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Artificial intelligence

Garry Kasparov on AI: People always called me an optimist

2020-07-08 21:15:27 UTC

Garry Kasparov on AI: People always called me an optimistGarry Kasparov is a political activist whos writtenbooks and articles on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and online privacy, but hes best known for being the former World Chess Championwho took on the IBM computer known as Big Blue in the mid-1990s Read more at TechCrunch


Adobe tests an AI recommendation tool for headlines and images

2020-07-07 17:11:29 UTC

Adobe tests an AI recommendation tool for headlines and imagesTeam members at Adobe have built a new way to use artificial intelligence to automatically personalize a blog for different visitors. This tool was built as part of the Adobe Sneaks program, where employees can create demos to show off new ideas, which are th Read more at TechCrunch


What will happen when we reach the AI singularity?

2020-07-07 08:41:25 UTC

What will happen when we reach the AI singularity?Should you feel bad about pulling the plug on a robot or switch off an artificial intelligence algorithm? Not for the moment. But how about when our computers become as smartor smarterthan us? Debates about the consequences of artificial general intelligenc Read more at The Next Web


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Bioinformatics

COVID-19 could outwit science unless knowledge stays current: UM study - UM Today

2020-07-07 15:06:14 UTC

COVID-19 could outwit science unless knowledge stays current: UM study - UM Today

  1. COVID-19 could outwit science unless knowledge stays current: UM studyUM Today
  2. Rapidly mutating coronavirus creates risk of unreliable testing: U of M researchersCBC.ca
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Group genomics drive aggression in honey bees

2020-07-06 19:00:04 UTC

Group genomics drive aggression in honey beesResearchers often study the genomes of individual organisms to try to tease out the relationship between genes and behavior. A new study of Africanized honey bees reveals, however, that the genetic inheritance of individual bees has little influence on their Read more at Phys.Org


Plant study challenges tropics' reputation as site of modern evolutionary innovation

2020-07-06 20:01:33 UTC

Plant study challenges tropicsIn a surprise twist, a major group of flowering plants is evolving twice as quickly in temperate zones as the tropics. The finding runs counter to a long-held hypothesis that tropical regions, home to the planet's richest biological diversity, outpace their t Read more at Phys.Org


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Genomics

BRIEF-Bionano Genomics Says First Large Study In Constitutional Genetic Diseases Showed 100% Concordance To Gold-Standard Cytogenetic Testing - Reuters

2020-07-08 22:23:00 UTC

BRIEF-Bionano Genomics Says First Large Study In Constitutional Genetic Diseases Showed 100% Concordance To Gold-Standard Cytogenetic Testing - ReutersBRIEF-Bionano Genomics Says First Large Study In Constitutional Genetic Diseases Showed 100% Concordance To Gold-Standard Cytogenetic TestingReuters Read more at Reuters


DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate and what it teaches us today

2020-07-06 23:33:16 UTC

DNA revealed the woolly mammothDr Beth Shapiro, a paleo-geneticist, reveals how she uses genomics techniques to understand how species went extinct and help conservation efforts. Read more at World Economic Forum


Group genomics drive aggression in honey bees

2020-07-06 19:00:04 UTC

Group genomics drive aggression in honey beesResearchers often study the genomes of individual organisms to try to tease out the relationship between genes and behavior. A new study of Africanized honey bees reveals, however, that the genetic inheritance of individual bees has little influence on their Read more at Phys.Org


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Genetics

A Lab Accident Likely Led to a Woman's Death From Brain-Destroying Prions 9 Years Later

2020-07-08 21:30:00 UTC

A Lab Accident Likely Led to a WomanA lab accident in 2010 likely led to a womans untimely death nearly a decade later, according to doctors in France. In a recent case study, they describe how a woman in her early 30s developed a universally fatal brain disorder years after she had pierced he Read more at Gizmodo.com


New training programs for European and Israeli startups

2020-07-08 08:00:00 UTC

New training programs for European and Israeli startupsStarting a successful company is a difficult job for anyone. But because the startup playing field isnt level, some entrepreneurs have a tougher time than others. Many women and BIPOC founders have comparatively limited access to capital, mentorship, talent Read more at Blog.google


Novel major locus regulates beak evolution of ground tit

2020-07-08 11:28:23 UTC

Novel major locus regulates beak evolution of ground titClassical quantitative genetics has found that most phenotypes are polygenic traits. Under this polygenic model, natural selection often acts on many loci simultaneously, resulting in the combination of a few loci with major effects and many loci with small e Read more at Phys.Org


