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5G fixed wireless technology

'... The future development of 5G technologies promises to incorporate a range of disparate applications and requirements – from narrowband internet of things technologies and machine-to-machine communications to low latency, high bandwidth use cases like autonomous vehicles and remote industrial control – in a single network.

But before the 5G standards are set and the full vision of mobile 5G is realized, telecommunication operators are working to refine their understanding of the technological components while establishing the use and business cases needed to create a return on the massive research and development spend that will ultimately result in a global 5G standard.

In the U.S., Verizon Communications and AT&T have both identified 5G fixed wireless access as the first phase of deploying next-generation networks; timelines suggest this first wave is tracking for commercialization in 2017, well ahead of the standardization goal of 2020. As consumer demand for broadband to support emerging applications like streaming 4K video and virtual reality gaming grows at a fast pace, service providers are investing heavily in FTTH, which is a costly proposition.

To solve for the last mile problem associated with FTTH, some operators are looking to 5G, which can provide fiber-like speeds without the need to roll trucks to every house in a neighborhood or every unit in an apartment complex. Further, fixed wireless can help speed up commercialization of new services and create new revenue opportunities for operators.
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http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170222/network-infrastructure/5g-fixed-wireless-technology-tag23-tag99

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Uncertainty perception drives public's trust, mistrust of science

'Many policies—from medicine to terrorism—depend on how the general public accepts and understands scientific evidence. People view different branches of sciences as having different amounts of uncertainty, which may not reflect the actual uncertainty of the field. Yet public perceptions determine action, allocation of funding resources and the direction of public policies. It is therefore necessary to understand perceptions of uncertainty and the influences that political affiliations have on scientific beliefs.

Carnegie Mellon University researchers took the first step to understanding more of the whole picture by measuring scientific uncertainty broadly—across many areas of science, not just topics that are typically polarized. Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, the researchers found that how people comprehend the accuracy of a specific scientific field drives their perception of it and how they gauge its uncertainty.'

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-uncertainty-perception-mistrust-science.html

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20 Years After Dolly the Sheep, What Have We Learned About Cloning?

'Today marks the 20th anniversary of the announcement of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Her creation left a lasting impact on both the public and the field of developmental biology, experts say.

At the time, other researchers had managed to clone mammals by splitting embryos in a test tube and implanting them in adults. However, none had successfully used an adult somatic (body) cell to clone a mammal. Researchers at the Roslin Institute in Scotland were finally able to produce Dolly — cloned from the udder cell of an adult sheep — after 276 attempts, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

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Dolly died in February 2003, at age 6. (A typical life span for a sheep is about 10 to 12 years.) She had both offspring and clone "sisters," which were derived from the same batch of cells as Dolly. However, none of her offspring are alive today, Wilmut told Live Science. (Whitelaw also mentioned that the Roslin Institute no longer keeps sheep, as the funding for this program has run out.)

Since Dolly's creation, numerous other mammals have been cloned successfully, including mice, cattle, deer, horses and rats, according to the NHGRI.'

http://www.livescience.com/57961-dolly-the-sheep-announcement-20-year-anniversary.html

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Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Moon Duchin, of Tufts U., has helped create a program to train mathematicians to serve as expert witnesses in court cases over redrawn electoral districts.

'A Tufts University professor has a proposal to combat gerrymandering: give more geometry experts a day in court.

Moon Duchin is an associate professor of math and director of the Science, Technology and Society program at Tufts. She realized last year that some of her research about metric geometry could be applied to gerrymandering — the practice of manipulating the shape of electoral districts to benefit a specific party, which is widely seen as a major contributor to government dysfunction.

At first, she says, her plans were straightforward and research-oriented — "to put together a team to do some modeling and then maybe consult with state redistricting commissions." But then she got more creative. "I became convinced that it’s probably more effective to try to help train a big new generation of expert witnesses who know the math side pretty well," she says.
In part, she says, that’s because court cases over voting districts have risen since a 2013 Supreme Court decision, Shelby County v. Holder, struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Former President Barack Obama is said to be making redistricting a focus after his presidency, and the former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. is leading a new Democratic group targeting gerrymandering ahead of 2021, the next time district lines will be drawn.'

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Meet-the-Math-Professor/239260?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest

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Major Discovery! 7 Earth-Size Alien Planets Circle Nearby Star

'Astronomers have never seen anything like this before: Seven Earth-size alien worlds orbit the same tiny, dim star, and all of them may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports.

"Looking for life elsewhere, this system is probably our best bet as of today," study co-author Brice-Olivier Demory, a professor at the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern in Switzerland, said in a statement.

The exoplanets circle the star TRAPPIST-1, which lies just 39 light-years from Earth — a mere stone's throw in the cosmic scheme of things. So speculation about the alien worlds' life-hosting potential should soon be informed by hard data, study team members said. [Images: The 7 Earth-Size Worlds of TRAPPIST-1]

"We can expect that, within a few years, we will know a lot more about these planets, and with hope, if there is life there, [we will know] within a decade," co-author Amaury Triaud, of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in England, told reporters on Tuesday (Feb. 21).'

http://www.space.com/35790-seven-earth-size-planets-trappist-1-discovery.html

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NASA LIVE EVENT: Briefing on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0IhQIoFnU0

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Newly-found solar system has SEVEN Earth-like planets | Daily Mail Online

'Newly discovered miniature star system is just 39 light years away from Earth and known as Trappist-1

Six inner planets lie in a temperate zone where surface temperatures range from 0-100°C (32-212°F)

Of these, at least three are thought to be capable of having oceans, increasing the likelihood of life

No other star system known contains such a large number of Earth-sized and probably rocky planets

We'll know if life exists in a decade, but it is likely to take hundreds of thousands of years to reach the system'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4245424/Newly-solar-SEVEN-Earth-like-planets.html

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Hilarious photos of people having huge lapses in judgement | Daily Mail Online

' ... With examples from around the world, MailOnline Travel has rounded up a catalogue of situations almost guaranteed to make you chuckle with their level of 'incorrect'. ... '

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4248806/Hilarious-photos-people-having-huge-lapses-judgement.html


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Would you pay $8,000 for a dancing J-Pop robot? - CNET

'... Tokyo-based Speecys' Kosaka Cocona robot is a 45-cm tall, dancing J-Pop figurine -- and it'll set you back 980,000 yen, according to Rocket News 24. That's about $8,600, £6,900 or AU$11,175.

Each of Kosaka's 34 joints can be programmed to make the pop starlet dance to different tunes. She's powered by Raspberry Pi3 and can connects to a computer or tablets, which let you teach her customised dance moves through MikuMikuDance software.
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https://www.cnet.com/news/would-you-pay-8000-for-a-j-pop-robot-that-dances-for-you/

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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017

'These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.

Reversing Paralysis
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Driverless Trucks
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Paying with Your Face
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Practical Quantum Computing
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The 360-Degree Selfie
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Hot Solar Cells
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Gene Therapy 2.0
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The Cell Atlas
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Botnets of Things
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Reinforcement Learning
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https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2017/
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