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Sep 23, 2020

DeepCode cleans your code with the power of AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Zurich-based DeepCode claims that their system — essentially a tool for analyzing and improving code — is like Grammarly for programmers. The system, which uses a corpus of 250,000 rules, reads your public and private GitHub repositories and tells you how to fix problems, remain compatible and generally improve your programs.

Founded by Veselin Raychev, advisor Martin Vechev and Boris Paskalev, the team has extensive experience in machine learning and AI research. This project is a spin-off from ETH in Switzerland and is a standalone research project turned programming utility.

Sep 23, 2020

Metformin Treatment Linked to Slowed Cognitive Decline

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Summary: Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes, slows cognitive decline and reduces dementia risk in older people with diabetes.

Source: garvan institute of medical research.

Metformin is the first-line treatment for most cases of type 2 diabetes and one of the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide, with millions of individuals using it to optimise their blood glucose levels.

Sep 23, 2020

Scientists identify dozens of genes allowing cancer cells to evade the immune system

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Toronto scientists have mapped the genes allowing cancer cells to avoid getting killed by the immune system in a finding that paves the way for the development of immunotherapies that would be effective for larger patient populations and across different tumour types.

“Over the last decade, different forms of immunotherapy have emerged as really potent cancer treatments but the reality is that they only generate durable responses in a fraction of patients and not for all tumour types,” says Jason Moffat, a professor of molecular genetics in the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto who led the work.

The study also revealed the need for to take into account the genetic composition of tumours because of mutations in the cancer cells that can potentially make the disease worse in response to treatment, often referred to as cancer resistance mutations.

Sep 23, 2020

Unlocking a 140-year-old secret mystery in physics

Posted by in category: physics

Circa 2019


Unlocking the physical characteristics of semiconductors in much greater detail.

Sep 23, 2020

A Robot Beats Humans at Their Own Game—This Time on the Ice

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The triumph of a robot named Curly is the latest example of machines besting humans, but other big wins for the robots have been in digital environments; “with every throw, the ice changes.”

Sep 23, 2020

Scientists identify new species of crystal-encrusted truffle, thanks to bonobos

Posted by in category: futurism

Mushroom-munching bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have introduced scientists to a new species of truffle.

Commonly used by Congolese communities to bait traps for , Hysterangium is also savored by bonobos, an endangered species of great ape. Scientists say the hints at vast reserves of undescribed fungal diversity in the region.

“Truffles aren’t just for gourmet chefs—they’re also for our closest relatives,” said Matthew Smith, an associate professor in the University of Florida department of plant pathology and curator of the UF fungal herbarium. “There’s so much to learn about this system, and we’re just scratching the surface.”

Sep 23, 2020

Goodyear’s New Tire Concept Can Regenerate Tread on the Go

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

You might never have to replace your tires again.


When all-electric vehicles eventually complete their global takeover, they’ll collectively require much less maintenance than their oiled up, transmission-based counterparts. As for the tires? That’s a different story.

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Sep 23, 2020

COOR™, a 3-in-1 versatile and functional high-tech jacket

Posted by in category: sustainability

Launching soon on Kickstarter.


Wake up and smell the coffee: introducing™ 3-in-1 jacket — an inner & outer jacket which are high-performing, sustainable, and versatile.

We have been manufacturing jackets for the market leaders for years. It is now our turn to use what we have learned to create the highest-quality jacket and cut out the middleman saving you money.

Sep 23, 2020

Is Aging a Disease You Can Reverse? A Look at the Science Behind the Longevity Movement

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, science

We all want to know how to live longer, but is a prolonged life a healthy, happy one? One Vogue writer looks at the science that says it might be possible.

Sep 23, 2020

Quantumlib/Cirq

Posted by in category: quantum physics

A python framework for creating, editing, and invoking Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) circuits. — quantumlib/Cirq.