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Jan 25, 2019

‘Top Chef’ fan favorite Fatima Ali dead at 29 after battle with rare cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Fatima Ali, who was voted “Fan Favorite” on Season 15 of “Top Chef,” lost her battle with a rare bone and soft tissue cancer Friday. She was just 29.

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Jan 25, 2019

Analysis: “The Era of Deep Learning Is Coming to an End”

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Many of the new developments in artificial intelligence that we hear about nowadays are actually just applications of machine learning techniques that have been hammered out for years.

And as the research community’s attention shifts from deep learning, it remains unclear what will take its place, according to MIT Tech. In the past, older types of artificial intelligence that didn’t really take off when they were first developed later resurfaced and taken off with new life. For instance, scientists first developed machine learning decades ago, but it only became commonplace about a decade ago.

MIT Tech didn’t predict what will come next. It may be that some form of existing technology will finally hits its stride, but it’s also possible that an AI engineer will develop some brand-new type of AI that’ll shape the future.

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Jan 25, 2019

A Sharper Picture of Ultima Thule From NASA’s New Horizons

Posted by in category: space

The spacecraft captured the image when it was 4,200 miles from the object in the solar system’s distant Kuiper belt.

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Jan 25, 2019

StarCraft Champion Trounced by AI: “Very Human Style of Gameplay”

Posted by in category: futurism

It took “200 years of training” to get to this point.


Jan 25, 2019

Even low-level activity may help reduce dementia risk

Posted by in category: neuroscience

According to a recent study, older adults who move around more are likely to have significantly better memory and thinking skills.

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Jan 25, 2019

New Technique Could Put Electricity-Producing Bacteria To Work

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, genetics

How might the process be used in the future?

Due to advancements in genetic engineering, the researchers say they&s;re able to reprogram bacteria and create mutations in cell surfaces with “vast diversity.”

“By combining genetic tools (for creating mutations) with our microfluidic screening (for selection), we have the vision to mutate cells and then pick out the best candidates for electron transfer.”

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Jan 25, 2019

Quasars with a Double-Image Gravitational Lens Could Help Finally Figure out how Fast the Universe is Expanding

Posted by in category: space

A team of astronomers is using double-quasars to measure the Universe’s rate of expansion. Can they finally help end the debate?

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Jan 25, 2019

Static electricity mystery paves way for better battery life

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Does your phone’s short battery life bug you? Static electricity could be coming to the rescue.

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Jan 25, 2019

Testing Hawking radiation in laboratory black hole analogues

Posted by in category: cosmology

Researchers at Weizmann Institute of Science and Cinvestav recently carried out a study testing the theory of Hawking radiation on laboratory analogues of black holes. In their experiments, they used light pulses in nonlinear fiber optics to establish artificial event horizons.

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Jan 25, 2019

Genetic Mutations In Our Bodies Might Be Less Random Than We Thought, Scientists Say

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Well…

(you thought).


A study of thousands of human genomes reveals where mutations happen most often when our parents’ genes combine.

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