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Dec 14, 2018

The year’s brightest comet streaks by Earth this weekend

Posted by in category: space

Is this the “star of Bethlehem?”

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Dec 14, 2018

Can You Pass This Astronaut IQ Test?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Take this NASA IQ test and see if you’ve got the brains to be an astronaut.

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Dec 14, 2018

Facebook’s latest privacy scandal: The private photos of millions of users were accidentally shared with 1,500 apps

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

“We’re sorry this happened,” Facebook said in a statement after disclosing yet another privacy failing.


Facebook said on Friday in a developer-focused blog post that it had discovered a nasty bug in its photo software.

The bug allowed authorized app programmers to access photos that people had uploaded to Facebook but not publicly shared, as well as those posted on Facebook’s Marketplace software or Facebook Stories, the post said.

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Dec 14, 2018

Computers could soon run cold, no heat generated

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Transistors, superconductors, and chip design have all seen efficiency breakthroughs this year. So much so, that we may see the cold-running computer before too long.

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Dec 14, 2018

The Amazing Ways How Unilever Uses Artificial Intelligence To Recruit & Train Thousands Of Employees

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, transportation

Unilever, the multinational consumer goods manufacturer, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help with recruiting and onboarding of new employees. The algorithms help to sift through CVs and even conduct and analyze video interviews.

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Dec 14, 2018

Crick Scientists Crack CRISPR editing

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A team of researchers have just figured out how to play god, mastering the editing of DNA

Science.

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Dec 14, 2018

We Might be able to Eradicate Cytomegalovirus

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a β-herpesvirus that infects the majority of people in the world. It lies dormant in the body, waiting for an opportunity to strike when the immune system is weakened. This persistent virus infects people for their entire lives, and now researchers have discovered how the virus spreads, opening the door to ways to destroy it.

What is cytomegalovirus?

CMV is part of the β-subfamily of herpesviruses, which are believed to have been co-evolving with their hosts for around 180 million years [1]. CMV infection is asymptomatic; this means it causes no symptoms and is a latent infection; in other words, it lies dormant in the cell, awaiting activation under certain conditions [2].

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Dec 14, 2018

Association of Assisted Reproductive Technologies With Arterial Hypertension During Adolescence

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, sex

There’s a positive correlation of assisted reproductive technologies with arterial hypertension. Epigenetics and hormone treatments with IVF are probable causes.


Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have been shown to induce premature vascular aging in apparently healthy children. In mice, ART-induced premature vascular aging evolves into arterial hypertension. Given the young age of the human ART group, long-term sequelae of ART-induced alterations of the cardiovascular phenotype are unknown.

This study hypothesized that vascular alterations persist in adolescents and young adults conceived by ART and that arterial hypertension possibly represents the first detectable clinically relevant endpoint in this group.

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Dec 14, 2018

In the Nature–Nurture War, Nature Wins

Posted by in category: futurism

About the dinosaur wars…? Somehow I find this whole discussion to be debated in a pretty narrow-minded fashion and it renders it, at least to me, fairly useless.


Environmental influences are important, too, but they are largely unsystematic, unstable and idiosyncratic.

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Dec 14, 2018

NASA’s Insight Lander on Mars Spotted from Space!

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

NASA’s newly arrived Mars lander has been spotted by one its orbiting cousins.

The space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used its supersharp High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) to photograph the InSight lander, as well as the hardware that helped the stationary robot ace its Nov. 26 touchdown on the equatorial plain known as Elysium Planitia.

“It looks like the heat shield (upper right) has its dark outside facing down, since it is so bright (saturated, probably a specular reflection),” HiRISE principal investigator Alfred McEwen, of the University of Arizona, wrote in an image description today (Dec. 13). [Mars InSight in Photos: NASA’s Mission to Probe Core of the Red Planet].

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