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White House Recognizes Local Robotics Team - (multiple names)

White House Recognizes Local Robotics Team - (multiple names) | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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A mid-Michigan school is getting attention from the White House for a documentary it put together about finding missing war planes.
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Mysterious Stone Instruments Keep Being Discovered in Vietnam

Mysterious Stone Instruments Keep Being Discovered in Vietnam | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists puzzled over the stones, until someone decided to put them in order from largest to smallest, and lay them over a pair of supports, like a xylophone. “It immediately became apparent…that this was undoubtedly a musical instrument,” New Scientist wrote in 1957. “It was possible to play tunes on them ranging from a simplified version of Claire de Lune to Pop Goes the Weasel.” The markings on them were identified as remnants of the tuning process.
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Gizmos & Gadgets: American Military Tests the Intelligence of Adaptive Swarm Technology

Gizmos & Gadgets: American Military Tests the Intelligence of Adaptive Swarm Technology | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Nano-sized unmanned aerial vehicles created to do intelligence gathering and surveillance capable of self-organizing and self-healing.
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The police believe a lot of psychology myths related to their work

The police believe a lot of psychology myths related to their work | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Training of UK police is in many areas strongly evidence-based, yet the police group were as likely to endorse the psychological misconceptions as the lay participants, having faith on average in 18 of the 50 false statements (vs. 19 among the public). A breakdown showed better performance only in one area, the courts subscale; in others, even those such as interview techniques where UK police receive standardised, evidence-based training, the police performed as poorly as the public. On top of this, the police showed greater confidence than the public that their false beliefs were correct. Expertise can breed overconfidence, with possibly severe consequences when the stakes are so high: the mentally ill and younger suspects are at particular risk of making false confessions, for example.
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Do you really understand modern farming? Scientist examines 10 truths of GMOs and organics | Genetic Literacy Project

Do you really understand modern farming? Scientist examines 10 truths of GMOs and organics | Genetic Literacy Project | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
As the debate over GMOs has gone viral, city-dwellers often position themselves as experts on farming. But there's often a large gap between what we think we know and the facts.
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2017 Predictions for Artificial Intelligence and Communication

2017 Predictions for Artificial Intelligence and Communication | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Since everyone seems to be talking about AI broadly, we focused our predictions this year on what we see happening with communications and AI. As a leader in this area, Narrative Science is working with enterprises to close the communication gap between man and machine. For 2017, our predictions are related to how we’ll communicate with computers and other devices, how AI systems will communicate with each other, and how we’ll communicate with each other about AI.
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Apple Is Not The Next Blackberry, It’s The Next Toyota | Digital Tonto

Apple Is Not The Next Blackberry, It’s The Next Toyota | Digital Tonto | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

 A design and engineering company cannot simply wake up one day and decide to be a technology pioneer. Apple is not a once-great company in decline, but a still-great company that will face conditions over the next decade far less favorable than in the past..

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A Taste for Raw Meat May Have Helped Shape Human Evolution

A Taste for Raw Meat May Have Helped Shape Human Evolution | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Stone tools might have let our ancestors more easily chew and digest meat, which in turn may have changed our teeth and jaws
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It won’t be easy to bring back millions of manufacturing jobs | Brookings Institution

It won’t be easy to bring back millions of manufacturing jobs | Brookings Institution | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Manufacturing employment has in fact ticked up since 2010, reflecting the post-crisis auto boom and the relative strength of the nation’s advanced manufacturing industries. But that hasn’t mollified angry displaced workers.
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5 Unexpected Sources of Bias in Artificial Intelligence

5 Unexpected Sources of Bias in Artificial Intelligence | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Learn about five sources of unexpected bias in Artificial Intelligence and how identifying the sources will help us actively design systems to avoid them.


...not only are very few intelligent systems genuinely unbiased but that there are multiple sources for bias. These sources include the data we use to train systems, our interactions with them in the “wild,” emergent bias, similarity bias and the bias of conflicting goals. Most of these sources go unnoticed. But as we build and deploy intelligent systems, it is vital to understand them so we can design with awareness and hopefully, avoid potential problems.

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New theory of gravity might explain dark matter

A new theory of gravity might explain the curious motions of stars in galaxies. According to Verlinde, gravity is not a fundamental force of nature, but an emergent phenomenon. In the same way that temperature arises from the movement of microscopic particles, gravity emerges from the changes of fundamental bits of information, stored in the very structure of spacetime.
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Feng Zhang named a runner-up for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year

Feng Zhang named a runner-up for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In 2013, Zhang and his team were the first to report CRISPR-based gene editing in mammalian cells. Since then, that paper has become the most highly-cited paper in the CRISPR field, and the Zhang team has shared CRISPR-Cas9 components with more than 30,000 labs and trained many more in its use. Zhang and his team have continued to make new and better gene-editing tools, as well as use them to improve our understanding of the nervous system and develop new approaches to the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases.
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Powerful new technique reveals the mechanical environment of cells in their natural habitat, the living embryo

