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Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests a new study led by University of Cambridge and UCL researchers, published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) . The findings could help scientists develop new ways of treating hypoxia – lack …

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When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who’s to blame?

When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who’s to blame?

Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces—it’s also beginning to appear in the doctor’s office. The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis? Medical error is currently the third …

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Is Cybersecurity A Second Coming For AI?

Is Cybersecurity A Second Coming For AI?

Grab A Retirement Saver’s Tax Credit Artificial intelligence (AI) is all over the technology headlines lately. It seems to be the latest buzzword to take hold, yet the question remains: Will this be a quick fad, or are we actually seeing the second coming of AI? Most recently, there has been a heavy surge of artificial intelligence thinking applied to …

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Your 2017 playbook to becoming a white hat hacker – pay what you want

Your 2017 playbook to becoming a white hat hacker – pay what you want

A skilled cyber infiltrator working for a company can be that firm’s most critical line of defense between vulnerable computer systems and salivating cyber crooks. To crack into the exploding digital security career field, you need a full understanding of what white hat hacking is all about. Learn the skills to be a company’s cyber security specialist with the White …

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Drivers walk away unharmed as epic rally-car jump turns into an epic fail

Drivers walk away unharmed as epic rally-car jump turns into an epic fail

This shows the risks racing drivers take, and how quickly things can go south during a race. Among the many forms of motor sports, rallying is one of the most dramatic to watch. Because not only do cars travel at high speeds across the ground, they occasionally leave it. Epic jumps are a big part of rally driving. But they …

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With a tight federal budget, here’s where to focus clean energy research funding

With a tight federal budget, here’s where to focus clean energy research funding

Checking the power output of a photovoltaic concentrator array built by Martin Marietta, Inc., at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The U.S. Department of Energy spends US$3-$4 billion per year on applied energy research. These programs seek to provide clean and reliable energy and improve our energy security by driving innovation and helping companies bring new clean energy …

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Blockchain technology for development of new mobility ecosystem

Blockchain technology for development of new mobility ecosystem

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger (BC/DL) technology for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology. TRI is collaborating with the MIT Media Lab ( MIT ML) and other industry partners to foster a digital environment where users – both businesses …

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Speeding up quality control for biologics

Speeding up quality control for biologics

Drugs manufactured by living cells, also called biologics, are one of the fastest-growing segments of the pharmaceutical industry. These drugs, often antibodies or other proteins, are being used to treat cancer, arthritis, and many other diseases. Monitoring the quality of these drugs has proven challenging, however, because protein production by living cells is much more difficult to control than the …

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Reduced US air pollution will boost rainfall in Africa’s Sahel, says study

Reduced US air pollution will boost rainfall in Africa's Sahel, says study

Land at the northern edge of Africa’s Sahel could become more suitable for farming if sulfur emissions in the United States continue to rapidly decline, says a new study. Here, farmers near Segou, Mali, plant maize at the start of the rainy season. Credit: Francesco Fiondella/International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University Pollution filters placed on coal-fired power …

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Trump’s Call for a Crackdown on Botnets Is a Long Shot

Trump’s Call for a Crackdown on Botnets Is a Long Shot

President Trump wants to crack down on botnets, the networks of hacked zombie computers that criminals or adversaries can use to carry out large-scale cyberattacks. Achieving this would surely disrupt the cybercriminal infrastructure, but it will also require that the administration overcome monumental technical and political hurdles. This month, Trump signed a long-awaited executive order addressing the cybersecurity threat, which …

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