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Viruses Speed Up Modern Computers
Viruses Speed Up Modern Computers
News   Dec 07, 2018

Scientists have successfully developed a method to "genetically" engineer a better type of computer memory using a bacteriophage.

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DeepMind's New AI Teaches Itself Chess, Beats Grandmaster
DeepMind's New AI Teaches Itself Chess, Beats Grandmaster
News   Dec 07, 2018

In late 2017 DeepMind introduced AlphaZero, a single system that taught itself from scratch how to master the games of chess, shogi (Japanese chess), and Go, beating a world-champion program in each case. Today, they announce the evalutation of AlphaZero, published in the journal Science, that confirms and updates those preliminary results.

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Therapeutic Target for Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Therapeutic Target for Metastatic Prostate Cancer
News   Dec 06, 2018

Researchers identify a new vulnerability in aggressive, metastatic prostate cancers that have become resistant to the hormonal therapies available today.

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No Bleeding Required: Anemia Detection via Smartphone
No Bleeding Required: Anemia Detection via Smartphone
News   Dec 06, 2018

Biomedical engineers have developed a smartphone app with the aim of non-invasive detection of anemia.

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The ABCs of Artificial Bees
The ABCs of Artificial Bees
News   Dec 03, 2018

Honey bees are not only vitally important pollinators of food crops, their hunt for rich food sources has also proved to be an excellent model for optimizing numerical problems. Now, researchers from Kanazawa University and the University of Toyama have used the intelligent behavior of bees to improve optimization performance in real-world problems.

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When's a Donut More Like a Fountain?
When's a Donut More Like a Fountain?
News   Dec 03, 2018

The rings of gas surrounding active supermassive black holes are not in fact simple donut shapes, but more like a fountain thanks to gas motion and interaction.

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App Aims to Encourage At-Home HIV Testing
App Aims to Encourage At-Home HIV Testing
News   Dec 03, 2018

HIV self-testing strategies have been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2016, as they empower people to find out HIV their status at their convenience. Researchers in Canada have evaluated an unsupervised HIV self-testing program via a smartphone and tablet application called HIVSmart!, among an at-risk population.

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The Gut - Mixing Pot for Antibiotic Resistance Genes
The Gut - Mixing Pot for Antibiotic Resistance Genes
News   Dec 03, 2018

An innovative approach has been used to identify thousands of antibiotic resistance genes found in bacteria that inhabit the human gut.

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Is this the New Face of Field Trips?
Is this the New Face of Field Trips?
News   Dec 03, 2018

Researchers took a virtual reality experience into a variety of educational settings, including high school classrooms, to test the impact on awareness and understanding of ocean acidification.

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Reaching Out to Robots
Reaching Out to Robots
News   Nov 29, 2018

Human skin contains sensitive nerve cells that detect pressure, temperature and other sensations that allow tactile interactions with the environment. To help robots and prosthetic devices attain these abilities, scientists are trying to develop electronic skins. Now, a new method creates an ultrathin, stretchable electronic skin, which could be used for a variety of human-machine interactions.

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