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Artificial intelligence

Facebook disputes report that its AI cant detect hate speech or violence consistently

2021-10-17 17:00:26 UTC

Facebook disputes report that its AI cant detect hate speech or violence consistentlyAccording to a new company blog post, the prevalence of hate speech on Facebook dropped by 50 percent over the past three years. The post appeared to be in response to an article which questioned the companys use of AI to detect offensive content. Read more at The Verge


God and robots: Will AI transform religion?

2021-10-20 23:12:47 UTC

God and robots: Will AI transform religion?Robot "priests" can recite prayers, perform funerals, and even comfort those experiencing a spiritual crisis.
Read more at BBC News


First model released by BigScience outperforms GPT-3 while being 16x smaller

2021-10-18 14:16:20 UTC

First model released by BigScience outperforms GPT-3 while being 16x smallerWere on a journey to advance and democratize artificial intelligence through open source and open science.
Read more at Huggingface.co


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Bioinformatics

Bacteria, fungi interact far more often than previously thought

2021-10-19 20:27:45 UTC

Bacteria, fungi interact far more often than previously thoughtIn a novel, broad assessment of bacterial-fungal interactions, researchers using unique bioinformatics found that fungi host a remarkable diversity of bacteria, making bacterial-fungal interactions far more common and diverse than previously known. Read more at Phys.Org


A new treatment for glaucoma?

2021-10-18 18:17:50 UTC

A new treatment for glaucoma?A new study in mice has identified new treatment targets for glaucoma, including preventing a severe pediatric form of glaucoma, as well as uncovering a possible new class of therapy for the most common form of glaucoma in adults. Read more at Science Daily


Canntab Reaches Agreement with Innovative Bioinformatics Company, 36eight Technologies Inc.

2021-10-18 11:30:00 UTC

Canntab Reaches Agreement with Innovative Bioinformatics Company, 36eight Technologies Inc.Canntab Therapeutics Limited (CSE: PILL.CN) (OTCQB: CTABF) (FRA: TBF1.F) (the "Company" or "Canntab"), the leading innovator in cannabinoid and terpene... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


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Genomics

Late Quaternary dynamics of Arctic biota from ancient environmental genomics

2021-10-20 00:00:00 UTC

Late Quaternary dynamics of Arctic biota from ancient environmental genomicsA large-scale metagenomic analysis of plant and mammal environmental DNA reveals complex ecological changes across the circumpolar region over the past 50,000 years, as biota responded to changing climates, culminating in the postglacial extinction of large m Read more at Nature.com


Scientists are closely tracking a new variant spreading in the UK that could be 10% more infectious than Delta

2021-10-19 12:20:06 UTC

Scientists are closely tracking a new variant spreading in the UK that could be 10% more infectious than DeltaThe new variant, AY.4.2, is descendant of the Delta variant. Cases are low outside the UK, and we don't if its mutations change its behaviour. Read more at Business Insider


UK lab investigated for false negative Covid tests is not fully accredited

2021-10-18 18:06:06 UTC

UK lab investigated for false negative Covid tests is not fully accreditedNeither Immensa nor Dante Labs has ever been accredited, Ukas says, contrary to government comments

The private laboratory that is under investigation for potentially issuin Read more at The Guardian


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Genetics

Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?

2021-10-17 10:00:25 UTC

Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it techno-eugenics?The birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978 provoked a media frenzy. In comparison, a little girl nam Read more at The Guardian


How genetics affect your food choices

2021-10-20 18:42:03 UTC

How genetics affect your food choicesNew information about the genetic links behind food choices, obesity, and diabetes could lead to improved prevention and treatment, researchers say. Read more at Futurity: Research News


Scientists are closely tracking a new variant spreading in the UK that could be 10% more infectious than Delta

2021-10-19 12:20:06 UTC

Scientists are closely tracking a new variant spreading in the UK that could be 10% more infectious than DeltaThe new variant, AY.4.2, is descendant of the Delta variant. Cases are low outside the UK, and we don't if its mutations change its behaviour. Read more at Business Insider


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GWAS

Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?

