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Nov 1, 2018

Should genealogy data be used to solve crimes?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

New research shows how police could use forensic DNA to track down a suspect’s relatives in genealogy databases that store a different kind of genetic data—and that were never intended for use in police investigations.

In other words, if your sibling leaves DNA at a crime scene, it could lead detectives to your door. That suggests new investigative possibilities for police—and also new concerns about genetic privacy and whether authorities who use forensic DNA in creative ways might be overstepping their bounds, says Noah Rosenberg, a professor of biology at Stanford University and senior author of a study, which appears in Cell.

“The potential to link people’s genotypes across databases has been developing for some time. It is both of interest and concerning, depending on one’s point of view,” says Rosenberg, who is also a member of Stanford Bio-X.

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Nov 1, 2018

Cyberattacks increasingly targeting enterprise IT networks in energy and utilities industry

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy

Increased attacks prove the importance of detecting threat behaviors early and monitoring network traffic, stopping cybercriminals in their tracks.

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Nov 1, 2018

Quantum on the edge: Light shines on new pathway for quantum technology

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Scientists in Australia have for the first time demonstrated the protection of correlated states between paired photons—packets of light energy—using the intriguing physical concept of topology. This experimental breakthrough opens a pathway to build a new type of quantum bit, the building blocks for quantum computers.

The research, developed in close collaboration with Israeli colleagues, is published today in the prestigious journal, Science, a recognition of the foundational importance of this work.

“We can now propose a pathway to build robust entangled states for logic gates using protected pairs of photons,” said lead author Dr. Andrea Blanco-Redondo at the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

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Nov 1, 2018

NoVAqua tech harvests nutrients from seafood-processing wastewater

Posted by in category: futurism

When fish are filleted in a seafood-processing plant, or when shrimp and shellfish are boiled, a lot of wastewater is generated. Currently, that water is simply discarded. An experimental new system, however, is able to draw much of the nutrients from it – and those nutrients could have a number of uses.

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Nov 1, 2018

Machine learning spots natural selection at work in human genome

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, robotics/AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to identify genetic sequences molded by evolutionary pressures.

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Nov 1, 2018

Researchers Created an ‘AI Physicist’ That Can Derive the Laws of Physics in Imaginary Universes

Posted by in categories: physics, robotics/AI

Teaching AI how to combine smaller models to understand complex situations has been a major stumbling block for machine learning research.

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Nov 1, 2018

Elon Musk said Tesla owners will be able to drive their cars with their phones in around 6 weeks

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, mobile phones, sustainability, transportation

Tesla owners will soon be able to drive their cars with their phones, Elon Musk said.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday via Twitter that an upcoming software update will allow Tesla owners to drive their cars with their phones in some situations.

“Car will drive to your phone location & follow you like a pet if you hold down summon button on Tesla app,” Musk said.

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Nov 1, 2018

Unseen photos of NASA’s Apollo space missions

Posted by in category: space

Early astronauts of the Apollo missions are often hailed as explorers, scientists and heroes, but they were also some of the most noteworthy photographers in history.

It includes a special foreword by Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham, and breathtaking photos taken by Apollo astronauts, many of which were previously unpublished.

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Nov 1, 2018

JUST IN: It’s #DuskForDawn

Posted by in category: futurism

Another farewell…

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Nov 1, 2018

Graphene Computing & 3D Integrated Circuits

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

This video is the fourth in a multi-part series discussing computing. In this video, weíll be discussing computing performance and efficiency as well as how the computer industry plans on maximizing them.

[0:25–1:55] Starting off we’ll look at, how computing performance is measured and its rate of increase since the mid-1900s.

[1:55–8:05] Following that we’ll discuss, new classical computing paradigms that will push the computer industry forward past 2020. These paradigm shifts are 3D integrated circuits and the use of new materials such as graphene.

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