Monthly Archives: May 2018

FDA Halts One of the First Human CRISPR Studies Before it Begins

A trial planning to use the gene-editing tool CRISPR on sickle cell patients has been put on hold due to unspecified questions from US regulators. From a report: CRISPR Therapeutics, which is developing the therapy, sought approval from the US

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ProtonMail Launches Free ProtonVPN Service For Macs

The creators of popular encrypted email service ProtonMail have released a free version of their ProtonVPN software for macOS. From a report: Even though the free version does not contain the full features that you would come to expect from

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Google Promises Ethical Principles To Guide Development of Military AI

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google is drawing up a set of guidelines that will steer its involvement in developing AI tools for the military, according to a report from The New York Times. What exactly

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Microsoft Is Now More Valuable Than Alphabet

Microsoft has surged 40 percent over the past 12 months to become more valuable than Alphabet. “As of Tuesday’s close, Microsoft was worth $749 billion and Alphabet’s market capitalization stood at $739 billion,” reports CNBC. From the report: Microsoft’s latest

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China Overtakes US For Healthy Lifespan, WHO Data Finds

According to World Health Organization data, China has overtaken the United States in healthy life expectancy at birth for the first time. The data from 2016 finds Chinese newborns can look forward to 68.7 years of healthy life ahead of

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AI Better Than Dermatologists At Detecting Skin Cancer, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: For the first time, new research suggests artificial intelligence may be better than highly-trained humans at detecting skin cancer. A study conducted by an international team of researchers pitted experienced dermatologists

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Face Recognition Is Now Being Used In Schools

Presto Vivace shares a report from The Intercept: Officials at the Lockport, New York, school district have purchased face recognition technology as part of a purported effort to prevent school shootings. Starting in September, all 10 of Lockport District’s school

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Great Barrier Reef Has Died Five Times In Last 30,000 Years, Study Says

schwit1 quotes a report from Newsweek: You may well have heard that Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is dying as warmer and more acidic waters bleach the system’s vibrant coral reefs. In fact, a heat wave killed nearly a third

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Hacker Gets Super NES Games Running On Unmodified NES

The latest project from Tom “Tom7″ Murphy is an unmodified NES running Super NES games. “Murphy breaks down this wizardry in a pair of detailed videos laying out his tinkering process,” reports Ars Technica. “Though the NES hardware itself is

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California Begins Trial Rollout of Digital License Plates

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Car and Driver: California is taking its first steps toward America’s first digital license plate. Using display technology akin to the e-ink used in the Amazon Kindle, a Foster City, California, outfit called

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