Month: November 2016

Facebook to Open-Source AI Hardware Design

(FACEBOOK) – Although machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) have been around for decades, most of the recent advances in these fields have been enabled by two trends: larger publicly available research data sets and the availability of more powerful computers — specifically ones powered by GPUs. Most of the major advances in these areas move forward in lockstep with our computational ability, as faster hardware and software allow us to explore deeper and more complex systems. At Facebook, we’ve made great progress thus far with off-the-shelf infrastructure components and design. We’ve developed software that can read stories,...

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Will China Become a Leader on Global Climate Action?

(GIZMODO) – For the last few years, the United States has been a lukewarm leader on global climate action. Now, if President-elect Donald Trump keeps his campaign promises, it may become the rogue state of climate change.  By Maddie Stone But as I’ve said before, even if the United States abandoned its climate pledges, the fight against global warming is far from over. In fact, there are already signs that China—yes, the same China known for environmentally reckless development, the same China whose capital city is steeped in a permanent cloud of smog—could take on a bigger international leadership role. Trump...

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Hurdles Lie Ahead for Korea’s Biotechnology Push

(KOREA HERALD) – Faced with the continued slowdown of its manufacturing sector, South Korea is eyeing new growth in the field of biotechnology, a promising industry expected for a sharp growth in the years ahead. Biotechnology broadly refers to the use of genetic engineering and molecular biology to modify living cells to produce novel substances that perform new functions. Its biggest applications are in “red biotechnology” — the development of complex drugs based on living cells, proteins, blood components and other biochemicals. The Korean government has set medical biotechnology, particularly new drug development, as a key priority, investing 2.38...

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Eggs breakthrough for stem cell scientists

(RTÉ News) – Stem cell scientists have for the first time created viable mammalian eggs from scratch in the laboratory and used them to produce healthy offspring. The research was conducted in mice, but could one day offer new hope to women who have lost their fertility – for instance as a result of cancer treatment. However, it is likely to be many years before the technique is reliable and safe enough for humans. Other applications could include shedding further light on the complexities of reproduction, and aiding the conservation of endangered species. In the experiments, the Japanese team...

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