Saturday, 21 April 2018

Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say

Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say

Advances in artificial intelligence and automation could replace as many as half the nation’s financial services workers over the next decade, industry experts say, but it’s going to take a big investment to make that happen. James D’Arezzo, CEO of Glendale-based Condusiv Technologies, says that’s where things are headed. And the process will be complicated. “Unless banks deal with the performance issues that AI will cause for ultra-large databases, they will not be able to take the money gained by eliminating positions and spend it on the new services and products they will need in order to stay competitive,” he said.

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Fake media is coming for our memories

Fake media is coming for our memories

Doctored photos can easily create false memories. What happens when there’s fake video?

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These ants have evolved a complex system of battlefield triage and rescue

These ants have evolved a complex system of battlefield triage and rescue

Ants have an incredible instinct to help their comrades.

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The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine Is About To Set Sail

The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine Is About To Set Sail

On a Wednesday afternoon in a sprawling lot on a former naval air station in Alameda, California, across the bay from San Francisco, workers are welding a massive black tube together. The tube–roughly the length of a football field–is one piece of a larger system that will set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer, where it will begin collecting some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic trash brought there by ocean currents.

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Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says

Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says

A new study has shed more light on the revelations that Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician for whom a form of autism is named, had collaborated with the Nazis and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children. Published on Wednesday in the journal Molecular Autism by the medical historian Herwig Czech, the report relies on eight years of research that included the examination of previously unseen Nazi-era documents.

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Nasa to make major announcement about nuclear power in space

Nasa to make major announcement about nuclear power in space

Nasa is to make a major announcement about its project to put nuclear power in space. The agency has been working on "Kilopower" – a project to use a nuclear reactor to generate clean energy on the Moon, Mars and beyond – for some time. And now it will hold a press conference to reveal the latest results from its plans to unveil a new space exploration power system, it has said.

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Behind the scenes: Kansas crew begins restoring Apollo 11 consoles

Behind the scenes: Kansas crew begins restoring Apollo 11 consoles

The Cosmosphere has started to restore the Apollo 11 mission control consoles to their original state.  

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Babies in Mexico City Show Signs of Alzheimer’s. Blame Air Pollution.

Babies in Mexico City Show Signs of Alzheimer’s. Blame Air Pollution.

A study published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research found symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in babies less than a year old in Mexico City—suggesting not only that the disease takes shape earlier on than previously suspected but that environmental factors may be to blame. The researchers, led by Lilian Calder├│n-Garcidue├▒as at the University of Montana, investigated the autopsies of 203 Mexico City residents between the ages of 11 months and 40 years old.

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Friday, 20 April 2018

The Airplane Saddle Is A Standing Seat For Super-Economy Flights

The Airplane Saddle Is A Standing Seat For Super-Economy Flights

Howdy, pardner, please buckle your seatbelt and put your phone on airplane mode.

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Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

The secret behind the ability of a group of “sea nomads” in Southeast Asia to hold their breath for extraordinary periods of time while freediving to hunt fish has finally been revealed – and it’s down to evolution. The Bajau people are able to dive tens of metres underwater with no conventional diving aids. Instead they rely on weights, handmade wooden goggles – and a single breath of air.

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Publisher Helps To Keep Sci-Hub In The Public Eye By Trying To Bully It Into Submission Using Ineffectual Legal Remedies

Publisher Helps To Keep Sci-Hub In The Public Eye By Trying To Bully It Into Submission Using Ineffectual Legal Remedies

As Techdirt has pointed out a number of times, attacking the huge free online repository of academic papers, Sci-Hub, is wrong from a number of viewpoints. It's wrong because Sci-Hub is not a site aiming to profit from the labor of others, but is...

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How IBM quietly pushed out 20,000 older workers

How IBM quietly pushed out 20,000 older workers

Age discrimination can be very hard to prove.In a ProPublica feature that collected the stories of over 1,400 former IBM employees, it was estimated that a staggering 20,000 American employees ages 40 and over have been eliminated by the company. How does one of the country’s largest tech giants quietly push out this many older workers? Don’t we have laws to protect people at the end of their careers?

