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Bitcoin Flaw Could Threaten Booming Virtual Currency

December 6, 2013

“Bitcoin could be the biggest anti-dollar story on the Internet today. As you know, Bitcoins are created or ‘mined’ by powerful computers crunching complex math problems. As the answers to the problems pile up, a certain number of Bitcoins are awarded to the computer that solved the biggest part of the problem. Now, a new analysis from Cornell University researchers suggests the entire Bitcoin mining process could be subject to fraud and abuse…”

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Where Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

December 6, 2013

“You can’t see your own facial expressions… but the computer screen you stare at all day can. What happens when your computer is powerful enough to interpret your mood based on a complex algorithm that reads your facial expressions…”

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Human Stem Cells Converted to Functional Lung Cells

December 6, 2013

“Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have turned human cells into fully functioning lung cells in what could prove a breakthrough moment for the future of creating viable tissue transplant material for a variety of organs…”

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Rare Cancer Treatments, Cleared by FDA but Not Subject to Scrutiny

December 5, 2013

“An FDA rule known as the ‘humanitarian device exemption’ provides an incentive for medical equipment companies to design and seek approval for cancer therapy machines that only potentially benefit a tiny universe of patients. The problem with these machines, however, is that the FDA has little to no oversight in how the machines are actually used, or if they truly benefit…”

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New York City to Start Venture Fund for Biotech

December 5, 2013

“New York City, in collaboration with Celgene, Eli Lilly, and private venture capital investors, plans to start a $100 million fund to invest directly in small biotech startups. City officials fear the New York metro area has fallen far behind work under way in research centers like Boston and San Francisco, hence the plan to help attract development…”

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Can Scientists Look to Nature to Slow Human Aging?

December 5, 2013

“In a new book, writer Jonathan Silvertown explores how humans age from a biological perspective and compares it to how the rest of the physical world handles age. He concludes that humans traded longer lives for youthful vitality, and that…”

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Electronic Cigarettes “Could Save Millions of Lives”

December 4, 2013

“Cigarette smoking has long been a target of health professionals worldwide, but until now there have been few alternatives besides kicking the habit to offset smoking’s harmful side effects. However, researchers now claim that e-cigarettes could prevent…”

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Quantitative Approaches Provide New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance

December 4, 2013

“If scientists can better understand how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, the hope is that they can more easily design better and stronger antibiotics that work against even more bacteria. Recently, researchers at UC San Diego used quantitative analysis to study how various bacteria build resistance. Here’s the surprising discovery they made…”

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Hong Kong Gets First Case of Avian Flu Virus

December 4, 2013

“The New York Times reports Hong Kong has announced its first known case of Avian Flu. A 36-year-old Indonesian woman traveled from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, bought a chicken, slaughtered it and ate it. Upon her return to Hong Kong she began to show H7N9 (avian flu) symptoms. As the NYT reports, contact with poultry is believed to be the main transmission method of the H7N9 virus…”

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Scientists Find Brain Region That Helps You Make Up Your Mind

December 3, 2013

"Contrary to conventional wisdom, scientists and researchers today know little about the human brain compared to other organs. New research, for example, suggests that the tiny part of the brain called the lateral habenula, once thought to play a role in depression and avoidance behaviors, could actually drive cost-benefit decisions you make on a daily basis. Better understanding which parts of the brain drive specific actions holds enormous promise for a map of full cognitive function…"

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