Science, Technology and Innovation

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

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Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students Kareem Shaheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Istanbul The Guardian Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for… Turkish schools to… Read More »

Quantum entanglement is the future of the internet whether we understand it or not

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Scientists in China have taken the next step in creating an internet that can’t be hacked or compromised. Tristan Greene  Insider The future of data transfer is called quantum networking and it relies on a complex concept that takes the ‘signal’ out of sending data. Hackers can’t intercept or steal data that never travels, so there’s no signal — the source and destination, in quantum networking, are one in the… Quantum entanglement is… Read More »

How long will it take for your job to be automated?

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We’re often told that machines one day will be able to do our jobs – but when, exactly. is that likely to happen? Richard Gray BBC The world is widely considered to be on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution – one where machines will be able to do many of the jobs currently performed by humans, and perhaps even do them… It is a future that promises greater efficiency and cheaper services, but one that also could herald ... Read More »

Indian research labs face financial crisis

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India’s 38 premier scientific laboratories are in a budgetary pinch. A jump in expenditures on salaries, pensions, and perks for government employees, recommended by an advisory commission, is leaving little money for… Sanjay Kumar Science The increase in personnel expenses comes on top of a 2015 call by the government for CSIR to raise 30% to 50% of its total budget itself… The stark reality is that “we will be left with no funds to… Indian research labs… Read More »

Y-chromosomal analysis of Greek Cypriots reveals a primarily common pre-Ottoman paternal ancestry with Turkish Cypriots

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Genetics can provide invaluable information on the ancestry of the current inhabitants of Cyprus PLOS A Y-chromosome analysis was performed to (i) determine paternal ancestry among the Greek Cypriot (GCy) community in the context of the Central and… Our haplotype-based analysis has revealed that GCy and TCy patrilineages derive primarily from a single gene pool and show very close genetic affinity (low genetic differentiation) to Calabrian Italian and… In terms of more recent (past millennium) ancestry, as… Y-chromosomal analysis of… ... Read More »

A Breakthrough AI Can Now Predict Which Babies Will Develop Autism

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Identifying Autism A study published in Science Transitional Medicine has found that doctors can predict which babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by the age of two with an astonishing 96 percent success… Tom Ward Futurism The test uses a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and machine-learning algorithms. The study took brain scans of 59 “sibs” (the younger siblings of children with ASD), who’s chances of getting the… A Breakthrough AI… Read More »

Even moderate drinking can damage the brain, claim researchers

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Moderate alcohol consumption can impair cognitive function, says study, countering suggestions that low levels of drinking can help protect the brain Nicola Davis  The Guardian Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can damage the brain and impair cognitive function over time, researchers have claimed. While heavy drinking has previously been linked to memory problems and dementia, previous studies have suggested low levels of drinking could help protect the brain. But the new… Even moderate drinking… Read More »

What Happens When You Die?

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We watch our loved ones’ age and die and assume that’s the end of the story. We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Biocentrism Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. But biocentrism — a new theory of everything — tells us death may not be the terminal event we think. Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles ... Read More »

Prostate cancer trial stuns researchers: ‘It’s a once in a career feeling’

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Study with ‘powerful results’ finds that combining two existing therapies could extend the life of men with advanced, high-risk prostate cancer by 37% Jessica Glenza in Chicago, Illinois The Guardian Combining two existing prostate cancer therapies could extend the life of men with advanced, high-risk prostate cancer by 37%, according to a study presented at the world’s largest… The new findings could change how doctors first approach treatment of prostate… Prostate cancer trial… Read More »

MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

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MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017. A set of talking points circulated in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement included this statement: “The [Paris] deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate MIT “According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The impacts have… The researchers in MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and MIT issues statement… Read More »

This Machine Just Started Sucking CO2 Out Of The Air To Save Us From Climate Change

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Climeworks carbon capture device will take the gas from the air and sell it or store it in the ground. By Adele Peters  FastCompany Now we just need a few hundred thousand more–as quickly as possible. Sitting on top of a waste incineration facility near Zurich, a new carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 out of the air to sell to its first customer… This Machine Just… Read More »

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

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When we think about refugee children’s health, we tend to assume bad news. But refugee children are highly resilient. Karen Zwi The Conversation This means they can thrive, mature and develop despite poor circumstances, and can adapt despite severe and long-term hardship. Our newly published research is the first of its kind to track the long… How we can… Read More »

Kids’ vitamin gummies: unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative

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There are many brands of kids’ “gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavoured and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. Ken Harvey        Eliza Li Rosemary Stanton Stuart Dashper The Conversation The “active” ingredients are usually listed as vitamins, minerals and sometimes omega-3 fats and vegetable powders. They may say “contains sugars” or they may… Kids’ vitamin gummies… Read More »

Inside the quietest place on Earth

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Microsoft has built a chamber so quiet, you can hear the grind of your bones – and it’s helping to fine-tune the next-generation of electronic goods. Richard Gray BBC If LeSalle Munroe stands still for a few moments in his “office”, something unsettling can happen – he can hear the blood rushing around his body and his eyes squelch as… While many people work in places filled with the tip-tap of… Inside the quietest… Read More »

Bacteria Are Evolving To Eat The Plastic We Dump Into The Oceans

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The ocean is full of plastic, a grim marker of the Anthropocene. There are floating, continent-size patches of it in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and there are newly formed ones in the Arctic. IFLscience New Scientist There are some uninhabited islands that are drowning in the stuff. Weirdly, though, scientists have come to the conclusion that, based on the amount of plastic we make every year, there is only about one… Bacteria Are Evolving… Read More »

Drug Is First to Treat Cancer Based on Genetics, Not Location

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Rewriting Life A change in how cancer is treated means more people will benefit from… Emily Mullin MIT Technology Review In a first for precision medicine, a cancer drug has won regulatory approval based on the genetic characteristic of tumors, rather than their… On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved Keytruda, an immunotherapy, for patients who have genetic glitches in so-called “mismatch… Drug Is First… Read More »