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Dec 4, 2019

Surprising 1st results from NASA’s sun-skimming spacecraft

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s sun-skimming spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe, is surprising scientists with its unprecedented close views of our star.

Scientists released the first results from the mission Wednesday. They observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind.

NASA’s Nicola Fox compared this unexpected switchback phenomenon to the cracking of a whip.

Dec 4, 2019

Era Ends for Google as Founders Step Aside From a Pillar of Tech

Posted by in category: futurism

SAN FRANCISCO — Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the Stanford graduate students who founded Google over two decades ago, are stepping down from executive roles at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, they announced on Tuesday.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, will become the chief of both Google and Alphabet.

The move is an end of an era for Google. Mr. Page and Mr. Brin have personified the company since its founding and have been two of the technology industry’s most influential figures, on a par with the founders of Apple and Microsoft, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

Dec 4, 2019

The rise, disappearance, and retirement of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Posted by in category: information science

Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1996 on the back of an algorithm, turned it into one of the most valuable companies in the world, and have now given up their leadership roles three times — even though they’ve always retained a controlling interest in the company behind the scenes. Here’s a timeline of their most important moments in Google and Alphabet history.

Dec 4, 2019

Facebook’s Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Jerome Pesenti is encouraged by progress in artificial intelligence, but sees the limits of the current approach to deep learning.

Dec 4, 2019

Iran Has Launched ‘Malicious’ New Malware That Wipes Windows Computers, Warns IBM

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Iranian hackers have again attacked strategic industrial targets in the region, with a new strain of malware designed to cause widespread chaos.

Dec 4, 2019

Re.comm 19 — an Interview with Aubrey de Grey

Posted by in category: life extension

Dec 4, 2019

China gene-edited baby experiment ‘may have created unintended mutations’

Posted by in category: genetics

He Jiankui’s original research, published for the first time, could have failed, scientists say.

Dec 4, 2019

‘Clever Drugs for Slimy Bugs’ in fight against Staph infections

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Bacterial biofilms that develop around golden staph infections make treatment difficult and prolonged, but researchers have shown in laboratory work that the hybrid antibiotics they have developed can destroy staph biofilms.

Eradicating deadly staph using a new breed of antibiotics has revealed promising results in research released by QUT, to help overcome one of the biggest modern medical challenges.

The bacteria attach to medical devices including catheters, artificial joints, implants and patients’ burns and wounds, establishing bacterial biofilms, a leading cause of failing antibiotic therapies and chronic infections.

Dec 4, 2019

Food for thought about manipulating gut bacteria

Posted by in category: health

Knowing how dietary fibre nourishes gut microorganisms might suggest ways to boost health-promoting bacteria. A method developed to pinpoint bacteria that consume particular types of dietary fibre could advance such efforts. Method pinpoints bacteria that consume particular types of dietary fibre.

Dec 4, 2019

Survivor Stories

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cancer Survivor, John KrechDiagnosed with Stage 3 Testicular Cancer, and later with Bladder Cancer, John shares his personal story and advice for surviving moreCancer Survivor, Suzy GriswoldDiagnosed with…