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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Incredible Critter That’s Tough Enough to Survive in Space

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Incredible Critter That’s Tough Enough to Survive in Space | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
In the microscopic world beneath our feet there lives what is perhaps the toughest creature on Earth: the tardigrade. Also known as the water bear, this is an exceedingly tiny critter with an incredible resistance to just about everything: Go ...
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Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional #universe in #brain networks #neurology #biology #science

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional #universe in #brain networks #neurology #biology #science | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a team from the Blue Brain Project has uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research, published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.

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#tech #Mac #OSX #Trojan malware spread via compromised software downloads | #CyberSecurity #Apple 

#tech #Mac #OSX #Trojan malware spread via compromised software downloads | #CyberSecurity #Apple  | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Supply-chain attack saw data-stealing Proton RAT loaded into legitimate downloads of Elmedia Player and Folx applications by Eltima Software.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 21, 10:26 AM
Supply-chain attack saw data-stealing Proton RAT loaded into legitimate downloads of Elmedia Player and Folx applications by Eltima Software.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

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An 11-year-old has become 'America's Top Young #Scientist' for her sensor detecting #lead in #water

An 11-year-old has become 'America's Top Young #Scientist' for her sensor detecting #lead in #water | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods.

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#FF #Sex #robot SHOCK: Increasing sophistication of #AI will cause massive issues, experts warn

#FF #Sex #robot SHOCK: Increasing sophistication of #AI will cause massive issues, experts warn | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
THE growing sophistication of sex robots is leading to moral and legal dilemmas, a leading academic has warned.
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Entanglement and Complexity: Gravity and Quantum Mechanics #physics #science #foodforthought

Professor Leonard Susskind describes how gravity and quantum information theory have come together to create a new way of thinking about physical systems

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Electrical experiments with #plants that count and communicate #Gaya #Earthmind

Electrical experiments with #plants that count and communicate #Gaya #Earthmind | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Greg Gage takes sophisticated equipment used to study the brain out of graduate-level labs and brings them to middle- and high-school classrooms (and, sometimes, to the TED stage.) Prepare to be amazed as he hooks up the Mimosa pudica, a plant whose leaves close when touched, and the Venus flytrap to an EKG to show us how plants use electrical signals to convey information, prompt movement and even count.

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These Are the Crazy #Climate Records from 2016 You Haven’t Heard Much About #science #students #Education

These Are the Crazy #Climate Records from 2016 You Haven’t Heard Much About #science #students #Education | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
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A #Patient With #Diabetes No Longer Needs #Insulin After Receiving A Bioengineered "Pancreas"

A #Patient With #Diabetes No Longer Needs #Insulin After Receiving A Bioengineered "Pancreas" | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
A year after receiving a new type of islet cell transplant to treat her severe diabetes, a patient continues to do well and no longer needs insulin injections to manage her disease.

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#FF #WikiLeaks Reveals How the #CIA Can Hack a #Mac's Hidden Code #tech

#FF #WikiLeaks Reveals How the #CIA Can Hack a #Mac's Hidden Code #tech | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
The leak shows how physical access hacks can plant undetectable spying code deep in a Macbook's firmware.
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Google's new #AI can mimic #human speech almost perfectly

Google's new #AI can mimic #human speech almost perfectly | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it

Last year, artificial intelligence (AI) research company DeepMind shared details on WaveNet, a deep neural network used to synthesize realistic human speech. Now, an improved version of the technology is being rolled out for use with Google Assistant.

A system for speech synthesis — otherwise known as text-to-speech (TTS) — typically utilizes one of two techniques.

 

Concatenative TTS involves the piecing together of chunks of recordings from a voice actor. The drawback of this method is that audio libraries must be replaced whenever upgrades or changes are made.

 

The other technique, parametric TTS, uses a set of parameters to produce computer-generated speech, but this speech can sometimes sound unnatural and robotic.

 

WaveNet, on the other hand, produces waveforms from scratch based on a system developed using a convolutional neural network.

 

To begin, a large number of speech samples were used to train the platform to synthesize voices, taking into account which waveforms sounded realistic and which did not. This gave the speech synthesizer the ability to produce natural intonation, even including details like lip smacks. Depending on the samples fed into the system, it would develop a unique “accent,” which means it could be used to create any number of distinct voices if fed different data sets.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 6, 1:19 AM

An interesting development.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 8, 6:53 AM

Cool stuff! Thanks to Giselle Pempedjian. 

