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Sep 13, 2019

This AI can pass a 12th-grade standardized science test

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI, science

But no, it’s not as smart as a high school student.

Sep 13, 2019

Hacking at Quantum Speed with Shor’s Algorithm

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, information science, quantum physics


Classical computers struggle to crack modern encryption. But quantum computers using Shor’s Algorithm make short work of RSA cryptography. Find out how.

Sep 13, 2019

The new genetics of intelligence

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Recent genome-wide association studies have catapulted the search for genes underlying human intelligence into a new era. Genome-wide polygenic scores promise to transform research on individual differences in intelligence, but not without societal and ethical implications, as the authors discuss in this Review.

Sep 13, 2019

More than 500 Intelligence Genes Discovered

Posted by in categories: economics, education, genetics

Are humans born with “intelligence” genes, or is human intelligence determined by environmental factors, such as economic status or easy access to education?

When a team of researchers set out to answer this question, they discovered that more than 500 genes were associated with intelligence. The results, published in Nature Genetics, indicate that intelligence is much more complex than previously thought.

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Sep 13, 2019

Cryotechnology in Diagnosing and Treating Lung Diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health”>* Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.”>†Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Section of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or other disclosures.

Sep 13, 2019

Meet the pioneers running Kyrgyzstan’s all-woman space agency

Posted by in category: space

In a country where women are seen first and foremost as wives and mothers, Kyrgyzstan’s all-female space agency defies expectations. Aged between 18 and 24, the eight-woman team are building a one-kilo satellite that will be the country’s first foray into the cosmos as an independent state. Based in Bishkek, they told The Calvert Journal what this project means for them— and thousands of girls like them.

Sep 13, 2019

New gene therapy helps stroke patients develop new neurons

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Ischemic stroke is a condition in which parts of the brain lose their blood supply, causing nerve damage. Once brain tissue suffers irreparable harm, the patient will experience irreversible disability or death, depending on the extent of neuronal loss. However, glial cells surrounding the neurons are activated by the injury and multiply. Now, scientists have found out how to insert genes into glial cells to convert them into neurons, thus filling in for some of the lost functioning cells to improve motor functions.

There are about 86 billion neurons in the brain, but billions of them can be lost with one moderate-sized stroke. About 800,000 new strokes occur each year in the US alone. The need is to regenerate new brain cells to replace the ones that die, at least partially. This is the only known way to restore motor functions that have been impaired or destroyed by a stroke or other brain injury.

Sep 13, 2019

Will Your Uploaded Mind Still Be You?

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

The day is coming when we will be able to scan our entire consciousness into a computer. How will we coexist with our digital replicas?

Sep 13, 2019

Atomic Lighter Reviews

Posted by in category: habitats

Atomic Lighter is a type of plasma lighter that creates ignition using two electrical arcs, without the need for potentially dangerous fluids or open flames.

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Sep 13, 2019

Under Armour Fat Tire GTX

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

The Under Armour Fat Tire GTX uses cutting-edge technology to help you tackle any trail. Taking design inspiration from off-road fat tire bikes, these boots are built on a Michelin outsole with a Wild Gripper rubber compound for excellent traction on a wide variety of terrain. A breathable GORE-TEX membrane provides total waterproof protection, and the UA Charged foam cushioning system delivers ultimate energy return and impact protection. The BOA speed closure system uses a unique click and turn dial and stainless steel laces to lock your feet in place faster than regular laces. These boots also feature a Cupron copper-infused sockliner that wipes out odor-causing bacteria to keep feet fresh. Built with composite textile and foam construction, these comfortable boots won’t let anything stand in your way on the trail.

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