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Dec 7, 2019

Sickness like mad cow disease is spreading in deer — and could infect humans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A DEADLY infection similar to mad cow disease is spreading in deer — and could infect humans, experts have warned.

Officials are monitoring cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD), which attacks the brain, spinal cord and other tissue, in North America.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease — sometimes referred to as ‘zombie deer’ — has now spread to at least 26 states.

Dec 7, 2019

This Device Diagnoses Hundreds of Diseases Using a Single Drop of Blood

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Circa 2014 o.o


The digital health revolution is still stuck.

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Dec 7, 2019

Dramatic much?

Posted by in category: space

Dying stars sure are. 🙄

Their catastrophic explosions let out an intensely bright glow, often times rivaling the light of a whole galaxy. Can you spot the culprits in NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope image? https://go.nasa.gov/33Ylu5n

Dec 7, 2019

World’s first monkey-pig hybrids are born in Chinese lab

Posted by in category: futurism

Franken-Furters 😮


The two chimera piglets died within a week of being born. They were created after more than 4,000 attempts to implant embryos into sows. Research was carried out in Beijing, China.

Dec 7, 2019

Mathematician Finds Easier Way to Solve Quadratic Equations

Posted by in categories: energy, information science, mathematics

Quadratic equations are polynomials, meaning strings of math terms. An expression like “x + 4” is a polynomial. They can have one or many variables in any combination, and the magnitude of them is decided by what power the variables are taken to. So x + 4 is an expression describing a straight line, but (x + 4)² is a curve. Since a line crosses just once through any particular latitude or longitude, its solution is just one value. If you have x², that means two root values, in a shape like a circle or arc that makes two crossings.

Dec 6, 2019

The US is in danger of losing its global leadership in AI

Posted by in categories: economics, government, health, military, robotics/AI

Some argue that only a “Sputnik” moment will wake the American people and government to act with purpose, just as the 1957 Soviet launch of a satellite catalyzed new educational and technological investments. We disagree. We have been struck by the broad, bipartisan consensus in America to “get AI right” now. We are in a rare moment when challenge, urgency, and consensus may just align to generate the energy we need to extend our AI leadership and build a better future.


Congress asked us to serve on a bipartisan commission of tech leaders, scientists, and national security professionals to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and national security. Our work is not complete, but our initial assessment is worth sharing now: in the next decade, the United States is in danger of losing its global leadership in AI and its innovation edge. That edge is a foundation of our economic prosperity, military power and ultimately the freedoms we enjoy.

As we consider the leadership stakes, we are struck by AI’s potential to propel us towards many imaginable futures. Some hold great promise; others are concerning. If past technological revolutions are a guide, the future will include elements of both.

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Dec 6, 2019

FBI Issues ‘Drive-By’ Hacking Warning: This Is How To Secure Your Devices

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, habitats, internet

A new FBI warning provides advice on protecting home WiFi networks from attack.

Dec 6, 2019

Unpatched systems are still one of the significant attack vectors to launch cyberattacks

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, futurism

Leaving a vulnerable system unpatched can invite troubles for an organization. The issue can turn worse when the organization suffers a cyberattack that can result in, but not limited to, compromise of confidential data, DDoS attacks or stealing of customers’ details.

According to a report released by Recorded Future, it has been found that the same vulnerabilities kept showing up year-after-year. An interesting aspect of the report was that most of these vulnerabilities were found to be exploited via phishing attacks and exploit kits that specifically target flaws in Microsoft products.

Dec 6, 2019

Gamma-ray laser moves a step closer to reality

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, quantum physics, space travel

O.o.


A physicist at the University of California, Riverside, has performed calculations showing hollow spherical bubbles filled with a gas of positronium atoms are stable in liquid helium.

The calculations take scientists a step closer to realizing a , which may have applications in , spacecraft propulsion, and .

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Dec 6, 2019

The Evolutionary Math Puzzle

Posted by in category: mathematics

Evolutionary stories like the grandmother hypothesis are easy to construct from mathematical models, but how well do they reflect reality?

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