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Short term changes in the proteome of human cerebral organoids induced by 5-MeO-#DMT #Ayahuasca good for #Brain

Short term changes in the proteome of human cerebral organoids induced by 5-MeO-#DMT #Ayahuasca good for #Brain | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
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A new cell therapy successfully restored movement in paralyzed patients #medicine

A new cell therapy successfully restored movement in paralyzed patients #medicine | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
In a new study, a new cell therapy significantly restored motor function in 4 out of 6 patients. This recovery rate is roughly twice of what is expected from traditional treatments.

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What Is #Intel #Loihi? — A Neuromorphic, Self-Learning, #AI Chip That Mimics Our #Brain #tech

What Is #Intel #Loihi? — A Neuromorphic, Self-Learning, #AI Chip That Mimics Our #Brain #tech | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
In future, thanks to the advancements taking place in the deep learning field, it could be possible that complex problems would be automatically solved using the surrounding factors and learned experiences. Imagine your brain continuously exchanging information with electronic components and helping them get better! This isn’t a plot of some science fiction movie; such scenarios could witness the daylight with the aid of neuromorphic, or brain-inspired, computing and AI.

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73 Years Young Annette Larkins on the wonders of Aloe Vera natural #healing #health


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The #Reaper #Botnet Has Already Infected a Million Networks #tech #criminals #ICT

The #Reaper #Botnet Has Already Infected a Million Networks #tech #criminals #ICT | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Building on the devastating Mirai botnet that took major sites offline a year ago, Reaper has some scary new tricks.

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Roger Smith's curator insight, October 20, 10:39 PM

We oft forget how really vulnerable we are to being targeted by an automated system on the digital world (internet).   The bad guys regularly use them and they can target millions of people while they are asleep.


They see, they improve, they invest.   They treat it like a normal business transaction!

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#Suomi NPP #satellite sees #Typhoon Lan's 50 nautical-mile wide eye

#Suomi NPP #satellite sees #Typhoon Lan's 50 nautical-mile wide eye | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and captured an image of Typhoon Lan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and saw a well-organized storm with a clear eye that was 50 nautical miles in diameter.
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Artificial Intelligence Learns to Learn Entirely on Its Own | Quanta Magazine #AI #tech #Skynet

Artificial Intelligence Learns to Learn Entirely on Its Own | Quanta Magazine #AI #tech #Skynet | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
A new version of AlphaGo needed no human instruction to figure out how to clobber the best Go player in the world — itself.

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#Cancer relapse linked to body’s own immune system - The Institute of Cancer Research, London

#Cancer relapse linked to body’s own immune system - The Institute of Cancer Research, London | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Cancer cells that survive after treatment may use the body’s own immune system to wake themselves up and fuel their growth, a new study shows.

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#Gold origin confirmed with first ever gravitational wave sighting #physics #science

#Gold origin confirmed with first ever gravitational wave sighting #physics #science | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Gold's origin in the Universe has finally been confirmed, after a gravitational wave source was seen and heard for the first time ever by an international collaboration of researchers, with astronomers at the University o
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Worms reveal secrets of #aging: Researchers discover a conserved pathway that controls aging #genes #DNA

Worms reveal secrets of #aging: Researchers discover a conserved pathway that controls aging #genes #DNA | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Health System have identified a new molecular pathway that controls lifespan and healthspan in worms and mammals. In a Nature Communications study published today, researchers showed that worms with excess levels of certain proteins lived longer and healthier than normal worms. In addition, mice with excess levels of these proteins demonstrated a delay in blood vessel dysfunction associated with aging. The study has major implications for our understanding of aging and age-associated disorders.

"We find that by artificially increasing or decreasing the levels of a family of proteins called Kruppel-like transcription factors (KLF), we can actually get these small worms (Caenorhabditis elegans) to live for longer or shorter time periods," said first author Nelson Hsieh, MD/PhD fellow at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "Since this same family of proteins also exists in mammals, what is really exciting is that our data suggests the KLFs also have similar effects on aging in mammals, too."

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#Tech Showcase: #Ribocomputing #cyborg #transhumanism

#Tech Showcase: #Ribocomputing #cyborg #transhumanism | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
A novel method of programming cells to operate like computers, called Ribocomputing, will be aided by Twist Bioscience's streamlined DNA manufacturing process.

