Researchers Have Successfully Treated MERS in Mice July 23, 2015 at 04:13PM

A New York company has figured out how to give mice the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and also how to prevent the disease and effectively treat the infected mice.


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Ancestry Combines Genealogy Research with Genetic Data July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

With the Thursday launch of its AncestryHealth website, Ancestry continues to play Microsoft to 23andMe’s Apple. It may not be as innovative in the burgeoning field of consumer genetics, but it’s an able competitor nonetheless.


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Biogen and Lilly Advance Antibody Drugs to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

The earlier Alzheimer’s disease is treated, the better. Maybe even before symptoms arise. That’s the idea behind experimental drugs designed to remove plaques from the brain and prevent cognitive changes.


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How Networked Monkey Brains Could Help Disabled Humans July 23, 2015 at 04:12PM

New research proves that two heads are indeed better than one, at least at performing certain simple computational tasks.


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Pluto’s Portrait From New Horizons: Ice Mountains and No Craters July 16, 2015 at 06:27PM

LAUREL, Md. — The first close-up image of Pluto has revealed mountains as tall as the Rockies, and an absence of craters — discoveries that, to their delight, baffled scientists working on NASA’s New Horizons mission and provided punctuation for a journey nine and a half years in the making.


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Powering Smartphones Without an Outlet July 16, 2015 at 05:51PM

The case that Will Zell slides onto his iPhone doesn’t look that unusual, but it’s doing something pretty out of the ordinary: capturing some of the radio waves that the phone transmits when connecting to cell-phone towers and Wi-Fi routers, converting them to electricity, and feeding that power


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John Kerry: dimwit and stooge July 16, 2015 at 05:49PM

No one has ever accused John Kerry of being smart. His schtick is speaking slow and sounding profound, a defense mechanism he developed early in life to mask a room temperature IQ and a lackwit’s infinite credulity. These talents made him the perfect point man for Obama’s Iran nuclear negotiations.


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Moral Cowardice: President Obama Abandons Pastor Saeed and 3 Other Imprisoned Americans in Iran July 16, 2015 at 05:39PM

In a stunning display of moral cowardice, President Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran that leaves four U.S. citizens, including American Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran. They’ve been abandoned. And for what?


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Robots Learn to Reason by Playing Minecraft July 16, 2015 at 05:39PM

Minecraft was used to teach a virtual agent what steps to exclude when trying to put a gold block in a furnace.


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An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet. July 16, 2015 at 05:38PM

In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been thought of as almost impossible for computers. Things like face and object recognition, for example.


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"…And he sampled the time-winds, sensing the turmoil, the storm nexus that now focused on this moment..."

“…And he sampled the time-winds, sensing the turmoil, the storm nexus that now focused on this moment place. Even the faint gaps were closed now. Here was the unborn jihad, he knew. Here was the race consciousness that he had known once as his own terrible purpose. Here was reason enough for a Kwisatz Haderach or a Lisan al-Ghaib or even the halting schemes of the Bene Gesserit. The race of humans had felt its own dormancy, sensed itself grown stale and knew now only the need to experience turmoil in which the genes would mingle and the strong new mixtures survive. All humans were alive as an unconscious single organism in this moment, experiencing a kind of sexual heat that could override any barrier.”

- Musing of Muad’Dib. From Frank Herbert’s Dune. (via silentsennin)

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Frank Herbert's 'Dune'

Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’
glad to see someone taking Frank Herbert seriously, but hey, he’s not saying this is Utopia! and definitely NOT something we should aspire to become! if you could notice beyond the surface and beyond the obvious, it is a deliberate rant on what keeps us humans morally inept for thousands of years, and what might happen to us 10,000 from now if we continue to live with our WRONG assumptions,…
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DUNE and its prequels and sequels are essentially a critique of human civilization today and a writer’s creative extrapolation of what might happen into the future without our conscious and collective intervention..
AND as you might have noticed, it was deliberately poking fun at us, our WRONG assumptions and double standards, everything that has been wrong with us so far, it is all-encompassing, YES, but not as a blueprint of what Frank Herbert thinks MUST BE our galactic future, but a CRITIQUE of our own History so far, with these outlandish extrapolation far out into the future to highlight what we could sadly lead to if we continue on our path today (that’s 1960’s to 1980’s for our writer)
i understand where you two are coming from and you have raised legitimate social concerns here,
BUT PLEASE.. your scathing fortified criticism of Frank Herbert’s DUNE will be better directed at our own society today, which truly deserves it or even MORE SO.. or you can appeal to sci-fi writers of today to please paint a not so bleak scenario for our future
you must understand that Frank Herbert’s DUNE is a classic precisely because of the complex and nasty human issues you raised here, and i doubt he personally endorses the views of the characters of the novels, he has populated an entire Universe of them and it is hard to imagine that any of those views reflect the writer’s personal belief or code of conduct
i am writing this comment so as to contribute to a more balanced and fair literary assessment of the Dune Universe..
Thank you! this is a good article, and find myself laughing as i read this, nice points you raised here 😜

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