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Artificial intelligence

Gymnastics Latest Twist? Robot Judges That See Everything
2019-10-10 09:57:08 UTC

Gymnastics Latest Twist? Robot Judges That See EverythingGymnastics officials are making artificial intelligence technology available to judges at this weeks world championships. The humans, for now, have the final say. Read more at The New York Times

OpenAIs AI-powered robot learned how to solve a Rubiks cube one-handed[To top]
2019-10-15 16:00:00 UTC

OpenAIs AI-powered robot learned how to solve a Rubiks cube one-handedArtificial intelligence research organization OpenAI has achieved a new milestone in its quest to build general purpose, self-learning robots. The groups robotics division says that Dactyl, its humanoid robotic hand first developed last year, has learned to Read more at The Verge

Is Artificial Intelligence the Ultimate University Stimulus?[To top]
2019-10-10 15:00:04 UTC

Is Artificial Intelligence the Ultimate University Stimulus?What does it take to make the university the best learning experience in the lifecycle of ones education? Higher education is all about developing skills, exploring new theories, and applying them to the actualities of real life. Throughout this journey, stu Read more at Readwrite.com

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Bioinformatics

Working Scientist podcast: How to inspire young women to consider scientific careers
2019-10-16 00:00:00 UTC

Working Scientist podcast: How to inspire young women to consider scientific careersTwo projects aimed at boosting female representation in STEM have won the second Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science, in partnership with The Este Lauder Companies. Read more at Nature.com

JNU inks pact with ICMR for research in areas of national interest[To top]
2019-10-07 15:34:19 UTC

JNU inks pact with ICMR for research in areas of national interestThe JNU V-C emphasised on priorities to undertake joint research projects in the areas of bioinformatics, genomics, medical health economics, chemoinformatics, drug discovery, science policy, social medicine and community health etc. Read more at Indianexpress.com

A marine viral halogenase that iodinates diverse substrates[To top]
2019-10-14 00:00:00 UTC

A marine viral halogenase that iodinates diverse substratesA flavin-dependent halogenase with a remarkable preference for iodination has now been discovered. The halogenase (VirX1) was discovered using a bioinformatics-based approach and comes from a cyanophage. Structural characterization and kinetic studies show th Read more at Nature.com

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Genomics

Verily, Alphabets other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysis
2019-10-10 18:54:31 UTC

Verily, Alphabets other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysisColor Genomics, the genetics testing company, is partnering with Alphabets health technology focused subsidiary, Verily Life Sciences, to provide information from its genetic tests to the companys Baseline Health Study participants. The emphasis from both c Read more at TechCrunch

Scientists Use Lab-Grown Brains to Study What Makes Us Human[To top]
2019-10-16 17:00:00 UTC

Scientists Use Lab-Grown Brains to Study What Makes Us HumanResearchers are growing human, ape, and monkey brain tissue in the lab in order to understand what makes us different. Human brains are clearly unique in some way, given that were the only animal that can make and post memes online and fly into space. But qu Read more at Gizmodo.com

Using AI, Genes and Game Theory on Antimicrobial Resistance[To top]
2019-10-12 00:38:06 UTC

Using AI, Genes and Game Theory on Antimicrobial ResistanceWashington State University researchers have combined game theory, genomics and AI to create a tool that can identify genes that are antibiotic-resistant in bacteria. Read more at Psychologytoday.com

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Genetics

Verily, Alphabets other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysis
2019-10-10 18:54:31 UTC

Verily, Alphabets other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysisColor Genomics, the genetics testing company, is partnering with Alphabets health technology focused subsidiary, Verily Life Sciences, to provide information from its genetic tests to the companys Baseline Health Study participants. The emphasis from both c Read more at TechCrunch

Original Content podcast: Malka Older on reviving the clones of Orphan Black for Serial Box[To top]
2019-10-10 23:25:11 UTC

Original Content podcast: Malka Older on reviving the clones of Orphan Black for Serial BoxOrphan Black ended its five-season run back in 2017, but Serial Box is currently continuing the story with Orphan Black: The Next Chapter, a weekly series of e-books and audiobooks. While spinoff novels and licensed fiction are nothing new, I was particul Read more at TechCrunch

