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Genetic researchers reverse wrinkles, gray hair and balding in mice, called 'unprecedented'

Science has made mice look good by reversing age-related wrinkles and hair loss at the genetic level. Humanity could get a similar make-over in the …

hair loss

Scientists single out gene that triggers aging symptoms

The steady march of aging might not have to be so steady, according to a growing body of research. Now a team from the University at Buffalo has …

Medical Research

A career decision influenced by Nassim Taleb

On the occasion of reading Nassim Taleb’s latest book, an anecdote about how he influenced a career decision of mine.<p>Background<p>If you’re familiar …

Belly fat linked to vitamin D deficiency

A new study reveals that individuals with higher levels of belly fat and larger waistlines are more likely to have lower vitamin D levels.<p>Currently, …

Holistic Medicine

Move Over, AlphaZero: There's a new girl in town

By now, you've probably heard of AlphaZero, Google's incredible chess project. Last year, it took the chess world by storm. Using 'artificial …

We don't think the world is getting better. This is why we're wrong

A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% …

A cure for blindness could be in reach after doctors used stem cells to restore the sight of two patients in the UK

Stem cells were used to correct the loss of vision caused by age-related macular degeneration<p>British doctors have successfully used stem cells to …

Stem Cells

In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer

<i>Shashi Tharoor is author of “Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India.” He chairs the Indian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.</i><p>“History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great mass murderers of …

Winston Churchill

Electricity generated from renewables surpassed coal power in Europe last year

Renewable Europe<p>Europe is making impressive strides in the clean energy revolution. The continent as a whole was able to produce more electricity …

World Poverty Has Plummeted—But Will It Ever Disappear?

Few will deny 2017 was a rough year. But believe it or not, we’re still living in the best time ever to be alive, and the world as a whole is better …

Gene Therapy Had a Breakthrough 2017—2018 May Be Even Better

Gene therapy had a hell of a 2017. After decades of promises but failed deliveries, last year saw the field hitting a series of astonishing home …

Toothpaste ingredient may help curb drug-resistant malaria, finds AI-powered robot

A laboratory robot powered by artificial intelligence (AI) has discovered that a compound commonly found in toothpaste could be used to combat …

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a …

Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

In fewer than five years, the gene-editing technology known as Crispr has revolutionized the face and pace of modern biology. Since its ability to …

"Mind-blowing results" from gene therapy trial point to a cure for haemophilia

The results from the first human trials for a gene therapy to treat patients with haemophilia A have just been published, and they are truly …

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

FDA Just Approved The First-Ever Gene Therapy For an Inherited Disease

History in the making! ?<p>In a historic move, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a pioneering gene therapy for a rare form of …

University of Iowa

Why Intelligent Optimism Is Crucial to Human Progress

There is nothing to be gained from blind optimism. But an optimistic mindset can be grounded in rationality and evidence. It may be hard to believe, …

Explaining The Basics of Machine Learning, Algorithms and Applications

<b>“Data is abundant and cheap but knowledge is scarce and expensive.”</b><p>In last few years, the sources of data capturing have evolved overwhelmingly. No …

If CRISPR is so amazing, why can't we edit human genes yet? - Science News - ABC News

Few techniques have shaken science quite like CRISPR.<p>The quick, easy and cheap gene editing tool was hailed as the "breakthrough of 2015" by Science …

Three-Player Chess

If you believe that a game of chess is just too simple, imagine the fun of keeping up with the strategy of two opponents at once! This 3 Man Chess …

Alpha Zero’s “Alien” Chess Shows the Power, and the Peculiarity, of AI

The latest AI program developed by DeepMind is not only brilliant and remarkably flexible—it’s also quite weird.<p>DeepMind published a paper this week …

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

DeepMind's AlphaGo mastered chess in its spare time

AlphaGo has come a long way since it became the first artificial intelligence to conquer the game of Go nearly two years ago, but creator DeepMind …

AI can beat humans only one game at a time

Despite all of the potential for artificial intelligence to solve our most vexing problems, it's still in a primitive state, according to a new …

Google AI built ‘AI child’ more advanced than anything humans have ever made

A Google supercomputer has created an “AI child” which can outperform its man-made rivals.<p>The incredible machine named NASNet becomes smarter through …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Learning to Play Poker Shows How Far It's Come (Infographic)

Why scientists are investing billions into gambling robots, and where it may lead us.<p>1 min read<p>From Amazon's Alexa to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence continues to have breakthroughs each year, altering our world in tangible ways. But what’s next?<p>Poker is a card game with billions of …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's artificial intelligence built an AI that outperforms any made by humans

by Dom Galeon and Kristin Houser December 1, 2017 Artificial Intelligence 125370<p>An AI That Can Build AI<p>In May 2017, researchers at Google Brain …

Artificial Intelligence

Ancient fortress found at bottom of lake in Turkey

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient fortress believed to be about 3,000 years old at the bottom of Lake Van, located in eastern …