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[REGIONAL NEWS] Is it time to regulate biohacking? California thinks so.

Posted by   /  August 14, 2019  /  Health Care, Regional News, Science, Technology  /  No Comments

The mew law is the first to explicitly address the gene-editing technology CRISPR. The type of biohackers currently gaining the most notoriety are the ones who experiment on their bodies with the hope of “upgrading” or “optimizing” their physical and cognitive performance. By Sigal Samuel | Vox California wants to make it clear that tinkering […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Face-aging app rejuvenates old privacy questions

Posted by   /  July 20, 2019  /  Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity, Science, Technology  /  No Comments

By Ina Fried, Sara Fischer | Axios A viral photo-filter app that lets people see older versions of themselves is highlighting concerns about handing personal information to overseas-developed apps, as well as any app that has vague privacy policies. What’s new: FaceApp, which has gone viral before, has re-emerged as the most popular iPhone app […]

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Read Nixon’s secret speech written in case the moon landing failed

Posted by   /  July 20, 2019  /  Science, Technology  /  No Comments

Getty Images As posted on KFYI Saturday, July 20, 2019 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 spacecraft landing on the moon, ending the Space Race and accomplishing a “giant leap for mankind.” The U.S. landing on the moon using computers with exponentially less power than the smartphone in your pocket, is easily one […]

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Astronauts in the Grand Canyon: how Nasa used the west as a moonscape

Posted by   /  July 19, 2019  /  Featured News, Science  /  No Comments

Bell Aerospace’s lunar flying vehicle just after liftoff at a demonstration for Nasa in Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field northeast of Flagstaff, August 1966. /Photograph: USGS, F866259 Tranquility Base, Arizona: the astronauts’ moon training ground All 24 men who flew to the moon with the Apollo program trained in the rugged canyons, craters and lava fields […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Facial recognition tech is growing stronger, thanks to your face

Posted by   /  July 14, 2019  /  Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity, Science  /  No Comments

The Brainwash database, created by Stanford University researchers, contained more than 10,000 images and nearly 82,000 annotated heads.Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License, via Megapixels By Cade Metz | The New York Times Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the […]

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The search for life as we don’t know it

Posted by   /  June 30, 2019  /  Featured News, Science  /  No Comments

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios By Miriam Kramer | Axios The most comprehensive search for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe has come up short so far, despite generating more than 1 petabyte of data. But such efforts are just getting started. The big picture: The project — known as Breakthrough Listen — observed more […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Facial recognition technology is facing a huge backlash in the U.S. but some of the world’s biggest Tech companies are trying to sell it in the Gulf

Posted by   /  June 2, 2019  /  Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity, Featured News, Science  /  No Comments

BuzzFeed News/ Getty Images Face recognition has been banned in San Francisco and linked by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a rise in global fascism. But it’s being marketed in Dubai, which has spied on hundreds of dissidents, by American and Chinese tech giants By Megha Rajagopalan | BuzzFeed  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — As a backlash […]

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Robot umpires are coming to baseball

Posted by   /  May 28, 2019  /  Science, Sports  /  No Comments

Major League Baseball will be watching the robo-ump experiment closely./Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios By Kendall Baker | Axios An electronic radar system called TrackMan will soon be calling balls and strikes in the Atlantic League, an independent East Coast league that has emerged as MLB’s testing ground for new rules and equipment initiatives. Driving the news: […]

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TGen-Ethos study underscores need for setting high standards in veterinary cancer diagnostics

Posted by   /  May 24, 2019  /  Science  /  No Comments

Rapid, accurate cancer test is critical for dogs’ treatment and survival By Steve Yozwiak | TGen Ethos Veterinary Health, Ethos Discovery, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, announced today that they have developed a highly accurate test for the diagnosis of canine lymphoma. In a study published in the Journal of […]

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[REGIONAL NEW] San Francisco is first U.S. city to ban police use of facial recognition technology

Posted by   /  May 15, 2019  /  Regional News, Science  /  No Comments

Backers of the ban say facial recognition threatens civil liberties. /Photograph: Alamy Supervisors vote eight to one to restrict surveillance: ‘We can have security without being a security state’ By Kari Paul and agencies | The Guardian San Francisco supervisors have voted to make the city the first in the United States to ban police […]

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