I trials showed that it was safe to use in humans.

The potential new vaccine will be tested on 600 people in North America, to see how well it can prevent them from getting the virus.

Before we get too excited, the phase I trials were only set up to show that the vaccine was tolerated well by the human body — they didn’t demonstrate if it actually works as a preventative treatment.

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Dec 4, 2016

Would you eat a pizza delivered by a drone?

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Dec 4, 2016

[GLOBAL LEADERS FORUM 2016] Session 1 — Bill Andrews [ENG]

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A Bill Andrews speech. You can watch the whole thing but the meat of it starts at about the 14 minute mark.

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Dec 3, 2016

A radiation-free approach to imaging molecules in the brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists hoping to get a glimpse of molecules that control brain activity have devised a new probe that allows them to image these molecules without using any chemical or radioactive labels.

Currently the gold standard approach to imaging molecules in the brain is to tag them with radioactive probes. However, these probes offer low resolution and they can’t easily be used to watch dynamic events, says Alan Jasanoff, an MIT professor of biological engineering.

Jasanoff and his colleagues have developed new sensors consisting of proteins designed to detect a particular target, which causes them to dilate blood vessels in the immediate area. This produces a change in blood flow that can be imaged with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or other imaging techniques.

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Dec 3, 2016

Research sets new target for brain cancer therapy

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Research published in Acta Neuropathologica, identified alterations in a protein known as ATRX in human brain tumours; researchers might also be able to target microRNAs directly, altering their levels to make cancer cells less likely to form tumours.

A recent study suggests that two recently discovered genetic differences between brain cancer cells and normal tissue cells could offer clues to tumour behaviour and potential new targets for therapy.

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Dec 3, 2016

How the Brain Recognizes Faces

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

MIT researchers and their colleagues have developed a new computational model of the human brain’s face-recognition mechanism that seems to capture aspects of human neurology that previous models have missed.

The researchers designed a machine-learning system that implemented their model, and they trained it to recognize particular faces by feeding it a battery of sample images. They found that the trained system included an intermediate processing step that represented a face’s degree of rotation — say, 45 degrees from center — but not the direction — left or right.

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Dec 3, 2016

Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Other Tech Companies Are Repelling China’s Cybersecurity Rules

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, policy

A new strict cyber security policy sees US tech companies in a stand-off with the Chinese authorities.

By Sead Fadilpasic

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