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The meatless 'Impossible Burger' makes its first foray outside the US

The meatless 'Impossible Burger' makes its first foray outside the US

As the fight against "fake meat" rages on in the U.S., Silicon Valley-based Impossible Foods is expanding beyond the country. The food start-up, which manufactures a plant-based burger it calls the "Impossible Burger," is now taking its flagship product to Hong Kong. Speaking with CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday, Impossible Foods CFO and COO David Lee said the company's mission is to be "everywhere," and Hong Kong was chosen as the first city for the international expansion due to its reputation as a culinary "epicenter."

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What if humans weren't the first civilization on Earth?

What if humans weren't the first civilization on Earth?

Is it possible that modern humans aren't the first civilization on Earth? This is the insanely interesting question probed by "The Silurian Hypothesis", a new paper authored by Gavin A. Schmidt and Adam Frank, two NASA scientists. As they point out, if an industrialized civilization existed in the deep past, it's not clear there'd be easily recognizable traces of it. Our geologic record doesn't go back any further than the Quaternary period of about 2.6 million years ago.

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A graphene roll-out

A graphene roll-out

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. The team’s results are the first demonstration of an industrial, scalable method for manufacturing high-quality graphene that is tailored for use in membranes that filter a variety of molecules, including salts, larger ions, proteins, or nanoparticles. Such membranes should be useful for desalination, biological separation, and other applications.

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Crazy New Paper Suggests Wormholes Cast Shadows We Could Easily See With Telescopes

Crazy New Paper Suggests Wormholes Cast Shadows We Could Easily See With Telescopes

The hypothetical cosmic portals linking two points of space-time that we call wormholes are the stuff of science fiction and space theory right now – but if they really do exist, one scientist has come up with a way we might spot them: by the shado

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Quest for the Next Billion-Dollar Color

The Quest for the Next Billion-Dollar Color

The trail may start with YlnMn, the first blue created in two centuries.

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A Stunning Gene-Therapy Cure for Beta Thalassemia, One of the World’s Most Devastating Blood Diseases

A Stunning Gene-Therapy Cure for Beta Thalassemia, One of the World’s Most Devastating Blood Diseases

In 1976, my final year of medical school, I travelled abroad and spent several months working in the hematology clinic at Hadassah Hospital, in Jerusalem. Every day, I attended to children and teen-agers suffering from a blood disorder called beta thalassemia. They were easy to identify in the clinic waiting room. Their skin was a pale yellow, their skull and facial bones were distorted, and their abdomens bulged from an enlarged liver and spleen. Many were short of breath, with swollen legs and other signs of heart failure.

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The World’s First Trillionaire Will Be A Space Miner | SafeHaven.com

The World’s First Trillionaire Will Be A Space Miner | SafeHaven.com

Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Goldman Sachs share a common belief: The next trillion-dollar industry will be in the mining sector—in outer space. As Neil deGrasse Tyson puts it: "The first trillionaire there will ever be is the person who exploits the natural resources on asteroids. There's this vast universe of limitless energy and limitless resources. I look at wars fought over access to resources. That could be a thing of the past, once space becomes our backyard."

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Trump’s next NASA administrator is a Republican congressman with no background in science

Trump’s next NASA administrator is a Republican congressman with no background in science

The US Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for Jim Bridenstine, a Republican Congress member from Oklahoma, to become the next administrator of NASA. The post has remained vacant since January 2017, when Charles Bolden, the space agency’s leader under President Obama, stepped down. If Bridenstine is approved in the final Senate vote expected this week, he’ll bring some odd qualifications to the job, and likely some controversy.

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Isabella Rossellini on Evolution, #MeToo, and the Good Parts of Aging

Isabella Rossellini on Evolution, #MeToo, and the Good Parts of Aging

“I knew I was not an ideal woman,” she says. “But I suggested something that allowed people to complete their fantasies.” By David Marchese.

