Science & Technology

Korean scientists successfully kill cancer with magnets

Cancer

In South Korea, scientists used a magnetic field to get cancer cells to actually self-destruct. The body removes old, defective, and infected cells through the process of programmed cell death (PCD), or apoptosis. In apoptosis, the rejected cell responds to certain signals sent by the body by fragmenting. Immune cells …

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Astronomers discover a new black hole in our galaxy

Xray nova flaring black hole

This is the X-ray nova flaring black hole. NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray …

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Israeli cyber attacks targeted offshore oil, gas platforms

Iran’s offshore oil and gas platforms were the targets of the cyber attacks aimed at crippling the country. All threats were repelled and Israel was behind them, according to head of IT at the Iranian Offshore Oil Company, Mohammad Reza Golshani. Golshani told Reuters that the attack happened over the …

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Google puts its virtual brain technology to work

A powerful new approach to artificial intelligence is ready to improve many Google products. This summer Google set a new landmark in the field of artificial intelligence with software that learned how to recognize cats, people, and other things simply by watching YouTube videos (see “Self-Taught Software“). That technology, modeled …

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Children forced to palm scan for school lunch

Palm scanner in school cafeterias

Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system — raising concerns from some parents that their children’s privacy is being violated. The county is one of the first localities in …

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