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Disease Networks

Stefan Thurner and colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna have recently done an analysis of the health records of over 8 million people in Austria.

They found that patients who had one disease were more likely than the average person to have other diseases too.

The conclusion is that diseases, as defined in medicine, sound like tidy, distinct entities, but are messier in reality.

The researchers then displayed their results as a network in which the diseases are nodes that connect to one another when they tend to occur together.

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This is exactly the kind of research that will change how we view medicine and the interconnectedness of disease.

There needs to be much more work done to develop the kinds of analytical software capable of automating such analyses to allow researchers to ask 'what if...' questions in real time.

This is exactly what we're working on right now, and it's an exciting time to be working in statistical networking science...

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The Perfect Pancake?

Put Your Trust In Maths...

Just for a bit of fun...

Ever wanted to make the perfect pancake?
Students from the University of Sheffield have come up with a formula (and an app) to calculate the precise measurements.

Inputting your desired thickness and pan diameter, the app will calculate exactly how much of each ingredient to add to the mixture.

Now if only someone can tell me how to measure 2.03 eggs...

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The bigger question - not answered in the study - is:
Flip or Turn

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Are you a flipper or a turner?

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Read it here:
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-secret-pancake.html#ajTabs
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Is It Possible To Run 30 Health Tests On a Single Drop of Blood?

Elizabeth Holmes certainly thinks so

Ten years ago Elizabeth Holmes began developing a type of blood test that would be non-invasive, 100% accurate and fast. 

She has now dropped out of Stanford and formed a company to deliver a blood test that needs just a single drop to run as many as 30 tests and deliver results in less than 24 hours. 

Remarkably, her system can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods. 

Elizabeth says that "The dream is to be able to help contribute to the research that’s going on to identify cancer signatures as they change over time, to help intervene early enough to do something about an illness."

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What do you think?
Will you be just as afraid of the needle for this test?
How would this technology change your life?

Feel free to comment and share...

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Read it here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-run-30-health-tests-on-a-single-drop-of-blood-180949983/?no-ist
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Are We Living In A Black Hole?

13.8 billion years ago there was a Big Bang.
Or was that a Big Crunch or a Big Bounce?
Is our Universe living inside a Black Hole that is a doorway to another Universe?

A compelling new theory by Nikodem Poplawski of the University of New Haven sheds light on these questions.

Or does it?

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What do you think?

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Carbon Capture from exhaust fumes used to make new chemicals.

Scientists have captured CO2 directly from exhaust fumes and used it to make a variety of useful chemicals.
The new technology could make removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere a more attractive option for governments and companies.

What do you think?

Will this be enough to save the planet from global warming or do we need to find new ways of capturing the CO2 that is already in the atmosphere?

What are your thoughts on climate change, in particular anthropogenic global warming?

Comment below and feel free to share.

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the sun-earth electrical connection is always on.  the geomagnetic storms are when they are intense enough to be visible. this is a view of the future of energy!
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this shows the proven NASA method for taking free energy
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NEW ENERGY TO REPLACE OIL! new technology utterly replaces!
http://endingoil.blogspot.com
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Amoeba shoes - the face of future footwear?

These strange 'amoeba' shoes are designed to be 3D printed using a material made of synthetic primitive cells that regenerates overnight. 

The shoes will fit like a second skin as the materials they will be made from is designed to act a little like human skin as the protocells will self-heal and will be responsive to pressure, despite not truly being alive.

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