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Scientists May Have Just Discovered The Key To Halting Alzheimer's

Brain inflammation plays a big role in the disease's progression.<p>Curbing brain inflammation may help people treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a landmark new study.<p>Researchers at the University of Southampton in England conducted a series of experiments showing a chemical that …

Opinion | Opinion: Are computers creative thinkers?

OpinionDec 07, 2015 by Luke DormehlWaterloo Region Record<p>It's like Pac-Man gobbling yellow dots. According to a 2013 study by the Oxford Martin …

How big data could apply the Netflix model to preventive healthcare

A predictive model similar to Netflix has the potential to improve preventive care, according to <i>The Washington Post.</i><p>Healthcare IT experts have long …

For the Air Force, big data analytics in ISR is a team sport

The service’s Jon Kimminau lays out the challenges of increasing collection and improving analysis in a time of tight budgets.

Big Data

Big data: brokers are “doing it by the book”

Insurance sector unconcerned by FCA’s inquiry into how it handles customer data

How can big data be used in crises?

This article is published in collaboration with Smart Data. Publication does not imply endorsement of views by the World Economic Forum.<p>These days …

Nate Silver

Turning Big Data Lakes Into Streams of Useful Data #IBMAmplify

As organizations continue to wrestle with big data, they are quickly realizing that the real challenge lies in the volume. Today, companies of all …

Big Data

Big Data, Automation, Mobility: Keys to Growing Your Small Business

For many years, big data has been the darling of the big enterprise world, capturing the attention of mostly the largest of businesses, along with …

Exposing the Data Scientist Myth: Using Big Data Without Them

Many organizations assume that big data initiatives require mythical data scientists. This notion is partly propagated by the media scrutiny …

Big Data

Big Data and its role in agriculture

Last week, the House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to examine big data and its role in agriculture, specifically on how to best use, …

Farming

The Internet of Everything and Big Data Analytics Can Re-Shape our Digital Lives

The release of the fifth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index highlights the potential impact that Internet of Everything (IoE) applications could have on data centers and cloud computing infrastructures. The growing digitization trend is creating massive volumes of new digital data that represent both …

Internet of Things

Defining Big Data

<i>Guest blog post by Vincent Granville</i><p>Defining big data is now a hot topic. Berkeley University posted 40 very short definitions by thought leaders …

Big Data

Marketing is the second-biggest user of Big Data (and other amazing facts)

Thanks to my friends at Dell, I received access to the latest EMA/9sight Big Data research. The report, a survey of 351 business and technology …

Big Data

Handheld DNA reader revolutionary and democratising, say scientists

New palm-sized, MiniION sequencer, costing around $1,000, designed to analyse DNA to help track disease outbreaks, check food and offer ‘the democratisation of sequencing’<p>An inexpensive handheld device that can read strands of DNA has been hailed as revolutionary by scientists who tested the …

Stephen Hawking warns of an 'intelligence explosion'

AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel<p>Stephen Hawking has been vocal about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) and how they could pose a threat to …

Singularity

Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

Over the last few years tech companies both large and small have developed programs that can “dream”; and understand and process information; and even write articles; but nothing has come close to the holy grail of artificial intelligence — developing software that can learn independently.<p>At least, …

Researchers Make Artificial Cells That Can Replicate Themselves

To better understand how life might have started on Earth<p>Scientists have a pretty good theory for how life on Earth began: Meteorites that bombarded our planet brought simple carbon-based compounds called amino acids. Eventually, slowly, these chemicals combined to make cells, which were then able …

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Star Wars Monopoly: The Force Awakens Edition - Technabob

There’s been an awakening? Can you feel it? It’s my inner banker. It wants to buy up all the green and blue <i>Star Wars</i> properties and charge lots of …

Science Fiction

There Are Millions of Children Like Aylan: Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Children

Aylan Kurdi was a small Syrian boy whose death has triggered a massive global awakening. We cannot ease the anguish of his grieving family, but we can honor his life by saving and protecting other refugee children like him.<p>Right now, there are more children on the run than at any moment since World …

How wearable technology is changing the lives of disabled people

Yvonne Felix has had vision problems since she was four years old. At age seven, she was diagnosed with Stargardt disease – a form of juvenile macular degeneration – after being hit by a car.<p>For much of her life, Ms. Felix, now 34, has lived with a blind spot that covers 98 per cent of her field of …

Long-Lost GoPro Found After Falling From The Edge Of Space

2013 video of the Grand Canyon from space resurfaces, is awesome<p>In 2013, some friends attached a GoPro camera to a weather balloon, as was the fashion in those days. Encased in a 3D printed body, they drove to their launch site, 20 miles west of the Grand Canyon. The camera captured its journey on …

The Science of DOGS

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Audio slideshow: The Welsh in Patagonia, 150 years on

In July 1865, 153 Welsh people set sail from Liverpool on a tea-clipper bound for Puerto Madryn, Patagonia. Their dream was to establish a Welsh colony in Argentina, where they could protect and maintain their language, religious freedom and identity, an ocean away from English influence.<p>In 2015, …

Patagonia

Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Every two years, there is a gathering in the Australian countryside like few you have ever seen. Out in this arid landscape under the unrelenting, ozone-piercing scrutiny of the sun, there comes a pulse. It beats steadily—like a heartbeat of the Earth—and as you get closer to …

The Arts

Scientists Can Now Turn Organic Cells Into Tiny Lasers

Strong enough to see through skin, but not to cause harm<p>In the past few months we’ve seen laser internet in the sky and laser-generated holograms, but now lasers are going where they’ve never gone before: inside us.<p>The medical field has been using lasers externally for years in refractive eye …

Is It Time To Phone E.T.?

Contacting aliens could save us or destroy us<p>In our search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), we humans have mostly just waited, and listened, for aliens to contact us. But in February, policymakers, philosophers, futurists, and astronomers convened to debate a new approach: contacting …

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.<p>Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they …

The Brain

How Lucid Dreaming Could Help Treat PTSD

Can confronting nightmares lead to real-life closure?<p>The recurring nightmares began when Dr. Glen Just was five years old. Every night, soldiers would capture him, drag him onto a submarine, and drill a hole into his back as he screamed.<p>Just now believes these chronic nightmares to be symptoms of …

Mental Health