Night of the Walking Redheads[To top]
2019-10-14 09:00:00 UTC

Night of the Walking RedheadsGingers gather upstate to celebratethe mysterious genetics behind their Day-Glo follicles, curse childhood bullies, and debunk the rumor that theyre going extinct. Read more at Newyorker.com

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GWAS

GWAS with principal component analysis identifies a gene comprehensively controlling rice architecture [Plant Biology]
2019-10-15 16:26:38 UTC

GWAS with principal component analysis identifies a gene comprehensively controlling rice architecture [Plant Biology]Rice architecture is an important agronomic trait for determining yield; however, the complexity of this trait makes it difficult to elucidate the molecular mechanisms. This study applied a strategy of using principal components (PCs) as dependent variables f Read more at Pnas.org

Context-specific regulation of surface and soluble IL7R expression by an autoimmune risk allele[To top]
2019-10-08 00:00:00 UTC

Context-specific regulation of surface and soluble IL7R expression by an autoimmune risk alleleInterleukin-7 (IL-7) is a central cytokine in T cell homeostasis. Here the authors show that allelic variation at rs6897932, an autoimmune GWAS risk allele at IL7R, regulates surface and soluble IL-7R in stimulated monocytes, indicating a function of monocyte Read more at Nature.com

Cheap as chips: identifying plant genes to ensure food security[To top]
2019-10-08 15:48:06 UTC

Cheap as chips: identifying plant genes to ensure food securityAn international team of scientists led by the University of Goettingen has developed a new approach that enables researchers to more efficiently identify the genes that control plant traits. This method will enable plant breeders and scientists to develop mo Read more at Phys.org

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Data science

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It
2019-10-07 13:00:00 UTC

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. DonThe company is seeking five volunteers to go collect snow samples, but the stunt looks more like advertising than actual science.
Read more at Wired

California Power Outage Wreaks Havoc at Research Labs[To top]
2019-10-11 15:10:00 UTC

California Power Outage Wreaks Havoc at Research LabsScience laboratories in northern California are scrambling to protect precious supplies, samples, and lab animals threatened by an extensive power outage. Read more... Read more at Gizmodo.com

5 Science-Proven Ways to Improve Your Memory[To top]
2019-10-14 15:59:06 UTC

5 Science-Proven Ways to Improve Your MemoryFrom people's names to sales data, there is a lot of information entrepreneurs need to be able to remember at any given moment. Here's how to improve your memory and retain more information. Read more at Entrepreneur.com

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Population genetics

Verily, Alphabets other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysis
2019-10-10 18:54:31 UTC

Verily, Alphabets other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysisColor Genomics, the genetics testing company, is partnering with Alphabets health technology focused subsidiary, Verily Life Sciences, to provide information from its genetic tests to the companys Baseline Health Study participants. The emphasis from both c Read more at TechCrunch

Over 150,000 Americans Have Rare DNA Fluke and Don't Know It, Study of 23andMe Data Finds[To top]
2019-10-10 15:00:00 UTC

Over 150,000 Americans Have Rare DNA Fluke and DonA supposedly rare genetic quirk might be more common than we think, according to new research out Thursday. The study, based largely on 23andMe data, suggests that one in every 2,000 people are born with two copies of a gene from only a single parent, often w Read more at Gizmodo.com

Night of the Walking Redheads[To top]
2019-10-14 09:00:00 UTC

Night of the Walking RedheadsGingers gather upstate to celebratethe mysterious genetics behind their Day-Glo follicles, curse childhood bullies, and debunk the rumor that theyre going extinct. Read more at Newyorker.com

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Inheritance

Rich Kids Can Spare Some of Their Inheritance
2019-10-15 19:43:50 UTC

Rich Kids Can Spare Some of Their InheritanceA tax on inherited money or property unlike wealth or estate taxes would be hard for even the fanciest accountants to shake.
Read more at The New York Times

Social Inequality, Marriage Habits, and Other Clues to Bronze Age Life Revealed in New Study[To top]
2019-10-10 18:00:00 UTC

