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8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By #Science - Huffington Post

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The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn't mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong.

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This power couple bought bitcoin in 2013, and just donated all their gains to a cancer hospital

This power couple bought bitcoin in 2013, and just donated all their gains to a cancer hospital | Love | Scoop.it
Health-tech investors Halle Tecco and Jeff Hammerbacher are donating their bitcoin winnings to charity.

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Forkhead Box O3 (Foxo3) Anti-Aging Gene May Hold Key to Protect Inner Ear Hair Cells from Damage

Forkhead Box O3 (Foxo3) Anti-Aging Gene May Hold Key to Protect Inner Ear Hair Cells from Damage | Love | Scoop.it

Researchers have discovered that a protein implicated in human longevity may also play a role in restoring hearing after noise exposure. The findings, where were published in the journal Scientific Reports, could one day provide researchers with new tools to prevent hearing loss.

 

The study reveals that a gene called Forkhead Box O3 (Foxo3) appears to play a role in protecting outer hair cells in the inner ear from damage. The outer hair cells act as a biological sound amplifier and are critical to hearing. When exposed to loud noises, these cells undergo stress. In some individuals, these cells are able to recover, but in others the outer hair cells die, permanently impairing hearing. While hearing aids and other treatments can help recovered some range of hearing, there is currently no biological cure for hearing loss.

 

"While more than a hundred genes have been identified as being involved in childhood hearing loss, little is known about the genes that regulate hearing recovery after noise exposure," said Patricia White, Ph.D., a research associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Neuroscience and lead author of the study. "Our study shows that Foxo3 could play an important role in determining which individuals might be more susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss."

 

Approximately one-third of people who reach retirement age have some degree of hearing loss, primarily due to noise exposure over their lifetimes. The problem is even more acute in the military, with upwards of 60 percent of individuals who have been deployed in forward areas experiencing hearing loss, making it the most common disability for combat veterans.

 

Foxo3 is known to play an important role in cell's stress response. For example, in the cardiovascular system, Foxo3 helps heart cells stay healthy by clearing away debris when the cells are damaged. Additionally, people with a genetic mutation that confers higher levels of Foxo3 protein have been shown to live longer.

 

White and her team carried out a series of experiments involving knock-out mice who were genetically engineered to lack the Foxo3 gene. The researchers found that, compared to normal mice, these animals were unable to recover hearing after being exposed to loud noises. The team also observed that during the experiment the Foxo3 knock-out mice lost most of their outer hair cells. In the normal mice, outer hair cell loss was not significant.

 

"Discovering that Foxo3 was important for the survival of outer hair cells is a significant advance," says senior author Patricia White. "We are also excited about the results because Foxo3 is a transcription factor, which regulates the expression of many target genes. We are currently investigating what its targets might be in the inner ear, and how they could act to protect the ear from damage."


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Google has released a machine learning AI tool that makes sense of your genome

Google has released a machine learning AI tool that makes sense of your genome | Love | Scoop.it

AI tools could help us turn information gleaned from genetic sequencing into life-saving therapies. Almost 15 years after scientists first sequenced the human genome, making sense of the enormous amount of data that encodes human life remains a formidable challenge. But it is also precisely the sort of problem that machine learning excels at.

 

Google has now released a tool called DeepVariant that uses the latest AI techniques to build a more accurate picture of a person’s genome from sequencing data. DeepVariant helps turn high-throughput sequencing readouts into a picture of a full genome. It automatically identifies small insertion and deletion mutations and single-base-pair mutations in sequencing data.

 

High-throughput sequencing became widely available in the 2000s and has made genome sequencing more accessible. But the data produced using such systems has offered only a limited, error-prone snapshot of a full genome. It is typically challenging for scientists to distinguish small mutations from random errors generated during the sequencing process, especially in repetitive portions of a genome. These mutations may be directly relevant to diseases such as cancer.

 

A number of tools exist for interpreting these readouts, including GATK, VarDict, and FreeBayes. However, these software programs typically use simpler statistical and machine-learning approaches to identifying mutations by attempting to rule out read errors. “One of the challenges is in difficult parts of the genome, where each of the tools has strengths and weaknesses,” says Brad Chapman, a research scientist at Harvard’s School of Public Health who tested an early version of DeepVariant. “These difficult regions are increasingly important for clinical sequencing, and it’s important to have multiple methods.”

