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Harmless Science Experiment
Harmless Science Experiment

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From the article: "In District 1, the drive-by survey found one in three private properties and about half of the public properties were out of compliance as of July 31."
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From the article: "While Mayor Tubbs worries about how to structure [universal basic income] and get decent jobs into his city, the logistics people are fretting about not having enough workers to fill the slots and how to purchase more robots to reduce the need for human labor."
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From the article: "Puerto Rico faces a government shutdown on Oct. 31, including halting its hurricane recovery, if Congress doesn’t provide billions in emergency funds, said Treasury Secretary Raul Maldonado.

"The U.S. commonwealth’s bankrupt government is burning through the $1.6 billion it had on hand before Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, destroying decayed infrastructure and killing 34 people. With widespread damage to telecommunications systems and the electricity grid, Maldonado doesn’t expect to begin collecting sales tax for at least another month, he said Wednesday."
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From the article: "A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells contaminating other research cultures in the lab.

"The problem is as serious as it is simple: researchers studying lung cancer publish a new paper, only it turns out the tissue they were actually using in the lab were liver cells. Or what they thought were human cells were mice cells, or vice versa, or something else entirely."
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An amusing game about making as many paperclips as possible.
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A new paper describing AlphaGo has been published in Nature. (The PDF can be downloaded at the end of the blog post.)

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"At 3 hours, the game focuses greedily on capturing stones, much like a human beginner. At 19 hours, the game exhibits the fundamentals of life-and-death, influence and territory. At 70 hours, the game is beautifully balanced, involving multiple battles and a complicated ko fight, eventually resolving into a half-point win for white."
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From the article: "When drops are too big, the overflow runs down the face or drains into the body through the ducts in the corner of the eye, he said. This explains why you sometimes get the sensation of 'tasting' your eyedrop — it’s entered your sinuses.

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"So his team created a 16-microliter drop — a microdrop — that was about a half to a third of the size of most drops on the market today, he said. They used a standard bottle with a latex dropper tip that wouldn’t cause injury if it touched the eye.

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"Microdrops worked as well as larger drops to lower eye pressure. They also reduced some of the uncomfortable side effects of larger drops. And all the patients preferred using them.

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"Microdrops, Cagle recalled, had 'the potential to increase the use-life of a bottle by a factor of two,' which could cut sales in half. But if they raised the price on the bottle to recover revenue, Cagle said, 'then what’s a competitor going to say? "Look at Alcon’s product. It’s twice as expensive as ours."'

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"Twenty-five years later things haven’t changed. Those in the eye industry — doctors, pharmaceutical officials, researchers — know that eyedrops are much larger than the eye can hold."

https://www.propublica.org/article/drug-companies-make-eyedrops-too-big-and-you-pay-for-the-waste
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From the article: "Once North Korea counterfeited crude $100 bills to try to generate hard cash. Now intelligence officials estimate that North Korea reaps hundreds of millions a dollars a year from ransomware, digital bank heists, online video game cracking, and more recently, hacks of South Korean Bitcoin exchanges.

"One former British intelligence chief estimates the take from its cyberheists may bring the North as much as $1 billion a year, or a third of the value of the nation’s exports."

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"A recent analysis by the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future found heavy North Korean internet activity in India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Kenya, Mozambique, and Indonesia. In some cases, like that of New Zealand, North Korean hackers were simply routing their attacks through the country’s computers from abroad. In others, researchers believe they are now physically stationed in countries like India, where nearly one-fifth of Pyongyang’s cyberattacks now originate."
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From the article: "Fifty-three years ago, a fire with eerie similarities to this week’s tragedy struck Wine Country."
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