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Rapid-diagnosing AI makes brain cancer operations ‘safer and more effective than ever before’

Expert human pathologists typically require around 30 minutes to diagnose brain tumors from tissue samples extracted during surgery. A new ...
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‘Chilling’ solution to Fermi paradox: Are intelligent life forms destined to destroy themselves?

If we compress the history of the universe into a single year, Earth and our solar system formed around Labor ...
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‘Almost no limit’: Synthetic biology has turned the stuff of science fiction into the stuff of science

Synthetic biology, or the application of engineering principles to the design of life, presents world-changing prospects. Could components of a ...
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Fighting climate change by reprogramming yeast, bacteria to feast on carbon dioxide

An organism easily adapted to different environments and ready to consume any compound would be a valuable tool ...
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GMOs, biosensors and biopreservation: Tools that can fight global hunger by reducing food spoilage

We're feeding an ever-increasing number of people. Getting the rest of the way by 2030 will require every innovation we ...
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We can’t embrace machine learning in healthcare without ‘serious vetting’ of the underlying data

Given that machine learning in the health domain can have a direct impact on people’s lives, broad claims emerging from ...
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Finding a new home: Humanity’s survival could depend on a 1,000-year space journey to Proxima b

Located in the triple-star Alpha Centauri solar system, Proxima b has a mass 1.3 times that of Earth and a ...
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3D-printed plastic bunny contains its own blueprint coded in synthetic DNA

The kumquat-sized bunny, cute as it may be, isn’t a toy or a good luck charm. But if you cut ...
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‘Proteomic clock’ could measure our true biological age through a blood test

A few hundred of the thousands of proteins circulating in our blood turn out to be a fairly accurate forecaster ...
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Does AI represent our best bet for extending human lives?

Co-founder and CEO [of Insilico Medicine] Alex Zhavoronkov said he believes there is no greater goal in healthcare today—or, really, ...
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Retinitis pigmentosa cure breakthrough? Next generation of artificial lenses being developed with flexible silicon-like chips to combat genetic blindness

Organic semiconductors can link up with brain cells to send and receive signals. They may find a use in sight-restoring ...
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Computer simulation suggests we aren’t even close to designing better babies

It’s difficult to talk about genetic selection without the umbrella of morality or ethics. Yet like all scientific advancements, it ...
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Why DNA is the thumb drive of the future

DNA is designed to keep lots of data in a tiny space for an extremely long time. But the best ...
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Virtual reality gets more realistic: Vibrating synthetic skin simulates touch

While they’re still struggling to gain commercial traction, the latest VR headsets are able to transport people to impressive virtual ...
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We may be getting closer to finding alien life, but don’t expect it to happen next year, expert say

Space.com asked top SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) experts about what next year may signal regarding detecting other starfolk. ...
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Dark side of brain upgrades: They could give corrupt leaders ‘the ultimate way to ensure good citizenship’

It’s 2045. You stroll into the Center for Mind Design. There you can purchase a brain chip to augment your ...
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Podcast: How artificial intelligence, machine learning can help us realize the value of all that genetic data we’re collecting

Everywhere we look these days, someone is talking about the potential for artificial intelligence and machines to change the face ...
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‘Magnetic skin’ turns your body into a remote control, opening doors and controlling lights with a wave of the hand

A Saudi research team has developed a ‘magnetic skin’ that can open a door or control a switch remotely with ...
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Our brains as hard drives—could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Research suggests it might one day be possible to tweak our brains -- eliminating traumatic memories or granting new skills, ...
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Can we take AI to the next level by building robots that fear for their own safety?

There might be a way, though, to give robots feelings, say neuroscientists Kingson Man and Antonio Damasio. Simply build the ...
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AI ethics can’t come from human medicine: Principles that guide doctors would ‘make no sense’ to a machine

The four core principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy (patients should have control over how they are treated), ...
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We may need to genetically engineer astronauts to protect them from radiation during long space flights

One of the main health concerns with space travel is radiation exposure. If, for example, scientists could figure out a way ...
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Viewpoint: Doctors will never be replaced by intelligent machines, which lack ’empathy, common sense’

Is there a place for artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine? Will doctors one day be replaced by ...
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Xeno-Skin: Genetically engineered pigs may be source of transplantable skin for humans

In a pathogen-free facility in Grafton, Massachusetts, a small town about 40 miles west of Boston, genetically engineered miniature pigs ...
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Artificial Intelligence lab OpenAI wants to develop technology ‘to save the world’. Will it also assist the US military?

Microsoft’s recent victory in landing a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract called JEDI could make life more complicated for one of the ...
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Genetic sequencing for everyone? UK trial program challenged as ‘ethically questionable’

Plans for the National Health Service to sequence the DNA of every baby born in the UK, starting with a ...
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Can computers develop human-like intelligence by imitating our own evolutionary path?

Evolutionary algorithms have been around for a long time. Traditionally, they’ve been used to solve specific problems. In each generation, ...
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If we find alien life, how will we protect it from our own ‘microbial stowaways’?

When we venture beyond the moon, we’ll be bringing trillions of microbial stowaways with us. Which complicates things. If we ...