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Baby girl is first in the world to be treated with 'designer immune cells'

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A baby girl with aggressive leukaemia has become the first in the world to be treated with designer immune cells that were genetically engineered to wipe out her cancer.

The one-year-old, Layla Richards, was given months to live after conventional treatments failed to eradicate the disease, but she is now cancer free and doing well, a response one doctor described as “almost a miracle”.

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Gartner identifies the top 10 strategic IT technology trends for 2016 | KurzweilAI

Gartner identifies the top 10 strategic IT technology trends for 2016 | KurzweilAI | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Top 10 strategic trends 2016 (credit: Gartner, Inc.) At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo today (Oct. 8), Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top 10 technology trends

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Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva, Claims to Undergo Anti-Aging Therapy | MIT Technology Review

Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva, Claims to Undergo Anti-Aging Therapy | MIT Technology Review | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
An American biotech CEO claims she is the first to undergo gene therapy to reverse aging. Judge for yourself.
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First 'in womb' stem cell trial to begin - BBC News

First 'in womb' stem cell trial to begin - BBC News | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The first clinical trial injecting foetal stem cells into babies still in the womb has been announced.

It is hoped the cells, which are able to transform into a range of tissues, will lessen symptoms of incurable brittle bone disease.

The trial, starting in January, will be led by Sweden's Karolinska Institute and in the UK by Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The stem cells will come from terminated pregnancies.

Brittle bone disease, officially called osteogenesis imperfecta, affects around one in every 25,000 births.

It can be fatal with babies born with multiple fractures. Even those who survive face up to 15 bone fractures a year, brittle teeth, impaired hearing and growth problems.

It is caused by errors in the developing baby's DNA -­ their blueprint of life -­ that mean the collagen supposed to give bone its structure is either missing or of poor quality.

The donated stem cells should provide the correct instructions for growing bone.

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Sherry Turkle’s ‘Reclaiming Conversation’

Sherry Turkle’s ‘Reclaiming Conversation’ | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Jonathan Franzen reviews a new book based on interviews with people who say they feel controlled by new technologies.
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The Martian got me cheering, but why go to Mars?

The Martian got me cheering, but why go to Mars? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The latest of the spate of recent space films may be the brightest, but it doesn't inspire this author to head to the Red Planet.
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Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history

Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in industrial farms is perhaps the worst crime in history. The march of human progress is strewn with dead animals. Even tens of thousands of years ago, our stone age ancestors were already responsible for a series of ecological disasters. When the first humans reached Australia about 45,000 years ago, they quickly drove to extinction 90% of its large animals. This was the first significant impact that Homo sapiens had on the planet’s ecosystem. It was not the last.

About 15,000 years ago, humans colonised America, wiping out in the process about 75% of its large mammals. Numerous other species disappeared from Africa, from Eurasia and from the myriad islands around their coasts. The archaeological record of country after country tells the same sad story. The tragedy opens with a scene showing a rich and varied population of large animals, without any trace of Homo sapiens. In scene two, humans appear, evidenced by a fossilised bone, a spear point, or perhaps a campfire. Scene three quickly follows, in which men and women occupy centre-stage and most large animals, along with many smaller ones, have gone. Altogether, sapiens drove to extinction about 50% of all the large terrestrial mammals of the planet before they planted the first wheat field, shaped the first metal tool, wrote the first text or struck the first coin.

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How Your Brain Is Wired Reveals the Real You

How Your Brain Is Wired Reveals the Real You | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The brain’s wiring patterns can shed light on a person’s positive and negative traits, researchers report in Nature Neuroscience. The finding, published on September 28, is the first from the Human Connectome Project (HCP), an international effort to map active connections between neurons in different parts of the brain.

The HCP, which launched in 2010 at a cost of US$40 million, seeks to scan the brain networks, or connectomes, of 1,200 adults. Among its goals is to chart the networks that are active when the brain is idle; these are thought to keep the different parts of the brain connected in case they need to perform a task.

In April, a branch of the project led by one of the HCP's co-chairs, biomedical engineer Stephen Smith at the University of Oxford, UK, released a database of resting-state connectomes from about 460 people between 22 and 35 years old. Each brain scan is supplemented by information on approximately 280 traits, such as the person's age, whether they have a history of drug use, their socioeconomic status and personality traits, and their performance on various intelligence tests.

