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A recent study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, suggests that a mutation during the lower paleolithic period, which began around 3.3 million years ago, could be the culprit. This single genetic alteration inactivated a gene called CMAH, leaving early humans without the mechanisms that seem to protect other mammals from heart disease.
Namely, the loss of the gene made our forebears deficient in molecules called sialic acids. In the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers genetically modified mice to resemble humans in the deficiency of a sialic acid called Neu5Gc.
Rather than create a grand strategy for AI or for our long-term futures, the federal government has stripped funding from science and tech research. So the money must come from the private sector. But investors also expect some kind of return. That’s a problem……
…..at the same time that there’s a tremendous amount of power being consolidated in China. China has a sovereign wealth fund devoted to fundamental basic research in AI. They’re throwing huge amounts of money at AI. And they have a totally different idea than the US when it comes to privacy and data.
….research is beginning to show that starting with the right kind of mess is not only more realistic, but more effective at generating the materials vital to life, while also doing away with problems that have plagued purer systems. “There are times when we have mixtures, rather than just the isolated reactants that people typically use, and we get better results,” said Nicholas Hud, a chemist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. When mixtures are taken into consideration, the emergence of life on Earth in some ways “is not as hard as we might think it is.”
In the most compelling evidence to date, Krishnamurthy and a postdoctoral researcher in his lab, Subhendu Bhowmik, looked at how a system of chimeric RNA-DNA molecules — molecules built from the chemical units of both RNA and DNA — produced pure RNA and pure DNA more easily than systems that started out pure.
Making progress in the blockchain is a collaborative effort, and anyone who is in support of building an ecosystem together that fosters growth in the field will receive a helping hand from IBM, asserts Kelley.
Whether IBM is looking to become a member of the Libra consortium is still unclear; however, Kelley’s unbridled optimism over project Libra gives us more than just an inkling.
Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, the head of the largest Knesset faction, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government. The explanation given by “party sources” for this concession is that Gantz prefers to wait for Netanyahu to try first and fail.
Facebook this evening announced it intends to buy Ctrl-labs, a New York-based startup developing a wristband that translates musculoneural signals into machine-interpretable commands. The acquisition hasn’t yet closed, and the terms weren’t revealed publicly.
(CNBC pegs the deal at approximately $1 billion, half the amount Facebook paid to acquire virtual reality company Oculus VR in 2014.) But the Menlo Park company said it plans to fold Ctrl-labs into its Reality Labs division, whose principal work concerns virtual and augmented reality technology.
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Gun-maker Colt is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15, the company said Thursday in a shift it attributed to changes in consumer demand and a market already saturated with similar weapons.
The company said it will focus instead on fulfilling contracts with military and police customers for rifles.
“The fact of the matter is that over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity,” Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, said in a written statement.… Source
President Xi Jinping on Monday demanded ceaseless efforts to secure a great victory of socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in Beijing during a visit to an exhibition of achievements in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
He stressed that during the seven decades since the founding of the PRC, the CPC has led people across the country to overcome one obstacle after another, creating miracle upon miracle.… Source
Europe’s highest court limited the reach of the landmark online privacy law known as “right to be forgotten” on Tuesday, restricting people’s ability to control what information is available about them on the internet.
In a decision with broad implications for the regulation of the internet, the European Court of Justice ruled that the privacy rule cannot be applied outside the European Union. French authorities had sought to force Google and other search engines to remove links to users globally.
The newest cancer sniffer might not be as cute as a sharp-nosed canine, but it could give doctors a new way to determine the best treatment for patients using just the melange of compounds in their breath.
The eNose can detect with 85 percent accuracy if a person will respond to immunotherapy, say researchers in a paper published today in Annals of Oncology. That could make it an alternative to current methods of determining which cancer treatment is best suited to different patients.
(Tubefire insert from Newsweek) -…the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency failed to redact a document for at least the second time in less than a month after trying to redact the location of a future “urban warfare” training facility that is expected to include “hyper-realistic” simulations of homes, hotels and commercial buildings in Chicago and Arizona.
On Tuesday, ICE published an acquisition form for the procurement of “hyper-realistic training devices” for a new training facility for its expanding Special Response Team (SRT) program on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website.… Source
The abortion rate in the United States hit a 46-year low in 2017, a drop experienced in both conservative-led states that have restricted the procedure and liberal-led states that have expanded access, according to a report released Wednesday by a research group that supports abortion rights.
The nationwide rate dropped to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 girls and women ages 15 through 44 in 2017, from 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women in 2011, a decline of 20%, according to data analyzed by the Guttmacher Institute,,,,
Boris Johnson’s government is back in the Supreme Court for the second day of hearings into his decision to suspend Parliament. Judges are waiting for a written statement on what he’ll do if he loses the case, which has the potential to derail his Brexit strategy and even curtail his premiership.
Reporting to the European Parliament on his discussions with Johnson on Monday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the risk of a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 is now “palpable.” The pound fell.
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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about two studies that investigate unusual gamma rays that may indicate that dark matter is emitting them.
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The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to sign off on Nexstar Media Group‘s $6.4 billion buyout of Chicago-based Tribune Media, clearing the TV takeover’s final hurdle. The development follows the Justice Department’s tentative approval in July, on the condition that the companies divest television stations to mitigate antirust issues. The deal was announced in December.
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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about a newly discovered and extremely massive planet called Beta Pictoris c that’s a record holder for many different things. Paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s4155… Support this channel on Patreon to help me make this a full time job: https://www.patreon.com/whatdamath
Spain’s prime minister has offered to give Catalonia a referendum on greater autonomy as he seeks to pre-empt a new drive for independence from Barcelona’s separatists.
Pedro Sánchez said he was ready to give more powers to Spain’s wealthiest region but would not entertain any vote on independence. “It is a referendum for autonomy, not for self-determination,” he told Spanish radio.
Catalonia already has a high degree of autonomy, controlling its own police service, schools, health service and prisons.
Drone footage shows the moment rescue workers and volunteers saved an orca that had become stranded on an Argentine beach.
To further incriminate his wife, the Texas Rangers staged photographs, featuring an apparently dead Mr Sosa lying in a grave. Mr Sosa’s face was painted to give the impression that he had been shot in the head.
“That picture, to this day, reflects one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life,” he said. An undercover police officer, posing as a hitman, later showed Ms Sosa the photographs. She reportedly smiled and shook his hand.