Social Inequality, Marriage Habits, and Other Clues to Bronze Age Life Revealed in New StudyA fascinating new study chronicles the family histories of European Bronze Age households, revealing the presence of surprising marital practices, patterns of inheritance, and the unexpected early emergence of social inequality within these homestead farmsin Read more at Gizmodo.com

Harvard has produced more ultra-wealthy people than any other college in the world but only 7% are women. Here are the top 20 US colleges with the highest proportions of female millionaires among their rich alumni.[To top]
2019-10-15 13:13:00 UTC

Harvard has produced more ultra-wealthy people than any other college in the world  but only 7% are women. Here are the top 20 US colleges with the highest proportions of female millionaires among their rich alumni.In July, Wealth-X released their 2019 report on which universities (both globally and in the US) have produced the most ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals, here defined as those with a net worth of $30 million or more. Harvard University topped the list, Read more at Business Insider

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Bioinformatics AI

Experimentally validated model for drug discovery gets a stamp of mathematical approval
2019-10-14 04:00:00 UTC

Experimentally validated model for drug discovery gets a stamp of mathematical approvalInsilico Medicine, a biotechnology company developing an end-to-end drug discovery pipeline utilizing next-generation artificial intelligence, is proud to present its paper 'A Prior of a Googol Gaussians: a Tensor Ring Induced Prior for Generative Models' at Read more at Eurekalert.org

Accelerating Discovery of Efficacious Pre-erythrocytic Stage Malaria Vaccines (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)[To top]
2019-10-11 06:23:35 UTC

placeholder imgFunding Opportunity RFA-AI-19-059 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate basic research, discovery, and early translational research to enable and accelerate the generation of highly efficacious pre-erythro Read more at Nih.gov

The Irish Times Innovation Awards finalists: life sciences and healthcare[To top]
2019-10-17 04:56:25 UTC

The Irish Times Innovation Awards finalists: life sciences and healthcareAtlantic Therapeutics, Nuritas and Food Marble all in vanguard of innovation
Read more at The Irish Times

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Precision medicine

Andreessen Horowitz has hired a health tech expert as a general partner
2019-10-10 14:02:00 UTC

Andreessen Horowitz has hired a health tech expert as a general partnerThis story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. The California-based venture c Read more at Business Insider

Batten disease girl given custom-made drug[To top]
2019-10-12 01:31:52 UTC

Batten disease girl given custom-made drugMila is having far fewer - and briefer - seizures after a drug was designed just for her.
Read more at BBC News

Structure of the mitochondrial import gate reveals distinct preprotein paths[To top]
2019-10-10 00:00:00 UTC

Structure of the mitochondrial import gate reveals distinct preprotein paths
Read more at Nature.com

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Health

Does Blue Light Actually Affect Your Health?
2019-10-14 19:30:00 UTC

Does Blue Light Actually Affect Your Health?Blue light before bedtime can make it harder to sleep, and the screens on phones, computers, and televisions emit plenty of blue light. This is all true. But if youre focused on blue light as a major problem affecting your sleep or your eye health, its time Read more at Lifehacker.com

What Would Medicare for All Cost You?[To top]
2019-10-16 17:45:00 UTC

What Would Medicare for All Cost You?Democratic candidates for president want to overhaul health care. But who will pay for it? That was the question during last nights fourth primary debate, which featured 12 candidates on one stage vying for attention. But the discussion around health care ma Read more at Lifehacker.com

How to Take Care of Your Gut Health[To top]
2019-10-08 20:30:00 UTC

How to Take Care of Your Gut HealthWere talking fecal transplants, probiotics, gut flora and more this week. Do bacteria in your GI tract affect your moods? How does your microbiome affect your overall health? We visit the lab of computational biologist Dr. Jose Clemente where he and his team Read more at Lifehacker.com

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Technology

Armenia and the technology of diaspora
2019-10-07 18:53:30 UTC

Armenia and the technology of diasporaIts a tough world out there for small countries. Technology is the future, everyone knows that; but how do you claim your share of that future when youre competing with America, China, the EU, and India? How do you build a thriving ecosystem of tech wealth Read more at TechCrunch

Google aims to change the definition of good photography with Pixel 4s software-defined camera[To top]
2019-10-15 15:26:22 UTC