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GWAS

A highly qualified reader emails me on heterogeneity

2020-07-09 04:06:11 UTC

A highly qualified reader emails me on heterogeneityI wont indent further, all the rest is from the reader: Some thoughts on your heterogeneity post. I agree this is still bafflingly under-discussed in the discourse & people are grasping onto policy arguments but ignoring the medical/bio aspects since igno Read more at Marginalrevolution.com


Resolving the roles of structural variants

2020-07-07 00:00:00 UTC

Resolving the roles of structural variantsStructural variants have proved difficult to characterize using traditional sequencing approaches. In two new studies in Cell, the authors demonstrate the use of pan-genome approaches to identify and explore the impact of structural variants in crop genomes a Read more at Nature.com


Genomic regions influencing aggressive behavior in honey bees are defined by colony allele frequencies [Genetics]

2020-07-06 19:05:04 UTC

Genomic regions influencing aggressive behavior in honey bees are defined by colony allele frequencies [Genetics]Honey bee colony defense is an emergent trait composed of individual aggressive responses. Here, we investigated the relationship between individual genotype, colony allele frequency, and aggression in individual bees. Our findings show that the colony-level Read more at Pnas.org


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Data science

Citizen Science Projects Offer a Model for Coronavirus Apps

2020-07-08 12:00:00 UTC

Citizen Science Projects Offer a Model for Coronavirus AppsAmericans don't like when their data is takenbut research shows they would be willing to donate it.
Read more at Wired


Become a data analytics expert with this set of accessible classes

2020-07-08 04:30:00 UTC

Become a data analytics expert with this set of accessible classesTL;DR: The Data Analytics Expert Certification bundle is on sale for 39.24 as of July 8, saving you 98% on list price. Somehow, while we were all laughing minding our own business, data took over the world. It drives everything from your Instagram feed and Read more at Mashable


Fraunhofers new VVC codec promises to cut the cost of streaming 4K video in half

2020-07-07 21:23:30 UTC

Fraunhofers new VVC codec promises to cut the cost of streaming 4K video in halfGerman codec maker Fraunhofer announced VVC, a new video codec standard that promises to bring around 50 percent efficiency gains in streaming video compression. The organization says VVC, also known as H.266, can use half the data its predecessor, H.265/HEVC Read more at The Verge


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Population genetics

A Paralyzing Childhood Disease Is Set to Surge This Summer, but Coronavirus Precautions Could Stop It

2020-07-07 17:11:00 UTC

A Paralyzing Childhood Disease Is Set to Surge This Summer, but Coronavirus Precautions Could Stop ItOutbreaks of an infectious, polio-like disease have popped up every other summer in the U.S. since 2012. This year, the viral illness would have been expected to surge yet againbut the widespread measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus may also Read more at Gizmodo.com


Native American gene flow into Polynesia predating Easter Island settlement

2020-07-08 00:00:00 UTC

Native American gene flow into Polynesia predating Easter Island settlementGenomic analyses of DNA from modern individuals show that, about 800 years ago, pre-European contact occurred between Polynesian individuals and Native American individuals from near present-day Colombia, while remote Pacific islands were still bein Read more at Nature.com


DNA suggests Polynesian and Native American contact pre-European arrival

2020-07-09 02:50:58 UTC

DNA suggests Polynesian and Native American contact pre-European arrivalAn archaeological conundrum may have been solved by DNA analyses carried out by a team of Stanford Medicine scientists led by Alexander Ioannidis that indicates Native Americans and Polynesians came into contact centuries before the arrival of the first Europ Read more at New Atlas


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Inheritance

Spanish PM 'disturbed' by allegations of former king's corruption - Reuters

2020-07-08 15:18:00 UTC

Spanish PM Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday described corruption allegations surrounding former King Juan Carlos as disturbing after several media published details relating to an investigation into possible payments linked to a rail contrcat. Read more at Reuters


Can I buy a flat in my name only and exclude my husband?

2020-07-06 06:00:05 UTC

Can I buy a flat in my name only and exclude my husband?I am happily married but you never know what will happen in the futureQ I finally have enough money to be able to put down a deposit to buy a one-bedroom flat in London. My problem is that, although I am married, I would like to buy this property in my name o Read more at Theguardian.commoney


Thai cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions - Reuters

2020-07-08 12:40:00 UTC

Thai cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions - ReutersThailand's cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples, in one of the most liberal moves yet for a largely conservative nation known for its tolerance. Read more at Reuters


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Bioinformatics AI

Latin American Communities and Organizations: useR!2020 Video

2020-07-07 15:52:00 UTC

Latin American Communities and Organizations: useR!2020 Video

This useR!2020 session and video was organized by Laura Acion, Yanina Bellini Saibene, Paola Corrales, and Paloma Rojas Saunero. Leonardo Collado Torrescoordinated the blog post submission. On J Read more at R-bloggers.com