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Single-use plastics could be banned in England next year

Single-use plastics could be banned in England next year

Cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics could be banned from sale in England next year in the next phase of the campaign to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans. Theresa May hopes to use the announcement to encourage the Commonwealth heads of government to join the fight as the meeting opens formally on Thursday. “The Commonwealth is a unique organisation with a huge diversity of wildlife, and environments – so it is vital we act now,” the prime minister will say, urging all Commonwealth countries to participate.

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Teens May Not Know That All JUUL Vapes Contain Addictive Nicotine

Teens May Not Know That All JUUL Vapes Contain Addictive Nicotine

That's according to a new survey of young people who said they use the devices.

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How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?

How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?

A pair of neuroscientists are working with Major League Baseball to help measure the mental aspects of a batter’s swing.

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One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with all the breakthroughs in the field of AI can be exhausting, we know. Robot consciousness is a touchy subject in artificial intelligence circles. In order to have a discussion around the idea of a computer that can ‘feel’ and ‘think,’ and has it’s own motivations, you first have to find two people who actually agree on the semantics of sentience.

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Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician

Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician

By making the first progress on the “chromatic number of the plane” problem in over 60 years, an anti-aging pundit has achieved mathematical immortality. By Evelyn Lamb.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The illusion of time

The illusion of time

Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.

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This company wants to replace braille with a controversial new font

This company wants to replace braille with a controversial new font

Little has changed in the way of tactile reading and writing since Louis Braille published his braille system in 1829. But ELIA has big plans.

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Diamonds in Sudan meteorite 'are remnants of lost planet'

Diamonds in Sudan meteorite 'are remnants of lost planet'

Diamonds found in a meteorite that exploded over the Nubian desert in Sudan a decade ago were formed deep inside a “lost planet” that once circled the sun in the early solar system, scientists say. Microscopic analyses of the meteorite’s tiny diamonds revealed they contain compounds that are produced under intense pressure, suggesting the diamonds formed far beneath the surface of a planet.

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NASA's Got a Plan for a 'Galactic Positioning System' to Save Astronauts Lost in Space

NASA's Got a Plan for a 'Galactic Positioning System' to Save Astronauts Lost in Space

Outer space glows with a bright fog of X-ray light, coming from everywhere at once. But peer carefully into that fog, and faint, regular blips become visible. These are millisecond pulsars, city-sized neutron stars rotating incredibly quickly, and firing X-rays into the universe with more regularity than even the most precise atomic clocks. And NASA wants to use them to navigate probes and crewed ships through deep space.

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Biologists Discover Pathway That Protects Mitochondria

Biologists Discover Pathway That Protects Mitochondria

MIT biologists have discovered the first cellular response targeted at helping mitochondria when their protein import goes wrong.

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Having Big Genitals Can Spell Evolutionary Disaster, say Paleobiologists

Having Big Genitals Can Spell Evolutionary Disaster, say Paleobiologists

For most animals, survival is all about being good at getting laid. That’s why sexual dimorphism exists: Males often look and act differently than females of their same species because it helps them attract and secure mates. Some examples are the bright colors that the male bird of paradise flaunts while sexy-dancing for its more demure-looking mate, or the bulbously attractive nose of a male sea elephant.

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Species with big sex differences are more likely to die out

Species with big sex differences are more likely to die out

When sexual selection leads to extreme differences between sexes like the peacock's tail, it makes species more likely go extinct

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Mother-of-two dead after being 'sucked out of plane window' during US flight

Mother-of-two dead after being 'sucked out of plane window' during US flight

US mum-of-two was the passenger partially sucked out a broken plane window during a midair nightmare.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting

The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting

Two new papers find that the line that divides the moist East and arid West is edging eastward due to climate change—and the implications for farming and other pursuits could be huge.

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More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air

More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air

More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.

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The Shellfish Gene

The Shellfish Gene

One strange piece of mobile DNA has spread itself throughout the oceans, claiming real estate in the genomes of clams, fish, and more

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Booze-busting nanopills to help the liver

Booze-busting nanopills to help the liver

Miniature capsules deliver enzymes that quickly cut blood-alcohol levels.

