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How to respond to weird interview questions from big companies like @Google or @Apple http://read.bi/1JIyoK4
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We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR

via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw
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You Wanna Go?

Interesting little vignette on how Facebook tried to get the jump on Google's recent announcement about its success in cracking the game of Go using AI. Basically, this is a fight to attract top talent, and high profile problems like Go signal these companies' commitment to and success at tackling hard AI challenges: 

...the reality is that Facebook—and Zuckerberg in particular—place enormous importance on this sort AI, and in this, they are very much in competition with Google, which also happens to be their biggest business rival. This AI race, however, is not really just about which company is better at Go. It’s about which company can attract the top AI talent. Both Zuckerberg and LeCun know they must show the relatively small AI community that the company is serious about this stuff.

#facebook   #google   #artificialintelligence   #go  
The effort to create the smartest AI has truly become a race, and the contestants are among the most powerful and wealthy people on the planet.
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You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. #ElonMusk
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On This Day: In 1884 Tawhiao I, leader of the Waikato tribes and the second Maori King (Matutaera Te Pukepuke Te Paue Te Karato Te-a-Potatau Tawhiao) traveled to London to try and persuade Queen Victoria to honor the Treaty of Waitangi. Upon arrival, the Queen refused to meet with him, and instead Lord Derby, Secretary of State for the Colonies, met him and said it was a New Zealand problem. Returning to New Zealand the Premier, Robert Stout, insisted that all events happening prior to 1863 were the responsibility of the Imperial Government.
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More Evidence Emerges for "Transmissible Alzheimer's" Theory

The disease is not normally infectious, but people who received grafts from cadavers did show telltale markers in their brains

For the second time in four months, researchers have reported autopsy results that suggest Alzheimer’s disease might occasionally be transmitted to people during certain medical treatments—although scientists say that neither set of findings is conclusive.

The latest autopsies, described in the Swiss Medical Weekly on January 26, were conducted on the brains of seven people who died of the rare, brain-wasting Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD). Decades before their deaths, the individuals had all received surgical grafts of dura mater —the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord.
These grafts had been prepared from human cadavers and were contaminated with the prion protein that causes CJD.

But in addition to the damage caused by the prions, five of the brains displayed some of the pathological signs that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers from Switzerland and Austria report.
Plaques formed from amyloid-β protein were discovered in the grey matter and blood vessels. The individuals, aged between 28 and 63, were unusually young to have developed such plaques. A set of 21 controls, who had not had surgical grafts of dura mater but died of sporadic CJD at similar ages, did not have this amyloid signature.

Read the full story>>
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/more-evidence-emerges-for-transmissible-alzheimer-s-theory/

► Read at Swiss Medical Weekly>>
http://www.smw.ch/content/smw-2016-14287/

► Read a study published in Nature last September: Autopsies reveal signs of Alzheimer’s in growth-hormone patients>>

Image explanation: Amyloid-β protein (brown) has been found in the pituitary gland, which sits just outside the brain.
Credit:  Jaunmuktane et al. Nature 525, 247–250 (2015)

#neuroscience, #neurology , #alzheimer , #neural_disease , #health , #medicine
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Mom’s in control – even before you’re born
Researchers have uncovered previously unappreciated means by which epigenetic information contained in the egg influences the development of the placenta during pregnancy. The research, which was performed in mice, indicates that a mother’s health, even before conception, may influence the health of her fetus, and opens questions on how a mother’s age may influence placental development.

Epigenetic information is not encoded within the DNA sequence but is critical for determining which genes are on or off. One of the ways this is achieved is via DNA methylation, a biological process where the DNA is chemically tagged to silence genes. DNA methylation marks are laid down in each egg during their development in the ovaries and, after fertilization, some of these marks are passed onto the fetus and placenta.

In exploring the purpose of this maternal information in fetal development, focus so far has been on a small number of genes termed ‘imprinted genes’. However, there are nearly one thousand other genomic regions where methylation in the egg cell is passed onto the early embryo. The researchers set out to explore the importance of this type of methylation on the development of the placenta, a vital organ in pregnancy, and their findings are presented in the latest issue of the journal Developmental Cell.

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http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/bi-mic012116.php

#biology   #research   #epigenetics  
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