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Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions
19th March 2017 phys.org | Tech

Physicists have developed a quantum machine learning algorithm that can handle infinite dimensions—that is, it works with continuous variables (which have an infinite number of possible values on a closed interval) instead of the typically used discrete variables (which have only a finite number of values).


Related: IBM’s online quantum machine gets faster

Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome
19th March 2017 | npr.org | Tech

Scientists have taken another important step toward creating different types of synthetic life in the laboratory.

An international research consortium reports Thursday that it has figured out an efficient method for synthesizing a substantial part of the genetic code of yeast.

Probiotic found in yogurt can reverse depression symptoms, UVA finds
19th March 2017 | eurekalert.org | Animal Life, Humans

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the bacteria affect mood, providing a direct link between the health of the gut microbiome and mental health.

Is going gluten-free giving you diabetes? New study links diet with the disease
19th March 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Humans

Gluten-free diets adopted by growing numbers of health-conscious consumers enhance the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, scientists have warned.

A major study by Harvard University suggests that ingesting only small amounts of the protein, or avoiding it altogether, increases the danger of diabetes by as much as 13 per cent.

Two-Thirds of Americans See Docs Who Got Paid by Drug Companies: Study
19th March 2017 drexel.edu | Humans

A majority of patients in the United States visited a doctor who received payments from drug companies, but most have no clue about it, according to a new Drexel University study.


Related: Doctors Prescribe More Antibiotics When Expectations are High, Study Says

Nudging people to make good choices can backfire
19th March 2017 | sciencenews.org | Humans

Policy makers throughout the world, guided by behavioral scientists, are devising ways to steer people toward decisions deemed to be in their best interests. These simple interventions don’t force, teach or openly encourage anyone to do anything. Instead, they nudge, exploiting for good — at least from the policy makers’ perspective — mental tendencies that can sometimes lead us astray.

Can this man successfully treat opioid addiction with marijuana?
19th March 2017 | theguardian.com | Humans

A controversial new treatment facility in Los Angeles wants to find out if cannabis can help keep opioids from claiming more lives to addiction


Related: Death of Matthew Dawson-Clarke a warning about dangers of ayahuasca tourism

Marijuana use associated with increased risk of stroke, heart failure
19th March 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Humans

Using marijuana raises the risk of stroke and heart failure even after accounting for demographic factors, other health conditions and lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and alcohol use, according to new research.


Related: Don’t smoke it with tobacco: scientists suggest ways to make cannabis safer

Our study suggests alcohol may actually protect eyewitness memory – here’s how
19th March 2017 theconversation.com | Humans

Ever witnessed a punch up during a boozy night out? Did you assume that you probably wouldn’t be a reliable witness because you’d been drinking? You may have been right, but our latest research indicates that in some circumstances this is not the case.

Caffeine boosts enzyme that could protect against dementia
19th March 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Humans

A study by Indiana University researchers has identified 24 compounds — including caffeine — with the potential to boost an enzyme in the brain shown to protect against dementia.

Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens
19th March 2017 | nytimes.com | Humans

In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted.

In the past, we thought of addiction as mostly related to chemical substances: heroin, cocaine, nicotine. Today, we have this phenomenon of behavioral addictions where, one tech industry leader told me, people are spending nearly three hours a day tethered to their cellphones.

Violent video games found not to affect empathy
19th March 2017 | eurekalert.org | Humans

The link between playing violent video games and antisocial behavior, such as increased aggression and decreased empathy, is hotly debated. Researchers in Germany used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on long-term players of violent video games and found that they had the same neural response to emotionally provocative images as non-gamers.


Related: Virtual characters that touch you are seen as being warmer and friendlier

How to Fight Like a Viking
19th March 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient

From the day in 793 when Viking warriors descended on an isolated monastery in the north of England, the Norsemen became an object of fascination and terror for medieval Europeans. “Never before,” an English monk later wrote, “has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race.”

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud
18th March 2017 | theguardian.com | Ancient

Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.


Alt: Egypt archaeologists discover massive statue in Cairo slum

Birds Evolved From Dinosaurs In a ‘Supercharged’ Evolutionary Surge
18th March 2017 motherboard.vice.com | Ancient

Bird evolution is like a Legend of Zelda puzzle: the pieces may take a while to come together, but once they do, it’s next-level.

Paleontologists have created what they claim is the most detailed family tree of meat-eating dinosaurs ever, revealing fresh insights into the origin of birds.

Figuring Out When and Why Squids Lost Their Shells
18th March 2017 | nytimes.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Shaped like a torpedo and about as swift, squids are jet-propelled underwater predators. Together with their nimble brethren, the octopus and cuttlefish, they make for an agile invertebrate armada.

But that was not always the case.

Vision, not limbs, led fish onto land 385 million years ago
18th March 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient

A new study suggests it was the power of the eyes and not the limbs that first led our aquatic ancestors to make the leap from water to land. The researchers discovered that eyes nearly tripled in size before — not after — the water-to-land transition. Crocodile-like animals saw easy meals on land and then evolved limbs that enabled them to get there, the researchers argue.

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