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Jan 26, 2015
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Jan 22, 2015

Gates foundation sees huge gains against disease, poverty by 2030

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Worldwide child deaths will be
halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river
blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose
cure for malaria.

The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the Microsoft Corp
co-founder and former chief executive and his wife.

Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015

Scientists create ‘genetic firewall’ for new forms of life

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another “synthetic biology” milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The advance, reported on Wednesday in Nature, offers what one scientist calls a “genetic firewall” to achieve biocontainment, a means of insuring that GMOs cannot live outside a lab or other confined environment.

Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 19, 2015

Big data tops humans at picking ‘significant’ films: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the escalating battle of big data vs. human experts, score another win for numbers.

The most accurate predictions of which movies the U.S. Library of Congress will deem “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” are not the views of critics or fans but a simple algorithm applied to a database, according to a study published on Monday.

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      "After covering science and medicine at Newsweek, then the Wall Street Journal, then Newsweek again, I joined Reuters in 2012 to report on neuroscience, genetics, cognitive science, and other research. My books have focused on the brain: 2007's Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (the first popular account of the revolution in neuroplasticity), and 2012's The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with Richard J. Davidson)."
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