Living the high life -- growing up, in other words, at extreme altitude -- forces a developing human body to conserve energy, and that can translated into shorter arms, according to a study published Wednesday. "It was interesting to see that they both followed the same growth patterns," lead author Stephanie Payne, a biological anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, told AFP. "This is most likely an adaptation to improving oxygen uptake," said Payne.
Stargazers and astronomers are in for a treat next month as Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in 15 years, making it appear particularly large and bright. On July 31, the Red Planet will come within just 35.8 million miles of Earth. Around this time, Mars will be easily visible to the naked eye, according to Dean Regas, an astronomer from the Cincinnati Observatory.
Technology mogul Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, sat down with the Artificial Intelligence Channel to discuss his thoughts on artificial intelligence as it relates to his neurotechnology company Neuralink. Musk's investment in Neuralink, a California medical research company that will explore how to physically interface computers and the human brain to accelerate the brain's functions, will develop neural technology--linkages that permit humans to seek self-improvement via a neural lace. Musk responded to the notion that a lot of experts in the artificial intelligence space do not share his views on the subject.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho couple has sued the U.S. government, saying their teenage son still suffers headaches after a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed near their home doused him with cyanide.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command.
President Donald Trump called for a new “Space Force” to be added to the U.S. military as an armed service separate from the Pentagon’s five traditional uniformed branches. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,” Trump said Monday at a White House event on space policy. Trump has been considering creation of a Space Force for months over resistance from the Air Force, which currently oversees military space programs.
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. shares rocketed 55.6% in extremely heavy Tuesday morning trade after the company reported positive early results from a phase 1/2a gene therapy clinical trial for three patients with the rare disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The three patients, the first ones enrolled in the study, showed "robust" expression of micro-dystrophin, a shortened version of the dystrophin gene used in gene therapy, Sarepta said. Individuals with DMD have a mutation on their dystrophin gene and thus cannot produce the protein dystrophin, which is critical for muscular development.
25 years ago, on June 11, 1993, Jurassic Park premiered in theaters across the United States. Princess Diana attended the London premiere. Despite opening like a monster movie—an armored crate emerges from the fog, the mysterious monster inside screeching and snorting—Jurassic Park was conceived, from its origins as the latest in a long line of Michael Crichton technothrillers (“I was writing the most expensive movie ever made,” Crichton would jokingly tell people before Steven Spielberg bought the movie rights for $1.5 million), with scientific fidelity in mind.
Jun.19 -- It sounds like science fiction: a device that can reconnect a paralyzed person’s brain to his or her body. But that’s exactly what the experimental NeuroLife system does. Developed by Battelle and Ohio State University, NeuroLife uses a brain implant, an algorithm and an electrode sleeve to give paralysis patients back control of their limbs. For Ian Burkhart, NeuroLife’s first test subject, the implications could be life-changing. (video by Alan Jeffries)
It’s hard to miss Mount Lico, a relatively isolated cliff jutting out 700 meters (nearly 2,300 feet) above the plains of northern Mozambique. Yet for hundreds of years, people were unaware that inside the ancient volcano lay a hidden rainforest, protected by the volcano’s high walls. Discovered by conservation biologist Julian Bayliss in 2012, the…
IBM’s Project Debater processes millions of news articles in an effort to make arguments in flowing prose. It was man 1, machine 1 in the first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM and two human debaters. The AI, called Project Debater, appeared on stage in a packed conference room at IBM’s San Francisco office embodied in a 6ft tall black panel with a blue, animated “mouth”.
Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability. This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social science did, in fact, also grow out…