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Jan 25, 2019

Muscles May Preserve A Shortcut To Restore Lost Strength

Posted by in category: health

Extra Nuclei Help Muscle Cells Regain Past Strength : Shots — Health News Muscle cells may retain nuclei that helped them grow strong, even after muscles shrink from lack of use. This provocative contentious idea could have implications for public health and sports.

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Jan 25, 2019

AI Finds Traces of a Lost Species in Human DNA

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

Buried deep within the DNA of Asian individuals is a genetic clue pointing to the existence of an unknown human ancestor. Remarkably, it wasn’t a human who reached this startling conjecture, but rather an artificially intelligent algorithm. Welcome to archaeology in the 21st century.

New research published last week in Nature Communications suggests a yet-to-be discovered hominid interbred with modern humans tens of thousands of years ago. This mystery species eventually went extinct, but an AI developed by researchers from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) and several other European institutions found traces of its existence in the DNA of present-day people with Asian ancestry. A press release issued by the Centre for Genomic Regulation said it’s the first time deep learning has been used to explain human history, “paving the way for this technology to be applied in other questions in biology, genomics and evolution.”

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Jan 25, 2019

Studio Roosegaarde wants to turn space waste into shooting stars and 3D-printed housing

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, space

Have you ever thought about all of the pollution in space? Check out this innovative idea to turn space waste into eco-friendly fireworks and 3D-printed homes.

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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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