Google aims to change the definition of good photography with Pixel 4s software-defined cameraGoogles new Pixel 4 camera offers a ton of new tricks to improve its photographic chops, and to emphasize the point, it had Professor Mark Levoy, who leads camera technology development at Google Research, up on stage to talk about the Pixel 4s many improve Read more at TechCrunch

This technology is helping Hong Kong prepare for typhoons[To top]
2019-10-15 05:03:58 UTC

This technology is helping Hong Kong prepare for typhoonsCNN's Ivan Watson gets an inside look at the technology that's helping Hong Kong prepare for major storms.
Read more at CNN

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Scientific publications

Resilience Engineering Papers
2019-10-08 20:04:34 UTC

Resilience Engineering PapersResilience engineering papers. Contribute to lorin/resilience-engineering development by creating an account on GitHub.
Read more at Github.com

Dodgy sex-psychology paper finally gets retracted[To top]
2019-10-16 17:52:55 UTC

Dodgy sex-psychology paper finally gets retractedResearch on men helping high-heeled women pulled because of sloppy data.
Read more at Ars Technica

AP's how-to-use-hyphens-wisely guide causes consternation among pedants[To top]
2019-10-07 18:51:51 UTC

APEnglish is a glorious syncretic mass of a language, what you get when you blend together a bunch of mispronounced German, French and Latin words and then salt with the vernacular of a hundred other languages, without having to heed stern pronouncements from a Read more at Boingboing.net

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Scientific Books

Total immersion: re-imagining the ocean
2019-10-15 00:00:00 UTC

Total immersion: re-imagining the oceanTwo timely, urgent books offer different takes on the state of the seas. Boris Worm lauds both.
Read more at Nature.com

How to Choose Your Niche to Be a Successful Photographer[To top]
2019-10-15 12:45:00 UTC

How to Choose Your Niche to Be a Successful PhotographerWith almost two dozen specialties to choose from, here's exactly what you need to know to narrow your focus and create a successful photography business. Read more at Entrepreneur.com

Finding free science books from Springer[To top]
2019-10-15 07:00:36 UTC

Finding free science books from SpringerToday the biggest book fair of the world starts again in Frankfurt, Germany. I thought this might be a good opportunity to do you some good! Springer is one of the most renowned scientific publishing companies in the world. Normally, their books are quite exp Read more at R-bloggers.com

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Sports

How to Keep Sports Fun For Kids
2019-10-10 18:00:00 UTC

How to Keep Sports Fun For KidsYou always hear that coach before you see them. Theyre yelling something about being out of position or not running hard enough for the ball. On a recent Saturday morning, the coach on the next field over was yelling at a pair of boys running past that they Read more at Lifehacker.com

An Academic Take on Sports Rivalries[To top]
2019-10-14 20:17:22 UTC

An Academic Take on Sports RivalriesWhich rivalries are most intense? Can a team have more than one rival? What if the hatred isnt returned? Two professors wanted answers.
Read more at The New York Times

Nationals Continue the Sports Joy in D.C.[To top]
2019-10-16 12:53:26 UTC

Nationals Continue the Sports Joy in D.C.The Capitals and Mystics won, and now the World Series is coming to town.
Read more at The New York Times

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Entertainment

Howard University and Amazon want to diversify the entertainment industry
2019-10-11 14:23:00 UTC

Howard University and Amazon want to diversify the entertainment industryHoward University and Amazon Studios are working together to diversify the entertainment industry. Today, they announced Howard Entertainment, a program that will give African American, Latinx and Native American students a chance to study and train alongside Read more at Engadget

'Fortnite' addiction is compared to cocaine dependency in lawsuit[To top]
2019-10-09 17:25:42 UTC

The plaintiffs claim that Epic Games made Fortnite dangerously addictive. Read more... More about Entertainment, Gaming, Mashable Video, Video Games, and Fortnite Read more at Mashable

Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra Crunch[To top]
2019-10-15 19:01:53 UTC

Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra CrunchSubscription has been all the rage in media circles as the industry searches for new, sustainable business models. Weve seen companies from infrastructure plays like Substack and Pico to brand verticals like Holloway and The Athletic receive venture funding, Read more at TechCrunch

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