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Feb 1, 2019

Exploring the dark side of the genome

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

Dr. Rico explained: “When we compare human genomes from different people, we see that they are way more different than we initially expected when the Human Genome Project was declared to be ”completed” in 2003. One of the main contributions to these differences are the so called Copy Number Variable (CNV) regions. CNV regions are in different copy number depending on each individual, and their variability can be greater in some human populations than others. The number of copies of CNV regions can contribute to both normal phenotypic variability in the populations and susceptibility to certain diseases.

Research has shown a direct relationship between mutations in introns and variability in human populations.

One of the greatest challenges of genomics is to reveal what role the ”dark side” of the human genome plays: those regions where it has not yet been possible to find specific functions. The role that introns play within that immense part of the genome is especially mysterious. The introns, which represent almost half the size of the human genome, are constitutive parts of genes that alternate with regions that code for proteins, called exons.

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Feb 1, 2019

This tech is making brain surgery safer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

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Feb 1, 2019

Rejuvenation Roundup January 2019

Posted by in category: life extension

Brought to you by Nicola Bagalà, the Rejuvenation Roundup is our monthly digest, which takes a look at the big news stories involving the industry and helps keep you informed of current developments in the aging research field.

Welcome to the first Rejuvenation Roundup of the new year! There is quite a bit of news to go through and upcoming events to look forward to, so get comfortable and let’s get started.


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Feb 1, 2019

Google invented the AI version of a Hallmark card

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Gmail’s Smart Replies automate messages, but that’s not a new idea.

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Feb 1, 2019

Celebrate the women behind the periodic table

Posted by in category: chemistry

#HiddenFigures #Friday Here we spotlight some of the women who revolutionized our understanding of the elements. Marie Curie is the most celebrated, for her double Nobel-prizewinning research on radioactivity and for discovering polonium and radium. Stories of other women’s roles are scarce. So, too, is an appreciation of the skills required, including tenacity and diligence in performing experiments, sifting through data and reassessing theories.

Brigitte Van Tiggelen and Annette Lykknes spotlight female researchers who discovered elements and their properties.

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Feb 1, 2019

Biology, Technology, and the Posthuman Future

Posted by in categories: biological, futurism

Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk provides insight into the upheavals to come.

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Feb 1, 2019

IRobot Finally Announces Awesome New Terra Robotic Lawnmower

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Since the first Roomba came out in 2002, it has seemed inevitable that one day iRobot would develop a robotic lawn mower. After all, a robot mower is basically just a Roomba that works outside, right? Of course, it’s not nearly that simple, as iRobot has spent the last decade or so discovering, but they’ve finally managed to pull it off.

More than 10 years in the making, Terra wants to do for your lawn what Roomba has done for your floors.

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Feb 1, 2019

What’s Better Than 40 GPU-based Computers? A Computer With 40 GPUs

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering

At the IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture in February, Illinois computer engineering associate professor Rakesh Kumar and his collaborators will make the case for a wafer-scale computer consisting of as many as 40 GPUs. Simulations of this multiprocessor monster sped calculations nearly 19-fold and cut the combination of energy consumption and signal delay more than 140-fold.

Engineers aim to use “silicon interconnect fabric” to build a computer with 40 GPUs on a single silicon wafer.

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Feb 1, 2019

Healbot-T Rehabilitation Robot

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

Robots are being used in plenty of medical facilities to help patients recover faster. The Healbot-T Rehabilitation Robot is a treadmill type walking assist robot for stroke patients. It has 14 degrees of freedom to support natural walking motion.

More like this ➡️ here.

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Feb 1, 2019

Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook’s Code

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, employment, engineering, robotics/AI

To make its developers’ jobs more rewarding, Facebook is now using two automated tools called Sapienz and SapFix to find and repair low-level bugs in its mobile apps. Sapienz runs the apps through many tests to figure out which actions will cause it to crash. Then, SapFix recommends a fix to developers, who review it and decide whether to accept the fix, come up with their own, or ignore the problem.

Engineers began using Sapienz to review the Facebook app in September 2017, and have gradually begun using it for the rest of the company’s apps (which include Messenger, Instagram, Facebook Lite, and Workplace). In May, the team will describe its more recent adoption of SapFix at the International Conference on Software Engineering in Montreal, Canada (and they’re hiring).

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