November, 2017

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The ‘sci fi’ DNA test that could replace your password

The method is a two-step technique using the $1000 MinION DNA sequencer The team used an algorithm to compare variants with other genetic profiles They found it can identify a person from DNA in minutes, and can validate cells  By Cheyenne Macdonald For Scientists have unveiled a new softwareRead More

The Scallop Sees With Space-Age Eyes — Tens of Thousands of Them –

It is difficult to find out what is so unique about a scallop. It seems much like a clam, mussel or some other bivalve. In its hinged shell found a musclebound monster that is best appreciated seared in butter. But there is something more to the omnipresent entree: that theRead More

How 41 Individuals in Lithuania Took On Your FB Feed –

Of all Facebook’s superpowers, possibly the most disconcerting is the way that it is able to make internet publishers evaporate using the push of one switch. Think I am exaggerating? Just consider what happened on sites such as Upworthy, Viralnova and Distractify, which gathered enormous Facebook followings then faded outRead More

Rail lines axed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s may reopen

Chancellor Philip Hammond hopes infrastructure will allow for 300,000 homes About 5,000 miles of track and 2,363 stations closes between 1964 and 1970 Department of Transport to reverse some of the decisions due to network strain  By Claire Ellicott Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail Railway lines and stations lostRead More

Assessing the Elusive Whale Shark –

They are the biggest fish from the ocean, lumbering softly in open sea waters where little was proven about them. Even the bus-sized whale sharks — docile animals with a jagged mouth have lately become jeopardized, as investigators are enlisting visitors to help monitor and spot them. An analysis publishedRead More

The World Wide Web Is Dying.

Repealing Internet Neutrality Hastens This Departure. –

The world wide web is expiring. Sure, technically, the world wide web still works. Pull Facebook in your telephone and you’ll still watch your next cousin’s baby photos. But that is not actually the world wide web. It is not the open, anyone-can-build-it community of the 1990s and early 2000s,Read More

Half of 11-year-olds use social media despite age limits

Nearly half of UK’s 11-and 12-year olds have accounts on Facebook and Twitter More than a quarter of ten-year-olds have social media accounts, Ofcom says One in ten children aged between 12 and 15 have even shared live videos online Some platforms, including Instagram Live, allow them to broadcast toRead More

A New Way for Machines to Watch, Shooting Shape in Toronto –

TORONTO — In 2012, Geoffrey Hinton altered the manner machines visit the entire world. In addition to two graduate students in the University of Toronto, Mr. Hinton, a professor, constructed a system which could analyze tens of thousands of photographs and educate itself to determine common items like cars andRead More

New theory claims there wasn’t a Big Bang

Physicist argues a contraction phase may have come before the current universe The idea is inspired by the behaviour of ‘regular’ black holes, researcher says Would mean Big Bang never happened, instead allowing a ‘bouncing’ universe By Cheyenne Macdonald For What if the Big Bang never happened? The theoryRead More

Amazo in Hunt for Lower Costs, Recruits Indian Merchants –

MUMBAI, India — even Americans purchasing on this vacation season might realize that the best prices for hot gifts such as leather shoes and luxury bedding are all arriving from an unexpected source: Indian retailers. Amazon, constantly watching for ways to reduce costs, has been vigorously recruiting Indian sellersRead More