 

One goal of synthetic biology is to engineer life to recognize desired inputs and in turn respond with desired outputs. Biocomputing is the management of this input/output system, designing genetic parts that allow life to perform logic based decisions in a manner not dissimilar to the computer you're using to read this article. 
 
Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Arizona State University, in a recent article in Nature, demonstrated a novel method of programming cells to operate like computers. They call their method ribocomputing because their engineered cells carry out complex logic-based computations exclusively using ribonucleic acids, more commonly known as RNA.
 
Unlike the digital computers ubiquitous in the modern world, which use electricity to accomplish all higher-order functions, these ribocomputers perform logical operations on biological materials, such as proteins, toxins, and immune system molecules. Adding programmability to cells opens up exciting new possibilities for ways to control cells and their interactions with organisms and their environment. The ribocumputing researchers propose that using this new technique, cells and microorganisms can be programmed to accomplish tasks ranging from disease diagnostics and therapeutic drug delivery to green energy production and environmental cleanup.
 
In their ribocomputing demonstration, the research team engineered the bacteria E. coli to sense the presence of 12 different molecules, and then use a computational circuit encoded in RNA to calculate the correct level of green fluorescent protein (GFP) to express. GFP is commonly used as a marker in biological experiments, as its green glow makes it simple for researchers to assess the behavior of genes or pathways in question. 
 
In the ribocomputing experiment, the researchers first designed an RNA circuit to map different combinations and levels of input molecules to specific GFP intensities, as controlled by expression levels. Next, the researchers introduced controlled levels of the input molecules into the engineered E. coli’s cellular environments, and then checked whether GFP was lighting up at the specified levels. By confirming that GFP was behaving in a manner that they expected, the researchers demonstrated the viability of their RNA circuits to carry out computations.
 
In general, the principles in this experiment can be applied to other kinds of bio-computation. Using the same methodology, cells can be engineered to respond with specified behavior to any number of the diverse chemical arrangements they encounter in their complicated environments.
 
The demonstration of successful RNA-based computing represents a significant advancement for cellular computing technology. Although such computing had been described in publications almost two decades ago, the conventional methods required resources and included drawbacks that made the techniques unattractive to pursue for commercial, industrial, and clinical applications. In previous experiments, researchers used combinations of DNA, RNA, proteins, and other molecules to design biological circuits. Incorporating these disparate computing elements into a circuit design is more error-prone: successful operation of the circuit would hinge on the precise coordination of these multifarious components. Each component adds a source of noise to the logical circuit, degrading the results. As the computational load increases, it can limit the effectiveness and applicability of the method. By using RNA only, various sources of noise can be muted.

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This Is What Half a Year For One of #Greenland's Most Imperiled #Glaciers Looks Like

This Is What Half a Year For One of #Greenland's Most Imperiled #Glaciers Looks Like | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Satellites have changed how we see the world. That includes being able to watch climate change overrun everything beautiful in agonizing detail.

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This #diamond #battery is made from #nuclear waste #science #physics

This #diamond #battery is made from #nuclear waste #science #physics | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a lab-made diamond that can generate electricity and is made from upcycled radioactive waste.
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Skilled Photographers Capture #Japan's Gorgeous Summer #Firefly Phenomenon

Skilled Photographers Capture #Japan's Gorgeous Summer #Firefly Phenomenon | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
Japan is a beautiful country full of breathtaking buildings, landscapes, and scenery any time of year. In the height of summer, however, something particul

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This 'breakthrough' #protein glue could save lives in emergencies #medicine #health 

This 'breakthrough' #protein glue could save lives in emergencies #medicine #health  | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it

Australian and American biomedical engineers have developed a stretchy surgical glue that rapidly heals wounds, a "breakthrough" that has the potential to save lives in emergencies, its designers say.

 

The injectable glue, MeTro, is based on a naturally occurring protein called tropaelastin. It is applied directly to the wound and is then activated with UV light to form a complete seal, eliminating the need for staples or stitches. Its elasticity means it's designed to work well on shape-changing internal organs like the lungs and heart.

 

A study published in journal Science Translational Medicine showed the glue quickly and successfully sealed incisions in the arteries and lungs of rodents and the lungs of pigs.


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An emergency fix that really stick to yah!/What's gluing in health tody? 

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Researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer #graphene #physics #science

Researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer #graphene #physics #science | Limitless learning Universe | Scoop.it
October 5, 2017—A team led by Cory Dean, assistant professor of physics at Columbia University, and James Hone, Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia Engineering, has definitively observed an intensel
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