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IBM’s biologically-inspired AI generates hash codes faster than classical approaches

IBM’s biologically-inspired AI generates hash codes faster than classical approaches

Ever heard of FlyHash? It’s an algorithm inspired by fruit flies’ olfactory circuits that’s been shown to generate hash codes — numeric representations of objects — with performance superior to classical algorithms. Unfortunately, because FlyHash uses random projections, it can’t learn from data. To overcome this limitation, researchers at Princeton, the University of San Diego,…

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How to Grow (Almost) Anything

How to Grow (Almost) Anything

An off-shoot of the infamous “How to Make (Almost) Anything” course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “How to Grow (Almost) Anything” tackles the core concepts behind designing with biology – prototyping biomolecules, engineering biological computers, and 3D printing biomaterials. The material touches elements of synthetic biology, ethics of biotechnology, protein design, microfluidic fabrication, microbiome…

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Pathways to Cellular Supremacy in Biocomputing

Pathways to Cellular Supremacy in Biocomputing

AbstractSynthetic biology uses living cells as the substrate for performing human-defined computations. Many current implementations of cellular computing are based on the “genetic circuit” metaphor, an approximation of the operation of silicon-based computers. Although this conceptual mapping has been relatively successful, we argue that it fundamentally limits the types of computation that may be engineered…

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How Silicon Valley wants to fuck with our brains

The Study of the Human Brain

Introducing his students to the study of the human brain Jeff Lichtman, a Harvard Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, once asked: “If understanding everything you need to know about the brain was a mile, how far have we walked?” He received answers like ‘three-quarters of a mile’, ‘half a mile’, and ‘a quarter of…

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The Hayden Planetarium’s new show celebrates unmanned space probes

The Hayden Planetarium’s new show celebrates unmanned space probes

Narrated by Lupita Nyong’o and written by geologist and science educator Natalie Starkey, Worlds Beyond Earth focuses on the bodies in our solar system where we’ve sent probes, including Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Each planet, moon and asteroid are lovingly rendered using the NASA-funded, open source OpenSpace software, gathering and presenting data from various NASA,…

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Christina Koch breaks record for longest spaceflight by a woman

Christina Koch breaks record for longest spaceflight by a woman

This won’t be the longest spaceflight of all time. Scott Kelly set the US record by staying in space for 340 consecutive days between 2015 and 2016, while Russia’s Valeri Polyakov spent just over 437 days aboard Mir. It’s still a very long stretch, however, and it comes on the back of Koch joining fellow…

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What’s the Healthiest Food?

What’s the Healthiest Food?

Illustration: Benjamin Currie (Gizmodo)Giz AsksGiz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.The first thing to realize is that new-year resolutions are a self-defeating sham inimical to the process of real and lasting change. The second thing to realize is that you…

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Common chemical disrupts reproductive biology

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the New York State Department of Health have discovered how a common plasticizer associated with human reproductive abnormalities likely does its damage at the molecular level. For years, scientists have linked exposure to DEHP, short for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate — a chemical added to many plastics to make them flexible…

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Science For All

Science For All

I’m a 6th grader in Westwood, Massachusetts.  My favorite subject is science. My interest in science began in 1st grade when I decided to participate in my school’s science fair. As I researched ideas for a fair project, I was fascinated by how much there is to learn about the world around us. I tried…

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