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Apr 12, 2024

A new tool for tracing the family trees of cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

EPFL researchers have developed GEMLI, a pioneering tool that could democratize and vastly improve how we study the journey of cells from their embryonic state through to specialized roles in the body, as well as their changes in cancer and other diseases.

Apr 12, 2024

Dinosaur data: can the bones of the deep past help predict extinctions of the future?

Posted by in category: existential risks

Millions of years ago, animals adapted to become warm-blooded amid huge climactic changes. Now scientists hope these clues from the past could help us understand what lies ahead by .

Apr 12, 2024

Paper page — From Words to Numbers: Your Large Language Model Is Secretly A Capable Regressor When Given In-Context Examples

Posted by in category: futurism

From Words to Numbers.

Your large language model is secretly a capable regressor when given in-context examples.

We analyze how well pre-trained large language models (e.g., Llama2, GPT-4, Claude 3, etc) can do linear and non-linear #regression when given…

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Apr 12, 2024

Rho-1: Not All Tokens Are What You Need

Posted by in category: futurism

Microsoft presents Rho-1

Not All Tokens Are What You Need https://huggingface.co/papers/2404.

Previous language model pre-training methods have uniformly applied a next-token #prediction #LOSS to all training #tokens.

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Apr 12, 2024

What do bird dreams sound like?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

For more than 20 years, researchers have known that areas of birds’ brains dedicated to singing show neural patterns during sleep akin to the ones they use while awake and singing.

Apr 12, 2024

Earth From Space Full HD Nova

Posted by in categories: climatology, evolution, satellites

One hundred twenty satellites, with their own distinct purpose, hover our Earth. How the structure of continents, the sun, human interaction and many other factors contribute to Earth’s climate and survival/evolution of life.

Apr 11, 2024

The multiverse could be much, much bigger than we ever imagined

Posted by in categories: cosmology, mathematics, quantum physics

A new way of interpreting the elusive mathematics of quantum mechanics could fundamentally change our understanding of reality.

By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

Apr 11, 2024

A systematic review and multivariate meta-analysis of the physical and mental health benefits of touch interventions

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Physical touch from both humans and animals can reduce pain, feelings of depression, and anxiety in adults and children, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Nature Human Behaviour. Read the paper:


This pre-registered systematic review and multilevel meta-analysis examined the effects of receiving touch for promoting mental and physical well-being, quantifying the efficacy of touch interventions for different ways of administration.

Apr 11, 2024

Study reveals key gut microbiome differences in prediabetic patients

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Study explores the differences in gut microbiome composition between prediabetic patients and healthy individuals, revealing significant variations that correlate with altered metabolic functions and potential diabetes progression.

Apr 11, 2024

New Virtual Biopsy is a Less Invasive Diagnostic Method

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Anyone who needs an unusual mole on their skin checked out may soon get to skip a surgical biopsy, and instead have a virtual biopsy. This tool could be a quick, uninvasive way to identify cancerous cells, as well as reveal any cancerous tissue that might be present and left behind during a surgery. This new tool uses lasers to and generate a three-dimensional reconstruction of cells in a tissue under analysis. Cross-sectional images of that tissue can then be assessed, like slides on a microscope. This work may one day be used not only on skin, but on other parts of the body. The work has been reported in Science Advances.

“We’ve not only created something that can replace the current gold-standard pathology slides for diagnosing many conditions, but we actually improved the resolution of these scans so much that we start to pick up information that would be extremely hard to see otherwise,” said senior study author Adam de la Zerda, PhD, an associate professor of structural biology at Stanford University.

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