Deep learning helps predict new drug combinations to fight Covid-19

The existential threat of Covid-19 has highlighted an acute need to develop working therapeutics against emerging health concerns. One of the luxuries deep learning has afforded us is the ability to modify the landscape as it unfolds — so long as we can keep up with the viral threat, and access the right data.  As […]

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Building on the Past

Your crumbling steps riseto greet the sun,towering overhead likemonolithic icebergsthat betray their craggy depths.Revealed in scattered light,the geometric dreamsof ancient engineersdance tellinglybeneath the surface.Hidden hands that reachthrough time toalign interactionswith this sharedand broken landscape.A maquette of excavations,with every layer exposeda new and future past. The Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacán, Mexico (Image Credit: Ricardo […]

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Vampire bats may coordinate with ‘friends’ over a bite to eat

Vampire bats that form bonds in captivity and continue those “friendships” in the wild also hunt together, meeting up over a meal after independent departures from the roost, according to a new study. Researchers attached tiny “backpack” computers to 50 vampire bats – some that had previously been in captivity together and others that had lived only […]

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Decoding Birds’ Brain Signals Into Syllables of Song

Researchers can predict what syllables a bird will sing—and when it will sing them—by reading electrical signals in its brain, reports a new study from the University of California San Diego. Having the ability to predict a bird’s vocal behavior from its brain activity is an early step toward building vocal prostheses for humans who […]

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Hallucinogen drug LSD helps understand how the brain generates behavior

Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, is a potent hallucinogen that alters the perception of reality and triggers altered behaviors. At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Daoyun Ji and his colleagues hope that studying the drug will reveal new perspectives into how the brain generates behavior. “Our lab is investigating how LSD influences brain activity,” said Ji, professor of neuroscience at […]

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Metastatic prostate cancer comes in two forms, which could guide treatment

Scientists have identified two subtypes of metastatic prostate cancer that respond differently to treatment, information that could one day guide physicians in treating patients with the therapies best suited to their disease. Building off of earlier studies that discovered clinically relevant subtypes of breast cancer and non-metastatic prostate cancer, researchers identified genetic signatures that can […]

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Uncovering galaxies buried in dust at the cosmic dawn

Two previously invisible galaxies completely hidden by clouds of cosmic gas and dust have been discovered by an international team of researchers. While investigating new data of young, extremely distant galaxies observed with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, astronomers noticed unexpected emissions coming from seemingly empty regions of space. The team, which […]

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Climate change and other potentially ambiguous ideas

Disambiguation: In uncomplicated, easy-to-understated wording, disambiguate means to make clear. Like most, I was once schooled on matters of how to write, form a sentence, parts of sentences, punctuation, grammar and the like. Without proper context or a proper frame of reference in this regard, things can get fairly confusing, fairly quickly as I discovered […]

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