2021-10-17 10:00:25 UTC

Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it techno-eugenics?The birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978 provoked a media frenzy. In comparison, a little girl nam Read more at The Guardian


Leveraging auxiliary data from arbitrary distributions to boost GWAS discovery with Flexible cFDR

2021-10-20 14:00:00 UTC

Leveraging auxiliary data from arbitrary distributions to boost GWAS discovery with Flexible cFDRAuthor summary Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) detect regions of the human genome that are associated with various traits, including complex diseases, but the power to detect these genomic regions is currently limited by sample size. The conditional fa Read more at Plos.org


Viral genome wide association study identifies novel hepatitis C virus polymorphisms associated with sofosbuvir treatment failure

2021-10-20 00:00:00 UTC

Viral genome wide association study identifies novel hepatitis C virus polymorphisms associated with sofosbuvir treatment failureSofosbuvir is a common therapy in hepatitis C virus infection, which targets the NS5B polymerase. Here, Smith et al. analyze the association between whole genome HCV polymorphisms and sofosbuvir treatment failure and identify three common polymorphisms presen Read more at Nature.com


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Data science

Technology is Reinventing the Insurance Industry

2021-10-18 10:40:00 UTC

Technology is Reinventing the Insurance Industry-
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Inspiring 1.4 million students to learn computer science

2021-10-20 16:00:00 UTC

Inspiring 1.4 million students to learn computer scienceFor many of the challenges our world faces like access to healthcare and climate change technology will be part of the solution. For those solutions to affect change, the technologists behind them should be reflective of everyone. However, in the U.S. tod Read more at Blog.google


5 Indispensable Skills for Data Scientists

2021-10-18 16:00:00 UTC

5 Indispensable Skills for Data ScientistsWith the demand for data scientists skyrocketing, here are a few key business and technical skills to master that will help you stand out.
Read more at Entrepreneur


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Population genetics

Why is England driving the rise in UK Covid cases?

2021-10-19 14:37:52 UTC

Why is England driving the rise in UK Covid cases?A drop-off in mask wearing and slow uptake of booster jabs are among the reasons for the continuing growth

Covid cases in the UK are on the rise once more, with 49,156 repor Read more at The Guardian


Ethics of DNA research on human remains: five globally applicable guidelines

2021-10-20 00:00:00 UTC

placeholder imgIn this Perspective, a group representing a range of stakeholders makes the case for a set of five proposed globally applicable ethical guidelines for ancient human DNA research. Read more at Nature.com


Intermountain Healthcare and DeCODE Genetics Scientists Discover Genetic Underpinnings of Vertigo

2021-10-20 20:57:00 UTC

Intermountain Healthcare and DeCODE Genetics Scientists Discover Genetic Underpinnings of VertigoScientists in the United States and Iceland who are collecting and studying DNA as part of the HerediGene: Population Study, the world's largest DNA mapping ... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


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Inheritance

How to leave an inheritance? 4 principles for planning your legacy

2021-10-18 13:00:00 UTC

How to leave an inheritance? 4 principles for planning your legacyYou work to build an inheritance that lasts over time. That is why it is important that, beyond material goods, you consider the interests of those who will receive it. Read more at Entrepreneur


My husband and I just got married, but we're already considering a postnuptial agreement for 4 reasons

2021-10-18 18:03:14 UTC

My husband and I just got married, but weJen Glantz and her husband are perfectly happy, but both want to get clarity on their financial life now that they're married. A postnup can help. Read more at Business Insider


Python is now no. 1. This training can make sure youre a certified expert

2021-10-17 14:00:54 UTC

Python is now no. 1. This training can make sure youre a certified expertTLDR: The Python Programming and Git Certification Bundle includes beginner and advanced training in how to use Python to code all your biggest programming projects. Well, it finally happened. After years of knocking on the door, Python is now the worlds mos Read more at The Next Web


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Bioinformatics AI

Insilico Medicine Appoints Business Leader, Michelle Chen, as Chief Business Officer

2021-10-19 15:30:00 UTC

Insilico Medicine Appoints Business Leader, Michelle Chen, as Chief Business OfficerInsilico Medicine, an end-to-end AI-powered drug discovery company, today announced the appointment of Dr. Michelle Chen to the company's position of Chief... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


