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    CRISPR’d pigs offer hope for the human organ transplant shortage

    CRISPR’d pigs offer hope for the human organ transplant shortage

    Pig organs are the same size as human organs and function pretty much the same way, but pig to human transplantation has long been an elusive goal for researchers due to fear of activating dormant viral diseases in the pig’s cells. But there’s hope on the horizon, thanks to a new study out in Science today involving CRISPR’d piglets. Read More

  • Google’s Tensor2Tensor makes it easier to conduct deep learning experiments

    Google’s Tensor2Tensor makes it easier to conduct deep learning experiments

    Google’s brain team is open sourcing Tensor2Tensor, a new deep learning library designed to help researchers replicate results from recent papers in the field and push the boundaries of what’s possible by trying new combinations of models, datasets and other parameters. The sheer number of variables in AI research combined with the fast pace of new developments makes it difficult… Read More

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    Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

    Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

    Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a bioprosthetic ovary using 3D-printing technology and produced living, breathing mouse offspring from them. Northwestern’s Feinberg school of medicine and McCormick school of engineering came together for the project using 3D-printing technology and follicles from prior ovarian tissue to form a scaffold that was then placed inside… Read More

  • Facebook’s ParlAI is where researchers will push the boundaries of conversational AI

    Facebook’s ParlAI is where researchers will push the boundaries of conversational AI

    To most of us, communication is a single task. But in reality, it’s not and if you’re a machine trying to replicate dialog, you need to be good at lots of tasks like answering questions, completing sentences and even having small talk. It’s common for research in each of these areas to be done independently, to the detriment of anyone trying to put the pieces together… Read More

  • Using wearable technology to detect conflict in couples before it occurs

    Using wearable technology to detect conflict in couples before it occurs

    Several teams of researchers at USC have joined forces for a study aimed at detecting vital signs to help stem conflicts in couples before they occur. Couples were brought into the lab, equipped with wearable sensors, given smartphones for recording data and sent out on their way. The study largely took place outside of the lab, with participants filling out an hourly survey to offer insight… Read More

  • Stellar echoes, Venusian automatons and more gain NASA moonshot funding

    Stellar echoes, Venusian automatons and more gain NASA moonshot funding

    NASA has announced the recipients of its most recent round of highly experimental projects it deems promising enough to fund. These NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts aren’t guaranteed to go all the way, but are rather sort of low-risk, high potential reward moonshots — science fiction they hope will be more the former than the latter. Read More

  • Swiss system ups security and reliability of finger-based biometrics

    Swiss system ups security and reliability of finger-based biometrics

    Biometrics may not be the perfect solution for security, but they can be useful — as long as they’re robust and well thought out. TouchID is all well and good, but you wouldn’t secure a nuclear site with it. Well, movies aside, you probably should secure a nuclear site with a fingerprint, regardless. But this new system from Swiss researchers is a step in the right direction. Read More

  • Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers

    Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers

    The science publishing world is a complex one, but the pendulum is currently swinging away from the paywalled mega-journals of the last decade to a more open model — but it can still be hard to find a full copy of an article you need on short notice. Unpaywall is a browser plug-in that identifies the paper you’re looking for, then checks whether it’s available for free… Read More

  • Behold the robo-fruit

    Behold the robo-fruit

    Perhaps you’ve been watching the BBC’s Spy in the Wild, in which meticulously recreated robotic animals cohabitate with their fleshy brethren and record all their secret goings and doings. But haven’t you ever wondered what fruit gets up to during the long trip from its homeland to your local produce department? These robo-fruits are your best bet to find out. Read More

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