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The DNA database that is key to beating our rarest diseases

The future now holds hope for children like Sam Ward, and doctors say many other people are set to benefit<p>Jillian Hastings Ward gave birth to her second child, Sam, almost four years ago. For the first few months of his life, the boy appeared to be in good health. “Then we realised that he was not …

Genetics

Udacity is now guaranteeing its nanodegree graduates a job with new Plus program

Udacity’s mantra about its nanodegree program is that the real value in one is finding employment afterward. Now, it’s guaranteeing you a job within six months of graduation — or refunding you 100 percent of your tuition.<p>Dubbed Nanodegree Plus, the program is currently being offered for the Android …

Interview With Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimo's portrait. Courtesy of the artist.<p>The Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (1948), is a photographer that resides halfway between Tokyo and New York. He received various awards: The Hasselblad Foundation International Award (2001), The Imperial Award (2009), The Purple Ribbon Medal of …

Photographers

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The story behind 'alien megastructures' scientists may have found (but probably didn't)

A story that went viral this week reports that astronomers finally found E.T., but those aren't the facts. CNET's Eric Mack talks with the astronomers involved about what is still a very interesting star.<p>This is a tricky story to write. The mysterious scientific observations it deals with could …

Aliens

Sketchfab Adds Animations To Its 3D Model Sharing Platform

3D model repository Sketchfab just added a nifty little feature that should appeal to 3D animators. You can now upload animated models to Sketchfab, making it much easier to share and browse animated models as you don’t need to install a professional application. Currently, the startup supports FBX …

Printing

A Lightning Bolt and Rainbow Captured in One Shot

Tucson, Arizona-based photography enthusiast Greg McCown recently managed to capture a shot of a lifetime. While shooting landscapes near the small …

Photography

Corel ParticleShop: Life-Like Brushes for Photoshop and Lightroom

Corel has just announced ParticleShop, a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, and PaintShop Pro that allows users to create photo-realistic effects with …

Alphabet? Google Might Get Some Letters

One can only assume that before Larry Page and Sergey Brin chose Alphabet as the name for their new holding company, they Googled it.<p>If so, they would have discovered that the Internet domain alphabet.com, as well as the trademark Alphabet, already belonged to someone else — the German automaker …

Silicon Valley