OpGen Announces Closing of $15 Million Registered Direct Offering

2021-10-18 20:30:00 UTC

OpGen Announces Closing of $15 Million Registered Direct OfferingROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OpGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPGN, OpGen or the Company), a precision medicine company harnessing the power of ... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


ETF Alternatives To ARKK

2021-10-18 14:15:00 UTC

ETF Alternatives To ARKKARKs disruptive tech ETF has been sinking this year while comparable ETFs are flying high.
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Precision medicine

OpGen Announces Closing of $15 Million Registered Direct Offering

2021-10-18 20:30:00 UTC

OpGen Announces Closing of $15 Million Registered Direct OfferingROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OpGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPGN, OpGen or the Company), a precision medicine company harnessing the power of ... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


Elevation Oncology Announces the Promotion of Valerie Malyvanh Jansen, M.D., Ph.D., to Chief Medical Officer

2021-10-20 11:00:00 UTC

Elevation Oncology Announces the Promotion of Valerie Malyvanh Jansen, M.D., Ph.D., to Chief Medical OfficerElevation Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELEV), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision medicines for patients with... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


BC Platforms Expands Partnership with Thailand's Bumrungrad International Hospital to Accelerate Adoption of Precision Medicine in Southeast Asia

2021-10-20 06:00:00 UTC

BC Platforms Expands Partnership with ThailandBC Platforms (BCP), a global leader in healthcare data management and analytics, today announced an expanded partnership with Bumrungrad International... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


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Health

Why Public Health Is in Crisis: Threats, Departures, New Laws

2021-10-18 07:00:12 UTC

Why Public Health Is in Crisis: Threats, Departures, New LawsAn examination of hundreds of health departments around the country shows that the nation may be less prepared for the next pandemic than it was for the current one. Read more at New York Times


The Era of Climate Sickness Has Arrived

2021-10-20 22:30:00 UTC

The Era of Climate Sickness Has ArrivedScientists this week are voicing an urgent warning to the world and its leaders: Climate change is already harming our health, and given current trends, its only going to get worse. In a new report from The Lancet, the authors highlight dozens of health impa Read more at Gizmodo.com


Trevor Noah Talks Striketober

2021-10-20 05:34:40 UTC

Trevor Noah Talks StriketoberThe Daily Show host joked that jobs are how Americans prove that they deserve health care.
Read more at New York Times


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Technology

Technology is Reinventing the Insurance Industry

2021-10-18 10:40:00 UTC

Technology is Reinventing the Insurance Industry-
Read more at Gizmodo.com


Couple Pleads Not Guilty in Spy Case as Prosecutors Lay Out New Details

2021-10-20 23:36:12 UTC

Couple Pleads Not Guilty in Spy Case as Prosecutors Lay Out New DetailsJonathan and Diana Toebbe planned for years to sell classified materials about submarine technology to a foreign government and were seeking as much as $5 million, the prosecution said in court. Read more at New York Times


How to best burn calories while walking

2021-10-18 08:49:20 UTC

How to best burn calories while walkingIt's no secret that walking is good for you. Many of us are trying to get in those recommended 10,000 steps a day that our wearable fitness technology urges us to achieve. Read more at CNN


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Scientific publications

A Meta-Scientific Perspective on Thinking: Fast and Slow

2021-10-19 11:39:00 UTC

A Meta-Scientific Perspective on Thinking: Fast and Slow2011 was an important year in the history of psychology, especially social psychology. First, it became apparent that one social psychologist had faked results for dozens of publications ( Second, Read more at Replicationindex.com


Gap in research funding leaves global south more vulnerable to climate impacts, studies suggest

2021-10-17 08:00:00 UTC

Gap in research funding leaves global south more vulnerable to climate impacts, studies suggestDeveloping countries suffer from a significant gap in terms of scientific research related to climate change, a new study shows, even though they contain the communities and people most vulnerable to extreme weather, rising sea levels and otherserious impact Read more at CBC News


ONA Therapeutics Strengthens Scientific Leadership Team

2021-10-21 07:00:00 UTC

ONA Therapeutics Strengthens Scientific Leadership TeamONA Therapeutics ("ONA"), which is focused on the discovery and development of therapeutic biologics targeting lipid metabolism in order to treat advanced... Read more at Yahoo Entertainment


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