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Aug 23, 2019

LifeXtenShow – Biology Fun Facts

Posted by in category: biological

Can Nicola figure out the answer to these intriguing biology questions? More importantly, can you? Let’s find out!

In this trivia episode of X10, Giuliano discovers just how much Nicola knows about some weird and interesting facts related to biology.

Aug 23, 2019

Sperm DNA experiment could end breast, ovarian and prostate cancer

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

Experts at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York are using gene editing tool CRISPR to alter a string of human genetic code which is known to increase the risk of developing some cancers.

Aug 23, 2019

Inside Sierra Nevada’s Inflatable Space Habitat for Astronauts in Lunar Orbit (Photos)

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

“We don’t have the official results of that testing, but we are told it went very, very well, so we are really excited about that,” Lindsey said.

Key to SNC’s habitat design is its ability to grow in volume once it is launched into space. The Large Inflatable Fabric Environment, or LIFE, habitat can start out compact enough to fit inside an 18-foot (5.4 meters) rocket fairing but then expand to 27 feet in diameter and 27 feet long (8 by 8 m).

Aug 23, 2019

The SpaceX ‘Starhopper’ is ready to make its biggest leap

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

After delays, the prototype version of Elon Musk’s Mars rocket could soon get the go-ahead to rise up.

Aug 23, 2019

Wearable patches could ‘decode’ sweat

Posted by in categories: electronics, wearables

Mass produced sensors can almost instantly detect and analyse…

Aug 23, 2019

Bernie Sanders Wants to Ban Facial Recognition for Policing, I Disagree

Posted by in categories: information science, law enforcement, policy, robotics/AI

Under his plan, “Justice and Safety for All,” Bernie Sanders wants to ban facial recognition software for policing. As a supporter of Sanders, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. Here’s why…

Last Sunday, presidential-hopeful Bernie Sanders released on his website what is arguably one of the most extensive plans for law enforcement oversight and criminal justice overhaul that the United States has ever seen. As a progressive, myself, and supporter of Sanders during his primary run, I fully endorse everything that’s been laid out in this plan— that is, except for one minor policy.

The plan, titled “Justice and Safety for All,” calls to “Ban the use of facial recognition software for policing.” It also calls for a “moratorium on the use of the algorithmic risk assessment tools in the criminal justice system until an audit is completed,” whereby the audit would “ensure these tools do not have any implicit biases that lead to unjust or excessive sentences.”

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Aug 23, 2019

In Support of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Posted by in category: space

The House of Representatives has taken the first step toward honoring a pioneering woman in astronomy.

Aug 23, 2019

Gene editing to stop Lyme disease: caution is warranted

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

A project to use genetic engineering to prevent Lyme disease transmission to humans must be independently evaluated for long-term safety and effectiveness.

Aug 23, 2019

Employees connect nuclear plant to the internet so they can mine cryptocurrency

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, internet, nuclear energy, security

Ukrainian authorities are investigating a potential security breach at a local nuclear power plant after employees connected parts of its internal network to the internet so they could mine cryptocurrency.

The investigation is being led by the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU), who is looking at the incident as a potential breach of state secrets due to the classification of nuclear power plants as critical infrastructure.

Investigators are examining if attackers might have used the mining rigs as a pivot point to enter the nuclear power plant’s network and retrieve information from its systems, such as data about the plant’s physical defenses and protections.

Aug 23, 2019

Gene editing turns cells into minicomputers that can record data

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, mathematics

Gene editing can turn living cells into minicomputers that can read, write and perform complex calculations. The technology could track what happens inside the body over time.

DNA computers have been around since the 1990s, when researchers created DNA molecules able to perform basic mathematical functions. Instead of storing information as 0s and 1s like digital computers do, these computers store information in the molecules A, C, G and T that make up DNA.