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Gene-edited baby experiment ‘may have created unintended mutations’

“The gene editing performed on Chinese twins to immunise them against HIV may have failed and created unintended mutations, scientists have said after the original research was made public for the first time” writes Agence France-presse for theguardian.com. The parents’ lack of access to any kind of fertility treatment might have motivated them to take part in the experiment despite the huge risks to their children, Jeanne O’Brien, a reproductive endocrinologist at Shady Grove Fertility told the MIT Technology Review. Source: theguardian.com

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Facebook’s latest experiment is a meme creation app, Whale

“The app arrived on November 15, 2019, according to App Annie but it hasn’t yet ranked in any App Store category at this time” writes Sarah Perez for yahoo.com. Facebook’s NPE Team, a division inside the social networking giant that will build experimental consumer-facing social apps, has now added a third app to its lineup with the launch of meme creation app Whale.The app isn’t all that original, given the plethora of image-editing apps on the App Store today with similar feature sets. Facebook says it’s not commenting on individual…

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Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

“Google left thousands of machines in businesses with broken Chrome browsers this week, following a silent experimental change” writes Nov Est for theverge.com. The experiment was made silently, without IT admins or users being warned about Google’s changes.After complaints, Google was forced to reveal it had launched an “experiment” on stable versions of Chrome that had changed the browser’s behavior. Source: theverge.com

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Train and export your own AI system without a line of code

“Along with image data, Teachable Machine now works with audio and body pose input” writes James Vincent for theverge.com. In the years since the latest wave of machine learning systems took off, there have been plenty of no-coding AI tools around.Google has upgraded its Teachable Machine, an in-browser web experiment it originally released in 2017 to teach people some basic principles of machine learning.That means you could train a basic system using Teachable Machine and get it running on a website or app. Source: theverge.com

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Microsoft Japan’s 4-day workweek experiment sees productivity jump 40%

“Microsoft Japan tested a four-day workweek and has found the experiment a huge boon to employee productivity” writes Karen Gilchrist for cnbc.com. Over that period, the firm saw productivity, as measured by sales per employee, rise 39.9% compared with August 2018.The tech giant recorded an almost 40% jump in productivity levels after cutting its work hours as part of a wider project to promote healthier work-life balance. Source: cnbc.com

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Astronauts Will Test Drive A Lunar Robot From The International Space Station

“But in the future, astronauts in space might be able to remotely control rovers on Moon and Mars from orbit” writes Aakarsh Dube for mashable.com. SEE ALSO: NASA Is Currently Testing Inflatable Tents For Moon Habitats ESA (European Space Agency) is going to conduct an experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) dubbed, ANALOG-1.William Carey, the principle investigator for the ANALOG-1 experiment said, “Space is such a harsh place for humans and machines. Source: mashable.com

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Google scientists have claimed a massive breakthrough in cutting-edge computing with ‘quantum supremacy’

“Instead of bits, which today’s computers use to process information, quantum computers use quantum bits, or ‘qubits.’ Where classical computers are constrained by how fast they can switch between outputting zeros and outputting ones, quantum computers would face no such constraints, because qubits can theoretically exist in both states simultaneously” writes Charlie Wood for businessinsider.com. Though he said the potential threat posed by quantum computing to processes such as encryption is still “distant,” the threat “is still there.”. The scientists’ experiment involved building a 54-qubit (quantum bit) processor named Sycamore,…

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The Great Soda Tax Experiment

“In the face of industry opposition, the California legislature in April shelved discussions of a bill that would impose a statewide beverage tax” writes Greg Miller for knowablemagazine.org. At the same time, there are also reasons why soda taxes might not have the impact on public health that advocates hope for.Public health researchers and economists bored into these data and more at a 2015 meeting convened by the World Health Organization to review soda tax research and make recommendations.With additional nudges from soda taxes and other policies, advocates say, that…

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Daily on Healthcare, presented by SBEC: Watching California kick off expansion experiment for clues about Obamacare’s future

“This newsletter is written by senior healthcare reporter Kimberly Leonard (@LeonardKL) and healthcare reporter Cassidy Morrison (@CassMorrison94)” reports washingtonexaminer.com. CALIFORNIA KICKS OFF OBAMACARE EXPANSION EXPERIMENT: The enrollment for California’s Obamacare plans launched this week, and with it come some big changes that will bolster or undermine arguments to expand the healthcare law. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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