Machine learning helps grow artificial organs

2020-07-07 04:00:00 UTC

Machine learning helps grow artificial organs(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ivannikov Institute for System Programming, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute have developed a neural network Read more at EurekAlert


Heatmap centrality: A new measureto identify super-spreader nodes in scale-free networks

2020-07-07 17:37:14 UTC

Heatmap centrality: A new measureto identify super-spreader nodes in scale-free networksThe identification of potential super-spreader nodes within a network is a critical part of the study and analysis of real-world networks. Motivated by a new interpretation of the shortest path between two nodes, this paper explores the properties of the he Read more at Plos.org


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Precision medicine

How the body regulates scar tissue growth after heart attacks

2020-07-06 14:08:15 UTC

placeholder imgNew research conducted in mice could explain why some people suffer more extensive scarring than others after a heart attack. The study reveals that a protein known as type 5 collagen plays a critical role in regulating the size of scar tissue in the heart. Read more at Science Daily


Intermountain Healthcare Implements DeepThink Health's Precision Intelligence Solutions to Manage its Molecular Tumor Board

2020-07-07 15:01:00 UTC

Intermountain Healthcare Implements DeepThink HealthDeepThink Health, Inc., a technology innovator in advanced analytics and artificial intelligence for precision medicine, announced today that Intermountain Healthcare is strengthening its cross-organizational Molecular Tumor Board with the adoption of DeepThi Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


THC microdosing reduces chronic pain in world-first clinical trial

2020-07-06 01:59:22 UTC

THC microdosing reduces chronic pain in world-first clinical trialNew research published in the European Journal of Pain is offering some of the first clinical trial insights into the efficacy of microdosing THC to treat chronic pain. The results of the small trial suggest minute doses of THC may confer clinically apparent Read more at New Atlas


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Health

Trump's Plague Rally 'More Than Likely' Boosted Coronavirus Surge, Top Tulsa Health Official Says

2020-07-09 01:20:00 UTC

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U.S. Hits Record 3 Million Covid-19 Cases As Trump Pulls Out of World Health Organization

2020-07-08 15:59:00 UTC

U.S. Hits Record 3 Million Covid-19 Cases As Trump Pulls Out of World Health OrganizationThe U.S. reached 3 million covid-19 cases on Wednesday and broke its own record for the most new cases in a single day on Tuesday, chalking up 60,209 infections in a 24-hour period, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University and AFP. The record was smas Read more at Gizmodo.com


Opinion: Here's the best way to take care of your mental health during the pandemic

2020-07-07 01:18:37 UTC

Opinion: HereAs the US grapples with Covid-19, its economic fallout, and the continuing anguish of racial injustice, many of us are struggling with our mental health. A Census Bureau survey found that one in three Americans are now reporting symptoms of depression or anxi Read more at CNN


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Technology

Covid Drives Real Businesses to Tap Deepfake Technology

2020-07-07 11:00:00 UTC

Covid Drives Real Businesses to Tap Deepfake TechnologyCoronavirus restrictions make it harder and more expensive to shoot videos. So some companies are turning to synthetic media instead.
Read more at Wired


Security Concerns Fast Track Britain's 5G Ban on Huawei: Report

2020-07-06 00:26:00 UTC

Security Concerns Fast Track Britain-
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Nauta Capital launches fifth fund with 120M to back early-stage European B2B startups

2020-07-08 14:10:08 UTC

Nauta Capital launches fifth fund with 120M to back early-stage European B2B startupsNautaCapital, the pan-European venture capital firm that invests in B2B technology startups at seed and Series A, is launching its fifth fund. The new vehicle has an initial close of 120 million and is expected to surpass the VCs 2016 fund, which topped ou Read more at TechCrunch


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Scientific publications

Seeking Truth in a Time of Misinformation

2020-07-09 01:40:19 UTC

placeholder imgOnline abuse of trust is one of the topics Ive studied deeply, including significant work toward an unfinished PhD, and over two years working on a spam and abuse team at Google. These days my main work is on 2D graphics, but seeing patterns of misinformatio Read more at Github.io


JAMA

2020-07-07 00:00:00 UTC

JAMAJAMA Network is a consortium of peer-reviewed medical publications that includes JAMA and the JAMA Network journals.
Read more at Jamanetwork.com


EPA: Two Lysol Disinfectants Are The First Approved For Covid-19 Coronavirus

2020-07-08 04:11:27 UTC

EPA: Two Lysol Disinfectants Are The First Approved For Covid-19 CoronavirusWhat's different about these two Lysol products?
Read more at Forbes


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