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Apr 7, 2018

300 Genes Found at The Root of Cancers Could Spur More Personalized Treatments

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A 10-year-long study called the PanCancer Atlas is releasing a trove of genetic data in an effort to help doctors treat a wide variety of cancers more precisely.

The history: Over the past decade, 150 researchers from the US and around the world painstakingly analyzed DNA, RNA, and proteins from tumor samples of more than 11,000 patients with 33 different types of cancer.

The findings: From that data, scientists have identified about 300 genes that drive tumor growth. They also found that just over half the tumors samples analyzed carry genetic mutations that could be targeted by therapies that are already on the market. These findings and others appear in 29 different papers today in the journal Cell.

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Apr 7, 2018

6.2-earthquake strikes off Mindanao in Philippines

Posted by in category: futurism

Temblor hits at a depth of 61 km (38 miles), about 128 km (80 miles) east of the island’s key city of Davao.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which hit at a depth of 61 km (38 miles), about 128 km (80 miles) east of the island’s key city of Davao.

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Apr 7, 2018

The physics that tells us what the Universe is made of

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Everything around us is made of atoms, but it turns out that the building blocks of the Universe are far stranger than that.

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Apr 7, 2018

I Want to Preserve My Brain So My Mind Can Be Uploaded to a Computer in the Future

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension, neuroscience, supercomputing

Cryonics pioneer Linda Chamberlain could become a virtually immortal superwoman, but she must choose how: There’s more than one way.


A company called Nectome is developing a technology designed to preserve the brain so the human mind can be uploaded to supercomputers in the future.

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Apr 7, 2018

New brain cells growing until the day we die, says study

Posted by in category: neuroscience

A study suggests problems with mental ability and memory with old age are not down to neuron loss, but rather a failure of cells to communicate with each other.

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Apr 7, 2018

The Most Precise Measurement of Antimatter Yet Deepens the Mystery of Why We Exist

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Scientists have made the most precise measurement of antimatter yet, and the results only deepen the mystery of why life, the universe, and everything in it exists.

The new measurements show that, to an incredibly high degree of precision, antimatter and matter behave identically.

Yet those new measurements can’t answer one of the biggest questions in physics: Why, if equal parts matter and antimatter were formed during the Big Bang, is our universe today made up of matter?

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Apr 7, 2018

Boeing’s first crewed space flight may be more than just a test

Posted by in category: space travel

This week, NASA announced that it has updated its commercial crew contract with Boeing. Specifically, Boeing is one of two contractors that is building a crew vehicle that will eventually be able to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The change surrounds its first test flight — including the option to extend the flight (from two weeks up to six months) and potentially adding a third crewmember. In other words, the first test flight wouldn’t be a test anymore.

This isn’t a huge surprise. Back in January, the GAO released a report that said that human flight certification of Boeing and SpaceX rockets would likely be delayed until the end of 2019. NASA currently has seats for astronauts on Russian Soyuz spacecraft through the fall of 2019. After that, well… Houston, we have a problem.

Russia doesn’t have any more Soyuz seats to offer us for purchase, so that leaves a significant gap between when we will need operational human spaceflight capabilities and when we will have them. The only solution is to use SpaceX and Boeing’s test flights as actual flights, in which we carry humans to and from the ISS, rather than as the test flights they were originally designed to be.

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Apr 7, 2018

This surreal AI creature meets humans, then decides whether it wants to play with them

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

BOB is an AI entity who can be interacted with in an art exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

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Apr 7, 2018

George Soros Prepares to Trade Cryptocurrencies

Posted by in category: cryptocurrencies

George Soros called cryptocurrencies a bubble in January. Now his $26 billion family office is planning to trade digital assets.

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Apr 7, 2018

SkyKnit: How an AI Took Over an Adult Knitting Community

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Quirky knitters teamed up with a neural-network creator to generate new types of tentacled, cozy shapes.

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