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The 3 Major Industries AI and Big Data Will Reshape This Decade - Singularity HUB

The 3 Major Industries AI and Big Data Will Reshape This Decade - Singularity HUB | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
We live in an age of disruption — and that's a good thing. Industries will be transformed. Major companies will fall. Old systems will collapse as entrepreneurs figure out how to... read more
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Could we live forever? BBC News - YouTube

The Victoria Derbyshire programme's Benjamin Zand goes on the search for immortality and meets the people who think we could live forever. This film is part ...
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About | Polysingularity

About | Polysingularity | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

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starwalker's curator insight, September 12, 2015 11:32 AM

Polysingularity is an emergent concept in science that describes the inherent capacity of complex systems to be different depending on how interaction occurs between the different parts.

 

Thus, we look at a process that generates change and instead of finding the reason(s) behind it, we find the many different equations that are in place and see all their possibilities for interaction that can produce such change.

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NASA teleconference on sea level change warns of rising oceans

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On Aug. 26, NASA held a media teleconference regarding current predictions on sea level rise, highlighting the risks to coastal populations in low-lying areas, and the inherent problems in creating reliable global models. A panel of experts from NASA's recently-founded Sea Level Change Team tells us that ocean levels are inexorably on the rise, but gaps in our understanding and ability to survey risk regions mean we don't know just how fast the change will take place.

"People need to be prepared for sea level rise, we're going to continue to have sea level rise for decades and probably centuries, it's not going to stop, the question is how fast is it going to be?" states Josh Willis, climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "If you live on a coastline, or you have some economic dependence on a coastline, we have to be prepared for rising seas, it's not a question of how much, but rather when."

The board stated that the rise in ocean levels is coming from three distinct sources. The first is thermal expansion, in which ocean water expands as it is heated, taking up more volume and causing sea levels to rise. This effect has been exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions, of which the ocean absorbs over 90 percent of the resultant heat.

The second source is ice loss from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, while the final third is from melting mountain glaciers. Ice sheets and glaciers can be lost from contact with warmer air, the creation of icebergs, or from interaction with warm sea water. It is estimated that the Greenland ice sheet alone has lost around 303 gigatons of mass per year for the last decade.

We are aware of this thanks to a number of scientific instruments wielded by NASA and its partners. A notable contributor to our knowledge has been the Jason 1 & 2 and TOPEX/Poseiden satellites, whose altimeters have allowed for incredibly precise measurements. Simultaneously NASA's GRACE satellite has been observing Earth's gravitational field, taking accurate measurements in order to determine by how much ice sheets and glaciers are shrinking.

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http://techneb.com/shop/ #Meuble #Design #Décoration #Maison 

 

http://www.yourapp.li La plateforme de création d'application gratuite pour iOS - Android - Windows Phone 

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The End of the Internet Dream? — Backchannel

The End of the Internet Dream? - Backchannel - Medium
Blackhat’s keynote speaker says it’s up to us to make sure the Net is our liberator, not our oppressor

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Connecting the World's Poorest Is the Best Hope for Ending Poverty

Connecting the World's Poorest Is the Best Hope for Ending Poverty | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Last month the World Bank published new global poverty estimates. They confirm that the last 25 years represent an auspicious moment in the annals of human progress. A target to cut the rate of extreme poverty in half over this period was achieved seven years ahead of schedule. Preliminary final accounts show a reduction of over 70 percent. A new goal to finish the job by eradicating extreme poverty over the next 15 years has now been endorsed by the UN. To understand how this might be achieved, we must first recognize that the lives of the poor are fundamentally changing: We’re witnessing the end of marginalization thanks to the connections made possible by digital networks.

