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Feb 9, 2016

Why don’t we have a vaccine for Zika?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Interesting. Hope they cure this!


Suresh Mahalingam and Michael Rolph discuss how the development of a Zika vaccine compares with the other mosquito-borne viruses.

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Feb 9, 2016

Scientists Found a Way to Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, military, neuroscience

The US military is looking for ways to insert microscopic devices into human brains to help folks communicate with machines, like prosthetic limbs, with their minds. And now, DARPA’s saying scientists have found a way to do just that—without ripping open patients’ skulls.

In the DARPA-funded study, researchers at the University of Melbourne have developed a device that could help people use their brains to control machines. These machines might include technology that helps patients control physical disabilities or neurological disorders. The results were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

In the study, the team inserted a paperclip-sized object into the motor cortexes of sheep. (That’s the part of the brain that oversees voluntary movement.) The device is a twist on traditional stents, those teeny tiny tubes that surgeons stick in vessels to improve blood flow.

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Feb 8, 2016

Nanoparticle therapy that uses LDL and fish oil kills liver cancer cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Another cancer therapy; healthcare seems to be on a roll.


An experimental nanoparticle therapy that combines low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and fish oil preferentially kills primary liver cancer cells without harming healthy cells, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.

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Feb 8, 2016

Cancer moonshot success depends on ditching D.C. rules

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

If there was ever lifetime commitment & act of love; its remembering those that were robbed from us on a battlefield called “Cancer”.


When we recognized the Ebola emergency, we adapted. Saving cancer victims is just as urgent.

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Feb 8, 2016

Teen fighting cancer achieving high-tech dream

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

Great story; I hope it helps many talented game developers realize what you mean to kids; and especially those children who fight cancer.


A lot of people are coming together right now to help a teenager who is fighting cancer in a local hospital. It’s not just his family or doctors and nurses either. Complete strangers are giving their all to help him accomplish his high-tech dream.

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Feb 8, 2016

Hackers publish FBI employees‘ contact info

Posted by in category: security

Dangerous; now they’re a target.


Hackers, making good on a threat, published contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday afternoon, just one day after posting similar data on almost 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees.”

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Feb 8, 2016

Cybersecurity Challenges, Opportunities Discussed at Dedication of Expanded National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

If Russia, China, etc. upgrades their infrastructure to Quantum before US and it’s does; today’s breaches will not even compare to this scenario.


The push to bring more technology-related businesses to the state has officials hoping for long-term growth over places like Fairfax County, Va., where the federal government has already made substantial technological investment.

After the ceremony, an expert panel discussed some of the opportunities and challenges facing information infrastructure, the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors, and how to increase consumers’ cybersecurity confidence.

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Feb 8, 2016

Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particles

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics, quantum physics

Very nice; another article on photonic crystal.


Scientists have created a crystal structure that boosts the interaction between tiny bursts of light and individual electrons, an advance that could be a significant step toward establishing quantum networks in the future.

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Feb 8, 2016

What does artificial intelligence see when it watches political ads?

Posted by in categories: information science, internet, robotics/AI

Here is a concept to think about when we’re 20 or 30 years into the future — imagine a world where humans and all living things in it are truly Singular, and the new AI & Humanoid robots are alive and well. Will AI (including Robots) ever need therapy, will AI ever get stressed out or have panic attacks, will any humans know what AI is thinking once we give AI more independence?

I ask these questions because as we enhance and evolve AI to be like humans and interpret and process emotions, feelings, and interact like humans; will AI expeience fully the struggles of everyday life like some humans do? And, when needs counseling or therapy will they go to another AI or will they see a human therapist?

As we evolve AI; we must look at the full longer picture around AI including how human do we really wish to make AI.

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Feb 8, 2016

Step aside Trump – Should IBM’s artificially intelligent supercomputer Watson be US president?

Posted by in categories: education, health, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Someday this could happen as well as US congress, Supreme Court, the UN, Nato, IAEA, WTO, World Bank, etc.


IBM’s AI researchers seem to favour recreational drug use, free university education and free healthcare.

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