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Scientists hope new enzyme will 'eat' plastic pollution

Scientists hope new enzyme will 'eat' plastic pollution

Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that may be used to combat one of the world's worst pollution problems.

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Watch NASA Launch TESS, Its Latest Planet Hunter

Watch NASA Launch TESS, Its Latest Planet Hunter

There’s a great world next door. Let’s go. The search for alien worlds and perhaps alien life will take another step outward this week when TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is launched into orbit around the Earth. TESS will spend at least two years scrutinizing the entire sky for exoplanets — planets around other stars — within about 300 light years from here. The worlds next door.

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80 New Genes Identified in Hunt for Depression's DNA Roots

80 New Genes Identified in Hunt for Depression's DNA Roots

Depression affects approximately 322 million people worldwide, making it the largest contributor to global disability. However, the fact that depression is an actual illness rather than a mood is only beginning to gain traction. Advances in the genetic basis of depression is helping that happen: In 2015 scientists discovered the first two genetic markers linked to the development of major depressive disorder, and on Monday, researchers reported in a new study that the genetic link is even more profound.

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Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment. The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a few days. This could revolutionize the recycling process, allowing plastics to be re-used more effectively.

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Psychedelic drug ibogaine significantly reduces opioid withdrawal and cravings

Psychedelic drug ibogaine significantly reduces opioid withdrawal and cravings

New scientific research provides more evidence that the psychedelic drug ibogaine can help treat opioid withdrawal and cravings. The new findings are reported in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Ibogaine a psychoactive substance found in the root bark of the African Tabernanthe iboga plant, which has been used in the shamanic rituals of the Bwiti religion in West Africa. The drug is outlawed in the United States and many other countries, but remains legally available in Mexico. The new research examined 50 patients addicted to heroin or prescription opioids who participated in a week-long ibogaine treatment program in Tijuana.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Ketamine depression study 'shows promise'

Ketamine depression study 'shows promise'

A study treating depressed patients with the drug via a nasal spray saw "significant improvements".

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Carbon dioxide from ships at sea to be regulated for first time

Carbon dioxide from ships at sea to be regulated for first time

Carbon dioxide from ships at sea will be regulated for the first time following a historic agreement reached after two weeks of detailed talks in London. Shipping companies will halve their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 under the plan, brokered by the International Maritime Organization and binding across its 170 member states. The agreement will require a revolution among ships, which are overwhelmingly fuelled by heavy oils at present.

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Blowing in the wind: Plutonium at former nuclear weapons site

Blowing in the wind: Plutonium at former nuclear weapons site

As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.

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Humans to be genetically-modified in Europe for the first time this year using gene-splicing therapy

Humans to be genetically-modified in Europe for the first time this year using gene-splicing therapy

Europe will see its first genetically engineered patients using a groundbreaking gene-splicing therapy this year after regulators approved trials. The biotech company Crispr Therapeutics is hoping to cure the disease beta thalassaemia, a devastating blood disorder which reduces the production of haemoglobin, the protein which carries oxygen to cells. Without sufficient oxygen, sufferers can be left with bone deformities, severe anaemia, slow growth, fatigue and shortness of breath.

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This is how airline food is changing to become tastier and smarter

This is how airline food is changing to become tastier and smarter

Data and modern cooking techniques are helping airline food to improve. And at 30,000 feet, sous-vide is helping to keep food fresh and flavoursome

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American Airlines warns pilots some Asia flights could be rerouted amid growing Russia tensions

American Airlines warns pilots some Asia flights could be rerouted amid growing Russia tensions

Three Asia-bound American Airlines flights that normally fly over Russia have been rerouted, as the airline assesses growing geopolitical tensions, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC on Saturday. In an internal memorandum sent to pilots on Saturday that was seen by CNBC, the airline warned that some flights into Asia could be rerouted, as relations between Moscow and Washington appear to worsen because of the U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.

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As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.

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