All posts on June, 2016


Tracking brain atrophy in MS could become routine, thanks to new software

The loss of brain tissue, called brain atrophy, is a normal part of aging, but multiple sclerosis (MS) accelerates the process. Such atrophy is a critical indicator of physical and cognitive decline in MS, yet because measuring brain atrophy is expensive and complicated, it’s done primarily in research settings. That may be changing, say scientists.

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23% off Segway miniPRO Personal Transporter, Now Shipping – Deal Alert

Forget hoverboards. The Segway miniPRO is a smarter, stronger and safer personal transporter, UL 2272 Certified for the highest standards of electrical and fire safety requirements established by Underwriter Laboratories. The miniPRO has large air-filled tires suitable for almost any terrain. Its innovative knee bar makes steering easy and precise, and its powerful lithium-ion battery will take you up to 14 miles on a single charge at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Automatic head and tail-lights produce maximum visibility night or day, personalized from a spectrum of 16 million color variations. It comes with a full-featured app, available for iOS and Android, that lets you personalize your miniPRO, activate anti-theft features, control your miniPRO remotely, and much more. It’s available to ship now, and its initial list price of $1,299 has been reduced to $999. See or buy it now on Amazon.

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Hackers are coming for your healthcare records — here’s why

Data stolen from a bank quickly becomes useless once the breach is discovered and passcodes are changed. But data from the healthcare industry, which includes both personal identity and medical histories, can live a lifetime.

Cyberattacks will cost hospitals more than $305 billion over the next five years and one in 13 patients will have their data compromised by a hack, according to industry consultancy Accenture.

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And a study by the Brookings Institute predicts that one in four data breaches this year will hit healthcare.

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Android N name revealed: It’s Nougat

After months of calling the next release simply “Android N,” Google has finally settled on a name.

The company revealed Nougat on its Snapchat channel and Twitter, which included uncovering the latest statue to grace the Google campus. 

The time has arrived! #AndroidNReveal pic.twitter.com/vtbSOjQvWh

— Android (@Android) June 30, 2016

Google names its Android versions after what it calls “sweet treats.” Though the first two releases had no corresponding name, the early 1.5 release was named “Cupcake.” From there, each new version of Android takes on the name of some sort of sweet food, each name beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. After Cupcake came Donut, then Eclair, all the way through corporate-sponsored “KitKat” (version 4.4), and last year’s “Marshmallow” (6.0).

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Scientists develop computer models to unravel the complexities of TB infection

Scientists used computers to model the formation of tuberculosis granulomas in the lung — the non-active (latent) form of infection found in 2 billion individuals worldwide (11 million in the U.S.) that can activate to become a life-threatening infection. Employing a computer model aims to speed analysis of TB’s complex life-cycle and to identify potential new antibiotics, antibiotic targets, and biomarkers that can predict transition to active infection.

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IDG Contributor Network: Putting deep learning to work

After demonstrating discontinuous jumps in image recognition performance and defeating Korean grandmaster Lee Se-dol at Go, a game long resistant to computer mastery, deep learning has kicked up a swirling cloud of hype. And controversy.

On the one hand, serious folks are studying how to prevent a recursively self-improving super intelligence from seizing Earth’s reins from humanity. On the other, IBM’s “cognitive” marketing claims are rightly being called out as hyperbolic. I think much of the excitement derives from the tremendous strides deep learning has recently made in processing less-structured input, like images and voice, that relate to the way we perceive the world.

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