Powerful new technique reveals the mechanical environment of cells in their natural habitat, the living embryo | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Whether building organs or maintaining healthy adult tissues, cells use biochemical and mechanical cues from their environment to make important decisions, such as becoming a neuron, a skin cell or a heart cell.
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In Tiny Spaces, Boiling Water Stays Solid - D-brief

In Tiny Spaces, Boiling Water Stays Solid - D-brief | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Things only get cooler as it get cooler. Ice not only floats, but it comes in 16 different phases. The phases arise from the many different ways water molecules are arranged, depending on temperature and pressure. On Earth, we almost always encounter one form, created by water molecules arranging themselves in a hexagonal shape, which accounts for its reduced density. Ice can also come in tetragonal, rhombohedral and cubic phases, among others, all of which posses unique properties, such as ferroelectricity. And indeed, there is an ice nine, but it’s far less dangerous than its fictional counterpart.

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Stunning Pictures Show an Alien Moon Eerily Like Earth

Stunning Pictures Show an Alien Moon Eerily Like Earth | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
When it landed on Saturn’s hazy moon Titan in 2005, the Huygens probe revealed a surprising world of lakes, rain, winds, and wonder.
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Upending years of misconceptions, researchers have found that eating pasta can keep us lean

Upending years of misconceptions, researchers have found that eating pasta can keep us lean | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
One thing svelte Italians get asked a lot by foreigners is how they manage to live surrounded by such nice food without being overweight. The answer has long been linked to the wondrous Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and olive oil. But what about all the pasta? Particularly since protein-heavy diet
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GM Approval Database | GMO Database | GM Crop Approvals - ISAAA.org

GM Approval Database | GMO Database | GM Crop Approvals - ISAAA.org | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
ISAAA presents an easy to use database of Biotech/GM crop approvals for various biotechnology stakeholders. It features the Biotech/GM crop events and traits that have been approved for commercialization and planting and/or for import for food and feed use with a short description of the crop and the trait.  Entries in the database were sourced principally from Biotechnology Clearing House of approving countries and from country regulatory websites. We invite corrections, additions/deletions, and suggestions for the improvement of the database. Contact us at gmapproval@isaaa.org or fill out our feedback form.
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WATCH: What Happens When a Bullet Hits an 'Unbreakable' Prince Rupert's Drop

WATCH: What Happens When a Bullet Hits an 'Unbreakable' Prince Rupert's Drop | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
One of science's weirdest enigmas just got freakier.
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How Google Innovates | Digital Tonto

How Google Innovates | Digital Tonto | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In most organizations, innovation is treated as a fairly linear process of research, development, demonstration and deployment, with each step acting as its own silo,  But at Google, everything works as a tightly coupled feedback loop, with researchers and product teams working hand in hand to not only create new products, but also to identify fruitful research areas for further study.
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4 Things You Should Know About Platforms | Digital Tonto

4 Things You Should Know About Platforms | Digital Tonto | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Power no longer resides at the top of the heap, but at the center of the network; that is in platforms.
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Addressing Biomedical Science’s PhD Problem | The Scientist Magazine®

The resulting situation for today’s PhDs—a hypercompetitive climate during graduate school and limited research-focused career prospects afterward—represents what many see as a systemic flaw in biomedical education that is impractical and unethical to maintain. It’s a problem that a growing number of students, researchers, universities, and companies are now attempting to address, some through initiatives to inform and better prepare current students for nonacademic and potentially nonresearch career paths, others through longer-term efforts to modernize PhD admissions and education. Given the current job climate, Alberts says, “we have an obligation to tailor our graduate programs differently.”
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Nanoarray sniffs out and distinguishes ‘breathprints’ of multiple diseases | KurzweilAI

Nanoarray sniffs out and distinguishes ‘breathprints’ of multiple diseases | KurzweilAI | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Schematic representation of the concept and design of the study, which involved collection of breath samples from 1404 patients diagnosed with one of 17
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Four Types of Depression Revealed By 1,100 Brain Scans - PsyBlog

Four Types of Depression Revealed By 1,100 Brain Scans - PsyBlog | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Brain scans of four different types of depression could aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
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IBM’s Watson Now Fights Cybercrime in the Real World

IBM’s Watson Now Fights Cybercrime in the Real World | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
During the beta, Watson will embed with a few dozen companies and provide their security analysts with reports and recommendations. Specifically, Watson can identify whether a security event is associated with known malware and provide relevant background, as well as identify suspicious user behavior. (Think of password entry; are repeated failed attempts an absentminded user, or an attempted break-in?)
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A Case of Aneurism of the Carotid Artery

A Case of Aneurism of the Carotid Artery | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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A paper from 1809, indexed on PubMed today. Fascinating to see how medical writing conventions have changed! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2128800/
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