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Blocking “Super-highways” Could Prevent the Spread of Cancer
News   Oct 28, 2019

Two new studies describe in detail the mechanism that causes tissues to undergo structural changes. The research indicates that, via the collision of cells, different tissue structures can be formed – this remodeling can create “super-highways”, which are used by cancer cells to escape to other sites within the body.

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Climate Mysteries Investigated With Forensic Information Theory Tool
News   Oct 28, 2019

During Earth’s last glacial period, temperatures on the planet periodically spiked dramatically and rapidly. A recent study suggests that mathematics from information theory could offer a powerful tool for analyzing and understanding them.

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Predicting Risk of Thyroid Cancer With AI
News   Oct 25, 2019

A new study investigates whether a non-invasive method of ultrasound imaging, combined with a Google-platform machine-learning algorithm, could be used as a rapid and inexpensive first screen for thyroid cancer.

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Epigenetic Drug Screens Could Unlock New Treatments for Cancer, Heart Disease and Mental Illness
News   Oct 23, 2019

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have developed a machine-learning algorithm that gleans information from microscope images--allowing for high-throughput epigenetic drug screens that could unlock new treatments for cancer, heart disease, mental illness and more.

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Math Breakthrough Speeds Up Supercomputer Simulations
News   Oct 21, 2019

Mathematicians have made a breakthrough that could help scientists speed up the supercomputers used to model protein folding and other complex atomic-scale problems.

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Better Together - Quest Towards Open Access Publication
News   Oct 18, 2019

Not-for-profit Jisc and the Microbiology Society announce a pilot transitional open access agreement. The "Publish and Read" deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a cost neutral fixed fee.

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The Next Generation of Hearing Implants Could Be Soft
News   Oct 17, 2019

Close to half a million people around the world suffer from a serious hearing impairment. Cochlear implants, whilst useful for some patients, do not help people whose inner ear is damaged or whose auditory nerve does not function properly. Now, researchers have developed a soft variant of an implant that communicates directly with the brainstem.

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Protecting Smart Machines From Smart Attacks
News   Oct 17, 2019

Machines' ability to learn by processing data gleaned from sensors underlies automated vehicles, medical devices and a host of other emerging technologies. But that learning ability leaves systems vulnerable to hackers in unexpected ways, researchers at Princeton University have found.

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Personalized Immunotherapy Refined by Mass Spec-Machine Learning Pairing
News   Oct 16, 2019

A combination of mass spectrometry and a novel computational tool is more accurately identifying the molecular signs of cancer likely to be presented to helper T cells, which stimulate and orchestrate the immune response to tumors and infectious agents.

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Technique Could Check Integrity of Computer Chips and Detect Tampering
News   Oct 11, 2019

A novel technique would allow organizations to non-destructively scan computer chips to ensure that they haven’t been altered and that they are manufactured to design specifications without error.

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