The Human Driving Manifesto

Do you like driving? I do. It’s not about speed. It’s about freedom. It’s about choice. Car in the garage. Keys in hand. Hands on wheel. We choose where we go and when we go, and we choose how we get there. With the rise of self-driving cars, an army of experts would have us […]

Australia could become first country to eradicate cervical cancer

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted infection that causes 99.9% of cervical cancers. In 2007, the federal government began providing the vaccine for free to girls aged 12-13 years, and in 2013, it extended the program to boys. Source: theguardian

Scientists observe a new quantum particle with properties of ball lightning

In an extremely sparse and cold quantum gas, the physicists have created knots made of the magnetic moments, or spins, of the constituent atoms. The knots exhibit many of the characteristics of ball lightning, which some scientists believe to consist of tangled streams of electric currents. The persistence of such knots could be the reason […]

The virus hunter: In a bygone era, C.J. Peters learned how to bend the rules

At 77, Clarence James Peters, known as C.J., is getting on, walking with more deliberate steps than in his earlier years. But he can still recount in sharp detail anecdotes from a career in which he flew through mountain passes to perilous landing strips and trudged to remote villages. By the time he returned home, […]

“Cracking” Morse code with RNNs

Spoiler alert: Morse code doesn’t really need cracking. Its useful because messages can be sent using this code with minimal equipment, and I say it doesn’t need cracking because the code is well known and what the combinations of dots and dashes stand for is no secret. But, in theory, it is a substitution cipher — where […]

Building a Next Word Predictor in Tensorflow

Next Word Prediction or what is also called Language Modeling is the task of predicting what word comes next. It is one of the fundamental tasks of NLP and has many applications. You might be using it daily when you write texts or emails without realizing it. Source: towardsdatascience

Timothy Lu seeks to combat disease by reprogramming biological systems

MIT associate professor Timothy Lu has devoted his career to coming up with novel ways to engineer cells, both bacterial and human, to perform new functions. Using this approach, he hopes to develop new therapies for a range of diseases, from cancer to drug-resistant infections. Source: mit

Chinese Startups See Latin America as a Land of Opportunity

Chinese startups pushing into the region include Hangzhou-based Tian Ge Interactive Holdings, which wants to build an internet finance platform in Mexico. Phonemaker Transsion Holdings is preparing to set up operations in Colombia. China Mobile Games & Entertainment Group plans to distribute mobile games in Mexico. Ofo, the Beijing-based bicycle sharing service, is preparing to […]