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How artificial intelligence could help spies do their jobs

October 25, 2017 - 12:54 -- Admin

Consider the job of an intelligence analyst—someone who has to sift through vast amounts of information and figure out the bigger narrative. The raw data this hypothetical analyst looks at could be anything from a report on the ground, to government statements, to items in the local media. The analyst's job—looking at data, synthesizing it in a report—is rich territory for artificial intelligence to help out, according to a new company called Primer.

We might have better lab mice if we paid more attention to their guts

October 23, 2017 - 12:03 -- Admin

Before any medication, vaccine, or other drug therapy reaches human use, it goes through extensive testing in the lab—often in animals, and typically in mice. This step in the evaluation process is extremely important. The way a drug affects a cluster of cells in a Petri dish often has little to do with the way it will behave inside a living organism, where multiple organ systems are at play.

From The Department of the Bleeding Obvious: Gun research could save lives, but America won't fund it

October 23, 2017 - 12:03 -- Admin

When Stephen Paddock opened fire Oct. 1 on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 59, the city became the unfortunate host of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Investigators are still trying to piece together the events that took place that evening, and why.

Yes, your dog is making puppy eyes at you

October 23, 2017 - 12:03 -- Admin

The problem with dogs is that they're a lot like babies that never grow up. This is both a great strength and a huge annoyance, mostly because they can't talk. Researchers who study infant learning and behavior have to rely on other cues, like how long subjects look at an object, because asking them questions is just a big waste of time. Dogs are the same, and that makes it very difficult to come to definitive conclusions about their behavior and what it means.

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