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Feb 21, 2016

Scientists redefine animal classification system; Change confirmed

Posted by in categories: biological, genetics

Scientists have redefined the classification of animals due to genetics; 1st time in 300 years. I wonder how the Vets and the Vet Colleges will respond?


The classification system for animals has been hotly debated and frequently changed since it was created 300 years ago, but now researchers have actually found a genetic basis which confirms that part of the system we use today is actually pretty accurate—and they think this part can be defined even more specifically down to the genetic level.

An international team led by Professor Itai YanaAi of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Department of Biology made the discovery after using an extraordinarily powerful technique known as CEL-Seq. CEL-Seq monitors individual cells for their gene activity (as detected via mRNA)—and they applied it across 10 different species, with CEL-Seq being applied to 70 embryos per species.

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Feb 21, 2016

China relocating thousands to build record-size telescope

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, space

This story reminds me of the building of ancient pyramids in Egypt as well as the building of ancient temples and cities in Mexico and India.

China has relocated 9K people to build their new giant telescope — in 2000 years from now the robots and Ray Kurzweil (who plans never to die) will be looking at the ancient telescope. And, Ray (the grand earth historian) can tell them all about the process and the reason why it was built.


The Chinese government plans to relocate some 9,000 people to make space for the world’s largest radio telescope. Photo: ChinaPhotoPress.

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Feb 21, 2016

Challenge for Microsoft: Could we get more work done in our cars? (Should we?)

Posted by in categories: business, internet, media & arts, robotics/AI, transportation

Does the connected self driving car, mean a connected work car as well?


SAN FRANCISCO — In the balancing act between business and pleasure, the modern connected car is mostly about pleasure. Drivers can easily stream music from the Internet and dictate text messages to friends, but staying connected to the office is still cumbersome, as anyone who has tried to join a teleconference while driving can attest.

People tired of checking corporate email around the clock may prefer it that way. After all, a request from the boss can still be reasonably deflected with a simple: “Sorry, I’m driving.”

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Feb 21, 2016

The brain starts to give up its secrets

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, neuroscience

Great progress by Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has study astrocytes (the star shape brain cells) which play fundamental roles in nearly all aspects of brain function, could be adjusted by neurons in response to injury and disease.


A research team, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, has broken new ground in our understanding of the complex functioning of the brain. The research, which is published in the current issue of the journal Science, demonstrates that brain cells, known as astrocytes, which play fundamental roles in nearly all aspects of brain function, could be adjusted by neurons in response to injury and disease. The discovery, which shows that the brain has a far greater ability to adapt and respond to changes than previously believed, could have significant implications on epilepsy, movement disorders, and psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.

Astrocytes are star-shaped cells in our brain that surround brain neurons, and neural circuits, protecting them from injury and enabling them to function properly – in essence, one of their main roles is to ‘baby-sit’ neurons. Our brain contains billions of cells, each of which need to communicate between each other in order to function properly. This communication is highly dependent on the behaviour of astrocytes. Until now, the mechanisms that create and maintain differences among astrocytes, and allow them to fulfill specialized roles, has remained poorly understood.

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Feb 21, 2016

Experimental drug may limit harmful effects of traumatic brain injury

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, neuroscience

Very nice.


Drug appears to “dampen down” detrimental inflammatory responses without suppressing the normal functions cells need to maintain health.

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Feb 21, 2016

Brain Machine Interfaces Go Wireless

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Nice wireless BMI.


By eliminating the need for wires going through the brain, wireless brain machine interfaces reduce the risk of infections.

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Feb 21, 2016

This Is What WIFI, Cell Phones, iPads & More Are Doing Your Child’s Brain – 100 + Scientists Are Now Petitioning The UN

Posted by in categories: internet, mobile phones, neuroscience, physics

Meet the opponents of BMIs & their report.


*This article only represents a very small fraction of the research regarding the dangers associated with these devices. We encourage you to further your own research, and just wanted to provide a base to let you know that it’s something more of us need to pay attention to.

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Feb 21, 2016

Cancer ravaging more children – WHO

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This really sad news; cancer is showing up among children more often than originally reported. I will admit in my own family that we had our 1st reported case. She is doing amazing and we’re all proud of her. However, I encourage more needs to be done to prevent this from occurring in the most innocent of lives.

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Feb 21, 2016

Ocular Cancer: Scientists Develop Nanoparticle With Potential To Treat Ocular Cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Using nanoparticles to treat Ocular Cancer.


A new nanoparticle shows potential for treating ocular cancer by turning tumor cells against themselves.

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Feb 21, 2016

Record 18,300 Apply for NASA Astronaut Training

Posted by in category: space

NASA many applications for a shot at Space.


More than 18,300 people have applied for 14 or fewer spots in NASA’s next astronaut class, shattering the 1978 record of 8,000 applicants.

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