 

DeepVariant was developed by researchers from the Google Brain team, a group that focuses on developing and applying AI techniques, and Verily, another Alphabet subsidiary that is focused on the life sciences. The team collected millions of high-throughput reads and fully sequenced genomes from the Genome in a Bottle (GIAB)  project, a public-private effort to promote genomic sequencing tools and techniques. They fed the data to a deep-learning system and painstakingly tweaked the parameters of the model until it learned to interpret sequenced data with a high level of accuracy.

 

Last year, DeepVariant won first place in the PrecisionFDA Truth Challenge, a contest run by the FDA to promote more accurate genetic sequencing. “The success of DeepVariant is important because it demonstrates that in genomics, deep learning can be used to automatically train systems that perform better than complicated hand-engineered systems,” says Brendan Frey, CEO of Deep Genomics.

 

The release of DeepVariant is the latest sign that machine learning may be poised to boost progress in genomics. Deep Genomics is one of several companies trying to use AI approaches such as deep learning to tease out genetic causes of diseases and to identify potential drug therapies (see “An AI-Driven Genomics Company Is Turning to Drugs”).

 

Deep Genomics aims to develop drugs by using deep learning to find patterns in genomic and medical data. Frey says AI will eventually go well beyond helping to sequence genomic data. “The gap that is currently blocking medicine right now is in our inability to accurately map genetic variants to disease mechanisms and to use that knowledge to rapidly identify life-saving therapies,” he says.

 

Another prominent company in this area is Wuxi Nextcode, which has offices in Shanghai, Reykjavik, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Wuxi Nextcode has amassed the world’s largest collection of fully sequenced human genomes, and the company is investing heavily in machine-learning methods.

 

DeepVariant will also be available on the Google Cloud Platform. Google and its competitors are furiously adding machine-learning features to their cloud platforms in an effort to lure anyone who might want to tap into the latest AI techniques (see “Ambient AI Is About to Devour the Software Industry”).

 

In general, AI figures to help many aspects of medicine take big leaps forward in the coming years. There are opportunities to mine many different kinds of medical data—from images or medical records, for example— to predict ailments that a human doctor might miss (see “The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor” and “A New Algorithm for Palliative Care”).


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Google turns the sci-fi which amazed us on the big screen yesterday into today's reality. 

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Scientists just warned a volcano eruption that would destroy humanity is coming sooner than we thought

Scientists just warned a volcano eruption that would destroy humanity is coming sooner than we thought | Love | Scoop.it
An apocalyptic volcanic super eruption could be closer than previously thought, according to new analysis.  Regular volcanic eruptions, such as the recent activity of Mount Agung in Bali, might be enough to close airports, but a super eruption would have the potential to destroy human civilisation as we know it.
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Afghan girls' robotics team banned from the US win top European prize

Afghan girls' robotics team banned from the US win top European prize | Love | Scoop.it
An all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan who hit the headlines when they were briefly denied entry to the US over the sum
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The Benefits of Playing with Barbie Dolls - Cool Toy Review

The Benefits of Playing with Barbie Dolls - Cool Toy Review | Love | Scoop.it
Dolls, in general, have been part of a long history of entertaining toys for children, as well as a collector’s item for some adults. Barbies have become some of the most popular toys of recent years, but how good are they for our children?

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Pregnant Barbie & More | The Top 15 Most Interesting Barbie’s Ever

Pregnant Barbie & More | The Top 15 Most Interesting Barbie’s Ever | Love | Scoop.it
There’s a new twist with everyone’s favourite Barbie― she’s pregnant! Check out all the info and pictures we’ve found on this rare pregnant barbie here.

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11 Books That Have Won Awards This Year

11 Books That Have Won Awards This Year | Love | Scoop.it
Check out these great award winning books 2017, including fiction winners, young adult books, mystery novels, thrillers, and more.

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Top 10 secrets in fiction

Top 10 secrets in fiction | Love | Scoop.it
From the hidden passions of Mrs Dalloway to Patrick Bateman’s murderous designs, these books expose a subject we all privately love

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Annie Proulx wins high honour for writing on 'the beauty of rural America'

Annie Proulx wins high honour for writing on 'the beauty of rural America' | Love | Scoop.it
The Shipping News author joins previous winners of the National Book Foundation’s award such as Toni Morrison, Elmore Leonard and Norman Mailer

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'Open the doors and let these books in' - what would a truly diverse reading list look like?

