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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Here’s how body clock cycles affect our immune system

Here’s how body clock cycles affect our immune system

All life on Earth has evolved to cope with a rotating planet which results in the predictable transition between day and night. The details differ between plants, fungi, bacteria, and animals, but the consistent feature is a biological “clock” that allows the organism to anticipate the change and prepare for it. In animals, the central…
Why machines should have rights, just like humans

Why machines should have rights, just like humans

Like it or loathe it, the robot revolution is now well underway and the futures described by writers such as Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, and Philip K. Dick are fast turning from science fiction into science fact. But should robots have rights? And will humanity ever reach a point where human and machine are treated…
New archaeology findings are redefining human history faster than ever

New archaeology findings are redefining human history faster than ever

In 1924, a 3-year-old child’s skull found in South Africa forever changed how people think about human origins. The Taung Child, our first encounter with an ancient group of proto-humans or hominins called australopithecines, was a turning point in the study of human evolution. This discovery shifted the focus of human origins research from Europe…
Artificial intelligence: How to measure the ‘I’ in AI

Artificial intelligence: How to measure the ‘I’ in AI

Last week, Lee Se-dol, the South Korean Go champion who lost in a historical matchup against DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm AlphaGo in 2016, declared his retirement from professional play. “With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve realized that I’m not at the top even if I become the number one through frantic efforts,” Lee told…
Could artificial-womb technology be a tool for women’s liberation?

Could artificial-womb technology be a tool for women’s liberation?

While some women experience pregnancy and childbirth as joyful, natural and fulfilling, others find themselves recoiling in horror at the physical demands of carrying and sustaining a child in their womb, and even more so at the potential brutality of giving birth. Some might view the blood, sweat and tears as a necessary and unavoidable…
This WhatsApp script texts your parents every morning so you don’t have to

This WhatsApp script texts your parents every morning so you don’t...

Step 3: Put your package on AWS Lambda with triggers Our code is ready to run and send WhatsApp messages! If you’re wondering what the other files in our deployment package are, they’re the Twilio package and all its other dependencies. This is because we’ll use an AWS Lambda function in a Python environment that…
Brain science’s biggest roadblock: Collecting better data without killing people

Brain science’s biggest roadblock: Collecting better data without killing people

Historically, there has been no safe, non-invasive and/or efficient method with deep penetration for modulating the human brain in vivo—stimulating or suppressing certain brain processes in a living person. Ultrasound, however, offers a promising approach, especially when used in combination with other non-invasive techniques. Ultrasound—a decades-proven technique in which the echoes of high-frequency sound waves…
What we can do to make sure automation doesn’t negatively affect the work force

What we can do to make sure automation doesn’t negatively affect...

Artificial intelligence and automation are continuing to drill deeper into our society. In the business industry, companies are now utilizing the voice recognition provided by intelligent personal assistants such as Alexa, Cortana, and Siri to speed up their tasks. In the transport industry, artificial intelligence is powering the upcoming self-driving cars and helps to manage…
Why tinnitus is still such a mystery to ear scientists

Why tinnitus is still such a mystery to ear scientists

Despite the many groundbreaking medical advances of the last century, there are still some conditions that continue to perplex scientists. One such symptom is tinnitus, which people have reported experiencing as far back as the 1600 BC. Tinnitus is characterized by hearing unwanted sounds, such as a ringing, buzzing, or humming noise in your ears…
Design challenges in the age of AI, and how to overcome them

Design challenges in the age of AI, and how to overcome...

Design is an ever-evolving field. So much so that it’s hard to keep track of design job titles. Originally, product designers designed industrial products while graphic designers focused on print as a medium. As a creative field, Design found its Analogy with architecture; it was required to be functional, usable, and predictable, while also being beautiful,…

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