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Improving Flavor With Cyber Agriculture
News   Apr 05, 2019

What goes into making plants taste good? For scientists, it takes a combination of botany, machine-learning algorithms, and some good old-fashioned chemistry.

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Take a Bow: AI Identifies Violinist Movements
News   Apr 05, 2019

A system developed by David Dalmazzo and Rafael Ramírez, members of the Music Technology Group, allows violin students to benefit from real-time accurate information about their movements when playing the instrument. The results of this work were published in March in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

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Intelligent Computers Master Materials Science
News   Apr 05, 2019

Discovering how atoms — such as a single layer of carbon atoms found in graphene, one of the world’s strongest materials — work to create a solid material is currently a major research topic in the field of materials science, or the design and discovery of new materials. Now researchers are applying deep learning techniques to help find the answer.

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How 5 Decades of the War on Drugs Has Spread Drug Trafficking
News   Apr 05, 2019

Efforts to curtail the flow of cocaine into the United States from South America have made drug trafficking operations more widespread and harder to eradicate, according to new research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Protect Your Canine Friends From Cancer With Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements
News   Apr 04, 2019

Dogs that receive omega-3 fatty acid supplements or have hypothyroidism may be less likely to develop T-zone lymphoma (TZL).

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Backtracking for Accurate Gene Transcription
News   Apr 03, 2019

Scientists from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have recently uncovered the mechanisms of how RNA polymerase II performs intrinsic cleavage reaction to proofread RNA transcriptions, shedding light on how mis-regulation of accurate transcription can lead to diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Computer-created Bacterial Genome is World First
News   Apr 02, 2019

Scientists have developed a new method that greatly simplifies the production of large DNA molecules containing many hundreds of genes. With this method, they have built the first genome of a bacterium entirely designed by a computer algorithm. The method has the potential to revolutionise biotechnology.

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A Call for Greater Diversity Within Genetic Data Sets
News   Apr 01, 2019

According to a new study, polygenic scores developed by studying Europeans do a better job at predicting disease risk for people of European ancestry than for those of other ancestries.

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Supercomputers Help Supercharge Jellyfish Proteins
News   Apr 01, 2019

Using supercomputers, scientists are designing proteins that self-assemble to combine and resemble life-giving molecules like hemoglobin. The scientists say their methods could be applied to useful technologies such as pharmaceutical targeting and artificial energy harvesting. Using jellyfish proteins, the scientists were able to assemble a complex sixteen protein structure composed of two stacked octamers.

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April Fools' Hoaxes Could Help Spot Fake News
News   Apr 01, 2019

Academic experts in Natural Language Processing from Lancaster University who are interested in deception have compared the language used within written April Fools hoaxes and fake news stories.

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