'Open the doors and let these books in' - what would a truly diverse reading list look like? | Love | Scoop.it
Following student calls for university English literature syllabuses to be ‘decolonised’, Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie and other authors reflect on the debate and choose essential books by black and minority ethnic writers

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Best books of 2017 – part one

Best books of 2017 – part one | Love | Scoop.it
‘Funny, outrageous, touching, intimate, gorgeous’ … writers from George Saunders to Ali Smith pick their favourite reads of the past year

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11 Fascinating Facts About the Human Heart Infographic

11 Fascinating Facts About the Human Heart Infographic | Love | Scoop.it
The 11 interesting human heart facts in this infographic will help you to better appreciate this vital organ.

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Scientists made robotic bees that can fly and swim, to one day study the ocean

Scientists made robotic bees that can fly and swim, to one day study the ocean | Love | Scoop.it

“What’s better than a robot inspired by bees? A robot inspired by bees that can swim.Researchers led by a team at Harvard University have developed a tiny, 175-milligram (about two feathers) device with insect-inspired wings that can both flap and rotate, allowing it to either fly above the ground or swim in shallow waters and easily transition between the two.”


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If the Brain Cannot Decide, It Alternates the Possibilities: The Remarkable "Curvature Blindness" Illusion

If the Brain Cannot Decide, It Alternates the Possibilities: The Remarkable "Curvature Blindness" Illusion | Love | Scoop.it

A new optical illusion has been discovered, and it’s really quite striking. The strange effect is called the ‘curvature blindness’ illusion, and it’s described in a new paper from psychologist Kohske Takahashi of Chukyo University, Japan. Here’s an example of the illusion: A series of wavy horizontal lines are shown. All of the lines have exactly the same curvature.


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Bionic Contacts: Goodbye Glasses. Hello Vision That's 3x Better Than 20/20

Bionic Contacts: Goodbye Glasses. Hello Vision That's 3x Better Than 20/20 | Love | Scoop.it
The Ocumetics Bionic Lens essentially replaces a person's natural eye lens, given them the ability to see three times better than 20/20 vision. Though not yet available to the public, human trials are expected to begin on the lenses in July 2017.

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Married people are much less likely to get dementia

Married people are much less likely to get dementia | Love | Scoop.it
People who are single for life are 42 per cent more likely to get dementia, but marriage isn’t always good for your health – especially if you’re a woman

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Kids are alright whatever the family make-up, so let them be

Kids are alright whatever the family make-up, so let them be | Love | Scoop.it
Children brought up by single parents, heterosexual partners or same-sex couples are all equally healthy and happy. The law needs to catch up with society
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Little Girls Aren't Playing With Barbie Dolls

Little Girls Aren't Playing With Barbie Dolls | Love | Scoop.it
The latest proof that Mattel's starlet isn't enjoying her golden years: Barbie's worldwide sales dropped 12% in the second quarter.

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History & Characteristics of the China Doll

History & Characteristics of the China Doll | Love | Scoop.it
Want to start your collection of china dolls? Stock up both on pockets and in knowledge with our tips in purchasing dolls, especially pre-owned ones!

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Three first-time authors make Giller Prize longlist

Three first-time authors make Giller Prize longlist | Love | Scoop.it
Longlist includes the first-ever horror novel to be in contention for Canada's most prestigious literary prize

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14 Award-Winning Poetry Collections That Deserve Your Attention

14 Award-Winning Poetry Collections That Deserve Your Attention | Love | Scoop.it
As much as we poetry lovers might not like to admit it, poetry does tend to garner far less fanfare than its literary cousin: prose. The opportunities to recognize and celebrate mainstream fiction and nonfiction books are abundant (and we totally lov…

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What Happened When I Focused Less On Collecting Books & More On Actually Reading Them

It's a pretty common fantasy among readers, and one you probably have yourself: that dream of one day having the "ideal" library. In these daydreams, it most often resembles Belle's reading room, straight out of Beauty & the Beast, with its floor to …

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Best books of 2017 – part two

Best books of 2017 – part two | Love | Scoop.it
From moving memoirs to far-reaching fiction, novelists, poets and critics pick their best reads of the year

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CoQ10: Benefits and Uses

CoQ10: Benefits and Uses | Love | Scoop.it
Learn more about coq10, its benefits, uses and side effects before you consider taking this supplement.

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