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Creating a culture of collaborative innovation | Claire Madden | TEDxQUT - YouTube

What will workplaces look like when the most material endowed, technologically literate, formally educated, and globally connected generations reach employme...
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Slavoj Žižek on Obama, Bernie, sex and democracy: “That’s the reality of global capitalism. Everyone is violating the rules”

Slavoj Žižek on Obama, Bernie, sex and democracy: “That’s the reality of global capitalism. Everyone is violating the rules” | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Salon exclusive q-and-a: "When voters really do have a choice, it’s usually perceived as a crisis of democracy"
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Design at the intersection of technology and biology

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Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings.
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Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt

Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Imagine the hottest day you've ever experienced. Now imagine it's six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, that's the type of future in store for us if we don't significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions now. She suggests that it's time we do things differently—a whole system change, in fact—and seriously consider trading economic growth for climate stability.
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Hygge: A heart-warming lesson from Denmark - BBC News

Hygge: A heart-warming lesson from Denmark - BBC News | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A UK college has started teaching students the Danish concept of hygge - said to make homes nicer and people happier. But what exactly is it and is it exportable?

Sitting by the fire on a cold night, wearing a woolly jumper, while drinking mulled wine and stroking a dog - probably surrounded by candles. That's definitely "hygge".

Eating home-made cinnamon pastries. Watching TV under a duvet. Tea served in a china set. Family get-togethers at Christmas. They're all hygge too.

The Danish word, pronounced "hoo-ga", is usually translated into English as "cosiness". But it's much more than that, say its aficionados - an entire attitude to life that helps Denmark to vie with Switzerland and Iceland to be the world's happiest country.

Morley College, in central London, is teaching students how to achieve hygge as part of its Danish language course. "We have long, cold winters in Denmark," says lecturer Susanne Nilsson. "That influences things. Hygge doesn't have to be a winter-only thing, but the weather isn't that good for much of the year."

With as little as four sunshine hours a day in the depths of winter, and average temperatures hovering around 0C, people spend more time indoors as a result, says Nilsson, meaning there's greater focus on home entertaining.

"Hygge could be families and friends getting together for a meal, with the lighting dimmed, or it could be time spent on your own reading a good book," she says. "It works best when there's not too large an empty space around the person or people." The idea is to relax and feel as at-home as possible, forgetting life's worries.

The recent growth in Scandinavian-themed restaurants, cafes and bars in the UK is helping to export hygge, she adds, with their intimate settings, lack of uniformity in decor and concentration on comforting food. Most customers won't have heard of the term, but they might get a sense of it.

In the US, the wallpaper and fabric firm Hygge West explicitly aims to channel the concept through its cheery designs, as does a Los Angeles bakery, called Hygge, which sells traditional Danish pastries and treats.

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Intelligent Machines: Chatting with the bots - BBC News

Intelligent Machines: Chatting with the bots - BBC News | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
One of the ultimate aims of artificial intelligence is to create machines we can chat to.

A computer program that can be trusted with mundane tasks - booking our holiday, reminding us of dentist appointments and offering useful advice about where to eat - but also one that can discuss the weather and answer offbeat questions.

Alan Turing, one of the first computer scientists to think about artificial intelligence, devised a test to judge whether a machine was "thinking".

He suggested that if, after a typewritten conversation, a human was fooled into believing they had talked to another person rather than a computer program, the AI would be judged to have passed.

These days we chat to machines on a regular basis via our smart devices.

Whether it be Siri, Google Now or Cortana, most of us have a chatbot in our pockets.

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September 18, 2015 | Wallach describes the dangers of technology - The Stute

September 18, 2015 | Wallach describes the dangers of technology - The Stute | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
September 18, 2015 | Wallach describes the dangers of technology The Stute His reasons included the fact that humanity's reliance on complex systems is increasing, the pace for discovery and innovation is too rapid, and that there are a plethora of...

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 20, 2015 12:28 AM

Anybody who has observed that sometimes computers seem to make things more difficult instead of easier will understand Wallach's point. -Lon

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Why We Should Embrace — Not Fear — the Biohacker Uprising - Singularity HUB

Why We Should Embrace — Not Fear — the Biohacker Uprising - Singularity HUB | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Dr. Steve Kurtz was making arrangements for his wife Hope’s funeral when the FBI burst in. Kurtz, a professor of arts at the New York State University, was detained and... read more
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Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

Open-sourced blueprints for civilization | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).
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