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Great, if true: Digital solutions to medical problems

September 21st, 2016 (09:01 am)
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How Microsoft computer scientists and researchers are working to ‘solve‘ cancer

At Microsoft’s research labs around the world, computer scientists, programmers, engineers and other experts are trying to crack some of the computer industry’s toughest problems, from system design and security to quantum computing and data visualization.

A subset of those scientists, engineers and programmers have a different goal: They’re trying to use computer science to solve one of the most complex and deadly challenges humans face: Cancer.

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Warming up a bit

September 13th, 2016 (11:08 am)
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This August was the hottest one on record

This past August was the hottest one since record-keeping began 136 years ago, according to a monthly analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The new record continues the streak of record high monthly temperatures that began nearly a year ago.

The hottest month is usually July, but the most recent August tied with July for the warmest month ever recorded. That’s 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit (0.16 degrees Celsius) hotter than the second-hottest August on record, which was in 2014. It was also 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (0.98 degrees Celsius) warmer than the average August temperature from 1951 to 1980.

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Demons of the past keep coming back

September 7th, 2016 (11:19 pm)
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The Angel of Death's tortured Auschwitz victims: Body parts and BRAINS from Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's sick experiments are discovered in a Munich research lab

Remains were found during renovations at a Psychiatric Institute last year
In wartime, the unit received body parts from Nazi doctor Josef Mengele
He was dubbed the 'Angel of Death' for carrying out horrific experiments
Research committee has already started to identify some of the victims

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The true Olympic spirit

August 20th, 2016 (12:11 am)
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In this day and age of commercialism in all domains in life, including sport, it is nice to occasionally remember what it was all meant to be about originally. Two cases in point:

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Northam, here we come!

August 6th, 2016 (10:07 am)
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Rocky talks (almost)

July 29th, 2016 (01:54 pm)
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Watch the first orangutan taught to mimic human conversation

Rocky, a friendly ape, might be the key to how we humans found our voices. He also really likes treats.


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Biodiversity now below critical level

July 20th, 2016 (02:51 pm)
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The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels

In an ambitious study that represents the latest merger between big data approaches and the quest to conserve the planet, scientists have found that across a majority of the Earth’s land surface — including some of its most important types of terrain and its most populous regions — the abundance or overall number of animals and plants of different species has fallen below a “safe” level identified by biologists.

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Games of Throlls

June 25th, 2016 (12:08 am)
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Zootopia: liberal propaganda. And I love it!

June 15th, 2016 (08:52 am)
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Review: ‘Zootopia’ Is A Perfect Example Of Why We Should Take Kids’ Movies Seriously

Zootopia possesses all the wit and charm of The Flinstones and Monsters Inc — films that built worlds adjacent to our own but delightfully adapted to fit a crazy range of citizens. Scale is used as a punch line and provocateur — the whip-snap of the camera as it jumps to include both elephants and mice continually raises a laugh, while begging the question — why is our expectation of perspective always set to the middle-sized majority? Typical animal behaviours play for gags while tugging at our assumptions. Why can’t a bunny be tough? Really, all foxes are untrustworthy? “Are you saying because he’s a sloth he can’t be fast?”

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A step in the right direction

June 4th, 2016 (08:45 am)
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'Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts

Researchers have found a way to persuade the body's immune system to attack tumours – and it is largely free from side effects.

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