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Recovering Hidden Texts
12th March 2017 | archaeology.org | Ancient, Tech

At the world’s oldest monastery, new technology is making long-lost manuscripts available to anyone with an Internet connection

Sometime in the eighth century, a monk at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was preparing to transcribe a book of the Bible in Arabic and needed fresh parchment. New parchment was an expensive commodity at the time and was difficult to obtain

3-D computer models of gigantic archaeological objects
12th March 2017 phys.org | Ancient, Tech

Archeological artefacts, such as the Jupiter Column of Ladenburg, a town with an impressive Roman history, hold many as yet undiscovered secrets. Discovered in 1973, the history of the monument that is more than 1800 years old is still unclear.

An Ice-Age Squirrel Found by Gulag Prisoners Gets Its Scientific Due
9th March 2017 | theatlantic.com | Ancient, Tech

Years ago, Formozov and his colleagues took some mummified squirrel tissue and extracted their DNA. They did it three or four times, only to end up with three or four different results.

First Clouded Leopard Cub Born Using Cryopreserved Semen
9th March 2017 | npr.org | Animal Life, Tech

In a birth announcement of sorts, the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Nashville Zoo released a joint statement Thursday saying that a male clouded leopard cub was born on March 1. The cub is the first of his species to be born from artificial insemination using frozen (and then thawed) semen.

Researchers store computer operating system and short movie on DNA
9th March 2017 phys.org | Tech

Humanity may soon generate more data than hard drives or magnetic tape can handle, a problem that has scientists turning to nature’s age-old solution for information-storage—DNA.

Can green LED light ease your chronic pain?
9th March 2017 | futurity.org | Humans, Tech

It wasn’t the first time that Mohab Ibrahim’s brother, Wael, had called complaining of a headache. Ibrahim suggested that he take some ibuprofen.

Wael declined his brother’s advice. “No, I’m going to go and sit among the trees, and that will make me feel better,” he said.

AI Scientists Gather to Plot Doomsday Scenarios (and Solutions)
9th March 2017 | bloomberg.com | Earth, Tech

Artificial intelligence boosters predict a brave new world of flying cars and cancer cures. Detractors worry about a future where humans are enslaved to an evil race of robot overlords.

Artificial human life could soon be grown in lab after embryo breakthrough
8th March 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Tech

Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells.

Cambridge University mixed two kinds of mouse stem cells and placed them on a 3D scaffold.

Get ready for robots made with human flesh
8th March 2017 arstechnica.com | Tech

Two University of Oxford biomedical researchers are calling for robots to be built with real human tissue, and they say the technology is there if we only choose to develop it.

Artificial synapse could make computers more like brains
8th March 2017 | futurity.org | Tech

Scientists have created an artificial synapse, the space over which neurons communicate. It could help computers better recreate the way the human brain processes information and lead to improvements in brain-machine technologies.

Time to Fold, Humans: Poker-Playing AI Beats Pros at Texas Hold’em
8th March 2017 | scientificamerican.com | Tech

It is no mystery why poker is such a popular pastime: the dynamic card game produces drama in spades as players are locked in a complicated tango of acting and reacting that becomes increasingly tense with each escalating bet.


Related: Robotics and artificial intelligence will continue to improve – but without political change such as a tax, the outcome will range from bad to apocalyptic

Facebook is testing AI tools to help prevent suicide
8th March 2017 | newscientist.com | Tech

Facebook is trialling new tools to help with suicide prevention efforts. One approach will use artificial intelligence to identify concerning posts and make it easier for other people to report them.

Facebook says it will use pattern recognition algorithms to spot posts that could indicate someone is suicidal

Geneticists Are Pioneering a Way to Postpone Death Using Human DNA
8th March 2017 futurism.com | Tech

One DNA research pioneer’s new Human Longevity company offers an extensive $25,000 physical exam that includes MRIs, ultrasounds, blood tests, and cognitive exams.

By gathering this data from enough people, he hopes to be able to get a more complete picture of when death may occur and how to postpone it.

New path suggested for nuclear fusion
7th March 2017 phys.org | Earth, Tech

Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile offered a glimpse into a possible new path toward that goal.

Five HIV patients left ‘virus-free’ with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials
6th March 2017 | independent.co.uk | Tech

A new vaccine-based treatment for HIV has succeeded in suppressing the virus in five patients, raising hopes further research could help prevent Aids without the need for daily drugs.


Related: Placing terminal cancer patients into hibernation could mitigate effects of radiotherapy, study claims

Boston Dynamics unveils ‘nightmare-inducing’ hybrid robot
6th March 2017 | theguardian.com | Tech

Google-owned robotics firm and “nightmare” factory Boston Dynamics has released video of its latest creation: a two-wheeled, four-legged hybrid robot named Handle.


Alt: Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is six feet tall, lifts 100 pounds, and jumps up to four feet

Your Next Teacher Could Be a Robot
6th March 2017 futurism.com | Tech

Today, those looking for a non-traditional education have limited access to online classrooms, especially ones that are for-credit and affordable. But Thomas Frey predicts that, within 14 years, learning from robots will be entirely commonplace — even for children.

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